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Washington State Supreme Court Sides With KOMO on Dashcam Video Access

komo dashcam videoThe Washington State Supreme Court has sided with Seattle’s KOMO in a lengthy legal battle between the ABC affiliate and the Seattle Police Department over access to police dashcam videos.

In the opinion, which was filed today, the court concludes that two out of three of reporter Tracy Vedder‘s public records requests should have been granted.

KOMO sued for access to the dashcam videos in 2011, the same year the Department of Justice was investigating the Seattle Police Department for use of excessive force. The investigation concluded the SPD “engaged in a pattern of excessive force in violation of the Constitution and federal law.”

In a statement to TVSpy, KOMO news director Holly Gauntt said the station is pleased with the outcome of the court battle:

We’re ecstatic about this win, not just for KOMO but for all media across Washington and quite frankly for the citizens of our state. … It was blatantly unfair and unethical for the police department to try and keep potentially incriminating videos out of the public’s view.  It was even more damming when you consider that the department consistently uses dashcam videos in its court cases against citizens and yet doesn’t allow citizens to access the videos when they feel they’ve been unjustly treated by police.

Honestly, it’s our obligation to hold public officials and entities accountable and to advocate for our viewers. I believe we’ve really succeeded in doing that and it feels great.

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KOMO Commentator Ken Schram Dies


Ken Schram, former KOMO reporter and commentator has died.

According to the Seattle ABC affiliate, Schram had been fighting an internal infection.

Schram was known at the station for being “brash and opinionated.” KOMO news director Holly Gauntt told The Seattle Times, “Ken was a journalist cut from the old-school, hard-as-nails cloth, but he had a heart of gold.”

He worked at both KOMO TV and radio for 35 years until his retirement 2 years ago. He was 66 years old.

KOMO News Director: Sinclair Management ‘a Breath of Fresh Air’

sinclair logoKOMO news director Holly Gauntt talks to TVNewsCheck about how Sinclair Broadcast Group, which acquired the ABC affiliate last year, has made an investments in the news division with the goal of dethroning ratings leader KING:

Gauntt, who’s been at KOMO for seven years, says staffers were wary of Sinclair, which has a bad rep in newsrooms for cutting staffs and airing right-wing slanted news. And Sinclair did layoff a reported 18 KOMO staffers including editors, satellite-truck operators, writers and producers, a move that got them slammed in the local press.

But Gauntt says many of those cuts were long in coming, due largely to Fisher being heavy on unnecessary personnel. “You don’t want to lose people, but at the same time this station had never made changes that came with technology,” she says.

At the same time, Gauntt says, Sinclair asked her what she needed “to be the No. 1 station in the market.” They responded, building the station’s first new set in 15 years and buying loads of equipment including three cellular bonded units, a satellite truck, new computers and five cars. Read more

KOMO News Director and GM Issue Statement on Helicopter Crash

140318_helicopter_memorial_660Holly Gauntt, news director for Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO, and station GM Janene Drafs jointly issued a statement about Tuesday’s helicopter crash.

The two remembered Bill Strothman and Gary Pfitzner, the men who were killed in the crash. “Our hearts are heavy today. We miss them. We cry for our loss and their families.  We thank everyone who has reached out to us and offered to help in any way they can.” The statement added, “The flowers, the cards, the emails… they help more than you’ll ever know. How lucky we are to be surrounded and supported by such compassionate viewers and listeners. You’ve helped us in hard times before. Thank you for doing it again.”

You can read the entire text of the statement after the jump. Read more

There’s a ‘One’ in 12th Man: KCPQ Shuts Rivals Out of Super Bowl Rally

Wilson_KCPQFor all of Seattle’s talk of the importance of the 12th man in the Seahawks Super Bowl win, only one man, or station, was allowed to cover the entire Seahawks victory event yesterday.

The celebration started out with a parade, which all the stations covered live. But as soon as the parade entered CenturyLink Field around 2:00 p.m., only FOX affiliate KCPQ stayed in live coverage.

According to KCPQ GM Pam Pearson all the other Seattle stations were welcome to cover the rally “but only the partners were allowed to broadcast it LIVE.” And by “partners” Pearson meant the Tribune owned FOX affiliate.

KOMO news director Holly Gauntt told TVSpy the ABC affiliate was getting calls from puzzled viewers when it broke away shortly before 2:00 p.m. Bob Jordan, news director CBS affiliate KIRO said several viewers asked why the station was ending its coverage of the celebration early.

Even the Governor’s office got involved. Jaime Smith, director of media relations for Washington Governor Jay Inslee, told TVSpy Inslee’s office reached out to the Seahawks because they wanted as many people as possible to watch the celebration. But in the end she said they left it up to the Seahawks to decide. Read more

KOMO News Director Loses Super Bowl Bet, Dresses Like Seahawk

Holly Gauntt, news director for Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO, came out on the wrong end of Super Bowl bet.

Gauntt told TVSpy, “Note to self, never take a bet concocted by a clever photographer! Being a huge Bronco fan has been quite the challenge of late! But I’m true to my Colorado roots!”

She said she has to wear the suit all day. She added, “If the Broncos won he had to wear my Orange Bronco shirt and his own orange pants, socks, underwear and shoes for the day!”

Gauntt also sent TVSpy another photo of her hard at work in the getup. Check it out after the jump. Read more

Layoffs at Sinclair Stations in Seattle, Portland

sinclair logoSinclair Broadcast Group has handed down a round of layoffs at its newly-acquired stations in Seattle and Portland, TVSpy has learned.

A source at Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO tells TVSpy that there were 10 layoffs in the station’s newsroom and close to 20 across all Sinclair’s properties in Seattle. They include satellite truck operators, editors, producers and radio reporters and editors.

The source describes the mood at KOMO as “a combination of sadness and nervousness,” noting that the newsroom is a “very tight-knit group” that has been through a lot, including the death of Kathi Goertzen, over the past two years. Staffers are said to be banding together to help laid-off employees find new jobs.

KOMO news director Holly Gauntt declined to comment. General manager Janene Drafs did not respond to an email from TVSpy.

In Portland, The Oregonian reports nine people were laid off at ABC affiliate KATU, including “three editors, a writer, a producer, two truck operators and two folks who work with KATU’s web operation, including an executive producer.”

More details? Email us: tvspy@mediabistro.com.

Washington State Supreme Court Hears KOMO Case on Police Dashcam Videos

A legal battle between KOMO and the Seattle Police Department over access to police dashcam videos has reached the Washington State Supreme Court. The Seattle ABC affiliate reported on the case Tuesday:

The arguments before the Supreme Court are the last step in a years-long effort by KOMO to use police videos as a means of checking officer behavior. KOMO first requested a database and copies of Seattle police dashcam videos in 2010 during a Problem Solvers investigation about excessive force and biased policing.

In spite of numerous requests, the department told KOMO that the video records — the way the station asked for them — didn’t exist. After more than a year, the city did provide KOMO with a database, but then refused to supply the dashcam videos, saying there was a three-year exemption under the law.

“This is about every single citizen in the state of Washington and their right to have access to the videos that the police have, and their right to hold police accountable,” [KOMO news director Holly] Gauntt said.

KOMO reports the Supreme Court bypassed the appeals court and took the case directly, which can be done when the court believes there is “substantial public importance.” A decision is expected in three to six months.

Watch KOMO’s report after the jump. Read more

Morning Anchor Peggy Bunker Leaving KOMO

Peggy Bunker is leaving Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO, according to a staff memo obtained by NewsBlues.

“Peggy has decided to spend some quality time with the twins and see where [her husband's] career takes their family before deciding on her next career move,” news director Holly Gauntt wrote. “Peggy has done what many of us have, she’s traveled the country getting experience and building her career. Her husband has been at her side, making the trek to bigger markets as her career took off. Now it’s Peggy’s turn to be at his side.”

Bunker is a former anchor of ABC’s “World News Now.” She joined KOMO in 2011.

NewsBlues reports that Bunker will be replaced by Liz Dueweke, the morning anchor at KOKH in Oklahoma City, beginning in April.

KOMO News Director on Joel Connable’s Death: ‘Honestly, we’re numb’

KOMO news director Holly Gauntt says the station is “incredibly sad” after the death of weekend anchor Joel Connable.

“Honestly, we’re numb,” Gauntt told TVSpy in an email. “Joel hadn’t been here long but he fit in fantastically. He was already bonding with the weekend team.”

Connable died unexpectedly Monday. He joined the Seattle ABC affiliate last week after a three-year break from the television business.

“He was excited about getting back in the business and couldn’t wait to get going. He turned in his first story on a day he was supposed to train,” Gauntt said. “He just wanted to get into the field.” Read more

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