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Archives: August 2012

WBOC Uses Facebook to Identify Suspected Thief

WBOC, the CBS affiliate in Salisbury, MD, showed off the power of local media by helping an area produce stand owner nab a suspected thief.

Allen Cole, the stand owner, set up a surveillance camera to watch over his stand.  When the camera captured a suspected thief taking money out of a cash jar he keeps near his produce, he sent the footage to WBOC.

Reporter Ko Im told TVSpy she posted the footage on the station’s Facebook page and, “About 15,000 (people) saw the post and we got hundreds of comments/shares.  We got calls possibly identifying the man behind the theft at a produce stand – and by news time, police say they’ve got a suspect.”

See WBOC’s report after the jump…

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Tony Rizzo Returns to WJW with New Show

Tony Rizzo, a familiar face to Cleveland sports fans, is back on WJW with a new show.

“We’re going to have some sports takes. We’re gonna have some gambling,” said Rizzo.  “We’re gonna do a little food and we’re gonna have a lot of fun.”

Rizzo, who left the Cleveland FOX affiliate 18 months ago for his top-rated morning radio show on Cleveland’s ESPN affiliate WKNR added, “I hope viewers recognize me.  It’s still the same me. I got re-married, I’ve been playing a lot of golf.”

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Ingrid Allstaedt Promoted to Weekend Morning Anchor at WLOS

Ingrid Allstaedt moves to weekend morning anchor and weekday reporter at WLOS, the ABC affiliate for Asheville, NC.

She steps into the role left vacant by Katie Killen‘s departure to Charlotte’s NBC affiliate WCNC.

Allstaedt told TVSpy, “I’m looking forward to showcasing the uniqueness and beauty nestled in the mountains of North Carolina, as I wake up each weekend with my family and friends on News13 This Weekend.”"

Her first day will be Saturday.  She was previously the Rutherford County reporter for WLOS.

KSL Meets with LGBT Families in Salt Lake; Decision Not to Air ‘The New Normal’ Remains Unchanged

Executives at Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL met with local LGBT families today, just a week after the station announced it would not carry an upcoming NBC series about a gay couple having a child via surrogate.

The station has not reversed its position on carrying the show, which will air on KUCW in the Salt Lake City market. In a statement released after the meeting, KSL said it “was helpful to talk together, to better understand issues, and to be able to discuss the reasons behind our decision to not air ‘The New Normal.”

“This was not a decision we made lightly and it was not made because of any single issue including gay characters or LGBT families,” the statement continues. “As a communications company we make decisions every day regarding our programming and we made a decision to not broadcast this program because we feel it had a number of issues including sexually explicit content, demeaning dialogue, and inciting stereotypes.” Read more

VIDEO: Burglar Surrenders at WPVI Studios

A burglar who targeted gas stations in the Upper Merion Township area of Pennsylvania turned himself in at WPVI yesterday.

The Philadelphia ABC O&O ran surveillance video of the man, Anthony Thomas, burglarizing a gas station on Monday. Yesterday, Thomas arrived at the WPVI studios and identified himself as the man in the footage. Read more

Mother of Robin and Sally-Ann Roberts Passes Away

Lucimarian Roberts, the mother of WWL anchor Sally-Ann Roberts and “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, died yesterday in Mississippi. She was 88.

Despite the effects of Hurricane Issac to south Louisiana and Mississippi, both the Roberts sisters were able to travel to the Gulf Coast to be with her mother before she died.

Robin will be off from “GMA” in the coming months as she undergoes a bone marrow transplant to treat her MDS. Sally-Ann, who is Robin’s donor, was in New York with her sister this week as the pair undergoes final preparations for the procedure.

On the Move 8/31/12

Troy Campbell joins KERO in Bakersfield, CA as 11 p.m. anchor and reporter for the early news.  Campbell comes from KTSM in El Paso, TX.

Jessica Porter moves from reporter at Coos Bay, Oregon’s KCBY to reporter at KVAL in Eugene Oregon.

Troy Campbell is represented by Mort Meisner Associates.

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

David George Let Go From WMTV: ‘TV News is a business like any other’

Chief meteorologist David George has been let go from WMTV, he announced yesterday via Twitter.

“I went to work this afternoon only to find out that I don’t have a job there anymore,” George wrote. “I want to thank everyone that I know for your support.”

George was hired at the Madison NBC-affiliate in 1997. His bio has already been stripped from the WMTV website.

“TV News is a business like any other,” George wrote in another tweet. “If numbers and/or money don’t make sense then a change must occur. It happens every single day.”

>Update: “It’s time to explore any and all options, but I will continue my leadership work with the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin as long as I stay in this area,” George tells TVSpy.

Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa Out at WEYI

Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa has parted ways with WEYI, the NBC affiliate in Flint.

Torregrossa, who has been WEYI’s chief meteorologist since 2003, confirmed to mlive.com that he is no longer at the station. WEYI declined to comment on the matter.

“We do not make comments on personnel changes, these changes and decisions are between the employee and the company,” the station’s statement reads. ”We are very pleased with our weather staff and product and we look forward to continuing to provide the most accurate weather to our viewers.”  Read more

Richard Reingold to Lead Montana TV Stations for Bonten Media Group

Richard Reingold has been named vice president and general manager of Bonten Media Group’s TV stations Missoula-Kalispell and Butte-Bozeman, Montana.   In his new position, Reingold will oversee operations for NBC affiliates KCFW in Kalispell, KECI in Missoula and KTVM in Butte and Bozeman.

“Dick Reingold brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and smarts to Bonten’s Montana operations,” Randy Bongarten, Chairman and CEO of Bonten Media said.  “His broad and successful background which includes news management, general management and station ownership makes Dick a tremendous asset for our entire company.”

Previously, Reingold was founder and CEO of Black Heritage Network, the first non-fiction Black content cable, satellite and internet network.  His first day will be Tuesday.

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