Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Media news

Cox will lay off most of the people at Channel 4 who produce the station's Padres coverage, the North County Times reports

Tough decisions also are being made within the North County Times.

Breaking form, the newspaper didn't staff this week's Padres-Dodgers series in Los Angeles. More glaring, nor did it staff the Chargers game in Phoenix.

The Padres are in last place, but the NCT was there when other bad Padres teams played at Chavez Ravine.

The paper staffed the Chargers' preseason game in Phoenix two years ago. If anything, the Chargers are more newsworthy now. Sports Illustrated pegs them for the Super Bowl, and their quest for a new stadium ranks as San Diego County's top sports story, with no other a close second.

High school athletics is the meat of the NCT's sports coverage. Impressively, the newspaper is devoting 32 pages to its prep football preview, making it a must get for this blog. Chargers beat writer Scott Bair will cover several road games this year. Next year, we might get extra road coverage from Dan Hayes, who is in his fifth year of covering the Padres.

If a newspaper doesn't staff a Padres series or a Chargers game, the loss to fans of those teams is another source of informed reporting. We're down to one newspaper in San Diego that staffs each Padres and Chargers game. That's not the kind of competition anyone should prefer, even the one newspaper.

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