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Vacationing KMGH Reporter Provides Coverage of Cruise Ship Ebola Scare

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Talk about your working vacation. Eric Lupher, a reporter at Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, who was among about four thousand passengers aboard the Carival Magic for a cruise with stops in Belize and Cozumel.

He didn’t see Cozumel, however, after the cruise ship was denied access to the Mexican port amid concerns a passenger onboard the Magic may have been exposed to Ebola. And Lupher was suddenly in the right place at the right time–for a reporter, that is. “I’m on the Carnival ship with the Ebola scare,” he tweeted. “Mexican authorities not allowing us into Cozumel. Heading back to Galveston.”

Lupher returned to port safely, shortly after the all-clear was given aboard the ship:
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WDSU Adds Morning Anchor, Moves Another

divins_rousseauCharles Divins is joining WDSU next Monday as a morning anchor.

“We’re delighted to welcome Charles to the WDSU family,” WDSU president & GM Joel Vilmenay said in a statement.

The addition of Divins to the New Orleans NBC affiliate means Sula Kim will move to 4:00 p.m. with Camille Whitworth.

Divins was co-host of nationally syndicated show The Daily Buzz and joins Randi Rousseau (pictured) on WDSU News This Morning.

‘She’s Not Letting Me Do My Job’: TV Reporter Struggles On Air With Pumpkin Fest Organizer


Covering a pumpkin festival rarely leads reporters to expect an on-air confrontation, but little about the Keene Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire went as expected Saturday night. When crowds got rowdy, riot police were sent in and thirty people were injured.

Reporter Jared Goodell of Cheshire TV attempted to talk about that with Keene Pumpkin Festival organizer Ruth Sterling, but the interview was testy–with Sterling attempting several times to grab the microphone out of Goodell’s hands. “She’s not letting me do my job,” Goodell said. “She would not like me to tell you what’s going on at Keene State College.”

Sterling insisted coverage of the rioting–which was getting national attention–was only serving to make matters worse, and she threatened to kick the TV crew out:

“This is a family-friendly event. The footprint of Keene Pumpkin Festival is 100 percent safe. We have a bigger crowd than we’ve ever had. I want them to have a wonderful evening and not be disturbed by people who aren’t even at the pumpkin festival,” said Sterling after reaching for the microphone. “So if you think that inciting these people is a good idea, I am going to pull the plug on you. Because you are here as a guest of Keene Pumpkin Festival and I assigned you this spot.”

KENS Spent Sunday Morning in the Dark

San Antonio CBS affiliate KENS was off the air Sunday morning, denying viewers a chance to watch the CBS news round up shows and putting a scare into those who wanted to watch the NFL.

On facebook, KENS reporter Barry Davis told viewers scheduled maintenance hit a glitch and caused the outage.

The San Antonio Express-News reported viewers missed “CBS Sunday Morning,” “Texas Country Reporter,” and “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer.” A quick look at TVEyes, showed the station came back just in time to catch the men’s professional football match between the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Raleigh Station Gets All Corny for State Fair

Raleigh CBS affiliate WRAL has added another twist to the sand, ice, fiesta, give-away news desk. The station built a corn desk for the North Carolina State Fair.

There’s even a contest to guess how many ears of corn make up the desk. The winner gets a VIP tour of the WRAL studios. Read more

Julie Loncich Joins WBZ

WBZBoston’s WBZ has announced a new addition to their team: general assignment reporter Julie Loncich.

According to New England One, Loncich joins the CBS owned station this week, leaving Boston rival ABC affiliate WCVB, where she had been a freelance general assignment reporter since 2013. Before that, she was a reporter at New England Cable News.

Loncich sent a tweet out about the announcement on Friday:

She was congratulated on Twitter by WBZ managing editor Peter Wilson, as well as multiple producers at the network.

KIRO Morning News Crew Nearly Hit by Semi

A news crew for Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO escaped without injury when they were nearly clipped by a semi truck around 3:30 Monday morning.

Reporter Jeff Dubois and photographer Jason Nobles were at the scene covering a jackknifed truck that had blocked traffic ahead of the morning rush hour. In video released by the station, Nobles is seen cleaning his lens and then stepping away just as a second semi speeds into frame, narrowly missing them before crashing into a concrete barrier.

Former KNOP Sports Anchor Says He Was Fired Over Skype

Swifte KNOP_304Former KNOP sports director Joe Swift told the North Platte Telegraph he was fired over Skype after saying goodbye on-air to two co-workers who had recently resigned.

Swift said his on-air goodbyes to both Tara Moore and Dennis McConnell two weeks ago. Moore had worked at the station for 18 years. McConnell had been there for 20.

“I was never told I couldn’t say goodbye to them,” Swift told the Telegraph. “We’ve been bidding farewell to outgoing employees and wishing them luck in their new endeavors as long as I can remember. We said goodbye to a cameramen who had only been there a month. It was just something we did.”

On Tuesday, he learned via email that an employee at the 10/11 station in North Platte had complained about his on-air comments about Moore and McConnell.

Later that day, Jacque Harms, KNOP news director, told him he was suspended from being on-air. He was still required to produce the sports broadcasts.

On Wednesday, Swift arrived at work with a suit — prepared for the suspension to be over and to resume on-air duties. Two hours into his shift, he was told to visit with Hedrick via Skype. That’s when he was terminated.

“They fired me over the Internet on my wife’s birthday,” Swift said. “I got to call her and say, ‘Happy birthday. I’m fired.’”

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WDEF’s Luther Masingill Dies at 92

In Chattanooga, Luther Masingill was such an icon he was rarely called by anything other than “Luther.” The iconic newsman died Sunday night after a short illness. He was 92.

Masingill started working at WDEF Radio in 1940, and added duties at CBS affiliate WDEF-TV when the station signed on in 1954:

“To have the fortitude to be on the air for this long you have to have a love of people and a love of country and a love of God, and you have to keep your private life to yourself and present yourseld as a caring person and Luthers was that.

“Luther holds a lot of records in broadcasting that will never be topped.”

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said in a prepared statement that “Luther is a Hamilton County icon, not only for his decades of broadcasting service, but for his community efforts throughout his memorable life.”

WNBC’s Chuck Scarborough is a ‘Giant of Broadcasting’

We attended the 12th Annual Giants of Broadcasting luncheon in New York City today where prominent members of the broadcasting, media and corporate communities honored leaders of TV and radio. Chuck Scarborough longtime main anchor at WNBC was honored and jokingly thanked NBC for “not firing me.” Scarborough joined WNBC in 1974 and has won 31 Emmy Awards in his storied career.

Other honorees included former ABC, NBC and CBS executive Fred Silverman and Regis Philbin, who couldn’t attend due to a scheduling conflict, so his former “LIVE” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford accepted on his behalf. 170 Giants of Broadcasting have been honored since 2003, including Barbara Walters, Charlie Rose, Bob Schieffer, Brian Williams, Tim Russert and Ken Burns. TVNewser has more on yesterday’s event.

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