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TV Jobs: KHOU, WSVN, WTNH

This week, KHOU is hiring an executive producer and a supervising investigative producer. Meanwhile, WSVN needs a creative services director, and WTNH is on the hunt for a digital executive producer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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LA Station Celebrates National Cake Day with Van. Made of Cake.

How’s this to get you in the mood to strap on the feedbag and sidle up to the Thanksgiving food trough?

A Los Angeles bakery made a KABC news van, a reporter, a creepy guy peering over the hood and a news photog who looks like he’s pushing the van (see below) made out of cake.

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TVSpy hopes the cake delivered as much deliciousness to the Los Angeles ABC owned station as it it did storylines about why the cake figures are doing whatever it is they’re doing.

Veteran KTLA Reporter Retiring After 40 Years

Jim Nash, reporter for Los Angeles CW affiliate KTLA, is retiring after more than forty years in broadcasting.

Nash was remembered by the morning news team of entertainment reporter Sam Rubin, anchors Chris Schauble, Megan Henderson and meteorologist Henry DiCarlo. Though, most of the discussion seemed to center around Nash’s wife, Barbara Lopez-Nash, who is the head of HR at the station.

Before coming to KTLA in September 2000, Nash was the Washington, D.C. reporter for Tribune’s stations. He started his career in Denver. He’s also worked in Idaho, Santa Barbara, and Las Vegas, before moving back to Denver.

On his station bio, Nash said, “KTLA is “the best place I’ve ever worked — the most talented group of people in this ever-changing news industry. This is the best TV station in America, and I’m proud to be a part of the Channel 5 family.”

KXLY Faces Backlash Over Report About Felon Giving Money Away

kxly good samKXLY first reported a Spokane man, who wanted to remain anonymous, was giving out cash on the street. Then, the Spokane ABC station did a check on the guy and discovered he had multiple convictions for fraud and theft and was on parole for multiple felony counts in Idaho.

Poynter reports, when KXLY reported what they found, some viewers were not pleased with the station. Some even accused the station of lying to Edward Jarzabek about keeping his identity secret when they revealed who he was once they discovered his past.

The station went back to Jarzabek to confront him about his prison record and he admitted it was all true. He had been in a lot of trouble but he said he was turning his life around and wanted to help others. He could not say exactly where all of that money came from though. KXLY didn’t go for the sensational “chase the bad guy down the street while shouting at him” interview. They sat down in an office and gave him a chance to tell his story.

KXLY was surprised to find that people were upset with their reporting. People posted angry messages on the station’s website supporting Jarzabek’s “charity.” Read more

WKYC Drops Live Feed of Video Showing Police Shooting Child, Citing ‘Profanity’

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The police shooting of a 12-year-old boy has become a massive story in Cleveland, and on Wednesday, police released for the first time audio of 9-1-1 calls and video that captures the shooting itself. Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC promised viewers it would carry the video live, both streaming on the web and on air. Ultimately, the station dropped out of live coverage of the video–not because it showed a child shot and killed, but because of the language that can be heard. “Because of the profanity that is on the tapes, we are going to now take you back to ‘Days of Our Lives’,” said an anchor as the station returned to programming.

Viewers commented on Facebook about the decision, with one writing “so you are censoring it because of profanity??? It is profane that this child was murdered.”

Lourdes Dávila Named VP of Sales at Telemundo Puerto Rico

Lourdes-Davila1WKAQ, the Telemundo station in Puerto Rico, has announced the promotion of Lourdes Dávila to vice president of sales.

“With nearly three decades of experience working in television advertising, I have no doubt in my mind that Lourdes will help our sales team maximize the variety of advertising opportunities that exist through Telemundo Puerto Rico and our digital platforms,” José Cancela, president and general manager, Telemundo Puerto Rico, said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing our station serve as a conduit for local advertisers and achieve new levels of success.”

She had been local sales manager at the station since 2008.

Noreen Jaramillo Leaving KTSM

picture-12058Morning anchor Noreen Jaramillo has decided to leave KTSM, the El Paso, Texas, NBC affiliate. Jaramillo announced the news on Facebook yesterday, writing:

Tomorrow (Wednesday) will be my last day on News Channel 9 Today – it has been a wonderful last three years waking up with you. I will remain here in El Paso with my husband and kids… so hopefully I will see you around! Again THANK YOU for your support throughout my TV career here in El Paso!

Jaramillo was famously the first-ever anchor at El Paso’s KFOX and spent the next 10 years there. She later left to work at FOX affiliate KTVU in San Francisco, only to return a few years later. Jaramillo eventually took a break from TV news to work as the public information officer at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, serving as spokesperson and media liaison.

There’s no word on what she will do next, but Jaramillo’s not worried: “I believe God has another plan for me and that one door may close but another will open.”

Anchor Steve Ryan Joins KVOA

Steve-RyanTucson’s KVOA has announced the addition of Steve Ryan to its news team. Ryan will anchor the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. weekday evening newscasts at the NBC affiliate.

“We are very fortunate to get a journalist of Steve’s caliber to help lead our newsroom,” Cathie Batbie, KVOA news director, said in a statement.  “Not only has he been on the big stage covering major stories that have captivated our nation’s attention, but he’s also worked extensively on the local level.”

Ryan previously worked at independent station KTVK in Phoenix as an anchor/reporter.

WJAR ‘Handstand’ Reporter Says She’s Settled with Station

tremmel_304Julie Tremmel, the WJAR reporter who was fired after doing a handstand in a report about “America’s Got Talent,” has settled her lawsuit with the Providence NBC affiliate.

The Providence Journal reports Tremmel posted the news on her Facebook page.

WJAR Vice President and General Manager Vic Vetters could not be reached for comment, but Tremmel posted an image of a Nov. 7 letter on WJAR stationery with what appeared to be his signature that said the station and Tremmel “have resolved all issues stemming from her employment at the station. Ms. Tremmel is free to seek employment without restriction.

“The station wishes Ms. Tremel (sic) the best of luck going forward,” it concluded. Read more

KSTP Chopper Captures Video of Car Driving Through Ferguson Protest

Car-protesters-minneapolis-KSTPKSTP, the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis, got some dramatic video Tuesday afternoon. The station’s Chopper 5 was over a group of people protesting the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to charge officer Darren Wilson. At one point, a car approached, and then drove directly into the crowd of protesters:

The vehicle can then be seen driving through the protesters, traveling at a low speed. At least one protester is seen being dragged with the vehicle.

It then comes to a stop and several protesters surround the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle then takes off, hitting several protesters as it drives away.

At least one woman was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. Officials said she has non-life threatening injuries.
As of 5:30 p.m., Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said the driver was not in custody.

Watch the video, after the jump:
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