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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.”

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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”

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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.

Cori Coffin Joins KVUE as Morning Anchor

teamdaybreakCori Coffin has joined Austin ABC affiliate KVUE as a morning anchor. Coffin has been anchoring the station’s 5:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. newscasts with Bryan Mays, reports Austin media maven Gary Dinges:

Coffin comes to Austin after spending the past three years at KREX in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she also handled morning and midday anchor duties.
At KVUE, Coffin is currently filling in for anchor Yvonne Nava, who is on maternity leave after giving birth to her second son, Bodhi, late last month.
When Nava returns after the holidays, executive news director Frank Volpicella said Coffin will take over as anchor of KVUE’s 4:30 a.m. newscast, a spot vacated by Jessica Vess, who left recently to take a public relations job at Austin Community College.

NY1 Host Tells Viewers Not to Eat Strange Mucus or Poop to Prevent Ebola


NY1 host Errol Louis gave out some sage advice on how not to get Ebola, which has come to Manhattan after a local doctor was diagnosed with the deadly disease.

“If you came across some strange mucus, or feces or something out there on the subway, the street or anywhere else” said Louis on the Time Warner Cable Network show Inside City Hall. “You know, don’t eat it.”

[FTVLIve by way of Deadspin]

Marcy Lefkovitz Named VP Technology and Workflow Strategy at ABC

lefkovitz abcMarcy Lefkovitz has been named VP of Technology and Workflow Strategy for ABC Broadcast Operations and Engineering.

“Our new Technology and Workflow Strategy group will reinvigorate BO&E’s effort to identify and acquire the most promising new technologies and integrate them strategically across the ABC Television Network,” Todd Donovan, SVP of ABC’s Broadcast and Engineering said in a statement. “Marcy’s vast expertise as an editor and producer at ABC News make her the perfect choice to head this new unit.”

Lefkovitz was promoted from her previous position as director of news production for ABC News. She has worked at ABC for 20 years. In 1987, she got her first job with ABC, working as a researcher in the Political Unit assigned to the 1988 Presidential Election. She left ABC after the election to work as an independent documentary producer for Bolthead Communications, Globalvision and OMI, returning to ABC in 1994 as an editor.

Lawyer Sues San Antonio Station for Defamation and Libel

kens logo_304x200A San Antonio attorney is suing CBS affiliate KENS for libel and defamation.

The San Antonio Express-News reports, Jon Christian Amberson is looking for “at least $1 million in actual damages and $5 million in punitive damages” from the station.

In a statement, Amberson said “Without any facts whatsoever to support their storyline, KENS-TV. . .misrepresented numerous statements and claims attacking my honesty, integrity and professional work, all in an effort to fabricate a scandal to drive their TV news ratings.” Read more

Yulieth Botello Promoted to Video Journalist at KTLM

telemundo1Telemundo’s KTLM has promoted Yulieth Botello to video journalist for “Noticias Telemundo 40” airing weekdays at 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. She’ll join co-anchors Hugo Magallan and Dalila Garza, weather anchor Elizabeth Robaina, sports anchor Hector Zapata and entertainment reporter Mayra Galva on the show.

Botello had been a production assistant and assistant assignment desk editor at the Rio Grande Valley station since May 2014.

“We are very excited to welcome Yulieth as our new video journalist for Noticias Telemundo 40,” Jose Flores, president and general manager of KTLM, said in a statement. “I am certain that she will help our news team deliver the news and information that our viewers want and deserve.”

Her first day on-air was this past Tuesday.

John-Carlos Estrada Named Anchor and Managing Editor at KTRE

JOHN-CARLOS-ESTRADAKTRE, the ABC affiliate in Lufkin, Texas, has named John-Carlos Estrada evening anchor and managing editor. Estrada will anchor the 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

“When I met with the team at KTRE I knew it was a perfect next move. It’s a bigger staff and produces great newscasts. And an added bonus… I get to be closer to my family in Dallas,” Estrada told TVSpy.

“My jump to a larger market after a year on the anchor desk is exciting,” he added. “It’s was a great opportunity that KTRE news director Kenny Boles offered and I felt like it was time to make a change.”

Estrada previously worked at ABC affiliate KAVU in Victoria, Texas, where he was the lead anchor at 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. He has also worked on the national level as a segment producer for “The Cycle” on MSNBC and “Weekend Today” on NBC.

Estrada started his new position yesterday.

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