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WBRE Issues Dress Code Memo to Staff

WBREWBRE, the NBC affiliate in Scranton- Wilkes Barre, Pa, recently sent out an internal memo to let staffers know they need to dress better.

FTV Live reports that anchors, reporters and department heads must now wear suits and ties to the office, while photogs can still get away with jeans (but no more T-shirts).

You can read the full internal memo below, where WBRE news director Jim DePury goes into everything from what exactly constitutes ‘Business Casual’ attire to what to wear when it’s 100+ degrees out. TVSpy has reached out to DePury about the dress code, we’ll update you when we hear back. Read more

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Des Moines Reporter Pleads Guilty to OWI

heitshusen OWISonya Heitshusen, reporter and anchor for WHO in Des Moines, Iowa, has pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated, The Des Moines Register reports.

She originally entered a plea of not-guilty to the charge. Heitshusen was arrested in June. That same weekend, another reporter for the NBC affiliate, Erik Wheater, was also arrested for OWI.

Heitshusen, 47, of Des Moines, was pulled over near downtown Des Moines’ entertainment district around 1 a.m. driving the wrong way down a street, authorities said. Police said she at first refused to exit her vehicle, then had trouble balancing and refused any field sobriety or breath tests. Read more

Andrea Clenney Named WLTZ News Director

wltz logoAndrea Clenney has been named news director of Columbus, Georgia NBC affiliate WLTZ.

In an email obtained by TVSpy, WLTZ GM Drew Rhodes told staffers, “We are looking to continue to grow our local shows and our news product as well as ratings. We know that Andrea will help us do that, and we are excited to have her join the hardest working news team in the market!”

Clenney started her career at WFTV in Orlando, Fla. working in production, engineering and then news. She comes to WLTZ from WCJB in Gainesville, Fla. where she was news director. Before WCJB, she was senior executive producer at KMGH in Denver, Colo. She has also worked in Greenville, N.C., Wilmington, N.C., Syracuse, N.Y. and Augusta, Ga.

Her first day is Tuesday, December 2. Read more

Reporter Syan Rhodes Promoted to Weekend Anchor at KPRC

SyanRhodesReporter Syan Rhodes has been promoted to weekend anchor at Houston NBC affiliate KPRC. The anchor seat next to Phillip Mena has been empty since Irika Sargent left for Miami CBS-owned WFOR back in May.

KPRC senior executive producer Rick McFarland confirmed the promotion to media blogger Mike McGuff.

Rhodes previously worked at Orlando NBC affiliate WESH as an anchor.

How Are New York Stations Reporting Ebola?

We thought we’d take a quick look at how the local stations are using the first five minutes of the news to report the Ebola story, which has moved from Dallas to New York.

While ABC owned station WABC chose the hyper local angle of checking out the neighborhood where the latest possible victim, a five-year-old boy, lived, NBC owned station WNBC and CBS owned station WCBS alloted more airtime to the political side of things, looking at the state’s response to the possible spread of the disease.

While all that was going on, FOX owned station WNYW was studying the decline in voter turnout with Ernie Anastos.

Charlotte Reporter Looks at Why Politicians Use Local News Clips in Campaign Ads


After his news reports appeared in ads for North Carolina Senate candidate Thom Tillis (R) and incumbent Kay Hagan (D), WCNC reporter Stuart Watson said he got tired of having people ask him if he “approved this message.” He asked a local expert about the practice of using news clips from local TV stations without permission.

Turns out, no permission is needed. But a local expert told the reporter for the Charlotte, N.C. NBC affiliate, the candidates are trying to bask in the reflected glow of a local station’s credibility.

So why DO campaigns use news clips? Why don’t they just hire better looking actors?

“It is an attempt to lend some credibility to the accusations the candidates and their campaigns are trying to make,” said Catawba College political scientist Michael Bitzer.

Does the deluge of TV ads even make a difference?

“I think for the average voter it’s probably just a wash,” Bitzer said. “They have already muted that particular ad.”

This Bud’s For News: WESH Sports Anchor in Beer Ad, Video Game


Larry Ridley, sports director for Orlando NBC affiliate WESH, has gone national, but not for his reporting.

Orlando Sentinel TV critic Hal Boedeker reports, Ridley appears in a Bud Light commercial. A quick check of his twitter feed @mrlarryridley also tells TVSpy, Ridley has a role as a pregame and halftime show announcer in EA Sports video game “Madden NFL 15.”

Sources close to Ridley tell TVSpy Bob Longo, the previous news director, gave Ridley the OK to appear in both the spot and the video game. Longo tells TVSpy, “There was no permission given, verbal or written, to do any commercial.”

We asked WESH GM Jim Carter for comment, but haven’t heard back. We will update when we do. Read more

Anoushah Rasta Named Reporter at KPRC

Anoushah3Anoushah Rasta has joined Houston NBC affiliate KPRC as a reporter.

KPRC news director Rhonda Errer LaVelle confirmed the move to Houston media blogger Mike McGuff. Rasta previously worked at NBC affiliate KTSM in El Paso, Texas, where she was weekend anchor and reporter.

Before that, Rasta was a news assistant, apprentice and freelance traffic producer at Los Angeles ABC-owned station KABC.

KING Responds to Viewer Complaints About Marysville Shooting Coverage

KINGThere are still so many questions left unanswered after Friday’s horrific shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School. Seattle NBC affiliate KING has been on the scene, trying to find answers from the best sources possible– in some cases, the students.

In a recent post on their website, KING acknowledged that many viewers were unhappy with the way the station handled the situation:

“Your reporters need to STOP interviewing students on live tv mere moments after a traumatic event such as just happened in Marysville,” said Robert via email.

“Interviewing Marysville students within two hours of the shooting is really inappropriate and unprofessional,” said Damian. “These students should be left alone to grieve and talk to professionals and family members.”

“King 5 please stop taking phone interviews with students. Let them process what they literally JUST went through,” Jana posted to KING 5′s Facebook page.

Mark Ginther, executive news director at KING, responded by saying: “We are being thoughtful about trying to confirm information at a time when lots of reports were in conflict.”

Mark Briggs, director of digital media at the station, added that the prevalence of social media makes it even more important to get the facts straight: “Our responsibility as a credible news organization is to help sort fact from rumor, especially at a time when lives are in danger. In the age of social media, it’s critical to get as close to the source of information as possible.”

WLBT News Director Moves Back to Anchor Desk

Stribling_WLBTThe Clarion-Ledger reports WLBT news director Wilson Stribling has decided he likes anchoring better than being a boss, so he’s moving back to his old job as a morning anchor.

Before taking the job as news director for the Jackson, Miss. NBC affiliate in 2009, Stribling had been the station’s morning anchor for 11 years. When current anchor Brandon Artiles announced he was leaving the station for Memphis, Stribling saw the opportunity to anchor again.

“It created this gaping hole for us going into the November ratings [period],” Stribling said. “My General Manager talked about me anchoring, on a temporary basis.”

But the more Stribling thought about it, the more he wanted it to be a permanent move.

“There are parts of that job that I really missed,” Stribling said. “I was probably the happiest I had ever been in at this station when I was doing morning television before. Not to say I was unhappy in any of the intervening years, but that’s when I felt like I was at my strongest – reporting the news every day. And I can’t wait to get back to that.” Read more

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