Wednesday, November 02, 2005

TV station for sale

English-language TV news in the Valley hasn't always been that scintillating. With just two stations bothering to maintain news departments, "it bleeds, it leads" sensationalism often overshadows investigative reporting, except during sweeps months. (By the way, anyone remember the Fox affiliate from four or so years ago and its attempt at local TV journalism? That newscast was literally unwatchable.)

Well, now one of the two stations that bothers to run a news department is up for sale, according to the company that just purchased it. Raycom Media wants to sell KGBT Channel 4, along with 11 other television stations it owns.

Raycom's boss says the sale "will benefit not only Raycom and the eventual purchasers, but also the stations and their employees."

The unanswered (and unasked) question: How will this sale benefit the viewers?

Unless KVEO 23 out of Brownsville decides to start a news operation, the English-language TV journalism picture in the Rio Grande Valley won't change much -- and it's Valley news consumers who miss out.


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