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KTVX Names Glen Mills Chief Political Correspondent

Glen MillsGlen Mills has been named chief political correspondent at KTVX, the ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City. In his new role, Mills will produce and host special reports and programs on the government, elections and politics.

“Glen has a wonderful ability to present complicated information to viewers in an easy to understand manner,” KTVX general manager Richard Doutre’Jones said in a statement. “Those involved with Utah politics and our regular citizens, appreciate Glen’s skills to clearly explain the issues we face as a state and the actions our lawmakers and elected officials take on our behalf.”

Mills has been anchoring the weekend evening newscasts since he joined KTVX last year. He will be replaced by Randall Carlisle, who is re-joining the station next month.

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Tampa Reporter Leaving TV to Work for Florida Congressman

rudie croppedWTSP reporter Preston Rudie is leaving the Tampa CBS affiliate to work as communications director for Rep David Jolly (R-FL).

“For the past 23 years, I’ve been serving the public and helping give a voice to the voiceless as a journalist,” said Rudie in a statement. “I think my years of working in the area and experience covering the issues that affect Pinellas County will help me better serve the people of the 13th District.”

Rudie started his TV career at WGBA in Green Bay, WI and worked at WITI in Milwaukee, WI, before moving to WTSP in 2002.

He officially starts Monday, April 21.

WUSA to Host Final Mayoral Debate in D.C. Democratic Primary Race

bruce johnsonCBS affiliate WUSA will host the final debate in the Washington, D.C. Democratic primary race tonight. The race’s top four candidates — incumbent Vince Gray, Muriel Bowser, Tommy Wells and Jack Evans — will square off at 7 p.m. live from WUSA’s studios.

The debate will be moderated by Bruce Johnson (pictured), who has been covering D.C. politics for WUSA for more than 30 years.

“The political management of the District is hugely important here in D.C. in its own right, and obviously D.C. voters deserve a final opportunity to hear from the top candidates,” WUSA news director Fred D’Ambrosi said in a statement. “The fact that DC’s premiere political reporter Bruce Johnson is so passionate about local politics makes producing and carrying the debate an easy call.”

Sunday Political Show Jumping Little Rock Stations

KATV304Little Rock political show “Talk Business & Politics” and host Roby Brock are moving from NBC affiliate KARK to ABC affiliate KATV Sunday.

“Roby has built a strong following in Arkansas with his in-depth coverage of local business and politics,” said KATV news director Nick Genty in a statement. “We welcome him to our team and know that our strong coverage with ‘KATV’s Election Central’ will get even stronger as a result on the air and online at KATV.com.”

The show will air at 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning following ABC’s “This Week.” KATV anchor Scott Inman and reporter Janelle Lilley will join the show.

Brock will also appear on KATV’s newscasts as a regular political commentator and analyst.

Former San Francisco Anchor Running for Seat on Oakland City Council

dana-king_bio-headDana King, recently retired anchor for CBS owned station KPIX, has announced she’s running for a seat on the Oakland City Council.

“I don’t come from (the political) world, but there are many parallels to journalism,” King told the Oakland Tribune. “I’ve spent 25 years figuring out what is the truth in a story. I think that’s pretty good training of what’s required of a city council member.”

King quit KIPX to become a full-time artist last year. She moved to Oakland in 2012 and said she started thinking about running for office after hearing council member Patricia Kernighan wasn’t running for re-election.

“I suppose I might be looked at as a carpetbagger, but I chose to move here because I want to be part of this exciting, vibrant community,” she said.

King said she will finalize her platform after meeting with district residents. Key issues will include police staffing, quality of life concerns such as tagging, and affordable development. “We have to recognize the historical aspect of this community and make sure that the people who spend their lives here don’t get pushed out,” she said.

Rep. Grimm Apologizes to NY1 Reporter For SOTU Interview Threat

grimm scotto confrontationRep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) has apologized to NY1 political reporter Michael Scotto for threatening to “throw [him] off this fucking balcony” after a post-State of the Union interview.

After issuing a statement about the incident that did not include an apology, Grimm called Scotto this morning and offered a “verbal apology,” NY1 reports. Scotto said Grimm apologized “a couple of times, and I accepted his apology.”

Grimm also issued a written statement: “I was wrong. I shouldn’t have allowed my emotions to get the better of me and lose my cool,” the statement reads. “I have apologized to Michael Scotto, which he graciously accepted, and will be scheduling a lunch soon. In the weeks and months ahead I’ll be working hard for my constituents on issues like flood insurance that is so desperately needed in my district post Sandy.”

New York Congressman Threatens Reporter After SOTU


After President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) threatened to throw NY1 reporter Michael Scotto off the balcony and “break him in half” for wanting to ask a question about allegations of wrongdoing concerning Grimm’s campaign finances.

During the interview Grimm refused to let Scotto ask his question, saying it was “off-topic.” But afterwards, while Scotto was wrapping up his report Grimm returned.

”Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f***ing balcony,” said Grimm. He then told Scotto he would break him in half, “like a boy.”

Scotto appeared on NBC’s “Today” show as well as CNN’s “New Day” this morning to talk about the confrontation.

Grimm issued a statement about the incident.

“I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests. The reporter knew that I was in a hurry and was only there to comment on the State of the Union, but insisted on taking a disrespectful and cheap shot at the end of the interview, because I did not have time to speak off-topic. I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor. I doubt that I am the first Member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last.” Read more

Retransmission Fees and Blackouts Targeted in Two Separate Bills Before Congress

CableTVTwo bills introduced into Congress this week are taking aim at retransmission fees and blackouts.

The CHOICE or “Consumers Have Options in Choosing Entertainment” Act, introduced by California Representatives Anna Eshoo (D) and Zoe Lofgren (D), would ask the FCC to force interim carriage of a TV station during a retrans negotiation impasse and would allow consumers to opt out of paying for TV stations that elect retransmission consent. You can read all five provisions after the jump.

The Next Generation Television Marketplace Act, re-introduced by Rep. Steve Scalise (R) is “a comprehensive video reform bill that repeals outdated laws including compulsory copyright licenses, eliminates various mandates on private sector companies and consumers, and removes certain FCC broadcast and media ownership rules.” Read more

Former Anchor Running for Tennessee State Legislature

howell_wdsiFormer WDSI anchor Dan Howell has announced plans to run for the Tennessee State House District 22 in 2014.

Howell started working at the Chattanooga, TN, FOX affiliate in 1994. For the past five years he has been executive assistant to Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis.

“I determined if I were ever given the opportunity to repay this community I would take it,” Howell said in a statement. “That is why I am announcing my campaign for State Representative.”

In 2002, Howell was named “Religion Reporter of the Year for Secular Media” by the Religion Newswriters of America.

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WATCH: It’s Local in North Korea. UK’s Channel 4 Shows North Korean TV News

If you think what’s going on in Washington, D.C. is kookaloo crazy, Britain’s Channel 4 is giving a rare look into everyone’s favorite government-by-cult-of-personality.

The British broadcaster is showing North Korean TV News on its website as part of an ongoing series called “North Korea Uncovered.” The news is accompanied by an English translation.

Check out the site by clicking here and don’t forget to praise the Dear Leader’s grace and kindness while you watch.

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