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Archives: October 2013

Former Anchor Richard Brown Warns Reporters To Be Careful When Reporting on Crime

brownandjoeWhile speaking at a business event in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, former local and network TV anchor Richard Brown (pictured right with KGO co-anchor Terilyn Joe) had some advice for journalists on reporting crime in the community.

The Battleford’s News-Optimist reports the city was named “Canada’s crime capital” in a CTV News report the night before Brown spoke. A local resident asked the former KGO, WCBS and KXLY anchor how his town could get more balanced coverage from the media.

Brown said the root of what appears to be unfair reporting has two causes, the way the story is told and what he said was the media’s “Watergate mindset,” looking for the bad story underneath the good.

Brown encouraged the community to look for the good news to give to reporters, “whether it is an anti-bullying story, whether it is stories about having communities coming together, because it’s easy for reporters to find the bad news. What you have to do is hand them the good news.”

“You can make the numbers say anything you want,” he said.

“If you’ve got three guys who commit 15 B and Es, that’s not a crime wave. That’s three idiots committing 15 B and Es, but the numbers show up like 15 B and Es.” Read more

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Q3 Earnings: Media General Station Net Revenue Down 16%

media generalMedia General reported a $78.5 million in station net revenue for the third quarter of 2013, 16.4% drop compared to the year-ago quarter. As with other station groups, the decline was attributed to a drop in both political and Olympics revenue.

Operating income was $8.2 million, down from $22.5 million in Q3 2012. Retransmission revenue increased 41% for the quarter, with local and national advertising also growing 7.6%.

“Media General looks forward to completing our merger with Young Broadcasting. We’ve worked actively with Young management for the past several months to ensure a smooth transition. On November 7, 2013, we will hold a Special Shareholders Meeting to consider and vote on matters necessary to complete the merger. Assuming the FCC has approved our license transfers before our shareholders meeting, we plan to close the transaction very shortly thereafter,” George L. Mahoney, president and CEO of Media General, said in a statement.

From Huh? to Hilarious: A Roundup of How Morning Teams Celebrated Halloween

Countless anchors across the country got into the spirit of Halloween by dressing up in kooky costumes and camping it up. The winners in the broadcasting version of the Halloween Parade continues to be the viewers who witnessed everything from awkward concepts to small moments that were genuinely funny.

The unofficial TVSpy award for the cattiest and most likely to be viewed by the Human Resources department went to Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV. (video above) Anchor Bobbie Miller dressed like Tammy Payne, while Payne dressed like Miller in what came off as a thinly veiled excuse for them to take potshots at each other.

While the two were busy insulting one another, co-anchor Stan Miller scored the sexist remark of the day when he said “I want you to met Bobbie Miller.” He then patted “Miller’s” baby bump and said “Bucking for another 12 weeks off!”

Fake Bobbie Miller summed up the segment after taking a few shots across her bow by telling fake Tammy Payne, “We’re not going to be friends when this show’s over, are we?” Read more

TV Jobs: KRON, WDSU, KOAA

This week, KRON is hiring a video journalist, as well as a weekend morning anchor. Meanwhile, WDSU needs an assistant creative services director, and KOAA is on the hunt for a multimedia journalist. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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FCC Gives Denali Media OK to Buy Alaska Stations Over Local Broadcasters Objections

GCI_logo_-_AgencyDenali Media has been given the go-ahead from the FCC to buy three Alaska TV stations despite opposition from four Alaskan station groups.

According to one of the stations involved, Denali, a subsidiary of Alaska’s cable giant General Communications, Inc., is expected to complete its purchase of Anchorage CBS affiliate KTVA, Sitka NBC affiliate KSCT and Juneau NBC affiliate KATH within days.

The Alaska Dispatch reports, Andy MacLeod, general manager for Anchorage NBC affiliate KTUU one of the stations fighting the sale, told employees in an email following the ruling, “We’re disappointed in the FCC ruling and we, along with the other Alaska broadcasters, will assess our legal options moving forward.”

A main concern for the media entities that wanted to block GCI/Denali was the concept of a dual monopoly. GCI has what some view as a near-monopoly on the distribution of news, information and entertainment through its statewide cable systems. Jumping in now as a producer of that programming in the form of Denali Media stands to make GCI even more dominant as a common owner of both a cable system and broadcast television stations. The fear of what that would look like if GCI was ruthlessly anticompetitive motivated many Alaska broadcasters to seek protection from the potential threat through regulatory restrictions. Read more

WATCH: ‘GoodBye!’ WUSA Crew Attacked While Covering Home Invasion


A WUSA crew was maced and punched while covering a home invasion in Washington, DC where the station said several people were held hostage overnight.

Reporter Bruce Johnson and photographer Daniell Gill caught the attention of a woman inside the house who demanded the CBS affiliate’s crew leave and repeatedly told them, “Goodbye.” When they told her they were standing on public property, she sprayed mace at them and then got physical with them until they agreed to go.

“We don’t know who the young woman was in that video,” said Johnson on-air. “It’s possible, just possible she could have been one of those people held hostage at gunpoint inside the house.”

Johnson said neither he nor Gill will file charges saying they don’t know what she had gone through before they got there. He said they’d leave that up to the police.

Q3 Earnings: Journal Broadcast Group Revenue Up 2%

journal broadcast group logoJournal Broadcast Group reported $39.8 million in revenue from television stations for the third quarter of 2013, an increase of 2.2% on the year-ago quarter. Excluding political and Olympic revenue, the company reported a 42.8% increase in revenue from television stations.

Local advertising revenue increased 40.9%, largely due to increases in automotive and supermarket advertising, while national advertising revenue increased 35.1%. Operating earnings decreased 53.8% to $4.6 million, which Journal attributed to lower political and Olympic advertising, as well as the impact of the Time Warner Cable dispute.

“Although we were challenged by a protracted retransmission consent agreement negotiation with Time Warner Cable, which took our television stations off of their system in four of our markets for eight weeks, we are pleased with the result of the negotiation,” Journal said in a statement.

Q3 Earnings: Belo Revenue Drops 6%

belo logoBelo Corp. reported $166 million in total revenue for the third quarter of 2013, a 5.7% drop compared to the year-ago quarter. The decline was attributed to $15 million less in political revenue and $13.4 million of non-returning Olympics revenue on Belo’s NBC affiliates. Total revenue excluding political was up 3.1% year-over-year.

Advertising categories that were up for the quarter included travel, automotive and furniture, while retail, restaurants and grocery well all down. Other revenue, including Internet advertising, retransmission revenue and barter and trade advertising, was up 21% for the quarter.

Station salaries, wages and employee benefits were up for the quarter. Programming and other operating costs were also up slightly compared to the year-ago quarter.

One Anchor Leaves Grand Forks Station, Another Gets Promoted

stacie-pic_wdazWDAZ has promoted Stacie Van Dyke to 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. anchor to replace Molly Thorvilson who leaves the station today.

“It’s hard to see Molly go, but I am proud to promote Stacie to the position,” said Julie Moravchik, news director for the Grand Forks, ND, ABC station. “She is a hard worker, a great person and an all around class act. She is the perfect fit for this job.”

“It’s bittersweet for me to say goodbye, but I think WDAZ’s decision to promote Stacie is a good one,” said Thorvilson, who told the the Grand Forks Herald she is leaving for her dream job working at a mountain resort in Montana.

Van Dyke currently anchors the station’s 5:00 p.m. news. She moves to her new position on Monday.

San Antonio Anchor Following Husband to LA

ramon_cropped_woaiElsa Ramon, anchor for San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI, has announced she is leaving the station.

Ramon will join her husband who recently got a new job in Los Angeles. Her last day will be December 20.

“I cannot even describe how bittersweet this is. My husband made a sacrifice for me to come to San Antonio, and now it’s time for me to exercise the give-and-take of marriage and let him follow his dream,” Ramon said in a statement.

Ramon has been with WOAI for five years. She has also worked in Dallas, Phoenix and Los Angeles.

“We are saddened to lose such a quality professional as Elsa,” said John Seabers, WOAI general manager and group manager for Sinclair Television Texas. “We know her unique brand of journalism in San Antonio will be missed. Sinclair Broadcast Group believes family comes first, and we feel Elsa is doing the right thing for her family.”

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