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Denver Meteorologist’s Grandson Steals Show in Holiday Liveshot: ‘I Tooted’

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Meteorologist Mike Nelson of Denver ABC affiliate KMGH donned a Santa hat and brought his two-year-old grandson, Liam, along for a holiday liveshot Friday at the Denver Zoo. ‘Zoo Lights’ is an annual event, and things were moving along with suitable cuteness as Nelson tried to get Liam to say anything other than one word answers. Enjoying the lights? Yes. Enjoying that pretzel? Yes.

And then Liam decided he did have something to say: “I tooted.” Nelson was apparently already aware of this, replying “yes, you did” and then noting Liam’s live moment would be preserved. “That’s a keeper for the family reel.”

Indeed. Watch it, after the jump: Read more

WOAY Suffers ‘Catastrophic’ Transmitter Failure

Woay_2011WOAY, the Beckley-Oak Hill-Bluefield ABC affiliate, has been off the air since Thanksgiving morning after suffering what the station called, “a catastrophic failure at our transmitter.”

WOAY has a disclaimer up on its website that reads:

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties
WOAY-TV has experienced a catastrophic failure at our transmitter, we are currently working to fix the problem, but waiting on equipment. We don’t have a set time frame for when it will be fixed but we can assure you we’re working our best to get it done. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Al Marra, WOAY general manager, told TVSpy repairs will likely be completed by early this morning.

During the blackout, viewers have been watching out-of-market ABC stations on their local cable or satellite systems. One facebook commenter said DirecTV has replaced WOAY with Charleston ABC affiliate WCHS.

Former Chicago FOX EP Hired as One of Two Assistant NDs at KTRK

KTRKHouston ABC owned station KTRK has added two assistant news directors. One will work on the digital side, while the other will concentrate on traditional broadcast.

KTRK news director Wendy Granato confirmed with TVSpy what Houston media blogger Mike McGuff first reported: Rehan Aslam, formerly executive producer of FOX owned WFLD in Chicago, is the new broadcast Assistant ND while managing editor Chris Hanson will work the digital side.

Granato also confirmed Rick Bagley is the new nightside executive producer. Bagley was news director at KFSM in Fort Smith-Faytteville, Ark.

FCC Fines Journal for Airing Car Ads as ‘Special Reports’ on KTNV

ktnv croppedThe Federal Communications Commission today announced its Enforcement Bureau has fined Journal Broadcast Corp., owner Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV, $115,000 for violating the Commission’s Sponsorship Identification Rule.

According to the FCC, KTNV aired “Special Reports” in 2009 that were actually paid ads for car dealers without disclosing the reports were paid for.

“Broadcasters are not allowed to deceive the public by presenting commercial announcements or other paid programming in the guise of news or editorial content,” Travis LeBlanc, chief of the FCC Enforcement Bureau said. “Transparency is especially crucial in a situation like this one where a pseudo news report invites viewers to rely on their perception of the station’s independence and objectivity when, in fact, the message has been bought and paid for by an undisclosed third party.” Read more

Oregonian Reporter Accuses KATU of Lifting His Story ‘Without Attribution’

KATU NewsroomA reporter for The Oregonian says an investigative reporter for Portland ABC affiliate KATU lifted a story and reported it–both on air and online–without ever crediting the newspaper.

Rob Davis is an investigative reporter who covers the environment for The Oregonian, and Tuesday afternoon he published a story revealing that a special license plate designed to benefit the salmon in Oregon–by repairing culverts that can block salmon migration–was in reality funneling money elsewhere:

Since 2013, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board hasn’t spent a cent of salmon plate money on fixing road impacts.

Instead, drivers have paid the salary and office expenses of OWEB’s small grants administrator in Salem. Drivers are also set to pay for a $150,000 website improvement to make it possible to apply online for grants from OWEB, another project that won’t retrofit a single culvert.

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KSTP Owner Blames Social Media For #Pointergate Backlash

kstp_304Stanley Hubbard, chairman and CEO of Hubbard Broadcasting, parent company of the station at the center of the #pointergate controversy, went on the defensive against detractors of the KSTP story that claimed the mayor and a get-out-the-vote volunteer were throwing gang signs in a picture.

Hubbard responded to the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists after it called on the Minneapolis ABC affiliate to “disavow” the story, which came to be known as #pointergate.

In his letter, Hubbard stands by his station’s report and blames social media for fomenting controversy, at one point saying the internet lacks credibility.

We know that social media is able to control Internet conversation on any given topic. As I am sure you know, much of what appears on the Internet lacks credibility. We have read all too many Internet messages about our coverage from people (and, in many cases, “bots”) who obviously had not seen our coverage, or who came to the Internet with a predetermined point of view. Sadly, a number of respected news organizations have engaged in what any unbiased professional journalist would recognize as inadequate independent reporting about our story. The fact that our report was the “top trending” story in the Twittersphere for a day or two does not lend veracity to the tweets, biogs and posts it engendered.

Read the full letter after the jump. Read more

Mark Neerman Named News Director at KSNV

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KSNV is welcoming Mark Neerman to its Las Vegas newsroom as news director. Neerman is replacing Craig Hume, who joined the station in 2013 from CBS affiliate WHP-WLYH in Harrisburg, Pa. Hume announced his departure from the NBC affiliate a few weeks ago, and explained to his staff that he would be moving back to his home in Los Angeles.

Neerman, who previously worked at Louisville, KY, ABC affiliate WHAS as news director, talked to FTVLive about what he’s been up to since then:

“I left WHAS to launch the start-up indarramedia.com. To the surprise of no one who knows me, I missed news. I couldn’t have been more impressed with Sinclair’s plans for the future.”

KSNV was recently bought by Sinclair for $120 million. This isn’t Neerman’s first time working in Sin City; he was previously news director at FOX affiliate KVVU.

Steve Lavin to Replace Retiring WBAY GM

wbay logoMedia General has named Steve Lavin to replace retiring WBAY GM Don Carmichael.

Lavin is the station manager/general sales manager for the Green Bay, Wisc. ABC affiliate.

Lavin started at WBAY in 1996 before leaving in 2000 for WEAU in Eau Claire. He came back to WBAY in 2005 as GSM.

“We are delighted to name such a talented and experienced broadcaster as Steve to be our new General Manager at WBAY,” Deborah A. McDermott, SVP of Broadcast Markets for Media General said in a statement.

WBAY GM Announces Retirement

wbay logoAfter 21 years as GM of Green Bay ABC affiliate WBAY, Don Carmichael says he’s retiring at the end of the year.

“My 21 years as WBAY’s General Manager have been a lot of fun, never boring and we have done a lot of excellent work together.,” Carmichael, who has worked in broadcasting for 35 years, told staffers. “Early next year, I will join my wife, Bev, in Saint Augustine, Florida, where she is continuing her career as Vice President of Advancement at her alma mater, Flagler College. I’ll really miss the privilege of interacting with you every day.”

Before starting his TV broadcast career at WJXT in Jacksonville, Fla., Carmichael worked at The Miami Herald and spent five years in radio. He’s also worked at WATE in Knoxville, Tenn. For five years, he ran both WBAY and WLNS in Lansing, Mich.

You can read the entire text of Carmichael’s letter after the jump. Read more

Ron Romines Named GM of WTEN

wtenMedia General has named Ron Romines VP and GM of Albany ABC affiliate WTEN.

Romines, who was GSM at WTEN, replaced Andy Alford who moved to Media General-owned WFLA in Tampa, Fla. as GM.

He started his career at WDBD in Jackson, Miss. and later moved to WAPT where he was promoted to GSM from local sales manager. He’s also worked as GSM at KOCO in Oklahoma City, Okla., WCCO in Minneapolis, Minn., and WJTV in Jackson, Miss.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead the talented and dedicated staff at WTEN,” Romines, who started his new role Monday, said. “Having shared the challenges and successes of the last 10 years with many of the staff members, I know it will be extremely rewarding to work with our determined and dependable professionals as we achieve new heights.”

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