said by civic110 : they are not pointless to those that live in central NJ but work in philly and depend on the news reports and other local shows NOT on NYC stations.
The handfull of Philly networks are pointless.
They're not in HD and they show the same programs at the same times the NY networks (in HD) do.
I really don't know of anyone who watches them. When we say ABC, we mean channel 7, not 6 around here...and so on.