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AT&T U-Verse Subscribers Reportedly See White House Emergency Alert in Error

eas messageAtlanta FOX owned station WAGA is reporting AT&T U-Verse subscribers in Northern Georgia, Detroit, Mich. and Austin, Texas have reported seeing an emergency alert that can only be activated by the White House.

The message read in part, “We interrupt our programming at the request of the White House. This is the Emergency Alert System. All normal programming has been discontinued during this emergency.” The viewers then had their channels changed to the local NBC affiliate where the graphic below popped up on screen.

>UPDATE: AT&T issued a statement saying, “Earlier today U-verse TV customers may have received an Emergency Alert notification. We have confirmed that there is no emergency at this time and we are investigating why this occurred. We apologize for any inconvenience. As soon as more information becomes available, I will share with our local media immediately”

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According to WAGA, “Engineers with FOX 5 say the alert can only be activated by the President in times of emergency.”

WAGA said engineers from U-Verse told them the message showed up even though there are no know emergency alerts that would have triggered it. Tipsters tell us the message appeared due to a U-Verse error.

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Trey Fabacher Out at WGCL

WGCL_304WGCL is undergoing a change in direction. TVSpy just confirmed Trey Fabacher, GM of WGCL, has left the station. Meredith wouldn’t say when he left or why.

This comes on the heels of confirming that the Atlanta CBS affiliate has hired Larry Perret as news director to replace Lane Michaelsen who left the station in July.

Fabacher came to WGCL from WWJ in Detroit in September 2012. He has also worked at KSTW in Seattle and WCCO and KSTP in Minneapolis, Minn.

Larry Perret New WGCL News Director

WGCL_304Larry Perret has been named news director at Meredith owned CBS affiliate WGCL.

Perret comes to WGCL from Meredith’s KCTV-KSMO in Kansas City where he had been news director since October, 2013.

“I’m honored to be making the move within Meredith to Atlanta,” Perret said in a statement. “I’m really looking forward to working for a great company that is dedicated to taking CBS46 to new heights.”

Before working at KCTV-KSMO, he was news director at KTVX in Salt Lake City. He’s also worked as a producer for Entertainment Tonight and as a senior consultant for Frank N. Magid and Associates.

He has worked for Lin, Raycom, and Hubbard Broadcasting and has also held news management positions in a number of other top 20 markets, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston.

In a 1977 appearance on Tomorrow with Tom Snyder, Perret tells Snyder he started at NBC as a page. After the jump, you can see Perret tell Snyder he’s leaving NBC to work as an anchor in Cheyenne, WY. Read more

Brian Monahan Leaving Seattle’s KIRO for WSB in Atlanta

web_bio_monahanBrian Monahan, meteorologist at Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO, is leaving the station for Atlanta, where he’ll join Cox sister station WSB. “Finishing up my last morning on KIRO7, and my co-workers sent me off with a signed 12th man flag (of course!),” Monahan posted to Facebook. “I’ll miss these guys a lot as I head to Atlanta!”

Monahan joined KIRO from yet another Cox station, WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando. Monahan followed Bob Jordan from Orlando to Seattle, making the move in 2012.

WGCL Brings Back Noon Newscast

connell wgclStarting Monday, Meredith owned CBS affiliate WGCL will once again air a Noon newscast.

The station stopped airing a Noon show in September 2011.

Anchor Jocelyn Connell announced the new show on her facebook page saying, “I have been blessed with the opportunity to anchor the show along with Meteorologist Jim Loznicka bringing you the weather. We’re excited and can’t wait to get started!”

[Atlanta Journal Constitution]

Gannett Bumps WXIA News Director to Corporate Office

gannett_logoEllen Crooke, news director for Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA, has been named VP of News for parent company Gannett Broadcasting.

Crooke was also the and regional news executive for Gannett. She started with the station group in 2002 as VP of news for WGRZ in Buffalo. She joined WXIA in 2008.

“Ellen is a passionate and innovative leader who is committed to reinventing local journalism in this digital age,” Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting said in a statement. “We’re excited to have her on the corporate team.”

Crooke had also worked as news director at WNDU in South Bend, IN, assistant news director at WHAS in Louisville, KY, and as a producer for WOKR (now WHAM) in Rochester, NY, and WTEN in Albany.

Julie Martin Joins WXIA from The Weather Channel

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Julie Martin, a meteorologist and field reporter at The Weather Channel, has decided to leave her gig for a weekend morning meteorologist position at NBC affiliate WXIA in Atlanta.

Martin had worked at The Weather Channel since 2006. With a two-year-old and an often traveling husband at CNN, Martin made the move to “pursue a career path that keeps her closer to home,” according to a statement by The Weather Channel’s senior director of coverage and talent, Jennifer Rigby.

Martin’s last day is September 30.

Former WSB Chopper Pilot Dies in Crash

matt wallaceMatt Wallace, a former chopper pilot for Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB, died in a helicopter crash in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tuesday.

Wallace — who worked for WSB from 1997 to 2003 — was flying a helicopter contracted by Alabama Power. A passenger also died in the crash, according to the station:

Authorities say Wallace and his passenger, identified as 63-year-old David Carson, were conducting an aerial inspection of a transmission line when the crash occurred.

News Chopper 2′s Jason Durden says he’s heartbroken by the loss of Wallace, remembered as an “excellent pilot and an even better man.” Carson, Wallace’s passenger, was a senior line specialist at Alabama Power and had 44 years of service at the company, officials said.

WFTV Reporter Berndt Petersen Leaves for Atlanta

Picture 1Berndt Petersen, known as a voice of reason in an increasingly chaotic local TV world, has bolted Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV for sister station WSB in Atlanta, also an ABC affiliate.

Petersen, who worked at WFTV for ten years, departed earlier this month, according to the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker:

That beaming-up to Atlanta was deserved because Petersen is a gifted journalist. In his career, he noted that has won three Edward R. Murrow Awards, six Emmys and two dozen honors from The Associated Press. He also has worked at stations in Birmingham, Charleston and Paducah, Ky.

I worked with Berndt in Orlando and in Birmingham; he’s a true gentleman, a great reporter and profoundly gifted storyteller. It’s a big loss for WFTV and a nice gain for WSB.

WSB Anchor Drops Robin Williams’ Movie Titles into Sportscast as Tribute


WSB sports director Zach Klein said goodbye to actor Robin Williams by adding the titles of more than 20 of the late actor’s movies into his sportscast on the Atlanta ABC affiliate.

“Honestly, I just wanted to do something to show my appreciating (sic) for the greatness that was Robin Williams,” Klein told Mediaite. “It was a hard day for so many and I thought a subtle tribute to a man many loved and admired was the least I could do.”

Watch the video see if you can spot the titles. We’ll give you the most obvious, “Jumanji!”

[Deadspin]

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