Brass Captures Challenges of 24-Hour Local News

RECEIVED Wed., Sept. 8, 2004

Dear Editor,
   Kevin Brass' article on News 8 Austin was the most comprehensive reporting on the dire situation of 24-hour news that I've read ["News 8 at 5," News, Sept. 3].
   As an executive producer who left News 14 Carolina-Charlotte before the bloodshed for family reasons, I've been shocked how few journalists actually failed to double check the press release that vastly understated how many people were actually let go. It's often very difficult to explain how 24-hour news works, but Brass' article did an excellent job of capturing the challenges and successes of what these stations offer communities. They could do even more, if they were given a real chance.
   I wish the management and staff at News 8 much luck. Good for them for diversifying their product!
   Hopefully they can survive the vast corporate greed that has taken another viable option away from viewers.
Alison Woo
Charlotte, N.C.
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