WCHS Captain/Cronkite Dump 09/04/1966
John 12 Crofikife Follows Captain ftang In WCHS Purg f JV Personal By Jay Fredericks You may remember that some weeks ago I wrote that a rumor has made the rounds that one of the local television stations was planning planning to drop its evening network network news show. Well, the rumor came true last week ,as WCHS-TV cancelled cancelled the CBS evemng news with W a l t e r Cronkite m order to carry re-runs of "Gunsmoke". An old movie begins at 5 p m and runs until 6:40 p! m. It is followed by something something called Capital News Central, Central, a locally produced 20 minute TOWS-weather-sports s h o w . Then comes marshal marshal Dillon. . No matter how weH it is done, it is absolutely impossible impossible to cover adequately in 20 minutes national and interoa- tioil news, state news, local local news, weather and sports, network news sfeow is vi- SUNDAY SOLO mmmmmmmmmmmmmz tal if a station is going to make any pretense at all to news coverage. It is o b v i o u s , then, tot 1 has abandoned that pretense. For several years now, CBS has come in second to NBC in viewership of its evening The margin is has ter all these years, wry-as pa-sonified on Huntley-Bnnk- ley -- seems to be losing its popular appeal However, it would appear that WCHS prefers not to wait It feels, presumably, that more people will watch an old movie movie than wiH look at the news. The movie, no doubt, win be to local advertisers, ttius channeling more $$$$ into the bulging Rollins pocket. And something you can deposit in the bank is more important than public good will. WCHS already has proved this attitude attitude with its murder of Captain Captain Kangaroo. I understand from callers who have contacted me after they have called WCHS to complain about the demise of the good Captain that the answer at the station generally has been, "So what? Tlie decision's decision's been made We aren't Captain Kangarro same short shift doubtless wfll be given to those of you who caH about the cancellation of Gnonkite. In other words, nothing you or I can do is going to back Captain Kangaroo or Walter Cronkite or any otiier show that WCHS feels J kicking off. You can only nurse your grudge and switch channels.