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Bus Goes Out of Control, Crashes into WCCO

A Minneapolis Metro Transit bus driver died Friday after his bus went out of control and at one point took out part of CBS owned station WCCO‘s building.

The station said the bus driver “suffered a sudden collapse while driving due to natural causes.”

WCCO Meteorologist Mike Augustyniak was walking down the mall and narrowly missed being hit.

“You do a quick calculation: Do I run away or sneak by it? Because it was moving so slowly, I decided to run toward it and around it, but had to jump over some debris that was being pushed towards me,” Augustyniak said. “The streets were empty because it’s a holiday, so I would say, all and all, lucky no pedestrians were hurt.”

A bicyclist near Augustyniak was sideswiped. He suffered some scrapes, and received medical attention at the scene.

The bus came to a stop next to Peavey Plaza on the corner of 12th Street and Nicollet Mall. Gasoline was seen spewing from the back of the bus, leaving a trail across Nicollet.

WISH Responds to Viewer Complaints Over Story About Alleged Cop Killer


After Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officer Perry Renn was killed in the line of duty Saturday night, CBS affiliate WISH aired a story giving the alleged killer’s family time to give their thoughts about the shooting.

In the story, the family said when Major Davis, Jr., the alleged gunman, was young his father was killed by police. At the end of the story, reporter Jessica Smith told viewers, “The family did say it is sorry for Officer Renn’s family, but they said the tragedy may have been avoided if Officer Renn would’ve stayed at his car since he could see Davis had a gun.”

Viewers reacted to the story. On facebook, one viewer commented, “Unbelievable! I’ve been a long-time supporter of WISH TV, but this is completely unacceptable to me.”

Today, news director Steve Bray wrote on the station’s website in part, “As a news organization, we provide balanced coverage and both sides of the story. Our obligation to you is to cover every angle of a story.”

Bray went on to say, “We wanted to give insight into the mind of the people/family who were involved so there was some context and exposure for you into this world. For some, maybe it’s a world you are already familiar with; for others it may be something you cannot even comprehend. It was difficult for many of us to watch and understand — mostly for the reporter who did the story. Her father is a veteran of IMPD.” Read the full text of Bray’s comments after the jump. Read more

Former KHOU Reporter Brad Woodard Dies

Former KHOU reporter Brad Woodard was found dead in his Houston home last week.

According to KHOU, authorities found his body Wednesday morning. He hadn’t returned several phone calls from relatives prompting them to ask police to check on him. No foul play was suspected.

He worked at Minneapolis NBC affiliate KARE from 1990 until 2006, before leaving for Houston CBS affiliate KHOU. Both stations remembered Woodard for being an “old school” journalist and award-winning writer.

We’ll forever remember Brad as a kind man with a soft heart.  He had two great passions—storytelling and animals.  Frequently, Brad turned a light on those who abused or neglected innocent creatures and his work on animal abuse—and many other topics—won him multiple local, regional and national honors.   One standout series was his investigative look exposing cruelty to animals used in research to produce pharmaceuticals.   He won a highly-coveted Sigma Delta Chi Award for his feature on the death of the family farm.  And he received the National Epilepsy Foundation Distinguished Journalism Award for his work providing an unprecedented glimpse into the life of a teenage boy living with epilepsy. Read more

Mike Garber Named News Director at Dallas Station

ktvt logo_304x200Mike Garber has been named VP and news director for Dallas-Fort Worth CBS owned stations KTVT and KTXA.

“I am pleased to be joining the smart and experienced team at CBS 11 and TXA 21,” Garber said in a statement. “My new colleagues have long done a terrific job of putting the community first, and I look forward to making sure that we keep that focus and provide the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the highest quality local news coverage in the market.”

Garber was rumored to have left WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL, last week. He had been news director there since 2012. He has also worked as news director at WTLV-WJXX in Jacksonville, FL, and WLTX in Columbia, SC.

Anne State to Join Portland CBS Affiliate

state witiIn May, TVSpy reported WITI anchor Anne State was leaving the Milwaukee FOX affiliate. Now we know where she’s heading.

State told TVSpy she will join Portland CBS affiliate KOIN on August 4.

Before coming to WITI in September 2010, State worked at WBBM in Chicago and KNSD in San Diego.

Her last day at WITI will be July 30.

One Station Group Makes Big Move in a Small Market

npg logoNews-Press & Gazette is now the only game in town for TV viewers in the Yuma, AZ-El Centro, CA, market.

NPG has agreed to a sharing agreement with Blackhawk Broadcasting to operate both NBC affiliate KYMA and CBS affiliate KSWT.

NPG owns KECY and KESE the CW, ABC, FOX and Telemundo affiliates in that market (DMA #166).

Mike Meara, EVP and COO at NPG Broadcasting, told TVSpy, “Due to the economic challenges facing Yuma/El Centro, and similar markets our size, this agreement will allow us to share resources in News, Engineering, Operations and Promotions that will result in a stronger operation that will be able serve the Yuma/El Centro area with a more robust news gathering operation and deeper commitment to Community Service.” Read more

July 4th on the 3rd? Hurricane Arthur Forces Boston Pops Concert to Move Up One Day

While residents from Virginia to South Carolina brace for the approach of Hurricane Arthur, further North along the East Coast the storm’s threat is forcing some cities to change Fourth of July plans.

WBZ, the Boston CBS owned station, has announced the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Show has been moved up one day.

A WBZ spokesperson told TVSpy the concert that normally airs on the night of July 4th will now air live on July 3rd from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. The show will also stream live on cbsboston.com

State Police warned that inclement weather tomorrow could further alter plans, and that could include cancelling the fireworks until Saturday. Performer schedules and contracts prevented organizers from rescheduling the entire show for Saturday.

Lightning, rain and wind are all concerns, but for different reasons.

“The rain is a factor for the orchestra. If the rain is coming down hard enough that it comes into the hatch shell, it affects your instruments. These instruments are valuable and old,” event organizer Rich McDonald said earlier today. “For the fireworks, we have a sustained wind of 20 mph, which is pretty hard. That’s when we cannot fire by law the fireworks.”

KOTV Upgrades Station Helicopter to HD

Tulsa CBS affiliate KOTV has added an HD camera to its news chopper.

Osage SkyNews6 is the only station owned news helicopter patrolling the skies of Tulsa. Now, the station said it can better “follow a car chase suspect on foot,” “pick up papers on the ground,” and help track storms in greater detail as they roll in.

Sinclair Appoints New GM to Syracuse Stations

cny centralAmy Collins has been named GM of Syracuse NBC and CW affiliates WSTM-WSTQ by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Collins will also oversee sales and non-programming related services for CBS affiliate WTVH. The three stations make up CNYcentral.

“Having grown with these stations over the past 15 years, I am thrilled to be able to lead this team into the future with a great company like Sinclair,” Collins said in a statement.

Collins started at WTVH in 1999 as an account executive. She was named national sales manager in 2000. Two years later, she became the local/general sales manager and was named VP and Director of sales at WSTM, WTVH and WSTQ in 2009.

Atlanta Anchor Apologizes for Saying ‘Colored Woman,’ Station Posts Edited Version of Video

Michelle Burdo, morning anchor for Meredith owned Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL, has apologized for using the term “colored woman” during Monday morning’s newscast.

Yesterday, Burdo had several African American women on set to demonstrate hair care tips for summertime when she said, “Let me tell you something. I’m not a colored woman but I have kinky hair just like her,” referencing a local hair care expert.

According to Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Burdo apologized on-air this morning saying, “Yesterday I made a pretty insensitive remark during one of our segments here on Better Mornings Atlanta. I apologize. Once again, I truly want to say from the bottom of my heart that I really am sorry about that comment. I made that in reference to my hair color but I used an inappropriate term.”

When TVSpy asked WGCL news director Lane Michaelsen why the station posted the segment on its website with Burdo’s “colored woman” reference edited out, Michaelsen said, “As Michelle mentioned in her apology she used an insensitive remark during the segment and that remark was removed when the video was posted.” See the station’s edited version after the jump. Read more

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