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Alabama Anchor Returns from Heart Surgery


John O’Connor, anchor at Montgomery NBC affiliate WSFA, has returned to work after heart surgery. WSFA meteorologist Eric Snitil posted a photo of O’Connor (right) to Facebook, with the message “so happy to see our buddy John O’Connor back behind the anchor desk only a little more than 4 weeks after sextuple bypass surgery. Hasn’t missed a beat!”

O’Connor reported having chest pains while walking a flight of stairs, and was in surgery days later. Doctors say he’s recovering well.

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WHIO Meteorologist Hospitalized After Crash, Facing Charges

xenia_twp_axJamie Simpson, chief meteorologist at Dayton CBS affiliate WHIO, is hospitalized and facing criminal charges after a single vehicle accident Thursday. According to the station, the anchor’s car crashed through a fence and struck a tree just after 1:20 p.m. Simpson faces a charge of operating a vehicle while under the influence:

No one else was in the car or was injured.

Formal charges have not been filed, but Simpson was ticketed at the scene before he was transported to the hospital.

“We are waiting for more details from the accident investigation, but our main concern right now is Jamie’s health,” said David Bennallack, Senior Managing Director of Content for Cox Media Group – Ohio. “Due to his condition we expect that it will be a few days before we can talk with Jamie in detail about what happened.”

Entrepreneur Sanjay Govil: How To Succeed In Business Today

Entrepreneurs like international executive Sanjay Govil, believes in the importance of learning and training for continued success. Companies need to evolve as the business climate continues to change and grow with technology. Change is not just necessary, but it is actually a cornerstone for growth. The heart of this process is to learn. Change also, drives innovation and ushers in a new generation of companies along with caring the torch of innovation into the future.

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‘She’s Not Letting Me Do My Job’: TV Reporter Struggles On Air With Pumpkin Fest Organizer

Covering a pumpkin festival rarely leads reporters to expect an on-air confrontation, but little about the Keene Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire went as expected Saturday night. When crowds got rowdy, riot police were sent in and thirty people were injured.

Reporter Jared Goodell of Cheshire TV attempted to talk about that with Keene Pumpkin Festival organizer Ruth Sterling, but the interview was testy–with Sterling attempting several times to grab the microphone out of Goodell’s hands. “She’s not letting me do my job,” Goodell said. “She would not like me to tell you what’s going on at Keene State College.”

Sterling insisted coverage of the rioting–which was getting national attention–was only serving to make matters worse, and she threatened to kick the TV crew out:

“This is a family-friendly event. The footprint of Keene Pumpkin Festival is 100 percent safe. We have a bigger crowd than we’ve ever had. I want them to have a wonderful evening and not be disturbed by people who aren’t even at the pumpkin festival,” said Sterling after reaching for the microphone. “So if you think that inciting these people is a good idea, I am going to pull the plug on you. Because you are here as a guest of Keene Pumpkin Festival and I assigned you this spot.”

ISIS and Social Media Warfare: Aidan Cassidy Comments

Social media’s meant to be all fun and games, right? Aidan Cassidy, a social media expert and city councilman from North Carolina, notes that the recent activity of the terrorist group ISIS on social media platforms, particularly Twitter, suggests otherwise. ISIS has demonstrated an ability to use social media not only to interact with its own followers, but also to spread its message to the greatest number of people. The group’s involvement with social sites reveals a dark side of social media.
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Austin’s Time Warner Cable News Includes Nude Photos in Traffic Tweet

kCZHBA8v_400x400Web managers, let’s go over this one more time, shall we? Check your links. If the photo you’re adding to your tweet includes nude men or perhaps a link to a porn site, delete and start over. For the second day in a row, somebody screwed up. Austin’s Time Warner Cable News sent out a tweet from the official @TWCNewsAustin account that included photos of nude men, according to media reporter Gary Dinges:

A Tweet sent at 5:19 p.m. said, “TRAFFIC: Your 5:12 p.m. update. Too many!” It also included four racy photos featuring four different men who were completely nude.

The post stayed up about 10 minutes before it was deleted.

A subsequent Tweet, sent at 5:21 p.m., said, “My Twitter account has been hacked.”

Reactions from @TWCNewsAustin followers were mixed. Several found the apparent hack humorous, while others expressed concern that the X-rated photos were allowed to remain up for an extended period of time.

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FOX Deal for KTVU to Close this Week, New GM and News Director Announced

KTVU LOGO_304x200TVSpy has learned the deal for the San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate KTVU is expected to close this week.

FOX Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy has revealed the new management for KTVU as part of the ownership change from Cox to FOX.

In an email obtained by TVSpy, Abernethy told staffers WFXT GM Gregg Kelley will be named VP and GM of KTVU-KICU while, as FTVLive first reported, Dana Hahn from FOX’s Washington, D.C. station WTTG will be named VP and news director. Abernethy also announced Mellynda Hartel will be named VP and GSM of the soon-to-be FOX owned station.

WATE Reporter Competes in Miss Tennessee Pageant

5018404_GKayla Strayer, a multimedia journalist at Knoxville ABC affiliate WATE, had a busy weekend. She wasn’t working, but was competing in the Miss Tennessee pageant. “So happy I was there, coming away with new friends and memories” she said on Twitter afterwards.

WATE reports Strayer represented Knox county at the pageant Saturday in Clarksville where Miss Greater Nashville, Kiara Young, took home the crown. She’s a Tennessee Titans cheerleader studying to be a doctor.

What Did They Cover in Anchorage Last Night?

In the wake of the dramatic resignation of KTVA reporter Charlo Greene, all but one Anchorage TV station recognized that Greene not only made headlines, but she may have also unfairly influenced an upcoming vote.

NBC affiliate KTUU, Greene’s former station CBS affiliate KTVA, and FOX affiliate KTBY spent airtime on the subject. The stations brought up past allegations that Greene’s reporting on the upcoming initiative to legalize marijuana in Alaska had long been seen as unfair by opposition groups.

Larry Perret New WGCL News Director

WGCL_304Larry Perret has been named news director at Meredith owned CBS affiliate WGCL.

Perret comes to WGCL from Meredith’s KCTV-KSMO in Kansas City where he had been news director since October, 2013.

“I’m honored to be making the move within Meredith to Atlanta,” Perret said in a statement. “I’m really looking forward to working for a great company that is dedicated to taking CBS46 to new heights.”

Before working at KCTV-KSMO, he was news director at KTVX in Salt Lake City. He’s also worked as a producer for Entertainment Tonight and as a senior consultant for Frank N. Magid and Associates.

He has worked for Lin, Raycom, and Hubbard Broadcasting and has also held news management positions in a number of other top 20 markets, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston.

In a 1977 appearance on Tomorrow with Tom Snyder, Perret tells Snyder he started at NBC as a page. After the jump, you can see Perret tell Snyder he’s leaving NBC to work as an anchor in Cheyenne, WY. Read more