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Archives: January 2014

Capitol News Service, WTVJ Apologize For ‘Reprehensive Party of Florida’ Graphic

wtvj rephrensive party of floridaTwo Capitol News Service staffers have been fired after the wire service supplied WTVJ, the NBC owned station in Miami, with a political story that included a graphic that read “Reprehensive Party of Florida” instead of “Republican Party of Florida.”

The segment aired on the 6 p.m. newscast Thursday. In response to a letter from the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, who accused the station of “complete abdication of your station’s professional duty at best and slander at worst,” both Capitol News Service and WTVJ apologized for the incident. (Jim Romenesko has the full letter from the Florida GOP here.)

The Capitol News Service statement says the wire service “takes full responsibility” for the incident:

In a report in which we played a web ad by the Republican Party of Florida, our employees indicated it should have the on screen chyron “Reprehensive Party of Florida.”  We deeply regret this incident.  The people who made the error and reviewed it without catching it are no longer in our employ.

In a statement to Romenesko, WTVJ said they “sincerely regret the incident.” Read more

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WTKR Cameras Malfunction Before News, Station Tells Viewers ‘Things Are Looking Up’

Norfolk-Hampton Roads CBS affiliate WTKR had some problems with its studio cameras right before its 4:00 p.m show today.

WTKR Reporter Reed Andrews tweeted out a picture of one of the cameras looking skyward.

The station also let viewers know on its facebook page. “Things are looking up at NewsChannel 3 today. No, really. We have a few minutes before the show and all of our cameras in the studio are pointing to the ceiling! Join us at 4 to see us overcome a few technical issues to bring you the news!” Read more

Pittsburgh Paper Mourns the Loss of Meaningful Local TV News

switcher_color barsThe Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran an op-ed mourning the passing of local TV. The title says it all, “Local TV News, RIP. It used to keep us informed; now, it’s not even entertaining.”

Is the writer disremembering local TV’s Golden Age or is he spot on? You be the judge.

At some point along the way someone came up with the bright idea that the news could be a profit center with commercials and ratings instead of being a public service, and things began to change.

What has evolved is only a faint remnant of what TV used to be and what it still could be if some executives would realize that quality content sells soap. Instead we are bombarded with a barrage of shameless self-promotion for the sake of ratings.

I actually think they spend more time telling us what they are going to tell us than they do actually telling us. Then there is the extremely annoying and endless teasing. If Chicago were hit with a nuclear bomb, the local stations would say, “Find out which major city was wiped off the map today –— details at 11!”

The actual content of the news is woefully lacking. I think that a house fire in some outlying small town belongs in the local community paper, not on the metropolitan 6 p.m. news.

Check out the entire read by clicking here.

A.J. Clemente Says His Media Classes Are ‘Sold Out’

AJ Clemente on Fox NewsA.J. Clemente, the former KFYR anchor who was fired after his first words on the air were “fucking shit,” was a guest on Fox News’ “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson” this afternoon.

Clemente, who was recently hired as a media instructor at Rennert International in New York City, said he is teaching students “the tools of the trade” while he looks for other television opportunities. “The classes are sold out. We have plenty of kids that want to come over … and maybe not [listen to] what I want to say, but they want to learn,” Clemente said.

In case anyone needs a reminder (or just a good Friday laugh), video of the newscast that got Clemente fired is after the jump. Read more

Taylor Kearns Signs Off From WIS

After seven years at WIS, Taylor Kearns is saying goodbye to the NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C.

Kearns said he will be staying in Columbia “for the short term” and exploring new opportunities. [h/t The State]

Fargo Station Works Out Deal with School Districts to Avoid Prosecution

MellaneyMoorePioneer Press is reporting Fargo CBS and NBC affiliate KVLY-KXJB has agreed to not assign school stories to reporter Mellaney Moore for 90 days in exchange for the having trespassing charges against her dropped in Fargo and Moorhead, MN.

Moore was investigated by West Fargo, Fargo and Moorhead after her hidden camera investigation into school security where she entered three different schools without checking in at the front desks.

The essentially identical agreements hashed out with school officials — signed by the districts’ superintendents as well as Moore, the news director and the general manager of Valley News Live — say the districts will ask prosecutors to charge Moore if she commits any trespassing violations in the next year.

The mediated settlement specifies that officials from neither the districts nor Valley News Live will take retaliatory action against each other in the wake of the agreement. Read more

KBAK-KBFX Crew Get Stuck in Lake Tahoe

A reporter and a photojournalist from KBAK-KBFX were among the many news crews dispatched to report on the winter weather across the country this week. On their way to the Sierra Nevada mountains, where they were tasked with reporting a story on how snow levels are affecting California water levels,  Jonathan Gonzalez and Johnny Guillen were thwarted by a car accident right in front of them.

“Stuck in the snow, stuck without a story” as they waited for the traffic to clear, Gonzalez and Guillen instead interviewed the people around them about the snow, the road conditions and how they planned to pass the time. Watch:

Adrian Pittman ‘No Longer With WBRZ’ After Theft Arrest

adrian pittman wbrzAdrian Pittman is out at WBRZ after he was arrested for theft, the Baton Rouge ABC affiliate reported on its 10 p.m. newscast Thursday.

“Gonzales police say a former WBRZ reporter is accused of theft from a store in Ascension Parish. Adrian Pittman is accused of putting the value of returned merchandise onto a gift card while working at the store,” Sylvia Weatherspoon said on the newscast. “There may be additional charges as investigators review a number of transactions. Again, Pittman is no longer with WBRZ.”

>UPDATE: Pittman sent TVSpy a letter showing the charges have been dismissed after he successfully completed the DA’s Pre-Trial Intervention Program.

Pittman joined WBRZ in May 2012.

WTHR Expands Morning Newscast

WTHR_NBC_13Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR is expanding its weekday morning newscast by 30 minutes beginning next month.

“Hoosiers wake up to Channel 13 and for those who need to get up extra early we’re pleased that they will be able to watch their favorite morning show and favorite morning team a half hour earlier,” general manager Larry Delia said in a statement.

Beginning February 24, the morning newscast will begin at 4 a.m. instead of 4:30 a.m. WTHR is moving NBC’s “Early Today,” which currently airs at 4 a.m., to COZI-TV.

WKRC 7:00 a.m. News to Switch Channels

Wkrc_news_logoSinclair’s Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC is moving its one-hour show at 7:00 a.m. from its CW affiliate digital subchannel to Deerfield Media’s MyNetworkTV affiliate WSTR beginning Monday.

“Good Morning Cincinnati at 7 will provide the community with the quality newscast they have come to expect and WSTR is a station that tri-state viewers already turn to for News at 10pm,” WKRC GM Jon Lawhead said in a statement.

The show features anchors Bob Herzog and Tiffany Wilson, meteorologist John Gumm and traffic reporter Jen Dalton.

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