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Seattle’s KCPQ Off the Air After Power Failure

2000px-Q13Fox.svgSeattle Fox affiliate KCPQ is off the air after what the station is describing as an unexplained power failure. The station went dark shortly after noon Pacific time. The station posted an update on its website:

KCPQ-TV experienced what the engineers call a “power interruption” at around 12:15pm Thursday.

That means Q13 FOX and JOEtv temporarily cannot be seen by some viewers.

Please know we are working as fast as we can to fix this issue.

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KING Responds to Viewer Complaints About Marysville Shooting Coverage

KINGThere are still so many questions left unanswered after Friday’s horrific shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School. Seattle NBC affiliate KING has been on the scene, trying to find answers from the best sources possible– in some cases, the students.

In a recent post on their website, KING acknowledged that many viewers were unhappy with the way the station handled the situation:

“Your reporters need to STOP interviewing students on live tv mere moments after a traumatic event such as just happened in Marysville,” said Robert via email.

“Interviewing Marysville students within two hours of the shooting is really inappropriate and unprofessional,” said Damian. “These students should be left alone to grieve and talk to professionals and family members.”

“King 5 please stop taking phone interviews with students. Let them process what they literally JUST went through,” Jana posted to KING 5′s Facebook page.

Mark Ginther, executive news director at KING, responded by saying: “We are being thoughtful about trying to confirm information at a time when lots of reports were in conflict.”

Mark Briggs, director of digital media at the station, added that the prevalence of social media makes it even more important to get the facts straight: “Our responsibility as a credible news organization is to help sort fact from rumor, especially at a time when lives are in danger. In the age of social media, it’s critical to get as close to the source of information as possible.”

KIRO Anchor Chokes Up Covering Marysville-Pilchuck School Shooting

KIROSchoolMichelle Millman, a morning anchor at KIRO-TV, got choked up while covering today’s shooting at a high school north of Seattle.

Millman, the mother of a high school sophomore, got a voicemail message from her son’s school. “They just called all the parents to say there has been a tragic shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck high school,” Millman said during coverage. “This is heart breaking. You cannot imagine what’s going on at school districts across our area, parents are getting these calls.”

“As we can hear in your voice, this hits every parent and every student,” said Millman’s co-anchor Monique Ming Laven. “It really drives home that this is an issue that we are having to deal with today.”

As of this writing, police confirm the gunman, a student, is dead. KIRO reports at least four other students are injured, three critically.

Amanda Grace Named Anchor at KING

Amanda Grace has joined Seattle NBC affiliate KING as an anchor. New England One reports that Grace will anchor the 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. news starting tomorrow.

Grace most recently worked at NBC affiliate WHDH in Boston. She started at the station in 2008 as a general assignment reporter and later worked her way up to anchor. Check out Grace showing off her new KING gear in the Tweet below.

KOMO Congratulates Wrong Player


Sunday night, Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO attempted to congratulate Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning for breaking the all-time record for touchdown passes in the NFL.

FTVLive reports that instead of including a picture of Manning with the story, the station’s graphic department apparently got confused and put up a picture of NBA superstar Gary Payton instead.

Check out Payton having a good laugh about it on his Instagram below. Read more

KIRO Morning News Crew Nearly Hit by Semi

A news crew for Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO escaped without injury when they were nearly clipped by a semi truck around 3:30 Monday morning.

Reporter Jeff Dubois and photographer Jason Nobles were at the scene covering a jackknifed truck that had blocked traffic ahead of the morning rush hour. In video released by the station, Nobles is seen cleaning his lens and then stepping away just as a second semi speeds into frame, narrowly missing them before crashing into a concrete barrier.

KCPQ Will Pay More to Stay With FOX

TribuneMedia_CMYK_pri_LrgTypeTribune Media just signed an affiliation agreement with 21st Century FOX to keep Seattle’s KCPQ on as a FOX affiliate until July 2018.

According to the Tribune press release, “As part of the agreement, FOX has withdrawn its previously delivered termination notice and has agreed that the affiliation will no longer be subject to early termination prior to July 2018.”

The renewal comes at a price, though. Tribune revealed it’s paying FOX more for the privilege of being an affiliate. “As part of the extended affiliation agreement Tribune has agreed, as of January 1, 2015, to pay additional programming fees to FOX for the prime time and sports content provided by the network. Including this additional programming fee, Tribune expects that, for the term of the agreement, KCPQ will deliver profitability in excess of its previously disclosed 2013 annual EBITDA of $13 million.”

FOX previously sent Tribune a notice saying it would pull KCPQ’s affiliation on January 17, 2015. FOX recently bought Bellingham station KBCB, leading to speculation FOX was looking for some leverage in its negotiations with Tribune.

“KCPQ is an outstanding station driven by the high-quality local news, entertainment and sports programming offered by the station and its continued affiliation with FOX,” Larry Wert, president of Tribune Broadcasting said in a statement. “This extension serves the community of Seattle, and reinforces the vibrancy of our station group.”

FOX Buying Station in Seattle Market

Fox-2FOX Television Stations is buying KBCB in Bellingham, Wash. from World Television and Venture Technologies Group for $10 million.

Tribune, which owns Seattle FOX affiliate KCPQ, recently issued a statement saying FOX told the station group it was going to pull the affiliation by January 17, 2015. No word has come from FOX about why it bought KBCB, though it does give it some strategic options.

In its statement, Tribune said, “we are continuing to engage in discussions with Fox and moreover have prepared for all operational and economic possibilities for our Seattle Fox station.”

In June, FOX got San Francisco Bay Area’s KTVU from Cox Media in a trade for WFXT in Boston and WHBQ in Memphis.

In 2013, FOX bought Charlotte CW and MyNetworkTV affiliate WJZY-WMYT making WJZY the FOX station in the market, after pulling the affiliation from WCCB.

Charlotte, the SF Bay Area and Seattle have NFL teams in the National Football Conference which FOX has a contract to air. Removing the middle man, in this case Tribune, can increase the amount of ad dollars FOX can earn by airing the games.

The only markets with NFC teams without a FOX owned station are Green Bay, New Orleans, St. Louis and Seattle.


KIRO Reporter Tweets Address of Woman Who Made Assault Claims Against NFL Player

27982351The news director of CBS affiliate KIRO has been forced to explain why the name, address, and phone number of a woman claiming she was assaulted by a star NFL football player were released in a reporter’s tweet. Jake Milstein posted a statement online that read in part, “we have taken the address down from Twitter. We understand the concerns it raised and appreciate the feedback.”

It started with the sensational story of a woman accusing Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch of assault. The story then took a turn when police in Bellevue, Washington announced the woman who made the charge was under investigation for filing a false report. Amy Clancy, a veteran KIRO reporter, and tweeted a photo of the police report, with the message “Wanna know WHO accused Marshawn Lynch of assault?” The photo attached to the tweet included the woman’s personal information.
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Seattle’s KING Reportedly Set to Move Headquarters

KING logoThe Seattle Times reports Seattle NBC affiliate KING is “close to signing a long-term lease” to move the station’s headquarters to a new building near Safeco Field:

The television station is expected to occupy about 70,000 square feet on the first, second and third floors of Home Plate Center’s 158,000-square-foot North building, said Flinn Ferguson broker Brian Hayden, who’s not involved in the negotiations.

KING 5 envisions a studio on the first floor so passers-by could peek at its live broadcasts on game days, similar to how “Today” televises its shows in New York, Hayden said.

The newspaper says a final decision by station owner Gannett could come within the next month, with a move slated for 2015.