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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Accuses WSMV of ‘Irresponsible and Unprofessional Journalism’

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is criticizing Nashville NBC affiliate WSMV for “irresponsible and unprofessional journalism,” saying its reporting on the disappearance of Holly Bobo has been “harmful to the case.”

The station has aired a series of reports on Bobo, a nursing student who went missing two years ago. Reports have included information from nonprofit organization “Without Warning.” In a statement released Friday, The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the group “did not investigate the case … to law enforcement standards.” TBI also accuses the group of regurgitating “information they had heard and read in order to talk about the case on television.”

The statement takes issue with several reports on Bobo’s disappearance by Dennis Ferrier, as well as a special documentary that aired on WSMV May 12:

“The erroneous television reports have led to false leads, public concern and have wasted valuable state resources,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “The most important thing, after finding Holly Bobo and the person responsible for her disappearance, is maintaining the integrity of this investigation should it ever go to trial. In addition, TBI is concerned that WSMV never confirmed any facts reported in the stories with our agency. Never have we seen such irresponsible and unprofessional journalism on an active and open TBI investigation that has been so harmful to the case.”

On Friday evening, WSMV posted a response to TBI’s statement: Read more

Najahe Sherman Joins WKRN From KSHB

Reporter-anchor Najahe Sherman is moving from Kansas City to Nashville, she announced on her blog Monday.

Sherman begins this week as anchor and reporter at WKRN, the ABC affiliate in Nashville. She comes from KSHB, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City, where she was a reporter and weekend morning anchor.

“To everyone in Kansas City, thank you so much for a very special few years. I am excited to share stories and experiences from Music City!” Sherman wrote. [h/t Bottom Line Communications]

Bryan McGruder Joins WZTV as News Director

Four months after his departure from WDAF, Bryan McGruder has been named news director at WZTV, the Fox affiliate in Nashville.

“We are excited to have someone of Brian’s stature and experience leading our news department at FOX17 and look forward to the impact he will have on the market. His experience running highly successful newsrooms will be a huge asset to our operations,” WZTV general manager Dominic Mancuso said in announcing the news.

McGruder was vice president of news at WDAF in Kansas City for the past decade. He has also served as news director at WJCL-WTGS in Savannah, Ga. He replaces Roberta Petterson at WZTV. [h/t Bottom Line Communications]

WZTV Offers $10,000 Reward in Reporter Shooting

WZTV, Nashville’s Fox affiliate, is offering $10,000 to anyone who can provide information about the robbery and shooting of reporter Erika Lathon.

The Nashville Police Department has posted the reward notice to its website, giving details about what happened during the robbery/shooting,

Lathon was approached by the gunman at 11:45 p.m.  He demanded cash.  She complied.  The robber, who was dressed in all black and wore a mask, fired one time into Lathon’s car and fled on foot.  She drove herself to a nearby hospital where she was treated and released for a gunshot wound to the arm.

Lathon, who described the gunshot as feeling like she’d been hit in the arm with a two by four, told WZTV, “I’m just glad to be here to tell the story and, you know, that I survived this, and that my family didn’t have to get another phone call.” Read more

WZTV Reporter Erika Lathon Shot After ATM Robbery

Veteran WZTV reporter Erika Lathon was shot overnight after being robbed at an ATM in Nashville.

Lathon was shot in the left arm after being robbed at a Bank of America drive-through ATM at 17th Ave. N. and Church street, according to the station. The incident occurred around midnight. Lathon drove herself a short distance to Baptist Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Lathon complied with the robber’s request for money while in her car, but the male suspect shot her anyway before fleeing the scene. Police are reviewing surveillance video from the bank, according to the Fox affiliate.

The station reported on the incident on Friday’s morning newscasts, with Meagan O’Halloran reporting from the ATM. Watch the report here (WZTV’s video player does not allow embedding).

Anchor Scott Arnold Says Goodbye to WTVF

After eight years at WTVF, Scott Arnold is leaving the Nashville CBS affiliate to launch his own video production company.

Arnold, who anchors the weekend evening newscasts, showed viewers some of his funniest on-air moments during his last newscast (video above). “In my last few seconds on the air, I want to say thank you. Thank you for watching over the years,” Arnold said.

VIDEO: Log Roller Wipes Out During WTVF Live Shot

A WTVF live shot from the Tennessee State Fair went awry yesterday when a log roller lost his balance and plunged into the water on the air.

Charlie Neese, a meteorologist at the Nashville CBS affiliate, was reporting from the Fair with a log roller named Bruce in the background of his live shot. Bruce remained remarkably balanced for the first minute of the report, prompting praise from Neese.

“Great job, Bruce! You’re looking good up there!” Neese called, seconds before Bruce lost his balance and tumbled into the water. Watch the video after the jump… Read more

WSMV Investigation Leads to Arrest, Discovery of Runaway Girls

A recent investigation by Nashville NBC-affiliate WSMV has resulted in an arrest and the discovery of two runaway girls.

During a series of ongoing reports on Ashley King, a man who was living in a foreclosed home and clashing with the neighbors, the WSMV crew noticed two teenage girls at the house. After the report aired, investigative reporter Jeremy Finley received a call from a woman who identified one of the girls as her runaway teenage cousin.

Finley relayed the information to police, who tracked down King over the course of several days and discovered that he was harboring the two runaway girls in the house. King was arrested.

Watch the report after the jump…

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Former ‘SNL’ Star Accuses WTVF of ‘Brainwashing Viewers’

Former “Saturday Night Live” star, and current conservative activist, Victoria Jackson is accusing WTVF of brainwashing its viewers after the station edited down an interview with her for a report that aired this week.

A WTVF videographer recently spent time with Jackson as she investigated the construction of a new Islamic center just outside of Nashville. In an open letter posted on patriotupdate.com, Jackson voices her disapproval with the report that WTVF eventually aired. Read more

Reporter Tim Wetzel Joining KHOU in Houston

Houston NBC-affiliate KHOU is adding reporter Tim Wetzel to its news team. His first day will be Monday, according to Houston media blogger Mike McGuff.

Wetzel was most recently a reporter at WTVF in Nashville. He replaces Lisa Chavarria, who is headed to WFLD in Chicago. Chavarria also joined KHOU from WTVF in 2010.

“I’m very excited to join the KHOU team and look forward to working at such a great station,” Wetzel told McGuff.

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