According to a memo to WVIT staffers obtained by The Laurel, Besthoff will be the NBC owned station’s chief investigative reporter. “This addition to our Troubleshooters Unit assures that we will continue to build on the momentum developed over the past 20 months. We have created the premier investigative team in the state,” the WVIT memo reads.
It is a move within LIN Media for Schrader, who has been news director of WTNH in Hartford-New Haven since 2011. Schrader’s last day at WTNH was last week.
“As News Director for one of our largest markets, Erik transformed the stations’ largest single department into a multi-faceted operation with award-winning, multiplatform content creators that work hand-in-hand with every department in a cohesive way,” LIN Media EVP of television Scott Blumenthal said in a statement. “He brings a skill set to one of our newly acquired television stations that will be very important to its growth and development.”
His appointment is effective immediately. Read the official announcement after the jump. Read more
A station source tells TVSpy that Al Carl, who has been managing editor at WTNH since 2012, has been named news director, though it is not clear whether his appointment is temporary. Before joining WTNH, Carl worked as news director at KMTV in Omaha and as executive producer at KSHB in Kansas City.
The Laurel reports Schrader is moving to another LIN Media station as a general manager.
Neither Carl or a spokesperson for LIN Media responded to TVSpy’s request for comment.
With his camera rolling, a WFSB cameraman crossed paths with the armed subject of a police manhunt in a Connecticut neighborhood and lived to talk about it.
In the video you can hear the cameraman for the Hartford CBS affiliate yell to reporter Kim Lucey, “Kim. He’s right here.” You then see the suspect, Andrew Samuolis, wearing a bullet proof vest and holding a gun in his hand as he appears from behind some trees. Samuolis sees the cameraman and points the gun at his own head. The cameraman yells, “Shit,” and runs away as the gunman fires a shot. Seconds later several shots can be heard. When the cameraman gets to his van he says, “He fired at me.”
The Laurel posted a station memo saying in part, “Jamie is heading over to the dark side, working in media relations for Sullivan & LeShane in Hartford. While I won’t miss his Dallas Cowboy helmet, I’ll definitely miss Jamie both on-air and in-person. Please join me in wishing him nothing but the best!”
According to the Hartford Courant Muro begins his new job in early August.
WFSB evacuated due to bomb threat. twitter.com/DennisHouseWFS…
— Dennis House (@DennisHouseWFSB) May 24, 2013
Employees were allowed back into the station shortly before 6pmET; House told TVSpy that the 6 p.m. newscast will go on as scheduled.
A sharp-eyed viewer caught the gaffe and sent it out on his twitter feed saying, “See the screen behind the anchors on
@WTNH‘s 11 PM newscast tonight? Yeah, that’s @FOXCT‘s newscast. Whoops! #tvnews pic.twitter.com/AfI0JNsXwc.”
When a big blizzard hit the East Coast in February, Hartford, CT, FOX affiliate WTIC let a local production crew follow meteorologist Dan Amarante and his photographer around as they slogged through snowdrifts in the station’s hi-tech weather chaser called the “Storm Tracker.”
The Union Productions director Dustin Schultz told TVSpy the team initially set out to shoot promo footage for WTIC. After the storm, they found enough footage to make a short doc, so they did.
All-in-all it’s a bite-sized look behind the scenes during a major weather event. Plus, there’s a short montage featuring Macklemore’s catchy tune “Thrift Shop.” And what video piece can’t use a montage?
Kain joined the station in October 1987. His last day will be June 7.
“In editorial meetings, so often Dan is our ‘tie-breaker’ when we are deciding the merits of a story. He is smart and funny and can see a story for what it is … or (even better) isn’t,” news director Dana Neves told The Laurel. “If you are lucky, really lucky you get to tell people you worked alongside one the “greats”. We are all so lucky to be able to say that we worked with the great Dan Kain.”
Harris joined WVIT in March as vice president of sales. Prior to that, he spent two years at Accenture, where he was manager of communications, media and technology. From 2005-07, he was EVP and general manager of digital media and strategic marketing for the NBC-owned stations. Prior to that, he was VP-GM of WEWS in Cleveland.
“Ric Harris loves the local TV business and is committed to becoming a strong part of the communities in Connecticut we serve. He already knows what a great group of people we have at our station in Hartford, and as Vice President of Sales, has become an important addition to that team,” Valari Staab, president of the NBC Owned Stations, said in a statement. Read more