From the Journal Star:
Members of the Peoria local chapter of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists at WEEK-TV Channel 25 and WHOI-TV Channel 19 rejected what Granite Broadcasting called its “last, best and final offer.”
The vote taken on Friday was 27 to 1.
…The union plans to hold a rally [...]
In the interest of fairness, I e-mailed WEEK’s general manager Mark DeSantis yesterday, and asked him about the employees’ concerns about outsourcing our local news to Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Here’s what he had to say:
[T]he one point that seems to be the most vital to the viewers of Central Illinois is that the [...]
I’ll let this video speak for itself, except to say I support keeping our local news local:
You can get more information on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/peoriaaftra. They’re encouraging everyone to contact their boss, their boss’s boss, and their boss’s boss’s boss:
Who to Contact:
Mark DeSantis General Manager WEEK/WHOI 2907 Springfield Road East [...]
I thought this was kind of funny. On page B1 of the Journal Star Thursday, December 30, there’s this little blurb:
What’s up with Bar Louie?
Blogger and entertainment editor Danielle Hatch is still trying to find out details on why there’s a closed sign on the door at the Bar Louie restaurant a [...]
I’m not sure when they started this (I don’t normally watch early-morning TV), but I just noticed this morning that WEEK’s “News 25 Today” local show with Garry Moore and Sandy Gallant is now being broadcast in high definition. It looks really good! There were very few technical glitches this morning, too.
UPDATE: All [...]
On WEEK’s screen crawl tonight, it says the “Spook River Public Library Dist.” will be closed tomorrow. I guess the folks in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, haven’t read any Edgar Lee Masters lately.
UPDATE: They got it fixed by the time Jimmy Fallon aired. Still funny, though.
A couple pieces worth reading, if you haven’t already:
Investigative Report on Overtime: With the city facing a budget deficit of $10-12 million, everything is under scrutiny, and that certainly includes the city’s largest expense: salaries. So kudos to the Journal Star — and specifically John Sharp — for the in-depth analysis of overtime [...]
The rumors have been flying for weeks. We all knew it was coming. And now it’s here: WEEK has taken over the operation of WHOI:
March 2, 2009 – Granite Broadcasting Corporation and Barrington Broadcasting Group, LLC announced that, effective March 2, 2009, WEEK-TV and WHOI-TV will be operated jointly from the WEEK-TV studios [...]
I admit it, I stayed up until midnight last night to watch all the analog TV signals go off the air. WTVP had a short countdown just before midnight that said, “after 37 years” on their analog frequency, they were shutting down “in just a few moments,” but that programming would continue on 47.1, [...]