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Archives: December 2012

Carleen Wild Out WMTV

Carleen Wild has announced she will be leaving WMTV, the NBC affiliate for Madison, WI.

Wild told viewers on the station’s facebook page she was “heading west.”

while I am sad to leave this community and my home, I am also excited to have the opportunity to be with my new family in South Dakota. This decision wasn’t made lightly, but I know my new life will afford me more time as a mom, a wife, and with the horses I have always wanted out my front door. I’ll post a few thoughts in the coming hours.

Before coming to WMTV in 2007, Wild worked in the non-profit sector for the University of Wisconsin’s Carbone Cancer Center.  She has also worked at WISC, the CBS affiliate in Madison and at KECI in Missoula, MT.

TV Jobs: WRNN, KOIN, KWHY

This week, WRNN is hiring a master controller, while KOIN is seeking a digital director. KWHY needs a news director, and KOAA is on the hunt for a graphic artist. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great TV jobs on the TVSpy job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented TVSpy pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

Rochester NBC Affiliate Apologizes After Airing Sensitive Episode of ‘Chicago Fire’

WHEC, the NBC affiliate in Rochester, has issued an apology after airing an episode of “Chicago Fire” that closely resembled the Christmas Eve shooting in neighboring Webster, N.Y.

The episode, which aired Wednesday evening, featured a scene that showed firefighters and ambulance workers being shot during the response to a 911 call. Derek Dalton, the station’s vice president and general manager, released a statement Thursday:

Last night, NBC, our network, ran an episode of Chicago Fire that many in our community felt was insensitive in light of the Christmas Eve tragedy.

We understand and regret the timing of this episode.  By no means did we, or NBC, intend any disrespect to the families or our community affected by the recent events in Webster.

All of us in the WHEC-TV family have a personal connection to our community and our firefighters.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and we will continue to cover this story with compassion and professionalism.

WXIN Looks Back at Moments of the Year

Indianapolis Fox affiliate WXIN has compiled the best moments of 2012 from the station’s morning newscast (video above). The highlights include a fair bit of dancing, an unfortunate flag football accident and, of course, a bet settled with a trip to the dunk tank.

Local Stations Put the Brakes on Drunk Driving

With the holiday season comes concern about an increase in drinking and driving.  In response, the Ad Council, TVB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are educating the public about the dangers and cost of drunk driving with “Project Roadblock: Local TV Puts the Brakes on Drunk Driving.”

“Local television broadcasters have donated countless hours of media to our Buzzed Driving Prevention campaign,” said Peggy Conlon, Ad Council president and CEO. “Their generosity for Project Roadblock 2012 will further extend our critical ‘buzzed driving is drunk driving’ message into homes nationwide during this holiday season.”

Stations participating in Project Roadblock air multimedia PSAs between December 26 and New Year’s Eve designed to let viewers know about the dangers of getting behind the wheel after drinking. Read more

A Year of ‘Dance Party Fridays’ on WKRC

WKRC traffic reporter Bob Herzog continued his popular “Dance Party Friday” segments this year, bringing his moves to the Cincinnati CBS affiliate’s morning newscast once a week. Herzog has compiled an end of year “Best Of” series of the segments.

Part one is above and part two is the jump. Read more

WFLA Faces Cable Blackout Over Retrans Deal

Negotiations between Media General’s Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA and cable provider Bright House Networks are coming down to the wire.

The deadline to reach an agreement over retransmission fees is scheduled for 11:59 p.m. Monday, December 31.  If no agreement is in place by then, Bright House may drop the station from its lineup cutting viewer’s ability to watch their favorite NBC shows.

The companies are duking it out away from the negotiating table. WFLA aired warnings about the impending blackout to its viewers (watch the video after the jump) and posted arguments on a web page called “Don’t Drop News Channel 8″ where it wrote in part,

We understand that companies like Bright House pay fees as high as $4.40 per subscriber per month for ESPN and around $1.00 per subscriber per month for TNT and Disney Channel.  These channels have NO local programming, NO local employees, NO local investments, and little to no audience, all unlike News Channel 8. Yet, we are asking for nowhere near what Time Warner/Bright House pays for ESPN, even though our ratings trounce ESPN’s. Read more

Arthur Hasson Named GM at WHP-WLYH

Arthur Hasson has been named general manager of WHP, Sinclair’s CBS affiliate in Harrisburg, Pa. He will also oversee WLYH, the CW affiliate operated by Sinclair.

Hasson is a former executive vice president of NBC Universal, where he worked from 1990-2005. Since 2006, he has been president of MultiPlatform Distribution Company, a producer and distributor of television programming.

“Arthur’s background in television distribution, as well as his experience in integrating social media, offers Sinclair a unique opportunity to utilize his talents both on a local and company-wide level,” Sinclair COO Steve Marks said in a statement. “We look forward to incorporating Arthur’s creative spirit in the stations’ consumer and viewer outreach.”

Hasson replaces Holly Steuart, who was released last month after Sinclair took ownership of WHP.

From Graphics to the Gulf War: Christiane Amanpour Reveals Her First Big Break

While our mediabistroTV crew is busy putting the finishing touches on next week’s “My First Big Break” we thought we’d give you a little preview of what you can expect.

Christiane Amanpour tells mediabistroTV how her journey from Tehran during the revolution and first TV job as a graphics coordinator for WJAR in Providence, RI came together to lead her to the early days of CNN and finally to her role of global affairs anchor for ABC News.

Tune in to mediabsitroTV next Wednesday for the whole story in “Christiane Amanpour: My First Big Break.”

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Bay Area TV Archivist Sifts Through Local News Archives

KQED profiles Alex Cherian, a Bay Area television archivist who recovers historical news footage in San Francisco. Cherian operates out of the San Francisco State library and is currently working on finding the last interview Robert Kennedy gave before he was assassinated. Cherian offers details of his operation:

Cherian says most of the local programming in the Bay Area from the 1950s is gone, along with about 40 percent from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The ‘80s are even worse — a black hole, he says. That’s when stations used a type of tape that degrades quickly. But even today, long after stations started preserving their material, many lack easily searchable databases or digital backups.

The Bay Area TV Archive is mostly a one-person operation, and Cherian says without a staff, he just doesn’t have the ability to go through it all, about 4,000 hours from local stations KTVU, KPIX, KRON-4, and KQED, among other sources. Even though he’s been at it for three years, Cherian has only been able to put about 4 percent of it online. He says “some of the film will be in the wrong can, some will be unlabeled, who knows what we have.”

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