Tuesday, April 3, 2007

KETV Delivers 'More Complete Coverage' Of Altman

If you don't care much about Creighton University men's basketball, you probably didn't like the 6 p.m. newscast KETV (Cox Channel 9) delivered Tuesday after it was learned Dana Altman was returning to coach the Bluejays.

KETV spent the bulk of its newscast sharing the latest details on the breaking story, including reports from Todd Andrews (live from the Creighton campus) and former sports reporter-turned-consumer expert Mike Sigmond (on-set).

How on top of the story was the station that promises "More Complete Coverage" in its promotional spots? Weekend sports anchor Matt Schick was seen talking on his cell phone (to a source) coming out of one of Andrew's reports and Bluejay guard Nick Bahe was interviewed live on the phone during the first segment of the newscast.

13 comments:

Michael Carnes said...

I tuned into various parts of all four newscasts tonight, and KETV was far and away the best, with KPTM probably second-best.

Loved how Creighton duped all the 10 p.m. stations by holding the team meeting someplace off-campus (Qwest Center, supposedly). I'm sure they were all hoping to catch Dana at just the right moment for that "exclusive" welcome-home interview.

Anonymous said...

It's nice to see "Mr Know It All" Matt Sccchhhhtttiiccckkkkk get punk'd!!!

Anonymous said...

We'll see if the local fishwrap got duped like their brethren in TV. Me guesses they had their smarmy reporters lurking at every entrance to the Phone Booth.

Anonymous said...

Matt Schick did a great job and obviously had this story down, from Arkansas all the way back to Omaha. I agree 42 had 2nd best coverage. I thought Justice and "Action" was the Creighton-Station...

Anonymous said...

What is this Altman thing of which you write about?

Anonymous said...

Boy oh boy. You'd think God himself had come down to Earth and held a press conference the way these folks were all worked up.

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to decide who is the bigger drama queen: Dana Altman or Chuck Hagel.

Anonymous said...

This is what I can't understand. Journal has the Jays on tv and radio, yet, they didn't break any of the news locally. It was broken nationally that he was leaving and by fox sports that he was coming home. You would think they would have got some inside information but they didn't. Maybe their "opinion not fact" shows ticked off Bruce Rassmussen so much that they weren't going to drop any of those nuggets to them.

Anonymous said...

Do you people even pay attention. Perrault read the Fox story on his show at 5:15. It was running as a crawl on channel 3 during the CBS evening news. (Oh that's right no one watches Katie Couric). Matt had it confirmed on sports 590 before Todd Andrews could get his hair fixed.

Anonymous said...

Perrault is the shining example of credibility. Oh wait, nevermind.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Perrault -- he was able to read copy from foxsports.com but did not confirm it himself. He spoke with the the writer, but did not confirm it with any of his own sources.

Action 3's crawl also attributed the report to foxsports.com. Congratulations to both -- they were fantastic middlemen.

KETV was the first to actually confirm it on the air with their sources, and following that they had player reaction live on the air with a phone interview. This was not about "breaking the story". Foxsports.com did that. It was about providing the best in-depth local coverage. Kudos to KETV.

And on a tangent, what was all that about Travia breaking the story about Altman taking the Arkansas job Monday morning? He relayed the foxsports.com story. He didn't "break" anything. He simply relayed information. That is not breaking a story. If Ross Jernstrom is the first Omaha media member to read an ESPN.com story, and goes on the air and says "ESPN.com is reporting that..." he is not breaking the story.

Let's get it straight.

Regardless, it's always entertaining to watch the media outlets handle these events. What a day.

MG73 said...

"Matt had it confirmed on sports 590 before Todd Andrews could get his hair fixed."

Oh merciful angels. That one made me spit Mountain Dew all over my monitor

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