Posted by BlahBlah, a resident of Livermore, on Mar 6, 2008 at 10:28 am
TV30 hires people too experienced for the positions they take on, which is why so much money is spent on staff. They have to give the more experienced people more money than they can afford. They should be hiring reporters fresh out of college but instead look for people with at least one year of experience.
Posted by watchdog, a resident of another community, on Mar 7, 2008 at 6:57 pm
This article is unfairly critical of TV30, yet supportive of Mr. Davis. The headline indicates that Davis was cleared on harassment charges while "Lockhart said the investigation into charges against Davis by Elliott and Ty showed insufficient evidence to support their claims". This is not the same thing.
These problems will only continue as the station has put the news producer who is in charge of the station who produces the show that is wasting the station's money. He is the person who brought Britney Spears and other content like "timesaver traffic reports" and "microclimate weather" to the news when it does not serve the Tri-Valley's interest.
TV30 needs to focus on public affairs programming, and get rid of all this other garbage. If they want to produce entertainment, it should be done by volunteers and not salaried employees.
By the way, TV30 used to have a Weekend newscast that aired on Friday, Saturday & Sunday but it was removed during Davis' tenure. So he actually is responsible for getting rid of more hours of news, and instead replaced it with programs from other stations that do not generate revenue.
Posted by Hill Ruby, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2008 at 11:25 pm
I like the news show. It's about the Tri-Valley. Every community is covered. Every day. I never see Pleasanton covered on the other stations like it's covered on Channel 30. The same goes for Livermore, San Ramon and Dublin. How can the station be wasting money on the news when it's doing exactly what it's supposed to be doing and that's covering the four cities? I agree with "watchdog" that the story is biased. It's kicking the station when it's down. We should give the people at the station some credit. I'll bet they're doing the best they can do at this tough time.
Posted by no one you know, a resident of Livermore, on Mar 11, 2008 at 11:14 pm
I've never seen Britney on Channel 30's news show. What channel are you watching? I've watched Channel 30 news for a long time. I think the changes they made last year were smart. These days, the newscast seems to have direction. Before, there never was any direction.
Posted by BlahBlah, a resident of Livermore, on Mar 25, 2008 at 5:54 pm
Um hey, "no one you know", have you even seen TV30, or did you just post because you're friends with that new producer? An article in this very paper from back in January mentions the Britney Spears thing ....
[...added "Buzz" to the nightly news, featuring celebrity reports on Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and others.
"I'm not sure where we will go with live news," Lockhart said, "but it seems to have lost some of its local thrust."]
And I agree with "watchdog". This article claims Davis "beefed up" news coverage, but he actually scaled it back, big time.
TV30 needs to get back to what it does best... covering issues in neighborhoods, the Livermore Rodeo, Pleasanton Playhouse events, etc...
Posted by Inside Man, a resident of another community, on May 15, 2008 at 3:19 pm
This is so sad about TV30...Because it looks like it might be closed. I also found this article to be pro davis...And Glenn Davis was not a positive force in the station. He changed look of the station from the outside...But from the inside it was hostile and awkward. I wish local companies and people decide to pump real money and finally build the new station. Also Glenn Davis produced a housing show that broadcasted prices for homes and "adverstised"...which is against non-profit fcc rules...TV30 actually lucked out they didn't get fined.
Posted by CB, a resident of another community, on Jun 17, 2008 at 9:39 pm
I could write two pages on TV30's downhill slide. As a former insider and the guy who applied the duct tape and wire to keep the place limping along. Supporting the TV30 IT and broadcast studio was a real challenge.
TV30 is under-budgeted and has been for years. They need about $ 1.5 million a year to fund building, gear, production, and salaries. The main problem is the Comcast deal was negotiated at rock bottom and there was never any inflation adjustment. Cable rates increased at record numbers in the last 20 years, TV30 never saw a piece of the pie. In the end inflation has eaten TV30 alive.
The MCR room, the van, cameras, and the Macs are the only thing of value there. The whole studio is junk and was supposed to be replaced along with a new building(and those promises never came through and never will)
Glen Davis: tough guy from Brooklyn who did a lifetime of work in broadcast news with Big Stations. Glen - Tough but usually fair, but a bit of a control junkie. As a boss he kept things from turning into chaos and kept people in line. I respected the guy and liked him (maybe not all the time;)
As for the allegations, I don't believe them. I think he was being worked, because he got very verbal with some people who weren't following his orders. As some people like to use legal tools available to them for payback when they get their little feelings hurt.
Me: Just a hard working broadcast/IT engineer who spent 25 years in a sometimes crazy broadcast business, which is usually well funded business in the public sector. My opinion is quite different than most people above.
I know Davis and the whole staff well. All very good people who kept a 'lil TV station going thru thick and thin on a shoestring budget. All will go on to better things.