There is a lot of discontent over the dropping of the 9:00 P.M. WGN TV News that once aired nationally. Media critic Robert Feder tapped into the controversy this week, and I found one comment in his column from Matt Cherniss, president and general manager of WGN America, to be simply astounding.
Starting in April, WGN America will air its first original scripted drama series, “Salem,” set during the infamous 17th century witch trials in Massachusetts. In July, the network will premiere its second original series, “Manhattan,” dramatizing the race to build the first atomic bomb (known as the Manhattan Project) in Los Alamos, N.M.
“We want our series to transport the audience to worlds that they have never experienced and tell big, operatic stories that entice and entertain,” Cherniss said.
Sources said Cherniss expects very little negative reaction to his decision to drop the 9 p.m. newscast, a move he was eager to make with months to go before the rollout of original programming. “There wasn’t much support for keeping it there,” an insider said.
Talk about spin!
I have heard nothing but angry words from people who want to see this news program. My blog comments are very much proof of that fact.
What the latest version of ’management’ at WGN America fails to understand is akin to the woes the newspaper industry has experienced. That being how niche’s make up a whole. Providing the same programming as so many other channels does not make for real growth in viewers, or expand the reasons that WGN should stand out and above other channels that come into my home.