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Fox Television Stations to Test Summer Shows

fox logoFox Television Stations has announced tests of three summer programs: “Hollywood Today Live,” “The Daily Help Line” and “Laughs.” Each program will air on Fox-owned stations in several markets, including New York and Los Angeles.

“Hollywood Today Live” and “The Daily Help Line” are one-hour shows that will both debut July 14. “Laughs,” a half-hour weekly show, bows August 2.

“These three programs are all very distinct,” FTS EVP of programming and development Stephen Brown said in a statement. “‘Hollywood Today Live’ is like a Sharknado version of ‘The View.’ ‘Help Line’ answers the question – will people be as honest with our therapists as they are with their own? And ‘Laughs” will determine if one talented guy, Steve Hofstetter, can aggregate and curate the funniest show on TV.”

Woman Arrested After WJBK Security Breach

wjbk security breachA 51-year-old woman has been arrested after she drove her car onto the grounds of WJBK, the Fox-owned station in Detroit, without permission:

Around 8:30 a.m in the morning a 51-year-old woman drove her way through a gated security area and continued to drive around the station’s parking lot.  Southfield Police quickly arrived on the scene and attempted to get the woman to stop her vehicle.  She eluded them and exited the property.

Police followed her to the area of Greenfield and I-696 where they successfully stopped her vehicle.  She was placed under arrest on felony charges of malicious destruction of private property and on charges of fleeing and eluding police.

WJBK says reporter Andrea Isom will have a full report on the incident on the evening newscasts.

Update: The story from Thursday’s 5:30 newscast, after the jump…

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Fox Stations Expand Newscasts in Several Markets, Including LA, Atlanta and Philly

fox logoFox Television Stations is adding newscasts in several major markets this year. Newly-announced expansions are at KTTV in Los Angeles, WAGA in Atlanta, KMSP in Minneapolis, WJZY in Charlotte, WTXF in Philadelphia, KTBC in Austin and WHBQ in Memphis (which Fox will give up control of later this year).

Fox had previously announced additional newscasts at WTTG in Washington and KSAZ in Phoenix.

“Uninformed critics say big companies are cutting local news,” Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a statement. “However, the opposite is true at FOX. We are expanding in a big way.”

A full list of the planned expansions is after the jump. Read more

KTVU Airs Wrong Graphic for Starbucks Price Hike Story

KTVU StarbucksKTVU, the San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate, aired an over the shoulder graphic during its Friday night 10:00 p.m. that seemed to veer towards commentary.

Julie Haener was reading a story about Starbucks’ plan to hike prices. Over her shoulder? A graphic from fake Starbucks store Dumb Starbucks.

KTVU news director Lee Rosenthal told TVSpy, “The graphic was in our system from our previous report a few months ago and wasn’t purged, which led to it accidentally re-appearing on air.”

[Rich Lieberman]

WNYW Goes for Positive Spin in Revamped 6:00 p.m. Newscast

WNYW_304New York FOX owned station WNYW has announced a revamped 6:00 p.m. newscast.

WNYW told the New York Daily News the new 6:00 p.m. looks to put a “more positive spin” on the news with enterprise reporting and lifestyle stories.

“I’ve been doing the news for 35 years in New York, and I feel a very personal relationship to the viewers,” WNYW anchor Ernie Anastos told the News. “So this is a chance to be more personal, more direct and more conversational.”

Anastos will solo anchor the 6PM. Meteorologist Audrey Puente will also report along with entertainment reporters Simone Boyce and Christal Young.

“Our goal is to redefine local news in New York City,” said WNYW news director Byron Harmon. “I feel that news is more than fires, crimes and car crashes

[NY Daily News]

WOFL Reporter Takes Smiling Selfie at Site of Double Murder, Deletes Instagram Account

orozco_croppedFile this in the “things I shouldn’t do on social media” bin.

WOFL reporter Jackie Orozco posted took a picture of herself with her photographer at the scene of a double homicide Sunday. You can see her report after the jump.

The reporter for the Orlando FOX owned station sent the shot out on instagram with the caption, “So why are we smiling in front of a crime scene? Because we work in the news and it’s my Friday! #ReporterProblems”

Her instagram account has since been taken down.

TVSpy has asked both FOX and Orozco for comment. We have not heard back. Read more

Anne McNamara Says Goodbye to WAVY-WVBT

mcnamara wavy croppedAnne McNamara, reporter for WAVY-WVBT is leaving the Portsmouth, VA, NBC and FOX affiliate.

McNamara told viewers goodbye on last night’s WVBT 10:00 p.m. news.

Before coming to WAVY-WVBT in 2011, McNamara worked at WGME in Portland, ME. She started her career at WSYR in Syracuse, NY.

Veteran Birmingham Anchor Joe Langston Dies

Veteran WBRC anchor Joe Langston died Saturday.

Langston started at Birmingham’s WBRC in 1963 as the first reporter/anchor hired at the station. He was named news director in 1969. According to al.com, he was best known as the stations anchor, working with Mike Royer, Herb Winches, Pat Gray among others.

“He was such a sweet and funny guy,” former co-anchor Fannie Flagg told al.com”We had a lot of fun. “We used to play jokes on one another, do silly things. He had a great sense of humor.”

An Army veteran, he started his career while at the university of Alabama. He retired from WBRC in 1987 to work at Jacksonville State University. He was inducted into the Alabama Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009.

Langston was 82.

Glenn Berk Named GSM of WFLD

wfld32Chicago FOX owned station WFLD has named Glenn Berk VP and general sales manager.

“Glenn has proven himself to be a strong sales leader with a proven track record of delivering results,” said WFLD VP and GM Dennis Welsh. “His breadth of experience along with his strategic and motivational approach make him the ideal choice to guide our sales team to the next level of success.”

Berk will oversee “all station sales initiatives” for WFLD and MyNetworkTV affiliate WPWR.

Berk comes to WFLD from WHBQ, the FOX owned station in Memphis, TN. He has also worked as national sales manager at FOX’s WTXF in Philadelphia and as an account executive at FOX Stations Sales in New York.

After Using Drone Footage in Story, New York FOX Station Asks if It’s Legal

In its 10:00 p.m. news last night, New York’s WNYW used drone footage as part of a story about a small plane crash on Long Island. Then the FOX owned station looked into the legality of using unmanned aerial vehicles to cover the news.

“When I heard that the police helicopters and news choppers couldn’t get video footage of what was going on because of the cloud cover that was today,” Nick Borella, the guy who used his drone to shoot the plane crash, told WNYW’s Stacey Delikat. “I thought that I would get over and have a chance to help them out any way that I could because I could fly in that.”

WNYW’s admission it didn’t pay for the footage did two things, it furthered the conversation about drone usage and according to Brendan Schulman, an attorney who runs the unmanned aircraft system group for law firm Kramer Levin, cleared them of any wrongdoing since the FAA only frowns on commercial use.

The question raised? Does this change anything for drone operators looking to get paid for their work?

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