Friday, January 3, 2014

Does Televsion News Spend Too Much Time Covering Snowstorms and Their "Aftermath"?

The news media must properly advise the public that a snowstorm is coming and that people should prepare for it.  Meterology is not an exact science and it is often difficult to predict exact amounts of snowfall.  It is my experience that TV meteorolgists generally overpredict the amounts of snow.  I think it is better this way than to underestimate a snow event.

The prediction of 6 to 10 inches in NYC and its immediate suburbs today was correct.  It was a significant snowfall, but not the "blizzard of the century."  I do feel that TV news very often unnecessarily spends too much time covering the cleanup which I saracstically describe in the title above as the "aftermath".  Is it necessary for mainstream TV stations like WCBS, WNBC, and WABC to send crews out to different parts of the metropolitan to show how the cleanup is going once the storm has ended?  If a person is interested in extensive coverage they can turn to an all news station such as NY1 or News12.

Today I was annoyed since WABC-TV expanded its 12 noon newscast to one hour as I missed Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.  At that point the storm was over and they were covering the cleanup in different areas.

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