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Old 03-10-2011, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Metro Birmingham, AL
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ABC 33/40 has a good news team, but its graphics package is lackluster and the fact that their newscast and local programming are not in HD give it a third-rate broadcast look.

CBS 42 no real complaints here, to go from a joke of a station to one of the CBS networks highest rated affliates is an achievement.

FOX 6 TOO MUCH NEWS!!!!. From 430am to 9am, then again for an hr at noon, then another hr and a half 5-630pm, another hr at 9pm and finally at 10pm. Is there that much going in the Birmingham market?.

NBC 13 Do they have a news cast?.
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Birmingham
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The only reason I watch the local news is because my wife is a weather fanatic and that has to be the first thing on the TV when we wake up. Otherwise I would probably be watching a national news channel like Fox.

However lately we've been watching CBS 42 after we had been watching NBC13 for the longest.

All I can say is they have a nice looking graphics package that looks good in HD. But she and I both "laugh" at their short, busty weather girl who always seems to be wearing a blouse that's too small and seems to be posing and working the camera.
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:24 PM
 
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Why on earth would I watch 30 minutes of pointless chit chat and obnoxious car commercials when I can get the same information in about 3 minutes by going to AL.com and the National Weather Service's excellent little site, weather.gov?

Now, I do make one exception. If the weather is getting dicey, I flip over to ABC3340. Our motto is, "If it's hitting the fan, watch James Spann."
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Why on earth would I watch 30 minutes of pointless chit chat and obnoxious car commercials when I can get the same information in about 3 minutes by going to AL.com and the National Weather Service's excellent little site, weather.gov?

Now, I do make one exception. If the weather is getting dicey, I flip over to ABC3340. Our motto is, "If it's hitting the fan, watch James Spann."

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Old 03-11-2011, 08:37 AM
 
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Sorry. I was feeling cranky last night.
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Old 03-11-2011, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Metro Birmingham, AL
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Why on earth would I watch 30 minutes of pointless chit chat and obnoxious car commercials when I can get the same information in about 3 minutes by going to AL.com and the National Weather Service's excellent little site, weather.gov?

Now, I do make one exception. If the weather is getting dicey, I flip over to ABC3340. Our motto is, "If it's hitting the fan, watch James Spann."
All this is true, and its a gaining trend. I wonder what the broadcasters will do if this trend continues.
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Old 03-11-2011, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Birmingham
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Hmmm, I've always thought of morning news as chatty and full of fluff. They all seem to be modelling themselves after talk shows/morning shows that the networks push for a long time. The "Get right to it" feel has always been reserved for evening and nightly news.
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Metro Birmingham, AL
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Hmmm, I've always thought of morning news as chatty and full of fluff. They all seem to be modelling themselves after talk shows/morning shows that the networks push for a long time. The "Get right to it" feel has always been reserved for evening and nightly news.
Other than the weather and traffic its just mostly a re-hash of the yesterday's news. Do you need a 430-7 or 9am (in the case of FOX6) to do this?, then to only have a midday newscast to basically re-hash the same story again.
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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33, 40, 42, 13? why does Birmingham have such lousy UHF channel designations as opposed to other markets?
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Metro Birmingham, AL
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33, 40, 42, 13? why does Birmingham have such lousy UHF channel designations as opposed to other markets?
Because those are the channel numbers allocated to this market by the FCC. If you build a TV station from scratch, you cant just pick a number out of a hat.
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