Robservations on the media beat:
- Big changes are in the works at WFLD-Channel 32 -- but don't expect to see them happen overnight. In meetings with staffers this week, Mike Renda, vice president and general manager of the Fox-owned station, and Carol Fowler, vice president and news director, declared the current model for local news broken, and outlined plans for an overhaul to be rolled out over the coming months. Insiders say the new format of the 9 p.m. newscast is evolving into one with longer, more in-depth stories, including conversations with guest newsmakers and reporters. (I know. I know. We've heard it before.) Anchors Robin Robinson, Jeff Goldblatt and Anna Davlantes will interact as an "ensemble," I'm told. Will any of this make a difference? Let's put it this way: With Channel 32's 9 p.m. ratings averaging a measly 3.4 in February, what do they have to lose?
- Look for another former Channel 32 news anchor to follow Nancy Loo out the door. Lauren Cohn, who co-anchored the Fox station's short-lived 10 p.m. newscast and more recently has been working as a reporter, has been told her contract will not be renewed.