Banda joins the station as a co-anchor and reporter for “A Primera Hora,” the station’s morning newscast. She previously worked at Televisa Monterrey in Mexico, where she co-anchored the evening newscast. She joins Maribel López and Gustavo Ortiz on the “A Primera Hora” show, the Sacramento Bee reports.
“In a few weeks I’ll be joining the weather team at WFAA in Dallas,” Altieri tweeted. “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity!”
Altieri signed off from KXTV, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento, in May. He has previously worked at KUSA in Denver, WLNS in Lansing, Mich., WOI in Des Moines and WCBI in Columbus, Miss. [h/t NewsBlues]
Mercer wrote on his twitter feed, “Leaving one opportunity for another. Just need to figure out what it will be. I will always love
@FOX40, the most amazing staff and GM.” He has also updated his facebook profile as “Former News Director at KTXL.”
Mercer started his career at KTTV in Los Angeles. He’s also worked at KOLD in Tucson, KPHO in Phoenix and former cable channel TechTV in San Francisco. He was an executive producer at KOVR in Sacramento before coming to KTXL.
One of the media blogs reporting Mercer’s resignation is The Desk, which edited by Matthew Keys. Keys is the former KTXL web producer who has plead not guilty to charges he helped the group Anonymous hack into the Tribune websites.
A reporter and photographer from Sacramento Fox affiliate KTXL found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time while covering the California wildfires Thursday (video above).
“We just got fire retardant dumped on us. It’s good for fighting the blaze, not great for reporting in,” Ben Deci quipped, crouching down to protect himself.
The Tehama County fire spans 10 square miles and is only 10 percent contained, although it is burning in a remote area and is not currently a threat to any structures, according to the AP.
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“Tom Bell is a veteran of more than 20 years in the local news industry and has an outstanding reputation as a leader who does an outstanding job of inspiring his colleagues to produce quality newscasts,” KOVR-KMAX VP-GM Kevin Walsh said in a statement. “I am very pleased to welcome him to Northern California and confident that he will do a terrific job of leading our news team to exciting new heights.”
A former web producer at KTXL, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Sacramento, has been charged with helping the group Anoymous hack into Tribune websites. Matthew Keys, who is currently a social media editor at Reuters, is accused of providing credentials for the group to gain access to the KTXL computer server in 2010, according to the Tribune-owned Los Angeles Times:
The indictment says Keys provided members of the hacker group Anonymous with log-in credentials for a computer server belonging to KTXL FOX 40’s corporate parent, the Tribune Co.
According to the indictment, Keys identified himself on an Internet chat forum as a former Tribune Co. employee.
After providing log-in credentials, Keys allegedly encouraged the Anonymous members to disrupt the website. According to the indictment, at least one of the computer hackers used the credentials provided by Keys to log into the Tribune Co. server, and ultimately that hacker made changes to the web version of a Los Angeles Times news feature.
Keys faces up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted. “I am fine. I found out the same way most of you did: From Twitter,” Keys tweeted Thursday evening. “Tonight I’m going to take a break. Tomorrow, business as usual.”
Beck has been news director at the CBS duopoly in Sacramento since she was promoted from executive producer in 2008. She has previously worked for KCRA, the NBC affiliate in Sacramento.
At KTVK, Belo’s independent station in Phoenix, Beck replaces Brad Remington, who announced last fall he is moving to Denver to be closer to his wife.
“We’re happy to have a California native with Audrey’s experience join our morning team. She will bring a great deal of energy to our morning news,” KOVR news director Cameryn Beck said in a statement. “Combined with meteorologist Laura Skirde, I believe we will give viewers a fresh new reason to wake up with CBS13.”
A Yolo County, CA, judge denied claims by a victims’ advocacy group that KCRA violated the privacy of slain Yolo County Sheriff’s deputy Tony Diaz’s family when it aired the dashcam video showing his shooting, reports The Sacramento Bee. Find a link to the video after the jump.
Nina Salarno Ashford, the Crime Victims United attorney representing the deputy’s family, maintained the Yolo courts gave the Sacramento NBC affiliate the video without the Diaz family’s knowledge and the station then aired portions of the video not used in court, thus violating the family’s privacy.
Salarno Ashford argued for a protective order stopping viewing of the dashboard camera video that captured the shooting, citing privacy provisions in what is known as Marsy’s Law that are designed to protect the privacy of crime victims and their families. Read more
Ewing, whose nickname at the Sacramento Fox affiliate is “Spicy,” posted the video to her YouTube page saying, “Having a little fun on the morning show. I mean, it is 4:30am.”