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In fact, according to a Pew Research Center report released Monday, one in three have stopped tuning in to a particular news outlet because of fewer stories and less detailed coverage.

Local TV ad revenues were at a 10-year low in 2012, even with political ads from the presidential election. This translates to less investigative reports, more opinion pieces, shorter stories and more weather, traffic and sports filler.

“These cutbacks are real,” Amy Mitchell, acting director for Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, told the Associated Press. “And based on the data that we’ve collected, they are having an effect.”

The report concludes that news outlets’ “financial future may well hinge on their ability to provide high quality reporting.” However, with less money to finance such journalism, TV news outlets are now devoting 40 percent of total airtime to traffic, weather and sports, a 25 percent increase in airtime from 2007. This means less time for edited packages and breaking news. Mitchell told AP that this increase at the cost of local news coverage does not bode well for the industry’s future because weather, sports and traffic information is readily available online.

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Kira Witkin

Date

2013-03-18 14:40

In his valedictory speech after 23 years in the UK House of Commons, the Labour MP Chris Mullin pithily assessed the current era of consumerism, globalization and technological advance with the laconic observation that ‘I continue to doubt that there is a long term future for an economy based on shopping’. Indeed, it often appears that the end function of much-lauded technological innovation is merely to grease the wheels of consumer expenditure: recent years have elicited much comment on how Internet shopping transcends the stressful physicality of the high street, facilitating the sedentary nirvana of click-click-click-buy. Easy, you might think; but there are those whose business plans and entire future strategy depends on making it even easier. And much of this current thinking rests on one universal unchallengeable truth: there is nothing easier than sitting on the sofa and watching an episode of Friends.

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Frederick Alliott

Date

2012-11-14 20:00

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