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NBC Owned Stations Names Josh Kleinbaum Executive Editor of Digital Media Group

nbc owned stations logoJosh Kleinbaum is taking on a new role at the NBC Owned Television Stations. After five years with the station group, Kleinbaum has been promoted to executive editor of the digital media group, effective immediately.

Kleinbaum was most recently the senior managing editor for the digital media group. In his new role, he will lead the stations’ digital content strategies for online, mobile and social platforms.

“In the five years Josh has been with the NBC Owned Stations, he has done an excellent job partnering with our stations to grow our audiences and create a more vibrant and engaged community,” Lora LeSage, SVP of digital media for the NBC Owned Television Stations, said in a statement. “I am confident that under his leadership our multi-platform presence will continue to thrive.”

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Denver Station’s Website Hacked

kusa_olympic logoDenver NBC affiliate KUSA had its website hacked.

Patti Dennis KUSA’s VP of news told TVSpy, “The photo gallery section of our website was hacked on Tuesday evening.  We immediately noticed the changes and worked quickly to shutdown that portion of our site.”

Dennis also told us the problem with the website’s security has been fixed

Last night anchor Kyle Clark told viewers, “Our apologies to everyone who stopped by 9News.com tonight and saw the obscene images posted by someone who got on to our website. We got them down in short order and we have temporarily removed our photo galleries while we scrub out the filth. It is a delightful world we live in. Again, our apologies for that.”

South Dakota Station to Launch Market’s First Online Afternoon Newscast

KELOYou can’t watch the newest newscast from Sioux Falls, SD, station KELO on your old-fashioned TV set.

This afternoon, the Sioux Falls CBS affiliate is launching a newscast airing weekdays at 4:00 p.m. available only online, meaning you can only see it on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

“We think the time is right for an online newscast,” Jay Huizenga, vice president and general manager for KELO, said in a statement. “It’s designed for busy people who want the news, but might not have access to a TV.  Anyone who has an Internet connection or mobile connection can watch wherever they are.”

What the station said is the market’s first online newscast is called KELOLAND News First@4 and will be anchored by Ben Dunsmoor.

WRC to Stream Weekday Newscasts Online

WRC, the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C., will begin streaming all weekday newscasts online Monday.

“We are excited to bring News4’s #1-rated newscasts to our growing digital audience,”  Wendy Warren, WRC editorial manager for digital, said in a statement. “This streaming experience will complement NBCWashington’s growing suite of mobile apps, social presence, and web content.”

All the broadcasts available online — including newscasts at 4:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. — will include closed captioning.

After Gaining Access to KXRM Email Server, Hacker Demands Money

A hacker has gained access to the server that stores emails at Colorado Springs Fox affiliate KXRM. The hacker is demanding money in exchange for returning control of the servers to the station:

Sometime overnight Sunday the server that stores our emails was hacked, and the person(s) responsible is literally holding our information for ransom, asking for $5,000 to unlock the data he scrambled.

Our engineers did some research and found this hacker hit a number of servers around the globe, but the FBI has not been able to find him because he is using ghost addresses.

KXRM is asking viewers to “bear with us if you are trying to contact us by email.”

KUSA Apologizes For ‘Coarse Language’ on Twitter

Denver NBC affiliate KUSA tweeted an apology for using “coarse language” Tuesday evening:

KUSA has deleted the original tweet, but a tipster tells us (and this retweet confirms) it read “What’s all the bitching about?”, apparently a reference to the fact that the storm was living up to its hype — and therefore validating KUSA’s extensive weather coverage Tuesday.

KUSA has yet to return TVSpy’s request for comment.

WDRB Hires Columnist John David Dyche

John David Dyche, a former columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal, is joining Louisville Fox affiliate WDRB as an opinion columnist for the station’s website. He will also occasionally deliver commentary on WDRB newscasts.

“We see John’s participation as an additional enhancement to a revamped and expanded ‘Opinion’ webpage that we believe will provide even more relevance to the many people who have made WDRB.com the fastest-growing website for news and opinion in the Louisville market,”  WDRB news director Barry Fulmer said in a statement.

Dyche was a conservative columnist for the Courier-Journal for almost 10 years. He is expected to contribute two columns a week to WDRB beginning April 15.

Fulmer said the station “announcing the name of yet another regular contributor who will represent the more liberal side of things” in the coming days.

Former KTXL Web Producer Charged With Helping Anonymous Hack Tribune Sites

A former web producer at KTXL, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Sacramento, has been charged with helping the group Anoymous hack into Tribune websites. Matthew Keys, who is currently a social media editor at Reuters, is accused of providing credentials for the group to gain access to the KTXL computer server in 2010, according to the Tribune-owned Los Angeles Times:

The indictment says Keys provided members of the hacker group Anonymous with log-in credentials for a computer server belonging to KTXL FOX 40’s corporate parent, the Tribune Co.

According to the indictment, Keys identified himself on an Internet chat forum as a former Tribune Co. employee.

After providing log-in credentials, Keys allegedly encouraged the Anonymous members to disrupt the website.  According to the indictment, at least one of the computer hackers used the credentials provided by Keys to log into the Tribune Co. server, and ultimately that hacker made changes to the web version of a Los Angeles Times news feature.

Keys, who has been suspended by Reuters, is also a former producer at KGO in San Francisco. Last year, he broke the news that the ABC O&O would be canceling “7 Live,” an interactive local talk show.

Keys faces up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted. “I am fine. I found out the same way most of you did: From Twitter,” Keys tweeted Thursday evening. “Tonight I’m going to take a break. Tomorrow, business as usual.”

Luis Cruz Jumps to San Diego’s New Media Venture U-T TV

Luis Cruz, former news director for Yuma, AZ, NBC affiliate KYMA, will be joining U-T TV as executive producer of afternoon news and programming, according to Media Moves.

“J.R. Mahon, U-T TV’s Director of News and Programming was an Executive Producer at KGTV in San Diego when I worked there briefly as a reporter and fill-in anchor in between the second and third time I was News Director at KYMA,” Luis told Media Moves.  “Bless his heart for giving me the opportunity to come back to San Diego!”

U-T TV is the new TV station launched by the San Diego Union-Tribune.  The station is a streaming web/cable TV hybrid originating from a new studio built in the newspaper’s newsroom. Read more

The 24/7 Newsroom Blog To Go Dark

Tom Petner, editor and publisher of The 24/7 Newsroom has announced he is shutting down the news blog at the end of the month.

On his “about us” page, Petner wrote his mission for the blog, “I will strive to make the content timely, without the name calling, put downs and bad mouthing about our business.  While I believe there are many things wrong in the broadcast industry and our newsrooms, local news is far from dead – it’s changing.  My hope is that the247newsroom will help you stay ahead of the curve and keep you informed about the changes and trends.”

Petner wrote for ShopTalk/TVSpy.com until being laid off by the blog’s then parent company Vault.com. WebMediaBrands acquired TVSpy in November 2010, adding it to its mediabistro blog network. You can read Petner’s goodbye column by clicking here.

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