It's back to the future for Channel 7's news department. On Monday morning, the station returned to the Eyewitness News theme and format that it abandoned five years ago.
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 is in third since the station went off cable) and Channel 2 News.
The theme and format returned on the station's early morning program, renamed "Eyewitness News This Morning."
After the station's primary anchors, Keith Radford and Joanna Pasceri, said last week that "a big change was coming" that "everyone would be talking about," industry speculation was that meant Eyewitness News would be returning.
The reaction of readers to a Buffalo News blog on the switch to Eyewitness News was mixed Monday.
"What difference does it make what they call it?" wrote one reader.
"I love that song," wrote another reader. "Bring back the memories. Good decision by Channel 7."
-- Alan Pergament