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KDVR Takes Down Story On Man Mistaken For Terrorist After Rival KUSA Discovers It’s a Hoax

Denver Fox affiliate KDVR has taken down a report about an Italian man who was detained for questioning after rival KUSA uncovered details that indicate the story was a hoax.

“We believe we were intentionally misled by someone who misrepresented herself not only to the news media but to two of our sources on the story, an NRA board member from Colorado and a nationally-recognized Second Amendment attorney, both of whom as recently as yesterday were standing by the story,” KDVR news director Ed Kosowski told TVSpy in a statement. “These sources now tell us they believe they were misled by the woman. We are working on a follow-up story that will thoroughly explain what happened.”

The KDVR report, which aired Saturday, claims Daniele Perazzi, the grandson of a “prominent Italian gunmaker,” was questioned by law enforcement after “a taxi driver mistook him for a terrorist.” Hendrik Sybrandy sources the man’s U.S. attorney, who was not identified by name. KDVR reported the attorney said “that her client was scared during the incident because he’s not familiar with U.S. gun laws.”

KUSA said they received “numerous emails inquiring as to why the story wasn’t being broadly covered.” During the NBC affiliate’s investigation of the story, the gun company, the Adams County Sheriff’s office and the taxi company denied the incident happened, KUSA reported Tuesday night.

“The company says there’s no grandson named Daniele and they didn’t have a representative in Denver last week, either,” Kyle Clark said in the KUSA report.

KUSA also identified KDVR’s source as a Colorado woman named Korrine Aguirre. “There was a comment that I had made the other day that I probably shouldn’t have made,” Aguirre told KUSA. “Apparently that blew up a lot bigger than it was supposed to.”

The original story was removed from KDVR’s website Wednesday afternoon. TVSpy hears that KDVR staffers met Wednesday morning to review the report.

Watch both the KDVR report and the KUSA report after the jump.  Read more

KDVR Announces Anchor Changes, Hires New Morning Team

Denver FOX affiliate KDVR has hired a new morning anchor team that includes former KCNC anchor Brooke Wagner. Wagner’s new co-anchor will be Kirk Yuhnke who joins KDVR from Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV.

“We believe Brooke and Kirk, along with meteorologist Jennifer Broome and traffic anchor Ken Clark, will make a dynamic team,” KDVR news director Ed Kosowski told TVSpy. “They have the experience, passion and personality to make “Good Day Colorado” a unique morning newscast in this highly-competitive market.”

Both Wagner and Yuhnke, who go on-air two weeks from today on April 22, broke the news via social media.  Wagner chose twitter to announce, saying, “Friends, I’m thrilled and proud to announce I have a new TV home @KDVR ! I will start on #GoodDayColorado soon! Honored to join the team!” Read more

Anchor Changes at KDVR: Hubbard to Replace Retiring Zappolo

Denver FOX affiliate KDVR has announced a change to its evening anchor line up. After more than 35 years on-air in the Denver market, anchor Ron Zappolo (pictured left) will sign off this Friday, April 5.

To replace the longtime anchor, KDVR has announced Jeremy Hubbard (pictured right) will join Deborah Takahara to form the new anchor team at 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. beginning Monday April 8.

“I’ve had a really fortunate run,” Zappolo told the Denver Post. “I’ve been able to see the world, provoke a little thought, have fun and get paid for it. How many people can say they got to do exactly what they wanted to do?” Read more

Libby Weaver Signs Off KDVR For Last Time

Libby Weaver, co-anchor of the longest tenured anchor team in Denver, signed off KDVR for the last time.

Weaver told the Denver Post she is not retiring, just seeking a change.  Ed Kosowski, news director for the Denver Fox affiliate told the Post, “It was her decision. She made it clear that while she loved her job, this was a personal choice. She wanted to be a full-time mom.”

During last night’s 9 p.m.news, the station ran several tributes to Weaver from co-workers wishing her well. Chief Meteorologist Dave Fraser gave her a plastic snow dome of Denver saying, “This is an heirloom.  Its made of the finest plastic you can find on the globe. So be very gentle with it,” to which Weaver replied. “I will treasure it.”

After the jump, you can watch a video montage of Weaver’s greatest moments that aired at the end of the newscast. Read more

Libby Weaver Leaving KDVR After 12 Years

Libby Weaver, anchor for KDVR, FOX affiliate for Denver, is leaving the station.

“We can confirm that (she) will be leaving KDVR sometime around the end of this year or early in January,” KDVR news director Ed Kosowski told the Denver Post.  “Beyond that we cannot and will not discuss anything else at this time about Libby’s departure except to say that we will certainly miss her presence both on the air in our newscasts and in the newsroom.”

Weaver co-anchored the 9 p.m. news with c0-anchor Ron Zappolo who previously announced he was leaving the anchor desk when his contract ends in March.

Local News Crews Await As Olympians Return Home

After a summer covering wildfires and a massacre at a movie theater, some good news to report from Denver. One of the stars of the Olympic games, four-time gold medalist Missy Franklin returned home from London Monday.

“Great job today by photojournalists Angel Rosado and Byron Stewart, along with our assignment desk, in getting exclusive video and sound with Missy Franklin at two different locations,” wrote KDVR/KWGN News Director Ed Kosowski to his staff. “Today, we stole the biggest story of the Olympics away from Denver’s ‘Olympic’ station and scooped not only KUSA but all of our competitors.”

Other U.S. Olympians are also getting back to normal — sort of. Many medalists are appearing on the “Today” show this week, Gabby Douglas was on “The Tonight Show” last night and The CW announced that Ryan Lochte will guest star in an episode of “90210″ airing Monday, Oct. 29.

KWGN Debuts New Set Inside Newsroom

“We have a brand-new set,” KDVR-KWGN anchor Deborah Takahara announced on Monday, during KWGN’s 7 p.m. newscast. “[It] really embodies our station, our brand, and our image: ‘Colorado’s Own.’”

“Yeah, it looks like a ski lodge around here,” added Jeremy Hubbard, Takahara’s co-anchor, alluding to the new set’s rustic stone pillars and homey accents. Read more

Two KDVR News Managers Nab Assistant ND Jobs

Two news managers at Denver’s KDVR-KWGN have landed assistant news director jobs in other markets.

Ryan Minnaugh, who most recently served as executive producer of KDVR-KWGN’s evening newscasts, is joining WXIN in Indianapolis.  And Marc Sternfield, KDVR-KWGN’s executive producer for digital media, has been named assistant ND at KSTU in Salt Lake City.

Both moves represent promotions within the Local TV-Tribune family. Read more

KWGN Drops Longtime Morning Anchor Angie Austin

After being part of KWGN‘s morning team for over a decade, Angie Austin has departed the the Denver CW-affiliate.

Austin told the Denver Post this week that KWGN decided not to renew her contract, which came as a surprise to her.

“When my contract expired in a few months ago, my news director (Ed Kosowski) told me he was offering me a morning anchor position, so I knew I was being renewed,” Austin told the Post via email.  “When he met with me last week and told me it was my last day at the station.. to say I was surprised would be an understatement.” Read more

KDVR News Director on Decision to Air KUSA Dog Bite Footage: ‘The Other Stations are Wimps’

Shortly after a dog bit KUSA anchor Kyle Dyer on-air last week, the station’s news director, Patti Dennis, called up every news director in Denver and implored them not to air footage of the bite.

Dennis told TVSpy last week that she urged her fellow news directors to “show respect” because the video was “traumatic to people at KUSA.”

Despite Dennis’s pleading, one news director, KDVR‘s Ed Kosowski, decided to go ahead and air the footage. Read more

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