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KOIN on Low Power After Fire Knocks Portland Stations Off-Air

koin-transmitter-fire-021014Portland CBS affiliate KOIN, along with Sinclair owned ABC affiliate KATU and Tribune owned CW affiliate KRCW were knocked off the air yesterday by a fire.

According to KOIN the fire in an electrical room in a building in Tualatin, OR, spread to transformer lines before being put out quickly.

The LIN owned station said over-the-air and satellite signals were affected, but the cable broadcast was not. Service was partially restored a little over an hour after it was disrupted.

Viewers living far from the transmitter site may not be getting KOIN’s signal since the station said it’s been running on low power since the fire.

KOIN said it has no estimate on when full power would be restored.

Portland Reporter Suing Sinclair for Failing to Pay Overtime

sinclair_304Attorneys for former KATU investigative reporter Thom Jensen have filed a suit seeking class action status for a federal lawsuit saying Sinclair Broadcasting Group failed to pay overtime to news reporters at its stations in Oregon, reports The Register-Guard.

Jensen, who worked at the Portland ABC affiliate from October 2006 until December 2012, alleges he regularly worked between five to 10 hours of overtime each week without getting paid for it.

The lawsuit would include people who worked at KATU in Portland as well as those who worked at KMTR and KVAL in Eugene. Fisher Communications, which owned the stations before Sinclair announced it was buying the station group in April, is also named in the suit.

Also, the lawsuit claims Jensen has post-traumatic stress disorder and that the Portland station refused to accommodate his disability. The suit alleges Jensen was fired because of that disability and in retaliation for complaining about not receiving overtime pay.

Jensen claims the company created a stressful and difficult working environment that worsened his illness. Read more

Runner Falls in the Snow Immediately After KOIN Interview About Running in the Snow

Seconds after finishing an interview with KOIN about jogging in the snow, a woman slipped and fell on live television Friday night (video above).

“My neck was a little sore but the ridiculous, awesome irony of the situation cushioned the blow pretty well,” the woman, who was visiting Portland for the weekend, told Deadspin after the video went viral.

Oregon Man Tells KPTV Crew Covering Stabbing He ‘Did It’

A KPTV interview with the roommate of a stabbing victim quickly turned into a confession.

According to Portland FOX affiliate reporter Kate Cagle, she was surprised when Cody Clarkson spoke to her after being detained by Sheriff’s deputies in connection with the stabbing of his roommate. She asked Clarkson who may have stabbed the man. Clarkson said, “I did it.”

Clarkson was questioned by Sheriff’s deputies who initially let him go. He was later arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault and is set to appear in court next Thursday.

Viewers Question Reporter After She Asks If It’s OK for President to Watch Basketball Game

KATU reporter Anna Canzano stirred up some negative viewer reaction when she used social media to question whether it was appropriate for President Barack Obama to watch a college basketball game with his family.

The reporter for the Portland, OR, ABC affiliate wrote roughly the same question on both the KATU facebook page, her company facebook page and her company twitter feed,

A large majority of the responses were in the president’s favor and many wondered why Canzano was asking the question at all. One responder on twitter asked Canzano, “what is wrong with you?” Read more

Investigative Reporter Chris Willis Headed to Oregon

Chris Willis is headed to Portland, OR, NBC affiliate KGW.

KGW news director Richard Jacobs told TVSpy, Willis will start sometime in early July.

Earlier this week we told you about reports of Willis leaving Austin NBC affiliate KXAN. He had worked at the station since 1999, leaving the morning anchor desk in 2011 to become the station’s chief investigative reporter.

Nick Krupke to Join KPTV

Sports reporter Nick Krupke is joining Portland, OR, FOX affiliate KPTV.

Krupke announced the news on his facebook page saying, “After 7+ years at KVAL, the family and I are moving to Portland & KPTV. Thanks to all that tuned in and let me in to your homes.”

Corey Hanson, news director for KPTV, told TVSpy Krupke starts Monday June 24.

Krupke comes to KPTV from KVAL in Euguene, OR, where he has worked since 2005. He began his career at KLEW in Lewiston, ID. He also worked for KTVQ in Billings, MT.

Investigative Reporter Thom Jensen Out at KATU

Thom Jensen has confirmed with TVSpy he is no longer with KATU, the ABC affiliate for Portland, OR.

Jensen told TVSpy, “I got an outpouring of love from viewers and co-workers after I left.  It was really touching.”

Jensen had been working with the station as an investigative reporter for six years.  He added, “I really did enjoy working with KATU Investigators and with the new news director and the new direction she was taking the team.”

TVSpy has reached out to KATU for comment.  We will update the post with any new information.

Portland, OR TV Ad Market Up 10% in Some Dayparts

MediaLife magazine looks at the Portland, OR media market (#22) and finds TV ad spending up 3% to 5% over a year ago, with much of the demand coming during newscasts.

News is by far the most in-demand in this election year, led by NBC affiliate KGW and Fox affiliate KPTV. In fact, five telecasts of KPTV’s 10 p.m. newscast were among the market’s top 17 programs among total viewers during the week ended July 22, according to Nielsen, a rare feat in most local people meter markets.

KATU Chopper Helps Portland Police Catch Bank Robbery Suspect

Portland police arrested a suspected bank robber on Wednesday afternoon with a little help from the KATU news helicopter.

The suspect allegedly robbed a bank in Hazel Dell, WA, and drove a black Toyota Sequoia over the state line into Oregon. KATU, Portland’s ABC-affiliate, broadcast the car chase live. Read more

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