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Anchor Changes Announced at KBTX

stancik_mclaughlinMeredith Stancik is leaving KBTX after ten years with the Bryan, Texas CBS affiliate.

The station said she wants to spend more time with her family.

“I’m going to miss everyone at KBTX, but at the same time I’m looking forward to spending more time with my two young children,” Stancik said. “I can’t wait to eat dinner as a family and kiss my kids goodnight. It has been a true blessing to work with a group of such talented journalists.”

KBTX also announced Kessler McLaughlin has been promoted to morning anchor. He will join Kristen Guilfoos and Natalie Ferrari in the coming weeks.

“I’m honored to step into this new position,” said McLaughlin. “KBTX and the entire Brazos Valley have been so good to me, and I look forward to delivering the news every morning. I’ve got some big shoes to fill, but we’ve got a great team that’s helping make the transition easier.”

KSBW Names Brittany Nielsen Weekday Morning Anchor

nielsen cropped ksbwKSBW has named Brittany Nielsen weekday morning anchor.

Nielsen started at the Salinas-Monterey, Calif. NBC affiliate in 2007 as a reporter and was promoted to weekend anchor in 2010.

“We consider it an honor to serve the California Central Coast community in delivering the best, most comprehensive news coverage for our local viewers,” KSBW president and GM, Joseph W. Heston said in a statement. “We also take great pride in seeing Brittany, a Watsonville native, succeed in her new role.”

She joins anchor Dale Julin, meteorologist Lee Solomon and traffic reporter Michele Allen next Wednesday.

Philadelphia Reporters Take a Long Walk Down a Tall Building for Charity

WTXF reporters Quincy Harris and Jennaphr Frederick took a 31 story walk down the side of a Philadelphia skyscraper to benefit Outward Bound today.

Frederick accomplished the feat last year. This year, she got the man known as “Q” involved.

Frederick had a GoPro strapped to her helmet but instead of showing the view, it showed her face, giving viewers a glimpse of what terror looks like before it descends 418 feet on a windy day.

KIRO Anchor Chokes Up Covering Marysville-Pilchuck School Shooting

KIROSchoolMichelle Millman, a morning anchor at KIRO-TV, got choked up while covering today’s shooting at a high school north of Seattle.

Millman, the mother of a high school sophomore, got a voicemail message from her son’s school. “They just called all the parents to say there has been a tragic shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck high school,” Millman said during coverage. “This is heart breaking. You cannot imagine what’s going on at school districts across our area, parents are getting these calls.”

“As we can hear in your voice, this hits every parent and every student,” said Millman’s co-anchor Monique Ming Laven. “It really drives home that this is an issue that we are having to deal with today.”

As of this writing, police confirm the gunman, a student, is dead. KIRO reports at least four other students are injured, three critically.

AT&T Says National Radio Show to Blame for False White House EAS

EAS UVerseAT&T issued an updated statement about the false White House Emergency Alert sent out this morning to U-verse subscribers in the Atlanta, Detroit and Austin markets.

“A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) investigation indicates that a nationally syndicated radio show not affiliated with AT&T accidentally sent a message over the National Emergency Alert System. This false message was carried on our network, as well as some other providers. We apologize to our customers.”

An AT&T spokesperson said FEMA is also expected to issue a statement about this morning’s incident where a message saying, “We interrupt our programming at the request of the White House. This is the Emergency Alert System. All normal programming has been discontinued during this emergency” popped up on subscriber’s screen before their channels were switched to the local NBC affiliate.

There was no word which radio show triggered the alert.

FBI Warns TV Anchors and Reporters They May Be Next ISIL Target

fbi-sealThe FBI has reportedly issued a warning to to TV anchors and reporters in the US that they might be the next targets of the terror group ISIL.

The Boston Herald reports, the Bureau sent out a bulletin to the media yesterday saying an internet post on an Islamic State Internet site identifies “‘journalists, TV anchors, talk show hosts, news broadcasters, correspondents on the ground and other media operatives’ as ‘desirable targets.’”

Washington, D.C ABC affiliate WJLA added, “The bulletin also said the FBI had obtained “credible information indicating members of an ISIL-affiliated group are tasked with kidnapping journalists in the region and returning them to Syria.”

The Herald also said the bulletin warns “members of this group might try to mask their affiliation with (ISIS) to gain access to journalists.”

30 Minutes on Philadelphia TV News: Lots of Political Ads, Zero Political Stories

KYW-TV_openAnd herein lies some of the problem with getting, as study after study suggest most Americans do, most of your news from local TV: you may be missing something.

The Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for open government, took a look at thirty minutes of local television–specifically, Philadelphia’s CBS-owned KYW. Researchers watched the station’s 6:00 p.m. newscast and found plenty of politics–in the form of nasty political ads–but absolutely no news coverage of the political races themselves:
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WABG and WXVT to Appear in Reality Show ‘Breaking Greenville’

The American people are about to get an inside peek at the inner workings of two local stations in Mississippi. ABC affiliate WABG and CBS affiliate WXVT will be appearing in a new reality series called ‘Breaking Greenville’ airing on TruTV. The trailer promises plenty of light-hearted comedy and the synopsis reads like a made-for-TV movie:

When a spunky young reporter from Connecticut lands her first big job in a small-town news market, an unexpected shake-up occurs. BREAKING GREENVILLE follows a group of local anchors as they compete for the top spot in the game. The character-driven docu-soap will spotlight the playful — and at times cut-throat — rivalry between two local news stations and the dynamic newscasters who are determined to take their jobs seriously, even when some of the news they cover is less than serious.

I like Yahoo TV writer Mike Krumboltz‘s summary better:

Breaking Greenville may do for local news what The Office did for 9-5 life in the cubicle. But unlike the classic NBC comedy, TruTV’s Breaking Greenville is a real documentary about actual local news reporters doing things that would probably make Edward R. Morrow scream into the nearest throw pillow.

‘Breaking Greenville’ premieres in December on TruTV.

AT&T U-Verse Subscribers Reportedly See White House Emergency Alert in Error

eas messageAtlanta FOX owned station WAGA is reporting AT&T U-Verse subscribers in Northern Georgia, Detroit, Mich. and Austin, Texas have reported seeing an emergency alert that can only be activated by the White House.

The message read in part, “We interrupt our programming at the request of the White House. This is the Emergency Alert System. All normal programming has been discontinued during this emergency.” The viewers then had their channels changed to the local NBC affiliate where the graphic below popped up on screen.

>UPDATE: AT&T issued a statement saying, “Earlier today U-verse TV customers may have received an Emergency Alert notification. We have confirmed that there is no emergency at this time and we are investigating why this occurred. We apologize for any inconvenience. As soon as more information becomes available, I will share with our local media immediately”

EAS UVerse

According to WAGA, “Engineers with FOX 5 say the alert can only be activated by the President in times of emergency.”

WAGA said engineers from U-Verse told them the message showed up even though there are no know emergency alerts that would have triggered it. Tipsters tell us the message appeared due to a U-Verse error.