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WBAY Reporter, Photographer Suffer Minor Injuries in Satellite Truck Rollover

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A reporter and photographer for Green Bay ABC station WBAY walked away from a scary accident Thursday, when their satellite truck rolled over on a highway outside Green Bay. “A tire blew out, and the vehicle went to the side of the road and rolled over,” the station explained in a post on Facebook.

Reporter Patrick Nelson and photographer Will Sentowski suffered “bumps and bruises,” but escaped serious injury.

The satellite truck, however, was badly damaged. Photos show windows shattered, the satellite dish crushed and the truck’s microwave dish torn off. The cause of the tire failure has not been determined.

WZZM’s Dan Harland Moving from Sports to News

harland wzzmGrand Rapids, MI, ABC affiliate WZZM has announced sports anchor Dan Harland will be the new morning anchor.

Harland will join Lauren Stanton and meteorologist Aaron Ofseyer on August 7.

“We expect Dan will go after the news of the day with the same passion he has for sports stories,” Janet Mason, president and GM of WZZM said in a statement.

Harland started his carer at WZZM in 2003 as a sports anchor after graduating from Southern Illinois University.

WGN Anchor Publicly Shames 12-Year-Old Video Bomber


WGN sports anchor Pat Tomasulo was doing a live shot Friday morning at the Chicago Bears training camp when 12-Year-old Dylan decided it was good time to practice his fart noises.

Tomasulo had Dylan appear on air with him in his next segment.

“Make a fart noise now, Dylan,” said Tomasulo. But Dylan demured. Tomasulo said he had no other way to shame the kid. “Seeing that he’s 12-years-old I can’t ask him about erectile dysfunction or any other inappropriate things.”

TV Jobs: KRON, WKYC, WVIT

This week, KRON is hiring a newscast producer, and WKYC needs a director of digital sales. Meanwhile, WVIT is seeking an investigative reporter, as well as a managing editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Albany TV Crew Threatened with Arrest


A WNYT news crew doing a story on the historic cottage where Ulysses S. Grant spent his final days was threatened with arrest yesterday.

WNYT reporter Mark Mulholland and his photographer Matt Soriano, who work out of the station’s Saratoga-North Country bureau, were shooting in an area near a soon to be closed and empty state prison when a corrections officer told them they couldn’t shoot footage there.

When Mulholland told the officer they would shoot at Grant’s cottage instead, the crew for the Albany, NY, NBC affiliate were told they couldn’t shoot there either.

Mulholland and Soriano then attempted to drive to the cottage, but were blocked, at first,  by a corrections officer who had parked his car in the driveway.

The situation escalated as far as having the state police get involved. That’s when they were told they would be arrested if they didn’t turn over their footage.

A call between station management, state police and the Department of Corrections resolved the matter. No one was arrested and no footage was surrendered. Read more

Longtime WKRC Anchor Says She’s Leaving

kit-andrews_15134Kit Andrews has announced she is leaving Cincinnati CBS station WKRC after more than 33 years.

“It’s time! After one network change, five different newscasts, seven owners, and more than 33 years I’m hanging up my microphone and leaving WKRC-TV,” wrote Andrews in a letter she sent to co-workers.

Andrews started her on-air career at KHQ in Spokane, WA. She came to WKRC in 1981 as a reporter.

“Having been news director for just a small fraction of her long career, it is with deep gratitude and admiration that I say on behalf of the entire newsroom that we salute her for all of her work here at Local 12,” WKRC news director Kirk Varner said in a statement. “She is simply a consummate professional in every sense of the word.”

Her last day will be next Thursday, July 31.

[Cincinnati Enquirer]

San Antonio Station Declines to Identify Restaurant Found Storing Food in Bathroom

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When a customer shot cell phone video that appeared to show a San Antonio restaurant storing food in the men’s room, KENS seemed to have quite a story. The station described the video as “stomach-turning” and brought it to the city health department. The person who recorded the video also questioned restaurant employees, who can be heard on the video saying they have “storage issues” and that, out of necessity “we clean the restroom and we store the food.”

The story had it all–except, perhaps, the most important information to a local viewer. Which restaurant are we talking about? Amazingly, KENS never named the restaurant in their story, on the station’s website, nor after questions were raised about their failure to identify the business.

On the KENS website, the station says “the owner of the establishment took immediate action and fired the employee seen on the video and because of that KENS 5 has chosen not to name the establishment.” That explanation has not been good enough for viewers, who have ripped the station on Facebook–noting that the local Fox station, KABB, reported the story completely, protecting nobody.

“KENS 5 “Covered Up” the story by NOT Reporting the full story, shielding the identify of the owner and the restaurant. I thought news agencies were supposed to report all the facts. Can’t help but wonder if Andrew Weissman, the Owner of The Luxury Restaurant, knows people at KENS 5. Must be nice when a news agency like KENS 5’s “Got Your Back”. Way to go Fox 29 !!”

5 Things I Learned About TV News Watching ‘Fargo’

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If you watched FX’s violent, hilarious and thoroughly enjoyable drama “Fargo”, you were no doubt captivated by the character Lorne Malvo, played by Billy Bob Thornton. A hired killer, he had both some of the season’s most violent moments—and also some of its most amusing. And throughout, he had the best lines of anyone.

Reflecting on the season—especially with word the show, albeit without the first-season cast, will return—I noticed that Malvo’s life lessons, shared with strangers, victims, and associates, carry some value for those of us in TV news.

So let me share with you five things I learned about TV News while watching “Fargo”: Read more

WATE Meteorologist Fires Back at Wardrobe Critic: ‘I Was a Straight A Student’

Julya Johnson, a veteran meteorologist at Knoxville ABC affiliate WATE, took to Facebook this morning to respond to an anonymous viewer who wrote her a letter criticizing her appearance.

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Noting she was choosing to respond publicly because the letter had no return address, Johnson wrote: “I will never, ever be able to please everyone with my appearance. It’s not possible.”

I have “changed my appearance” to try to please people before. It never works. So, I please myself. I like my dresses. I feel good about my appearance. I am always covered, dressed modestly and professionally. Yet, she mentions that I am a great meteorologist!  Read more

Attorney Wants $5 Million from WAVY in Defamation Case

wavy logoThe Virginian-Pilot reports a local attorney is suing WAVY for $5 million.

The attorney, Sterling Weaver, is representing himself in the defamation case against the Portsmouth, VA, NBC affiliate. Weaver claims the station “maligned him” while reporting about his arrest on an assault charge.

In a Feb. 6 newscast, WAVY reported that Weaver had been indicted on felony assault and misdemeanor sexual battery charges for an alleged incident involving a female deputy in a Portsmouth courtroom.

The deputy accused Weaver of inappropriately touching her.

During that report, WAVY also said it “did some digging into Weaver’s past” and discovered that he had been convicted of assault and sentenced to 30 days in jail for grabbing a prosecutor by the throat in 2006, according to the lawsuit.

The station, however, failed to report that Weaver appealed that case to a Circuit Court judge who dismissed it after Weaver remained on good behavior for a year, the suit says. He did not serve jail time in that case. Read more

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