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Kendall Herold Gets New Gig at WXIX After Last Year’s DUI Arrest

The day after Christmas last year, we wrote about Kendall Herold, then a reporter for Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO, who was arrested for a DUI. Herold left the station a few months after her arrest and has been laying low ever since.

Now, Herold is back in action. Earlier this month, she joined Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX as a reporter. Check out her Facebook announcement above.

New York Governor Cancels Interview with Rochester Station


WHAM, the ABC affiliate for Rochester, NY, said a Wednesday interview with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was canceled after the station said it didn’t want to limit the interview to questions about his new book, All Things Possible.

“Nobody was interested in just doing a story about his book,” Brian Houseman, WHAM assignment manager, said in a story the station did about the interview.

After one book related question, the publisher said 13WHAM would be free to use the remainder of the four minute time slot to ask about other topics. “Hydrofracking, we wanted to talk about the Marsh Road Bridge, the governor’s race,” Houseman said, “so we wanted to get him on that.”

Then, a member of the governor’s campaign staff called to ask us to limit our interview to questions only regarding the book.

13WHAM News refused multiple times and the interview was subsequently cancelled. Cuomo’s interviews with other stations across New York went ahead as scheduled. Read more

KUSA’s Kyle Clark Gets Feisty as Debate Moderator

Last night, political reporter Brandon Rittiman and anchor Kyle Clark of Denver NBC affiliate KUSA moderated a heated debate between Sen. Mark Udall (D) and Rep. Cory Gardner (R). But the candidates weren’t the only two people confronting one another.

Clark got into his own argument with Gardner about the federal Life at Conception Act, which Clark says Gardner denies being a personhood bill to end abortion. Check out a clip of the testy exchange above.

Some of Clark’s fans were pleased with his performance as moderator.

Others, not so much.

You can watch the full debate here.

Hey Local News Reporters: Your Bosses Care More About Clicks Than You, or Your Liveshot

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 9.45.41 AMBack when local television stations had warehouses where they printed money, there were simple rules about what we tolerated on live television, and what we didn’t. One of the things that fell into “not going to work for us” was the drunk guy crashing into the shot and derailing your newscast. Reporters forced to do an 11 o’clock liveshot from a sports bar would be ready for anything, and know that if it all went to hell, producers would simply roll the package or dump out of you altogether. And that would be that. Because to do anything else would simply encourage more idiots to target live television cameras, right?
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Fan Causes Drama at Florida Gubernatorial Debate on WFOR

When WFOR aired the Florida gubernatorial debate between former Governor Charlie Crist and current Governor Rick Scott, the Miami CBS owned station probably had no idea the biggest drama would come off the top, over a small fan.

Crist had a small electric fan placed under his podium. Governor Scott didn’t like it and wouldn’t come on stage.

When pressed by moderator Rosemary Goudreau about whether the rules of the debate allowed electronic devices like fans, Crist replied, “Are we really going to debate about a fan or are we going to talk about education, and the environment and the future of out state? I mean, really?”

Crist came out eventually. According to WFOR, Scott’s camp blamed the dust up on Crist.

“When I got here today for this debate, I was told that Charlie Crist was going to cancel the debate, because unless there was a fan on that stage, he would not come out,” said U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. “So I think that Governor Scott was waiting to see if Charlie would actually pull that off or not.”

Crist’s fan now has it’s own twitter page:

CBS ‘All Access’ Includes Local Stations in Subscription Service

CBS All Access Low Res 2CBS today announced the launch of “CBS All Access”, a digital subscription service that allows viewers–with or without a pay TV subscription–access to CBS programs, live TV, and CBS’ owned-and-operated stations:

“CBS All Access is another key step in the Company’s long-standing strategy of monetizing our local and national content in the ways that viewers want it,” said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation. “This new subscription service will deliver the most of CBS to our biggest fans while being additive to the overall ecosystem. Across the board, we continue to capitalize on technological advances that help consumers engage with our world-class programming, and we look forward to serving our viewers in this new and exciting way.”

The service is available in 14 cities where CBS owns stations, via CBS.com and the CBS app.

Seattle ND Leaves for Denver

gauntt copySeattle news director Holly Gauntt is moving to Denver to be the news director at Denver FOX and CW affiliate KDVR-KWGN.

“I have reached a crossroads in my life in which I need to choose family and home,” Gauntt told staffers in an email sent to TVSpy. “I wasn’t looking for a job but a fantastic one presented itself. I have accepted the position of Vice President of News & Digital for KDVR/KWGN in Denver.”

Before working as news director at Sinclair’s Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO, Gauntt was the news director at WTXF in Philadelphia. She replaces Ed Kosowski who left KDVR in August.

The Denver Post reported earlier current Gauntt was in the running for one of three news director jobs open in Denver, but didn’t know which one.

You can read the full text of her email after the jump. Read more

Omaha Meteorologist Says Her Contract Wasn’t Renewed

lemke wowtMeteorologist Cheryl Lemke has left Omaha NBC affiliate WOWT.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I let you know that management at WOWT has decided not to renew my contract and so I am no longer working at WOWT,” Lemke wrote on her facebook page.

Her bio page has been removed from the WOWT website. We asked WOWT for comment but haven’t heard back.

Before coming to to WOWT in February 2013, she worked at WSBT in South Bend, Ind., WXIA in Atlanta, WTHI in Terre Haute, Ind. and The Weather Channel.

On the Move, 10/15/14

Meghan Schiller joins WJCL in Savannah, Ga. as a weekend anchor. She comes from WBND in South Bend, Ind.

Gene Kennedy is the new weeknight anchor at WGEM in Quincy, Illinois. Kennedy comes from KSTU in Salt Lake City, Utah where he was a reporter/fill-in anchor.                       

Alyson Bruner jumps 146 markets to join KSHB in Kansas City. Bruner comes from WHSV in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Chip Scarborough also jumps 146 markets in his move to WVTM in Birmingham, Alabama. he comes from WTOK in Meridian, Mississippi.

Kennedy, Bruner and Scarborough are represented by David Brunner of DB & Associates. Schiller is represented by Mort Meisner Associates.

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

Homegrown Teen Reality Show Boosts Dayton Station’s Ratings

wbdt The Valley_304Last month we reported Dayton CW affiliate WBDT had launched a locally produced teen reality show called “The Valley.”

“Since it starting airing on Sunday, Sept. 14, “The Valley is averaging a 1.0 HH for the 8-9 p.m. hour, which is nearly a 60% increase over the syndicated content that was running in the time period last year,” Joe Abouzeid, president & GM of WBDT, told TVNewscheck’s Paul Greeley.

Part of the show’s success might be the extensive coverage The Valley received in both the local and national press, in addition to the promotion WBDT gave the show.

According to Abouzeid, there were no less than six articles written about the show in the Central Ohio local press and one local live interview done by a Dayton radio station.

“The uniqueness of local broadcasting is that we can do this kind of thing,” Sadusky says.

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