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Fargo Sports Director Faces Felony Assault Charges

nelson kvrrKVRR sports director Jim Nelson has been charged with felony aggravated assault after allegedly punching a man in the face and breaking his nose.

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports, Nelson has already pleaded guilty to obstructing police and was suspended from KVRR following the alleged assault on August 24.

KVRR news director Lezlie Johnson told TVSpy, “We are currently looking into the matter and are aware of the allegations regarding Jim Nelson. We are not prepared to discuss anything further at this time.”

On Wednesday, prosecutors filed an additional charge against Nelson of felony aggravated assault, accusing him of punching a partygoer at an apartment at 47th Street South that morning.

Jesse Cloos, who was invited to the party, got into a verbal argument with other partygoers and was punched several times in the face, court documents filed in Cass County District Court allege.

Two Fargo police officers responded at about 5 a.m. and found Cloos in a nearby parking lot unable to identify who punched him except that he was “a very large white male,” documents say. When one officer went to the apartment, Nelson obstructed the investigation and was arrested, police have said.

Nelson was later identified as the person who punched Cloos, who suffered a fractured or broken nose, documents say.

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‘Family Calls’: Shannon Mulaire Leaving WFXT

903350_072011shannonMulaire.jpg-1Shannon Mulaire, morning co-host at Fox-owned WFXT in Boston, has announced she’s leaving the station to be closer to family in Connecticut. “Tough to leave my coworkers, but the time is right,” she explained in a post on Facebook this morning.

Mulaire, who has been in boston for five years, has a second child on the way and says “family calls.”

KCPQ Will Pay More to Stay With FOX

TribuneMedia_CMYK_pri_LrgTypeTribune Media just signed an affiliation agreement with 21st Century FOX to keep Seattle’s KCPQ on as a FOX affiliate until July 2018.

According to the Tribune press release, “As part of the agreement, FOX has withdrawn its previously delivered termination notice and has agreed that the affiliation will no longer be subject to early termination prior to July 2018.”

The renewal comes at a price, though. Tribune revealed it’s paying FOX more for the privilege of being an affiliate. “As part of the extended affiliation agreement Tribune has agreed, as of January 1, 2015, to pay additional programming fees to FOX for the prime time and sports content provided by the network. Including this additional programming fee, Tribune expects that, for the term of the agreement, KCPQ will deliver profitability in excess of its previously disclosed 2013 annual EBITDA of $13 million.”

FOX previously sent Tribune a notice saying it would pull KCPQ’s affiliation on January 17, 2015. FOX recently bought Bellingham station KBCB, leading to speculation FOX was looking for some leverage in its negotiations with Tribune.

“KCPQ is an outstanding station driven by the high-quality local news, entertainment and sports programming offered by the station and its continued affiliation with FOX,” Larry Wert, president of Tribune Broadcasting said in a statement. “This extension serves the community of Seattle, and reinforces the vibrancy of our station group.”

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.

WXIN News Crew Held at Gunpoint, Carjacked

WXIN logoA crew from Indianapolis Fox affiliate WXIN was held at gunpoint and carjacked Tuesday night while covering a prayer vigil for victims of a recent shooting. “A gunman approached a FOX59 crew and carjacked our vehicle,” the station reported via Twitter. “We’re happy to report everyone is safe and we’re working with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police.”

The Indianapolis Star reports the WXIN news vehicle was later recovered a few blocks away:

As the crew was getting ready to film a live shot in the 3700 block of Emerson Avenue, a male, armed with a black semi-automatic pistol and wearing dark clothing, approached the marked Fox59 SUV and told the crew to get out, said Diaz.

Police said a Fox59 camera man attempted to offer the man money, but he refused, and demanded that the crew get out of the vehicle. The suspect, who police said is possibly in his early twenties, then fled the scene in the SUV, taking the crew’s equipment with him.

The vehicle was found about 20 minutes later near 39th Street and Irvington Avenue, a few blocks away on the Northeastside, said Diaz. None of the camera equipment was stolen, and only a few personal items had gone missing.

Cherish Lombard Leaving Mobile’s WALA

cherish-lombard1Cherish Lombard, an anchor and host at Mobile Fox affiliate WALA, will be leaving the station to join WKRN, the ABC affiliate in Nashville.

On Facebook, Lombard confirmed she’ll be an anchor at WKRN. “It is an amazing opportunity–I wouldn’t leave for anything less.”

Lombard joined WALA as a reporter in 2008, and became host of the station’s Studio 10 in 2010. Lombard also got a little YouTube love when her stomach growled loudly on air.

Lombard’s last day at WALA is Friday.

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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Kirstin Delgado Joins Orlando’s WOFL

4719147_GKirstin Delgado returns to Orlando TV today, joining Fox-owned WOFL as a weekend morning anchor and weekday reporter. As Orlando Sentinel TV writer Hal Boedeker reports, Delgado joins Tom Johnson on “Good Day Orlando” next weekend:

Her last job was at WLTZ in Columbus, Ga., where she anchored and produced the weekday morning news for two years.

Before that, she worked at Spanish-language WVEN-TV in Orlando as a weather anchor and a production assistant.

FOX Detroit Anchor Leaving Station

Schwartz WJBK croppedRobin Schwartz is leaving Detroit FOX owned WJBK.

“We would like to thank Robin for her 18 years of distinguished reporting and anchoring at FOX 2,” WJBK VP and news director Kevin Roseborough said in a statement. “She has always been a top performer and we will miss her.”

Schwartz is moving on to be the the PR director for a real estate company in Detroit. Her last day is next Thursday.

Before coming to WJBK in January 1998, she worked at WTEN in Albany, NY.

Louisville Station Getting Into Internet Radio

WDRB internet radioLouisville FOX affiliate WDRB has launched two free music apps, “WDRB Classic Hits” and “WDRB Hot Country.”

The station plans to use its MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYO along with its Antenna TV and Cozi TV digital subchannels, facebook and twitter to attract listeners to the radio stations.

“Local internet radio stations have historically lacked two things: A promotional platform and a sales team,” WDRB President and GM Bill Lamb said in a statement. “We have both. If we’re successful building an audience – and monetizing it – we will have created a great promotional circle where TV promotes our radio stations, radio promotes our web site, and both promote TV.  It’s a new business model for television stations with a low barrier to entry.”

The Louisville station says its two channels give listeners benefits national and international stations can’t.

“From the listeners’ perspective, these are different from Pandora and other apps of that type in that they will be locally relevant, with live DJs and local news and weather information” said Lamb.  “The concept has instant credibility as an extension of the WDRB-TV brand.  And it’s different from local terrestrial radio because, with our low operational costs, we can be profitable and still give our listeners more music and fewer commercials.”

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