Turner Broadcasting’s truTV is cutting back on In Session, the channel’s daytime court news coverage, according to a spokesperson for the channel. Instead of airing live for six hours each weekday, In Session will now air for only two, and in a new format. In Session currently airs from 9AM-3PM every weekday, but will shift to 9AM-11AM on March 4th. In Session anchor Vinnie Politan will anchor the new two-hour format. A handful of production positions have been eliminated. In Session is the last vestige of Court TV, which truTV replaced in 2008. In 2009 In Session shifted its production from New York to Atlanta, with HLN taking over programming responsibility for the block.
I used to be a huge fan of CourtTV, the predecessor of TruTV, it was nothing like it has become today. It actually taught you something and had balanced coverage. Can’t imagine that? It has been a very, very long time since those days.
I still love to watch trials and learn about the criminal justice system. But, this program is hurting America’s understanding of trials and twisting it into a distorted reality TV show. They are nothing more than hate mongering, mob mentality boosting pundits now.
I struggle to even watch trials on TV these days (thank goodness for live streaming online!). Every 5 seconds, they are on the screen sensationalizing something, sometimes over top of the trial!! They don’t recognize that these are real people and real problems in society. No, it is more important for them to get a chance to show off their acting skills (FYI, they need a few lessons). They no longer allow you even 1 minute to absorb what you’ve heard to make up your own mind, no they are in your ear from the first second. It is actually tragically funny how ridiculous they get and people still take them seriously (most of the time it is just scary though).
They are a large contributor to the bully mentality infecting our country. I wish that people could care and learn about the reality of the justice system (not this tabloid bull crap, so called “entertainment”). The law is the foundation of our country and important to everyone’s life.
This channel is no longer capable of showing the genuine facts (it hasn’t been for some time), they enjoy partaking in some imaginative aggrandizement instead. Its coverage isn’t about freedom of press or starting a national conversation or getting to the truth, it’s about money, period. These people are detrimental to everyone’s rights with their oppressive, antagonistic, pro-prosecution, one-sided bias view of all cases.
Bottom line, and this is what they really care about: HLN gets higher ratings, on average, during trials than TruTV does. HLN and TruTV are owned by the same company (who also owns CNN). They share studios, anchors, and guests. It just makes sense financially for a corporation to cut off its low profit parts.
I know they won’t stop debasing trials and people for profit until they absolutely have to. This severe cutdown is just one-step (cross your fingers) to ultimate elimination, if they can’t get their ratings back up.
I say Good Riddance!!!!