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Nelson Mandela accomplished many impressive things over the course of his life, but playing third base for the New York Yankees was not one of them. This may come as a surprise to Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV, who seem to have confused the two in a graphic that ran yesterday (above).
The graphic of Alex Rodriguez was up for seven seconds before it was quickly replaced with the correct headshot. [h/t New York Daily News]
Viewers of Albany New York’s WXXA who were watching the game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys got some surprising and confusing news during the local FOX affiliate’s halftime report.
After January Keaton started off the cut-in with breaking news of a small plane crash, she then told viewers it was a beautiful day to take a stroll.
Weather.com listed Albany, NY, as having a high of 26 degrees with wind gusts reaching 42 mph on Sunday. But meteorologist Andy Gregorio agreed with Keaton saying, “A beautiful evening out there. Clear skies, temperatures will be falling through the 60s. Currently we’re close to 70 right now.”
According to the Albany Times Union, the station accidentally ran tape of a news update from September. “We have egg on our face,” an employee at WTEN who asked not to be identified told the Times Union. “Our phones are ringing off the hook.” WTEN operates WXXA through a shared services agreement. Read more
KMSP reporter M.A. Rosko wins the “TVSpy Iron Chin Award” (if there was such a thing) for remaining conscious after her live faceplant while reporting on the opening of the John Rose Minnesota Skating Oval.
Rosko was on ice skates and marveling about being blown backwards because of the wind when she fell face first on the ice. She then got up, brushed herself off, told the folks in the studio she wasn’t alright, and continued on with the report.
Her web colleagues at the FOX owned Minneapolis station posted the video and called it an “epic faceplant.” The story on the station’s website also said the ice oval “offers a safe rink for skaters.”
Air Canada has released a statement saying “inappropriate comments were made” about a customer’s lost dog in an accidental email to KOVR last week.
The airline was questioned by KOVR reporter Maria Medina after Larry, a greyhound, was lost while in the airline’s care last week. In an email apparently intended for a colleague, an Air Canada spokesperson wrote: “I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time.”
“Air Canada acknowledges inappropriate comments were made in response to a reporter’s follow-up questions for additional details regarding Larry,” the airline said in a statement Friday. “However, Air Canada has been providing the best available information to media on this matter. These comments do not reflect Air Canada’s standards or professionalism, and do not refer to the search for Larry by Air Canada employees which is ongoing.”
As for the spokesman: “I guess I’m the poster child now for Be Careful With Email,” he told the Toronto Star.
Barbour, a reporter for the Chattanooga, TN, NBC Affiliate, told TVSpy he sent an email to UAW press rep Michele Martin, copying president Bob King and region 8 director Gary Casteel, looking to set up interviews for a story he was doing about the United Auto Workers Union trying to set up shop at the local Volkswagen plant.
“Mr. Casteel replied all to Michele (and me, unknowingly) saying to provide some people for me to interview,” Barbour told TVSpy. “And Ms. Martin replied to Mr. Casteel (and me, unknowingly) saying she thought that would be a good idea because the coverage would look bad without a voice from UAW’s side. She then went on to say the “local media reports have just been horrible.”
In his story, Barbour told viewers,”The national public relations director for UAW, Michele Martin, is apparently not happy with the local media coverage. Channel 3 was copied on an email where she called Chattanooga’s UAW coverage,”just horrible.” She said the email copy was a mistake and apologized.”
A lesson for media professionals everywhere: always check your to/from fields. In response to an inquiry from KOVR this week, an Air Canada spokesperson accidentally sent the Sacramento CBS O&O a response dismissing their inquiry as just “local news.”
While reporting a story about how the airline lost a customer’s dog earlier this week, the Sacramento CBS O&O reached out to Air Canada to inquire “what procedures might not have been followed, and what they’re doing to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else’s pet,” reporter Maria Medina said.
- Related, PRNewser: PR Fail: Local News Shames Air Canada Rep on Live TV
In a message apparently intended for a co-worker, Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick responded to KOVR: “I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time.”
The station aired the email as part of its report last night. Watch after the jump. Read more
An Oklahoma County Clerk had quite the night if you were to believe everything Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV wrote about her in a graphic.
Anchor Kelly Ogle told viewers during last night’s 10:00 p.m. news elected official Carolyn Caudill had “bonded out of jail” after being arrested for DUI, but the graphic told a different story.
After seeing the graphic on twitter, one user quipped, “I guess that’s what the smile is for.”
The news director at Palm Springs CBS affiliate CBS Local2 has apologized to viewers on the station’s website after an open mic broadcast snippets of a conversation between station anchors during CBS News’ coverage of the Navy Yard shootings.
Earlier tonight during the national newscast on our partner station CBS Local 2, a technical malfunction broadcast part of a private conversation. Some people heard it, but only heard part of the conversation. We sincerely apologize if we offended any of you.
Bob Smith, News Director
Smith told TVSpy, the conversation viewers heard was about a report on a Peyton Manning versus Eli Manning story. “One of our anchors thought the tone of the report did not match the subject matter — considering the fact 13 people died in Washington, DC and the utter devastation caused by the flooding in Colorado,” said Smith. “Unfortunately some viewers only heard part of the conversation and took offense.” Read more
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