Wednesday, September 27, 2017

News for Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

  • The local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV during the first half of the hour of 10:00 p.m. this Tuesday ("WKRG News 5 at 10") had video of a report concerning requests for certain pieces of information by members of their local news operation.* 
  • The local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV during the hour of 9:00 p.m. on the Tuesday of the nineteenth day of this September ("FOX 10 News at 9:00 p.m.") had its news presenter (Bob Grip) referring to a news reporter for a national cable TV and satellite TV programming service specialized in news reporting (Andy Rose of the Cable News Network (CNN)) like a member of their own broadcast operation while introducing video of a report attributed to him that ended like one of their own news reports for the local news programming they had recent times (it ended with the reporter saying: "Andy Rose, FOX 10 News"). 
(*this is how their plan to have the report on the program was promoted on a previous edition of it that appeared on the channel on the Monday of the twenty-fifth day of this September:

(video of news presenter named Peter Albrecht)

Peter Albrecht: Tomorrow night, a News 5 investigation: transparency in city government, especially when it comes to police. Numerous News 5 requests for public information have been denied and ignored, even for routine information. News 5's Allen Carter is investigating.

(video of news reporter named Allen Carter standing beside monitor with the words "Playing Favorites")

Allen Carter: It's something we wanted to take a look at after the premiere of "The First 48" in Mobile. Struck by the level of access given to national reality TV crews all the while local media having a hard time getting access to information on less high-profile stories. Stories that matter to you. So we gathered all those requests and took them directly to the police chief.

(video of the reporter and the chief of police for the city of Mobile in southwest Alabama speaking to each other along with video of some graphics and texts advertising the news program with audio of the reporter speaking (the chief was still speaking in the video with him and the reporter by the time the one with the graphics and texts appeared))

Allen Carter: Hear that answer tomorrow night as we investigate why the special treatment and what this means for your rights only on News 5.

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