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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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Quincy Buys Three Stations from Granite, One From Malara

quincyQuincy Newspapers has announced it is adding nine stations in four markets by buying five stations outright and agreeing to provide operating services to four more.

From Granite Broadcasting, Quincy will buy NBC affiliate WEEK in Peoria, IL, NBC/MyTV affiliate KBJR and its satellite KRII in Duluth, MN/Superior, WI, and CBS/CW affiliate WBNG in Binghamton, NY. Quincy is buying ABC/CW affiliate WPTA in Ft. Wayne, IN, from Malara Broadcasting.

Quincy will also provide operating services to Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s ABC/CW affiliate WHOI and Four Seasons Broadcasting’s WAOE in Peoria, IL, as well as SagamoreHill Broadcasting’s newly acquired stations NBC/MyTV affiliate WISE in Ft. Wayne, IN, and CBS/CW affiliate KDLH in Duluth, MN. Read more

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.

Dick Anthony, Duluth’s ‘Original 6 o’clock News Guy,’ Dies At 92

Dick Anthony, a longtime news anchor who spent 23 years at KDAL in Duluth, died Monday. He was 92.

Anthony began his career at KDAL (now known as KDLH) from radio in 1953, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

“He was an instritution,” Duluth historian Jim Heffernan said. “The original 6 o’clock news guy.”

In his long tenure at the station, he played several roles: reporter, producer and anchor. He kept busy with radio broadcasts in the morning and television broadcasts in the evening, his son Rick told the News Tribune. Read more