is this the future of tv news?
Walk around any local TV news station and you are taken by the vast capital investment that the building represents:
mile of carpeting, desks, cubicles, a cafeteria, it goes on and on and on…
Breakfast with Mike Sechrist, former GM at WKRN out here in San Diego this morning and the topic turned to ‘the TV newsroom of the future’.
Who would buy an edit suite today? Not in an era when you can edit just about anything on a laptop. Makes sense.
Extend that argument to cameras, satellite dishes, transmission towers in an era in which anyone can put video up online with a server and an online connection and suddenly the whole architecture of local tv news as we know it starts to collapse.
Is it any wonder that more and more local TV news stations are on the block? The smart money is dumping out while there are still ‘private equity holders’ who are willing to pay for them. And one may only assume that those private equity firms understand the new economics of video online and local news even better than those who are selling them.
Vast changes are coming to local news.
Its not going to go out of business – there are too many local ad dollars to be had.. but it is going to change.
When anyone can get a few VJ together with digital cameras and laptop edits, go out and gather local news stories and then put them into everyone’s house online, 24/7… the potential is there for a whole new kind of television (if that word still makes sense) news.
Local news is not dead, but it is going to change.
Today we’re going to put our collective heads together and try and figure out what it’s going to look like.
But here’s a good place to start: Boston.tv
A local video news show for Boston that’s entirely online.
Who can do this?
If you have spent the past 15 or 20 years in local news and you’re looking for what to do next, you probably qualify.
Go over the local University. Get yourself a dozen bright and eager young journalists. They all have their own cameras and laptops anyway. And start your own local news channel.
There is no ‘barrier to entry’ except your own anxiety.
Someone is going to do this.
Why not you?