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.
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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
Chalk this one up to an honest mistake that gets picked up on a slow afternoon.
This happened on Phoenix FOX owned station KSAZ during last night’s 9:00 p.m. news. While reporting about police in Tempe, AZ, shooting a man after they say he lunged at them with a box cutter, anchor Kari Lake had trouble with the word cutter and invented a new form of potty mouth, the conjugated “C” word.
Oprah was WGN’s first guest on the expanded morning newscast. She was talking about the new OWN season when the call suddenly went to a dial tone. “This is so typical,” Robin Baumgarten said. “… How do we cut off the one guest we’ve had that people may be interested in watching?”
After a brief pause, Oprah was reconnected to the anchors in the studio. “Y’all got a few kinks to work out,” she joked. Watch the video after the jump. Read more
KTVU‘s source of the fake names for the pilots of Asiana Airlines flight 214 was an ex-pilot familiar to the San Francisco Fox affiliate, Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman reports.
The source of the names, which were read by anchor Tori Campbell on a newscast last month, has been the cause of much speculation. The source, who had reportedly “worked with KTVU in the past and was considered to be trustworthy,” sent the names to the station electronically, via email or text, according to Lieberman.
Three producers were fired in the aftermath of the incident. Lieberman also reports that one other person who approved the names, the station’s managing editor, remains at KTVU.
TVSpy’s requests for comment to KTVU and to Roland DeWolk, one of the producers fired over the incident, were not returned.
Amy Campbell, reporter for FOX Sports NEXT was doing an interview on the sidelines of “The Opening” an elite high school football recruiting event at Nike’s Beaverton, OR, headquarters when she ended up on the wrong side of a touchdown catch.
Campbell told FOX Sports.com, she saw Chad Simmons, scout and NEXT recruiting analyst, turn before recruit Ermon Lane plowed into her after making the grab. “The next thing I saw was grass in my face.” In the video you can see the referee give the touchdown signal after the play. “That to me is just the icing on the cake right there,” said Campbell who later tweeted, “Guys, really. I’m fine.”
Lane and Campbell later took a picture together to show there were no hard feelings. You can see the photo after the jump. FOX Sports.com has more details on the hit including a breakdown in pictures. Click here to view. Read more