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    Wayne Harada reports on big changes for KHNL news as the station moves to their new digs ... a switch from a "News Director" to a "Content Director." Dan Dennision is out and Program Director Dan Schmidt is in.

    Just exactly what "content" is, however, is not discussed or defined in the story - beyond noting that News8 will be the first local hi-def newscast:

    http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/ar...localnewsfront

    Wonder if they will be called KHNL Content? Or perhaps Content8?

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    How will they be different? Will the anchors do the news walking around the studio instead of reading the news sitting down? There was a funny scene in Airplane where a Polynesian newscaster was doing the news by drums and then he did camera face turn when they switch to a different camera angle.

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    Interesting timing. I was noticing Honolulu Advertiser's readers pics and "Get Published" articles mulling it over along with the challenges of newspaper finances and wondered .....

    Perhaps the future of news is professionally edited submissions? Some of the stuff we see now is just thinly disguised press releases, so I'm not sure it's that big of a change.

    Perhaps the day of reporters is past and now it's the dawn of community reporting. At the end of the day, it's really about ratings - and money. At least they won't be calling it news anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    How will they be different? Will the anchors do the news walking around the studio instead of reading the news sitting down?
    You know who liked to anchor the news standing up, Paul Udell, when he was in Indianapolis and also when he first came to Hawaii in 1979 and anchored at KHON he often always would stand and deliver the news. In fact there was no anchor desk when he did the news at KHON, so the co-anchors (Barbara Tanabe), sports (Joe Moore/Les Keiter), in house reporters like Scott Shirai all delivered the news sitting down on sofas or couches with coffee tables in front of them. Odd news setting if you ask me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalihiboy View Post
    You know who liked to anchor the news standing up, Paul Udell, when he was in Indianapolis and also when he first came to Hawaii in 1979 and anchored at KHON he often always would stand and deliver the news. In fact there was no anchor desk when he did the news at KHON, so the co-anchors (Barbara Tanabe), sports (Joe Moore/Les Keiter), in house reporters like Scott Shirai all delivered the news sitting down on sofas or couches with coffee tables in front of them. Odd news setting if you ask me.

    Aj
    That's all kind of innovative, but until an anchor delivers the news while lying on a sofabed, under the covers, I don't think we'll be ready to reinvent journalism just yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoGeek View Post
    Some of the stuff we see now is just thinly disguised press releases, so I'm not sure it's that big of a change ... At least they won't be calling it news anymore.
    Sorry, but I think that’s just wishful thinking on your part. Content director or news director, you can be sure KHNL is going to sell this stuff as news. And unfortunately, others may follow suit if the scheme can bring it, ratings and moneywise. *sigh*

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    Well, no matter what KHNL has tried, it hasn't worked yet.

    By the way - the "early" numbers from the November rating period should be leaking out soon. Anyone heard anything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    How will they be different? Will the anchors do the news walking around the studio instead of reading the news sitting down?
    KHNL used to do that when they first started to do newscasting.

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    The change is part of Raycom's (KHNL/KFVE corporate parent) across the board layoffs at all of its stations.

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    The NFL just broadcast a game in 3-D. They can show a hurricane or storm coming at you in hi-def.

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    This reaction is not orginal - comes from a veteran TV news guy, but thought I'd pass it along:

    "Is Content assembled piece by piece like news? Or does Content even come in pieces? Is fairness considered? Must a story of DisContent be balanced by one of DatContent? Does the staff work at a large round table of Contents?"

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    I'm pretty sure things will pretty much remain the same, except the assistant news directors will handle the day-to-day operations. Dan Schmidt will have oversight over personnel, budgets and expenses.
    Raycom just got rid of one high paying position that oversaw the lowest rated newscast and consolidated the department under programming and commercial production.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Media Guy View Post
    I'm pretty sure things will pretty much remain the same, except the assistant news directors will handle the day-to-day operations.
    KHNL calls Rich Meiers and Randy Ennis “assistant news directors” but clearly, they already had their hands full when they were given those additional titles. Correct me if I am wrong, but Meiers is still the executive producer, and Ennis is still the operations manager, right? Those are full-time jobs with a myriad of responsibilities. It will be interesting to see how they will now “handle” the elimination of Dennison’s position on a long-term basis.

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    Hey, should have known Ms. E has a better story - but just got around to seeing it:

    http://www.starbulletin.com/business...NLKFVE-TV.html

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    So umm.... I missed KHNL's HD news debut. I was wondering if anyone watched it and what you guys thought.

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    I remember seeing that new, young reporter, Zahib Arab? anchoring. He did a very good job.

    The anchor set they were using for him though, was nothing really special.

    Nothing like KGMB's huge video screen.

    Maybe they have some more finessing to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard View Post
    That's all kind of innovative, but until an anchor delivers the news while lying on a sofabed, under the covers, I don't think we'll be ready to reinvent journalism just yet.
    That sounds kinda tame, compared to Naked News.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinboy View Post
    I remember seeing that new, young reporter, Zahib Arab? anchoring. (...) The anchor set they were using for him though, was nothing really special.
    It looked like some cheap high school desk or a TV tray or something. I figured it was just because they were in transition.
    Zahid does a good job. And perhaps you've noticed that he has some pretty thick distinctive eyebrows, and that as he changes inflection when he talks his eyebrows FLY way up and down. Interesting to watch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui View Post
    And perhaps you've noticed that he has some pretty thick distinctive eyebrows, and that as he changes inflection when he talks his eyebrows FLY way up and down. Interesting to watch.
    Unibrow in hi-def?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui View Post
    It looked like some cheap high school desk or a TV tray or something. I figured it was just because they were in transition.
    Zahid does a good job. And perhaps you've noticed that he has some pretty thick distinctive eyebrows, and that as he changes inflection when he talks his eyebrows FLY way up and down. Interesting to watch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    Unibrow in hi-def?
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    I finally watched the news in HD. Better picture I have to say! Though many of the news videos they show are not in HD yet... I wonder if they still have yet to obtain HD cameras for field reporting and news chopper. And I'm totally not impressed of them using the "newsroom" as the background for their news set. I wish there was a background of some sort, especially since it's in HD! I don't want to see people walking in the background. Anyways, KGMB9 News still has the best set of all the stations. Hopefully they'll go HD soon because I tend to watch KGMB more!
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    I think the graphics on KHNL/K5 HD broadcast are kind of garish. They need to tone it down a bit. The newscast gets a little lost with all the bright, flashy graphics.

    They should hire a really good local graphic designer to do a few "treatments" for their consideration. It really would make a world of difference.

    Otherwise, the picture is really pretty.

    Sadly, Oceanic is still limiting the number of digital stations broadcast over basic cable. They keep adding/dropping stations. Only KHON and KHNL are regularly on Oceanic basic cable as digital channels. Oh, and the CW. (Does anyone watch that?)

    I know this is OT, but if that is Oceanic's idea for getting me to pay them more to get digital channels, FAIL! I have an antenna, and can get High Def for FREE, over the air, any time I want to engage the stupid antenna switch.
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    You think that's flashy?

    You should have seen a tape brought by a consultant to a major tv station once.

    I was cleaning the floors and happened to walk by when he was showing it to the talent.

    It had two anchors standing in what looked like a warp drive engine or ultra-futuristic teleportation device.

    I mean they were literally surrounded in flashing lights, colors and special effects.

    From floor to ceiling and beyond, it looked like they were floating in space and they had all these incredible colors and effects going off around them like lasers or high intensity beams of light.

    It was neat and .....ridiculous all at the same time.

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