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Local News Service

The name Local News Service refers to a variety of news resource share services all started in 2008 and 2009. It sometimes does not refer to a specific sharing service but to the category in general. Typically, these services include pooling video crews to cover routine events and sharing helicopters used for newsgathering.

For 2009, the biggest development for local TV was content pooling.[1]

NBC-Fox partnerships are called Local News Service.[2]


Since 2000, Fox News, ABC and CBS have been partners in a national news pool partnership.[3]

In January 2009, NBC Local Media and Fox Television Stations set up the first Local News Service with their Philadelphia stations after testing since the summer 2008. Fox and NBC then added other markets where they both own stations.[4] In March, the first local news pool not formed by the NBC-Fox alliance was formed in Columbus, OH by Media General's WCMH-TV and Sinclair Broadcast Group's WSYX and WTTE.[5] On April 1, Fox Stations entered into its first pooling agreements without NBC in Phoenix (KSAZ-TV) with Scripps' KNXV-TV and Meredith's KPHO-TV and in Detroit (WJBK) with Scripps's WXYZ-TV.[5] The Fox(WFLD)-NBC (WMAQ-TV) partnership on May 11 started its Chicago pool its first with outside members: Tribune's WGN-TV and CBS's WBBM-TV.[6] On June 29, 2009, six weeks after the start of the Atlanta group, WGCL-TV exited the pool as they considered it restraining their ability to differentiation.[1] The Orlando local news service launched July 16, 2009 is the first to include a local news cable channel, Central Florida News 13.[7]


There is some concern that these agreements will cause local news coverage to be overly similar "or will enhance it." The involved stations claim that it will help the stations by allowing more specialized reporting by not tying up resourcing for routine events. Many of the stations involved have reduced news staff due to decreased advertising revenue. Fracturing audiences will continue the revenue decline and the need to continue to reduce costs. These partnerships are a natural solution along with outsourcing and other partnerships and content sharing to the revenue decline. However, the member stations may use the local news services as a reason for even more reduction in personnel.[6] Others say that it will be difficult for rivals to work together.[1]

News share servicesEdit

Market Launch
Station Owner
Philadelphia[8][9] Test: Summer 2008
January 2009
WCAU NBC TV Stations
WTXF-TV Fox Television Stations
Washington, DC[10] June 15, 2009 WUSA Tegna
WTTGa Fox Television Stations
Boston[11] June 1, 2009 WFXT Cox Media Group
WBZ-TV CBS Corporation
Chicago[6] May 11, 2009 WGN-TV Nexstar
WFLD Fox Television Stations
WBBM-TV CBS Corporation
Phoenix[5] April 1, 2009 KSAZ-TV Fox Television Stations
KNXV-TV Scripps
KPHO-TV Meredith
Cleveland[6] April 2009 WKYC-TV Tegna
Columbus, OH[5] March 2012 WCMH-TV Nexstar
WSYX Sinclair
Atlanta[2] May 18, 2009 WAGA Fox Television Stations
WGCL-TV Meredith1
Tampa[12] June 2, 2009 WTVT Fox Television Stations
WFTS-TV Scripps
WTSP Tegna
Detroit [5] April 1, 2009 WJBK Fox Television Stations
WXYZ-TV and WMYD Scripps
Los Angeles[13] June 15, 2009 KTTV Fox Television Stations
KTLA Nexstar
KNBC NBC Stations
New York[14] June 22, 2009 WNYWa Fox Television Stations
WNBCa NBC Stations
WCBS-TV CBS Corporation
WPIX Scripps
Grand Rapids, MI[15] July 13, 2009 WOOD-TV Nexstar
WWMT Sinclair
WZZM Tegna
Orlando, FL[7] July 16, 2009 WKMG Graham Media Group
WOFL Fox Television Stations
Central Florida News 13 Spectrum
Dallash[16] January 9, 2009 KDFW Fox Television Stations
KXAS NBC Stations

a. Also share in an "aerial news footage partnership" h. Helicopter shares 1. WGCL dropped out of the news share pool.[1]

Helicopter shares onlyEdit

Market Station Owner
Phoenix[17] KTVK Meredith
KPHO-TV Meredith
KPNX Tegna
Denver KCNC CBS Television Stations Inc
KDVR / KWGN Tribune Broadcasting
KMGH Scripps

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Malone, Michael (2009-07-13). "Atlanta Pool Springs Leak". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b Malone, Michael (2009-05-18). "Atlanta Stations Set to Share". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Analyst is Lukewarm on the Future of Local News". TV Technology. July 13, 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  4. ^ Greppi, Michele (November 2008). "Fox, NBC Stations Form Local News Service". TV Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e Malone, Michael (4/1/2009). "Fox, Scripps Create Local News Service". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 20 August 2012. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ a b c d Grotticelli, Michael (May 8, 2009). "Chicago stations join to share video crews for ENG". Broadcast Engineering. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  7. ^ a b Malone, Michael (2009-07-16). "Three Orlando Outlets Share". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  8. ^ Malone, Michael (2008-11-13). "Fox, NBC Try 'AP' Approach to Local TV". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  9. ^ Malone, Michael (2008-11-13). "UPDATE: Fox and NBC Want To Take Joint News Service National". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  10. ^ Malone, Michael (2009-05-21). "Gannett, Fox, NBC Share in DC". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  11. ^ Malone, Michael (2009-05-19). "WFXT, WBZ to Share in Boston". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  12. ^ Malone, Michael (6/2/2009). "Fox, Gannett and Scripps Share in Tampa". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 20 August 2012. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  13. ^ Malone, Michael (6/2/2009). "Three L.A. Stations To Begin Local News Video Share June 15". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 20 August 2012. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  14. ^ Malone, Michael (6/8/2009). "New York Pool: WNYW, WNBC, WCBS, WPIX". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 20 August 2012. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  15. ^ Malone, Michael (7/6/2009). "Grand Rapids Stations Share". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 20 August 2012. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  16. ^ Malone, Michael (2009-01-16). "Fox, NBC Expand LNS Relationship". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  17. ^