I've noticed changes in the on-air content over the last year or so at KSL.
We're already aware of changes with the schedule, with Dave and Dujanovic, Jay Mac and Jeff Caplan.
But what I'm talking about is hearing less local news today than in years past.
For example, I heard Brian & Amanda's full hour "in-depth at 8" this morning. Right off the top of the hour, one semi-local story involving a Utah politician, then a story from North Carolina, followed by another story from NC. Both stories with sound from a local tv station in that state, or ABC News.
Afternoon News features fewer local stories too, I've noticed. I'm sure they only have 1 live reporter on the streets. Back when I worked for them I'd be out with 2 or 3 other live reporters covering local stories.
So here's my question:
Does less local content indicate a format shift from all news to news & commentary, or are we seeing a leaner staff and fewer people covering local stories due to budget cuts?
All-news stations are very rare due to how expensive they are. It's actually pretty remarkable how much news there is on KSL as it is. At the vast majority of news/talk stations the emphasis is on the talk. It's predictable that all companies will look to trim costs where it won't impact the ratings and their revenues. The trick is figuring out where the tipping point is and not going over it.