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Archives: July 2011

KABC Reporter Shot While Doing Live Report

KABC’s Leanne Suter was struck in the hand by a BB gun pellet while doing a live report on Saturday. Remarkably, she was able to maintain her composure long enough to finish the stand-up.

Suter and her photographer were filming near a freeway in Fontana a little after 6 p.m. when two teenage boys allegedly fired a BB gun in their direction. Reporting on flooding in the area, Suter gave little indication on-camera that she had been hit (video above).

According to KABC, Suter was eventually treated at a hospital. Police arrested two boys, ages 16 and 17, in the incident. Read more

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KUSA Partners with Telemundo for Spanish Newscasts

In Denver, Gannett-owned KUSA is set to begin producing two new Spanish language newscasts that will air on local Telemundo station KDEN.

The newscasts, which will be shot at the KUSA studios, will air weekdays at 5:30 and 10 p.m. beginning October 3rd. Anchors have not yet been named.

“We’ve been working on this for several months,” KUSA news director Patti Dennis said during KUSA’s noon newscast today (video inside). “Knowing that the Spanish language community has only one choice for Spanish language news in Denver, this will give us an opportunity to take 9News and the Telemundo brand and put it together in a weekly evening and late newscast for the Spanish-speaking audience.”

Univision-affiliate KCEC currently airs a local newscast at 5 and 10. Read more

WBAL Calls the Cops on Children Protesting Station’s Political Coverage

Police were called to WBAL on Thursday afternoon after a group of protesters, roughly half of whom were children, gathered in the station parking lot demanding that the Hearst-owned NBC-affiliate dedicate more time to covering youth-focused issues such as education and neighborhood development in the current mayoral election.

The protest was put together by BUILD, a Baltimore not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a better future for the city’s youth, in an effort to convince local news outlets to spend less time covering the candidates’ plans for lowering property taxes and more time reporting on issues that directly affect the community’s young people.

“If young people were out shooting each other, they’d cover it,” declared BUILD leader Bishop Douglas I. Miles (above, right), surrounded by elementary school-aged children wearing bright blue t-shirts emblazoned with the organization’s logo, according to Baltimore Brew.

While the protesters chanted outside the WBAL building, staffers remained indoors. Read more

WBBM Takes Four-Year-Old’s Quote Out of Context

WBBM, the CBS O&O in Chicago, is under fire this week for airing a soundbite from a four-year-old interviewed on the scene of a drive-by shooting out of context.

A freelance photographer asked a young boy who was near the crime scene if he was scared by the violence in the neighborhood, and if he would “stay away from all these guns” when he grew up. The boy said, “No — I’m going to have me a gun!” (The exchange comes at the :38 mark of the above video.)

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Meet KOIN’s New Weathercaster: Fabio

Locked in a staggeringly handsome internet duel with original Old Spice guy Isaiah Mustafa, new Old Spice spokesman Fabio stopped by Portland’s KOIN this week to forecast the weather (video above).

“It’s very sunny today,” the fledgling weathercaster reported, “and it feels so nice on Fabio’s skin.”

As KOIN anchor Jeff Gianola points out, the Old Spice campaign is the work of Portland-based ad agency Wieden+Kennedy. [h/t Gawker]

Anchor Dave Akerly Departs WLNS After 21 Years

Dave Akerly, who has been with WLNS since 1990 and a main anchor for the Lansing CBS-affiliate since 2002, is leaving the station after August 1st.

“They say that all good things must come to an end,” Akerly posted on his Facebook wall this week. “After nearly 21 years on the anchor desk of TV-6, first in Sports, then in news, I will be leaving WLNS.”

Akerly joined the station as a weekend anchor and was promoted to sports director in 1991. After more than a decade of covering Michigan State’s football and basketball triumphs, Akerly transitioned to news anchor.

He made it clear on Facebook that he is not retiring, although he doesn’t know what his next move will be. It appears that Young Broadcasting-owned WLNS decided not to renew Akerly’s contract.

KXAS Calls in UFO Specialists After Traffic Camera Records Strange Light in Dallas

Strange things are afoot in Dallas. In the early hours of Monday morning, a KXAS traffic camera recorded a strange light falling out of the sky (above). Station management has now called in a UFO specialist to analyze the video frame-by-frame in hopes of determining the source of the mysterious light.

Commenters on the station’s website have suggested several different explanations, from a UFO to an insect reflecting light on the tower camera to an alien spaceship. Several of them also report seeing the light themselves close to 6 a.m. Monday morning.

What do you think it was? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Steve Carrell Slaps D.C. Reporter During Interview

D.C. Fox O&O WTTG sent local entertainment reporter Kevin McCarthy to the “Crazy Stupid Love” press junket, where he fulfilled what has apparently been a lifelong goal of his: to be slapped by Steve Carrell (video above).

Fisher Sees Strong Internet Growth in Flat Q2

Seattle-based Fisher Communications reported this week that second quarter net revenue for its television division was flat at $30.9 million.

Fisher, which owns 13 full-power and 7 low-power stations throughout the Northwest including KOMO in Seattle, announced that a decrease in automotive advertising revenue was made up for by an overall increase in core advertising as well as a small boost in retrans revenue.

Excluding political advertising, net revenue for Fisher’s TV stations was up 4% in the second quarter, compared to the same period last year.

Over the last couple of years, Fisher has been expanding its web media holdings through a network of hyper-local sites as well as the recently launched Seattle Pulp culture site and the company is celebrating positive returns from these investments. For the second quarter, internet revenue increased 66% to $1.4 million.

After 40 Years in Local TV, Hope Hines Signs Off

Nashville sports legend Hope Hines retired this week after 28 years as WTVF‘s sports director. The broadcast veteran is using his new free time to write a book about his career, which will be released this spring.

Hines both started and ended his career at WTVF, the CBS affiliate in Nashville. He was sports director from 1971 to 1975 before leaving the station to join KFMB, in San Diego. His lengthy broadcast career also took him to WWL in New Orleans, WCNC in Charlotte and WMAR in Baltimore before returning to WTVF in 1983.

Hines worked on his final script for the 6 p.m. broadcast for three hours. “It’s like a painting,” Hines said. “You’re never really through with it, you just stop.” Watch the tribute to Hines, after the jump. Read more

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