TVNewser LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllTwitter AllFacebook InsideFacebook InsideSocialGames InsideMobileApps
KRON is looking for a Account Executive. see all

Crime

FBI Warns TV Anchors and Reporters They May Be Next ISIL Target

fbi-sealThe FBI has reportedly issued a warning to to TV anchors and reporters in the US that they might be the next targets of the terror group ISIL.

The Boston Herald reports, the Bureau sent out a bulletin to the media yesterday saying an internet post on an Islamic State Internet site identifies “‘journalists, TV anchors, talk show hosts, news broadcasters, correspondents on the ground and other media operatives’ as ‘desirable targets.’”

Washington, D.C ABC affiliate WJLA added, “The bulletin also said the FBI had obtained “credible information indicating members of an ISIL-affiliated group are tasked with kidnapping journalists in the region and returning them to Syria.”

The Herald also said the bulletin warns “members of this group might try to mask their affiliation with (ISIS) to gain access to journalists.”

Mediabistro Course

Reel Reporting: Create Your Reel

Mediabistro Presents: ReelReporting Create Your ReelA good TV reporter won't go far without a standout Demo Reel! Starting November 13, MediabistroEDU and Reel Reporting offer a three-day series for students interested in hosting and news reporting. In this Los Angeles based course, students will learn from and work side-by-side TV agents and On-Air talent to better understand the hiring process and  shoot their best reel yet. Register now! 
 

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]

Former WCBS Anchor Rob Morrison Sentenced to Two Years Probation

rob-ashley-morrison1The Rob Morrison saga continues: Yesterday, the former WCBS anchor was sentenced to two years of probation on a misdemeanor charge for calling and texting his estranged wife 109 times in one weekend.

Morrison, if you’ll recall, resigned from the New York CBS-owned station last year after his arrest on charges of choking his wife, former CBS MoneyWatch anchor Ashley Morrison. He pleaded guilty to second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct charges. Morrison later participated in a Family Violence Education Program, and Ashley ended up dropping the domestic violence charges against him.

Then, over Memorial Day weekend, Morrison allegedly bombarded Ashley with the string of calls, leading to yesterday’s verdict. Morrison claimed he contacted his wife to check on the well-being of their 9-year-old son Jack after the couple had a heated argument. He was initially charged with violation of a protective order and second-degree harassment, and later pleaded guilty to breach of peace, because he felt that it would be “selfish” to take the case to trial.

Judge Erika M. Tindill of the Stamford Superior Court entered a protective order, barring Morrison from having any contact with his wife except through written communication, which must pertain to their son. The protective order is in effect until 2020, although it can be modified.

TheHour.com reports that Morrison will abide by the protective order, and holds no grudges against the prosecution for requesting it. He said he will have to take “baby steps” toward resuming a normal family life, starting with requesting the modification of a protective order in the future.

Murder Suspect Confesses to WLEX Reporter

A Kentucky man suspected of shooting his wife admitted to WLEX reporter Josh Breslow he did it.

“I really didn’t mean to shoot my wife,” Andrew Beverly told Breslow during a jailhouse interview. “I grabbed her and the gun, it went off. Didn’t know where I hit her at, to be honest. I didn’t know where I shot her at. When she was down on the ground, I went beside her and said, ‘Angela are you alright?’ She just didn’t move.”

Read more

Former WCBS Anchor Headed to Court Over Phone Calls

rob morrison wcbsA judge has cleared the way for former WCBS anchor Rob Morrison  to go to trial over allegations he harassed his estranged wife with more than 120 phone calls in one weekend, reports the New York Post.

While relaxing the protective order that Morrison’s wife, Ashley, a former “Moneywatch’’ anchor, has against her hubby, a Connecticut judge said Tuesday that Morrison will still have to stand trial over the alleged phone harassment.

Morrison has said he bombarded Ashley with the stream of calls over Memorial Day weekend only to try to talk to their young son, in accordance with their custody agreement.

Morrison was forced from his job in 2013 after his arrest on charges of choking his wife.

WUSA News Crew Robbed While Looking for ‘Sketchy Neighborhoods’

WUSA_08-08-2014_23.04.09WUSA was doing a story about an app that alerts people to sketchy neighborhoods.

Reporter Mola Lenghi, photographer James Hash and an intern were talking to residents of a northwest DC neighborhood when thieves broke into their vehicle and stole some gear.

Among the many stolen articles was the gear of photojournalist James Hash, the backpack of reporter Mola Lenghi, and the purse of intern Taylor Bisciotti.

Bisciotti’s cell phone was in her purse, and that ended up being a lucky break for the crew. Using the “Find my iPhone’ application the crew was able to track the phone. After filing a police report the crew tracked the phone to dumpsters in another D.C. neighborhood.

The crew was able to recover some of the stolen items from the dumpsters. The entire crew returned to WUSA9′s broadcast house unharmed.

You can see the video after the jump. Read more

KMOV News Crew Forced to Flee for Safety During Ferguson Riots


A KMOV news van was vandalized during last night’s looting and rioting in Ferguson, MO.

The rioting and looting broke out after a prayer vigil for an unarmed 18-year-old black man who was shot and killed during an altercation with Ferguson police.

The St. Louis CBS affiliate posted a picture of the van to its facebook page. The van’s driver side and rear windows were broken. The station said the crew was forced to flee for its safety, but was unharmed.

Brian Schellman, with the St. Louis County Police Department, said close to 300 police officers from at least 15 different departments were called to Ferguson when angry mobs began smashing windows, setting fires and looting businesses in the area.

KMOV reports 32 people have been arrested and 2 police officers were injured during the riot.

Sacramento Anchor and Fiance Arrested in Separate Incidents

KTXL anchor Sabrina Rodriguez is free on $10,000 bail after being arrested for allegedly helping an accomplice steal $2,500 worth of merchandise from a Coach outlet store in Folsom, CA, in 2013.

The Sacramento FOX affiliate said in a statement, “The Sacramento County District Attorney has filed charges of grand theft, burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime against FOX40 Anchor Sabrina Rodriguez.” The station added, “Ms. Rodriguez maintains that she is innocent of these charges and has been granted a voluntary leave of absence from the station.”

Sacramento CBS owned station KOVR also reports Nicholas Gray, Rodriguez’ fiance was recently arrested on arson and drug charges in an unrelated incidnet. Read more

KPIX Crew Hit by Thieves a Second Time

KPIX crimeThe KPIX crew that was beaten and robbed while the two were still on-air in 2012 was hit once again by thieves in Oakland, reports SFGate.

Anne Makovec, a reporter for the San Francisco Bay Area CBS owned station, and photographer Gregg Welk were conducting interviews on a street in the Fruitvale District of Oakland around 11:00 a.m. this morning, with a security guard in tow, when their news van was broken into.

Reports say the thieves got away with a laptop, and “personal belongings.”

TVSpy has asked KPIX about it. We’ll update when we hear back. You can watch video of 2012′s camera heist after the jump. Read more

Crooks Rack Up Big Bill After Stealing Fresno FOX Affiliate’s Gas Card

Fresno police are trying to figure out who stole a station credit card from Fresno FOX affiliate KMPH and used it to pay for over $1,400 in gas.

According to the station, the thieves used the gas card at the same station several times.

Surveillance video from several gas stations show at the time the stolen credit card was used, a group of people were at the gas station filling up several cars.

Jim Moore, KMPH Fox 26 Chief Engineer says, “$1,400 is a lot of money. When you look at what it takes to operate a vehicle for a year. It’s money that could have gone into maintenance, camera repair, and other productive ways.”

KMPH Fox 26 did file a police report and plans to turn over the surveillance evidence, including the license plates of the cars in the video to financial crime detectives.

NEXT PAGE >>