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Reporter Kaitlin McCulley Joins KTRK

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 10.01.19 AMKaitlin McCulley has joined Houston ABC-owned station KTRK in Houston as an MMJ. Mike McGuff has more:

Previously, McCulley was an MMJ/reporter at WIAT 42 Birmingham, Alabama where she worked since 2011. Before that she interned at MSNBC’s Morning Joe in 2009 and WWSB-TV, Tampa.

McCulley is a gradate of Samford University in Birmingham.

‘Oh, Flowers!’ Yes, The Word Was ‘Peonies’, Not ‘Panties’

When you really think about it, is there anything with more potential for disaster than anchor chat? Case in point, this moment from Fox-owned WJBK in Detroit. Anchors Anqunette Jamison and Jay Towers were chatting last month about a lovely bouquet of flowers, and Jamison noted that she is quite fond of peonies. Towers clearly thought his co-anchor was taking things into an entirely different area, but recovered about as well as one could expect.

FAA Allows Six Film Companies to Use Drones

drone_AP_croppedThe Federal Aviation Administration is allowing six film companies to use drones during production.

“Today’s announcement is a significant milestone in broadening commercial UAS use while ensuring we maintain our world-class safety record in all forms of flight,” said Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These companies are blazing a trail that others are already following, offering the promise of new advances in agriculture and utility safety and maintenance.”

This is the second time an exemption from the FAA’s ban on commercial use has been granted. In June, the agency allowed an oil company to fly drones to monitor its operations in Alaska.

According to the FAA press release, “the firms had to show their UAS operations would not adversely affect safety, or would provide at least an equal level of safety to the rules from which they seek the exemptions.”

In their applications, the firms said the operators will hold private pilot certificates, keep the UAS within line of sight at all times and restrict flights to the “sterile area” on the set. In granting the exemption, FAA accepted these safety conditions, adding an inspection of the aircraft before each flight, and prohibiting operations at night. The agency also will issue Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (COAs) that mandate flight rules and timely reports of any accident or incidents. Read more

Former Survivor Contestant Jeff Varner Out at WNCT

varner wnctWNCT has confirmed with TVSpy, Jeff Varner no longer works at the Greenville, N.C. CBS affiliate.

The former contestant on “Survivor: The Australian Outback” worked as a reporter at WPIX in New York before coming to WNCT in 2012 to work as an anchor. He’s also worked at WWMT in Grand Rapids, Mich., WGHP in Greensboro and KCBS in Los Angeles.

Before working in local news, he was an entertainment reporter who has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and Xtra. he has also been a featured correspondent on E! News and the TV Guide Network.

TV Jobs: WSPA, WSVN, KTXS

This week, WSPA is hiring a morning newscast producer, as well as a morning executive producer. Meanwhile, WSVN needs a creative services director, and KTXS is seeking an account executive. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Charlo Greene Agrees She Violated ‘Basic Bedrock of Responsible Journalism’

greene sparking croppedAs our sister site, TVNewser reported, Charlo Greene, the Anchorage reporter who dropped the F-Bomb, and then her job, lit up during an interview with Huffington Post Live today.

Greene waited until after she told host Alyona Minkovski she agreed with KTVA news director Bert Rudman who said Greene “betrayed the basic bedrock of responsible journalism” by reporting on her own business.

“I have a journalism degree. I know in journalism there is a line that you’re not supposed to cross,” said Greene. “And the minute that I bought my business license on 4/20 of this year, I shouldn’t have reported on any marijuana story. But if I had gone to my boss and said, ‘Hey. I just bought this company,’ I would have been fired. Period”

When Minkovski asked Greene if she was going to wait till the interview was over to light the joint she was holding in her hand, Greene said she’d spark it up right now. Then she did. Watch it after the jump. Read more

Telemundo Station KVEA Beats Univision’s KMEX For the First Time in 27 Years

telemundoLos Angeles Telemundo station KVEA is celebrating a huge accomplishment: finally beating Univision rival KMEX in the ratings.

According to Nielsen data, “Noticiero Telemundo52″ at 11:00 p.m. was the most-watched local program for adults 18-49, regardless of language, during September 2014.

“Securing the No. 1 spot in our market for this key demographic at 11:00 p.m. and regardless of language – for the first time in 27 years – confirms that we are delivering our viewers the local news and information they want,” Celia Chavez, president and general manager of KVEA, said in a statement. “We have a dynamic news team that works passionately to provide our viewers with the information they need and we will continue to deliver live, local breaking news and aggressive weather coverage for the communities we serve.”

The show averaged a 1.4 rating (107K impressions) for adults 18-49 and averaged a 36 percent audience share among all other Spanish-language stations in the market in this time frame.

The last time KMEX was knocked off the #1 spot at 11:00 p.m. (among adults 18-49) was October 2011.

Buffalo Station Losing Two Reporters

drantch kingston_wivbBuffalo CBS affiliate WIVB will soon see the departure of two of its reporters.

Yesterday, The Buffalo News reported Ed Drantch will be leaving the LIN-owned station next month to work at cross-town rival ABC affiliate WKBW.

Channel 7 General Manager Mike Nurse said Drantch’s Channel 4 contract had expired. He added that Channel 4 had the right to match Channel 7’s offer and declined.

Today, The News said Rachel Kingston is getting out of broadcasting to work at the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

Kingston wrote on her facebook page., “Yes, it is true. My time at Channel 4 – and in news/broadcasting altogether – is drawing to a close.” She added, “While I am leaving journalism, I’m not leaving my native and dearly-loved Western New York.”

Drantch’s defection, along with other departures at the station led Buffalo News TV Critic Alan Pergament to speculate WIVB GM Rene LaSpina‘s belt tightening may be behind the moves. Read more

KSBI Cancelling Oklahoma Live! and Wild Card

OklahomaLiveOklahoma City station KSBI is cancelling two of its local programs, Oklahoma Live! and Wild Card.

“I can confirm that KSBI has made the decision to discontinue production of Oklahoma Live! and Wild Card effective Friday September 19, 2014,” JaNiece Cranmer, executive producer at KSBI, told TVSpy in an email. “We have no comment as to why the shows were cancelled. They will be replaced with syndicated programs.”

The station appears to be moving away from local, live programming in general. An article in The Lost Ogle on Tuesday suggested as much, claiming that the station laid off almost its entire staff due to the cancellations. A source told the site that it was due to ”some kind of money/budget restructuring thing but they couldn’t or wouldn’t say more.”

Dust Off Your Resume, Tribune Looking to Staff WTTV Newsroom

WTTV_LogoTribune Media announced today it’s looking for to hire up to 60 people to fill out the newsroom at soon-to-be CBS affiliated station WTTV.

>UPDATE: Tribune told TVSpy it’s looking to fill 80 positions, though not all will be in news.

A Tribune spokesperson said Tribune Media is looking for everyone from a news director to on-air talent for the Indianapolis station. Some positions may also work for Tribune’s other Indianapolis station Fox59 WXIN.

If you’re interested in working there, click here to find the job postings on Tribune’s website. They even created a QR code for those interested. Check it out after the jump.

CBS announced in August it was pulling its affiliation from LIN-owned WISH and moving it to WTTV effective January 1, 2015. Read more

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