Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Will Local TV News Ever Return to a Half-Hour?

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Will Local TV News Ever Return to a Half-Hour?

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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: Do you think we will ever get back to a half-hour local news spot? Anymore, the news is dragged out for 90 minutes with most segments of news being three or four days "old" plus things that are really not NEWS. People are busy and don't want or have the time to wait an entire 90-minute newscast to get news. I say consolidate it back to 30 minutes!

- SAUNDRA, SPRINGDALE

Rob: No, those days will not return because local TV news is a cash cow for local stations. But nothing says you have to watch an entire newscast: Get the headlines and turn it off. Or go online and consume news from trusted websites, like post-gazette.com.

Q: Noticed Lara Spencer missing from "Good Morning America." She has recently made snide comments about not interrupting "her time" on camera. Is she being pushed out? Saw article about her being rude to off-camera co-workers. What's happening?

- ANNE VIA EMAIL

Rob: Variety reported in April her role on "GMA" has been cut back to Tuesday through Thursday as opposed to appearing five days a week.

Q: The Game Show Network is on TV in the afternoons at my local saloon (OK, what happened to having ESPN or something manly on the tube?) The "Match Game" in its 40-year vintage is frequently on GSN. Is this because:

A. The '70s edition is just that popular and funny? (I never thought so).

B. It is the only game show of that era with a large inventory of complete shows on tape that has acceptable technical standards for today? (I wonder who thought to preserve the tapes instead of taping over them?)

C. Combination of B. and the residuals/releases have been cleared up without going broke.

Whoever thought there was a market for 40-year-old game shows? …

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