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KBJR Responds to Concerns Over Anchor Appearing in Political Ad


Recently, KBJR said some of its viewers became concerned when they saw a portion of the station’s newscast in an ad for Minnesota Senator Al Franken‘s re-election campaign.

David Jensch,station manager of the Duluth, MN, NBC and CBS affiliate, told viewers not to worry. Franken’s campaign used the footage without permission and there’s nothing they can do about it.

“It’s very important that the viewers here in the Northland understand that KBJR and KDLH have no political bias, have no preference with candidates, and would never take a position in a political campaign,” Jensch said Wednesday. “This is an ad that we can’t stop, it’s airing all over the state of Minnesota and we don’t like it, but legally there is nothing we can do about it.”

Jensch said he checked with station lawyers and was told that Franken’s ad does not infringe on copyright laws because it falls under the “fair use” exception.

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Veteran Duluth Sportscaster Tom Hansen Announces Resignation From KBJR-KRII

KBJR-KRII sports director Tom Hansen has announced his resignation after 22 years at the Duluth stations.

“I love this job. Always have, always will. But I love my family more,” Hansen said in announcing his resignation (video above). “I want to be a better husband and father.”

“Tom has truly been Mr. Sports for the past 20 years in this market,” KBJR-KRII vice president David Jensch told the Duluth News Tribune. “He’s been a great local connection to college and high school teams and players and coaches. A lot of young people have grown up watching Tom Hansen cover them. I can’t tell you how many athletes have talked to us about the connection to Tom Hansen that they have.”

Hansen is joining the university relations department at University of Wisconsin-Superior. His last day will be March 22.