What are the most important stories? Who should anchor the newscasts? This segment of Your View asks viewers what they would like to change in the local news.
Viewer Ross Mutrux said "Let's just use the flood for example right now. You are wearing it out. I know it is things we all need to know about, but also a lot of the murders, they get carried away with that. You hear it over and over and over. Let's use the Anna Nicole, we heard so much about that we were all sick of hearing about that."
"What Ross says is a common complaint of the media that we do too much of one thing and not enough of another. Actually because we covered the flood the way we did was because we wanted to err on the side of giving people as much information as we had to help them make decisions in their situations. With regard to something like Anna Nicole Smith, I actually checked in our archives and when that story broke about her death, we only aired it for two days and it was pretty brief," said Holly Edgell, KOMU Executive Producer.
Viewer Cindy Mutrux said "What I would like to change, and, particularly in the mornings, is you will take three or four stories and repeat them over and over. It would just be nice to mix it up with some kind of flare. It seems once you have heard the news once you just keep hearing it over and over."
Research of morning news audiences strongly suggests few viewers watch the entire 90 minute broadcast. They're getting ready for work or school, so we repeat stories in the mornings to make sure the majority of viewers get those top stories.
What are your thoughts? What would you like to change about local news? Send us an email by going to komu.com and clicking on the "Your View" tab.