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Former KPLC Anchor Jan Hardy Dies at 59

JanHardyJan Hardy, who anchored newscasts for Lake Charles, Louisiana NBC affiliate KPLC for nearly a decade, died Thursday. She was 59. “She had a way of charming and disarming those she interviewed with her conviction, sincerity and winning smile,” reads her official obituary.

According to KPLC, Hardy anchored the noon and five p.m. newscasts for most of the 1980s, leaving the station in 1990. She received her doctorate and worked in the pharmaceutical industry.

The cause of death was not released.

Tribune Readies for Launch of Indianapolis CBS Affiliate

TribuneMedia_CMYK_pri_LrgTypeFor Tribune, getting the CBS affiliation for its Indianapolis station WTTV was just the beginning of the story. Now there are things to buy, people to hire, and newscasts to build.

Tribune’s SVP of News Katherine Green, who was SVP and managing editor at HLN before coming to the station group in May, described the process of putting it all together for a January 1 launch as a “crazy science experiment.”

The station group announced yesterday it was hiring 80 people in Indianapolis and Green said she hoped to have everyone on board by mid to late November.

Led by GM Paul Rennie, the station group plans to have both FOX affiliate WXIN and new CBS affiliate WTTV under one roof. Green said Tribune plans to keep the news operations, studio and sales separate but will combine assignment desks. She said she hoped there would be some spirited competition between the two stations.

WTTV plans a full-plate of news with morning, Noon and evening newscasts. For equipment like news vans, cameras and studio gear, Green said the station group will invest in some new equipment and borrow from its other affiliates.

With all the buying and moving and hiring, Green seemed most excited by two things: the opportunity to challenge what she called the old news paradigm and give viewers what they want in a fresh new way and the opportunity to leverage the combined meteorological brain power of both WXIN and WTTV weather teams during weather emergencies.

It’s Kent Shocknek’s Last Day At KCBS-KCAL

Los Angeles CBS owned station KCBS-KCAL is saying goodbye to longtime anchor Kent Shocknek.

The station put together a “Derek Jeter-esque” goodbye promo to let viewers know. On the website, they promised a send-off, “After 36 years in television, we will give a final farewell to Kent Shocknek on KCAL9 at 10 p.m. Friday.”

Shocknek announced his retirement in August.

Murder Suspect Confesses to WLEX Reporter

A Kentucky man suspected of shooting his wife admitted to WLEX reporter Josh Breslow he did it.

“I really didn’t mean to shoot my wife,” Andrew Beverly told Breslow during a jailhouse interview. “I grabbed her and the gun, it went off. Didn’t know where I hit her at, to be honest. I didn’t know where I shot her at. When she was down on the ground, I went beside her and said, ‘Angela are you alright?’ She just didn’t move.”

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Local Stations Have a Difficult Time Reporting Shellshock Bug

Deadspin posted this supercut of local TV newsers attempting to inform viewers about a “potentially catastrophic bug in the Bash shell.”

“Bash” is not a bug; it’s a shell, or a specific type of program inherent to Unix-based computers that allows for the input of commands. The “X” in “OS X” is a Roman numeral (and “Mac” was removed from the title of the operating system two years ago). And as for how “Linux” is pronounced, well, argue that down in the comments.

Veteran Buffalo Anchor Re Ups with WKBW

Keith Radford WKBWKeith Radford has signed a two year deal to stay with with E.W. Scripps owned WKBW.

“We are thrilled to have secured Keith going forward,” Mike Nurse, GM of the Buffalo ABC affiliate, told The Buffalo News. “Keith will continue as a nightside anchor with 7 Eyewitness News as we continue to rebuild under E.W. Scripps Company. He is truly a trusted news source in Western New York.”

Radford told TVSpy when Scripps bought WKBW, “we all thought it was Christmas morning!” He added, “I knew it would be good but had no idea it would be this good! I am so thankful I will remain here and be part of the move forward. WKBW is going to be one of Americas great television stations again! With any luck I will hit the 30 year mark here in Buffalo and there is no where else I would rather be!”

According to The News, the new deal ends one month after Radford’s 65th birthday.

On the Move, 9/26/2014

Jamie Osttroff moves to CBS Affiliate WIAT in Birmingham, Ala. where she will be a general assignment reporter. Jamie comes to Birmingham from WINK in Fort Myers.

Rob Macko moves to CBS Affiliate KLFY in Lafayette, La. where he will be weekday primary anchor. Rob comes from WJCL in Savannah where he was an anchor/reporter.

Ostroff and Macko are represented by Mort Meisner Associates.

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

Horrors! Could Local Emmy Awards Really Be ‘Little More Than a Moneymaking Enterprise’?

Jeff-Hoover-2006-1024x677Sure, those statues are lovely to look at, and the phrase “Emmy Award winning…” does roll off the tongue, doesn’t it? But Jeff Hoover, producer at Chicago CW affiliate WGN, has had enough. “I’m done. No more. That’s it,” he writes on Facebook.

Hoover, an Emmy winner, concluded the categories are bizarre, the costs are high, and the significance of the award is questionable. And Chicago media writer Robert Feder clearly agrees, giving the illustrious “Academy” one of the strongest body checks in recent memory:

Local Emmy Awards have always been an exercise in self-congratulations, to be sure, but somewhere along the way they lost their luster — and their relevance.

Today they’re little more than a moneymaking enterprise for the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which rakes in thousands in membership fees, entry fees, dinner ticket fees, program book fees and additional statuette fees under the dubious claim of recognizing “excellence in our industry.”

It’s nice to win one, I suppose, but don’t forget that Larry Mendte won 27 during just four years in Chicago. (Altogether he claims to have 90 regional Emmys.)

Zing! Do you still enter the Emmypalooza every year? Is it truly all about honoring excellence, or more of a wine-soaked and high-priced back-slapping party?

KXTV to Add Bianca Graulau as Reporter

graulau kxtvBianca Graulau is set to join Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV.

According to Media Moves, this is Graulau’s first job at an English language news station. She comes to KXTV from Sacramento Univision station KUVS.

“KXTV news director Jerome Parra reached out to me saying he would like to talk about a job opportunity with News 10,” Graulau told Media Moves. “We started communicating, I showed him some of my work in both Spanish and English and that led to the job offer.”

Parra told TVSpy, Graulau starts Monday.

Where’s Scooby Doo? KOAT Reporter Speculates About Ghosts at Police Station

During its Wednesday night 10:00 p.m. news, KOAT, the ABC affiliate in Albuquerque, N.M., did a story about a cop in Española, N.M. who saw what he thinks is a ghost cruising around the station parking lot at night.

In her story, reporter Nancy Laflin showed the police surveillance video with the ghostly figure. She asked the cops if they believed in ghosts. They do. Then, she made a right turn into Scooby Doo land and tossed in an unsolved murder reference.

“Española police tell us as far as they know this is not an ancient burial ground and they say the police station has been here since 2006, but no inmates have died here. But they do say there have been some unsolved murders near by.”

Only 10:00 p.m. anchor Doug Fernandez seemed skeptical, arguing the figure could have been dust or a reflection on the lens.

So now the question that needs to be answered is, who would stand to gain from the police packing up and leaving the old haunted amusement park police station? Read more

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