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By Alan Pergament » Thursday, May 26, 2016

  The May sweeps period ended Wednesday with something for everybody in local news to cheer. Channel 2 remains No. 1 at 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. even though it has experienced significant ratings losses year to year. Channel 4 has narrowed the gap in all those time periods – to less than a point... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Wednesday, May 25, 2016

  The Buffalo Bills seemed to be asking for local and national ridicule Tuesday by announcing some laughable new media guidelines. That was odd, since they get plenty of ridicule already for their on-the-field performance. Sure enough, the Bills got the national and local ridicule they deserved for a policy... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This is what I’m thinking: NBC may have learned a “Meet the Press” lesson. On Sunday, May 15, NBC outraged some WNYers when it preempted the popular political discussion program during a presidential election year for a soccer championship game. The network also had planned to preempt moderator Chuck Todd... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Monday, May 23, 2016

I don’t tweet as often as Donald Trump, but I send enough tweets during a week @StillTalkinTV that I’ve decided to unveil a new wrinkle in this blog. On periodic Mondays, I plan to unveil my Top 10 tweets that didn’t make the blog in a week or appear in print. Let’s call this experiment My Tweet Monday or... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Friday, May 20, 2016

  This is what I’m thinking: If you would pay to see Western New York native Christine Baranski continue her role as Diane Lockhart in CBS’ “The Good Wife,” then I have some good news for you. CBS announced this week that Baranski will star in a spinoff of the popular program and that it will be available... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Thursday, May 19, 2016

This is what I’m thinking: If you’re looking at the advertisement for former Channel 4 meteorologist Don Paul’s appearance on WBBZ-TV’s “Talk of the Town” today, you might wrongly conclude that he is joining the program full time. Actually, Paul said it is a one-time only appearance on the program... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It is easy to draw the conclusion that Channel 4 Assistant News Director Kris O’Donnell is no longer working at the station because she was responsible for accidentally emailing to the staff critical text messages from News Director Scott Levy. But the reasons for her departure Monday undoubtedly went deeper than the... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Monday, May 16, 2016

Channel 4 Assistant News Director Kris O’Donnell is no longer working at the station. Her departure comes a few days after text messages critical of the staff that were exchanged between News Director Scott Levy and O’Donnell accidentally were distributed to the staff and made public. Levy released a brief... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Monday, May 16, 2016

It is a measure of the local popularity of NBC’s political talk show “Meet the Press” that so many regular viewers were upset that it was missing Sunday morning. A talk show host on WBEN-AM who some people believe is prone to conspiracy theories tweeted out it would be heard on the station even if Channel 2... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Friday, May 13, 2016

Remember Whinegate, which was named after Channel 7 legend Irv Weinstein accidentally sent out a critical review of the station’s news staff in 1991? Memories resurfaced this week of that 25-year-old computer foul-up when an exchange of critical texts between Channel 4 News Director Scott Levy and Assistant News... Read More

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