Meanwhile, in TV land
But it's not just newspapers suffering in this changing media and economic climate. Broadcasters are similarly in tough straits. One example jumped out at me this morning when I read that WNYT-TV (Channel 13 Albany) has cut a number of positions, including popular anchor Lydia Kulbida.
How popular? Not only is the Channel 13 news top-rated in the Capital District, Kulbida routinely places first among area TV types in the Times Union's annual reader polls. (And having worked with Kulbida on WAMC, I can attest to her journalistic and broadcasting chops.) Yet her contract won't be renewed and she'll no doubt be replaced by lower-priced, less experienced talent.
When will the figurative blood-letting end? I wish I could tell you. But it's as bad as I've ever seen it in four decades on the job.
The fate of the media business may not mean a hill of beans to people who have their own personal financial issues, and that's understandable. But I'm here to tell you that there are negative consequences for a democracy when its newspapers and TV and radio stations don't have the wherewithal to put enough reporters' feet on the street.