Sneak Peek At KIAH’s Anchor-Less News

By Andrew Gauthier 


Those looking for a truly different spin on local TV news will apparently not be disappointed by Tribune Broadcasting’s experiment in KIAH Houston later this year.

According to people who have seen the pilot of the NewsFix format produced at Tribune’s WPIX New York under the directon of Chief Innovation Officer Lee Abrams, it casts off the familiar anchor-reporter paradigm and replaces it with a lot of animated graphics and man-on-the-street sound bites.

In one story, the narrator refers to terrorists as “bozos.” In another, a clip of fictional boxer Ivan Drago from Rocky IV is mixed into a story about the West getting tough with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. More…