Many years ago it used to be unless a company or business issued a massive recall or had some huge defective product the local news and the business world stayed apart. In recent years the business and consumer world have combined with the local news creating a new setting for consumers to receive consumer reports.
Many local news stations have started to create what they call “Consumer Reporting” sections. These sections devoted a daily segment to various products, businesses and issues that consumers may or may not be experiencing. Some evenings the consumer reporting team might just offer friendly tips and advice on how to best shop, other times the team might investigate a local business, handle consumer complaints or even test out products for the consumers. They broadcast their finding on the local news and local news websites for all consumers to see.
A major benefit of these local consumer reporting segments is that it allows consumers to be informed about local businesses and happenings. Many times the larger consumer reporting magazines and newspapers will only focus upon the larger businesses and companies. These localized consumer reports allow segments to be tailored to the specific needs and information of the local consumer and can focus upon local companies and products instead of only focusing upon what is available to the whole country.
The use of the local news as a consumer reporting agency has brought about a major change in the consumer reporting industry. These local news segments bring issues and facts to a wider audience. In the past it used to be that consumer reports could only be retrieved through magazines or reports to the attorney general’s office and occasionally the Better Business Bureau. Now all issues, disputes, complaints and consumer reports can be brought to consumers several times a day through the local new’s consumer report.