Registrations in the queue through August 30 at 8:00p ET have now been activated. Enjoy! -M.W.

Terms of Use have been amended effective October 6, 2019. Make sure you are aware of the new rules! Please visit this thread for details: https://www.mibuzzboard.com/phpBB3/view ... 16&t=48619

Great addition to NBC25/FOX66

Discussion pertaining to the Tri-Cities, Flint, Mt. Pleasant, and Bad Axe
organman95
Posts: 284
Joined: Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:49 pm

Re: Great addition to NBC25/FOX66

Post by organman95 » Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:48 pm

sinklair wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:25 pm
Kristen took the job at 25-66 to be closer to her fiancé. She could and should have done much better... but I hope she’s happy and can help elevate the quality of what they are calling journalism on Pierson Road these days.
That's why I said she'll be great for NBC25/FOX66. She knows how journalism is supposed to work. And I believe she can help bring NBC25 up in the ratings game.

Anyone know when her start day is? And is she going to be an anchor?



sinklair
Posts: 751
Joined: Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:59 am

Re: Great addition to NBC25/FOX66

Post by sinklair » Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:24 am

I’m sure Kristen’s a great person, but she’s coming from the last place station in the TC/Cadillac market. I’m not holding my breath that she’s going to make much of an impact at NBC 25 and Fox 66 until there’s a change at the top.



organman95
Posts: 284
Joined: Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:49 pm

Re: Great addition to NBC25/FOX66

Post by organman95 » Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:40 pm

sinklair wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:24 am
I’m sure Kristen’s a great person, but she’s coming from the last place station in the TC/Cadillac market. I’m not holding my breath that she’s going to make much of an impact at NBC 25 and Fox 66 until there’s a change at the top.
There are two main reasons for that. 1) There has always been a H*** Grand Traverse Area focus, leaving nearly everyone out. My opinion here, but I don't think Les Biederman had a whole lot of interest in TV, putting WPBN (and later WTOM) on the air simply to have NBC programming in Northern Michigan. Just my opinion. 2) Before Raycom in 1997, the station was owned by small companies that I think wanted TV, but then figured out how expensive it is to run, so sold off. Raycom put a tremendous amount of money into the station, and it was really coming up. Then the Barrington disaster. And who knows what the hell Sinclair has or will do to it.

Now, I don't know if NBC25 was a somewhat similar situation like 7&4 with a ton of small owners, but it appears to me that was.



sinklair
Posts: 751
Joined: Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:59 am

Re: Great addition to NBC25/FOX66

Post by sinklair » Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:55 pm

Yes, WEYI and WPBN were both owned by Barrington Broadcasting... and as a result suffered the same lack of investment and direction... before Big Brother/Sinclair swooped on in to cut jobs and put on national pro-Trump editorials.



organman95
Posts: 284
Joined: Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:49 pm

Re: Great addition to NBC25/FOX66

Post by organman95 » Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:05 am

sinklair wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:55 pm
Yes, WEYI and WPBN were both owned by Barrington Broadcasting... and as a result suffered the same lack of investment and direction... before Big Brother/Sinclair swooped on in to cut jobs and put on national pro-Trump editorials.
Thing is, Sinclair didn't cut jobs at WPBN. ADDED jobs. Barrington nearly had things cut to a skeleton crew, as I believe was also the case with WEYI. The only "good" Barrington did for WPBN was make a new set that was badly needed. They had used the same set since I *think* '94/'95.



Dudley
Posts: 87
Joined: Thu Jul 19, 2007 3:36 pm

Re: Great addition to NBC25/FOX66

Post by Dudley » Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:19 pm

The new set @ WPBM was built by a WEYI Employee!



sinklair
Posts: 751
Joined: Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:59 am

Re: Great addition to NBC25/FOX66

Post by sinklair » Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:00 am

WEYI has lost more people this past year from forced retirements, layoffs, firings, non-contract renews, Moving on to bigger markets, spending more time with family — whatever you want to call it/“spin it” — than WJRT and WNEM combined. The reason is simple: cut costs to improve profit margins. They air a significant amount of “must run” stories not just to serve up the conservative philosophy pushed by corporate overlords Sinclair Broadcasting... but because it’s cheaper to fill the time with one reporter serving 70+ news stations. Sinclair continues to mandate a maximum 1.5% yearly pay increase despite making record profits and touting the President’s great handling of the economy. You can spin it lots of ways, but Sinclair’s top brass take every opportunity to reinforce the message that quality journalism comes second to increasing profits. What they fail to understand is their business is broadcast journalism, which requires attracting/keeping good people who know the community and aren’t afraid to (quoting our good friends at WNEM) “ask the tough questions.” Some of the most talented people I’ve met in decades in this industry are shoved out/flee the station because of a horrible management team and toxic workplace culture built off saving a buck at all costs and giving favors based off who kisses the boss’s butt the most.

But come on down to Frankenmuth for some chicken and buttered noodles so we can pretend there’s nothing wrong at the station’s annual “holiday party” — as long as you’re not required to work. Then we’ll send back cold left overs.

The GM and the Assistant GM (aka the Promotions Director) don’t have the backbone or vision to take this last place station anywhere but further downhill. And you won’t find many people working there that will defend management and Sinclair because they’ve seen the station go from being able to compete, to hiring some great anchors and reporters, and producing some award winning stories... to nowadays where people dread coming into the newsroom to be told how we’re not doing enough while they continue to cut staff and budgets.

But cold chicken and a selfie station makes everything better... right?



organman95
Posts: 284
Joined: Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:49 pm

Re: Great addition to NBC25/FOX66

Post by organman95 » Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:56 am

Dudley wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:19 pm
The new set @ WPBM was built by a WEYI Employee!
I know. Point is, the station got a new set. And then the current (and WEYI current) under Sinclair, which are both lightyears better, in my opinion.



organman95
Posts: 284
Joined: Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:49 pm

Re: Great addition to NBC25/FOX66

Post by organman95 » Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:02 am

sinklair wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:00 am
WEYI has lost more people this past year from forced retirements, layoffs, firings, non-contract renews, Moving on to bigger markets, spending more time with family — whatever you want to call it/“spin it” — than WJRT and WNEM combined. The reason is simple: cut costs to improve profit margins. They air a significant amount of “must run” stories not just to serve up the conservative philosophy pushed by corporate overlords Sinclair Broadcasting... but because it’s cheaper to fill the time with one reporter serving 70+ news stations. Sinclair continues to mandate a maximum 1.5% yearly pay increase despite making record profits and touting the President’s great handling of the economy. You can spin it lots of ways, but Sinclair’s top brass take every opportunity to reinforce the message that quality journalism comes second to increasing profits. What they fail to understand is their business is broadcast journalism, which requires attracting/keeping good people who know the community and aren’t afraid to (quoting our good friends at WNEM) “ask the tough questions.” Some of the most talented people I’ve met in decades in this industry are shoved out/flee the station because of a horrible management team and toxic workplace culture built off saving a buck at all costs and giving favors based off who kisses the boss’s butt the most.

But come on down to Frankenmuth for some chicken and buttered noodles so we can pretend there’s nothing wrong at the station’s annual “holiday party” — as long as you’re not required to work. Then we’ll send back cold left overs.

The GM and the Assistant GM (aka the Promotions Director) don’t have the backbone or vision to take this last place station anywhere but further downhill. And you won’t find many people working there that will defend management and Sinclair because they’ve seen the station go from being able to compete, to hiring some great anchors and reporters, and producing some award winning stories... to nowadays where people dread coming into the newsroom to be told how we’re not doing enough while they continue to cut staff and budgets.

But cold chicken and a selfie station makes everything better... right?
My thing is, how is Sinclair in business with the practice model that it uses? If journalism is second to profits, how are they making those profits when people leave stations? It doesn't add up



lovinlife101
Posts: 5502
Joined: Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:53 am

Re: Great addition to NBC25/FOX66

Post by lovinlife101 » Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:51 am

organman95 wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:02 am
[quote=sinklair post_id=590065 time=<a href="tel:1576324804">1576324804</a> user_id=15185]
WEYI has lost more people this past year from forced retirements, layoffs, firings, non-contract renews, Moving on to bigger markets, spending more time with family — whatever you want to call it/“spin it” — than WJRT and WNEM combined. The reason is simple: cut costs to improve profit margins. They air a significant amount of “must run” stories not just to serve up the conservative philosophy pushed by corporate overlords Sinclair Broadcasting... but because it’s cheaper to fill the time with one reporter serving 70+ news stations. Sinclair continues to mandate a maximum 1.5% yearly pay increase despite making record profits and touting the President’s great handling of the economy. You can spin it lots of ways, but Sinclair’s top brass take every opportunity to reinforce the message that quality journalism comes second to increasing profits. What they fail to understand is their business is broadcast journalism, which requires attracting/keeping good people who know the community and aren’t afraid to (quoting our good friends at WNEM) “ask the tough questions.” Some of the most talented people I’ve met in decades in this industry are shoved out/flee the station because of a horrible management team and toxic workplace culture built off saving a buck at all costs and giving favors based off who kisses the boss’s butt the most.

But come on down to Frankenmuth for some chicken and buttered noodles so we can pretend there’s nothing wrong at the station’s annual “holiday party” — as long as you’re not required to work. Then we’ll send back cold left overs.

The GM and the Assistant GM (aka the Promotions Director) don’t have the backbone or vision to take this last place station anywhere but further downhill. And you won’t find many people working there that will defend management and Sinclair because they’ve seen the station go from being able to compete, to hiring some great anchors and reporters, and producing some award winning stories... to nowadays where people dread coming into the newsroom to be told how we’re not doing enough while they continue to cut staff and budgets.

But cold chicken and a selfie station makes everything better... right?
My thing is, how is Sinclair in business with the practice model that it uses? If journalism is second to profits, how are they making those profits when people leave stations? It doesn't add up
[/quote]

One theory is that, and I don’t know if this is true or a rumor, that those who leave before their contract is up are forced to pay several thousand dollars. Is that true? In that case the station is literally making money on former talent.



sinklair
Posts: 751
Joined: Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:59 am

Re: Great addition to NBC25/FOX66

Post by sinklair » Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:09 am

Yes, if you leave before your contract is up, the company goes after you for a percentage of your contract wages... even if you are getting out of the business or going to a market where you aren’t competing against the company (like Detroit). Then they enforce a non-disclosure agreement where you can’t talk about it. And you are literally banned from ever working again at Sinclair. Since Sinclair pays at the bottom of the pay scale for its market size, they know the number of people willing to challenge them in arbitration what would be costly legal expenses to challenge the forced pay out, company ban and NDA are very few. It is so wrong.



lovinlife101
Posts: 5502
Joined: Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:53 am

Re: Great addition to NBC25/FOX66

Post by lovinlife101 » Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:35 am

sinklair wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:09 am
Yes, if you leave before your contract is up, the company goes after you for a percentage of your contract wages... even if you are getting out of the business or going to a market where you aren’t competing against the company (like Detroit). Then they enforce a non-disclosure agreement where you can’t talk about it. And you are literally banned from ever working again at Sinclair. Since Sinclair pays at the bottom of the pay scale for its market size, they know the number of people willing to challenge them in arbitration what would be costly legal expenses to challenge the forced pay out, company ban and NDA are very few. It is so wrong.
Why in the blue Hades would anyone work somewhere where you have to pay to leave? THIS IS LITERALLY PURGATORY!!!!

Is this something someone signs? Why would anyone sign such a stupid agreement?

If you took it to an attorney for advice they would say, “Ah HEEL NAW!”

Do you also have to sign up to sell Amway and purchase a timeshare as a condition of employment? It’s THAT STUPID!!!

How is this not indentured servitude?



sinklair
Posts: 751
Joined: Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:59 am

Re: Great addition to NBC25/FOX66

Post by sinklair » Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:50 am

Because it’s built into their contracts and if you object before signing then Sinclair will say thanks, but we’ll just hire someone else. When you’re looking for a new job, why would you risk losing the job and being banned from being hired for potential jobs at one of the largest local broadcasters in the country?

That’s why the FCC needs to look at current ownership rules to prevent the type of arrangements that allow Sinclair and other mega broadcasters from using these sort of anti-worker tactics.



lovinlife101
Posts: 5502
Joined: Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:53 am

Re: Great addition to NBC25/FOX66

Post by lovinlife101 » Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:19 pm

So let me get this straight, Dave Blondie pays an agent in order to get him a job at the last place Sinclair station in the Flint market. Then he signs a contract that states he has to pay the company if he were to ever leave this job. So he is getting screwed coming and going. Most reporters and anchors in Detroit don’t have an agent, and they most definitely would not sign a contract that forces them to pay the company to leave.

Is Blondie that self-conscious and lack that much self confidence that he hast to pay an agent to get a job at the worst station?



sinklair
Posts: 751
Joined: Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:59 am

Re: Great addition to NBC25/FOX66

Post by sinklair » Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:27 pm

If Dave Bondy — not Blondie — wishes to take a job in his home state to be closer to family, that is his right. And he shouldn’t be forced to sign these anti-competitive, anti-worker clauses that Sinclair puts into its contracts and enforces if/when one of its workers find a better job, better market, position that pays more money, etc. As 101 says, workers are getting screwed coming and going.



Post Reply Previous topicNext topic