This post was originally published on this site
While almost every TV station is being squeezed to produce more content, Fox-owned WTTG in Washington, D.C., is taking it to the next level with almost 80 hours of original shows per week.
In this Talking TV conversation, Paul McGonagle, WTTG’s VP and news director, walks through two new shows debuting this fall and how they represent the need to constantly innovate on more tried-and-true newscast formats. He shares how the newsroom organizes its workflows to accommodate its high volume of content, especially the all-important handoffs of developing stories between shifts. And he shares what he’s doing to find new talent in a tight market where fresh blood is increasingly rare.
Episode transcript below, edited for clarity.
WTTG, the Fox-owned station in Washington, D.C., is a local content powerhouse, producing 78 and a half hours of original content every week. This fall, the station is adding even more with a new lunch hour program and an anchorless show that will be shot inside the newsroom itself instead of in the studio. But in a period where every station is struggling with hiring and retention issues, the Great Resignation and burnout, how is WTTG or any station managing to make more shows?
I’m Michael Depp, editor of TVNewsCheck, and this is Talking TV, the podcast that brings you smart conversations about the business of broadcasting. Coming up, the conversation with Paul McGonagle, VP and news director of WTTG, about creating new kinds of shows and staffing them up without breaking