It’s Monday. How about a good robotic camera on the run video? It happened to meteorologist Michael Page at WFFF, the Fox affiliate in Burlington, Vermont. Apparently thinking of switching back over to the news desk, the camera abandoned Page in mid-weathercast, rolled over to the news desk, found the anchor there reviewing scripts, then realized it had gone rogue and went back to the weather wall. “Hope you didn’t get whiplash,” Page told viewers.
— Mike Curkov (@MikeCurkov) October 9, 2014
She replaces Mike Curkov as sports director. Curkov is moving to news.
WCAX, the CBS affiliate in Burlington, Vermont has apologized for airing a graphic police photo of the unclothed body of a murder victim during the station’s 6 p.m. newscast.
An apology posted to the station’s Facebook page reads in part, “we used a photo in our 6 o’clock report that should NEVER have been used. We are investigating how something so egregious could happen. We are deeply sorry.” Several commenters describe anchor Kristin Kelly as being visibly upset after the image appeared in the story.
The report, on a day of emotional and graphic testimony in the murder trial of a husband and wife accused of kidnapping and killing Melissa Jenkins, made mention of the intensity of the images shown to the jurors:
Sgt. Russell Finn: I observed feet and a torso, a body.
Lisa Warren: Was the body clothed or something else?
Sgt. Russell Finn: No.
The state showed an array of photos from the Barnet boat access. Police say some depicted evidence of a sexual crime and were bagged as evidence. But many were too graphic for TV and deeply disturbing to those who loved Jenkins’ most.
A power outage knocked Plattsburgh, New York NBC affiliate WPTZ off the air during its morning news Thursday, leaving morning anchors with flashlights in a darkened studio. Anchor David Schneider tweeted “Power is out .. If we get enough juice back perhaps we could broadcast by lantern light.”
WPTZ, the NBC affiliate in Plattsburgh, New York, has said farewell to morning meteorologist Hayley LaPointe and reporter/anchor Bridget Shanahan. The station posted a sendoff photo on its Facebook page, noting that LaPointe is staying in the family–moving to Hearst sister station WMUR in Manchester, NH.
Shanahan is headed cross country to be closer to family, and to join another station that has yet to be named.
Both LaPointe and Shanahan had their last day at WPTZ Thursday.
On September 15, WPTZ will split its CW and MeTV Network broadcasts into two digital subchannels.
The Plattsburg-Burlington NBC affiliate said the new channel 5.3 will allow the station to expand the programming of both networks. The two have been sharing the broadcast day on subchannel 5.2 since March 2013.
According to WPTZ/WNNE President and General Manager Kyle Grimes, “providing three separate channels of diverse programming is a really exciting opportunity for our market. Whether it’s local news and weather, cutting edge drama and entertainment or classic comedy, we will have something for everyone.” Read more
Henson was let go from the Burlington, VT, CBS affiliate after being accused of allegedly groping a woman at a bar in Lyndon.
Caledonia County State’s Attorney Lisa Warren told the Burlington Free Press she dropped the charges after the apology.
“The complaining witness told us from the beginning that all she wanted from Henson was a sincere apology,” Warren said in the email.
Henson and the woman met April 9 in a conference room at Warren’s office. Henson apologized to the woman and she indicated to Warren she “was satisfied with his apology and wanted to move on with her life.”
Warren also said the woman supported the dismissal of the criminal case against Henson.
Henson issued a statement after the charges were dismissed saying he was “glad this year’s long nightmare is over and I can finally move on with my life.” He also thanked those who had supported him during the last year.
Victory, a Long Island native, has previously worked as a booker for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She began her career at WABC-AM in New York City. [h/t TVNewsCheck]
Henson has been suspended from the station since he was accused of groping a woman “under her clothing without her consent on two occasions.” He pleaded not guilty to charges of lewd and lascivious conduct and committing a prohibited act in April.
Tebbets said the station is launching early-morning weekend newscasts and needed to fill Henson’s position. “We couldn’t hold the position forever, and it wasn’t being resolved,” he said.
Henson, who is currently suspended from the Burlington CBS affiliate, is accused of groping a female college student in a bar without her consent on two occasions on March 15.
Henson was released on condition that he not contact the student and he not visit the Packing House Bar, the site of the original incident, according to the Burlington Free Press.
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