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Charlo Greene’s F-Bomb Farewell Could Damage More Than Just Her Career

Picture 1Charlo Greene‘s F-Bomb exit from Anchorage, Alaska CBS affiliate KTVA might have been good for internet clicks, but it may also cause collateral damage to the trust voters and viewers place in the results of the upcoming election and the station where she used to work.

According to the Alaska Dispatch News, Greene’s views on legalizing marijuana had been called into question by the initiative’s opposition after her five part series on the vote aired on KTVA.

After the series aired — days after Greene officially registered her Alaska Cannabis Club business under her legal name — Vote No On 2 campaign spokeswoman Deborah Williams met with KTVA’s news director, she said.

“We asked for a meeting with the news director,” Williams said. “ We sat down and spent at least an hour pointing out what we thought were the biases and inaccuracies in her stories and providing him with the information we thought to be crucial to include.”

Greene later admitted Williams’ suspicions were correct.

Greene, who could not be reached Monday for this story, told that she went public because “polling is showing support is slipping” for the Alaska legalization initiative and she felt frustrated by what she saw as misinformation circulated by those against legalization.

“Otherwise I would have just been behind the scenes (in the media) the entire time, just making sure the fear mongering, and the non-facts they put out there that journalists never want to do the work to actually fact check themselves — I would have just stayed there to make sure it’s a fair fight,” she told Vice. “But polling has been showing that the fear-mongering is working, so I had to step away to make sure Alaskans know what’s really at stake. And the opportunity that is ahead of us.” Read more

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FOX Said to Be Eyeing KCPQ in Search of NFL Dollars

Fox-2Last July, FOX pulled its affiliation from Bahakel owned WCCB in Charlotte, N.C. and launched WJZY an owned station. Recently, FOX announced a swap with Cox media, getting San Francisco Bay Area affiliate KTVU and giving up a station in Memphis and one in Boston.

FOX has the NFC package for the NFL and Charlotte is home to the NFC’s Carolina Panthers. You could say KTVU is in the home of the AFC’s Oakland Raiders, but you don’t need to leave the SF Bay Area DMA to watch the NFC’s San Francisco 49ers play in their new Santa Clara home. The stations FOX gave up are in markets with AFC teams. See a pattern?

Now, the New York Post reports, FOX Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy has his sights set on Tribune’s Seattle FOX station KCPQ.

Fox is set to yank Tribune Media’s Fox affiliation KCPQ-TV (Fox 13) in Seattle, The Post has learned.

Seattle is the home of the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, which translates into big ratings in its hometown market.

Currently, Tribune’s Fox affiliation allows it to capitalize on the big NFL viewership numbers in negotiations with distributors such as cable companies. Tribune then kicks back a portion of those carriage fees to Fox.

Broadcasters, however, have been pressing their affiliates for larger kickbacks or risk having their lucrative network affiliations yanked, so the network can capture all of the revenue.

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Ailing WLOX Anchor Hopes to Return

Picture 1It’s been four months since Jeff Lawson, anchor at Biloxi ABC and CBS affiliate WLOX has been on the air. He’s been battling Bell’s Palsy, which causes partial facial paralysis and can, for some, be permanent. “I tell people I’ve gone from being ugly to being even uglier,” he joked in an interview with the Biloxi Sun Herald.

The twenty-year veteran isn’t sure when he’ll be able to return to work, but he says he’s been touched by support from viewers:

Lawson said one recent month a Lucedale church he had never been to before sent him weekly encouragements signed by all the members praying for him.

And he gets daily support from friends, family and strangers both online and in the community.

“It’s blown me away,” he said.

What Did They Cover in Anchorage Last Night?

In the wake of the dramatic resignation of KTVA reporter Charlo Greene, all but one Anchorage TV station recognized that Greene not only made headlines, but she may have also unfairly influenced an upcoming vote.

NBC affiliate KTUU, Greene’s former station CBS affiliate KTVA, and FOX affiliate KTBY spent airtime on the subject. The stations brought up past allegations that Greene’s reporting on the upcoming initiative to legalize marijuana in Alaska had long been seen as unfair by opposition groups.

KTVA Says F-Bomb Anchor Never Disclosed Pot Club Ties

KTVA bert rudmanSaying Charlo Greene “betrayed the basic bedrock of responsible journalism,” by not disclosing her ties to the Alaska Cannabis Club before reporting on it, KTVA news director Bert Rudman apologized to viewers in a video posted to the station website last night.

Click here to watch the video.

Rudman also apologized for Greene’s choice of language. He then added, “At KTVA we strive to live up to the highest journalistic standards of fairness and transparency. Sunday’s breach of those standards is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.”

Dallas Sports Anchor Max Morgan Dies

Max Morgan, the KDFW sports anchor who was admitted to a Dallas area hospital suffering from congestive heart failure, has died.

UPDATE: KDFW VP & GM Kathy Saunders issued a statement about Morgan’s death. “Max was an important member of the FOX 4 Sports and News family.  The teams he covered and the audience he served treasured his enthusiasm, energy and signature sign-on, “Hello, Dallas-Fort Worth. . . let’s talk sports!  He loved his job and our viewers knew it.  Max will be greatly missed by all of us at KDFW and all of North Texas.  The “talk” will never be quite the same.”

The Dallas-Fort Worth FOX owned station said Morgan started every sportscast by saying, “Hello Dallas-Fort Worth. Let’s talk sports,” along with “a smile and a magnificent baritone voice.”

For nearly 21 years Morgan was there to cover it all for Channel 4 – two Cowboys Super Bowl wins, a Stars Stanley Cup, a Mavericks title and two trips to the World Series by the Rangers.

Morgan had been off the air recently and was admitted last week to a Dallas-area hospital suffering from congestive heart failure.

Morgan joined KDFW in 1993, but from the time Morgan could talk – he was talking sports. Read more

Reporter Who Dropped F-Bomb and Quit, Posts Video Explaning Why

Charlo Greene is back. This time the former KTVA reporter is in a campaign video on IndieGogo to support Ballot Measure 2 which she describes as “the initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska.”

Green writes on the site, “I just quit my news reporting job on live TV to announce that I am redirecting all of my energy toward helping to end a failed drug policy that has ruined the lives of far too many Americans.”

“I’m making it my life work,” Green said in her video. “To uphold what America stands for truly, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, ideals that now need to be defended. But I can’t do this alone. I need you in the very least to start the conversation.”

Philadelphia NBC Station Hires Two Reporters

WCAU logoWCAU has announced two new hires. The Philadelphia NBC owned station said Randy Gyllenhaall started today, while Mitch Blacher will join next Wednesday.

“Bringing Randy and Mitch on board further enhances NBC10’s commitment to the community,” Anzio Williams, WCAU VP of News said in a statement.

Gyllenhaal will work in the station’s Lehigh Valley Bureau. He comes to Philadelphia from WPBF in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he had worked as a reporter. Before coming to WPBF in 2011, he worked at WPTZ in Burlington, Vt.

Blacher joins the “NBC 10 Investigators” unit. He comes from KGTV in San Diego where he was an investigative reporter. Before that, Blacher was an investigative reporter in Albuquerque, N.M. and had worked as an anchor or reporter in Fort Wayne and also Terre Haute, Ind.

Yvonne Lewis Signs Off From KTUL

As we reported late last month, Yvonne Lewis, weekend anchor and reporter for Tulsa’s KTUL, recently decided to leave the world of TV news for good. Lewis had been at the ABC affiliate for 28 years.

Today was her last day at the station.

Watch above as Lewis says goodbye and talks about the next phase of her life.

The Mysterious Case of the Anchor Chairs

KCAL Chairs THREELA Observed reports on the changing anchor chairs during one 9:00 p.m. newscast on Los Angeles CBS owned station KCAL.

The LA blog got a tip from a reader they called Mister B., who thought something might be up when Leyna Nguyen and Sylvia Lopez had different chairs three times in an 11 minute span.

Notice just the backs of their chairs. When the show opened at 9 p.m., Nguyen had a high back on her chair and Lopez looked perhaps a bit out of sorts. By 9:04, Lopez had the superior chair back and, truth be told, looks a little more tuned in and primed for action in Mr B’s screen grab. At 9:11, both women have new chairs. Mr. B wonders if the game of musical chairs was rooted in rivalry or something more innocent: “Does this qualify as ‘breaking news?’”

TVSpy has been watching too many episodes of Finding Bigfoot and In Search of Aliens to think it could have just been a case of the wrong chairs being on set at the start of the show. We asked CBS for comment. We will update when we hear back.