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KOLD Admits to ‘Egregious’ Error in Story About Killer’s Arrest

KOLDOn Sunday at 7:46 p.m., tucsonnewsnow.com (home to both CBS affiliate KOLD and FOX affiliate KMSB) posted a story which claimed that notorious Scottsdale family-killer Robert Fisher had been captured.

The story turned out to be incorrect. According to the Phoenix New Times, the article appeared to confuse the facts and went off a false tip which claimed that Fisher (who killed his wife and two children in 2001) was seen at a Colorado home. The tip led to the arrest of two different men over the weekend.

The inaccurate KOLD article stated that Fisher “is now behind bars.” It even claimed that investigators confirmed the arrest. In reality, Fisher was never at the home, much less arrested, and authorities never said that he was.

Writer Colton Shone‘s byline appears above the error-filled article, but KOLD news director Michelle Germano told The Phoenix New Times that he only posted the article online and didn’t write it. She declined to name the author.

Germano told the TimesRay Stern that she didn’t want to get into how the error happened. But she assured him “there have been consequences.” Germano added that the reporter should have corrected the facts instead of removing the article entirely from the website.

“All those involved have been talked with,” Germano told Stern. “We take these matters very seriously.”

The story was on the website for about 10 minutes before it was taken down. The false info was never broadcast on-air.

Restaurant Owner Tells Reporter Where He’d Love to Put His Meat


Better Kansas City” reporter Courtenay DeHoff was interviewing Joe Zwillenberg, the owner of Kansas City burger joint Westport Flea Market, about his famous meat products when things got a little racy.

Zwillenberg pretty much let on he dreams of places he can put his burgers and told DeHoff one of those places was her mouth, but the way he said it made it sound less sad and more dirty.

[Deadspin]

Dancing Kid Takes Center Stage During KLAS Live Shot

Patranya Bhoolsuwan, a reporter at Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS, was doing a live shot from a new shopping center called Downtown Summerlin Thursday night when someone else totally stole her thunder. Among the group of cheering tweens in the background was one fierce diva who stole the show. Check out his sassy moves above.

Bhoolsuwan acknowledged the kid’s sweet moves when she tweeted the following:

The diva has yet to be identified.

Viewers Not Happy With What They See After Yuma Stations Put Under One Roof

npg_304The plan to put all the Yuma, Ariz. market stations owned or operated by News-Press & Gazette under one roof has not gone as smoothly as planned.

According to the Yuma Sun, viewers started noticing signal problems after NBC affiliate KYMA, CBS affiliate KSWT, FOX, ABC, CW and Telemundo affiliate KECY were consolidated as part of a shared services agreement between Blackhawk Broadcasting and NP&G in July.

About six weeks ago, and “without any warning whatsoever, stations 11 and 13… started pixelating, started cutting programs and commercials in the middle of the program, having un-synchronous video and audio, and literally having frozen video with audio underneath,” Frederic B. Brown told the Yuma Sun recently.

George Lopez, chief engineer for the stations said it’s complicated.

“One of the things that made it a little more difficult is NBC requires us to have their own satellite equipment. CBS also was a little challenging, because KSWT was operated remotely from a place in Texas. So all the receiving equipment for the network was in Texas at the time. We took some of the equipment and shipped it cross country, but in the meantime, we had to operate on a semi-temporary basis. We just now are getting over that hump – getting the equipment from CBS, and putting it up.”

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WUSA News Director Resigns

dambrosiWUSA news director Fred D’Ambrosi has resigned from the Gannett owned Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate.

WUSA GM Mark Burdett confirmed with TVSpy, D’Ambrosi’s last day will be October 24.

According to his LinkedIn profile, D’Ambrosi came to WUSA as news director in 2009 from KFMB in San Diego. He has also worked as news director at WISN in Milwaukee.

Ed Sorensen Joins Waco Station as Sports Anchor

edsorensenkwtxKWTX has announced Ed Sorensen has joined the Waco CBS affiliate as evening sports anchor.

Sorensen, who starts Monday, worked at WRTV in Indianapolis for 18 years as sports director before leaivng to be a stay at home dad.

“We are incredibly excited to have Ed join the KWTX Sports team,” sports director Sean Giggy said in a statement. “Ed established himself as one of the best sports broadcasters in the country. His reputation and expertise ensures that KWTX will continue providing the best and most complete sports coverage in central Texas.”

The station said Giggy will “continue to lead KWTX Sports operations on­-air and online.”

WJW’s Peggy Sinkovich Marrying the Competition

WOIOToday in rom-coms come to life: the love story of WJW reporter Peggy Sinkovich and WOIO reporter Ed Gallek. As Cleveland.com reports, the pair met two years ago when they were both covering a Cleveland police chase. That’s when Gallek made an error that could have cost him his soon-to-be-wife:

“So my photographer said, ‘Go for it. Go over and introduce yourself,’ ” Sinkovich said.

“So I did. And you know what? He never looked up. He was texting on his phone. He never raised his head or anything.”

Gallek heard a voice say, “Hi, I’m Peggy. I just started at Fox 8. Your work is great. And I really wanted to meet you.”

“I think we met before,” he said, still looking at his phone. They hadn’t.

Despite the abysmal first meeting, the pair continued to see each other around town, and romanced blossomed. And although the FOX affiliate and CBS affiliate are fierce rivals, their careers haven’t affected their relationship yet.

“Sometimes, professionally, our paths cross, but not every day,” Gallek said. “If I’m working on the same story as Peggy, then she’s a competitor. But personally, she’s a soul mate.”

There have been some ‘sleeping with the enemy’ jokes from their respective newsrooms, but everyone quickly accepted their relationship. The pair are both 49 and have children from previous marriages. Sinkovich will be changing her name, so there will soon be two Galleks reporting on local Cleveland stations.

The pair are tying the knot this Saturday.

Lisa Jackson Out as News Director at WRGB

WRGB_7427E_WebSThe Albany Times-Union reports Albany CBS affiliate WRGB has parted with news director Lisa Jackson:

The Times Union confirmed Jackson’s departure Thursday with management at the station, officially known as WRGB TV. However, no reason was given for her separation or if it was voluntary.

A call to Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcasting, which owns WRGB TV was not immediately returned.

Jackson has been with the station since 1987, starting as a news producer. She made her way quickly up the ranks to executive producer , public affairs manager, creative services director and then manager of brand development.

Janitor Admits Hiding Camera in Huntsville Station’s Bathroom

WHNT reports a man who was arrested for child pornography admitted hiding cameras in the women’s bathrooms at the Huntsville, Ala. CBS affiliate.

The State Bureau of Investigations was questioning Jeremy Nelson, who worked for a janitorial service used by WHNT, after a two-month investigation for producing and trading in child pornography when he told investigators about the cameras. He said he had hidden cameras in the restrooms of three area businesses.

They say Nelson told them there was still one camera in the women’s restroom at WHNT News 19 and described in detail where investigators could find it.  Agents found the camera exactly where they say he told them and removed it for evidence.  They also searched all other restrooms and dressing areas at the television station as a precaution.  They didn’t find any other recording devices.

WHNT said it has “terminated the cleaning company’s contract with the station.”

[FTVLive]

Station Apologizes for Airing Graphic Photo of Murder Victim

WCAX_iphone_appstore_512x512WCAX, 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.

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