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San Diego Anchor Has Cameo in ‘Nightcrawler,’ A Creepy Look at Local TV News

“Nighcrawler” is a new film starring Jake Gyllenhaal opening today.

Gyllenhaal plays a creepy overnight news stringer. Rene Russo is a news director who subscribes to the “if it bleeds it leads” philosophy.

Lisa Remillard, who anchors for San Diego independent station KUSI, is one of many local TV anchors with a cameo in the film. She told the San Diego Reader the film is interesting, but not all that accurate.

“It’s an interesting way of how others perceive it to be,” said Remillard. “When a stringer delivers video, we either use it or we don’t. It doesn’t make or break our newscast, and I have never worked in a shop where it does. Very rarely have I personally used a stringer video, particularly in the manner in which the film portrays it.”

Remillard told the Reader she wasn’t sure she’d make it in the film. “I thought for sure they would cut. Even though they were so nice, I had no hope that they were going to keep me in the movie.” Read more

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‘Scott Brown was Right.’ WMUR Anchor Sorry for Calling Out Candidate in Debate


James Pindell, political reporter for Manchester, N.H. ABC affiliate WMUR, has apologized for challenging Scott Brown‘s knowledge of New Hampshire during a televised debate.

FOX News.com reports the awkwardness began when Pindell asked the Republican New Hampshire US Senate candidate about Sullivan County. Brown began talking about the northern counties before Pindell interrupted him and reminded him he had been asked about Sullivan County.

Brown responded: “I’m talking about any place past Concord, actually, and the challenges of our state.”

This is where the disagreement arose. After Brown listed several “challenges,” Pindell interrupted again, his voice raised.

“Sullivan County is west of Concord,” he said. “It’s not north of Concord, Senator Brown. So what do you see as going well and what’s not going well there?”

Brown maintained that “the challenges are the same in every county in our state.”

“I said that Sullivan County was west of Concord, not north of Concord,” said Pindell in his apology. “The truth is, it’s both. So on this point Scott Brown was right. I was wrong and I apologize to Scott Brown and to both campaigns.”

Brown faces charges of being a carpetbagger since moving to New Hampshire after losing his Senate seat in neighboring Massachusetts.

On the Move, 10/31/14

Caitlin Rearden has joined KHQ in Spokane, Wash. as a weekend anchor. Rearden comes from KBAK-KBFX in Bakersfield, Calif. where she was an anchor/reporter.

Joe Whelan makes a 68 market jump to WJSU-WCFT in Birmingham, Ala. where he will be the weekend sports anchor. Whelan comes from WANE, the CBS station in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Kelly (Reid) Prozialeck returns home to work at WJAC, the NBC affiliate in Johnstown, Pa. Kelly worked as a reporter/anchor at KOAM in Joplin, Mo.

Rearden, Whelan and Reid are represented by David Brunner of DB & Associates

To report a move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move

Sold Out: As Election Day Nears, Many Stations Have No More Ad Time Left to Sell

BrackettParkMplsElection2012_640_1They’d sell more if they had any left to sell, but many stations head into the last weekend before Election Day simply sold out. “Campaigns and third-party groups are finding it difficult to even find spots to purchase,” one political advertising guru told The Associated Press.

In some markets, stations aren’t simply sold out–they’re oversold:

In the past two weeks alone, Manchester’s WMUR-TV told political groups that their ads during “Good Morning America,” ”General Hospital” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” among others, could not be aired because the station oversold chunks of time, according to contracts filed with the Federal Communications Commission.

“The sell-out rates are high and … television remains king in political races,” said Joy Baer, president of the Chicago-based advertising technology firm STRATA.

WDRB Meteorologist Does Morning Weather as ‘Bones Redfield’

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Hats off to Jude Redfield, morning meteorologist at Louisville Fox affiliate WDRB. He took his Halloween costume–and his weather wall–to the limit this morning. With a headless skeleton attached to a chroma-key green bodysuit, Redfield transformed himself into “Bones Redfield,” the memory of which may haunt kids in Louisville for years to come.

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Let’s Watch the KXVO Pumpkin Dance!


In celebration of Halloween, TVSpy would like to present the “KXVO Pumpkin Dance.”

It’s already reached viral velocity and is a few years old, but Studio 360 just did a piece on the origin of the piece.

So, sit back, open up that tiny Snickers bar you’ve been hiding in your desk and watch what happened when Omaha CW station KXVO took a pumpkin, a unitard, 90 seconds to fill, a manager who probably didn’t care all that much and created the “greatest Halloween video ever.” Read more

WDAF Reporter Runs Red Light During Liveshot

Guys. Maybe we should stop doing liveshots while driving motor vehicles? Here’s WDAF reporter Matt Stewart, driving while live–and running a red light in the process. Now, in fairness, Stewart does tell viewers of the Kansas City Fox station he has “an orange light”, which looked a lot like the red lights we have in most other parts of the country.

Matt, what’s an “orange light”?

KSAZ Reporter Uses His Station Facebook Page to Take Sides on City Pension Reform

KSAZ‘s John Hook is being accused of using his public platform to influence the debate over a controversial local proposition dealing with pension reform.

Wednesday, the investigate reporter for the Phoenix FOX owned station wrote on his station facebook page, “It’s disappointing. Phoenix voters have been lied to about Proposition 487. This does not affect firefighters or police or their death benefits in any way! Only civilian workers. Any other interpretation is an effort to scare and confuse you into a no vote.”

He also did a report on the proposition. You can see that above. Proposition 487, which is on the November 4 ballot, would reform the city’s retirement system and prevent pension spiking. The main argument about the measure is whether the Prop. 487 would affect the pensions of the city’s firefighters and police officers.

Last night, after TVSpy asked FOX about Hook using his station facebook page to take a stand on the proposition, Hook posted, “My earlier post on Proposition 487 was my opinion and does not reflect the opinion of FOX 10. As a journalist, I have an obligation to hold public policy makers accountable, which is what FOX 10 did in this story presenting both sides of this complicated issue:”

Viewers were not happy with Hook’s clarification or his stance.

One commenter wrote, “John, this follow up post shows that you are a coward. This is why you put make-up on, and sit behind a camera. Your original post was presented as fact and not opinion. Your countless replies to citizens continued to state your opinion as fact. You are a part of the problem. Until you strap on a gun and a bullet proof vest, or rush into a burning building or cut someone out of a vehicle to save their life, I suggest you keep reading the teleprompter.”

Ashley Beck Back at KFSM After Illness

beck_kfsm croppedAshley Beck is back on air at KFSM.

The anchor for the Fort Smith, Ark. CBS affiliate told viewers on facebook she was “in the hospital, focusing on my body and trying to get better after ignoring being sick for months. Glad to be back and HEALTHY!”

She told TVSpy, “I took some time off, and I’m glad to be back,” but didn’t reply when asked about the hospital stay she mentioned in her facebook post.

[Arkansas TV News]

Bob Stoldal Retires from KSNV


Bob Stoldal has retired from KSNV. Stoldal was executive vice president of News Operations at the Las Vegas NBC affiliate.

KSNV said US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said of Stoldal, “We tend to use the word legend too frequently. But it is an understatement to call Bob a Nevada legend. His passion for Nevada’s history is infectious. He cares about his state and his community and I wish him nothing but the best.”

Stoldal’s career in TV journalism spanned several decades. He made his mark in Las Vegas as news director and vice president of news at KLAS-Channel 8. He is a strong advocate of freedom of the press and open government.

Stoldal serves as secretary-treasurer of the Las Vegas Mob Museum and chairman of the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society and the Las Vegas Historical Preservation Commission. Read more

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