STAY TUNED: Fox-4 gets a new VP; block programming annoys reader

BILL GREEN

There’s a new guy in charge at Fox-4

Charles Henrich, Jr. has been named vice president and general manager for WFTX, according to an announcement from Chris Protzman, Journal Broadcast Group senior vice president.

“Charlie brings a deep background of experience in station operations and revenue generation,” said Protzman. “As a past Journal Broadcast Group employee, his unique understanding of the high value we place on serving our viewers along with his energy and passion make it especially exciting to have him back in the Journal family and leading the Fox-4 group.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to return to Journal Broadcast Group at WFTX-TV. I look forward to becoming a part of the Fox 4 team and the chance to work with a great group of professionals who serve the viewers and advertisers in the Fort Myers/Naples communities.”

Henrich most recently served as vice president of operations for Newport Television, where he was responsible for six markets: Jacksonville, Memphis, Mobile, Rochester, Syracuse and Tulsa.

Before that, Henrich was vice president/general manager for Bluestone/Bonten Media Groups, responsible for operations of three NBC affiliates in Montana. There he also served on the Montana Broadcasters Association board of directors.

From 2003 to 2005 Henrich was general sales manager for Journal Broadcast Group’s KTNV-TV in Las Vegas. He’s also worked for stations in Alaska, Minnesota, Missouri, Florida and Ohio.

Henrich studied communications at Michigan Technological University and earned a B.A. in speech communications from the University of Minnesota.

Journal Broadcast Group owns and operates 34 radio stations and 15 television stations in 12 states.

Reader question time: The same show over and over

Joan asks, “Can you tell me anything about the current state of HGTV programming, or as I’m currently calling it ‘The Love It or List It’ channel?

“For at least the last four months there has been little on except this program along with mostly re-runs of “Property Brothers” or “Income Property.” They also seem to run one show for hours in the a.m. and another the same way in the afternoon (I just checked my guide and “Income Property” goes from 1 to 7 p.m. tomorrow.

“They have recently put in a few new shows but their basic line up is the same shows over and over, hour after hour, day after day, week after week – you get the idea.

“Will there ever be some sort of variety to the programs they schedule or will we be forced to see the same things again and again? I'm about ready to give up on a channel I used to really love.”

It can be annoying Joan and it’s nothing new. There’s two terms I’m going to throw at you, more as an explanation for why they are doing it, than a remedy.

One is “block programming.” That’s when a network or television station runs a group of shows together that attract a similar audience. Think of NBC’s “Must See TV” back in the day.

But that extends into other dayparts as well; double runs of sitcoms like “Friends” during the early evening; one court show after another for hours on end.

And if similar shows hold much of the same audience, then the same show will hold even more folks. I remember back in the late ‘80s, independent and emerging Fox stations would run “Star Trek” marathons all weekend or show all the “Rambo” movies back to back.

“Marathon running” and “block programming” became commonplace for many cable networks over the years. Think of TNT and “Law & Order” running for hours at a time. Some cable programming blocks have even become networks in their own right. Cartoon Network used to have a programming block called Boomerang, which featured classic cartoons. Today, it’s a channel all its own. Nick at Nite, a home for old sitcom reruns during Nickelodeon’s primetime begat TV Land.

But to answer your question, your best hope for change at HGTV is for the ratings to suffer. But the best remedy? Get a TiVo or DVR, subscribe to Hulu or NetFlix, or something similar; find the shows you like and become chief programmer at Joan’s house. That’s what I do.

What other programming blocks can you think of that spurred their own channel? Have a TV-related question? Email bgreen@naplesnews.com.

Until next time, stay tuned.

Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at bgreen@naplesnews.com. Connect with him at facebook.com/billdgreen.

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