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News Anchors Doing Commercials? An ‘Experiment’ at KTXL

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Remember that wall we used to talk about between the newsroom and the folks on the other side of the building who sell the advertising that keeps us employed? Perhaps you’ve noticed the wall seems a lot less solid these days. In an age of sponsored content, advertiser branding popping up on weather forecasts and sports reports, and news talent often raving about good service from airlines and restaurants on social media, why not have anchors do a few commercials, right?

At Sacramento station KTXL, news director Ed Chapuis tells TVSpy he recently approved the use of his two morning anchors, Bethany Crouch and Paul Robins, in commercial spots airing on the station. “While this is not the television industry norm, there are many examples within TV and Radio of anchors doing endorsements,” he said.

Chapuis uses the word “endorsements” because, he says, the anchors are exclusively putting their names and images behind products he says “they use and believe in”. Crouch appears in spots for Sacramento Infiniti, and Robins in an ad for “Good Feet”, featuring a local podiatrist.

“When we started this experiment, we took steps to address important journalistic concerns. The key is transparency and avoiding conflict of interest,” Chapuis told us. “We have made sure the anchors are not put in a position where they report on these companies.” Read more

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KXTV Interviews ‘Sexy Mugshot Guy’

When Jeremy Meeks’ mugshot hit the internets last week, he became the latest social media sensation sweeping the nation.

Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV sat down with Meeks and interviewed him through the glass in jail.

The station admitted off the top that some don’t think he’s much of a story and also reminded viewers Meeks got his picture taken because he is a convicted felon who was caught carrying a weapon.

According to KXTV, Meeks wanted to set the record straight about his new found fame.

“Well I appreciate that, but I just want you to know that this is really not me.” Meeks told KXTV reporter Nick Monacelli. “Like, I’m not some kingpin.”

VIDEO: Restaurant Manager Confronts KXTV Reporter During Live Shot

KNXV live shotDuring a live shot in the parking lot of Golden Corral in Sacramento, the restaurant’s manager confronted KXTV reporter Damany Lewis and asked him to leave the property.

“You can see that we’re having a little bit of an issue here,” Lewis said as the manager can be heard ordering the crew to shut the camera off. “…This is a private property here and the manager here is asking us to leave, as you can see. So we’ll obviously head to a  public property and continue to follow this story.”

Watch after the jump: Read more

KOVR Clarifies Report About Anti-Abortion Group Handing Out Flyers to School Kids

Sacramento CBS owned station KOVR has issued a clarification to a story about anti-abortion group Project Truth passing out flyers to local school kids.

The Life Legal Defense Foundation, representing Project Truth demanded KOVR “Issue an apology to Project Truth for the false report. Report a follow up to the story correcting the falsehoods promulgated by reporter Anjalie Hemphill. Denounce the threats of violence and hate speech listed in the comments section of the story on the station’s website.”

“During our report, we interviewed Larry Blount, who lives across the street from the school and was upset by the fliers,” KOVR anchor Sam Shane told viewers. “A portion of the interview we aired may have created the impression that someone from the group, which calls itself Project Truth placed a flier on Mr. Blount’s car. A representative from Project Truth has told us that the group only distributed fliers on the public sidewalk in front of the school. We regret any confusion.”

Allison Aranda, senior staff counsel for Life Legal Defense Foundation, said in a statement, “We are pleased that KOVR chose to correct its misrepresentation of and false statements made about Project Truth, a pro-life group. It is always our hope that media will choose to be responsible and truthful in their coverage of this and other pro-life groups. The Life Legal Defense Foundation will help set the record straight when pro-life organizations are incorrectly portrayed by the media.”

KOVR Under Fire from Pro-Life Group After Report About Graphic Anti-Abortion Flyers

A group of pro-life volunteers called Project Truth says Sacramento CBS owned station KOVR aired a false report about the group handing out anti-abortion flyers to local schoolkids.

The story in question said the group is handing out flyers to kids under the age of 18 and that the kids are tearing up the flyers and creating a mess near the school.

The legal group representing Project Truth claims KOVR staged the story by hiring an actor to pretend he was part of the pro-life outreach.

According to the Christian Newswire, “The Life Legal Defense Foundation is demanding that KOVR: Issue an apology to Project Truth for the false report. Report a follow up to the story correcting the falsehoods promulgated by reporter Anjalie Hemphill. Denounce the threats of violence and hate speech listed in the comments section of the story on the station’s website.”

KOVR told TVSpy, “The station stands by its reporting.” Read more

KOVR Photographer Catches Accident on Tape

A KOVR photographer was ready to go live with a reporter on the scene of a crash on westbound I-80 yesterday when a couple of cars got mixed up on eastbound I-80 while the photog was rolling.

The CHP said a “rubbernecker” caused the first crash. In the second crash, a pickup sent a small car careening into one of the cars from the first crash just the driver was getting out of his truck.

The station said it’s unknown how many people were injured in the accidents.

What Are Local Stations Covering?

It looks like stations in the California Capitol are talking about rain and a plane crash in the Sierras in the first five minutes of their newscasts.

Sacramento Station Catches NFL Style Takedown of Escaping Suspect on Camera

A photojournalist for Sacramento CBS owned station KOVR captured a police takedown former NFL coach and commentator John Madden might describe with a “BOOM!”

When a suspect tried to escape from Sacramento police on a bike, he was tackled by a police officer right in front of a KOVR photojournalist James Taylor.

The suspect, Michael Kennedy, allegedly ran from a police officer at nearby light rail station, hopped a fence and and grabbed a bike to make his getaway.

According to KOVR, the cop who made the flying tackle suffered a wound to his face while Kennedy was booked for outstanding warrants, fleeing from police, burglary and felony assault on a police officer. Check out the raw footage after the jump. Read more

KXTV Ad Exec Dies from H1N1 Influenza


Nancy Pinnella, a national sales account manager for Sacramento, CA, ABC affiliate KXTV has died after contracting the H1N1 flu virus.

The Sacramento Bee writes, “On Jan. 21, she felt sick, leaving work early. On Jan. 22, she went to a doctor, hardly able to speak or breathe. By 6 p.m. that day, she was in intensive care at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento.”

KXTV said she died Saturday after being taken off life support. She was 47. Read more

Nicole Comstock Joins KTXL in Sacramento

ComstockNicole Comstock has joined KTXL, the Fox affiliate in Sacramento, as a reporter.

Comstock comes from Eugene, Ore., where she was a reporter and weekend anchor at CBS affiliate KVAL. Comstock joined KVAL in 2012.

Before KVAL, Comstock worked at KPIC in Roseburg, Ore. and KGTV in San Diego.

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