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Utah Anchors Parody Taylor Swift Song for Movember

KUTV‘s Heidi Hatch, Chase Thomason, Chris Miller and Brooke Graham performed a parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”  for Movember, that month where guys don’t shave to bring awareness to men’s health.

The Salt Lake City CBS affiliate anchors and reporters…well, we’ll let the video speak for itself.

Now if you’ll excuse us we need to go take our daily dose of Swiftamine.

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Former ‘Bachelor’ Contestant Joins KTVX’s ‘Good Things Utah’


KTVX, the ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City, is making some changes to its weekday lifestyle show, “Good Things Utah.”

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the most famous– or infamous new addition to the show is former “Bachelor” contestant Michelle Money. Money, who has also appeared on “Bachelor Pad” and “Bachelor in Paradise” is best known as the villain of Season 15 on the hit ABC show.

“Joining the GTU team is more than just a new job for me,” Money said in a statement. “It’s a new platform to share my passion for health, beauty, fashion and community while giving me the opportunity to share my outlook on all the hot topics and local conversations going on. I’m proud to be the newest member of the Good4Utah family.”

Money will join original host Nicea DeGering, along with Reagan Leadbetter, who is returning to the program after taking a break to focus on her family. Leadbetter will share the hosting job, alternating days with Jessie Miller. Anchor and meteorologist Glenn Willey will continue as the show’s announcer.

“Good Things Utah” airs Monday-Friday at 9:00 a.m. on KTVX.

KUTV Welcomes Chase Thomason

Meteorologist Chase Thomason, who announced he was leaving Oklahoma City’s KFOR in the beginning of May, has started at KUTV in Salt Lake City.

The entire CBS affiliate’s weather team welcomed Thomason on-air by showing clips of his work with Oklahoma’s severe weather.

Thomason posted a shot of the welcome on his facebook page and wrote, “First day on air at Utah’s #1 station KUTV 2News. Thanks for the warm welcome. You can see me at Noon, 4PM & 7PM.” Read more

KSTU Photographer Hurt During Live Segment

John Diaz, a photographer and field producer for Salt Lake City FOX affiliate KSTU, was hurt while shooting a live segment on roller derby Friday.

Diaz was standing on the inside of the track during a report for Good Day Utah on when one of the The Salt City Derby Girls got knocked into him. The station said he hurt his elbow but shot six more segments before getting treatment.

Features reporter Big Budah, who was live at the time,tweeted out his admiration for Diaz:


Dan Pope Back at KTVX as Chief Meteorologist

Dan Pope is returning to KTVX.

He’ll join Don Hudson and Kim Fischer at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. as the station’s chief meteorologist. He’ll also work with Nadia Crow and Brian Carlson at 4:00 p.m.

Pope last worked at the Salt Lake City ABC affiliate as chief meteorologist from 1992 until 2007. He comes to Salt Lake City from KDRV in Medford, OR.

“Coming home to Utah and ABC 4 is the most exciting thing to happen since the first time I started working at KTVX,” Pope said in a statement.

Chris Moore Promoted to News Director at KSL

KSL LOGO_304x200Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL has named Chris Moore news director.

KSL station manager Tanya Vea confirmed with TVSpy Moore was promoted Friday. He fills Vea’s former position. Vea was promoted from EVP of news to VP and station manager in April.

Moore was the senior executive producer at KSL. He has worked at the station since 2004. He has also worked at KWSD-KNBN in Sioux Falls, SD, and KRNV in Reno, NV.


Chase Thomason Leaving OKC for SLC

chase thomason_kforMeteorologist Chase Thomason is heading back to Salt Lake City to work for CBS affiliate KUTV.

Thomason is currently a meteorologist for Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR. His KFOR bio says he was raised in Salt Lake City.

He told TVSpy he will be starting at KUTV in early June.

Before coming to KFOR in August 2012, Thomason worked at KJTV in Lubbock, TX.

What Are Local Stations Covering?

Today we look at the Salt Lake City market.

The four affiliated stations are all owned by different companies: Bonneville (KSL), Sinclair (KUTV), Tribune (KSTU) and Nexstar (KTVX). Their newscasts all feature a similar flow with the long stories punctuated by the short.

The only station that stood out was KTVX which spent nearly a minute of its first block promoting a story for its 10:00 p.m. show. But then again, it is sweeps!

KSL Questions Ethics of Columnist Who Criticized Bomb Threat Coverage

Tribune_ksl Tanya Vea, VP and station manager for Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL, told TVSpy she has “serious concerns with the ethics of [Scott] Pierce’s reporting on us.”

KSL was criticized by Pierce, the TV Critic for The Salt Lake Tribune, for covering last Thursday’s high school bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax. Pierce wrote, “Just because you can go live doesn’t mean you should,” questioning the station’s decision to break into the Today Show to cover the threat.

Vea told TVSpy KSL scanner traffic told them police believed they were responding to an active shooter situation. She defended the move based on the prevalence of technology, “In an age of social media and cell phones in schools the word spread quickly about what was happening.”

She told TVSpy she thought KSL was “very restrained in the information we provided on-air and our tone was intentionally calm.” And added, “[a]s a news organization we do not make coverage decisions based on blanket guidelines such as ‘we don’t cover suicides, we don’t cover bomb threats, etc.’ We make news decisions based on the facts and information surrounding each circumstance and story.”

Pierce, and to some degree TVSpy, then became the target of her response when she questioned his motives for publishing his column and ours for not knowing the playing field. “As a former employee of our media companies, Pierce has a clear conflict of interest, as does The Tribune,” said Vea. She also pointed out Pierce, who used the RTDNA’s “Guidelines for Covering Bomb Threats” to criticize KSL, “is not a journalist, he is a columnist and as such is entitled to his opinion.” Read more

Salt Lake City Paper Criticizes KSL for Coverage of High School Bomb Threat

KSL LOGO_304x200Scott Pierce, media writer for The Salt Lake Tribune, has called out NBC affiliate KSL for its coverage of a bomb threat at a local high school Thursday morning.

KSL was the only station to break into regular programming to cover the threat which, The Tribune said, turned out to be a prank. Pierce said the other stations “chose not to sensationalize the threat.”

1. If you break into regular programming to report a bomb threat, you are fanning the flames of hysteria.

If you tuned in to KSL’s coverage on Thursday, you might have thought it was another Columbine or Newtown — simply because it was a live report.

2. If you make a prank into a major news story, you’re encouraging copycats.

The Radio Television Digital News Association recommends caution in reporting bomb threats for reasons including creating copycats, “raising the public’s level of insecurity even when it is not warranted,” and causing the public to become “less responsive when actual danger arises.” Read more