March 4, 1990
Even the "instant gratification" audiences of today are tired of tabloid (TV news). With the kind of commitment being shown by KCAL, with adequate equipment, with the existing credibility of the Disney image, the public surely has a shot at seeing the tabloid trend's disappearance in the interest of intelligent coverage. Given KCAL's plan for three-hour broadcasts, perhaps now we can see more in-depth attention to details. Perhaps those at the anchor table will cut the cute chitchat and relate instead to the viewer . The competitor who subtly ignores the fact that KCAL is new by taunting "they have no track record" must realize that viewers simply ask demandingly of a station: What have you done for me today ?
May 31, 1989 |
Jerry Nachman, a columnist for the New York Post, was appointed today as the newspaper's new editor. Nachman succeeds Jane Amsterdam, who was officially relieved today of her duties as editor by the tabloid's owner and publisher, Peter Kalikow. Amsterdam, former editor of the magazine Manhattan,inc., was the paper's editor for 50 weeks. It had been reported that there was friction between the editor and publisher over a decision to cut back the size of the tabloid's Sunday edition, which has lost millions since it was introduced in March.
January 25, 2008 |
Amy Winehouse, nominated for six awards at next month's Grammys, has entered a drug rehabilitation facility, her record company said Thursday. A picture of the 24-year-old singer inhaling fumes from a pipe was published this week by British tabloid the Sun. "Amy decided to enter the facility today after talks with her record label, management, family and doctors," Universal Music Group said in a statement. "She has come to understand that she requires specialist treatment to continue her ongoing recovery from drug addiction," the statement said.
April 13, 1989
Toronto Sun Won't Take On Herald: Toronto Sun Publishing Corp. has decided against joining forces with the Hearst Corp. to convert the Los Angeles Herald Examiner into a tabloid, said John McCabe, general manager and chief operating officer of the Herald Examiner. The Toronto Sun, which publishes several successful tabloids in Toronto and other Canadian cities, said it was too involved in other ventures to take on the money-losing Herald. McCabe said he didn't know whether Hearst was looking for another partner.
April 26, 1989 |
Britain's Princess Anne was mobbed by photographers and reporters as she arrived today for an Olympic sports meeting. Princess Anne, president of the International Equestrian Federation, normally does not attract media attention when attending sports meetings. But her appearance here came shortly after personal letters written to her by a Buckingham Palace staff member disappeared from her palace office and wound up in a British tabloid. The princess chatted with officials from other federations as she passed by swarming photographers and reporters but made no public comment.
March 24, 1990
We purposely rushed out Sunday morning to buy your paper to see the article on the UCSB Gauchos, only to become outraged at Mike Penner's trashy, sour-grapes article. Where is this guy from, anyway, and let's send him back. There's a group of former Santa Barbara Los Angeles Times subscribers more than willing to contribute to this worthy cause. His personalized attacks against our players' names and haircuts was not only totally uncalled for, but it has absolutely no place in your newspaper--it doesn't even belong in a tawdry tabloid.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1991
The featured articles on "outing" convinced me, enough is enough. I personally do not care with whom one sleeps. My objection is to the "sexualizing" of situations that have nothing to do with sex. Government offices, college classrooms and Boy Scout troop meetings are inappropriate forums for public declarations of which gender one prefers for sexual relationships. I realize this sounds like an injunction to "stay in the closet," but I fail to see what is gained by public announcement of what goes on between your sheets.
September 2, 1990
Isn't it interesting in this era of anything goes tabloid television and sweeps weeks, when Peeping Tomism passes for news, that advertisers should get upset about shows of content tackling serious issues? Is it OK when the viewing audience is leering at the human condition, but not OK when they're seriously engaged? Except for a small body of work, the networks have written off viewers who want some challenge in their viewing selection. Is it any wonder a growing audience is retreating to cable channels or turning off the set all together?