This was not encouraging. Re: the debacle that is the Tribune Co.
And management still is confident that the new thinking has Tribune on the right track. The company recently announced the creation of a new local news format in which there would be no on-air anchors and few live reports. The newscasts will rely on narration over a stream of clips, a Web-centric approach that has the added benefit of requiring fewer bodies to produce.For those of us in the Chicago orbit, the debasement of institutions such as WGN and the Trib at the hands of foul-mouthed yahoos (read the whole article!) is deeply saddening. Progress is one thing, but vulgar arrogance as a method to accomplish it is not a sustainable (note the buzzword) pattern.
“The TV revolution is upon us — and the new Tribune Company is leading the resistance,” the announcement read. And judging from the job posting for “anti-establishment producer/editors,” the company has some very strong ideas about who those revolutionaries should be: “Don’t sell us on your solid newsroom experience. We don’t care. Or your exclusive, breaking news coverage. We’ll pass.”[More]