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Archives: November 2011

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: WABC, WNET, NBC News Chicago

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Video: WDAF Tells Viewers of Meteorologist’s Death

WDAF reported the death of beloved morning meteorologist Don Harman at the top of its noon newscast today.  Reporter Kathy Quinn read a statement from the station and said that “the news comes as a great shock to all the people he worked with” (video above).

Irene Mahoney-Paige Out as WLNE News Director

After just four months as the station’s news director, Irene Mahoney-Paige is out at WLNE.

Vice president and general manager Chris Tzianabos confirmed her exit to TVSpy today.

Mahoney-Paige, who came to WLNE after three years as an executive producer at WTIC in Hartford, is departing the station following a November ratings book that was not up to Tzianabos’s expectations.

Tzianabos says that WLNE is now searching for someone with “enough experience” to make the news department “competitive and relevant in the market.” Read more

Students Blast WFXT for Investigating High School Teacher’s Porn Star Past

Students at a top-rated Massachusetts public high school are blasting WFXT and investigative reporter Mike Beaudet for confronting a teacher about his apparent porn star past.

In a story that first aired during the Fox O&O’s 6 p.m. newscast on Tuesday, Beaudet confronted Kevin Hogan, an English teacher and crew coach at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, about his alleged appearances in at least three gay porn videos.

After being ambushed by Beaudet in a parking lot, Hogan told the reporter that he didn’t know what he was talking about (video inside).  Mystic Valley has placed Hogan, who chairs the school’s English department, on paid leave as it looks into WFXT’s allegations.

Since the story first aired, Beaudet and WFXT have been heavily criticized by students at the school, who have banded together in support of Hogan. Read more

KVUE’s Noelle Newton Joins Rival Station KTBC

Noelle Newton, an anchor and crime reporter for Austin ABC-affiliate KVUE, is joining rival station KTBC.

Newton began her career as an intern at Fox owned-and-operated KTBC. She will contribute to the 5 and 9 p.m. newscasts as a general assignment reporter beginning on December 5.

“As a native Texan, she brings a wealth of knowledge about the area and will be a great asset to our station,” Pam Vaught, KTBC vice president and news director, said in a statement.

KHOU Reporter Alex Sanz Set to Join WPTV

After five years at Houston CBS-affiliate KHOU, reporter Alex Sanz is leaving the station for WPTV in West Palm Beach.

Sanz, a South Florida native, will join the NBC-affiliate as a reporter, focusing on government and politics.

In a memo announcing the departure to KHOU staffers today, news director Philip Bruce touted Sanz’s accomplishments, calling the reporter “a human being of the highest quality.” His last day at KHOU will be December 9.

WDAF: Don Harman’s Death ‘A Great Shock’

WDAF has issued a statement on the death of Don Harman, saying the meteorologist “brightened our mornings for more than 10 years and made his mark on Kansas City television.”

“We are saddened by this tragic loss,” WDAF president and general manger Cheryl McDonald said in the statement. “Don wasn’t just our meteorologist, he was a part of our family and we loved him. Words cannot express how deeply he will be missed.”

“To all of us, Don was like family and the news comes as a great shock to all the people he worked with at Fox 4,” anchor Kathy Quinn said in announcing the news at the top of the noon newscast.

Harman was found by his wife. The police report lists the cause of death as suicide, according to the Associated Press. Read more

Anchors Sound Off During WTLV Newscast About Negative Reaction to Pakistani Man Owning Jaguars

Anchors Donna Deegan and Shannon Ogden took time out of a recent WTLV newscast to criticize the negative reaction some in the Jacksonville community have had to the city’s NFL team being sold to a Pakistani man.

Earlier this week, news broke that Shahid Khan, an American businessman born in Pakistan, had agreed to buy the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Following the news, people took to social media–including First Coast News’ Facebook page–and linked Khan to terrorism based on his heritage.

“As I’ve watch some of those comments come in,” Deegan, a Jacksonville native, said, “I could feel my whole chest just getting tight.” Video inside… Read more

WDAF Meteorologist Don Harman Dies From Apparent Suicide

Don Harman, the longtime morning meteorologist at WDAF in Kansas City, died yesterday. He was 41.

Sources say Harman’s death was a suicide, although the station has not yet announced an official cause of death. The 12-year veteran of the station was on the air as recently as yesterday.

Before WDAF’s Karli Ritter delivered the weather report on this morning’s newscast, anchors Mark Alford and Loren Halifax read a statement similar to what the station posted on Facebook early this morning. Read more

WTXF Viewers Replace Boy’s Stolen Wheelchair

After WTXF aired a story about a disabled boy whose wheelchair was stolen in Philadelphia, concerned viewers from around the country contacted the Fox O&O offering to help.

As a result, the boy is getting a brand-new wheelchair today.

On Monday, WTXF told viewers about Dominic Pico, a 10-year-old who suffers from a rare genetic disorder that requires him to use a special wheelchair. Pico’s wheelchair, which retails for around $2,500, was stolen from outside his mother’s home over the weekend.

“For every creep who would steal a child’s wheelchair,” WTXF says on its website, “there were dozens of good-hearted people ready to respond.” Read more

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