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Eyewitness News Returns to Channel 7

It’s back to the future for Channel 7’s news department. As expected,  the station returned this morning to the Eyewitness News theme and format that it abandoned five years ago. Speculation that it was going to happen grew late last week when anchors Keith Radford and Joanna Pasceri said on newscasts that a "big change" was coming that "everyone would be talking about."

The dropping of Eyewitness News in favor of 7 News had been considered in media circles to be one of the mistakes that led the once-dominant news department to fall into third place behind first-place Channel 4 News (which has slipped to third in the three weeks that it has been off Time Warner Cable) and second-place Channel 2 News.

The theme and format returned today on the station’s early morning program, which has been renamed “Eyewitness News This Morning." It returned without any fanfare, though it wouldn’t be surprising if more was made of it on the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news, which are co-anchored by Radford and  Pasceri.

What do you think of Channel 7's decision to go back to the Eyewitness News theme and format?

-- Alan Pergament

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