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On the Move, 8/1/14

Jamie Tompkins has been named anchor/reporter at KCPQ in Seattle. Tompkins had previously been in the same position at KOMO in Seattle.

A.J. Lagoe joins KARE in Minneapolis as an investigative reporter. He previously worked at WRIC in Richmond, Virginia.

Allison Miller has been named co-host of We Are Austin! at KEYE in Austin, Texas. She will continue in her role as weekday morning meteorologist at the station.

Rick Boone joins WTTG in Washington, D.C. as a reporter. He previously worked at WBFF in Baltimore.  Read more

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‘We Do Have Breaking News Right Now: Facebook is Down’

New York City’s WNBC took a lighthearted approach to today’s Facebook outage during its noon newscast this afternoon (video above).

“Just to keep panic at bay here, we do have breaking news right now: Facebook is down,” Contessa Brewer said. “We’re expecting this to trend on Twitter at any moment. Here’s the screen grab we have from our newsroom, where people are unforunately having trouble getting on. I got on, but nothing is uploading, nothing is updating. It just allowed me to send a friend request, that’s all.”

Brewer took to Twitter after the show to assure viewers she was being sarcastic:

[h/t Brian Stelter]

KMSP Shows Spider-Man Video During Story on Ray Rice

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Well, that didn’t go well. Minneapolis-St. Paul Fox affiliate KMSP intended, we assume, to show video of Ray Rice during its story Thursday about Ray Rice, and his quasi-apology to his wife for a nauseating incident of domestic violence. Instead, the station showed video of a person in a Spider-Man costume being punched.

The banner, which reads “Rice’s Apology”, remains up as the would-be webslinger is slugged and knocked to the ground, and that left anchor Kelcey Carlson to try and clean up and move on.

Watch it here.

Jerry Vazquez Named KTMD News Director

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Jerry Vazquez has joined KTMD, the Telemundo station in Houston, as news director, media blogger Mike McGuff reports. Vazquez had been executive producer at KTRK, the ABC affiliate in Houstin, for the past 13 years. Prior to KTRK, Vazquez worked at KMID Midland, Texas, where he was news director.

“I want to thank KTRK for the last 13 years of my career,” Vazquez told McGuff. “I will miss my friends who I worked along side, and not only worked with, but also learned from.”

According to McGuff, this is not Vazquez’s first time at a Telemundo station. Back in 1989 he helped launch Telemundo San Antonio’s “Noticiero 60″, where he served as its first assignments editor/assistant news director.

Vazquez’s new position is effective immediately.

ND Greg Turchetta Leaving KEYE

KEYE_logoKEYE news director Greg Turchetta is leaving the Austin CBS affiliate, the Austin American-Statesman reports:

At a staff meeting held this afternoon at the station, it was revealed that Turchetta will soon oversee communications for a school system in the Naples, Fla., area. His final day on the job at KEYE is Aug. 8.

Turchetta arrived at the city’s CBS affiliate two years ago, after serving as assistant news director at the Fox station in Orlando, Fla. Previously, he’d worked at stations in Atlanta, Seattle and Jacksonville, Fla., among others.

WTVT Sparks Criticism with Baseball Tweet

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WTVT, the Fox-owned station in Tampa, deleted a tweet about the departure of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price for Detroit. The tweet, which mocked Detroit as an urban ruin compared to Tampa Bay’s beautiful beaches, was roundly knocked. Yahoo Sports writer David Brown described the effort at comedy as “shameful”:

Not original or funny, just mean-spirited and misleading. In fact, St. Petersburg, Fla., (where the Rays play) doesn’t compare as well to Detroit as Fox 13 might think when it comes to crime. And if you’ve ever actually been to Detroit, and interacted with the people who work and live there, you’d never consider hurting their feelings like this.

Sports Illustrated called the joke “awful”–”Ha! Poverty! Hilarious!”–and questioned the sincerity of the station’s apology, which came in meme form. SI said that “doesn’t really convey sincerity.”

Natalie Stoll Says Goodbye to KXAN

natalie stollMeteorologist Natalie Stoll is signing off from KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin. Stoll has worked for six years forecasting the weather and reporting environmental stories.

“Natalie has chosen to pursue an opportunity with more family-friendly hours, working as a communication specialist for LCRA,” KXAN news director Chad Cross said in a statement. “We appreciate her contributions at KXAN and look forward to working with Natalie in her new role.”

“I’m lucky to have spent years forecasting Central Texas weather as part of a fantastic team at KXAN. I’ll miss my coworkers and our viewers, but I’m also looking forward to this next career challenge,” Stoll said.

Q2 Earnings: Graham Media Group Revenue Up 10%

GrahamHoldingsLogo-jpgGraham Media Group (formerly the Post-Newsweek stations) reported $88.3 million in television broadcasting revenue during the second quarter of 2014, a 10 percent increase on the year-ago quarter.

Operating income for the quarter was up 12% to $44.1 million. The station group says the increase in revenue and operating income  “is due to a $6.9 million increase in political advertising revenue, $9.5 million in incremental winter Olympics-related advertising revenue at the Company’s NBC affiliates and $9.3 million in increased retransmission revenues.”

The company’s second quarter earnings exclude WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami, which was recently sold to Warren Buffet‘s Berkshire Hathaway.

News Director Out at WWAY

ScottPickey_newsroomWWAY news director Scott Pickey is out at the Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate.

A call to WWAY confirmed Pickey no longer worked at the station. WWAY wouldn’t comment on when he left or why.

Pickey made headlines last year when he had to pay a fine and go to driving school after he drove into a local Martin Luther King, Jr. parade.

Pickey’s bio has been removed from the station website.

KPIX Crew Hit by Thieves a Second Time

KPIX crimeThe KPIX crew that was beaten and robbed while the two were still on-air in 2012 was hit once again by thieves in Oakland, reports SFGate.

Anne Makovec, a reporter for the San Francisco Bay Area CBS owned station, and photographer Gregg Welk were conducting interviews on a street in the Fruitvale District of Oakland around 11:00 a.m. this morning, with a security guard in tow, when their news van was broken into.

Reports say the thieves got away with a laptop, and “personal belongings.”

TVSpy has asked KPIX about it. We’ll update when we hear back. You can watch video of 2012′s camera heist after the jump. Read more

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