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Archives: August 2011

Dad Tells KTLA ‘I Was Trying to Kill My Son’

Not doing himself any favors, Sloan Briles, the California man who gained national notoriety this week after he threw his 7-year-old son overboard during a harbor cruise, told KTLA on Tuesday, “Yeah, I was trying to kill my son.”

Briles was kidding, of course, but sarcasm is probably not the best thing to deploy in a TV interview while facing child endangerment charges.  Talking with KTLA reporter Carolyn Costello, Briles defended his actions, saying that he was just “screwing around and horse playing” with his son. Read more

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This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: WRNN, WABC, KRON

This week, WRNN has three open positions available. The station is looking for a broadcast engineer, a master control operator and an early morning traffic reporter. WABC is still looking for an Ignite director, while KRON is continuing its search for a newscast producer. Get the scoop on these openings below, and check out more new TV gigs on mediabistro.com.

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Nielsen 2011-12 Rankings: Washington DC, Seattle Move Up, While Atlanta and Phoenix Drop

The Top 20 local markets will see some changes this year, according to Nielsen. The 2011-12 list of DMAs, released today, measures Washington, DC and Seattle each moving up a rank — to 8 and 12, respectively — while Atlanta and Phoenix each drop down one spot, to 9 and 13.

In the Top 30 markets, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham and Indianapolis all increased by one, while Baltimore fell one spot, to 27, and Charlotte fell two spots, to 25.

The biggest drops were Toledo, South Bend, Springfield-Holyoke, and Bend, OR, who each fell four spots. Jackson, TN, and El Paso both gained six spots in the rankings, making them the biggest jumps from last year. Read more

With Some Help from Hurricane Irene, WNBC Launches 5 p.m. Newscast Two Weeks Early

WNBC has launched its 5 p.m. newscast a few weeks earlier than planned thanks to Hurricane Irene, FishbowlNY reported today.

The station — which announced plans to resurrect a 5 p.m. newscast in June — added an hour of news in place of “New York Live” last week as part of continuing coverage on Hurricane Irene. A WNBC spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that the station, which had slated the newscast to begin on September 12, did not want to lose momentum in the interim few weeks.

Read more at FishbowlNY.

Snooki Becomes a News Anchor

“I’ve always wanted to be an anchor woman,” Snooki explains in the debut episode of her new news show, “and, hello, I look hot doing it.”

“The News According to Snooki” launched today on Cambio, an AOL-owned entertainment site for teens. No word on how often Snooki will deliver the news or if the show will last past its first installment (video above).

Ed Ortelli Named GM at KNOE-KAQY Duopoly

Ed Ortelli, who has worked for 28 years in television sales and general management roles, has been named president and general manager of KNOE-KAQY, the Hoak Media-operated duopoly serving Monroe, LA and El Dorado, AR.

Ortelli will take the helm at the two stations — which also operate the CW affiliate, NNOE, on a digital subchannel of KNOE — on September 19. He will report to Rich Adams, the chief operating officer of Hoak Media.

“I know our employees look forward to Ed’s leadership and vision, and we are confident that his broad skills will help grow this legacy television operation for the benefit of our advertisers and viewers alike,” Hoak Media CEO Eric Van den Branden said in a statement.

According to Broadcasting & Cable, Ortelli’s past positions include general sales manager at KPRC in Houston and station manager at KVOA in Tucson.

Man Climbs KTLA Tower to Send Message

“It’s quite the bizarre story,” reporter Olga Ospina said at the top of KTLA‘s 10 p.m. newscast last night, describing the drama that unfolded after a man climbed the CW-affiliate’s broadcast tower.

The man, who is set to undergo a mental evaluation, reportedly told police that he climbed the tower because he had a message that he wanted to deliver.

After about an hour on the tower, the man agreed to come down. At which point he was arrested.

KTLA caught up with him as he was being led away in handcuffs and he explained that he wanted to send a message of revolution. Video inside… Read more

Longtime KTVB Staffer Passes Away

KTVB senior engineer Mitch Frank died this past Sunday after a months-long battle with cancer.  He was 57.

Frank was one of the longest-serving members of the station’s staff, having spent nearly 30 years with the NBC-affiliate.

“He knew every inch of this place,” anchor Mark Johnson said during a recent newscast, remembering Frank.  “I used to tell him that he could never leave here because we wouldn’t know how to turn on a light switch.  Knowing Mitch, I bet St. Peter is going to get a new intercom.” Video inside… Read more

WVEC’s Footage of Looters During Hurricane Irene Leads Virginia Beach Police to Arrest

Two men in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia are in custody after a WVEC camera crew caught them looting a neighbor’s house during Hurricane Irene.

According to the station’s website, police in Virginia Beach said that Patrick McGuire, 29, and Charles Andrews IV, 22, stole alcohol and iPod speakers from an empty house just a few blocks from theirs shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday. WVEC’s camera crew, in the area to report on a small tornado that had touched down nearby, caught the men on camera (watch the video, above). Read more

Anchor Sandra Mitchell Blogs About Her Cancer Battle on KCBS-KCAL Website

Sandra Mitchell, an anchor and reporter with KCAL and KCBS, has decided to go public about her current battle with breast cancer and she is now writing a blog about it on the CBS Los Angeles website titled “The Breast of the Story.”

Here’s an excerpt from a recent post:

Many of you might wonder why I am publicizing such a personal journey. I do it because it’s not just my story. It is the story of the 2.5 million women in the U.S. who are breast cancer survivors. It is the story of millions… and it is the story of one.

Mitchell, who anchors KCAL’s noon, 2, and 3 p.m. newscasts, found out about the cancer diagnosis just a half hour before she was supposed to go on the air for a recent newscast.  You can check out the blog here.

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