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Exotic ‘Super Cat’ Appears in San Francisco Anchor’s Yard

Super CatThere may not be “news in the newsroom”, but sometimes it does wander into your backyard. Ken Bastida, anchor at San Francisco CBS station KPIX, discovered an “exotic hybrid cat” roaming in his yard. “I live near Mt. Diablo and see mountain lions and bobcats all the time… this is different.”

Bastida told the station’s website the cat appeared to be a trendy hybrid:

Bastida confirmed with experts that the cat is likely a very large “super cat” derived from breeding a domestic house cat with an up to 40-pound African serval to create a designer breed known as a “Savannah.”
The anchor took to social media and Craigslist to try to find the rightful owner of the full-grown female, adding that it appears she may have recently given birth.

He’s seen the animal for the past few weeks, being elusive, but not elusive enough to evade his camera. She is not wearing a collar, and is very large compared to a house cat.

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FCC Looking to Woo Broadcasters to Participate in Spectrum Auction

fcc sealThe Wall Street Journal reports the Federal Communications Commission wants more broadcasters to participate in the upcoming spectrum auction.

The auction is meant to meet growing demand by wireless carriers for more spectrum. Broadcasters who auction off their airwaves will either go dark or be moved to a new channel.

The broadcasters have thrown up roadblocks throughout the process and are currently challenging aspects of the FCC’s order in court, though they say they are fine with the auction as long as it remains voluntary.

To win them over, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is making the case that the auction is a unique opportunity for TV broadcasters and has hired an investment bank, Greenhill & Co., to prepare a pitch document that it will send to every eligible TV station in the country. The document attempts to spell out how broadcasters stand to benefit from participating in the auction—including dollar estimates in every market.

“What we’ve been saying is, you know what, there might just be a higher and better use for that spectrum that will put more money in your pocket,” Mr. Wheeler said in a phone interview.

The auction represents in many ways an existential threat to the broadcasting industry, as it could result in dozens of stations going off the air. The latest information from the FCC indicates the auction could affect more stations and markets than initially thought, partly because of the high projected prices stations can expect to receive for their spectrum in large urban and suburban markets.

Orlando Station Admits it Was Wrong

perry wftv croppedOrlando ABC affiliate WFTV has apologized to viewers after the Orlando Sentinel called out the station for a conflict of interest.

Monday, WFTV had former Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. on set. Perry joined the station as its legal analyst in September. During a segment questioning the content of an ad against Amendment 2, the amendment calling for the legalization of marijuana, the Sentinel said Perry “ripped into” the ad.

The Sentinel’s TV critic Hal Boedeker pointed out WFTV didn’t tell viewers Perry works for the amendment’s biggest backer. Tuesday, the station apologized.

“The fact that he [Perry] works for Morgan & Morgan should have been disclosed, no question about that,” WFTV news director Matt Parcell told [Boedeker]. “It didn’t cross anyone’s mind. We looked at him as the judge.”

Perry is known widely as the former chief judge of Orange and Osceola counties. Parcell said his staffers didn’t remember that Perry works for Morgan & Morgan.

“We hired him for his brilliant legal mind,” Parcell said. “The Morgan connection is irrelevant to why I’d want him to be part of our team. But we have to remember it and acknowledge it.”

Sarah Bascom, spokesperson for the “No on 2″ campaign told the Sentinel, “This is a shameful example of reckless journalism and the one-sided bias clearly promoted at WFTV,” She added, “So the moral of the story here is: If you want both sides of a story or responsible journalism, you better get your news from somewhere other than WFTV-Channel 9 in Orlando.”

Todd Gutner Officially Back at WCSH

gutner croppedTodd Gutner has officially returned to WCSH.

Gutner left the Portland, Me. NBC affiliate in 2007 for WBZ in Boston. In August, Gutner announced he was going back to WCHS.

“Never underestimate the power of this amazing state to woo talented people,” said news director Mike Redding. “Todd is coming home because this is where he and his wife want to raise their kids. Mainers win because they get a brilliant meteorologist and a good person to boot.”

Gutner will begin working on the morning show a week from Monday.

Kevin Mannix will slide his schedule to cover weekdays,” The station wrote in a press release. “Joe Cupo will cover weekday evenings and NEWS CENTER at 11pm.  Tom Johnston and AJ Burnett can be seen weekend mornings and evenings respectively.  Steve McKay is watching the skies in Bangor on weekday evenings.”

L.A. Anchors Bring Authenticity to Jake Gyllenhaal Crime Film

If you want to make a movie about Los Angeles and news, you could do a lot worse than having Pat Harvey and Kent Shocknek showing you exactly how it’s done. Shocknek, who just retired from KCBS-KCAL, and Harvey, who has co-anchored the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts at KCBS since 2010, were selected for the film by director Dan Gilroy. The film, Nightcrawler, stars Jake Gylenhaal as a freelancer covering the dark world of L.A. crime.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, no actor could quite match the real thing:

“We wanted to cast real anchors in our film because actors often can’t capture exactly what it is that news anchors have,” said Gilroy, speaking ahead of the European premiere of Nightcrawler at the Zurich Film Festival. “(But) I didn’t think any anchors would want to be in our film because they would read the script and say ‘you’re killing us.’ But they all said yes.”

Greg Kelly Falls Over

In what he called a tryout for the “Good Day New York Football Team,” Greg Kelly and Duke Castiglione ran some drills with NY Giant Rashad Jennings and former NFL’er Tim Green in the WNYW studio.

Castiglione made it through the tire drill first. Though in a moment of foreshadowing, he nearly tripped. Then Kelly took the hand off and made a mess of his feet, his suit and the wireless mic when he tripped on a tire, which he promptly threw off set.

After watching Green and Jennings float through the drill, Kelly took another turn, which was visually more disturbing than his first try. But he stayed upright. In Kelly’s defense, meteorologist Mike Woods fared no better with the tires.

Friends and Family Say Final Goodbye to WCBS Reporter John Slattery

WCBS reports hundreds turned out to say their final goodbyes to WCBS reporter John Slattery who died Thursday of a heart attack.

Friends and family gathered at Saints John and Paul Church in Larchmont, NY to honor the veteran reporter. Slattery had worked at the New York CBS owned station for more than 30 years.

“We are saddened by the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague John Slattery,” Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations, said in a statement last week. “John had been with us since October 1984, so he was just days away from celebrating his 30th anniversary at WCBS,” Dunn added. “We were truly blessed to have him as a member of our CBS 2 news team and we will miss him dearly.” Read more

WJBK Morning Anchor Leaving Station

Carman WJBK croppedKam Carman is leaving Detroit FOX owned station WJBK.

WJBK news director Kevin Roseborough said in a statement, “We want to thank Kam for her dedication and hard work during her tenure with WJBK. We appreciate all of her efforts over more than two decades and wish her the very best in all that is ahead of her.”

About her departure, Carman said, “I’m very sad to leave FOX 2. I have had a great 23 ½ -year career there, but it’s time for me to pursue other opportunities. I am very much looking forward to this next stage in my life – Kam 2.0.”

Before coming to WJBK in 1991, Carman was an on-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel. She started her career at KNAZ in Flagstaff, Ariz.

The station said it plans to air a retrospective of Carman’s career during the 10:00 a.m. newscast tomorrow.

Longtime Grand Forks Anchor Set to Retire

terry dullumLongtime WDAZ anchor Terry Dullum has announced he is retiring from the Grand Forks, N.D. ABC affiliate.

“Terry Dullum will be greatly missed. He’s had a huge impact on our station and our community,” WDAZ station manager Rob Horken said in a statement.

Dullum has worked at WDAZ for 39 years.

“Terry Dullum is the finest person I have ever worked with in television news,” said WDAZ news director Julie Moravchik. “He is talented, kind, caring, hard-working, an all-around class act. We will miss him tremendously, but I am just honored I had the opportunity to work with him.”

The station said Dullum’s last day will be one week from Friday.

GM Out at KMGH in Denver

KMGH-TV_LogoThe Denver Post reports Byron Grandy, VP and GM of KMGH, has resigned from the Denver E.W. Scripps owned ABC affiliate.

Grandy was named VP and GM of KMGH in 2009 by then owner McGraw-Hill. He started at KMGH in December 2000 as news director. The Post credits Grandy’s management for the station’s many regional Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow Award and a Peabody.

Steve Wasserman, vice president and general manager of WPTV West Palm Beach (an NBC affiliate owned and operated by The E.W. Scripps Company) and divisional general manager for Scripps, is serving as interim general manager. Wasserman declined to comment on the reasons for or manner of Grandy’s departure but supplied a note to the staff:

I want to inform you that Byron Grandy has resigned as general manager of KMGH effective immediately and has left the company. Byron has made significant contributions to the station during his years here as news director and GM and the station is stronger as a result. Scripps wishes him well as he moves to the next stage of his career. Read more

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