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Anchor Brian Heap Joins KCRA

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Anchor Brian Heap has joined Sacramento NBC affiliate KCRA as a weekend anchor and reporter. Heap, a California native, was introduced to viewers with a short on-set interview Friday.

Heap joins co-anchor Kathy Park on the weekend anchor desk.

Heap arrives from KWCH, the CBS affiliate in Wichita. He said farewell to viewers there earlier this month.

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Accused Sacramento Anchor Makes First Appearance in Court

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 9.25.42 AMSabrina Rodriguez, former anchor for Sacramento Fox affiliate KTXL, made a first appearance in a Sacramento court on theft charges. Rodriguez told the Sacramento Bee she intends to clear her name.

“As you saw in court, there are a number of people out there who have just been unbelieveably supportive.

“And it’s been really heartwarming and inspirational and has given me strength. I didn’t expect the overwhelming support that I’ve gotten.”

Rodriguez did not enter a plea. Her next court appearance is set for September 9. Rodriguez resigned from her job in the days following her arrest.

Sacramento Anchor Arrested in Theft Case Quits to Focus on Restoring Her ‘Good Name’

Sabrina Rodriguez, the morning anchor at Sacramento ABC station KTXL, has announced via Twitter that she will resign to focus on defending herself after her arrest on grand theft, burglary, and conspiracy charges.

 

Rodriguez had been on leave since her arrest, which has generated coverage by competing stations. CBS station KOVR obtained court records in the case, including text messages that prosecutors say prove Rodriguez conspired with her fiance to steal and later sell designer handbags and clothes:

After several texts about logistics concerning how he’ll get home, Rodriguez replies: “Awesome. I love when a plan comes together.”

Sacramento Anchor and Fiance Arrested in Separate Incidents

KTXL anchor Sabrina Rodriguez is free on $10,000 bail after being arrested for allegedly helping an accomplice steal $2,500 worth of merchandise from a Coach outlet store in Folsom, CA, in 2013.

The Sacramento FOX affiliate said in a statement, “The Sacramento County District Attorney has filed charges of grand theft, burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime against FOX40 Anchor Sabrina Rodriguez.” The station added, “Ms. Rodriguez maintains that she is innocent of these charges and has been granted a voluntary leave of absence from the station.”

Sacramento CBS owned station KOVR also reports Nicholas Gray, Rodriguez’ fiance was recently arrested on arson and drug charges in an unrelated incidnet. Read more

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

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.

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