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WABC Misspells Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Name in Tweet

Small spelling error on the WABC Twitter feed this afternoon:

WABC Phillip Seymour Hoffman tweet

The tweet has since been deleted.

WLS Tease Mistake Stinks Up Fish Story

It only took two letters to turn a WLS tease about a fish story to crap.

Luckily the report for the Chicago ABC owned station was actually about Asian Carp and no one at the station was attempting to tell tales about the size.

The gaffe was spotted by a local viewer who tweeted about it:

Fired First-Time Anchor A.J. Clemente Looks to Rebuild Career in 2014

TieuClementeA.J. Clemente‘s first words in his first time anchoring at his first job were “fuckin’ shit!

After promptly getting fired by Bismarck NBC affiliate KFYR, and jetting off to talk about his experience on shows like NBC’s “Today” and the “Late Show with David Letterman,” Clemente settled for a job as a bartender in Delaware.

Tuned In’s Jerry Barmash recently spoke with Clemente about what’s next for the infamous first time anchor.

Clemente, 25, tells Tuned In that he’s about to teach a seven-week broadcasting course at a private school in Manhattan.

“It’s to help high school international students,” Clemente says. “They have passion for the media industry and I’m just trying to help them out as I’m trying to proceed with my career.”

While the feelers from TV stations have dried up since his abrupt ouster, Clemente says his teaching stint will also serve as a chance for him to rebuild his own career. Read more

Caught on Camera: The Oops Reel of 2013


Sports blog Deadspin has linked to someone who put together a look back at this year’s best TV news bloopers. So in the spirit of the holidays, we’re linking it forward.

While not all are from local TV stations, the collection does have plenty of schadenfreude moments TVSpy readers might remember and many we’d all like to forget.

KBAK-KBFX Weathercaster Gets Put in Time Out After False Snow Forecast

KBAK-KBFX weathercaster Aaron Perlman was put in a “temporary time-out” this morning after wrongly predicting snow in Bakersfield over the weekend.

“There are windows in that corner. You can look out the windows,” anchor Rob Finnerty said. “Be sure sure to take note there is no snow out there.”

WDIV Remembers Nelson Mandela With a Picture of Alex Rodriguez

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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]

Albany Station Runs Old News During NFL Halftime Report

WXXA-wrongforecastViewers 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 Stops Fall on Ice with Her Chin

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.”

VIDEO: WDIV Reporter ‘Can’t Get This F-cking’ IFB to Work

WDIV reporter Lauren Podell had a little bit of IFB trouble this morning. Podell, who was reporting from Lapeer, described her technical troubles without knowing she was on the air, resulting in some unfortunate language being dropped on the morning newscast (watch above). [h/t Jalopnik Detroit]

Air Canada: ‘Inappropriate Comments Were Made’ in Accidental Email to KOVR

kovr air canada emailAir 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.

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