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Archive for Saturday, December 28, 2002

Journal-World to improve daily TV listing

December 28, 2002

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In response to changes in the ways viewers stay up-to-date about what's on television, the Journal-World is changing the way it provides readers with television listings.

The TV Week section inside today's newspaper will be the last. In its place, we will be expanding and improving the listings that appear every day in the newspaper. The new listings will be easier to use and more timely.

"We know readers have more ways than ever to get television listing information," said Richard Brack, managing editor. "We've decided to make the listings we offer every day more useful and to devote more resources to improving local news content."

Starting Jan. 4, the daily TV grid will be expanded to include daytime as well as prime-time listings. The new grids also will include graphic devices to help readers find movies and sports programming at a glance.

Because the TV Week book must be printed in advance, the listings it contained often were outdated or incorrect. The new daily listings will provide the most up-to-date information available.

The newspaper's TV page will continue to include Kevin McDonough's popular "Tune In" column, which provides reviews and highlights of each day's viewing.

The changes are in response to the fact viewers increasingly are using other sources to get listing details, and to the declining use of preprinted books -- both among Journal-World readers and the broader population.

Subscribers to Sunflower Broadband, for example, increasingly rely on TV Guide on-screen rolling listings or interactive and searchable guides on digital television service. Third-party services that provide listings, such as TiVo, also are being used by more viewers. And online TV listings continue to grow in popularity.

The Journal-World hopes its new daily listings will offer readers a more focused, useful presentation than is available elsewhere.

If you have questions or comments, please call Brack at 832-7194.

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