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Archives: November 2011

Video: KSDK Weather Forecast Includes ‘Piss’

It looked like someone at KSDK was taking a piss as meteorologist Mike Roberts delivered his forecast during the station’s noon newscast on Tuesday.  While Roberts gave a weather update for Pittsfield, the graphic read “Pissfield” (video above).  And, oops, the station also misspelled “Southwest.”

KOLN Anchor John Fortney Returning to WTAP

John Fortney, the evening anchor at KOLN-KGIN in Lincoln, is returning to Parkersburg, WV to be the anchor and news director at WTAP.

Fortney began his television career at WTAP as the weeknight weatherman in 1998. He was named primary anchor at the NBC-affiliate in 1994, a post he held for two years before leaving in 1996 to join Ohio News Network.

“We are very pleased that John is coming back to WTAP,” Roger Sheppard, station vice president and general manager, said in a statement. “He worked very hard when he was here and did some great reporting. In the past 15 years, he has gained a breadth of experience which he brings back to help make our station even better.” Read more

On the Move, 11/30/11

Meteorologist Ashton Altieri is joining KXTV in Sacramento after six years at Gannett sister station KUSA in Denver.

News 12 freelance reporter Michael Baldwin has been hired at WEWS as a MMJ reporter. He starts December 19th.

Meteorologist Danielle Dozier is jumping from KTXS in Abilene-Sweetwater to Oklahoma City’s KOCO.

If you would like to report a new move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

Anchor Angela Starke Leaving WVLT for Job with New Knoxville Mayor

WVLT anchor-reporter Angela Starke is leaving the CBS-affiliate for a position in Knoxville mayor-elect Madeline Rogero‘s administration.

Rogero, who was declared the first female mayor of Knoxville earlier this month, announced today that she had appointed Starke senior director of communications.

Before joining WVLT, Starke worked as a reporter for WJLA in D.C.

In announcing the appointment, Rogero said that Starke brings “an understanding of what the media needs to cover city government.”

Moody’s: Reverse Compensation Puts Financial Health of Station Groups At Risk

A new report from Moody’s says reverse compensation demands from the major broadcast networks will put the financial health of local station groups under pressure in the next two years.

“As the four major U.S. networks renew their multi-year contracts with broadcasters, the networks have increased their demands for ‘reverse compensation,’ which will post a risk to broadcasters’ cash flow in the near term,” Carl Salas, Moody’s vice president and senior analyst, said.

The four major networks charge reverse compensation in exchange for a station being permitted to affiliate with the network. Read more

WBTW To Produce Morning Newscast For WFXB

Starting Thursday, CBS-affiliate WBTW will produce a 7 a.m. newscast for Fox-affiliate WFXB in Florence-Myrtle Beach, SC.

Since 2004, WTBW has also produced a 10 p.m. newscast for WFXB. The new morning show will be the only local news programming in the 7 a.m. timeslot in the market.

“Our 10 p.m. broadcast is a big success, so we’re confident we will experience the same with this new newscast,” WBTW director of content David Hart said in a statement. “We are looking forward to delivering more news at a convenient time for the viewers of WFXB.”

The hour-long newscast will be anchored by WBTW anchor Erika Hayes (pictured).

Indiana Fox-Affiliate Gives Up on Winless Colts, Decides Not to Broadcast Game

As the Indianapolis Colts’ nightmare season wears on, one Indiana station recently decided that it had seen enough.

WISE, the Fox-affiliate in Fort Wayne, chose not to air the Colts’ game this past Sunday, opting to broadcast the Chicago Bears instead.

“The buck stops with me,” Jerry Giesler, president and general manager of Granite Broadcasting’s Fort Wayne stations, told The Journal Gazette. “We talked a lot about it internally. Of course, the year in, year out logical choice would be the Colts. Absolutely, no question. The reason we went with the Bears was to follow the compelling story, their [playoff] hopes alive, a new quarterback.” Read more

Dan Satterfield Set To Leave WHNT After 17 Years

Dan Satterfield is leaving his post as chief meteorologist at Huntsville CBS-affiliate WHNT after 17 years.

Satterfield, who is the meteorologist on the weeknight evening newscasts, told station management he wanted to explore new opportunities earlier this year, according to The Huntsville Times. His last day will be December 2.

Stan Pylant, the president and general manager at WHNT, said in a statement the station has conducted an extensive search for Satterfield’s replacement, and expects to make an announcement in the near future.

Following WAGA’s Exclusive Interview, WSB Catches Up with Cain Accuser Ginger White

Shortly after rival station WAGA aired a big-time exclusive interview with Herman Cain accuser Ginger White on Monday evening, WSB caught up with White outside of her apartment.

While WSB didn’t explicitly mention the WAGA interview, reporter Amy Napier Viteri asked White why she had decided to go public about her alleged 13-year affair with the Republican presidential candidate. Read more

WTVT Apologizes for Showing Naked Bucs Player

Viewers watching WTVT‘s postgame coverage of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday got a very intimate look at one of the team’s players.

The Fox O&O aired a locker room interview with the Bucs’s Donald Penn and, while the offensive tackle discussed a pivotal play at the end of the game, one of his teammates walked into the frame completely naked.  As Penn criticized the officiating in the fourth quarter, his teammate–visible only from the waist down–slowly put on a pair of boxer shorts, finally ending the accidental peep show. Read more

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