What is happening to local TV news?

Looking at the Victoria, BC Market…

Here is some info on CHEK/CTV News for all of BC.

CHEK A18+ – 39,100 viewers per minute of which just 1,900 are under 50
CTV Two A18+ – 15,000 viewers per minute of which 4,000 are under 50

These numbers are about 1/2 of what they were 5 years ago.

What has happened to Local TV News!!!

Source: Numeris


Published on October 26, 2017 at 10:20 am by Voice Over


October 26, 2017 - 11:14 am


It has become a repeater for the web that’s whats happened. “Whats trending” a ghastly segment on CTV Calgary that feels like that it’s three geezers who put on peaked hats sideways, don gold chains, and stand on skateboards and show clips from the internet. The segment isn’t bad but put in a youthful host why dont’cha?
Generally TV has turned into radio – way too much talking and short shrift to moving images.
If moving images are used they show the same scene multiple times.
Geezers please retire before you kill the medium.

October 26, 2017 - 6:01 pm


Sorry rasterman but the blame lies with the greedy bloodsuckers (where have I seen that line) that own the news media in Canada. They spend next to zilch and are reaping exactly what they deserve.
Im surprised that they have any ad revenue at all. More often that not the ads on msm are just promos for the next lackluster poorly produced cheaply made serving of goop that is trying to appeal to a twitter type crowd that has less attention span than a hummingbird.

October 27, 2017 - 9:42 am


It is sad but Local TV News is the same as reading the morning news paper 10 hours later. I think the audience loss is because the stories are old and they have lost touch with their community. CHEK airs the same news 3 times a day. Pretty bad coverage for a large market TV station.

October 27, 2017 - 10:03 am


Another reason may be that they air the same Trump-bashing fake news garbage coming from CNN and the rest of the American liberal media, as well as the same Trudeau-trumpeting fake news from this side of the border (of which CBC is particularly guilty).

October 27, 2017 - 3:54 pm


No kidding, Vancouver TV Guy; the actual “local news” only takes 3 or 4 minutes to deliver, then its on to the same old garbage,

October 28, 2017 - 11:03 am

Just sayin’

Local Vancouver tv news is for idiots who love to see house fires, car crashes and endless cop stories, and then….all-U.S. This is lazy tv, programmed by lazy people and presented by even lazier people. Low-hanging fruit designed for how lazy consultants view us: lazy dummies. No wonder viewership is declining. With thousands of great News apps providing real-time events, why would anyone watch a supper hour newscast. And if they think their so-called ‘journalists’ and phoney ‘talking heads’ attract anyone….duh.

October 28, 2017 - 12:18 pm


I agree with just sayin sloppy, lazy and entitled no longer.
We have choices now buh bye!

October 29, 2017 - 9:22 am

michael H.

Sadly Jill Kropp who I respected as good reporter now as News Director has taken the easy route and joined the Ambulance, Fire and Police Chasing Brigade for poor Tabloid “Journalism” Small local interesting stories seldom appear
She fired Mike MaCardell who CTV were very to Happy to rectify to their great benefit
I am sure the able News Preseenters roll their eyes in frustration at the constant nightly rubbish they have to present to a sagging viewership

October 29, 2017 - 1:42 pm

John H

Can’t trust the local news which is ante Trump fake news.
Feeds are taken from NBC ABC CNN or MSNBC none of which are trustworthy giving Canadians a slanted view.

November 6, 2017 - 6:57 pm

Earl McKenzie

What happened to Joe Perkins he was gone most of last week and tonight?

November 9, 2017 - 6:20 am


time for bt to step up and explain why kyle donaldson has vanished, they continue to show poor communication, example jody vance.

November 16, 2017 - 10:42 am


I stopped watching local TV news years ago because, as a journalist, it was more than frustrating to watch amateurs just being lead to pasture every day by the beancounters. The readers (presenters) DO have input into story selection and development, but rarely have a final say. So they just read what’s put in front of them. The Cops, Ambulances and House Fire formula has worked for decades, until the last few years, hence the declining viewership across the board. Social media is way ahead of them. As for foreign content, I guess a couple of the writers here would prefer to have local stations get ‘real news’ by taking feeds from Info Wars, Fox News and Breitbart. Now THAT would be demonstrably FAKE.

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