Monday, October 03, 2005

Welcome Back, Peter

I thought Saturday's column showed how far behind Mr. Ames Carlin is on the local media scene.

"Ackerman departing: Over at KATU (2), "AM Northwest" host Ken Ackerman is leaving the station and a 25-year career in broadcasting when his contract expires in November. The show's new co-host is ex-KGW (8) anchor Carl Click, who also will co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscast."

Um, it's 5 AM for Carl, and this and the other stuff he reported happened a while back, except the KOIN sale.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not understand why the Oregonian keeps this guy on the payroll. He is total white bread, has no passion for what he writes about and seems unable or unwilling to talk smack, something crucial ina media reviewer, He makes Nicholas look all badass.

Monday, October 03, 2005 10:00:00 PM  
Blogger Ruben Bailey said...

Not for any good reason at all, but I will give a little defense to PAC and say that while this is old news in SOME circles, to those outside of the "know" (i.e. the industry.this website) news is news.

I consider this site an "industry site" not unlike a trade "paper."
Everything here is "pre-first hand" and those who visit this site are def. on the insdie of the local media scene or are vested in some way in the local media.

Again, not to defend PAC, but a little bit of slack, I believe, is warranted here.

**Note: No slack can/should be given for the am/pm mistake. I do recall reading the column and saying to myself, "So Ackerman is doing AM Northwest (with somewhere around a 4am wakeup call) AND doing a 5pm broadcast?

Will there be a correction? You just know that PAC reads this blog!!

And yes, I am "" happy this morning, get off my back.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 7:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carlin is a total loss. Useless. Boring. Unconnected. Why bother?

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 7:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, if only the Big O would bring back Pete Schulberg...he always had interesting columns; they were local and he still has good contacts. Carlin's columns are designed only to be sold to other newspapers....any local mention is always a "tag" that can easily be dropped.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 9:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree, 9:45. Shulberg is a windbag, and a pompous one at that. Carlin at least has a sense of humor -- and he turns in some actual, thoughtful criticism, which is lacking in many sections of the O.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carlin is the classic case of someone who has his eye on the big time and is punching the clock here.
You can say a lot of bad things about Shulberg, but having no interest in local broadcasting is not one of them. I'll take a windbag over a wuss anyday.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger Ruben Bailey said...

Hmmmmmm. Windbag, Wuss. Windbag...Wuss.

I need to get back to you on that one.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 3:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PAC spews book reports from his Hollywood junkets....nothing more.

The O needs to chronicle the state of local broadcasting regularly....Schulberg or whomever....but it ain't getting done now.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 4:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of the state of local broadcasting -- more shakeups for Fisher/KATU:

KATU's parent, Fisher Communications, dumps Ben Tucker and brings in new president.

This probably means (at least) a new GM to come at KATU...and probably more shakeups there...
Fisher Communications, Inc. Board of Directors Announces Selection of President and CEO

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 4, 2005--Fisher Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSCI) today announced the appointment of Colleen B. Brown as President and Chief Executive Officer of Fisher Communications, effective October 10, 2005.
Ms. Brown has extensive experience in successfully leading broadcasting operations with several leading media companies, including Belo Corp., Lee Enterprises, Incorporated, and Gannett Co., Inc., and has a background of over 26 years in the industry.
"We conducted an exhaustive search, and our Board of Directors is confident that we have selected the right person to lead Fisher Communications in this complex and rapidly changing environment," stated Phelps K. Fisher, the Chairman of Fisher Communication's Board of Directors.
"I look forward to the opportunity and challenge of leading Fisher Communications -- an organization with an excellent broadcasting heritage and strong operating assets," stated Ms. Brown.
Benjamin W. Tucker, Jr., who has held the position of Fisher Communications' Acting President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2005, will leave the Company to pursue other interests in October 2005. Mr. Tucker had previously served as President of Fisher Broadcasting Company since 2001 and in a senior management position with Fisher since 1999.
"We value Ben's integrity and tireless efforts in behalf of Fisher Communications over the past several years," stated Mr. Fisher.
Fisher Communications, Inc. is a Seattle-based integrated media company. Its nine network-affiliated television stations, and a tenth station 50% owned by Fisher Communications, are located in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, and its 27 radio stations broadcast in Washington and Montana. It also owns and operates Fisher Plaza, a facility located near downtown Seattle.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 4:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and in other news, Warren Petrie is no longer employed at KOIN.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 4:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody better tell Carlin that KATU is now broadcasting in color.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 5:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of windbags... who is going to fill all that air time at KOIN if Petrie is gone?
And at the same time, there is now room for at least five big egos to fill the hole he leaves.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 5:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Warren Petrie hadn't been flying for awhile, and no one in the KOIN newsroom knew why.
It was obvious that "negotiations" were happening with him, and the fact that he was a leader in the movement to unionize on-air talent (It didn't happen) probably didn't help his cause.
It's obvious that competing in this market is not the priority over there. Who needs a helicopter, or live trucks that actually work, or a News Director, or a General Manager? And, that's just the short list.
Maybe the new owners will come in and spend a bunch of money to make things right...NOT!
The only things that keep them chugging along are that they're a CBS Affiliate (keep those CSIs coming!), and that there are a few people still left who've worked in Portland long enough to have developed some viewer loyalty.
Maybe they should just cancel the news, pay off the contracts, and run cartoons instead.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 6:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is another news flash for Peter to report when he gets around to reporting on the local media scene, KATU has 2 openings for reporter. All indications are John Capell has been politely shown the door, and now comes word that Elaine Murphy has found the door all on her own and has hastily walked on through. Good luck to them both.

Meanwhile KATU continues to muddle through each day working in remodel hell. Wires hanging down, plastic everywhere, and construction delay after delay. We know the future will be better, but hurry up already.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 7:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are right, Carlin is lame. He hardly ever reports on personnel issues at local tv stations, which the vast majority of citizens clamor to know about the moment they take place. When will the Oregonian learn that TV reporters are stars -- huge stars -- and that their contract negotiations, lateral moves and workplace inconveniences (wires hanging from the ceiling!) are BIG NEWS!?

He is a wuss. It makes me sick.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 7:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"vast majority of citizens"...? "TV reporters are stars"...? This is irony, right? Surely you're kidding. On the off chance you're actually serious, let me weight in: I for one don't give one fat damn about personnel issues at local TV stations. I don't watch TV news here, because it is so vapid and sensational. It's worse than bad.

A lot of the complaints here about PAC seem to center around the fact he doesn't bend over backwards to talk about the inner workings of the local TV stations -- and that's one of the main reasons I continue to read his columns. He's not a gossip. What you guys/gals seem to want is someone to gossip about you. PAC's a TV critic. He's not a media critic. If he was, he'd be taking the TV stations to task for the poor job they're doing reporting in this city, not gossipping about who has to deal with the apparently egregious inconvenience of wires hanging out of the ceiling.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005 9:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The O should have a media critic who comments on the quality and contant of local broadcast media.

Maybe you don't like it but local TV anchors are the equivalent of celebrities. It's an entertainment business and its competitive. The business pages carry the comings and goings of local executives. How is this so different?

Wednesday, October 05, 2005 9:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the point is that TV news should be a news business, not an entertainment business. But perhaps some of us are just naive to this reality.

Thursday, October 06, 2005 8:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Gal said...

Said above..."local TV anchors are the equivalent of celebrities". Yes, to the extent that the local population watches local TV news (not many, and growing smaller). PAC writes about what the larger number of viewers are interested in, and it's cable programming, not local news. Pieces that are pertinent to the audience? How refreshingly sensible!

Thursday, October 06, 2005 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous JustAnotherPrettyFace said...

Ugh, the notion that news anchors are TV celebrities really kind of turns my stomach. For those of us who actually care about the content, the "being on TV" aspect should come secondary. Should.

On air types shouldn't need Peter to track our comings and goings in his column.

And stations should probably do a better job of communicating with their own viewers when changes are taking place.

KATU, for example, has taken the approach of letting pretty prominent news people, like Paul Linnman, just slip away. No farewell, no look back at contributions made. Just here one day, on a KEX billboard the next.
Whatever happened to class? I remember the homage paid years ago when Bosley left. That seemed appropriate.

For reasons unclear to me, some viewers seem to identify with the TV news people. I guess because we're in their living rooms?

Some deference should be paid to that.

Thursday, October 06, 2005 11:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter may not have a green light on heavy local media coverage. The Oregonian bends over backwards to avoid listing other media outlets here locally. You never see Pamplin tagged as owner of "the Portland Tribune." When you're on top, you don't look down. Even other formats (tv/radio) I imagine are competing for ad dollars. Best to ignore them. That does beg the question of what his beat is, exactly. Coverage of the shows, I guess. Like Shawn Levy.

Friday, October 07, 2005 10:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummm--regarding Pete Schulberg: Know him, worked with him. Wouldn't use either "pompous" or "windbag" to describe him--he's a pretty nice guy. His knowledge of the local media scene is amazing, and he's also a little more in touch with what's going on in PDX and around the U.S. than Peter Carlin. If you get my drift.

Friday, October 07, 2005 6:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another Schulberg former co-worker. One of the nicest guys I ever worked with.

Sunday, October 09, 2005 11:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suggest everyone take another look at PAC's columns... more often than not, his pieces include sharp critiques of the American TV audience, Hollywood focus groups and corporate influence on the media. He's also pretty known for passionately begging people to watch genius shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, etc.

The O needs readers. From their point of view, are PAC's precious column inches better spent writing about something that has wide appeal (Mass Media) or something with limited appeal (coming and going of local anchor/hacks, F*CKING OFFICE REMODELING?? WHO CARES?). I care about those things, because I'm a media geek. Better left to the blogs, don't you think?

Monday, October 10, 2005 9:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? People would much rather here what prime time shows are worth watching instead of the latest gossip coming KOIN news. Think people, think!

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