Robert Feder: Nexstar Media pulling the plug on CLTV Chicago cable news channel
Posted by WYTZZ95FM on December 17, 2019, 11:46 am
It is a shell of what it was. I always thought the downfall was not putting it on OTA. A subcarrier perhaps. But it could have easily been a LOCAL outlet (not FOX, MSNBC, CNN etc) that delved deeper into headlines and stories, cross promoting on WGN-TV. |
Also gone is breeding ground to preen future talent, that did come out of CLTV.
They are feeding dead air to the cable & Sat carriers starting on 1/1/2019, forfeiting bandwidth that other die for on those delivery mediums. How hard would it have been to start airing "family classics" all day long or reruns of Bozo and other classic WGN programming, on a permanent basis or until they found new programming?
This is a sign of more cost cutting and WGN expanding news "headlines" through most of the day in the future.
CLTV, the 24-hour local cable news channel launched as Chicagoland Television on New Year’s Day 1993, is shutting down at the end of the month, Nexstar Media Group announced Monday.
Although said to be marginally profitable, the operation never achieved its full potential as “Chicagoland’s source for local news, weather and traffic” and eventually was eclipsed by other cable networks, digital news sources and social media platforms.
Noting that “the media landscape has changed dramatically” since CLTV debuted, Paul Rennie, vice president and general manager of WGN-Channel 9 and CLTV, said the cable channel’s resources would be shifted to expand local programming and news at WGN, including sports and politics.
Link: Nexstar Media pulling the plug on CLTV cable news channel