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CBS, NBC Retract Navy Yard Shooter Reports (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
CBS News and NBC News retracted reports about the identification of the Washington Navy Yard shooter on Monday, just minutes after each network reported that the suspect in question was a Navy chief petty officer named Rollie Chance. CBS’ John Miller reported that Chance was a suspect before 1 p.m. on Monday. NBC News later reported the same information and continued to do so past 1 p.m., even after Miller reported that the initial reports about Chance were wrong. Finally, at 1:05 p.m., NBC political director Chuck Todd tweeted: “NBC News: we are now NOT reporting name of shooter; retracting that report. deleting those tweets.” HuffPost NBC’s Pete Williams said the error came from sources who found an ID card that looked like the suspected gunman. The false reports were perhaps the most prominent errors in a day filled with confusing and contradictory information. The shooter was later identified as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old from Fort Worth, Texas. Slate / Future Tense Deleting tweets doesn’t undo the damage. That said, Todd deserves at least some credit for continuing to report and tweet about how the mistake transpired. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Given that other outlets reported the name, and that they subsequently turned out to have been right, what could CNN possibly have been waiting for? The Erik Wemple Blog put that question to CNN. Spokeswoman Edie Emery responded that the network didn’t go with story until “the FBI told CNN the name on the record.” Revolutionary. Had CBS News and NBC News followed that prescription earlier in the day, they wouldn’t have pushed the bogus name of a suspect into the public realm. The Washington Post / The Switch A section for finding the Navy Yard shooters on the popular online community Reddit has been banned. Reddit became a gathering place for amateur sleuthing in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year, fueling what some reports called “online witch hunts” that resulted in some people being falsely identified as the bomber.
Posts Tagged ‘Telemundo’
Ruben Keoseyan will oversee KVEA’s news department across all platforms after he was named vice president of content by Telemundo Media.
Prior to his new role at KVEA, Keoseyan was the executive editor at La Opinión, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States. Keoseyan also had a five-year stint at La Opinión from 2000-2005. He will report to KVEA president-GM Celia Chavez.
“Ruben is a recognized leader with solid journalistic integrity, extensive experience in the Los Angeles market and expertise in Spanish-language media overall,” Celia Chavez, the president and general manager of the station, said in a statement. “His leadership and insights will play a significant role in contributing to the ongoing success of KVEA’s news department.”
WNJU, Telemundo‘s New York local station, has appointed Jose Morales to oversee digital and broadcast content. Previously, Morales was Director of Digital Content for Telemundo Local Media and his work has won the network 2 Emmys, making him an ideal candidate to oversee the WNJU’s day to day operations.
Full press release after the jump.
Rumors, theories and conjectures have been swirling since The Wrap reported yesterday that a deal between cable provider Comcast and GE-owned NBC Universal “had already been completed at a purchase price of $35 billion.”
But reps from Comcast later told Bloomberg, “the report that Comcast has a deal to purchase NBC Universal is inaccurate.”
However, that same report revaled that “negotiations for Comcast to buy about 50 percent of NBC Universal have been under way for at least two months.” Such a deal would depend on whether French company Vivendi SA decides to sell its 20 percent stake in NBCU.
After the jump, what some people around the industry are saying about the possible deal.
Update: Our sister blog TVNewser has an email from NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker to employees. Of the future of Vivendi’s stake, Zucker said, “They have not yet made us aware of any final decisions about their future with us; should they choose to exit, there are a number of possible things that could happen.”
We got the following press release in our inbox today:
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4, 2008 — KTLA-TV, a Tribune Company television station, today unveiled a new leadership team for its national and local sales operation, announcing the hiring of three talented sales executives with extensive experience in the Los Angeles market.
Patricia Tang has been appointed general sales manager for KTLA, overseeing all of the station’s sales operations. Tang was formerly local sales manager at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.
Troy Arce has been named local sales manager for KTLA. She had been the local sales manager at KCAL-TV since 2002.
Nancy Caldwell also becomes local sales manager for KTLA, having served as a local account executive for KCBS-TV since 2000.
“Patti, Troy and Nancy are an incredibly strong team that has the advantage of already knowing the Los Angeles market and our viewers,” said John Moczulski, KTLA-TV’s vice president/station manager.
“Most important, they’ve built long-term relationships in the advertising industry that will allow them to move quickly to be successful at KTLA.”
October 1 came and went yesterday and so did Mirthala Salinas‘ job at Telemundo.
The television newscaster, whose highly publicized affair with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa led to a two month suspension from Telemundo’s KVEA TV, failed to report back to work on Monday.
Her absence then led the network to release a statement that she would not be returning…ever. Salinas was due to report to her new gig in the Inland Empire which was a reassignment from her previous post in LA – something she was apparently unhappy about, reports the LA Times.
Of course, Salinas herself could not be reached for comment and the Mayor’s office handed down a big “no comment.”
- CHRIS GARDNER
ERSNews.com mocks the LAT for its handling of the affair between Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Telemundo reporter Mirthala Salinas, taunting the paper of record for continuing to “to bring up the rear in reporting on this story.”
The fellas at ERS are making a name for themselves with this story, and they know it:
Comic-Con Coverage: Is relegated to a weird, catch-all blog that features poorly produced video segments of — from what we can tell — nothing.
Silence Is Golden: Nondisclosure agreements aren’t just for nannies anymore. The LAT reports that in our gossipy age, celebs — and many non-celebs — are requiring everyone from plumber and gardeners to delivery people to promise to keep their mouths shut.
Things Just Got Interestinger: While Telemundo considers the fate of Mirthala Salinas, the reporter who had an affair with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Telemundo’s corporate parent, NBC Universal will be leaning on the mayor to help pass a massive $3-billion development plan. A little tat for, um, tit?
Telemundo and NBC brass allegedly knew about reporter Mirthala Salinas’s relationship with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Not only did they do virtually nothing about it. They may have tried to use it to their advantage.
Multiple sources close to Telemundo and NBC tell ERSNews exclusively that on numerous occasions during Salina’s tenure with the station, that her personal relationships with the politicians she dated while covering and reporting on them as a journalist, were brought to station management’s attention. According to those same sources, who fear retaliation for revealing and exposing management’s involvement in the case, their concerns were dismissed repeatedly by management.
A source close the case even went as far to tell ERSNews.com that Salinas ‘special relationship’ with the mayor was utilized by station management to garner access to the mayor when it was beneficial for the station to do so.
To which we have thing to say to the reporter’s management: Ewwww.
Boy Gets Theater: Columnist Patrick Goldstein waxes poetic about two new Westside movie theaters.
What Scares Harry Potter? Thousands of screaming teenagers. Describing a Beatles-esque scene, Gina Piccalo reports that the crowd that formed in Hollywood to catch a glimpse of the Potter cast were so deafening, “the actors were barely audible to reporters standing just inches away.”
Sizzlin’ Journalism: The normally reserved political press gets all hot and bothered at two press conferences with Villaraigosa — peppering the mayor with questions about his affair with Telemundo newscaster Mirthala Salinas. Reporter Duke Helfand sets the scene:
The news conference devolved into a chaotic free-for-all with reporters shoving their microphones in his face and shouting questions in English and Spanish.
It was the kind of persistent media coverage usually reserved for Hollywood royalty hunted by paparazzi in search of a money shot.
At a separate downtown news conference earlier in the day to announce a $7.8-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for Green Dot Public Schools, nearly two dozen journalists turned a frenzied question-and-answer session into a near-National Enquirer moment.
Ignoring teachers and parents standing a few feet away, journalists zeroed in on Villaraigosa, with one wanting to know what kind of example he had set for “thousands of people of color.”
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