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VIDEO: KCBS-KCAL Crew Attacked While Covering Zimmerman Protests

A KCBS-KCAL reporter and photographer were attacked Monday night while covering the George Zimmerman protests in Los Angeles (video above).

Dave Bryan and a photographer were both tackled before the suspect fled the scene, according to the CBS O&O. KCBS-KCAL did not identify the photographer involved. Both were treated for minor injuries and the attack remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Thirteen people were arrested during the protests. Watch the video after the jump. [h/t The Hollywood Reporter] Read more

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George Zimmerman Trial Ratings: WFTV, WOFL On Top in Orlando

Extensive coverage of the George Zimmerman trial has given Orlando stations — and their cable news counterparts — a ratings boost. Zimmerman is on trial in Sanford, Fla. for second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

For the seven days of trial coverage from June 24 to July 2, ABC affiliate WFTV led the way in Total Viewers and households, delivering a 1.8 rating / 8.4 share and a 3.5 rating / 9.5 share, respectively. Fox O&O WOFL topped the competition in the A25-54 demographic with a 1.6 rating / 9.4 share. WOFL also leads in the A18-34 and A18-49 demographics.

All four stations are seeing ratings rise as the trial goes on, especially among younger viewers. For the same seven-day period from June 24 to July 2, WOFL was up +64% in the A25-54 demographic. WFTV was up +25%, while NBC affiliate WESH was up +20% and CBS affiliate WKMG was up +17%.

Ratings are after the jump. Read more

Jeff Burnside Lands at Seattle’s KOMO

Jeff Burnside, the investigative reporter who was fired several months ago from NBC owned WTVJ, has landed a job with Seattle’s KOMO.

WTVJ fired Burnside for placing an edited version of George Zimmerman‘s 911 call in his story about the Trayvon Martin case.  Martin was the 17-year-old who was shot while walking through a gated community near Orlando.  George Zimmerman faces second-degree murder charges in the case.

Burnside is now the Seattle ABC affiliate’s senior investigative reporter.

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Chad Matthews Joining Miami’s WTVJ as Assistant News Director

Chad Matthews has been hired as assistant news director at WTVJ, a spokesperson for the station confirmed to TVSpy today.

Matthews joins the Miami NBC O&O from WABC, the ABC O&O in New York City, where he is a senior executive producer. WABC is a powerhouse in the New York City market: in the just-finished May sweeps period, the station’s newscasts won in every time slot but one, according to our sister site FishbowlNY.

“By recruiting someone with Chad Matthews’ skills and experience, we continue to position the NBC 6 News Team for growth,” WTVJ vice president of news Migdalia Figueroa told TVSpy. “Chad will work with us to continue improving our content and ratings performance and will play a key role in our all-new investigative unit.” Read more

NBC Station Fires Reporter For Making Similar Edit in George Zimmerman 911 Call

Jeff Burnside, a special projects reporter at WTVJ, was fired from the South Florida NBC O&O last Friday after it was determined he selectively edited audio of George Zimmerman‘s 911 call in the Trayvon Martin case. Two weeks ago, a Miami-based NBC News producer lost her job in a similar situation, using an almost identical, sloppily-edited 911 call related to the Martin/Zimmerman case.

In a report on the 5pm newscast in mid-March, Burnside used the following audio of Zimmerman’s 911 call:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something. He looks black. Read more

George Zimmerman Looks to Another Orlando TV Analyst for Representation in Trayvon Martin Case

George Zimmerman has replaced one Orlando television analyst with another as his legal representation in the Trayvon Martin case.

Zimmerman has hired Mark O’Mara, a legal analyst for CBS-affiliate WKMG. Zimmerman was dropped as a client on Tuesday by Hal Uhrig, a former WOFL legal analyst, and Craig Sonner. Zimmerman faces a second-degree murder charge.

In a WMKG interview on Tuesday night — before he was hired by Zimmerman — O’Mara said Uhrig’s decision to step down presented a serious challenge in the case. Read more

Orlando TV Analyst Joins George Zimmerman’s Legal Team

Hal Uhrig, a Florida attorney and television analyst, has joined George Zimmerman‘s legal team.

Uhrig appeared frequently on Orlando Fox O&O WOFL during last year’s Casey Anthony coverage. According to the Orlando Sentinel, he is not a station employee and he will not be contributing to the station in an analyst role until his involvement in the Trayvon Martin case is over. He and Zimmerman’s other attorney, Craig Sonner, appeared together on WOFL’s evening newscast yesterday. Read more

WOFL’s Valerie Boey: George Zimmerman’s Father Seemed ‘Tired, Stressed’

WOFL reporter Valerie Boey is speaking out on how she landed an exclusive interview with George Zimmerman‘s father, Robert.

“He emailed me,” Boey told the Orlando Sentinel. “I thought at first, ‘I’m not going to get  my hopes up.’ I went and met him in a public place. I asked to see his ID. I asked, ‘Why me?’ He said, ‘Because I trust you.’ He watches us all the time.”

Boey said Robert Zimmerman seemed “very tired, stressed.” Read more

George Zimmerman’s Father Tells WOFL Trayvon Martin Beat His Son, Threatened His Life

In his first interview since the Trayvon Martin shooting, George Zimmerman‘s father told WOFL that Martin beat his son and threatened his life.

Robert Zimmerman‘s face was not revealed in the 20-minute interview with Valerie Boey, which aired on the Fox O&O’s 10 p.m. newscast yesterday (watch above). Read more

Former WESH Reporter Joe Oliver on Defending George Zimmerman: ‘My Role in This Just Doesn’t Make Sense’

After making the rounds as the de facto press representative for George Zimmerman, former WESH anchor-reporter Joe Oliver backed away from the popular characterization of him as Zimmerman’s “close friend” in an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” on Tuesday night.

“I’ll clarify my relationship with George because the characterization has been as a close friend. I’m being described as a close friend because I’m the only one speaking out for him,” Zimmerman said. “But my relationship with George is more of an older uncle. I’m old enough to be his father.” Read more

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