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KVIA Raises Questions Over Coverage of Rival Anchor’s Arrest for Domestic Violence

El Paso ABC affiliate KVIA is under fire for its coverage of KTSM anchor Adrienne Alvarez‘s recent arrest on suspicion of domestic violence.

After teasing the story of Alvarez’s arrest off the top of its 10:00 p.m. news, anchor Ashlie Rodriguez told viewers the station sent a crew to Alvarez’s house to get her side of the story. They then aired footage of a KVIA intern approaching Alvarez in what appeared to be Alvarez’s driveway. When Alvarez backed away from the intern, the intern said, “That’s fine. Thank you for your time,” which was echoed by what sounded like the photographer saying the same thing.

That report left some in El Paso, including a writer at the El Paso Times, questioning if the station was a little too aggressive in its reporting.

KVIA apologized to viewers for its coverage, once at at the end of the 10:00 p.m. news and once the next day when anchor Estela Casas told viewers, “Well last night we aired a story about KTSM’s Adrienne Alvarez. It was a misguided attempt to provide someone accused of wrongdoing a chance to explain her side of the story. However, we exercised an error in  judgment. That type of report does not meet our standards for ethics or journalism and what you’ve come to expect from ABC-7. We assure  you this has been a learning experience for those involved. We apologized at the end of yesterday’s newscast and we apologize again tonight.” Read more

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KTSM Anchor Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

Adrienne Alvarez, the primary anchor at El Paso NBC affiliate KTSM, was arrested early Thursday morning on suspicion of domestic violence, the El Paso Times reports:

Alvarez, 28, allegedly was involved in a fight with her husband at about midnight on the 100 block of Desert Garden Drive in Santa Teresa, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s officials said.

She was arrested on suspicion of battery against a member of a household, officials said. She was booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center. She was released on a $1,000 bond later that day.

In a statement, KTSM-KDBC general manager Gary Sotir said the station was aware of the arrest “but will wait for more details before making any other comments.”

In El Paso, KTSM Advertises on Rival’s Website

KVIA general manager Kevin Lovell visited his station’s website a few days ago and to his horror, the site had been overtaken by crosstown rival KTSM.

A large banner at the top of the site displayed a photo of KTSM’s marquee anchor team along with the NBC-affiliate’s theme “First.Live.Local.” So what happened?

In a post on KVIA’s website, Lovell explains that KTSM infiltrated the site by accident. KVIA had purchased “remnant” ads from Google Adsense and the ad network was serving local ads, apparently targeted at a web user interested in TV news.  Of course the big problem was that the ads were attempting to draw users away from KVIA to KTSM. Read more