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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.

Former KPLC Anchor Jan Hardy Dies at 59

JanHardyJan Hardy, who anchored newscasts for Lake Charles, Louisiana NBC affiliate KPLC for nearly a decade, died Thursday. She was 59. “She had a way of charming and disarming those she interviewed with her conviction, sincerity and winning smile,” reads her official obituary.

According to KPLC, Hardy anchored the noon and five p.m. newscasts for most of the 1980s, leaving the station in 1990. She received her doctorate and worked in the pharmaceutical industry.

The cause of death was not released.

Tribune Readies for Launch of Indianapolis CBS Affiliate

TribuneMedia_CMYK_pri_LrgTypeFor Tribune, getting the CBS affiliation for its Indianapolis station WTTV was just the beginning of the story. Now there are things to buy, people to hire, and newscasts to build.

Tribune’s SVP of News Katherine Green, who was SVP and managing editor at HLN before coming to the station group in May, described the process of putting it all together for a January 1 launch as a “crazy science experiment.”

The station group announced yesterday it was hiring 80 people in Indianapolis and Green said she hoped to have everyone on board by mid to late November.

Led by GM Paul Rennie, the station group plans to have both FOX affiliate WXIN and new CBS affiliate WTTV under one roof. Green said Tribune plans to keep the news operations, studio and sales separate but will combine assignment desks. She said she hoped there would be some spirited competition between the two stations.

WTTV plans a full-plate of news with morning, Noon and evening newscasts. For equipment like news vans, cameras and studio gear, Green said the station group will invest in some new equipment and borrow from its other affiliates.

With all the buying and moving and hiring, Green seemed most excited by two things: the opportunity to challenge what she called the old news paradigm and give viewers what they want in a fresh new way and the opportunity to leverage the combined meteorological brain power of both WXIN and WTTV weather teams during weather emergencies.

It’s Kent Shocknek’s Last Day At KCBS-KCAL

Los Angeles CBS owned station KCBS-KCAL is saying goodbye to longtime anchor Kent Shocknek.

The station put together a “Derek Jeter-esque” goodbye promo to let viewers know. On the website, they promised a send-off, “After 36 years in television, we will give a final farewell to Kent Shocknek on KCAL9 at 10 p.m. Friday.”

Shocknek announced his retirement in August.

Murder Suspect Confesses to WLEX Reporter

A Kentucky man suspected of shooting his wife admitted to WLEX reporter Josh Breslow he did it.

“I really didn’t mean to shoot my wife,” Andrew Beverly told Breslow during a jailhouse interview. “I grabbed her and the gun, it went off. Didn’t know where I hit her at, to be honest. I didn’t know where I shot her at. When she was down on the ground, I went beside her and said, ‘Angela are you alright?’ She just didn’t move.”

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Local Stations Have a Difficult Time Reporting Shellshock Bug

Deadspin posted this supercut of local TV newsers attempting to inform viewers about a “potentially catastrophic bug in the Bash shell.”

“Bash” is not a bug; it’s a shell, or a specific type of program inherent to Unix-based computers that allows for the input of commands. The “X” in “OS X” is a Roman numeral (and “Mac” was removed from the title of the operating system two years ago). And as for how “Linux” is pronounced, well, argue that down in the comments.

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