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Florida Rape Suspect Rips Mic from Hands of WFTV Reporter

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WFTV reporter Renee Stoll was waiting with questions when a Florida pastor, Pedro Custodio, left jail. Custodio, known as “Pastor Pete”, is accused of raping at least three women who had been clients at an Orlando-area homeless shelter.

“Pastor Pete” quickly tired of Stoll’s questions and grabbed the microphone from her hands and threw it–all of which was caught on video by Stoll’s photographer. “That’s assault,” she said.

Watch it, via Crooks and Liars:

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Sinclair Launches College Sports Network

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcast Group announced today it’s getting into the sports programming game by launching a collegiate sports initiative called the American Sports Network.

The network plans to air its programming on Sinclair’s CW and MyNet stations and has deals with Division I conferences like Conference USA, the Colonial Athletic Association, Big South Conference, Southern Conference and Patriot League.

The initiative, headed up by Doron Gorshein, CEO of Sinclair Networks, will air live football, basketball, soccer and other games. The station group also added, “the Company’s plans may include potential development of new cable networks and digital platforms focused on these new content initiatives” if it can secure carriage agreements with distributors.

“This is another example of our foray into the content creation business,” David Smith, president and CEO of Sinclair said in a statement. “The launch of ASN will provide important and valuable content that is directed at serving our local communities, while improving the value of our CW and MyNet affiliates. We are confident in Doron’s ability to lead this endeavor, given his acumen in this arena.”

Fox Affiliate Execs Gather for ‘Emergency Meeting’

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At least 60 executives–representing major station groups–have called an “emergency meeting” in Dallas today to discuss the relationships between the FOX affiliates and the network. According to a report in Broadcasting and Cable, the “hastily scheduled” meeting reflects concern among station groups about the renewal of affiliation agreements:

The meeting is “to discuss a variety of challenges, issues and opportunities,” said Jeff Rosser, Fox affiliates board chairman, in an email to group leaders. Rosser noted “new demands being made by Fox, especially at a time when Fox primetime is down significantly.”

Congressman Being Investigated for Wedding Video Shot by Drone

wedding video droneRep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) is being investigated by the FAA for his wedding video which featured footage shot by a drone.

Maloney is a member of the Aviation subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which oversees the FAA.

The New York Daily News is taking credit for alerting the FAA to the drone use.

The inquiry is the result of a report in the Daily News that said the use of the helicopter-like drone appeared to violate a prohibition against flying drones for commercial purposes.

“The FAA is looking into a report of an unmanned aircraft operation in Cold Spring, N.Y. on June 21 to determine if there was any violation of federal regulations or airspace restrictions,” the agency said Thursday in a statement.

Maloney hired a New Jersey based aerial photography company to shoot the video. The company told the Daily News Maloney didn’t have FAA permission to use the drone.

WEWS Finds Camera in One of its Bathrooms

wews_304Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS discovered someone had put a camera in one of its bathrooms without management’s permission.

WEWS issued a statement saying the camera had been placed there by an employee who was trying to catch someone who had been defacing the bathroom. WEWS added, “this was an ill-conceived and inappropriate response to catching a vandal.”

The station said “The camera was removed immediately when management learned it was there.  All of the camera’s recordings have been destroyed, and we have taken the appropriate disciplinary action.” Read the entire statement after the jump.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported multiple sources told them the employee was a station engineer. Read more

Frank Holland Leaving Chicago for Boston

holland wgn croppedFrank Holland has left Chicago CW affiliate WGN for Boston’s WCVB.

Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports Holland “is expected” to be a weekend anchor for the ABC affiliate.

Holland started at WGN in 2011 as a morning anchor. Last August, he was moved to reporter and back up anchor.

He told viewers on facebook, “I loved waking up with Chicago in the beginning and I love bringing the news to you at night now. I will always remember all the great people I met here, the great experiences and special moments.”

Before coming to WGN in 2011, Holland worked at WDIV in Detroit. He’s also worked at News12 Westchester, WMGM in Atlantic City and KTVF-KUAC in Fairbanks, AK.

KOKI Reporter Deletes Crown-Wearing Selfie Taken After Burger King Robbery Story

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KOKI reporter Farron Salley was covering a robbery at a local Burger King this morning. Afterwards, the reporter for the Tulsa FOX affiliate tweeted out a link to an instagram photo showing her wearing a Burger King crown with the caption “Robbery at Burger King… Employees wouldn’t talk on camera but they gave me a crown. #NotMyWay”

The tweet and photo have since been removed, but TVSpy got a screen shot of both. You can see a screen grab of the tweet after the jump.

KOKI news director Suzanne Nadell told TVSpy it was a personnel matter and declined to comment. Read more

Copyright Office: Aereo Not a Cable Company

aereoA week after Aereo said it would seek to continue operations “as a cable system,” the U.S. Copyright Office has told the streaming TV service that it does not qualify as a cable company under terms of the Copyright Act, CNBC reports:

“In the view of the Copyright Office, internet retransmissions of broadcast television fall outside the scope of the Section 111 license,” the Copyright Office wrote in the letter dated July 16.

The office added that it would not refuse Aereo’s filings outright, but rather would accept them provisionally since the company’s case is still before the courts.

A spokeswoman for Aereo declined to comment on the ruling, but noted that the Copyright Office provisionally accepted the company’s application.

Lane Michaelsen No Longer with WGCL

WGCL_304WGCL news director Lane Michaelsen is no longer with the Atlanta CBS affiliate.

A Meredith spokesperson confirmed the news and wouldn’t say why or when he left but did say, “We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Michaelsen started at WGCL in April 2013. His first news director job was at KTHV in Little Rock, AR. He has also worked as VP of News for Gannett where he served as ND for WTSP in Tampa and WUSA in Washington, D.C. He also worked at WTVJ in Miami and WCPO in Cincinnati.

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