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Archives: June 2014

KXTV Reporter: ‘Plagiarism is Alive and Well in America’s Number One Media Market’

KXTV lightening storyIn a letter to Jim Romenesko, Sacramento reporter George Warren takes CBS-owned WCBS to task for “blatant, bald-faced plagiarism … alive and well in America’s number one media market.” Warren, a reporter at ABC affiliate KXTV, writes:

Sure, I’m flattered that WCBS liked my [lightning strike] story enough to have weatherman Lonnie Quinn re-track it WORD-FOR-WORD. But what the hell?

I’m assuming the CBS flagship station in New York City got my story from CNN, which got the story from my station in Sacramento — and then the weather guy simply replaced my narration with his own. WCBS presented the story as its own original work on air and online with no mention that the story actually came to them from another local TV station in California.

Yahoo News then posted the story from WCBS and racked up nearly 400,000 hits in the first two days. The New York Daily News did the same thing. This robs my TV station of proper credit and the revenue we derive from “clicks.”

I’m told by my station management that our contract with CNN allows other stations to use our content as their own. Obviously WCBS took this authorization to the extreme. It may be permitted, but any journalist knows that it’s wrong.

Romenesko has links to both stories for comparison purposes.

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Fox Television Stations and Nielsen to Continue ‘Longstanding Relationship’

Fox_logo-reflectionFox Television Stations and Nielsen have agreed on a new contract, Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy and Nielsen president of U.S. Media Lynda Clarizio announced in a joint statement today.

“Nielsen and FOX Television Stations Inc. have come to a mutually beneficial resolution to continue their longstanding relationship.  Both companies are committed to more meaningful and accurate measurement in local markets,” the statement reads. “We look forward to a strong and productive relationship going forward.”

Earlier this month, Fox signed a long-term agreement with Rentrak for local market ratings services for all of its 28 owned stations in 18 markets.

Meteorologist Laura Velasquez Joining KDVR

LAURA VELASQUEZMeteorologist Laura Velasquez is leaving WOOD in Grand Rapids to join KDVR in Denver, mlive.com reports:

“I’ve loved my time at WOOD TV,” she said. “They believed in my talent and passion right from the start and gave me the platform and encouragement to grow as a meteorologist, broadcaster and professional.”

Velasquez is looking forward to joining KDVR-TV, the FOX TV affiliate in Denver, the 17th largest TV market with more than 1.5 million viewers. “I wanted to stay in a ‘weather’ market – somewhere where the weather is challenging,” she said. “I’ll get to forecast everything from blizzards to tornadoes and everything in between.”

“Forecasting is going to be different at first, but I’m ready and looking forward to it,” Velasquez said.

Lauren Johnson Moving to Philly From Orlando

Lauren JohnsonLauren Johnson is joining WTXF, the Fox-owned station in Philadelphia. Johnson will be hosting the station’s weekend morning newscasts when they launch this fall.

It is a move within Fox for Johnson, who is a weekend anchor for “Good Day Orlando” on WOFL. She was previously the morning co-anchor on WHBQ, the Fox-owned station in Memphis. She started her television career in 2003 at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando.

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Weekend Anchor Rachel Wulff Leaving WDSU

rachel wulffWDSU weekend anchor Rachel Wulff has opted not to renew her contract with the New Orleans NBC affiliate, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports:

She said Friday (June 27) that she was leaving WDSU on good terms, and cited the station’s “Neighbor or Nuisance” series as a reporting highlight of her time there.

“I feel privileged to have worked with some amazing journalists here who are committed to the community — uncovering corruption, educating the public and providing much-needed information when disaster strikes,” she said. “I am proud to have given a voice to many struggling to return post-Katrina.”

Jonathan Shelley, WDSU’s news director, said there would be no immediate announcement about Wulff’s replacement.

Kristen Hamilton Named ND at KHQA

Kristen Hamilton has been hired as the news director for KHQA, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s CBS affiliate in Quincy, Ill.

Rick Gevers reports in his weekly newsletter that Hamilton comes from WXIN in Indianapolis, where she is the content manager. She replaces Nora Baldner, who has been KHQA news director for four years.

Kathryn Brown Leaves WCBS for WRAL

KathrynBrownKathryn Brown is leaving New York’s WCBS and joining WRAL where she has been named weekend anchor. Brown joins in late August and will take over for Renee Chou who moved to the morning show. The move to Raleigh will put Brown and her husband, Scott, who works for WABC-TV, closer to family in Atlanta. Before WCBS, Brown worked at WJZ-TV in Baltimore and at WSET-TV in Roanoke.

On the Move, 6/30/14

Spencer Conlin has joined KMTF in Missoula, Mont., as a reporter. He is a recent graduate of Plattsburgh State University.

Meteorologist Matt Posgai joins KFOR in Oklahoma City from KAMC in Lubbock, Texas.

Jen Austin is joining KMEG-KPTH in Sioux City as an evening anchor. She comes from KIFI in Idaho Falls.

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

WDSU Preempts Part of ‘Today’ Show Over Rival Anchor’s Appearance

New Orleans NBC affiliate WDSU is facing viewer backlash after replacing the fourth hour of the “Today” show with a rerun of Queen Latifah’s show Friday. The NBC affiliate chose to preempt “Today” because the program was guest hosted Friday by Karen Swensen, an anchor on rival WWL.

After viewers responded negatively on social media, the station responded on its own Facebook page: “WDSU does not enable the promotion of anchors on other local television stations through roles as hosts of programs on our television station. We regret the circumstances that required us to make this decision.”

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