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WATCH: It’s Local in North Korea. UK’s Channel 4 Shows North Korean TV News

If you think what’s going on in Washington, D.C. is kookaloo crazy, Britain’s Channel 4 is giving a rare look into everyone’s favorite government-by-cult-of-personality.

The British broadcaster is showing North Korean TV News on its website as part of an ongoing series called “North Korea Uncovered.” The news is accompanied by an English translation.

Check out the site by clicking here and don’t forget to praise the Dear Leader’s grace and kindness while you watch.

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10 Years Later, WNYW’s Greg Kelly Reflects on His Time Embedded in Iraq

On the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. ground offensive in Iraq, “Good Day New York” co-host Greg Kelly reflected on his time as an embedded reporter during the war (video above).

Kelly — who was the first broadcast journalist to enter Baghdad with coalition forces — covered the war for Fox News Channel and sustained minor injuries when a mortar exploded near where he was standing.

“This was a wild, wild time. I never thought we would see what we actually got to see. If they were taking reporters in with them, there was no way were going to face real danger,” Kelly said on “Good Day” Tuesday. “And sure enough, it was like everything you would imagine war or an invasion to be. It was.”

Watch WNYW’s two segments on Kelly’s experience in Iraq here.

Melanie Woodrow Leaves WAVY for ‘The Doctors’

Melanie Woodrow will be joining the nationally syndicated show “The Doctors” as an investigative reporter.

Woodrow most recently worked at WAVY, the NBC affiliate in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia.  While there she did investigative reports on “Spice”, bath salts and a designer drug called “amped” which were shared with the Virginia Attorney General’s office, helping to change Virginia law.

Woodrow joined the station in 2007.  She previously worked at WHAG in Hagerstown, MD and MSNBC.  See a report that aired on “The Doctors” inside.

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WTTW Will Bring Content From Al Jazeera English to Chicago

Starting October 31, Chicago public television station WTTW will air global programming from Al Jazeera English for an hour each day.

Launched in 2006, Al Jazeera English is available in a limited capacity in the U.S. The agreement with WTTW will make AJE programming available to Chicago viewers for the first time.

“It’s covering issues in parts of the world that we don’t often hear from,” WTTW head of programming Dan Soles told the Chicago Tribune. “We thought it would be a service to give people in Chicago a chance to view this broadcast, which is seen all over the world.”

WTTW will air the Al Jazeera programming on weekdays from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m.; on a digital channel, it will also air from 6:30 to 7 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 p.m.

As Larry Mendte Returned from Libya Empty-Handed, Some Question Wisdom of Trip

WPIX reporter Larry Mendte returned from Libya last week after a hectic trip to the country’s capital with U.S. Congressman Curt Weldon, and now some are questioning the wisdom of the mission as Weldon’s planned meeting with Muammar Qaddafi never materialized.

“This is a station that fires people left and right, and they’ll pay for a Libya trip,” a WPIX insider complained to the New York Post recently.

This morning the Post published a takedown of WPIX, which is currently trailing far behind its rival WNYW in the ratings, and wondered if Mendte’s trip to Libya was less about bolstering the station’s hard news identity and more about repairing the image of the troubled reporter, who is in the midst of a messy legal battle with his former KYW co-anchor Alycia Lane: Read more

Larry Mendte Scores Exclusive Access to Muammar Qaddafi in Tripoli

Larry Mendte, who has been working as a contributor for WPIX, is currently in Libya, covering U.S. congressman Curt Weldon‘s discussions with Muammar Qaddafi and hoping to potentially land an interview.

Mendte, along with WPIX photographer John Frasse, recently traveled to Tripoli with Weldon, a Republican representative from Pennsylvania, and has provided exclusive coverage of the diplomatic engagement for the New York CW-affiliate.

“Today’s dawn could bring new hope for an end to the crisis in Libya,” Mendte said on Tuesday, reporting live from Tripoli, “that’s because in a strange twist to this saga, the leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi has reached out to an American he has dealt with in the past” (video above).

So how did this “strange twist,” as well as Mendte’s seemingly unlikely coverage of it, come about? Read more

Covering Nuclear Threat in Japan, Veteran WABC Reporter Calls Conditions ‘Extremely Complicated’

“I have always been willing to take risks to cover major events, but the risks here are extremely complicated to manage,” WABC reporter N.J. Burkett said recently about his experience covering the aftermath of the Japan earthquake.

Burkett, along with photographer Mike Thorne, has traveled to Japan and is finding that conditions there are among the most difficult that he has encountered in his 25-year career, which has included coverage of the 9/11 attacks as well as the aftermath of last year’s earthquake in Haiti.

“I’d sooner take my chances with incoming missiles and suicide bombers,” Burkett told the Daily News.

The current threat of nuclear meltdown has made covering the news in Japan especially difficult. Read more

Seattle’s KIRO Sends Crew to Japan to Cover Aftermath of Earthquake

KIRO morning anchor Chris Egert, along with photographer Tom Matsuzawa, travelled to Japan on Friday to cover the aftermath of last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Egert and Matsuzawa had been in Japan for only a few hours on Saturday when they experienced first-hand the instability of the land. Spending time with a host family, Egert and Matsuzawa braced themselves as an aftershock rumbled through the country (video here).

“In the big grand scheme of things, that aftershock was considered fairly minimal, but it was quite frightening nonetheless,” Egert told KIRO’s Michelle Millman over the phone.

Egert and Matsuzawa have been using equipment at CNN’s Tokyo bureau to feed video to KIRO while also providing live reports via phone. Over the weekend, Egert reported on a Seattle woman who was stranded in Japan (video here) and he will continue his coverage this week.

WCVB Reporter Sean Kelly Reporting Live from Afghanistan This Week

WCVB reporter Sean Kelly has traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he will be reporting this week on the work of a Massachusetts National Guard unit.

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Kelly will report live every 30 minutes  during the ABC-affiliate’s morning newscast and also appear on the station’s 11 p.m. newscasts.  In addition to his live TV reports, Kelly will be posting photos and stories on WCVB’s website and Facebook page.

Kelly will be embedded with Massachusetts’ 1st Battalion 181st Infantry Regiment and is traveling as a guest of NATO.  This trip is a continuation of WCVB’s ongoing “Assignment: Afghanistan” news series.  In September, Kelly traveled to Camp Atterbury in Indiana to follow the regiment as they prepared for deployment.

Kelly joined Boston’s WCVB in 2005 and won a New England Emmy last year for his investigative reporting.