Los Angeles, CA.—This time it will all be a lot different. The second murder trial of Phil Spector may not be continually broadcast. Court TV is no longer covering high profile trials under their new direction and name, Tru-TV. Other TV news outlets are very unlikely to provide full-time trial broadcast crews.
One reason is local and national news directors feel the public does not really care about these high profile trials. Another reason is the budgets for such coverage no longer exist since TV viewers have fled the medium in droves.
Court TV provided a cheap Internet Feed of the first trial to KTLA-TV and KNBC-TV. With the help of a streaming video broadcast both KTLA -TV and KNBC-TV were able cover the entire trial on their websites. The KTLA-TV effort was anchored by veteran reporter Marta Waller and various lawyers used co-anchors. KTLA-TV also ran a Court TV style Internet forum that became more of a gossip outlet for those who hated Phil Spector.
Over all KTLA-TV and Marta Waller did a much better job of covering the trial than KNBC-TV or Court TV.
It’s almost certain that there will be only limited trial coverage of the second trial for regular news broadcasts. There will be sporadic coverage throughout the trial and of course closing arguments and the verdict.
I think the best we can hope for is that the news outlets may send bloggers to give a running blow by blow description of the trial for their Internet sites. The result will be few pictures and video.
There seems to be some TV interest in having bloggers favoring both the defense and prosecution side to give their impressions of the trial to a TV audience.