Tampa TV Stations Pooling News Resources

Yet another group of stations in a TV market is pooling its video resources for local news, a practice that is sweeping local TV. Beginning Tuesday (June 2), three stations in Tampa, Fla.—WTVT, Fox Television’s owned-and-operated station; WTSP-TV, Gannett’s CBS  
affiliate; and WFTS-TV, E.W. Scripps’ ABC affiliate—announced the launch of a local news service that will arrange the collection and video delivery for the coverage of certain broadly covered local events.

While the stations may share video, each station will operate independently and apply the station’s own editing and reporting style to commonly covered stories.

TV stations have been taking a number of steps to offset steep revenue declines, but the local news service has emerged as one of the most popular. The practice took off after last summer, when Fox and NBC Local Media in Philadelphia tested out the concept. Since then, Fox and NBC have agreed to institute a local news service in the five markets where they both own stations. In April Fox struck a similar pact with The E.W. Scripps Co. Just last month stations owned by Fox, NBC and Gannett formed a local news service in the nation’s capital. 

Three stations owned by Fox, Meredith Broadcast Group and Gannett, are testing out a local news service in Atlanta and another three stations in Los Angeles (Fox’s KTTV, NBC’s KNBC and Tribune’s KTLA) are ready to join the video-sharing throng on June 15.

Like the other local news services around the country, Tampa LSN is run by an independent managing editor who will determine the stories to be covered each day by the news service. The video produced by the LSN will be used for all local TV video, including on air, online and mobile.