Tuesday, October 27, 2009

How cheap is your company?

Okay, to alleviate the stress of upcoming sweeps, we're collecting tales of cheap behavior by TV stations. So send in your best manager-throws-nickels-around-like-manhole-covers stories. Some classics you'll have to beat:

-The anchor candidate who was dropped off at the airport just before lunchtime and handed a candy bar.

-The station with only one portable light so the second evening crew had to shoot outdoor standups using the high beams of a Ford Bronco.

-The manager who rationed Sweet'N'Low for the office coffee machine. When you ran out for the month, it left a bitter taste in your mouth. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

-The station that used Video News Release tapes for field tapes.

-The station that ran ads for a bogus opening to replenish its supply of 3/4 inch field tapes.

So let's have those "tales of cheapness" for the Hall of Fame. All contributions will be posted anonymously. Send 'em to tvnewsgrapevine@gmail.com

And don't forget to turn off the lights when you leave the newsroom.

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