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WKYC Drops Live Feed of Video Showing Police Shooting Child, Citing ‘Profanity’

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The police shooting of a 12-year-old boy has become a massive story in Cleveland, and on Wednesday, police released for the first time audio of 9-1-1 calls and video that captures the shooting itself. Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC promised viewers it would carry the video live, both streaming on the web and on air. Ultimately, the station dropped out of live coverage of the video–not because it showed a child shot and killed, but because of the language that can be heard. “Because of the profanity that is on the tapes, we are going to now take you back to ‘Days of Our Lives’,” said an anchor as the station returned to programming.

Viewers commented on Facebook about the decision, with one writing “so you are censoring it because of profanity??? It is profane that this child was murdered.”

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Noreen Jaramillo Leaving KTSM

picture-12058Morning anchor Noreen Jaramillo has decided to leave KTSM, the El Paso, Texas, NBC affiliate. Jaramillo announced the news on Facebook yesterday, writing:

Tomorrow (Wednesday) will be my last day on News Channel 9 Today – it has been a wonderful last three years waking up with you. I will remain here in El Paso with my husband and kids… so hopefully I will see you around! Again THANK YOU for your support throughout my TV career here in El Paso!

Jaramillo was famously the first-ever anchor at El Paso’s KFOX and spent the next 10 years there. She later left to work at FOX affiliate KTVU in San Francisco, only to return a few years later. Jaramillo eventually took a break from TV news to work as the public information officer at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, serving as spokesperson and media liaison.

There’s no word on what she will do next, but Jaramillo’s not worried: “I believe God has another plan for me and that one door may close but another will open.”

Anchor Steve Ryan Joins KVOA

Steve-RyanTucson’s KVOA has announced the addition of Steve Ryan to its news team. Ryan will anchor the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. weekday evening newscasts at the NBC affiliate.

“We are very fortunate to get a journalist of Steve’s caliber to help lead our newsroom,” Cathie Batbie, KVOA news director, said in a statement.  “Not only has he been on the big stage covering major stories that have captivated our nation’s attention, but he’s also worked extensively on the local level.”

Ryan previously worked at independent station KTVK in Phoenix as an anchor/reporter.

WJAR ‘Handstand’ Reporter Says She’s Settled with Station

tremmel_304Julie Tremmel, the WJAR reporter who was fired after doing a handstand in a report about “America’s Got Talent,” has settled her lawsuit with the Providence NBC affiliate.

The Providence Journal reports Tremmel posted the news on her Facebook page.

WJAR Vice President and General Manager Vic Vetters could not be reached for comment, but Tremmel posted an image of a Nov. 7 letter on WJAR stationery with what appeared to be his signature that said the station and Tremmel “have resolved all issues stemming from her employment at the station. Ms. Tremmel is free to seek employment without restriction.

“The station wishes Ms. Tremel (sic) the best of luck going forward,” it concluded. Read more

Gannett Adds Reinforcements to KSDK Ahead of Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 5.12.44 PMAs soon as it became clear the Ferguson grand jury had reached a decision, St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK launched into rolling team coverage. The station’s “team coverage” was significant, helped by an infusion over the last few weeks of additional staff from other Gannett stations.

Investigative reporter Brendan Keefe (pictured, right), of Gannett’s WXIA in Atlanta, appeared on KSDK Monday evening. He’s been working in St. Louis for three weeks.

In addition to WXIA, Gannett stations in Dallas, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Washington, DC sent a team of reporters, investigative reporters and web producers to boost KSDK’s reporting power ahead of the grand jury’s decision–and whatever may follow. The station has promoted the added forces on air as “a team of seasoned investigators.” Those journalists have filed stories for KSDK, for their home stations, and for Gannett-owned USAToday.

Gannett Promotes Patti Dennis, Names Replacement from Knoxville Station

moreno kusaChristy Moreno has been named news director of Gannett’s Denver NBC affiliate KUSA.

Moreno was news director at Gannett’s Knoxville, Tenn. station WBIR. She replaces Patti Dennis, who was promoted to VP, news and talent development for Gannett.

“Christy’s strong leadership skills, record of success and innovative ideas are just what we need to continue serving as Colorado’s news leader,” Mark Cornetta, KUSA GM and Gannett SVP, said in a statement.

Moreno came to WBIR in 2012 from KENS, Gannett’s San Antonio station, where she was assistant news director. She has also worked at KRIV and KPRC in Houston and KAUZ in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Dave Lougee, President, Gannett Broadcasting, thanked Dennis for her work at KUSA, saying, “Patti’s contributions to 9NEWS are too numerous to count and her eye for talent is unmatched. Now we will be able to deploy her talents across a larger stage.”

Man Who Looked Like Police Sketch of Murder Suspect Talked Motive with WBBH Crew


A WBBH reporter and photographer are helping Cape Coral police in their hunt for a killer after they said they spoke to a man who looked like the police sketch of the suspect

Dave Elias, a reporter for the Fort Myers, Fla. NBC affiliate, and photojournalist Ben Colwell said they were “approached by a man bearing a strong resemblance to the sketch. The man claimed to have insight into the shooter’s motive.”

Elias and Colwell went to the Cape Coral Police Department to tell authorities about the man. After hearing the description, investigators quickly rushed Elias and Colwell down the hall to the detectives working the case.

Their story became sworn evidence in the case. Detectives recorded their every word.

“When he was talking, he took a step back,” said Colwell.

Colwell witnessed the man – who said Alfred Griffiths was shot after an argument over a handicapped parking space. Investigators wanted to know every detail about the man. Read more

Former WSAZ News Anchor Bos Johnson Dies

johnson wsazFormer WSAZ news director and anchor Bos Johnson died Sunday, according to the Charleston-Huntington, NBC affiliate.

Johnson was a much-loved figure in local broadcasting. Jim Casto, retired associate editor of The Herald-Disptach compared him to a local version of Walter Cronkite. “The authoritative Cronkite covered the big stories of the day – the Vietnam War, Watergate, the slayings of President John F. Kennedy and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. In much the same reassuring fashion, Johnson detailed for WSAZ’s viewers the region’s big stories,”

Johnson started at WSAZ in 1952. He was named news director in 1960. He left the station in 1976 and served as an associate professor of broadcast journalism at Marshall University. He also worked as a consultants for the Charles Ryan Associates. later becoming VP for the company.

“For a quarter century, WSAZ viewers got to know Bos Johnson,” WSAZ wrote on its website. “He was an anchor and reporter for the station during a time in which several major news stories took place. Bos covered the Marshall University plane crash and the collapse of the Silver Bridge.”

“He was my mentor and my friend,” former WSAZ reporter Tom Jacobs wrote in an email to TVSpy. “His family embraced me as one of their own, so much so I slept on their couch when I couldn’t find an apartment after arriving in Huntington all those many years ago!”

Johnson is survived by his wife Dotty, his five children including Rob Johnson, a morning news anchor at WSAZ.

Jimmy Fallon Gets Good News From Local Anchors

Last night, The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon borrowed from some local affiliates for some video ha hahs.

This time, Fallon’s “I’ve got Good News and Good News,” featured, among others, WNBC uber-anchor Chuck Scarborough saying the phrase “get your sweet lovin’ on” and Devin Scillian at Detroit’s WDIV narrating a kitten, puppy, bunny in a cashmere sweater montage. Happy Friday.

Las Vegas News Director Leaving

ksnvCraig Hume has announced he is leaving Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV.

KSNV was recently purchased by Sinclair. In an email Hume sent to staffers, he said, “After the sale was announced, I wanted to stay to ensure a smooth transition into the Sinclair family. Sinclair is bringing new direction and new resources to take the station to the next level of success.”

As FTVLive first reported, Hume’s last day will be next Wednesday November 26.

He had worked at the station since May 2013.

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