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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:53 PM

How Current-TV could improve their programming?


They have some really good hosts already but the format of their programs are behind the curve. Whether we like Scarborough or not, he has a good format with rotating guests speaking on different subjects. It's unfortunate that Scarborough ruins the format with his abrasive style and rude shouting, but the format is a winner.

Bill Press, for example, is a very good host but he cannot carry an interesting show for 3 hours every morning. He needs others to help him carry the program. A roundtable discussion is much more interesting than one viewpoint. That's just the way it is.

If Current-TV could adopt the intelligence and the style of the Chris Hays show, early weekend mornings on MSNBC, then they could compete with anyone. Single hosts are a thing of the past. Current-TV needs to change, in my opinion.

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Reply How Current-TV could improve their programming? (Original post)
kentuck Jun 2012 OP
warrior1 Jun 2012 #1
Bandit Jun 2012 #2
randr Jun 2012 #3
rurallib Jun 2012 #5
AndyTiedye Jun 2012 #4
Xyzse Jun 2012 #7
csziggy Jun 2012 #6
AngryAmish Jun 2012 #8
Lydia Leftcoast Jun 2012 #9
HopeHoops Jun 2012 #10
richmwill Jun 2012 #11
limpyhobbler Jun 2012 #12
kentuck Jun 2012 #13

Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:54 PM

1. HD

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 03:15 PM

2. Oh I don't know, I find myself watching more Current and less MSNBC all the time..

I am becoming quite partial to "The War Room" lately...I also like the Spitzer Show. I was bouncing back and forth between MSNBC and Current. During a commercial break I would switch but lately I find myself staying with Current more and more.

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Response to Bandit (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 03:20 PM

3. Ditto

If I am going to spend some of my time I want to hear solutions offered and just straight facts.
MSNBC has become a whine fest.

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Response to Bandit (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 03:26 PM

5. pretty much what I do. I really like Spitzer

and Cenk makes me think. Can't remember the last time I saw Tweety.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 03:22 PM

4. 90% of us Can't Get Current TV On Our Cable Anyway

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Response to AndyTiedye (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 03:38 PM

7. Agreed!

I can't find it in my cable either.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 03:33 PM

6. They also need to upgrade their sound quality

The sound is really fuzzy and about half volume or less than any other channels. This was true when I got it over DirecTV and is still true over Prism TV (CenturyLink internet TV), so it's not just the provider.

I have to jack the volume way up to understand what is being said. But I am a channel hopper and get blasted with the elevated sound when I jump to other channels. So I avoid watching Current since I can't easily jump between channels.

If it takes moving to HD quality to improve their sound, then they should invest the money now, not later.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 03:39 PM

8. Keith Olbermann is looking for a job...

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 03:41 PM

9. Take a clue from the station that they destroyed and start showing foreign news broadcasts

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:37 PM

10. More flesh.

 

- Old SNL reference with Jane Curtain on their "news" show.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:07 PM

11. Prison reality shows on weekends (just kidding)...

Seriously, I would say besides the programming itself they should fight for a better channel number on the systems that carry them. And cable channels do fight each other for lower channel numbers, by the way. I had Current at my previous apartment, it was somewhere in the 800's. Where I currently live, it's channel 560. CNN is 46, MSNBC is 49, Fox News is 70. People aren't going to browse around and click up to a channel in the 500's unless they really intend to watch a specific channel.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:31 PM

12. Wish I could get that channel at all.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:11 PM

13. One thing they might try to do...?

..is not to have their commercials at the same time as MSNBC. People usually switch channels during commercial breaks. They don't like to switch from one commercial to another. I have noticed that Current is loaded down with commercial breaks, as is MSNBC, and as the Chris Hays show on the weekend. It's difficult to follow a discussion.

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