Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Blue Backdrop Conceals Lack of Newsroom Bustle

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Blue Backdrop Conceals Lack of Newsroom Bustle

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Post-Gazette TV writer Rob Owen answers reader questions online every Friday in Tuned In Journal blog at post-gazette.com/tv. Here's a selection of recent queries.

Q.: On WPXI, only their morning newscast uses a blue generic backdrop behind the anchors. The rest of their newscasts you can see straight into the newsroom. Any idea what that is? - Tyler, 23, Penn Hills.

Rob: I remember wondering the same thing when WPXI moved into its Spring Hill facility a few years back and asked about it. The blue screen is used in the morning because the newsroom is relatively empty at that time - as are all newsrooms - and you don't want to give the impression that it's not a bustling newsroom, which is what viewers see on the evening newscasts.

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Q.: Don't you think a meteorologist should be able to correctly pronounce the word "temperature"? Every time I hear one of these trained professionals say "tempa-cher" I cringe. - Toni, 56, Pittsburgh.

Rob: I've heard this complaint before, and although it doesn't make me go nuc-u-leer, I can understand why it bothers some viewers.

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Q.: I know you are the TV Q&A, not Movie Q&A. ... That said, do you think Daniel Craig will ever be recruited to play Vladimir Putin? - Ellen, North Point Breeze.

Rob: That is some fantastic casting and here's how we make it germane to TV: This proposed, imagined movie airs on HBO.

Who knows what will happen, but I sure do love that casting suggestion and hope it comes to pass in some medium.

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Q.: Thanks for getting the answer to my question about cable in rural Pennsylvania. Now I wonder who designates the market area (I know the FCC but who has a say) and how pure are their motives. I can't see how a small market like Erie is going to survive. Now you can ask that guy from Armstrong if he is aware of the fact that since they started monkeying around with our cable lineup last fall, they are now offering duplicates of four channels. I called them on this and the girl I spoke with looked at our lineup and said, 'Huh, you're right. …

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