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L.A. Anchors Bring Authenticity to Jake Gyllenhaal Crime Film

If you want to make a movie about Los Angeles and news, you could do a lot worse than having Pat Harvey and Kent Shocknek showing you exactly how it’s done. Shocknek, who just retired from KCBS-KCAL, and Harvey, who has co-anchored the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts at KCBS since 2010, were selected for the film by director Dan Gilroy. The film, Nightcrawler, stars Jake Gylenhaal as a freelancer covering the dark world of L.A. crime.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, no actor could quite match the real thing:

“We wanted to cast real anchors in our film because actors often can’t capture exactly what it is that news anchors have,” said Gilroy, speaking ahead of the European premiere of Nightcrawler at the Zurich Film Festival. “(But) I didn’t think any anchors would want to be in our film because they would read the script and say ‘you’re killing us.’ But they all said yes.”

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Fired News 12 Anchor Apologizes, Says He Was Just the Messenger

piper_twitterMatt Pieper, the anchor for News12 The Bronx who was fired last week for insulting parents and welfare recipients, has taken to twitter to explain what happened.

On TwitLonger, Pieper wrote, “As a professional who has spent his entire career delivering the news, I understand the importance of sharing the facts. The situation that transpired on September 24th was extremely unfortunate and I feel the need to communicate what occurred and clear the air.”

Pieper didn’t know his mic was hot when he told reporter Amy Yensi, was reporting on the need for school crossing guards in certain areas of the Bronx, “And Dave wants you to also mention that parents do their f**king jobs and walk their little kids to school on their own and not rely on everyone else kind of like people rely on government assistance for their entire lives.”

Saying he is a “stalwart advocate for equality and diversity in the workplace,” Pieper writes “These were not my own thoughts or profanities. In relaying that information, I made a poor decision in my choice of words and for that I apologize. I could have communicated what I was asked to get across in a different manner and under the pressure of doing my job in real time I made a mistake.”

Read the entire message after the jump. Read more

KCAL-KCBS Anchor Kent Shocknek Says Goodbye, Stars in Short Film

Kent Shocknek signed off from CBS owned KCBS-KCAL Friday night.

Shocknek worked in TV news for 36 years, 31 of those were in Los Angeles. Here’s his final goodbye:

Today we find out he is starring in a short film. The nine minute film is called “The Six O’Clock.” Shocknek plays “a man driven to perfection by his job.”

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It’s Kent Shocknek’s Last Day At KCBS-KCAL

Los Angeles CBS owned station KCBS-KCAL is saying goodbye to longtime anchor Kent Shocknek.

The station put together a “Derek Jeter-esque” goodbye promo to let viewers know. On the website, they promised a send-off, “After 36 years in television, we will give a final farewell to Kent Shocknek on KCAL9 at 10 p.m. Friday.”

Shocknek announced his retirement in August.

Veteran Buffalo Anchor Re Ups with WKBW

Keith Radford WKBWKeith Radford has signed a two year deal to stay with with E.W. Scripps owned WKBW.

“We are thrilled to have secured Keith going forward,” Mike Nurse, GM of the Buffalo ABC affiliate, told The Buffalo News. “Keith will continue as a nightside anchor with 7 Eyewitness News as we continue to rebuild under E.W. Scripps Company. He is truly a trusted news source in Western New York.”

Radford told TVSpy when Scripps bought WKBW, “we all thought it was Christmas morning!” He added, “I knew it would be good but had no idea it would be this good! I am so thankful I will remain here and be part of the move forward. WKBW is going to be one of Americas great television stations again! With any luck I will hit the 30 year mark here in Buffalo and there is no where else I would rather be!”

According to The News, the new deal ends one month after Radford’s 65th birthday.

KXII Hires Oklahoma City Reporter

Dan-Thomas-jpgDan Thomas is heading to Sherman, Tex. to anchor for CBS affiliate KXII.

Starting in November, Thomas will join Maureen Kane as co anchor of News 12 at Five, Six and Ten. He will also anchor the News 12 at Nine.

“We are extremely excited to get to showcase Dan’s talents on a nightly basis,” said Matt Griffin, KXII news director. “His experience both on the desk and reporting in the field will be an asset to everyone in our newsroom, as well as to our many viewers at home.”

Thomas comes from KOCO in Oklahoma City where he was an anchor and reporter. Before working at KOCO, he was an investigate reporter at WEAR in Pensacola, Fla.

KCRA Adds to News Team and 10:00 PM Show

KCRA_3_NBC_ (1)Starting Monday, Sacramento NBC affiliate KCRA will broadcast a full hour on sister station KQCA at 10:00 p.m. The station has also added five to its news team.

“Based on the momentum and growth we’ve experienced in our 10pm newscast on My58, we believe our audience is looking for more news at 10 o’clock,” said KCRA 3 news director Lori Waldon. “I am excited about the new members joining our KCRA News Team and the depth they will bring to our storytelling and our newscasts.”

Rob Malcolm has been added as co-anchor of the KQCA 10:00 p.m. news alongside Kellie DeMarco. He will also report for KCRA. Malcolm comes from CTV in Toronto, Canada. He’s also worked at Global Television in Toronto, WNYW in New York and WDIV in Detroit. Read more

Brian Shactman Named NECN Morning Anchor

shactman croppedBrian Shactman has joined New England Cable News as anchor of The Morning Show.

Shactman will co-anchor the two hour morning show alongside Bridget Blythe.

“With New England roots, stellar journalism credentials and a passion for storytelling, Brian Shactman will be a huge asset to NECN and we’re thrilled to introduce him to our viewers,” said Mike St. Peter, SVP and GM of NECN.

This is a move within NBC Universal for Shactman. He last worked as anchor for MSNBC morning show Way Too Early. Shactman was also a contributor to Morning Joe. Before that, he anchored at CNBC and has also worked at Hartford NBC owned station WVIT and at ESPN.

Arkansas Station Adds Yuna Lee as AM Anchor

lee khbsYuna Lee is joining KHBS-KHOG, the ABC affiliates for Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Ark. as morning co-anchor and reporter.

Starting October 30, Lee will join Ben Wagner and meteorologist Laura Huckabee for 40/29 Sunrise weekdays and also work as a reporter for the station.

“Yuna’s anchoring and field reporting experience is a perfect fit for our team”KHBS-KHOG news director Greg Shepperd said in a statement. “Her versatility will enhance 40/29 News’ commitment to thoroughly cover the entire market.”

Lee comes to the station from WHIO in Dayton, Ohio where she was an anchor and reporter for over 3 years. Before that, she worked at WHSV in Harrisonburg, Va. and WPBF in West Palm Beach, Fla.

WXMI Names New Morning Anchor

falzone croppedGrand Rapids, Mich. FOX affiliate WXMI has named Deanna Falzone morning anchor.

The Grand Rapids Press reports, Falzone replaces Sarah Brodhead, who recently announced she was leaving the station.

Falzone, a native of Harper Woods in the Detroit area, said she’s looking forward to the new assignment beginning Thursday.

“I am very excited to join the morning team and am looking forward to the sunrises that will come with the early wake up call,” Falzone said. “The fun, energetic atmosphere the morning team has created is one-of-a-kind in West Michigan, and I look forward to continuing that tradition.”

FOX 17 News Director Brooks Blanton said Falzone, who joined the Tribune Company-owned TV station in March 2013, approaches stories with passion and professionalism. Read more

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