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Weather and Other Acts of Nature
No summer break for Hot Clips. And this month we focus on Weather and Traffic examples from around the country...
3D WEATHER (KNBC, Los Angeles): using augmented-reality to give an hourly forecast.
STUDIO TORNADO (Weather Channel): showing "the anatomy of a tornado" using The Lab, an augmented reality studio
RAIN SHOW & TELL (CBS DFW): an in-studio demonstration of just how much rain parts of Texas have received.
Weather. It’s May sweeps again – severe weather season in many parts of the country is already upon us. Weather. How much more is there that we can say about weather? Weather. In your planning for sweeps have you brought together news managers and weather teams to talk about how weather will recruit viewers and drive ratings in May – especially to late news?
As a SmithGeiger client you certainly have known for some time that weather is the number one reason for watching local news. But did you also know that weather now is one of the main reasons for changing the channel or turning off the TV? In many cases, weather is the number one cause of repetition in our local newscasts from daypart to daypart. This means viewers will actually turn the channel to see what the other meteorologists have to say. Do your viewers see the same weathercast in late news they saw at 6 p.m.? If so, you are in danger of creating an ejection point at a critical juncture in the newscast.
As you prepare for the May rating period – we believe one strategic move you should make is to take time to look at what you are going to do to win late news weather. More than likely it is time to recalculate how we present late news weather.
We all know how weather is a critical part of our success in local TV news and increasingly a key ingredient in the information we offer in social and mobile. As we start 2015, we should ask ourselves if we have reviewed our three screen weather recently for how well we living up to our promises of urgency and impact that we keep in our on air news stories. If we have made a commitment to bringing the viewer the most up to the minute, live, and impactful information in the lead story, the same effort should be made with weather, which one can argue, is a never ending local breaking news story on all screens.
A check list can help the team discuss what we will do together to win weather on all screens. This series of questions are meant to help focus everyone…producer, anchor, weather, director, social media manager and digital producer… It is not just for the weather to create all this value…it is the station team.
With the weather changing more often and its impact on the commuter playing a bigger role on a daily basis, it is important for morning newscasts to constantly evolve and augment what the viewer sees on their digital device in the morning. The key to understanding viewers’ very high interest in morning weather is to understand that they are looking to you to help them plan their day….in a language they can clearly understand. Yes, it can still be detailed, precise weather information….but it has to be about clearly helping the viewer to understand how weather will unfold throughout the next 12 hours.