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Vacationing KMGH Reporter Provides Coverage of Cruise Ship Ebola Scare

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Talk about your working vacation. Eric Lupher, a reporter at Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, who was among about four thousand passengers aboard the Carival Magic for a cruise with stops in Belize and Cozumel.

He didn’t see Cozumel, however, after the cruise ship was denied access to the Mexican port amid concerns a passenger onboard the Magic may have been exposed to Ebola. And Lupher was suddenly in the right place at the right time–for a reporter, that is. “I’m on the Carnival ship with the Ebola scare,” he tweeted. “Mexican authorities not allowing us into Cozumel. Heading back to Galveston.”

Lupher returned to port safely, shortly after the all-clear was given aboard the ship:
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KUSA’s Kyle Clark Gets Feisty as Debate Moderator

Last night, political reporter Brandon Rittiman and anchor Kyle Clark of Denver NBC affiliate KUSA moderated a heated debate between Sen. Mark Udall (D) and Rep. Cory Gardner (R). But the candidates weren’t the only two people confronting one another.

Clark got into his own argument with Gardner about the federal Life at Conception Act, which Clark says Gardner denies being a personhood bill to end abortion. Check out a clip of the testy exchange above.

Some of Clark’s fans were pleased with his performance as moderator.

Others, not so much.

You can watch the full debate here.

Seattle ND Leaves for Denver

gauntt copySeattle news director Holly Gauntt is moving to Denver to be the news director at Denver FOX and CW affiliate KDVR-KWGN.

“I have reached a crossroads in my life in which I need to choose family and home,” Gauntt told staffers in an email sent to TVSpy. “I wasn’t looking for a job but a fantastic one presented itself. I have accepted the position of Vice President of News & Digital for KDVR/KWGN in Denver.”

Before working as news director at Sinclair’s Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO, Gauntt was the news director at WTXF in Philadelphia. She replaces Ed Kosowski who left KDVR in August.

The Denver Post reported earlier current Gauntt was in the running for one of three news director jobs open in Denver, but didn’t know which one.

You can read the full text of her email after the jump. Read more

KMGH Nominates Eric Kahnert for ‘Sexiest News Anchor Alive’

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Denver’s KMGH has a few nominees for People‘s ‘Sexiest News Anchor Alive‘ contest, and they want their fans to spread the word.

The E.W. Scripps owned ABC affiliate is nominating evening anchor Eric Kahnert along with morning anchor Mitch Jelniker and ”TheNow” anchor Lionel Bienvenu, all three of whom have their own faux People covers.

The anchors will be judged on the following criteria: perceived sexiness (50%), location within the United States (25%) and social media following (25%). KMGH is encouraging fans to help spread the word about their three sexy contenders:

Here at 7NEWS, we’re hoping you’ll help get the attention of People Magazine’s editors by tweeting them about 7NEWS morning anchor @MitchJelniker, TheNow anchor @LionelBienvenu and @7NEWS evening anchor @EricKahnert.

To see Jelniker and Bienvenu’s covers, click here.

(Photo via Kahnert’s Facebook page)

GM Out at KMGH in Denver

KMGH-TV_LogoThe Denver Post reports Byron Grandy, VP and GM of KMGH, has resigned from the Denver E.W. Scripps owned ABC affiliate.

Grandy was named VP and GM of KMGH in 2009 by then owner McGraw-Hill. He started at KMGH in December 2000 as news director. The Post credits Grandy’s management for the station’s many regional Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow Award and a Peabody.

Steve Wasserman, vice president and general manager of WPTV West Palm Beach (an NBC affiliate owned and operated by The E.W. Scripps Company) and divisional general manager for Scripps, is serving as interim general manager. Wasserman declined to comment on the reasons for or manner of Grandy’s departure but supplied a note to the staff:

I want to inform you that Byron Grandy has resigned as general manager of KMGH effective immediately and has left the company. Byron has made significant contributions to the station during his years here as news director and GM and the station is stronger as a result. Scripps wishes him well as he moves to the next stage of his career. Read more

Changes in Denver AM Market

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Two morning news shows in Denver are going through transitions at the moment.

ABC affiliate KMGH recently debuted a new set, which Joanne Ostrow over at The Denver Post, didn’t much like:

The big, empty 7News set, a display of video technology on multiple screens, looks big and empty. When I walked around it in person, I hoped it would play better on camera. It doesn’t, and the anchors appear awkward moving from one spot to another. Does standing without an anchor chair add anything? It’s a distraction.

Meanwhile, NBC affiliate KUSA‘s team has been changing in recent months after the departure of longtime fan favorite Kyle Dyer. Ostrow explains what the rest of the team looks like today:

Work-horse Gary Shapiro attempts to hold things together with trooper Cheryl Preheim, while former cheerleader and dancer Corey Rose and well-traveled TV vet Marty Coniglio take turns…When you build a newsroom around big personalities rather than, say, content, it hurts when a popular anchor leaves.

The ratings for September 2014, however, show that KUSA remains at #1, despite the shuffling of anchors. The station’s ratings have decreased compared to previous years, particularly among younger viewers, while KMGH has made significant gains.

For viewers age 25-54, from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m., KUSA scored a 1.4 rating and 15.7 share. KMGH came in second with a 0.8 rating and 9 share. FOX affiliate KDVR came in third with a 0.5 rating, 6 share.

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader Quickly Realize KWGN Reporter Hasn’t Seen Their New Movie

It only took two questions for the stars of “The Skeleton Twins” to realize KWGN reporter Chris Parente hadn’t seen the film during a live interview.

Kristen Wiig, one of the movie’s stars, seemed confused after Parente asked if she had advice for going nude. “Uhm, do I have advice for going nude?” said Wiig, who then answered, “Moisturize?” After Parente then assured her she goes nude in the film he hadn’t seen, Wiig and co-star Bill Hader set him straight by saying, “Not this film.”

Check out the awkwardness that happens when you don’t do your research. Parente did, however, promise the two funny people he would see the film when it opens in Denver.

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Denver Anchor Sorry for Saying Monkey When Talking About Adrian Peterson

haarer peterson commentKUSA weekend morning anchor Ryan Haarer apologized Sunday morning after using the phrase “monkey see, monkey do” in reference to the Adrian Peterson child abuse allegations.

After Taylor Temby, a reporter for the Denver NBC affiliate, finished up a report about the Peterson case, she said an expert told her Peterson’s children would likely continue the cycle of discipline, since people often discipline their kids the same way they were disciplined. That’s when Haarer said, “You know Taylor, we hear about it. You know, Adrian Petersen’s dad, it happened to him and in turn he’s doing it to his kids, so it’s kind of a ‘monkey see, monkey do’ situation there.”

About 20 minutes later, Haarer told viewers, “I need to make an apology on air. Earlier in this newscast I made reference to Adrian Peterson in which some folks saw as a racial connotation. In no way, did I intend for it to happen that way. I realize that my words were wrong and I apologize.”

TVSpy asked KUSA for further comment. We will update when we hear back.

Another Denver News Director Says Goodbye

wews_304KMGH news director Jeff Harris has announced he is leaving the Scripps owned Denver ABC affiliate to work as news director at Scripps’ Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS.

Joanne Ostrow, TV Critic for The Denver Post reports Harris told the newsroom Wednesday. WEWS interim station manager Lana Durban Scott told TVSpy, Harris will start October 6.

“This is all things coming together at the same time,” Harris told The Post. “It’s a great opportunity for me personally and a perfect match for the company. Everything is aligned. It is incredibly bittersweet because of the affection I have for Denver.”

On Monday, KDVR-KWGN news director Ed Kosowski announced he was leaving the station when his contract is up next week.

Scripps Drops ‘Jeopardy’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ at KMGH

KMGH-1A few years ago we reported on Scripps Television’s decision to swap ”Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune”, two hugely popular syndicated game shows, for programming they produced. Back in 2012, the company brought in two of their own shows so they could have more control over their content (and not have to pay those pesky syndication fees).

Well, it looks like it’s happening again.

The Denver Post reports that ABC affiliate KMGH will lose “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” on September 8, to be replaced by a new 6:00 p.m. newscast and a half-hour newsmagazine, a Scripps-produced show called “The List.” According to a KMGH press release, the new show’s “upbeat, fast-paced style brings viewers non-stop weather coverage and the very latest on developing stories from the studio and in the streets.”

We reached out to KMGH vice president and general manager Byron Grandy to see if other Scripps stations will be adopting this model in the coming months. He did not immediately respond to our email.

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