WNBC Removes Daily Connection From Schedule; Can The Rundown Be Far Behind?

WNBC has pulled the plug on the Daily Connection in favor of America’s Court with Judge Ross. The courtroom show begins today on Channel 4, and other NBC Owned Television Stations during the summer. It debuted in several top markets last September.

In the fall, a different show, but same theme takes the weekday 12:30 p.m. slot, as We the People with Gloria Allred premieres.

Daily Connection had been nothing more than a clearing house for NBC lifestyle and health stories (some that aired, some that may not have) using a pair of interchangable WNBC hosts.  There was nothing local to this 30-minute program. (Daily Connection still airs daily on WNBC’s digital platform New York Nonstop at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.)

Having said that, WNBC should now look to take it one step further and erase The Rundown from their schedule at noon. For starters the title is misleading, as viewers get the feeling that a “rundown” of stories is being planned for the evening newscast. In reality, hosts Michael Gargiulo and Tracie Strahan present an amalgam of quasi debate and retread stories from the night before.  That includes a nearly even assortment of local and national stories.  

At least, The Rundown starts out with a local “break-away” to news headlines and a (usually taped) weather forecast. Of course, if it’s really The Rundown there would be no need for a cut-in to news and weather. Therefore, if you’re interested in seeing news headlines at noon, WCBS/Channel 2 or WABC/Channel 7 is a more sensible choice with a complete, live 30-minute newscast.

Only in the rare case, when there’s breaking news or for snowstorm mode, WNBC skips The Rundown opting instead for live coverage.