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Archives: January 2013

TV Jobs: KABC, KNBC, NECN

This week, KABC, is hiring a freelance online entertainment editor, while KNBC needs a managing editor. NECN is seeking a morning news producer, and KFOR/KAUT is on the hunt for a news director. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Media General Q4 Revenue Up 40%

In the fourth quarter of 2012, Media General reported total revenues of $108.7 million, an increase of 39.5% from the year-ago quarter.

Media General reported an operating income of $42.3 million and a net income of $17.6 million for the quarter, both significant year-over-year increases. Cable and satellite retransmission fees were up 84% to $9.9 million.

“Record political advertising was $30 million. Core local and national advertising revenues, excluding political, increased 4%,” Media General president-CEO George L. Mahoney said in a statement. “Media General was particularly well positioned to maximize political advertising opportunities, with six of our stations located in four of the key battleground states.”

WKMG Responds to the Jessica Sanchez ‘STD’ Viral Video

After the video of WKMG traffic reporter Jessica Sanchez deflecting a video bomber with questions about STDs went viral, TVSpy was curious how the management at the Orlando CBS affiliate viewed the way the situation was handled on-air.

“One of the challenges of live television is that the unexpected can and does happen,” Skip Valet vice president and general manager of WKMG told TVSpy. “We are continually assessing how to best balance our reporting when confronted with these types of interruptions.”

The situation begs the question is there a line that shouldn’t be crossed when dealing with intrusions during live reports? It’s quite a leap from possibly being drunk to being identified as having an STD, on live television. You can see the video of the interaction after the jump and judge for yourself.

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Police Identify Suspect in KIEM Camera Theft

Police in Eureka, CA, have found one of four cameras recently stolen from local NBC affiliate KIEM after searching an apartment where Edward Charles Vercoe lived.

Police were lead to Vercoe, who is on parole, after a neighbor complained of excessive foot and vehicle traffic coming from an apartment located in an alley. In the apartment, they found a SONY camera and a half a gram of heroin. Vercoe is currently wanted for being in possession of a controlled substance and possession of stolen property.

Sunday, KIEM reported four news cameras and a scanner had been stolen from a trailer behind the station.  The Humboldt County Sheriff’s office is asking the public to be on the lookout for what is now two SONY cameras and one Panasonic camera along with a Radio Shack scanner.

[Eureka Police Department][Eureka Times-Standard]

 

Charlotte Reporter Hit by Car While Shooting Video of Downed Power Lines

Caroline Vandergriff, a reporter at News 14 Carolina, is in stable condition after she was hit by a car while covering a story Wednesday night. The station reported on Vandergriff’s condition:

She was shooting video of downed power lines at the intersection of East Morehead Street and Kenilworth Avenue. Two vehicles collided at the intersection and careened out of control. One of the cars hit Caroline.

She was taken to Carolinas Medical Center where she is stable.

Vandergriff joined the station last month from WILX in Lansing.

FOX To Debut All Movie Network for Local TV Digital Subchannels

FOX Television Stations, along with Weigel Broadcasting, has announced it will premiere a 24-Hour all movie network called “MOVIES!” to run on 17 of its local owned stations this Spring.

“We’re doing MOVIES! because this content works in the D2 space,” said Frank Cicha senior vice president of programming for FOX television stations. “Weigel has proven that in their other ventures, which is why we’ve chosen to work with them.  While we’ve successfully used our D2 spectrum to some degree, this is the first time we’re going in with all stations on board, which is exciting.”

The channel will show a variety of movies in what the network said will be a “new, viewer and advertiser friendly format, not seen on broadcast television to date.” The goal, according to FOX, is to create a destination where movie fans can watch fan friendly and free content over the air and on cable. Read more

WGCL’s Jeff Chirico Gets Punched in the Face While Investigating a Story

WGCL investigative reporter Jeff Chirico was punched in the chin and knocked to the ground while reporting a piece for the Atlanta CBS affiliate.

Chirico’s was investigating Richard Wilder, who reportedly began operating a business in Gainesville just weeks after he was charged with seven counts of theft by deception and once count of racketeering. While reporting the story, Donald Wilder, presumed to be Richard’s father, approached Chirico and threatened him, punching him in the face and knocking him to the ground.

WGCL says Chirico was not seriously injured. His full report airs tonight on WGCL’s 11 p.m. newscast.

Jamie Hersch Joins Fox Sports North

After three years at WKOW in Madison, Jamie Hersch is joining Fox Sports North as a sideline reporter.

Hersch joined WKOW in 2009 as an anchor and reporter and moved to the sports department in 2011. Most recently, she has been the station’s weekend sports anchor and reporter.

At Fox Sports North, she will cover the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Wild and University of Minnesota hockey. Her first day will be February 17.

“I’m thrilled to return home to the Twin Cities to cover the teams I grew up cheering for,” Hersch said in a statement. “This opportunity with Fox Sports North will allow me to connect with other Minnesotans on the teams we all love.”

KLRT Adds Morning News, Revamps Evening News Schedule

KLRT, Little Rock’s FOX affiliate, will debut its first morning show Monday.

Mike Vaughn, general manager of KLRT told TVSpy, “We are excited to offer LOCAL news content at a time all others are offering national content. Monday is just the beginning of the process and we will continue to build as we go. We are very proud of our Fox brand.”

The new show will air from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and according to Arkansas Business Daily will be anchored by Deedra Wilson and Greg Dee.

The Nexstar run FOX affiliate is also making changes to its evening lineup by eliminating the 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. news shows and replacing them with a half hour show at 5:30 and an hour show at 9:00 p.m.

KMOV Anchor Larry Conners On Road to Recovery After Surgery

If viewers of St.Louis CBS affiliate KMOV have been wondering what happened to anchor Larry Conners, they can wonder no more.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Conners has been out of action after a second rotator cuff surgery. He posted the slow progress of his recovery on facebook last week saying,

Pain meds not working again but think infection is improving. Seeing doctor tomorrow. Still hoping [t]o be back on air soon. As always thanks for prayers and don’t forget those much worse off. Read more

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