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Fired News 12 Anchor Apologizes, Says He Was Just the Messenger

piper_twitterMatt Pieper, the anchor for News12 The Bronx who was fired last week for insulting parents and welfare recipients, has taken to twitter to explain what happened.

On TwitLonger, Pieper wrote, “As a professional who has spent his entire career delivering the news, I understand the importance of sharing the facts. The situation that transpired on September 24th was extremely unfortunate and I feel the need to communicate what occurred and clear the air.”

Pieper didn’t know his mic was hot when he told reporter Amy Yensi, was reporting on the need for school crossing guards in certain areas of the Bronx, “And Dave wants you to also mention that parents do their f**king jobs and walk their little kids to school on their own and not rely on everyone else kind of like people rely on government assistance for their entire lives.”

Saying he is a “stalwart advocate for equality and diversity in the workplace,” Pieper writes “These were not my own thoughts or profanities. In relaying that information, I made a poor decision in my choice of words and for that I apologize. I could have communicated what I was asked to get across in a different manner and under the pressure of doing my job in real time I made a mistake.”

Read the entire message after the jump. Read more

Griffin Communications to Buy KSBI, Create Oklahoma City Duopoly

PrintGriffin Communications has announced it has reached an agreement to buy MyNetworkTV station KSBI from Family Broadcasting, LLC.

“We are excited to add KSBI to our group of companies,” said Griffin Communications chairman and CEO David Griffin. “Our goal will be to integrate KSBI with our current operations while looking for ways to improve KSBI’s programming.”

Griffin owns the Oklahoma City and Tulsa CBS affiliates KWTV and KOTV, along with Tulsa CW affiliate KQCW. The station group said the newest addition will help Griffin expand to Central and Western Oklahoma by creating a duopoly with KWTV.

We reported last week, KSBI stopped production of two of its shows and reportedly laid off staff.

Griffin added, “One of the many things we are excited about is that our viewers will not miss regular CBS and syndicated programming when we are in severe weather or continuous news coverage on News 9, because we will be able to move this programming over to KSBI.”

Changes in Denver AM Market

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Two morning news shows in Denver are going through transitions at the moment.

ABC affiliate KMGH recently debuted a new set, which Joanne Ostrow over at The Denver Post, didn’t much like:

The big, empty 7News set, a display of video technology on multiple screens, looks big and empty. When I walked around it in person, I hoped it would play better on camera. It doesn’t, and the anchors appear awkward moving from one spot to another. Does standing without an anchor chair add anything? It’s a distraction.

Meanwhile, NBC affiliate KUSA‘s team has been changing in recent months after the departure of longtime fan favorite Kyle Dyer. Ostrow explains what the rest of the team looks like today:

Work-horse Gary Shapiro attempts to hold things together with trooper Cheryl Preheim, while former cheerleader and dancer Corey Rose and well-traveled TV vet Marty Coniglio take turns…When you build a newsroom around big personalities rather than, say, content, it hurts when a popular anchor leaves.

The ratings for September 2014, however, show that KUSA remains at #1, despite the shuffling of anchors. The station’s ratings have decreased compared to previous years, particularly among younger viewers, while KMGH has made significant gains.

For viewers age 25-54, from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m., KUSA scored a 1.4 rating and 15.7 share. KMGH came in second with a 0.8 rating and 9 share. FOX affiliate KDVR came in third with a 0.5 rating, 6 share.

KCAL-KCBS Anchor Kent Shocknek Says Goodbye, Stars in Short Film

Kent Shocknek signed off from CBS owned KCBS-KCAL Friday night.

Shocknek worked in TV news for 36 years, 31 of those were in Los Angeles. Here’s his final goodbye:

Today we find out he is starring in a short film. The nine minute film is called “The Six O’Clock.” Shocknek plays “a man driven to perfection by his job.”

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Alaska Station Launches New Look


Anchorage NBC affiliate KTUU debuted a new look today.

The set, designed by FX Design Group, borrows its look from the natural beauty of Alaska and the colors of the Northern Lights.

The overall design is a large, two story set with balconies. The sweeping staircase leading to the balcony gives the feeling of climbing a mountain. Despite the size of the set, viewers will be struck by its warmth and intimate appeal.

“Every local market is unique. However, KTUU’s reach spans nearly the entire the state of Alaska, about one-fifth the size of the continental U.S.,” KTUU news director Tracy Sabo said in a statement. “This reach is truly unique in any local market, and KTUU’s loyal audience expects the very best in quality from the station they’ve chosen as Alaska’s News Source. FX Design has allowed KTUU to continue that tradition of excellence.”

The Anchorage NBC affiliate also launched a new graphic look designed by Giant Octopus, a division of FX Design Group.

Check out stills of the set and a time lapse of the set build after the jump. Read more

WFTS Reporter Finds Missing Boy


Paul Ezekiel Fagan was reported missing by his family Thursday evening.

According to WFTS, Cameron Polom, a reporter for the Tampa ABC affiliate, was walking through Fagan’s neighborhood early Friday morning when he saw the 10-year-old Tampa boy standing by a fence.

“I said, ‘Have you been missing?’ [Polom] said, ‘Come here, buddy, and I just picked him up and I said would you mind if I lift you up?’” Polom said. “And I just said come with me, I just held his hand and walked him over to you guys. It’s crazy.” he said.

Deputies walked the little boy up to the house, and when family saw him, they ran to the little boy and hugged him.

According to ABC News, Fagan said he left to get some time away from his little brother.

GM Promises Changes at KFOX and KDBC: ‘Sinclair Has a Different Perspective on El Paso’

20140927__EPT-L-TVchanges-0928~p1With El Paso Fox affiliate KFOX and CBS affiliate KDBC set to merge under one roof in a new, Sinclair-built facility later this month, the duopoly’s general manager, Kevin Hayes, promises plenty of changes both on air and off. “Sinclair has a different perspective on El Paso”, Hayes told the El Paso Times:

“The challenge is to build the CBS4 news product that doesn’t cannibalize the KFOX news audience,” Hayes said.

It can be done, he said, because the two news operations will have different styles. The two stations also have vastly different viewer demographics, he said. KFOX has a young audience while KDBC tends to draw older viewers.

KFOX will have a new news set, and much bigger studio than at its current, years-old location at 6004 N. Mesa. But it will continue to have fast-paced, investigative-leaning newscasts, Hayes said.

“It is the same brand, but different” news operations, he said.

WCBS Camera Catches Jets Quarterback Cursing at Fans

A photographer for New York CBS owned WCBS-WLNY was shooting on the sidelines of the Jets game Sunday when starting QB Geno Smith told off heckling fans with an obscenity.

During the game, frustrated Jets fans had been chanting for Smith’s backup. Smith showed his unhappiness with the team’s loss to visiting Detroit and the fans by looking at a heckler and saying, “Fuck you.”

Unfortunately for Smith, he was being recorded. He apologized after the game.

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader Quickly Realize KWGN Reporter Hasn’t Seen Their New Movie

It only took two questions for the stars of “The Skeleton Twins” to realize KWGN reporter Chris Parente hadn’t seen the film during a live interview.

Kristen Wiig, one of the movie’s stars, seemed confused after Parente asked if she had advice for going nude. “Uhm, do I have advice for going nude?” said Wiig, who then answered, “Moisturize?” After Parente then assured her she goes nude in the film he hadn’t seen, Wiig and co-star Bill Hader set him straight by saying, “Not this film.”

Check out the awkwardness that happens when you don’t do your research. Parente did, however, promise the two funny people he would see the film when it opens in Denver.

[Variety]

Former WFLD Anchor Anna Davlantes Returns, on the Radio

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 9.52.36 AMAnna Davlantes, who left Fox-owned WFLD in Chicago last October, is joining the radio news team at Chicago’s WGN AM. As the Chicago Tribune reports, the station is beefing up its staff to compete with rival news station WBBM:

Davlantes talked about the new role with Chicago media reporter Robert Feder:

“They understand that I have contacts and sources in the community, and I’m going to use those to try to uncover the stories that people aren’t covering,” Davlantes says. “They’re playing to my strengths.”

After leaving Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 in October 2013, Davlantes fielded offers for television jobs, but all were out of town. “I made the decision to stay in Chicago,” she says.

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