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Man Detained After Drone Flies Over NFL Game

Here’s another story for the “Drones Behaving Badly” file.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they questioned a man who flew a drone over Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium during a Carolina Panthers NFL preseason game on August 17.

The Charlotte Observer reports, the man was released and the FAA was notified.

Invasion of Panther airspace is banned by both the NFL and the Federal Aviation Administration.

“We have leaguewide policies that prohibit any type of drone in parking lots or in stadiums,” said Brian McCarthy, an NFL spokesman.

He said he was not aware of drones invading any other NFL venues.

“We are closely monitoring this issue with our clubs,” McCarthy said.

Charlotte NBC affiliate WCNC tried to explain the drone problem to its viewers in the video above.

[The Hill]

TV Jobs: KABC, WSVN, WSPA

This week, KABC is hiring a digital media producer, as well as a vice president, national sales manager. WSVN needs a creative services director, and WSPA is seeking a newscast producer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Mark Zinni Joining WFSB

zinni wjwMark Zinni will be joining Hartford CBS affiliate WFSB.

According to the Hartford Courant, Zinni will join Denise D’Ascenzo as co-anchor of the 5:30 p.m. news.

In the announcement by news director Dana Neves Thursday,  Zinni will also  “report during the day, and introduce folks to some different and interesting topics around Connecticut,” apparently also taking over some of the duties being left behind by departing reporter Kate Rayner.

WFSB anchor Dennis House tweeted out a welcome to Zinni.

Zinni announced he was leaving Cleveland FOX affiliate WJW earlier this month. He’s also worked at KTVX in Salt Lake City, UT, WPRI in Providence, RI, WTOV in Stuebenville, OH, and WICU in Erie, PA.

Gannett Bumps WXIA News Director to Corporate Office

gannett_logoEllen Crooke, news director for Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA, has been named VP of News for parent company Gannett Broadcasting.

Crooke was also the and regional news executive for Gannett. She started with the station group in 2002 as VP of news for WGRZ in Buffalo. She joined WXIA in 2008.

“Ellen is a passionate and innovative leader who is committed to reinventing local journalism in this digital age,” Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting said in a statement. “We’re excited to have her on the corporate team.”

Crooke had also worked as news director at WNDU in South Bend, IN, assistant news director at WHAS in Louisville, KY, and as a producer for WOKR (now WHAM) in Rochester, NY, and WTEN in Albany.

KTUL Anchor Yvonne Lewis Retiring from TV News

YvonneYvonne Lewis, a weekend anchor and reporter for Tulsa’s KTUL, has decided to leave the world of TV news. According to an article in Tulsa World, the newswoman doesn’t know what she’s going to do next.

“I’m like a blank canvas. I have surrendered to God and am allowing Him to complete His masterpiece,” Lewis said. “I will say this is definitely a faith walk.”

Lewis had been at the ABC affiliate for 28 years. Her last on-air appearance will be sometime in September. A replacement has yet to be announced.

Roland Steadham, Out at WPLG After One Year, Headed to Boise

RolandSteadhamRoland Steadham, who joined Miami ABC affiliate WPLG just one year ago, will leave the station and head to Boise. TV NewsCheck reports Steadham will become chief meteorologist at Boise CBS affiliate KBOI on Sept. 15.

It’s another cross-country trip for Steadham, who joined WPLG from KTVX in Salt Lake City, where he was chief meteorologist. Before working at KTVX, he was chief meteorologist at cross town rival KUTV. Steadham was well known to South Florida viewers, having worked at both WSVN and WTVJ.

Former Orlando Anchor Wendy Chioji Reveals ‘The Cancer is Back’

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 9.55.35 AMFormer WESH anchor Wendy Chioji says “The Beast” she’s been fighting for years has “come roaring back.” Chioji first shared her battle with breast cancer while working at Orlando’s NBC affiliate in 2001, and underwent treatment again last fall for a fast-growing cancer of the thymus gland. She writes on her blog there’s a new threat, and “it just got more dramatic”:

As it did last fall, my MRI detected something suspicious. Small, but big enough for Dr. Shroff to pick up the phone. Yesterday’s CT scan confirmed: The cancer is back. Or maybe it never left. Maybe despite my miserable winter with radiation and chemo, The Beast was just lurking there, waiting for me to gain some traction in my life so it could come roaring back out.

There are 4-5 small tumors in my chest wall (could be worse… could be in my lungs. How ironic would that be, for me, ME, to get lung cancer?) that weren’t there in April. I only half-heard him say it then, but now, I vividly remember my Huntsman oncology quarterback, Dr Akerley telling me in October that if the radiation/chemo didn’t kill this cancer, that’s all he had up his sleeve. We were hoping the ghastly treatment would buy me more time, but it didn’t.

Three weeks ago, everything was fine. Today, I’m looking for a Hail Mary pass. I’d say this is a fairly graphic illustration of the fact that you have to live EVERY day like it could be your last.

Keith Russell Back Doing Sports in Philadelphia

russell wtxfPhiladelphia FOX owned station WTXF has named Keith Russell weekend anchor and anchor for Game Day Live.

Russell replaces Colleen Wolfe who is leaving the station Sunday. She started at WTXF in 2012.

From 2005 until 2012, Russell worked at Philadelphia ABC station WPVI before leaving to work as a news anchor at WRC in Washington, D.C. He has also anchored sports for CNN and ESPN, WJAR in Providence, RI, WJTV in Jackson, MS and WHLT in Hattiesburg, MS.

Russell will also contribute to the 10:30 p.m. Sports Sunday show.

WXYZ to Debut Downtown Studio

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ has unveiled plans for a new downtown studio for 7 Action News at Noon with Joanne Purtan.

The Scripps owned station said the “glass enclosed, outward-facing studio inside the ground-floor lobby of Chase Tower” will open in the fall and will feature views of Woodward Avenue and Campus Martius Park.

WXYZ VP and GM Ed Fernandez said in a statement, “This studio will give 7 Action News viewers an exciting front-row seat to the city’s incredible rebirth and allow us to connect in meaningful new ways with people making a difference and guiding Detroit’s transformation.”

Elizabeth Hur Leaves Philadelphia’s KYW

liz-hur-web-socialElizabeth Hur, a reporter at CBS O&O KYW in Philadelphia, has decided to leave the station. Hur tells the Philadelphia Daily News she wants to “try something new”:

“Truly, the decision to leave comes from my ambition to grow and my desire to explore new challenges,” Hur said, noting that the station tried to work with her until she ultimately decided to leave.

Hur, who grew up in Ambler and graduated from Upper Dublin High School before matriculating at NYU, joined CBS3 in 2008. Before that, Hur, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, was an intern at the station, covering both the Democratic and Republican conventions in 2000.

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