Archive for January 30, 2006
Goodbye to Local News
By Timothy Karr
In a final act of defiance, the anchor at Honolulu Fox
affiliate KHON-2 gives management a piece of his mind, before they pull the
THE BIGGEST THREAT to the type of broadcast journalism that
Edward R. Murrow championed in the 1950s comes today not from Congressmen of
the Joe McCarthy mold, but by way of the industry itself. Profit-driven
broadcast owners have strangled off local reporting to line their pockets with
more advertising dollars.
This crisis in journalism is explicitly tied to the dangers
of consolidated media ownership and speculation. We all suffer when media
corporations trample public service and local journalism in their drive for
Joe Moore, a veteran newscaster at Fox’s Honolulu affiliate, KHON-2, can speak well to
the issue. On Thursday, he anchored the station’s newscast as sweeping newsroom
layoffs were taking effect. As a small concession from management, Moore was allowed to
write and read his sign off to viewers. Courtesy of NewsBlues (a newscaster
The Transcript of the Final Newscast
tonight, this has been a difficult day for most of us here at KHON2. It
was the final day on the job for our general manager Rick Blangiardi,
who refused to carry out the mass firing of over one third of our
station employees as ordered by our new owners, who will take over
The firings are not a matter of
cutting excess fat to improve efficiency; they will be a butchering of
an already lean workforce that will remove muscle, bone, and vital
(click here to read the rest of the transcript)
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