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Archives: October 2012

David Shepherd Returns to Weekend Anchor Desk for WEHT-WTVW

David Shepherd has been named the new weekend anchor for Evansville’s WEHT-WTVW.  Shepherd was the weekend anchor for WEHT before the station merged with WTVW last year.

Shepherd confirmed with TVSpy he will begin co-anchoring with Shalah Sasse beginning next weekend.

Shepherd was recently promoted to political director and lead political reporter for the station.

[Jake's DTV Blog]

Streaming Sandy Coverage Drives Record Traffic for Local TV Websites

Stations who streamed their live coverage of Hurricane Sandy on their websites and mobile apps are reporting record traffic according to Broadcasting & Cable.

The ABC O&O, WPVI in Philadelphia, hit a single day record of 13.1 million page views across mobile and desktop on Monday October 29th and had over 9 million page views on Sunday, October 28th.  Meanwhile, The ABC owned WABC station in New York City also hit a record 7 million page views on mobile and desktop on October 29, when it had 2 million unique visitors.

B&C also said stations who streamed coverage also drove downloads of their mobile apps.  As of this writing, Cablevision’s News12 (#2), Philadelphia ABC O&O WPVI (#5), Boston’s ABC affiliate WCVB (#7), WFSB the CBS affiliate for Hartford-New Haven, CT (#8) and New York’s ABC O&O WABC (#10) occupied 5 of the top ten free news apps available on iTunes.  CNN holds the top spot.

WDRB Expands to Include Weekend Morning News

WDRB, the FOX affiliate for Louisville, KY will be adding a weekend morning news show to its lineup.

Beginning Saturday January 19, WDRB will include a Saturday and Sunday regular newscast from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

“This is the next logical step for our news department,” WDRB news director Barry Fulmer said in a statement posted to Jake’s DTV blog. “We already lead the market by offering the most original local news Monday through Friday, and with this latest expansion, we’ll be able to make that claim seven days a week.”

[Jake's DTV Blog] [TVNewsCheck]

WFOR Reporter Covering Sandy Gets New York Welcome

Ted Scouten, a reporter for WFOR, the CBS affiliate in Miami, got a rude welcome when he came to New York to cover Hurricane Sandy.

Scouten was standing in the Rockaways section of Queens when a wave poured over the sea wall he was standing near. The Miami reporter turned it into a teachable moment saying, “This is exactly why we tell you to stay away from situations like this.”

“CBS This Morning” also aired the video.  You can see their take after the jump. Read more

Local Stations Ready for Next Step in Covering Sandy

TVNewsCheck has a story outlining the coverage efforts of local TV stations up and down the East Coast.

The article points out the amount of planning news directors needed in order to get ready to cover the storm and initial clean up.

“Everybody left home on Saturday prepared to be gone for five to seven days,” says Michele Butt, news director of Hearst’s NBC affiliate WBAL Baltimore. “You don’t stop covering the storm just because the sun comes out.”

Stations booked hotel rooms, stocked up on petty cash and food supplies and even supplied crews rope to tie down dishes on live trucks.

Throughout the day Monday, local TV news operations in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston ran non-stop storm tracking radar images and news tickers with emergency information and weather updates. Reporters, ma[n]y pulling 12-hour shifts, stood by coastlines and waterways from Ocean City, Md., to New England poised for potentially destructive surges. Read more

Salt Lake City’s KSL Debuts New Set

KSL, Salt Lake City’s NBC affiliate has unveiled their new state of the art set.

The set is surrounded by large LED screens allowing the station to change the background at a moments notice.

“We did not want to go with a traditional local news feel,” Tanya Vea, executive vice-president for news said in a story the station posted about the set. “We think we’re bigger than that. We think we’re better than that.

The station put together a video about the set.  You can watch it after the jump.  They also posted a story about it on their website. Read more

VIDEO: Open Mic Lands WPVI’s Cecily Tynan in Stormy Waters

The anchors at Philadelphia’s ABC O&O WPVI got caught in a tempest of their own making last night.  During their Hurricane Sandy coverage, meteorologist Cecily Tynan could be heard clearly saying the word ‘moron’ or ‘more on’ after tossing to fellow meteorologist Adam Joseph.  Joseph had forgotten to turn on his mic pack at the time.

In the video, Tynan can be heard struggling with the segue to her toss to Joseph saying, “…on more on what to go from here on, let’s head over to Adam Joseph.”  You can hear Tynan grunt in agreement to what Joseph is saying, then you can hear her say the word ‘moron’ or ‘more on’ before Joseph turns on his mic and continues his report.

A quick acting Philadelphia Inquirer captured a screen grab of Tynan’s facebook page where she explained she said ‘more on’ in response to a floor director’s suggestion she put on more make up.  You view the screen grab after the jump.

However, about a half-hour later, anchor Jim Gardner took the opportunity to explain the situation away on air (you can watch the video after the jump) by telling viewers Tynan was offering Joseph the use of her mic, “What Cecily was saying was, ‘Do you want mine on?’”  In regards to using the word moron to describe her colleague, Gardner added, “We don’t do that here.  We are a family.  We love each other.”  He then turned to someone off camera (presumably Joseph) and said, “You’re acting like a moron.”

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How Dan Rather Changed Hurricane Coverage

Before he worked at AXS TV or CBS News, Dan Rather was a local reporter at KHOU in Houston. While he was there, the former “Evening News” anchor was instrumental in developing what is now a commonplace aspect of hurricane reporting: a graphic superimposing radar over a map.

Rather rigged up the graphic while covering Hurricane Carla near Galveston in 1961. He told us all about it when we interviewed him for the mediabistroTV series “My First Big Break.” Watch:

CBS Television Stations Pick Up ‘The Queen Latifah Show’

CBS has signed the “Queen Latifah Show” to air on all of its 16 CBS owned and operated stations beginning in 2013, according to Deadline.com.

Deadline reported competition was said to be fierce among networks vying for the daytime show executive produced by Queen Latifah, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith among others.

Shortly after the dust settled on this fall’s syndicated daytime talk show launches that failed to produce a breakout hit, Sony TV began conversations with station groups about the Queen Latifah talker, garnering interest from multiples places. I hear negotiations went down to the wire with the CBS and NBC station groups.

Hurricane Winds Cause Crane Collapse in NYC

Hurricane Sandy is approaching the Tri-State area at this hour, and the high winds are already wreaking havoc on New York City. Shortly before 3pmET, stations reported on a crane collapse in midtown Manhattan. The crane, perched on top of a high-end residential building currently under construction, is currently dangling off the high-rise building.

WABC was the first station to report the news at 2:44 p.m. WCBS was next at 2:46, followed by WNBC at 2:50 and WPIX at 2:53.

The WCBS studio, located on 57th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, is just down the street from the crane collapse site, 57th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. More pictures after the jump. Read more

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