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WBIR Gave Taz Painter a Goodbye to Remember Before He Left for WZZM

Painter goodbye WBIRTaz Painter started work at his new job as news director of Gannett owned Grand Rapids, MI, ABC affiliate WZZM today.

Last week, his old station, Gannett owned WBIR in Knoxville, said goodbye with a list of what Painter would find in Grand Rapids, videotaped tributes from colleagues, and an appearance by Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, who brought a bag of Chuy’s Mexican Food and a proclamation declaring April 9 “Taz Painter Appreciation Day.”

“And I understand what this qualifies you for, if you pull out of town and you’re speeding,” said Burchett while handing Painter the proclamation. “If you show that to the sheriff’s deputies that they just put the taser on stun.”

Watch the video after the jump. Read more

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WJCL Adds News at 5:00 and 5:30 PM

WJCL_LES ON SETSavannah ABC affiliate WJCL is expanding its evening news with a 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. newscast.

“After relaunching and rebranding ourselves last fall, we thought that this spring was a critical moment to expand our commitment to this community and provide our viewers another option for local news,” WJCL-WTGS president and GM Les Vann said in a statement.

The new show will be anchored by Kevin HolmesJenifer Andrews, chief meteorologist Jeff Kirk and sports anchor Frank Sulkowski.

This is the fourth news expansion for WJCL-WTGS this year. The station has already expanded its weekday morning show, added both a 6:00 p.m. news and a morning show on FOX affiliate WTGS during the weekend.

Poll Results: Would You Turn Over Footage Without a Subpoena?

keytlogoThe results are in from Friday’s double poll. First, we asked if you’d turn over footage your station shot without being forced to do so.

The poll came about after Santa Barbara ABC station KEYT shot riot footage and gave it to the county sheriff without a subpoena.

For the question: Would You Give Police Riot Footage Without Subpoena? A majority of the 280 responders said they disagreed with the station’s actions.

  • NO     67%
  • YES    32%
  • Other 1%

Jim Romenesko who first told the story also pointed out the reporter and the anchor on the desk reporting the story have ties to law enforcement. Reporter Victoria Sanchez‘ father is the Santa Barbara Chief of Police and anchor Paula Lopez is married to a county judge.

For the question: Should Sanchez and Lopez Reveal Their Ties to Law Enforcement When Reporting on Crime? 66 percent of the 92 people who voted think the two should reveal their ties. Read more

Meteorologist Adam Caskey Heading to KSAT

caskey wjla_croppedMeteorologist Adam Caskey is leaving Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA for San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT.

“After 11 years at WJLA/News Channel 8, the Caskeys are moving to the Lone Star State,” Caskey wrote on his facebook page. “My last day on-air in DC will be Friday the 18th. I love Washington and will truly miss you all, but I’m very excited for a new opportunity with the talented team at KSAT-TV in San Antonio.”

Caskey started his career with KVRR in Fargo,N.D, and has worked at WJLA since March 2003.

Carolyn Johnson Leaving KGO

kgo_bio_carolynjohnson_160x200KGO anchor Carolyn Johnson is leaving the San Francisco Bay Area ABC owned station.

In an email, KGO news director Tracey Watkowski told staff Johnson has, “accepted a new opportunity to be an anchor at a TV station outside of the San Francisco market.”

Johnson was a producer at KGO in the programming department before leaving for an on-air position at KSBY in San Luis Obispo. She returned to KGO in 1998.

There’s no word where Johnson is heading.

You can read the email after the jump. Read more

Poll: How Much is Too Much Cooperation with Law Enforcement?

When Santa Barbara ABC affiliate KEYT shot video of last week’s riot during the city’s Deltopia Festival, it aired the footage, interviewed the two photographers involved and then turned the footage over to the local Sheriff’s Department and the DA’s office so they could ID the offenders.

TVSpy has two polls about the story. First, we want to know if you agree with media blogger Jim Romenesko who first reported the story and wrote, “‘My tipster writes: ‘This was one of the most public displays of cooperation with law enforcement I have seen from a station.’”

See the second poll after the jump. Read more

How ABC News Digital Leverages Affiliate Reporting During Breaking News

wcvb boston coverageEric Noe, the managing editor of ABC News Digital, is featured in Mediabistro’s latest “So What Do You Do?” interview. Among other things, Noe tells us how ABC leverages social media and affiliate reporting during breaking news situations, using last year’s Boston Marathon bombings as an example:

Within minutes and within hours after [the bombs went off], we had people on the ground in Boston, and we had a digital journalist in Moscow, digging up background on the bombers’ family in Kyrgyzstan, giving us great information from there.

[...] We were able to lean on our sister company, ESPN — you know, this was a sporting event as well — and they gave us great information. Our affiliate up in Boston, WCVB, gave us great live streams. And by the end of the week, we had tremendous traffic. And I’m kind of proud to say that we didn’t have to walk back a single fact. We got everything right and didn’t have to issue any retractions, and it was a tremendous opportunity for us to show the muscle of our news division and what we can do when we [channel] it through the digital funnel.

Fort Myers Stations Pay Tribute to Jim Reif

Waterman Broadcasting’s Fort Myers stations, ABC affiliate WZVN and NBC affiliate WBBH, took some time out of their respective newscasts to remember the station’s shared director of meteorology Jim Reif who died yesterday from injuries suffered in a bicycling accident.

Many of Reif’s friends and colleagues remembered the Fort Myers meteorologist by telling stories about their time together or by giving their impressions of the man.

Kansas City meteorologist Len Jennings from KMBC spoke about Reif in a video tribute. You can watch it after the jump. Read more

B&C: ABC Affiliates Board Happy With Ben Sherwood’s Promotion

BEN SHERWOOD (PRESIDENT, ABC NEWS)Broadcasting & Cable reports that the ABC affiliates board is pleased with the selection of ABC News president Ben Sherwood to replace Anne Sweeney as the president of Disney/ABC Television Group:

Both Sherwood’s promotion to co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group (he officially starts in February), and ABC’s concerns with ongoing primetime shortfalls were significant topics of discussion when the board met in Las Vegas April 8.

“Ben Sherwood is a great friend and supporter of the affiliates,” said Mike Devlin, chairman. “It was a fascinating and intriguing decision, and we have a lot of support for that move.”

The meeting also included a “good, candid discussion” about primetime, and how to draw more viewers—a frequent topic in the affiliates board’s meeting with the network each year in Vegas. ABC showed the board members a few snippets of its development slate. “We got a look forward at the pilot process,” said Devlin, WFAA Dallas president and general manager. “It was a great conversation with the network.”

What Are Local Stations Covering?

They like a longer story in Denver, where today we take a look at what the local stations are talking about.

With a lot of stories in the 2:00 range, most of the stations stacked their shows pretty much the same way: leading with the school evacuation and going long on the missing hikers.

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