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Denver Anchor Sorry for Saying Monkey When Talking About Adrian Peterson

haarer peterson commentKUSA weekend morning anchor Ryan Haarer apologized Sunday morning after using the phrase “monkey see, monkey do” in reference to the Adrian Peterson child abuse allegations.

After Taylor Temby, a reporter for the Denver NBC affiliate, finished up a report about the Peterson case, she said an expert told her Peterson’s children would likely continue the cycle of discipline, since people often discipline their kids the same way they were disciplined. That’s when Haarer said, “You know Taylor, we hear about it. You know, Adrian Petersen’s dad, it happened to him and in turn he’s doing it to his kids, so it’s kind of a ‘monkey see, monkey do’ situation there.”

About 20 minutes later, Haarer told viewers, “I need to make an apology on air. Earlier in this newscast I made reference to Adrian Peterson in which some folks saw as a racial connotation. In no way, did I intend for it to happen that way. I realize that my words were wrong and I apologize.”

TVSpy asked KUSA for further comment. We will update when we hear back.

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Heartland Media Buys Family Owned Station in Tupelo

wtva logoWTVA, the Tupelo, Miss. NBC and ABC affiliate which has been owned by the Spain family for 57 years, has been sold to Heartland Media.

“We are excited about the opportunity to continue the excellent television service that have been provided for the past 57 years by the Spain family,” Bob Prather, president and CEO of Heartland said in a statement.

Heartland owns WKTV, the NBC affiliate in Utica, NY, and ABC affiliates KEZI in Eugene, KDRV in Medford and KDKF in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Prather is the former president and CEO of Gray Television, Inc. According to the release, “Under Prather’s leadership, Gray undertook an aggressive growth strategy in building a 41 station group, with the largest station in Knoxville, Tennessee (market 51).”

Until the transaction is approved by the FCC, WTVA, Inc. will continue to run the station.

Brian Shactman Named NECN Morning Anchor

shactman croppedBrian Shactman has joined New England Cable News as anchor of The Morning Show.

Shactman will co-anchor the two hour morning show alongside Bridget Blythe.

“With New England roots, stellar journalism credentials and a passion for storytelling, Brian Shactman will be a huge asset to NECN and we’re thrilled to introduce him to our viewers,” said Mike St. Peter, SVP and GM of NECN.

This is a move within NBC Universal for Shactman. He last worked as anchor for MSNBC morning show Way Too Early. Shactman was also a contributor to Morning Joe. Before that, he anchored at CNBC and has also worked at Hartford NBC owned station WVIT and at ESPN.

Nick Nicholson Named VP and General Manager at WFTS

NickNicholsonNick Nicholson is joining Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS as vice president and general manager.

Steve Wasserman, divisional general manager of Scripps Media and GM of WPTV, confirmed the move to TVSpy following an internal email he sent to WFTS staff this morning.

“Nick is a highly regarded media executive with an impressive track record of success in several competitive markets,” Wasserman writes. Nicholson spent 27 years with the Belo TV group, most recently as President/GM of KTVK/KASW in Phoenix. Before that, Nicholson ran WVEC in Norfolk, was GM of the Belo-owned Fox/UPN stations in Tucson, and VP of Sales at Belo flagship WFAA in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Gannett acquired Belo late last year.

Nicholson replaces Rich Pegram who was shown the door last month after 7 years as WFTS GM. Nicholson’s first day in Tampa is Monday.

The View Reviews Are In…

theviewThe 18th season of The View premiered Monday, with new hosts, new producers and a new set. The social media reaction, as always, was mixed. Here’s what the critics had to say:

  • The Wrap was impressed with the new co-hosts’ chemistry: “No one is more exhausted by the news surrounding the new hires than me, a writer and journalist covering the beat, but ABC got it right. Whatever testing and re-testing and lying about the departing hosts and producers that went down seems to have worked.”
  • The Washington Post noted how respectful the usually raucous ‘Hot Topics’ section was: “Otherwise, the premiere was very similar to what the show has always been, as they debated hot-button issues including Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Woody Allen. If anything, it was pretty cordial, though of course it is only the first day. Wallace announced upfront she was a Republican, and O’Donnell chimed in with “And I really like her, I swear to God.”
  • The Daily Beast was impressed with the new set: “A brand new set was then unveiled as Goldberg welcomed us to the new season. (O’Donnell reportedly had the entire studio moved to a new location in New York City because she thought the old one was drab and dusty.) The new set was orange and teal and much more intimate than recent iterations, returning to the idea these hosts are supposed to be part of the conversation with women, not performing a conversation in front of women.”
  • The New York Times wasn’t as enthusiastic, noting that the show started with a coy joke about Barbara Walters and ended with a tribute to Joan Rivers “with a kind of mawkish piety… Most of what went on in between was rather stilted, which is to be expected when new hosts take over a long-established show, and this one has been around for 17 years. But even on Day 1, there were signs of where “The View” is headed, and it’s likely to be more tame.”

All in all, a majority of the critics seemed to appreciate the changes. Let’s see if the positivity continues past the premiere.

Melanie Sanders Leaves WNCN

Melanie-SandersMelanie Sanders, an evening anchor at NBC affiliate WNCN, has decided to leave the Raleigh- Durham station.

FTVLive reports Sanders was demoted after the station gave three other evening co-anchor spots to Sharon Tazewell. Sanders and Pam Saulsby, who was recently fired, had previously held those positions. Sanders claims she was up for all three anchor spots, but the station gave her a low-ball offer and she declined.

Sanders writes on her Facebook page:

So many wonderful memories! After 11 years at WNCN, this Friday I will say goodbye. I will forever be grateful for the lifelong friends I have made here and the amazing experiences. Covering the Stanley Cup Championship, allowing Howard Stern to humiliate me by making me sing “Row Row Row Your Boat, and just the day to day newsroom chatter…I will cherish it all.  But when I was offered a contract to anchor the three evening newscasts, I decided the terms were not attractive enough for me to be away from my family every evening. So I’m looking forward to the next exciting chapter in my life. I’ll keep you posted.

Sanders’ last day is Friday.

Ryan Nobles Leaves WWBT for CNN Newsource

ryanfbRyan Nobles, a reporter and anchor at Richmond NBC affiliate WWBT, has been named a national correspondent for CNN Newsource. Nobles has been with WWBT since 2007, focusing on politics and investigative reporting:

Nobles has been ranked by The Washington Post as one of the “Best State Based Political Reporters” in 2009 and 2013; and on POLITICO’s “50 to Watch” list in 2011.

“Ryan is a relentless political and news journalist,” said Crum. “His experience will complement CNN Newsource and its offerings for its more than 800 affiliates.”

TV Writer: Pittsburgh Weather Coverage ‘Feels Like Showboating, Not Public Service’

Picture 3It happens in every market: the weather turns nasty, the weather team cuts in on prime time, and the phones in the newsroom light up with irritated viewers. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette TV writer Rob Owen says often, those cut-ins seem “like showboating and an opportunity to promote the station’s weather brand more than…a sincere effort at public service.”

Owen turned to Pittsburgh NBC affiliate WPXI‘s news director Mike Oliveira, who defended his station’s coverage:

“Sometimes weather events affect only part of our large viewing area. If there’s a severe thunderstorm storm warning in Butler County, it might be sunny in Washington County. The weather alert may feel like a nuisance to some of our viewers, but we’re always going to err on the side of safety.

“We have an entire book of protocols for how to handle weather warnings on television, online and on social media. The severity of the threat and the content on air both play a role in the protocol. For example, when a show with a lot of on-air text like ‘Jeopardy!’ is on, we’ll switch from a warning map on air to a less-invasive crawl. When we’re in a prime-time drama, we try to cover up commercials instead of a key part of the show.”

Missouri Reporter Becomes History Museum’s ‘Journalist in Residence’

Picture 2Few reporters have covered the Ozarks like Ed Fillmer. An archive of Fillmore’s stories at Springfield, Missouri NBC affiliate KYTV boasts that “(he) traveled down just about every road in the Ozarks, seeking stories no one else told.”

Now, that archive of stories from the 1980s and 1990′s will be preserved at Springfield’s History Museum on the Square–and Fillmer will be picking up the camera again, as “journalist in residence”:

“The stories of our neighbors that Ed has captured over the years will be great sources of information and historic background in the future,” History Museum executive director John Sellars said in a news release. “We are so excited to have someone like Ed to help us preserve the history of this place we call home.”

“Ed’s award winning legacy of chronicling the unique and unusual in the Ozarks lives on at KY3 and in our storytelling,” said Scott Brady, KY3 news director. “We are delighted this collaboration with Ed Fillmer and The History Museum on the Square will ensure that these historic glimpses of our lives will enjoy a kind of immortality.”

WRAL’s Sloane Heffernan Leaves Anchor Desk: ‘My Ship Has Sailed’

Picture 1Sloane Heffernan, weekend morning anchor at Raleigh CBS affiliate WRAL, has set the alarm for 3:15 for the last time. “I did the best I could, but the limited sleep always caught up with me,” she said. “And my family would pay the price. I’d be the first to admit that I am not very “pleasant” when I am tired.”

Heffernan says missing time with her school-age children led her to ask her news director for a new assignment: part-time reporter:

The problem was that I worked so hard to get to the anchor desk and I hated to give it up.

But I also recognized that this time with my kids is fleeting. In a matter of years, they’ll be pulling up their own anchors and setting sail on their own adventures.

So I made the decision to leave the anchor desk. And my wonderful boss agreed to let me work part-time as a reporter during the week.

In the end, saying farewell was bitter sweet.

My ship has sailed away from the anchor desk at WRAL, but I know what’s waiting on the horizon happens just once in a lifetime.

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