Here are my picks with some insight as to why.
Best News Channel (Domestic): MSNBC (especially since they went with hard news during the day and kept opinion at night.)
Best News Programme: BBC World News America (international) / NBC Nightly News (broadcast) / The Rachel Maddow Show (cable)
Best Regional News Programme: WBAL-TV 11 News (they are highly polished, produced well, top rated, all the anchor teams have great chemistry, they get some great scoops, excel at breaking news coverage especially with the death of Freddie Gray, the subsequent riots and proceeding trial coverage.
Best International News Channel: BBC World News, which is kind of by default as it's the only international channel most US cable companies carry. If I didn't like their coverage I would put N/A. (Although I do like Sky News' Sunrise with Stephen Dixon and Gillian Joseph.)
Best News Presenter (Domestic): Lester Holt
Best News Presenter (International): Katty Kay & Adnan Nwaz
Best News Presenter (Regional): Donna Hamilton and Stan Stovall (anchors for WBAL from 5:00 - 6:30PM and 11:00 - 11:34 PM)
Best News Presenter (Newcomer): Jose Diaz-Balart (The flagship anchor of Noticiero Telemundo anchor who had a stint hosting CBS This Morning in the mid 90s but the show, like most CBS AM shows around that period flopped and he went back to Spanish newscasts. But in the past year NBC Universal News Group decided to have him host a week day news program on MSNBC and put him in the anchor pool for Saturday Nightly News all while continuing his nightly duties with Telemundo. So although he's a veteran newscaster I'd call him a relative newcomer for English language viewers.)
Best News Presenter Overall: Katty Kay and Lester Holt (especially how he handled the rocky transition with the Brian Williams saga.)
Best Weather Presenter: Locally, I like Tom Tasselmyer at WBAL-TV.
Best Business Presenter: Aaron Hesslehurst (I like his personality.)
Hard as Nails: Jayne Miller (WBAL-TV Investigative Reporter, who has been named the best of Baltimore but drew national attention to herself and reporting with the Freddie Gray case. There was controversy of her coverage because her partner was the prosecutor leading the investigation. I however believe she didn't get any heads up from her partner. As it would wreck her reputation as well as putting her partner's and the case in legal jeopardy. I personally believe she got all her scoops on her own as she has connections through out the area. She also was honored with the 2016 DuPont Award, which is considered the Pulitzer for broadcasting, for said case and coverage.)
Biggest disappointment in 2015: Brian Williams (I initially supported him when I thought he only screwed up one story regarding himself, a fish tale if you will, but as more things came to light I found it hard to support him.)
Most missed but not necessarily deceased: Brian Williams (Despite the above he's a damn good news anchor and performed his best during breaking news situations. Since he returned in September as breaking news anchor on MSNBC he has proved his chops and on his way to rehabilitation.)
Best News Music: The Mission commissioned by NBC News (love the Nightly News and Meet The Press themes and when you hear it outside those times you know something major happened.) It's also used by their news partner in Australia, Seven Network, which has some interesting updates.
Best News Graphics: For Baltimore I'd have to give it to WBAL-TV's Hearst Diagrid package (used at all Hearst TV stations in the US save for WMUR where the overall layouts the same but different backings/backgrounds) as it's the most versatile and polished in Baltimore. Internationally I like the Sky News rebrand.
Most improved in 2015: The World Today, by adding Adnan Nawaz
TV Forumer of the Year: deejay - for his clarifications to me.
Overall Top of the Pops: Lester Holt (again for how he handled the transition to his new role.)
Last edited by Rkolsen on 28 December 2015 10:35pm