Local TV covers community every day without fail, station exec says

03/16/2012 | Broadcasting & Cable

Local TV stations, contrary to some regulators' opinions, excel at telling each community's stories, whether they're reporting a compelling human interest tale or providing life-saving information during a natural disaster, said Marci Burdick, senior vice president of Schurz Communications, who received the Radio-Television Digital News Foundation's First Amendment Service Award at a ceremony Wednesday night. Burdick recalled her Hawaiian vacation last year when she was evacuated to a shelter because of the deadly earthquake and tsunami in Japan and watched 10 hours of local coverage from Hearst and Raycom stations. "It is the coverage like those stations provided a year ago, and our stations provide every day, that should not be overlooked," she said.

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