We just got word that WCPO-TV 9/Cincinnati and WXIX-TV 19/Newport, KY will pool their resources to send only one camera instead of two to events like press conferences, trials, meetings and even basketball games.
We're looking to find a copy of the press release online, but it's not at either station's site. For now, we reference the Kiese Blog, which broke the story while we were taking a brief catnap.
As the agreement notes, WXIX and WCPO will still have the ability to send their own crews to some events. And it says nothing about breaking news events like fires, weather, etc., which one would assume would continue to be covered individually on each station.
The agreement, as we've seen, mirrors those done in places like Cleveland (hello, OMW), Detroit, Phoenix, and Tampa by other Scripps stations, as well as other network affiliates in Washington, Philadelphia, Dallas and Chicago.
We will wait to judge this, as we don't think it's in place even right now. But, it seems like a good move on paper by both sides, helping increase efficiency...
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