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What Are Local Stations Covering?

Omaha was in our sites this week. With the recent tornado activity we wanted to see how the big story of the day was handled.

Surprisingly, while the twin tornadoes were headline news, they didn’t dominate coverage.

Check out how what the stations talked about below:

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Omaha Stations Cover Twin Tornadoes in Pilger

Twin tornadoes ripped through Pilger, Neb., Monday afternoon, leaving two dead and 16 more critically injured. Stations in Omaha produced special coverage of the storms during the afternoon and evening hours.

CBS affiliate KMTV covered the severe weather during an its 4 p.m. newscast, which was expanded to an hour yesterday. The station continued to cover the storm at 5 p.m. and kept up a severe weather banner during the “CBS Evening News,” which airs on KMTV at 5:30 p.m. During the 10 p.m. newscast, Kelly Bartnick reported from Pliger and Rebekah Rae was live from nearby Wisner.

NBC affiliate WOWT also covered the storms during its 4 p.m. newscast, which was expanded to an hour, as well as at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The station kept a severe weather alert on the screen during “NBC Nightly News” from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and through much of its primetime programming. For the 10 p.m. newscast, Lena Tillett and Brian Mastre reported from Pilger. Read more

Omaha Station Apologizes for Tweet Comparing Missing Flight 370 to ‘Lost’

ketv_lost tweet

Omaha ABC affiliate KETV has apologized for its tweet comparing missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to the ABC series “Lost.”

The station tweeted a look alike of the TV series poster with passengers in silhouette standing in front of the words “Flight 370.” The heading of the tweet read, “What do YOU think happened to #Flight370?” The tweet has since been removed.

“We apologize for the post,” the station told The Hollywood Reporter. “While it was not intended to be insensitive, we can see how it would be viewed that way in light of such a tragedy.”

[The Hollywood Reporter which h/t NY Mag which h/t Mediaite which h/t Death and Taxes which h/t Deadspin which h/t Richard Deitsch ]

Omaha ABC Affiliate Shows Off Progress in Move to Historic Train Station


Omaha ABC affiliate KETV is showing off how far it’s come in its planned move into the historic downtown Burlington Station.

The station said its working with preservationists to keep the building’s history while turning it into a TV station. Click here to view the photo gallery.

“There is still much work ahead, though,” the station wrote on its website. “Construction crews and engineers are digging deep to provide more support for the changes, while preserving what’s stood for a century.”

Jim Siedlecki Signs Off From WOWT

jim siedlecki wowtJim Siedlecki has signed off from Omaha NBC affiliate WOWT. He has worked as the station’s morning anchor since 2005.

“Hard to believe it’s really over. It was an amazing crew to be a part of in America’s Best Kept Secret, Omaha,” Siedlecki wrote on Facebook last week. “…It was a great ride.”

Siedlecki said he is “heading to Denver for a great opportunity,” which the Omaha World-Herald reports is a government job as a media relations director.

Former WOWT Reporter Dies of Cancer

Jim Fagin, former reporter for WOWT, died Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

According to WOWT, the former reporter for the Omaha, NE, NBC affiliate was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. After undergoing treatment and being declared cancer free, the cancer returned.

In addition to reporting for WOWT, Fagin also once served as communications director for Nebraska Senator J.J. Exon and former Senator Ben Nelson.

CBS Boss: ‘We Are Now at War with Time Warner Cable’

Both their corporate logos include the oculus, but CBS and Time Warner Cable are not seeing eye to eye this morning. In fact, after CBS-owned stations were pulled from TWC systems briefly overnight, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves said, “We are now at war” with the cable giant.

But after about 15 minutes, after lobbying by CBS, the stations were back on. In all, seven stations including WCBS and WLNY in New York, KCBS and KCAL in Los Angeles and KTVT and KTXA in Dallas/Ft. Worth, are affected.

The new deadline for a deal is Friday at 5pmET.

Time Warner Cable is also in a dogfight with Journal Broadcast group. Five Journal stations, including WTMJ in Milwaukee, WGBA and WACY in Green Bay, KMTV in Omaha, and KMIR and KPSE in Palm Springs have been off Time Warner Cable since last Thursday.

The president of the Wisconsin State Senate, Michael Ellis has sent a letter to, calling on Time Warner CEO Glenn Britt demanding the stations be put back.

Time Warner customers “are no longer receiving the product they are paying for through your service,” Ellis wrote to Britt.

In Omaha, KMTV Adding 4 p.m. Newscast

KMTV will debut a 4 p.m. newscast in September, the Omaha CBS affiliate announced today.

It was not immediately clear who will anchor the half-hour newscast or what else will shift in KMTV’s programming schedule. The station currently airs “Dr. Phil” at 4 p.m. and has newscasts anchored by Jennifer Griswold and Craig Nigrelli at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.

“Expanding the local news options by adding a 4 p.m. newscast will help the KMTV Action 3 News team better serve viewers in the Omaha area,” news director Joe Spadea said in a statement.

KETV To Renovate Historic Building and Move Downtown

KETV has announced plans to buy the historic Burlington Station in downtown Omaha and turn it into the station’s new home by 2015.

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Ariel Roblin, president of the Omaha ABC affiliate. “It really goes back to the people who watch us every day, the people we serve every day, the people we think about every day. That’s the reason we get to do this, so you know we have to do it right.”

Originally built in 1898, Burlington closed the station and leased it to Amtrak in 1971. Amtrak abandoned the building in 1974 after railroad traffic declined. The station posted a photo gallery of the old railroad station to its website. Click here to view. Read more

Meteorologist Jim Flowers Joins KMTV


The Jim Flowers era at Journal owned Omaha,NE, CBS affiliate KMTV has begun. Monday night, Flowers will debut on the station’s 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

“We have been working hard over the past year to improve our KMTV Newscasts,” Chris Sehring, KMTV vice president and general manager told TVSpy. “With a new News Director, new News and Sports anchors, and a slew of new reporters and support staff, adding someone with Jim Flowers’ outstanding reputation to our team is incredibly exciting for both our Journal team and, more importantly, our viewers.”

The station wrapped up a countdown it began on its facebook page by adding Flowers’ picture with the caption, “Jim Flowers now on KMTV” early Saturday morning.  Read more

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