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Archives: July 2011

News 12 Live Shot Interrupted by Running Reporters

Hundreds of reporters from all over the world gathered yesterday at a church in Brooklyn to await a statement from Nafissatou Diallo, the woman accusing former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault. Diallo was sighted just seconds after News 12 reporter Matt Pieper started his report (above), and in the following few minutes, a frenzied stream of reporters and cameramen ran through his live shot in pursuit of the woman, giving viewers a glimpse of the parts of a stakeout they don’t usually see.

“Seems as though maybe she is running out the back door, actually,” Pieper said. “My gosh, this is really going on as we speak.”

After 16 Years, Olga Campos Will Leave Austin’s KVUE

After 16 years with KVUE, Olga Campos announced her departure from the station on the air this morning.

Campos currently anchors the morning and midday newscasts on the Austin ABC affiliate. After her announcement on this morning’s show that tomorrow’s broadcast will be her last, the station’s official Facebook page posted the news of Campos’s departure. “Please join us in wishing her love, laughter, and much happiness as she spends more time with family and friends,” the post reads.

However, The Austin Statesman reports the veteran anchor posted a message on her personal Facebook page with a slightly different sentiment. “I will be sleeping in and hope to have some exciting news about my next career move very, very soon,” Campos wrote.

Campos spent most of her 16 years at KVUE anchoring the 5 p.m. newscast, but was shifted to mornings in 2009  after morning anchor Jason Hill was laid off.

WPRI Admits to Airing Staged Video of Local Golf Tournament

WPRI, the CBS affiliate in Bristol, RI, has admitted to staging footage of a local golf tournament and airing it without acknowledgment on their nightly news broadcast.

WPRI reporter Sara Hogan was on hand two weeks ago when amateur golfers Samantha Morrell and Ali Prazak competed in the Ocean State Women’s Golf Association Championship. Hogan approached Morrell and Prazak after the awards ceremony and was overheard by Eric Rueb, a reporter for The Standard-Times, asking the two golfers to grab their clubs and return to the 18th hole to “create some television magic.”

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KYTV Will Produce Newscasts for Sister Station K15CZ Beginning Next Month

KYTV, the NBC affiliate in Springfield, MO, will produce an additional hour and a half of newscasts for sister station K15CZ, the CW affiliate, beginning August 22.

The K15CZ morning show will add a third hour from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on weekdays. It will be anchored by KYTV’s Maria Neider and Paul Adler, with weather contributions from meteorologist Brandon Beck.

The second new broadcast will be 30 minutes of local news at 9 p.m., seven days a week. Anchors will be KYTV’s Lisa Rose and Ethan Forhetz, with chief meteorologist Ron Hearst and sports director Ned Reynolds contributing.

“KY3 has earned a reputation for outstanding journalism, dependable weather coverage and excellent community service,” president and general manager Brian McDonough said in a statement. “It seems natural to extend KY3 News to The Ozarks CW. As the pace of our lives grows even faster, access to timely and accurate information becomes more critical.”

WPIX Will Add a 5 p.m. Newscast To Fall Lineup

WPIX will add an extra hour of news to their programming lineup this fall, according to our sister site, FishbowlNY. The new broadcast will air at 5 p.m., in a timeslot currently filled by a rerun of “Friends.”

WPIX’s planned newscast will join a competitive 5 p.m. timeslot, pitting the CW affiliate against existing broadcasts on WCBS, WNYW and WABC. WNBC, the New York City NBC O&O, is also launching a 5 p.m. broadcast in September.

No anchor has been named for the WPIX broadcast, which will run for an hour and target female viewers.

KFDM Anchor-GM Larry Beaulieu Announces Retirement After 37 Years

In the studio where he’s worked for the past 37 years, KFDM anchor and general manager Larry Beaulieu announced to staff this week that he will retire at the end of September.

“I’ve been privileged and blessed to be part of a great family for 37 years,” Beaulieu told viewers of the Beaumont-Port Arthur CBS-affiliate, publicly announcing his retirement.

Beaulieu has worked the KFDM anchor desk since 1974 and for much of his time with the station he has served in a unique dual role–appearing on-air as well as overseeing station operations as vice president and general manager.

“This dual role has helped me stay intimately connected to how we gather and report it and to how it impacts the community we serve,” Beaulieu said. “The news is such an important part of what we do.” Read more

Meredith Celebrates Political Advertising Record

“Fiscal 2011 was a year of revenue gains and strong growth,” announced Meredith chairman and CEO Stephen M. Lacy in reporting his company’s annual financial results today.

Meredith’s local media group, which encompasses 12 stations and their websites, saw respectable gains in fiscal 2011, driven by an overall increase in automotive advertising as well as a big boost from political advertising. Meredith set a company record for political advertising revenues last year with $35 million, sparked by strong spending at stations in Hartford, Las Vegas, Portland, and Kansas City.

Non-political advertising revenues were up 4% for the year at $256 million.

For the fourth quarter, Meredith’s local media group saw revenues of $78 million–a $1 million increase over the same period last year. Although political advertising dipped $3.2 million from Q4 2010, non-political advertising was up 3%.

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: CBS Newspath, KMSP, WRNN

If you’re a jack of all trades, CBS Newspath is looking for a producer/writer/editor in New York. Are you more interested in being on camera? KMSP is seeking an evening newscast anchor, and Metro Television needs a traffic reporter. Georgia Public Broadcasting is hiring an audio technician, and WRNN needs a line producer, stat. Check out these jobs below, and sift through more opportunities on mediabistro.com.

For more job listings, go to the Mediabistro job board, and to post a job, visit our employer page. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

Kat Von D Storms Off Set of ‘Good Day LA’

“L.A. Ink” star Kat Von D walked off the set of KTTV‘s “Good Day LA” this morning after host Jeff Michael alluded to her recent break-up with fellow tattoo enthusiast Jesse James.

Seconds before she was to appear on the show, Von D left the building after Michael mentioned the break-up in introducing a clip of “L.A. Ink” featuring James (which Von D had approved beforehand).

Von D’s abrupt exit left Michael and co-host Jillian Reynolds trying their best to explain to viewers what had just happened (video above). Read more

WTSP May Be Left with Just One Weathercaster in Heart of Hurricane Season

Is it possible that St. Petersburg’s WTSP may only have one weathercaster on its payroll going into the heart of hurricane season?

That’s the question Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times is asking, pointing out that meteorologists Sherry Ray Hughes and Chris Suchan are both scheduled to leave the Gannett-owned station by the end of September. Their imminent departures mean that WTSP would be left with just Bobby Deskins on its weather team.

WTSP general manager Ken Tonning assures Deggans that the station, which brands itself as “Your Local Weather Authority,” is “actively pursuing replacements.”

Hughes is expected to leave the station in mid-August for personal reasons and Suchan will depart at the end of September, reportedly for a chief meteorologist post at another station.

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