Local and national election coverage
WED. UPDATE - Talking to folks around the office, the consensus is that KOAA had the best coverage, providing the information smoothly and working in pertinent analysis.
KKTV is getting a lot of criticism for a chaotic presentation and frequent snafus.
KRDO's Jon Karroll has earned praise, but people think co-anchor Nina Sparano seemed scattered.
Anyway, that's what a bunch of newspaper people think of the TV coverage -- if any TV people want to weigh in with their opinion of The Gazette's coverage, have at it! Turnabout is fair play.
Three "rookie" news anchors holding down the national desks tonight. I dunno what it really means, but so far I'd give the edge to NBC, where Brian Williams called in the old hand - Tom Brokaw - to pitch in on election night. They had the big gets early - McCain and Obama - and the tag team seemed pretty smooth to me.
I want to give Katie Couric the benefit of the doubt, but the weirdness about Tester in Montana - "The interesting thing about him is he lost three fingers in a meat grinding accident" - is not winning me over. Odd.
I haven't made up my mind about Charlie Gibson yet... after watching some more, I'm sticking with NBC as the one to watch.
There's nothing like the chaos of an election to highlight the shortcomings - or strengths - of local TV news. Technical glitches are a given, what's more important is how the anchors and reporters roll with them. Also, preparation means the difference between the anchors just reading numbers and being able to put them in context.
Locally, props to KRDO for committing to the hour of local coverage, but it made for some pretty dry TV. The folks there did their homework, though, I'll give them that.
Meanwhile, over at KXRM, things are more interesting, but not really in a good way. They're having trouble with the precinct numbers and an embarrassing mic gaffe with Rachel Regalado -- Joe had to call across to tell her to turn on her mic.
I'm having reception problems with KKTV and KOAA. Anyone want to chime in on how they're doing?
UPDATE: OK, now I've got KKTV again. I'd rate them OK. They've got the best graphics, but they're having trouble throwing things around - particularly Mindy Stone at the Beauprez concession. Sort of understandable, but the race was called an hour ago. No reason for the anchors to tiptoe around things at this point. Betty Sexton's report from the Ritter HQ was an example of how those things should go.
I'm going to get some sleep. The TV will be there in the morning.