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WBFF Apologizes for ‘Kill a Cop’ Story

FoxFacing massive fallout from a story aired Sunday night that claimed peaceful protesters had called for the killing of police officers, Baltimore Fox affiliate WBFF invited a protest leader on air to apologize face-to-face. “We aired a clip from a protest in Washington, DC where we reported protesters were chanting ‘kill a cop’,” said anchor Jeff Barnd. “We received a phone call from Tawanda Jones, who is in the video, who informed us that the chant was actually ‘We won’t stop. We can’t stop. ’til killer cops. Are in cell blocks’.”

Barnd said the mistake was an honest error. “When you do a news story, it usually goes through a lot of desks,” he said. “A lot of brains look at it. And it’s unfortunate that it made it on our air last night.”

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Baltimore Fox Affiliate Faces Protests After ‘Kill a Cop’ Report

WBFFA report Sunday by Baltimore Fox affiliate WBFF has resulted in Gawker describing the station as “slimy”, and activists in Baltimore calling for protests outside the station’s studios tonight.

The story, by reporter Melinda Roeder, was part of team coverage on the murders of two New York City police officers. “Given this anti-police officer sentiment that has spread across the country,” Roeder said, the danger for police “is growing.”

Roeder then cited protests and anger following the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, especially, Roeder said, “in minority communities.” Roeder aired a portion of a YouTube clip from a Washington protest march, suggesting that protesters had chanted “kill a cop.”

The protesters say in fact, they were chanting nothing of the sort. The group Baltimore Bloc says the chant “is well-known to local activists…we won’t stop/we can’t stop/’til killer cops/are in cell blocks:’”
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Kai Jackson Returns to Baltimore, Joins WBFF

bal-kai-jackson-wbff-returning-to-baltimore-an-001One year after announcing he would leave Baltimore CBS-owned station WJZ, where he had worked for twenty years, Kai Jackson revealed he would return–this time to Fox affiliate WBFF, where Jackson will become the primary co-anchor starting in January. “Kai Jackson will join the Fox 45 news operation and co-anchor with Jennifer Gilbert the 4 p.m. newscast that will launch on Jan. 19,” WBFF general manager Bill Fanshawe said Monday.

Jackson will also co-anchor the 5 p.m. and late newscasts.

Jeff Barnd, who has been the station’s primary co-anchor, will become a national correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns WBFF, and will report from Sinclair’s national bureau in Washington.

How Did Baltimore Stations Cover the Ray Rice Story?

We thought yesterday was a good day to see how Baltimore stations covered the release of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice after video surfaced showing him hitting his wife.

Both CBS owned station WJZ (who was on at 4:00 because of US Open coverage) and NBC affiliate WBAL went into team coverage on the story. ABC affiliate WMAR was the pleasant surprise of the day, focusing instead on the victims of domestic abuse with a community activist giving tips on how to recognize it when you see it, what to do about it and where to go if you need help.

Former WJZ Sports Anchor Dies

shawn-maddenShawn Madden, former anchor for Baltimore CBS owned station WJZ, died at a gym he owned in Shrewsbury, PA, last week.

The station said Madden’s family had a history of heart disease, though the cause of his death is unknown.

Madden, who was 45, co-owned two Gold’s Gyms. According to his obituary, he “was passionate about fitness and body building and was a Professional Men’s Physique Competitor.”

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Don Scott Talks About Leaving WJZ After 40 Years

don scott wjzWJZ morning anchor Don Scott will say goodbye to viewers of the Baltimore CBS owned station Friday.

He spoke to David Zurawik, TV critic for The Baltimore Sun about why he’s leaving, viewer reaction to the news and what his final words on-air are going to be.

Q. I have seen different numbers on your run at WJZ. Can we nail it down? Is it actually 40 years??

A. My 40th anniversary was this past Monday. I’m going out Friday at 40 years and 4 days.

Q. Now this isn’t a mandatory-at-65 retirement, is it? I know some media companies once had that rule. But that’s not the deal at CBS, is it? You’re choosing to step down, right?

A. I am choosing… It’s my choice. My contract was up at the end of May. So, during contract negotiations, I just decided I didn’t want to do this any more. Read more

WMAR Meteorologist During Hurricane Arthur: ‘The Station Just Got Hit By Lightning’

Mike Masco, meteorologist at WMAR, was in the middle of covering how the outer bands of Hurricane Arthur were affecting the Baltimore area, when the station was affected by a lightning strike. Masco’s audio went out for a matter of seconds, but the station was dark for about :20. While he news continued, the lightning strike affected several power functions at the station which is located in Towson. “The AC is still not fixed at ABC 2.,” Masco Tweeted around 9pm Thursday, “Meaning we will look like night of the living dead on TV..Stay tuned….”

Catherine Hawley to Join WMAR

hawley_wmar croppedWMAR has announced Catherine Hawley will join the Baltimore ABC affiliate as a reporter and multimedia journalist.

“We are really excited to have Catherine join the ABC2 team” Kelly Groft, WMAR news director, said in a statement. “It’s been in the works for several weeks and we can’t wait for Baltimore viewers to get to know her!”

Before coming to WMAR Hawley worked at WFMZ in Allentown, PA. She has also worked at WRIC in Richmond, VA, and WTVH in Syracuse, NY. She starts Monday.

WBAL Adds Megan Pringle to Morning Team

pringle wmar_croppedMegan Pringle is joining Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL as weekend morning anchor. weekday morning reporter.

“Megan’s long experience covering Baltimore news is the perfect complement to our already strong morning team,” WBAL president and GM Dan Joerres said in a statement.

Pringle, who will work with Jason Newton and Mindy Basara, left Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR in November to work in PR.

WMAR 911 Calls: ‘He Just Drove Right Through the Lobby’

Police have released the 911 calls from WMAR employees after a man drove a truck into the Baltimore ABC affiliate’s building and barricaded himself inside for several hours. The suspect, Vladimir Mehul Baptiste, has been charged with attempted murder and assault.

“We’re under attack. We have a truck that has smashed through the front doors, driven into the lobby. We need assistance out here immediately,” one caller says. “…We don’t need an ambulance right now, we need protection.” Watch:

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