KIAH's "NewsFix": The Anticipated TV News Revolution Begins Saturday, But We Won't Be Covering It

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What NewsFix is...will be revealed Saturday
The world, or at least that portion of it peopled by journalists, is mightily anticipating Channel 39's Saturday night newscast.

Why would they care about a weekend newscast that Houston barely watches? Because most of them will be gleefully hoping it will be an epic disaster.

KIAH is owned by the Tribune Company, which has ravaged the Chicago Tribune and has been promising a "revolutionary" approach to news in the TV stations it owns around the country. Houston is first up, with an anchorless, YouTube-y format known as NewsFix.

For many months, journalists have chortled about the over-the-top memos from Tribune executive Lee Abrams, an "ideas guy" who no doubt thinks outside the box and fired off many, many thoughts about the Tribune's paper and TV reporting until he lost his job.

(One of the memos, which attempted to show the TV news template he was trying to break up, featured a raunchy Onion TV clip. It came as Tribune execs were under fire for sexist behavior generally.)

As we say, the journalism world will be ready to pounce. (There's even a Hitler in Downfall video.)

Not us. We're conflicted out.

Our Craig Hlavaty -- wisely deemed the most camera-ready personality available in the Press newsroom -- will be appearing regularly in a Hair Balls segment of the show. He's been busy taping bits for a while now.

Tribune execs, including Lee Abrams before the fall, met with Press editor Margaret Downing and publisher Stuart Folb about the partnership.

We're as curious as anyone else to see the results. But the reviews will have to come from somewhere else.

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9 comments
Bobob
Bobob

Newsfix is the final destruction of journalism in the USA by Gannet, the Kochroaches, et. al.

I never thought I'd see the day when Chinese state TV (CCTV) or Al Jazeera provided more credible relevant news that we had in the USA, but with NewFix, that day has come.

John Marine
John Marine

I praise NewsFix for trying something different and in a different way. But to be honest, I'm disappointed. "Different doesn't always mean better," I always say. It's only different if you're fed up with traditional newscasting. You should have seen the "Simon Says" portion, which usually brings up good points even in the CW39 News days. Steve Simon mentioned new ways of delivering news and shying away from past practices.

NewsFix is a hot mess. Even in my own blog, I mention the positives and negatives of NewsFix. The scales, though, would weigh more on the negative side than the positive. And how bad must CW39 News is if it takes something like NewsFix to *hopefully* deliver a spark?

More questions, fewer answers. Story of my life. And probably also the story of NewsFix.

Andrea Flavin
Andrea Flavin

I am hoping this is a parody...because if this is news reporting at its finest, we are in trouble. I won't say anything negative about Greg-O or Jim Pruett as they were guests at my son's wedding . Andrea Flavin

JackRyan
JackRyan

Being as Roger Bare is attached to this program, it will be a disaster.

pirate jenny
pirate jenny

A tv show for losers by whores. There is nothing lower than the Abrams/ Michaels gang. His is their last lingering fart.

Mel Sharkskin
Mel Sharkskin

As has been the case for some 40 years, Ch. 39 once again has nothing to lose.

Guest
Guest

white dude college scholarships? I don't understand

Kimberly Garrison
Kimberly Garrison

You know when the vacum bag gets fuller and fuller...and you're just too lazy to change it....and then one day it just POPS and there's dust and debris everywhere? Just wait. Something similar is brewing over there at the WB. I'm going to get my popcorn and get ready for the show.

Capt. Obvious
Capt. Obvious

"Bullet Points" with Jim Pruitt should be interesting. Although I'm still ticked at Channel 39 for getting rid of Leticia Juarez. rreeeoooowwwww

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