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Anchor Jennifer Loren Leaves KOTV

9405408_BG1Anchor Jennifer Loren will make her last appearance on the desk at Tulsa CBS affiliate KOTV tonight. Loren writes on Facebook that she’s decided to take a media job with the Cherokee Nation:

After almost nine years here I am leaving the anchor desk and taking off my investigative reporter hat to begin a new and exciting career! I am going to work for my tribe at Cherokee Nation Businesses, helping to expand their video/multimedia footprint.

While I will sincerely miss my friends, coworkers and loyal News on 6 viewers I couldn’t be more excited about the path I am embarking upon. Not only will I be doing work that I am truly passionate about… I will be at home to tuck my little ones into bed each night.

Loren’s replacement will be announced on air, and she hints it will not be a new face. “It’s someone you already know and trust and will be excited to see each night!”

Reporter Returns to WFOR After Four Months

michele-gillen-600x450Investigative reporter Michele Gillen has returned to CBS-owned WFOR in Miami after a four-month absence, reports Jose Lambiet:

Insiders at the ratings-challenged station are reporting that 20-year CBS4 veteran Gillen materialized in the newsroom this week for the first time since a public blowout between her and fellow investigative newsman Jim DeFede.

A spywitness described how Gillen walked in Monday like she hadn’t missed one third of the work year, sat down at her desk six cubicles away from DeFede and started making calls for a story about Pope Francis‘ upcoming trip to the United States.

“It’s like she never left,” one source said. “Nobody’s talking about it. Nobody’s talking to her. And she’s not talking to anybody.”

Gillen’s absence led to speculation about her status with WFOR, where Lambiet reports her contract ends soon.

Former WBBM Health and Science Reporter Roger Field Remembered

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Roger Field, a reporter who covered health and science stories for CBS-owned WBBM in Chicago in the 70′s and 80′s, was remembered this week. Field was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1985 and died November 12.

Field worked alongside some of WBBM’s best-known personalities, including Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson. Field built his career around a unique storytelling style–and a personal style that included driving around Chicago in a 1920′s Rolls Royce:
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Aereo Files for Bankruptcy

aereo antennaeWith a post on the company’s blog Friday morning, Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia announced the company had filed for bankruptcy protection:

The enthusiasm we encountered was overwhelming. The sense of frustration consumers expressed reinforced our mission. We knew we had touched a nerve, had created something special, and had a built something meaningful for consumers.

But we encountered significant challenges from the incumbent media companies.

While we had significant victories in the federal district courts in New York and Boston and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the reversal of the Second Circuit decision in June by the U.S. Supreme Court has proven difficult to overcome. The U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively changed the laws that had governed Aereo’s technology, creating regulatory and legal uncertainty. And while our team has focused its energies on exploring every path forward available to us, without that clarity, the challenges have proven too difficult to overcome.

Accordingly, today, we filed for Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings. We also appointed Lawton Bloom of Argus to serve as Aereo’s Chief Restructuring Officer during this period.

Some of the challenges from “incumbent media companies” included local television stations, who sued Aereo for copyright infringement.

In Buffalo, Big Snow Brings Big Ratings

WGRZAs surely as the snow has overwhelmed the Buffalo area, viewers have turned to local TV stations in huge numbers–particularly the morning newscasts.

The Buffalo News notes stations’ wall-to-wall coverage produced primetime-sized ratings throughout the day, with Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ leading the pack:

If you combine all three early evening newscasts, the rating was equal to or exceeded what a Buffalo Bills game normally receives.

The 6 a.m. morning ratings were much higher than the stations often get for most prime time network entertainment programs.

The clear winner for the day starting at 5 a.m. and continuing everywhere but 11 p.m. was Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate.

WECT Anchor: ‘I Heard My Leg…Go ‘Crack”

5885640_GAshlea Kosikowski, an evening anchor at Wilmington NBC affiliate WECT, will remain off the air for the rest of the year after a fall at her home, breaking her ankle and her leg in two places:

“I had turned off all the lights in here and I was getting ready to go to bed and I just slipped,” Ashlea told us this week. “I went vertical in the air. When I came down I heard my leg just go ‘crack’ and I landed in the dog bed.”

A surgeon repaired the damage by placing a titanium rod and several screws in her leg.

Ashlea has been recovering from the broken bones, but the rehabilitation is going to keep her off the air for the rest of the calendar year.

Former Sacramento Anchor Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ in Theft Case

sabrina-rodriguez-mugshotSabrina Rodriguez, a former anchor at Sacramento Fox affiliate KTXL, entered a “not guilty” plea in court Wednesday on grand theft charges. Rodriguez will be back in court in January:

Rodriguez, who was a morning anchor on FOX40, surrendered to officials on July 31 for grand theft, burglary and conspiracy charges. She later resigned from her position at FOX40.

According to court documents, Rodriguez drove fiancé Nicholas Gray to San Francisco to help sell stolen goods. Included in the court documents are alleged texts between the couple that reveal a theft conspiracy.

WIVB’s Jacquie Walker Diagnosed With Cancer

AR-141118954Jacquie Walker, anchor at Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB, will take the next few weeks off as she is treated for breast cancer. The Buffalo News reports the cancer was detected early, and Walker plans to return to work in about a month:

The station’s general manager, Rene LaSpina, made Channel 4’s staff aware of Walker’s condition Tuesday when she posted an email from Walker.

Here’s the full statement from Walker, who has been at Channel 4 for 31 years: “To my colleagues here at Channel 4. I wanted to let you know why you are not seeing me in the newsroom this week. I have been diagnosed with breast cancer and I am now being treated by the experts at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I expect to return to work in a few weeks.

“During Breast Cancer Awareness Week in October, you hear about the importance of early detection and the importance of mammograms. Believe it. I have never missed an annual mammogram, and that is how my cancer was discovered at an early stage.

“My family and I have faith that I will be cured. We ask for your prayers and understanding. We look forward to a healthier New Year, as we continue our lifelong support of those seeking a cure for cancer.”

Ted Ryan, Former WHIO Meteorologist, Dies

ted-ryan-colorDayton CBS affiliate WHIO reports former meteorologist Ted Ryan died this morning. He was 89:

Ryan served as a weather forecaster, travel reporter and staff announcer from 1954 to until his retirement in 1992.

Ryan continued to fill-in for WHIO weathercasts until 2001.

Ryan also co-hosted the annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon with Cheryl McHenry.

He was inducted to the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2005.

KYW, Anchor, Sued Over Sex Abuse Report

KYW-TV_openCBS-owned KYW in Philadelphia, and its anchor, Chris May, face a lawsuit over a report that aired on the station back in May.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports the station did air a correction and apology after its story, which was described the arrest of a school police supervisor over allegations he sexually abused a boy:

Howard Rubin is the suspect,” May intoned, as Rubin’s picture flashed on the screen. “He is accused in the sexual abuse of an underage male student.”

Now, here’s why CBS3′s story may cost the station big bucks in a lawsuit filed Friday: Rubin not only was not fired, but he also has not been accused of, nor arrested for, sexually abusing anyone.

“It appears to me that this was a really big mistake on their part and there will be really big consequences,” said lawyer Derek Steenson, who filed the lawsuit on Rubin’s behalf in Common Pleas Court.

 

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