Don't Mess with the Press

How to Write, Produce and Report
               Quality Television News

by Tony Seton



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APPENDIX

Newscast Formats

-- Early Evening News Hour
-- Third Evening News Half Hour
-- The Late Evening News
-- The Midday News
-- The Morning News

Early Evening News Hour

1

Open/headlines

:30

:30

2

News

6:30

7:00

3

Weather

:30

7:30

4

Commercial #1+2

2:00

9:30

5

News

7:45

17:15

6

Business

1:00

18:15

7

Commercial #3

1:00

19:15

8

Traffic

:15

19:30

9

Commercial #4

1:00

20:30

10

News

6:30

27:00

11

Sports

1:00

28:00

12

Commercials #5+6

2:00

30:00

13

News

4:00

34:00

14

Other News

3:00

37:00

15

Weather

:30

37:30

16

Commercials #7+8

2:00

39:30

17

Newsmaker

8:15

47:45

18

Commercial #9

1:00

48:45

19

Traffic

:15

49:00

20

Commercial #10

1:00

50:00

21

Business Minute

1:00

51:00

22

Viewer Q's

3:00

54:00

23

Sports

:30

54:30

24

Commercials #11+12

2:00

56:30

25

Recap

1:00

57:30

26

Goodnight/Forecast/Close

1:00

58:30

27

Station Break | Community Calendar

1:30

1:00:00

 

Third Evening News Half Hour

1

Open/headlines

:30

6:30:30

2

News

6:30

6:37:00

3

Weather

:30

6:37:30

4

Commercial #1&2

2:00

6:39:30

5

News

7:00

6:46:30

6

Business

1:00

6:47:30

7

Commercial #3

1:00

6:47:30

8

Traffic

:15

6:47:45

9

Commercial #4

1:00

6:48:45

10

News

5:30

6:54:15

11

Sports

:45

6:55:00

12

Commercial #5&6

2:00

6:57:00

13

Recap

:45

6:57:45

14

Goodnight/Forecast/Close

:45

6:58:30

15

Station Break | Community Calendar

1:30

7:00:00

 

The Late Evening News

1

Open/headlines

:30

11:00:30

2

News

6:30

11:07:00

3

Weather

:30

11:07:30

4

Commercial #1&2

2:00

11:09:30

5

News

7:00

11:16:30

6

Business

1:00

11:17:30

7

Commercial #3+4

2:00

11:19:30

8

News

4:45

11:24:15

9

Sports

:45

11:25:00

10

Commercial #5&6

2:00

11:27:00

11

Recap

:45

11:27:45

12

Goodnight/Close

:45

11:28:30

13

Station Break | Community Calendar

1:30

11:30:00

 

The Midday News

1

Open/headlines

:30

:30

2

News

6:30

7:00

3

Weather

:30

7:30

4

Commercials #1&2

2:00

9:30

5

News

7:30

17:00

6

Business

1:00

18:00

7

Commercial #3

1:00

19:00

8

Traffic

:15

19:15

9

Commercial #4

1:00

20:15

10

News

6:45

27:00

11

Sports

:50

27:50

12

Commercials #5&6

2:00

29:50

13

Forecast

:10

30:00

14

News

4:00

34:00

15

Other News

3:00

37:00

16

Commercials #7&8

2:00

39:00

17

Newsmaker

9:00

48:00

18

Commercial #9

1:00

49:00

19

Traffic

:15

49:15

20

Commercial #10

2:00

50:15

21

Business Update

:45

51:00

22

Viewer Q's

3:00

54:00

23

Sports

:30

54:30

24

Commercials #11&12

2:00

56:30

25

Recap

1:00

57:30

26

Good Afternoon/Close

1:00

58:30

27

Station Break | Community Calendar

1:30

1:00:00

 

The Morning News

1

Open/headlines

:30

:30

2

News

6:30

7:00

3

Weather

:30

7:30

4

Commercials #1&2

2:00

9:30

5

News

7:30

17:00

6

Business

1:00

18:00

7

Commercial #3

1:00

19:00

8

Traffic

:15

19:15

9

Commercial #4

1:00

20:15

10

News

6:45

27:00

11

Sports

:50

27:50

12

Commercials #5&6

2:00

29:50

13

Forecast

:10

30:00

14

News

4:00

34:00

15

Other News

3:00

37:00

16

Commercials #7&8

2:00

39:00

17

Newsmaker

4:30

43:30

18

Syndicated Features

3:00

46:30

19

Commercial #9

1:00

47:30

20

Traffic

:15

47:45

21

Commercial #10

1:00

48:45

22

Business Day

1:30

50:15

23

News to Come

1:00

51:15

24

Sports

:45

52:00

25

Commercials #11&12

2:00

56:00

26

Recap

1:30

57:30

27

Good Morning/Close

1:00

58:30

28

Station Break | Community Calendar

1:30

1:00:00

 

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