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KPNX Anchor Questions ‘Kill All Gays’ Pastor in Tough Six-Minute Live Interview

KPNXIn an exclusive live interview Friday night, KPNX anchor Mark Curtis  spent six minutes questioning a Tempe pastor who says he hates homosexuals and believes they should be killed. “When I heard your sermon, it sounded like the rantings of someone who was either a hatemonger or a religious zealot, and I’m wondering, which are you,” Curtis asked Steven Anderson, pastor of the Faithful Word Baptist Church.

The interview was noteworthy for its length–a full six minutes–and in the way Curtis led the questioning. It was excellent television.

Anderson’s recent sermon, uploaded to YouTube a week ago, promises an “AIDS-free Christmas” if all LGBT people are killed, as he insists the Bible demands. Asked repeatedly by Curtis what he would do if a son or daughter of his was homosexual–something Anderson insisted could not happen–the pastor finally answered that they should also die.

Watch the interview in full, after the jump:

[h/t The Advocate]
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Brandon Hamilton Out at KNXV

Brandon-HamiltonMorning traffic reporter Brandon Hamilton is saying goodbye to Phoenix’s KNXV after three years at the ABC affiliate. He was first hired as a special assignment reporter in November 2011.

Hamilton announced his departure on Facebook and Twitter on Sunday. His @bhamiltonABC15 Twitter account has already been deactivated, although his Facebook profile is still up. Here’s Hamilton’s note regarding his departure:

Prior to joining KNXV in 2011, Hamilton was a traffic reporter at Cincinnati NBC affiliate WLWT since 2008. According to FTVLive, employees at KNXV speculate that his position will not be filled. No word yet on what Hamilton’s future plans entail.

KPHO Meteorologist Shows Why Electronics and Water Don’t Mix

This morning on Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO, meteorologist Katie Baker made sure the station engineers will remember her name.

While doing a live interview in a pool, Baker accidentally dipped the wireless mic cube into the water, shorting it out.

When they went back to Baker later in the show, she was using a hardwire mic. She shared her teachable moment with her on camera guest, saying, “So, the first thing I learned, Paul, is that with scuba diving,  you shouldn’t put the mic into the water.”

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Carey Peña Out at KTVK

Carey-Pena2Carey Peña, a longtime anchor for Phoenix’s KTVK, has decided to leave the independent station. Peña, currently co-anchor of “Good Evening Arizona” at 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. and host of “Politics Unplugged,” has worked at KTVT since 1998.

Peña announced the news on Facebook last night, writing:

After many positive discussions with management, we were not able to reach an agreement on contract terms and so, the time has come to move on. I would like to thank Ed and Leona for their efforts…

She went on to thank her loyal viewers who have “quite literally, watched me grow up.” Peña told her Facebook fans that she’s looking forward to taking a break, spending time with family for the holidays and that she’s “excited to see what the future holds.”

No word yet on who will replace her.

KPNX Promotes Senior EP to News Director

KPNX_NBC_12Sandra Kotzambasis has been promoted to news director of Phoenix NBC affiliate KPNX.

Kotzambasis was the senior executive producer.

“Sandra has earned this opportunity by demonstrating passion, flexibility, and the commitment to excellence that’s critical to the continued transformation of 12 News to serve our now and future audiences,” former ND Mark Casey, who was promoted to VP & station manager, wrote in an email sent to staffers. “For the past three years, she’s been my partner as we’ve worked to both build our newscast ratings and develop the digital and social products that our customers expect.

Kotzambasis has worked at KPNX since August 2011. She returned to local news after working in PR at Go Daddy. Before that she worked at KSAZ in Phoenix for 13 years. She started her career in Tucson at KVOA before moving to KGUN.

KSAZ Reporter Uses His Station Facebook Page to Take Sides on City Pension Reform

KSAZ‘s John Hook is being accused of using his public platform to influence the debate over a controversial local proposition dealing with pension reform.

Wednesday, the investigate reporter for the Phoenix FOX owned station wrote on his station facebook page, “It’s disappointing. Phoenix voters have been lied to about Proposition 487. This does not affect firefighters or police or their death benefits in any way! Only civilian workers. Any other interpretation is an effort to scare and confuse you into a no vote.”

He also did a report on the proposition. You can see that above. Proposition 487, which is on the November 4 ballot, would reform the city’s retirement system and prevent pension spiking. The main argument about the measure is whether the Prop. 487 would affect the pensions of the city’s firefighters and police officers.

Last night, after TVSpy asked FOX about Hook using his station facebook page to take a stand on the proposition, Hook posted, “My earlier post on Proposition 487 was my opinion and does not reflect the opinion of FOX 10. As a journalist, I have an obligation to hold public policy makers accountable, which is what FOX 10 did in this story presenting both sides of this complicated issue:”

Viewers were not happy with Hook’s clarification or his stance.

One commenter wrote, “John, this follow up post shows that you are a coward. This is why you put make-up on, and sit behind a camera. Your original post was presented as fact and not opinion. Your countless replies to citizens continued to state your opinion as fact. You are a part of the problem. Until you strap on a gun and a bullet proof vest, or rush into a burning building or cut someone out of a vehicle to save their life, I suggest you keep reading the teleprompter.”

Nexstar to Buy KASW in Phoenix for $68 Million

nexstar logoNexstar Broadcasting says it’s buying Phoenix CW affiliate KASW from Meredith Corporation and SagamoreHill of Phoenix for $68 million plus working capital.

Nexstar Broadcasting Group president and CEO, Perry Sook said in a statement, “[T]he transaction offers Nexstar entrée to the Arizona and Phoenix markets which represent a natural complement to our existing operations in the Southwestern region of the United States.”

RELATED: Sook tells MediabistroTV local stations are “basically the newspaper of record.”

Sook also said Nexstar plans to have KASW increase its focus on local programming and the community.

Meredith and SagamoreHill bought KASW from Gannett and Sander Media as part of its Belo purchase. “As part of Federal Communications Commission approval, Meredith and SagamoreHill voluntarily agreed to divest KASW to an independent buyer within 90 days of its June 19, 2014 closing.”

The buy is subject to FCC approval.

KNXV Promotes EP to Assistant News Director

knxv logo_304x200Jamie Ioos has been named assistant news director at KNXV.

Pat Costello, news director at the Phoenix ABC affiliate, told TVSpy Ioos was executive producer of the 10:00 p.m. and was made interim assistant ND after Dan Wilson left to become interim and eventually news director at WPTV in West Palm Beach.

Before coming to KNXV, Ioos was news director at KOB in Albuquerque. Before that she had worked as a news consultant, a news director at KVBC (now KSNV) in Las Vegas and an executive producer at WFXT in Boston.

Phoenix Chopper Pilot Returning to the Air

Bruce_HaffnerBruce Haffner will, once again, fly his helicopter in the Phoenix market. A Meredith spokesperson confirmed, he will shoot and report for independent station KTVK and CBS affiliate KPHO starting in October.

We reported in May that the KTVK chopper pilot was moving on from the station after the lease between Haffner’s company, KTVK, which at the time was still owned by Gannett, and the helicopter’s sponsor expired.

“It’s unbelievable because really this is what I love doing.” Haffner told the PBJ. “To be able to do what you love to do for work, there’s just nothing like it in the world.” Read more

Christopher Sign Promoted to Weekday Morning Anchor at KNXV

KNXV weekend anchor Christopher Sign has been promoted to weekday morning anchor by the Phoenix ABC affiliate.

Anita Helt, KNXV VP & GM, tweeted out the news over the weekend.

KNXV morning meteorologist Iris Hermosillo wrote on her facebook page, “I’ve been lucky enough to build a genuine friendship with this guy over the past year and a half as we helped develop ABC15 Weekend Mornings. Now I’m beyond thrilled that we’ll get to continue working together each day as Christopher Sign ABC 15 also joins the ABC15 Morning crew M-F.” Read more