Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Tsunami, tsunami, baloney?

We had a nice little drill last night on what we thought was IT. There was some smart decision making, some decent observations, but mostly, we did what we did best - show a real reaction to something that could have been real scary.

We took a lot of phone calls from the usual gang who thought we should "go back to programming", but in the end, how could you ignore hundreds (thousands?) of people heeding the sirens and heading to higher ground.

How do you think we did?

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You did great, mostly.

KATU rocked even though the game was on and scooped on the video from Cannon Beach

KOIN blew it. I did like the part where the reporter in the newsroom on the 11PM news said it was just a drill. This wasn't a drill, it was the real thing! Damn out of state reporters.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 7:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A long time ago The Firesign Theater said, "When there's news, there's never enough."
Enough said.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 9:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last Night's Numbers:
KPTV @ 10: 11.2/21
KGW @ 11: 8.2/21
KOIN @ 11: 4.5/11
KPXG @ 10: 1.4/2
KATU @ 11: 1.2/3

(Ouch! KATU gets beat by Pax on a night with a 7.0 earthquake and a tsunami warning! Brian Barker, run for your life!)

Bottom line last night: KATU may have had the (non-exclusive) Cannon Beach stringer video on the air first, but no one was there to notice.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous channel12watcher said...

Wow, KPTV did reeally well. I caught their show last night, but missed their break-in coverage. The top of the show looked good. A lot of phone calls and seemed a little shaky, but other than that, looked good on air. I guess the numbers speak for themselves. Good job KPTV!

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course, the 10pm casts had the advantage of being the first newscasts after the event. By 11pm, everybody knew there was no tsunami. Before 10:00 came around, I wanted more news than the broadcasters provided, so I switched over to NWCN, which was all over it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 11:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked KPTV's sidebar on what the tsunami warning meant to local meth freaks.

Not much, it seems. They busy!

(p.s. just kidding!)

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 1:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous @ 11:52am wrote:

"of course the 10pm casts had the advantage of being the first newscasts after the event..."

Yes, that explains PAX's great 1.4 rating at 10pm last night, doesn't it...

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 1:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey they beat KATU ... ouch!

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 2:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a milestone for my opinion of the media. I read about the Quake 20 minutes before any local TV station reported it or big national website. Just reading a forum filled with smart people, one happened to be looking at the earthquake center website and posted. It's actually amazing to see what a few thousand people on a website communicating can do. Its the future of news.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 3:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

about the milestone... I'm not sure it was a full 20 minutes.. but you have to keep one thing in mind... if you wrong on a website, people get irriated.. if you're wrong on broadcast tv.. you could lose your job and do a lot of harm to the public. (not to mention it takes time to fire up the lights production crew and get permission to break in) but your point is well taken.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 3:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KPTV Press release

KPTV Fox 12 Oregon First with Tsunami Warning Coverage

The Ten O’clock News # 1 late newscast in Portland

Portland, OR -- KPTV Fox 12 Oregon once again proved to be the market leader in breaking news last night as the first station on the air with reports about the potentially deadly Tsunami warning for the Oregon coastline. Fox 12 was also the first Portland station to inform viewers that the all clear had been given.

“Our news team did an incredible job bringing viewers the latest developments of this dangerous situation,” said Teresa Burgess, Vice President and General Manager of KPTV. “It is coverage like this that defines Fox 12 as the station of record in the market.”

More people turned to The Ten O’clock News for continuing coverage of the Tsunami warning than any other station in the Portland DMA, according to Nielsen Overnights for Tuesday, June 14. KPTV delivered more than 120,000 household viewers beating KOIN, KATU and KPXG combined.

10pm & 11pm News

Tues.6/14 Rating/Share

KPTV (Fox)11.2/21

KGW (NBC) 8.2/21

KOIN (CBS) 4.5/11

KPXG (PAX) 1.4/2

KATU (ABC) 1.2/3

“In a potentially life threatening situation it is critical to get the information out first and accurate,” added Patrick McCreery, KPTV News Director. “Viewers depend on Fox 12 for comprehensive coverage they can trust.”

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 3:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great - I wonder who the Fox12 press releases go to? Clearly no one is publishing them. Too bad this is the repository for that garbage.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 7:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No tsunami but we had one hell of a sunset on that KGW coast cam.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 8:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you switched to NWCN to get the best coverage, you were actually watching KGW.

Thursday, June 16, 2005 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was like January 1964, in my fallible memory, that an eight-point-something quake in Alaska caused a tsunami that surprised the un-warned and washed destruction all over Crescent City and Eureka, in my fallible memory.
Why not some historic context B-roll background while waiting for the wave, for a sense of why you're warning and waiting?

Thursday, June 16, 2005 2:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you switched to NWCN to get the best coverage, you were actually watching KGW."

That's just not right. I'm not sure if NWCN hit air with it first, but by 8:30 they were off and running.

Thursday, June 16, 2005 3:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KPTV may have been first, but they were reporting factually inaccurate information when they said that there was no warning. A careful read of the text put out by the Hawaiian Tsunami center would have revealed that their declaration of "no warning" was true for Hawaii but false for the west coast. KGW went so far as to get a NOAA on via phone for an interview, where he said that a warning was indeed in effect.

KPTV didn't change their message, nor admit that they were wrong. The closest they came was at 10, when Drew Jackson said that it now appeared that the warning was in effect for an hour or so, but that was it (and I'll bet that mgmt was off-camera with hook in hand to yank him off if he went any farther than that).

First is one thing, but if this had been a bigger deal, KPTV would have been in real trouble by reporing information that was dead wrong. I'll take second and right over first and wrong any day of the week.

Monday, June 20, 2005 11:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So where are you with thousands of Americans and scads of Oregonians dead, you know, like dead, for invade iraq first and wrongly search for WMD later, but there ain't any, but everybody said there was. Except the inspectors: Second and right, who reported that?. And except in their own meetings Bush Blair said they already knew there wasn't any.
So how are you with that? People go dead for first and wrong. Anybody you know? Dead, I mean.
You got any problem with that TV news worker, radio news worker, newspaper news worker??? You suck up lies and race to be first to say them and people be dead, I mean like 18-year-old kids. You got any problem with that? With being dead makers?
Hey, you know where your audience went? They're dead liars. Hey go hava beer with your buddy there, hitler. He gives good holocaust. Ratings to die for.

Monday, June 20, 2005 8:04:00 PM  

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