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Archives: April 2014

FAA Looking Into Drone Footage of Arkansas Tornado Damage

The FAA is looking into a KATV photographer’s use of a drone to shoot footage of tornado damage in Arkansas, Mashable’s Jason Abbruzzese reports. The photographer, Brian Emfinger, tweeted a link to the YouTube video of the drone footage he shot in the aftermath of a tornado in Mayflower, Ark.

Emfinger’s video was a topic of discussion during a panel discussion on drones at yesterday’s TVNewser Show (if you missed the video of the drone demonstration, see it here). During the talk, C. Andrew Keisner, an intellectual property and litigation attorney, predicted the FAA would start cracking down on drone usage by journalists: “According to the FAA, it’s illegal,” he said.

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Carolyn Johnson Joins KNBC in Los Angeles

carolyn johnsonCarolyn Johnson is joining KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles, in June. Johnson comes from KGO, the ABC-owned station in San Francisco, where she has worked since 2007.

“Carolyn is an excellent journalist whose passion for journalism is seen through her exceptional story-telling abilities,” KNBC vice president of news Todd Mokhtari said in a statement. “Carolyn grew up in Southern California and now she is returning home to join the most talented and respected journalists in the market at NBC4.”

In her new role, Johnson will co-anchor the noon newscast alongside Whit Johnson and the 6 p.m. newscast alongside Chuck Henry.

Mary Wilson Promoted to Evening Co-Anchor at WUTR-WFXV

wutr mary wilson promoMary Wilson has been promoted to evening anchor at WUTR-WFXV, Nexstar’s duopoly in Utica, N.Y., according to the Central New York Business Journal.

“Mary is the consummate professional. We could not be more pleased that we have been able to promote from within our existing staff for this critical position,” VP-GM Stephen Merren said in a statement.

Wilson joined the stations in May 2013 as a reporter. She will anchor the 6, 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts with Don Dudley.

DDG, KTVA Win News Set of the Year Award

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Devlin Design Group and KTVA, the CBS affiliate in Anchorage, are the winners of Newscast Studio’s News Set of the Year Award.

“After less than 5 months on the air, the new KTVA News was awarded “Best Newscast” by the Alaska Press Club. I have no doubt that the amazing set produced by DDG contributed greatly to the award,” KTVA news director Bert Rudman said in a statement. “DDG and KTVA have proven that quality design is not limited by market size.”

WRC Launches Series on Mental Health

wrc setWRC, the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C., is launching “Changing Minds,” a year-long series on mental health. The series will “consist of powerful and compelling elements including news stories, public service announcements, town halls, specials and partnerships,” according to the station.

“We have been seeing too many tragedies that might have been prevented if only someone got the right kind of help,” WRC vice president of news Mike Goldrick said in a statement. “By shining a light on a topic that unfortunately carries stigmas and doesn’t get all the attention it deserves, we hope to make a difference and save lives.”

The campaign launches tomorrow, the first day of National Mental Health month, with reports throughout the day on WRC newscasts and online. WRC will also have a daylong phone bank staffed with professionals from CrisisLink.

KSWB Names Kelly McMackin General Sales Manager

kswb logoKelly McMackin has been named general sales manager at KSWB, the Tribune-owned Fox affiliate in San Diego. McMackin begins in his new role May 5.

“Kelly is a strong leader with a proven track record of driving sales growth and an understanding of the competitive landscape. I’m confident with his oversight, FOX 5 will continue to grow and expand our sales offerings,” KSWB president and general manager Don Corsini said in a statement.

It is a return to KSWB for McMackin, who worked as the station’s general sales manager from 1996-2001. Most recently, he has been the director of business development at Cox Communications.

Elisa Amigo Leaving Cleveland’s WJW

elisa amigoWJW weekend anchor Elisa Amigo is leaving the station for “a primary anchor job in another market,” the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

Amigo, who has worked at the Cleveland Fox affiliate for eight years, anchored her last WJW broadcast Sunday.

Before WJW, Amigo worked as a reporter at WTVG in Toledo and WHIZ in Zanesville, Ohio.

WNYW’s John Huddy Joins Fox News

John Huddy, currently a reporter for Fox-owned WNYW in New York City, is joining Fox News Channel’s Jerusalem bureau, TVNewser reports.

Huddy began at WNYW as a writer for “Good Day New York” in 2004. He made the transition to on-air reporting in 2008, joining WNYW sister station WWOR. In 2009, he returned to WNYW to report for “Good Day New York.” He officially signed off from WNYW last week.

 

Three Media General Stations Debut New Sets

Three Media General stations — WFLA in Tampa, WSPA in Greenville-Spartanburg and WCBD in Charleston — have debuted new sets designed by FX Design Group:

Each station sports a very contemporary design with utmost flexibility for breaking news, weather, entertainment and traffic. The highlights are LED curtains, LED color changing vaccuform walls, vertical columns and headers. All three stations have 3 x 3 x 46 monitor walls and 80” touch screens for anchor and reporter interaction. WFLA has a unique 2 x 3 x 46” vertical wall to showcase breaking news, branding or specials.

On the Move, 4/30/14

Paul Ballinger has been promoted to director of sales at WBNS in Columbus, Ohio. Ballinger has been the station’s local sales manager since 2006.

To report a move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

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