Tonight at Six: A Daily Show Masquerading as Local TV News

In Tonight at Six, veteran journalist Michael Olesker paints an intimate, behind the scenes picture of local television news as few have ever seen it He describes the long slide of a medium that was once assumed to be the golden future of American journalism, but is now widely considered an afterthought for viewers seeking serious news coverage In his two decades as a niIn Tonight at Six, veteran journalist Michael Olesker paints an intimate, behind the scenes picture of local television news as few have ever seen it He describes the long slide of a medium that was once assumed to be the golden future of American journalism, but is now widely considered an afterthought for viewers seeking serious news coverage In his two decades as a nightly on air commentator at Balti s WJZ TV, Olesker watched as the station tumbled from pre eminence as one of the country s top rated local affiliates where the on air news personalities included the two top ranked anchors in the country, plus a young woman named Oprah Winfrey to inglorious runner up in its own market Tonight at Six offers a personal look at many of those public news personalities But it s also a story about the decline of all TV news how commercial considerations, short sighted management, and the constant pressure of ratings forced the dumbing down of local news programs around the country It s the true story of how television stations purporting to cover the stories of huge metropolitan areas their governors, mayors, city and county councils, school systems, police, criminal courts, neighborhoods, and quietly attempt this with no than a handful of reporters How do they do it As Olesker explains, they don t While this account eviscerates three Balti network affiliates, the sad truth is that they are no worse and no better than all local TV news operations Olesker paints a high definition picture of the faade beneath the faade Ira R Allen Former UPI Reporter and White House Correspondent
Tonight at Six A Daily Show Masquerading as Local TV News In Tonight at Six veteran journalist Michael Olesker paints an intimate behind the scenes picture of local television news as few have ever seen it He describes the long slide of a medium that was o

  • Title: Tonight at Six: A Daily Show Masquerading as Local TV News
  • Author: Michael Olesker
  • ISBN: 9781934074176
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Tonight at Six: A Daily Show Masquerading as Local TV News”

    1. Michael Olesker was one of my heroes growing up -- he appeared on the nightly news with consistently well-written commentaries that stood out from the usual reportage and banter. He was one of the major reasons I almost became a journalist; in many ways, I wanted to be him when I grew up. So it's fascinating to hear his point of view on the experience, and I think I need to think it over more before I really know what I think about the book.The biggest elephant in the room with this is that alth [...]

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