Producer Page: January
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Letters to the Editor
Producers on the Move
This is the first time I've felt compelled to respond to something in your
newsletter (which I read and enjoy, by the way).
I read with interest your commentary on the Pervert in the Park faux-pas.
The solution to this problem is simple: not having it happen the first
place. In our newsroom there is a clearly-stated, written policy in regards
to inappropriate pictures. As we are a supper-hour, and therefore "family"
show, offensive material may not be broadcast. Period. In the case of a
dispute, the story producer will make the final call. Where pictures are
shown that MIGHT offend some viewers, we issue a warning in the intro,
and use a special advisory key that says "viewer discretion advised."
Reporters who disregard these guidelines are subject to discipline.
And by the way, I couldn't help pick up the phrase "trying to stack
a show" in the letter from the senior producer for special projects
at WTVT in Tampa. I was surprised to see that term used in this day and
age. As a lineup producer myself, I would never describe my job in this
way; I'm a creator, not a stacker. Maybe this is a reflection of how OTHER
producers view the lineup job? I'd be interested to hear some opinions
from other producers on this issue.
Keep up the good work, Alice,
Producer, U.News at Six
Vancouver, BC, Canada
PRODUCERS ON THE
Mark Shepherd promoted to Senior Producer at WDIV in Detroit, overseeing
production of the 11 p.m. Newscast.