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St. Louis News Director Leaving Station

ksdkThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, KSDK news director Mike Shipley has announced he is leaving the St. Louis NBC affiliate.

The Post-Dispatch says Shipley told staffers this morning he would stay until a replacement is found. He was named news director in 2000.

>UPDATE: A station spokesperson told TVSpy Shipley is retiring. He has worked in broadcasting for 41 years, 35 of those at KSDK.

After a years-long run of being the top local station for newscasts, KSDK has slipped in the ratings, being passed at times by KMOV (Channel 4) and KTVI (Channel 2).

“He had a No. 1 legacy station here, and he let it slip,” said one source in local television. Read more

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a UFO! What Was That Thing Flying Across KTVI’s Roofcam?

Viewers of St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI thought they saw the equivalent of a unicorn riding a rainbow when the station’s roof camera caught something strange flying past during a lighting storm.

Viewers took to Facebook to give their best guess at identifying the UFO. The station posted an explanation on its website.

FOX 2 producer Kevin Pope and reporter Andy Banker took a look at the video.  They slowed the high definition footage to see what the object really is.  Their conclusion: the object is a bird illuminated by the lightning.

See the video after the jump. Read more

Chris Stanford Out at KMOV

Chris-StanfordThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Chris Stanford, an anchor/reporter, has been fired from CBS affiliate KMOV.

KMOV VP and GM Mark Pimentel told TVSpy that ”Chris’s last day was last Friday.”

“They basically were saying that (Stanford’s employment at KMOV) wasn’t a good fit,” Stanford told the Post-Dispatch. “I don’t know what to say to that, since my last review was around the end of 2013. And at that time, they said I ‘met expectations.”

He’d been at the St. Louis station since March 2013. Prior to that, he worked at WCCO in Minneapolis as a weekend anchor and reporter.

Rafer Weigel to Anchor for KTVI

weigel croppedRafer Weigel will join St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI as a news anchor and reporter on October 6.

Weigel comes to KTVI from WLS in Chicago where he was the weekend sports anchor and reporter. The news was first reported by the Chicago Business Journal.

“I could not be more thrilled to be joining the team at KTVI,” Weigel said in a statement. “St. Louis is one of my favorite cities. I have family here and know it well having gone to school down the road at University of Illinois.”

Weigel is the grandson of Weigel Broadcasting founder John J. Weigel. Before working at WLS, he was a sports anchor for the HLN morning news. He has also worked as a general assignment reporter at KOVR in Sacramento.

St. Louis Station Apologizes for Showing Home of Ferguson Police Officer

ksdkSt. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK has apologized after showing the home of the Ferguson police officer accused of shooting and killing Mike Brown.

Yesterday KSDK showed the video of the Ferguson Police Officer’s home in our 5 p.m. news but did not mention the address of the home. KSDK immediately felt using that video was a mistake and pulled the video of the home from future newscasts and from our web site. We have not used the video since then and do not intend to do so. We apologize to our audience, to the surrounding neighborhoods, to the greater St.Louis community and to the officer for our mistake.

Viewers have complained about it on facebook, questioning the station’s judgement, with some vowing to never watch the station again.

News Crews Hit with Tear Gas, Bean Bags in Ferguson; Police: ‘We Don’t Want You Here’

ferguson news crews

KSDK photographers and a photographer were approached at gunpoint Wednesday night by police in Ferguson, Missouri, who said “we don’t want you here,” according to a report by KSDK reporter Casey Nolan filed early Thursday morning.

Two KSDK-TV photojournalists and reporter Elizabeth Matthews were filing a story for the St. Louis NBC affiliate about the cancellation of school, with their live truck positioned in a Ferguson neighborhood just outside a perimeter established by police.

Shortly after 9 p.m., police in riot gear began dispersing demonstrators about a quarter of a mile from the crew’s location. The KSDK crew captured video of police using tear gas in the neighborhood, with one canister hitting a crew from Al Jazeera America, sending the crew running (video after the jump). The KSDK crew says police then came to them: Read more

What Did They Cover in St. Louis Last Night?

We revisit the St. Louis, MO, market in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, after the shooting death of Mike Brown.

All the stations seemed to center their shows around the visit of Al Sharpton, his call for peace and the Town Hall meeting that took place last night.

The interesting thing in the first five minutes of coverage, was that both NBC affiliate KSDK and FOX affiliate KTVI spent time on the release of the name of the officer who shot Brown, while CBS affiliate KMOV addressed the racial disparity in the Ferguson police department.

KMOV News Crew Forced to Flee for Safety During Ferguson Riots


A KMOV news van was vandalized during last night’s looting and rioting in Ferguson, MO.

The rioting and looting broke out after a prayer vigil for an unarmed 18-year-old black man who was shot and killed during an altercation with Ferguson police.

The St. Louis CBS affiliate posted a picture of the van to its facebook page. The van’s driver side and rear windows were broken. The station said the crew was forced to flee for its safety, but was unharmed.

Brian Schellman, with the St. Louis County Police Department, said close to 300 police officers from at least 15 different departments were called to Ferguson when angry mobs began smashing windows, setting fires and looting businesses in the area.

KMOV reports 32 people have been arrested and 2 police officers were injured during the riot.

KTVI-KPLR Adds Meteorologist from Indiana

parks ktvi croppedAnne Elise Parks has joined St. Louis FOX and CW affiliate KTVI-KPLR.

Before coming to KTVI, Parks worked at WTWO in Terre Haute, IN.

“First week at Fox2Now is in the books!” Parks wrote on facebook. “Big thanks to the smart, fun, and very talented Angela Hutti for training me this week! See you all Sunday evening for my first forecast on News 11.”

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Parks will work the midday show on KTVI and weekend evenings on KPLR.

Tim Ezell Leaving St. Louis FOX Affiliate

tim-ezellTim Ezell is leaving St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI to “dedicate his time fully to the ministry” on July 18.

The station said GM Spencer Koch told staffers Ezell will be “remembered for possessing that soul, that passion to relate to the viewers, make them feel part of the show and feel welcome.”

The St. Louis feature reporter is moving from part time Lead Pastor at a local church to full time pastor.

TVSpy feels the need to give a special shout out to our eagle eyed LA SuperTVfan who read TVSpy’s poop video story and tipped us off to Ezell’s move.

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