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When News Breaks, Networks Increasingly Turn to Affiliates

TVNewsCheck takes a look at the relationship between national networks and their affiliates during breaking news situations and find that networks are increasingly looking to local stations for regional expertise:

Al Prieto, VP of ABC NewsOne, the network’s affiliate news service, says it’s an important alliance to nurture. “We know a lot, but the local stations are on the ground; they are covering their cities,” he says. “When the value of that relationship kicks in, it pays off.”

Despite the mutual benefits, cooperation has not always been a given.

“It used to be that networks would sort of parachute into our backyards and we wouldn’t even know they were there,” says Mike St. Peter, the news director at NBC-owned WVIT Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (DMA 30), which won a Peabody for its coverage of the Newtown shootings late last year.

“The networks didn’t always let the local stations know what they were doing and they didn’t seem to care what we were doing,” he says. Read more

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KTLA Reporter Brandi Hitt Joins ABC NewsOne

Brandi Hitt is joining ABC NewsOne, the network’s affiliate news service, as a Los Angeles-based correspondent.

Hitt comes from KTLA, the CW-affiliate in Los Angeles, where she was a reporter and anchor. She begins at NewsOne this week and will spend two weeks in the New York bureau before returning to the West Coast permanently.

“Brandi’s energy and experience will be a tremendous asset to NewsOne as we continue to help our stations and clients provide the highest quality news and information to their viewers each and every day,” ABC NewsOne vice president Al Prieto said in a statement.