TCA Winter Press Tour: How Entertainment Mergers Cause Transparency to Fade – TV Podcast

It’s the least wonderful time of the year: The bi-annual Television Critics Association Press Tour. Every January and July, entertainment journalists gather in an refrigerated hotel ballroom to listen to TV content creators pitch their wares in the most uninspiring flea market ever cobbled together.

For the most part, the press tour is a relic of days gone by: An occasion for journalists around the country to travel to California and learn what was on tap for the next six months in television. It was an opportunity to get access to executives and talent not otherwise available and allowed critics to garner material they’d need for stories in the months to come.

Nowadays, the purpose of press tour is more murky. With the advent of better telecommunications, interviews are easier to come by, no matter where you live, and most of the information being disseminated by the networks
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