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Archives: October 2011

Fox Ends Blackout Threats, Strikes Deal with DirecTV

Fox and DirecTV announced this evening that they have reached an agreement to keep Fox’s TV properties, including local Fox stations, on the satellite TV provider.

“We both know the past ten days have been challenging,” the companies said in a joint statement, “but we’re pleased that both sides could eventually come together to ensure our viewers continue to enjoy Fox programming.”

Fox and DirecTV had been working towards a new deal involving Fox’s cable channels, such as FX and National Geographic Channel, but local stations were recently dragged into the fight with Fox threatening to pull its broadcast programming off DirecTV if a deal wasn’t reached.

Now all appears to be settled, although terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

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No One Does Halloween Like WCNC’s Larry Sprinkle

There may be no other TV personality in the country who takes Halloween as seriously as WCNC morning weathercaster Larry Sprinkle.

Sprinkle, who has been with the Charlotte NBC-affiliate since 1985, doesn’t just dress up for Halloween, he dresses up several times during the course of a Halloween morning newscast.

This morning, Sprinkle wore ten (ten!) different costumes during WCNC’s two-and-a-half-hour-long morning show. Also, all of Sprinkle’s costumes are original characters, created by, as he puts it, “a very strange mind.” Video inside… Read more

KWHY Seeks Director of Marketing Communications

KWHY is on the hunt for a new director of marketing communications to help launch the new branding of the station.

In this role, you’ll implement on-air, online and print promotion campaigns, and take the lead on all local program publicity campaigns, advertising, special events and corporate public relations. In addition to developing strategy and communications plans for the company, you’ll represent KWHY to the media and strategic partners, while creating key revenue-generating partnerships. Read more

Belo Stations May Go Dark at Midnight on DirecTV

DirecTV subscribers in markets like Dallas, Phoenix, St. Louis, and Portland may soon have one less option on their TV dials.

Belo–owner of WFAA in Dallas; KTVK in Phoenix; KMOV in St. Louis; and KGW in Portland, OR; as well as several other stations across the country–has yet to reach a new carriage agreement with DirecTV as the existing one is set to expire at midnight, tonight. Read more

WHTM Reporter Chris Cekot Arrested For Assault

Chris Cekot, a reporter at Harrisburg ABC-affiliate WHTM, was arrested Sunday night on charges of domestic assault and terroristic threats, according to the station.

Police were called to the Fairview Township, PA home Cekot shares with his girlfriend at 9:30 p.m. last night, according to The Patriot-News. When the police arrived, they found Cekot’s girlfriend had injuries on her lip and ear.

The station mentioned Cekot’s arrest briefly on the 5 p.m. newscast this evening, reading a short statement from WHTM management. Read more

KBAK-KBFX Weathercaster Uses Green Screen for Invisible Man Costume

KBAK-KBFX morning weathercaster Aaron Perlman dressed up as the Invisible Man for Halloween today, taking advantage of the studio’s green screen.

Wearing a skin-tight green body suit and head covering, Perlman delivered the weather for most of the morning in a suit and sunglasses. For his final forecast of the day, though, Perlman went completely invisible. Well, until the KBAK-KBFX morning crew turned off the effects for a moment, revealing Perlman’s awkward body suit (video above).

WNYW’s Greg Kelly Goes After Frequent Critic Joel McHale in Halloween Skit

WNYW’s “Good Day New York” used Halloween as an opportunity to go after Joel McHale of “The Soup” this morning. The Fox O&O’s morning show is often the target of McHale’s mockery so anchor Greg Kelly decided it was time for some payback.

In a Halloween skit, Kelly dressed up as McHale and put on his own version of “The Soup,” which featured a handful of different costumes from Kelly and co-anchor Rosanna Scotto including an impressive turn as Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa. Video inside… Read more

WINK Adds Reporters Amanda Hall and Colby Robertson to News Team

Fort Myers CBS-affiliate WINK has added two reporters to its Collier County bureau, according to the News-Press: Amanda Hall (pictured) and Colby Robertson.

Hall joins the station after two years at WDHN in Dothan, AL, where she was the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. anchor. She is a native of Sebring, FL.

Robertson, who will be a freelance reporter for WINK, joins the station from WAOW, the ABC-affiliate in Wausau, WI. She has been a reporter there since 2007.

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Halloween!

In a spooktacular, ghoulicious episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we count down our five favorite Halloween costumes. With special appearances by Beyoncé, Blake Lively, Brian Williams, and Brian Williams.

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WABC Live Truck Flips Over on Icy New Jersey Turnpike

A live truck belonging to WABC, the ABC owned-and-operated station in New York City, flipped over on the icy New Jersey Turnpike early Sunday morning.

“The accident was most likely caused by black ice,” WABC anchor Lori Stokes said. “All three of our colleagues fortunately were wearing their seat belts.”

New Jersey rescue personnel were able to get the WABC employees out of the vehicle. All three were taken to nearby Meadowlands Hospital, where they were treated and released. “It was scary for them,” Stokes said.

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