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Archives: June 2013

WHP News Director David Baer Arrested in Prostitution Sting, Former Reporter Says

WHP news director David Baer was arrested for allegedly soliciting prostitution, former WHP reporter Kirk Wilson confirms to the Patriot News.

Baer, 63, was one of three arrested in a prostitution sting in Swatara Township, Penn., Thursday night. Two women were also arrested on prostitution charges in an “ongoing investigation” led by Swatara Township police and agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Human Trafficking Taskforce, according to the Patriot News.

Wilson, who resigned from the Harrisburg CBS affiliate in May after a contentious meeting with station management, is the first to publicly identify the man involved in the prostitution sting as the station’s news director.

WHP has reported briefly on the arrests but made no mention of Baer’s employment with the station. He has held the news director position since April; as of Sunday afternoon, he remains listed on WHP’s website as the station’s news director.

WHP general manager Arthur Hasson has not responded to TVSpy’s request for comment.

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KAKE Reporter, Defended by Viewers on Facebook, Reveals Why He Lost His Job

Jared Cerullo, the KAKE reporter whose recent parting of ways with the Wichita ABC affiliate launched a firestorm of negative comments on the station’s facebook page, told his story this morning on Wichita radio station KQAM.

“My mistake was, I relied on an unreliable source,” Cerullo said on the “Joseph Ashby Show.” The conversation starts around the 16:33 mark on the link.

Viewers started speculating that Cerullo had been fired after he mistakenly said in a live report on the 11:00am news a Wichita murder suspect had changed his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty” during a preliminary hearing.

Cerullo admitted to Ashby he was in the bathroom when the defendant appeared. “When [I] came back up the preliminary hearing had already started and I did not catch what the first murder suspect had done,” said Cerullo. “So I reached over to someone in the gallery and I said, ‘Did he just plead guilty?’ And…I…it was…it’s not like it’s somebody I don’t know. I’m not going to out the person. I’m not going to do that, but I went with that information. He said, ‘Yes.’ I went with that information and ran with it without confirming it with the DA, without confirming it with the judge.” Read more

KMGH Teams Up With The Denver Post

Denver ABC affiliate KMGH is joining forces with The Denver Post to bring viewers ” impactful reporting and investigative storytelling that will bring positive change in Colorado.”

“These newsrooms are a great match,” KMGH news director Jeff Harris said in a statement. “7NEWS and The Denver Post are the best at digging, investigating and reporting stories that will hold government accountable and make Colorado the best place possible. We have great plans for the partnership and they all revolve around finding and reporting stories that matter and reporting them on the biggest platform possible — the goal is impact.”

As part of the partnership, the newsrooms will work together on weather coverage and on providing additional Spanish-language content.

Shannon Wolfson Returns to KXAN

After a three-month break from television, Shannon Wolfson is rejoining Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

In her new role, Wolfson, who previously anchored the 9 p.m. newscast on KXAN sister station KNVA, will work full time as an investigative reporter.

“I’m thrilled to be back at KXAN with the opportunity to tell stories that really make a difference,” she told the American-Statesman. “This is the kind of storytelling I’ve always loved, but haven’t always had the time or resources to accomplish.”

Set Designer Gives Simple Tips to Make Your News Set Better

All you production folks in TVSpyland might want to check this out. NewscastStudio recently spoke with FX Design Group owner and creative director Mack McLaughlin.

FX Design Group has made sets for everyone from The Golf Channel to WBAY in Green Bay, WI, and McLaughlin had some simple tips for keeping your station’s showpiece looking as good as the day it debuted and even talked about using hard lighting to make your anchors look better.

If you could have a station do one thing every week to enhance its set, anchors and overall newscast, what would it be?
Keep it clean, both from dust and fingerprints but also the clutter of papers and post its.

What do you think about the flat lighting that so many stations in cost cutting moves have undertaken?
Flat lighting combined with the new HD cameras tends to flatten everything out and make the anchors look like they are plastered right onto the scenery.You need hard lighting to sculpt them and separate them from the scenery, similar to lighting for dance.

McLaughlin also gave some insight into what viewers think about virtual sets and what he thinks about LED lighting. You can read the entire Q&A by clicking here.

WRC to Stream Weekday Newscasts Online

WRC, the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C., will begin streaming all weekday newscasts online Monday.

“We are excited to bring News4’s #1-rated newscasts to our growing digital audience,”  Wendy Warren, WRC editorial manager for digital, said in a statement. “This streaming experience will complement NBCWashington’s growing suite of mobile apps, social presence, and web content.”

All the broadcasts available online — including newscasts at 4:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. — will include closed captioning.

TV Jobs: WISH, WTOL, News 12 Long Island

This week, WISH is hiring a photographer, and WTOL needs a director of digital sales. Meanwhile, News 12 Long Island is seeking an investigative reporter, as well as a news line producer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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‘He Fired at Me’: WFSB Cameraman Runs From Suspect in Manhunt

With his camera rolling, a WFSB cameraman crossed paths with the armed subject of a police manhunt in a Connecticut neighborhood and lived to talk about it.

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In the video you can hear the cameraman for the Hartford CBS affiliate yell to reporter Kim Lucey, “Kim. He’s right here.” You then see the suspect, Andrew Samuolis, wearing a bullet proof vest and holding a gun in his hand as he appears from behind some trees. Samuolis sees the cameraman and points the gun at his own head. The cameraman yells, “Shit,” and runs away as the gunman fires a shot. Seconds later several shots can be heard. When the cameraman gets to his van he says, “He fired at me.”

Lucey later tweeted, “Just saw the suspect fire shots – my photographer and I hit the ground, called 911. Read more

Bob Yarbrough, Michele Silva Anchor Final WVLT Broadcast

WVLT morning co-anchors Bob Yarbrough and Michele Silva both anchored their final broadcast at the Knoxville CBS affiliate this morning (video above).

“A lot of exciting things are happening here at Channel 8. One of them being that we’re finally going to be able to get some sleep,” Silva joked on their final broadcast.

Silva is transitioning to a behind-the-scenes position as WVLT director of promotions and community service. Yarbrough is planning to remain in the area and expand a radio news and sports network he launched six years ago. He said he is eager to spend more time with his two young daughters, which his schedule has made difficult.

Anchor Hannah Horne Says Goodbye to WIS

WIS morning anchor Hannah Horne is saying goodbye to the NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C. to pursue a career in business.

“I’m a little nervous to try something new, but I’m prepared,” Horne told The State. “I’ve never been more ready.”

Horne, who joined the station in 2000, anchored her final broadcast Thursday. The State reports Mary King, who is a multimedia journalist for WIS, will replace Horne.

Before joining WIS in 2000, Horne worked at KPLC in Lake Charles, La. and WLOX in Biloxi, Miss.

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