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Poll Results: Would You Turn Over Footage Without a Subpoena?

keytlogoThe results are in from Friday’s double poll. First, we asked if you’d turn over footage your station shot without being forced to do so.

The poll came about after Santa Barbara ABC station KEYT shot riot footage and gave it to the county sheriff without a subpoena.

For the question: Would You Give Police Riot Footage Without Subpoena? A majority of the 280 responders said they disagreed with the station’s actions.

  • NO     67%
  • YES    32%
  • Other 1%

Jim Romenesko who first told the story also pointed out the reporter and the anchor on the desk reporting the story have ties to law enforcement. Reporter Victoria Sanchez‘ father is the Santa Barbara Chief of Police and anchor Paula Lopez is married to a county judge.

For the question: Should Sanchez and Lopez Reveal Their Ties to Law Enforcement When Reporting on Crime? 66 percent of the 92 people who voted think the two should reveal their ties. Read more

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Poll: How Much is Too Much Cooperation with Law Enforcement?

When Santa Barbara ABC affiliate KEYT shot video of last week’s riot during the city’s Deltopia Festival, it aired the footage, interviewed the two photographers involved and then turned the footage over to the local Sheriff’s Department and the DA’s office so they could ID the offenders.

TVSpy has two polls about the story. First, we want to know if you agree with media blogger Jim Romenesko who first reported the story and wrote, “‘My tipster writes: ‘This was one of the most public displays of cooperation with law enforcement I have seen from a station.’”

See the second poll after the jump. Read more

Rachael Laine Getting Out of KCOY and TV

laine-rachelRachael Laine has chosen not to renew her contract with Santa Maria, CA, CBS affiliate KCOY.

Laine told TVSpy, “Right now I am in the process of searching for a communications and/or public relations job. I have received a few offers, but nothing is set in stone. I am hopeful this will lead me to a new career path.”

Before coming to KCOY as a reporter and producer in 2012, Laine worked as a writer and production assistant for KUSI in San Diego.

KEYT and KCOY Merge News Operations

keyt logoNoozhawk looks into the changes coming to local news on the Central Coast of California with the merger of KCOY and KEYT, the CBS and ABC affiliates for Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo:

While Cowles Media still holds the license for KCOY-TV and controls general management, programming and sales, [News-Press & Gazette] picked up about everything else, including equipment, buildings and about 30 employees.

KEYT has retained KCOY’s news operations and is hiring a half-dozen new reporters, anchors and producers in anticipation of a significant change — separating the news operations in Santa Maria and Salinas within the next six months.

For the past two years or so, KCOY reporters in Santa Maria have been sending all news content up to Cowles’ Salinas facility, whose staff has produced two different newscasts for each coverage area. “We’re not going to continue that model,” [KEYT general manager Mark] Danielson said. “To serve our viewers, we have to focus on local news.”

Santa Barbara Station Adds AM Meteorologist

keyt_garfaloMeredith Garofalo is joining Santa Barbara, CA, ABC affiliate KEYT as weekday morning meteorologist and multimedia journalist.

Garofalo left WWSB in Sarasota, FL, in February and joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast as community resource director in March. She started her career at WGN in Chicago and has also worked at KOTA in Rapid City, SD.

KEYT news director Jim Lemon told TVSpy Garofalo should be on-air by December 9.

News-Press & Gazette Lifts DirecTV Blackout for First Game of World Series

keyt_directv_304Viewers who watch News Press & Gazette stations on DirecTV got to watch the first game of the World Series from home last night after a temporary truce was called between the station group and the satellite provider.

In a statement obtained by TVSpy, DirecTV said, “While we make progress toward a new agreement, we are pleased to have tonight obtained News-Press & Gazette’s permission to temporarily return its five FOX channels to DIRECTV so customers in those affected communities can watch the opening game of the World Series. Both NPG and DIRECTV are optimistic about completing a new agreement to return all channels in their entirety very soon.”

NP&G blacked out its DirecTV signal after the previous carriage agreement between the two expired September 30.

News Press & Gazette owns five FOX stations, including KNPN in St. Joseph, MO, and KQFX in Columbia, MO.

Santa Barbara Station Dropped from DirecTV in Retrans Fight

KEYT_directvViewers of Santa Barbara ABC affiliate KEYT won’t be able to watch their favorite ABC shows on DirecTV after the station and satellite provider failed to agree over retransmission fees Wednesday.

KEYT general manager Mark Danielson said in a statement on the News-Press & Gazette owned station’s website that DirecTV “terminated carriage” and he was disappointed “DirecTV would deprive its subscribers of KEYT’s highly rated national and local programming.”

DirectTV sent TVSpy a statement saying the opposite: “News-Press & Gazette Company (NPG) has blacked out 13 local broadcast stations to DIRECTV’s local customers and will not let us restore these channels unless DIRECTV commits to more than triple the price we currently pay to retransmit their “free” TV signals.” The statement added, “We simply won’t accept a price increase of this magnitude that would have to be passed on to our customers.”

Danielson said the rate increase his station is looking for is “very modest.” Read more

News-Press & Gazette Buys Three California Stations

npg logoNews Press & Gazette Company has announced the purchase of Salinas-Monterey, CA, stations KION (CBS) and KMUV (Telemundo) along with San Luis Obispo-Santa Barbara-Santa Maria, CA, FOX affiliate KKFX from Cowles Media.

Cowles and News Press & Gazette have also entered into a shared services agreement for KCOY, the Santa Maria CBS affiliate. Under the terms NPGCo will provide news, back office, engineering and sales support services while Cowles will provide general management, programming and sales management services.

The transactions are expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013 and are subject to FCC approval.

KEYT’s Paula Lopez Says Public Intoxication Arrest Was Related to Alcoholism Relapse

KEYT anchor Paula Lopez is speaking out on her public intoxication arrest, admitting she has been in “professional medical treatment for the disease of alcoholism for a number of months.”

“I have dealt with anxiety and depression for many years. Excessive self-medication is a fairly recent phenomenon for me. It has increased over time. I have had substantial periods of abstinence and sobriety,” Lopez said in a statement posted on KEYT’s website. “As can occur in the recovery process, I have also had failures and relapses … Much was written about my prior medical circumstances. All that was released to the media regarding my medical circumstances was true. But it was not complete. That is no longer the case.”

Lopez was arrested Monday for public intoxication hear her Santa Barbara home. Earlier this year, she took several months away from the Santa Barbara ABC affiliate after her family briefly reported her missing.

“I am aware of the recent developments with Paula Lopez but I am unable to comment on any employee’s health or personnel issues.  I will continue to monitor the developments closely, but as I am sure you can understand, I am unable to release any further statements concerning Paula,” KEYT general manager Mark Danielson said in a statement to TVSpy.

Months After Brief Disappearance, KEYT’s Paula Lopez Arrested for Public Intoxication

KEYT anchor Paula Lopez was arrested Monday afternoon near her Santa Barbara home for public intoxication, Noozhawk reports:

Lopez, 48, “was contacted by sheriff’s deputies on North San Marcos Road at Via Piccoli in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County” at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, sheriff’s Cmdr. Sol Linver said.

She was taken into custody, and later released with a citation to appear in court, Linver said, adding that the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

The arrest comes five months after Lopez briefly went missing. After that incident, which she said was because of pneumonia and dehydration, she took a brief leave of absence from KEYT, where she anchors the 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.

KEYT did not immediately respond to TVSpy’s request for comment.

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