Happy Holidays, C-J! Here’s your Furlough

Some media tidbits:

Occupy Courier-Journal:   Gannett just announcedthat, like Christmas every year, it’s time for unpaid furloughs at the Courier-Journal. It’s the fifth time this has happened in 3 years, and Gannett says it has saved $67 million by implementing the previous four furloughs. It’s tough to take for loyal C-J staffers, who must accept

Our secret photographer likes this new fence in front of an inner city residence

that it’s part of their lives now that they will never get paid their full salaries.

But what ticks them off  the most is that company execs, like Bob Dickey, continue to get multi-million dollar bonuses. Gannett paid Rick Dubow, the departing chairman and CEO, $1.75 million in bonus pay in 2010. Which is really, really despicable.

Local Ratings Summary: Not much has changed in local TV ratings — WLKY cleans up in all but one head-to-head news battle. WHAS-TV’s new programming – Great Day Live at 9 and its 4 p.m. newscast, haven’t been able to compete for the top spot in their time periods. In fact, GDL fell behind NBC’s Today Show to 3rd place behind the leader, Regis & Kelly on WDRB. Jeopardy remains the city’s most-watched regular show. In late-night news, WLKY has more than double the viewers for WAVE, which is also falling at Noon since it ditched 725 Live.

Political Ad expectations: 2012 should be a big year for political ad money, according to this story at TVNewsCheck. But the percentage of that money going into local news may decline, thanks to the presence of more Super PAC money. That money is more likely to go to sports and programming vehicles. And the story points out differences between what Republicans and Democrats watch.

For example, CBS’s NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and Survivor; Fox’s Bones; ABC’s Castle; and NBC’s The Biggest Loser and Sunday Night Football skew GOP. Dems favor NBC’s Dateline, 30 Rock and Law & Order:SVU; CBS’s The Good Wife and 48 Hours Mystery; ABC’s 20/20, CW’s Smallville; and Fox’s The Simpsons. Guess that makes me a Dem.