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Omaha Station Apologizes for Tweet Comparing Missing Flight 370 to ‘Lost’

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Omaha ABC affiliate KETV has apologized for its tweet comparing missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to the ABC series “Lost.”

The station tweeted a look alike of the TV series poster with passengers in silhouette standing in front of the words “Flight 370.” The heading of the tweet read, “What do YOU think happened to #Flight370?” The tweet has since been removed.

“We apologize for the post,” the station told The Hollywood Reporter. “While it was not intended to be insensitive, we can see how it would be viewed that way in light of such a tragedy.”

[The Hollywood Reporter which h/t NY Mag which h/t Mediaite which h/t Death and Taxes which h/t Deadspin which h/t Richard Deitsch ]

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Omaha ABC Affiliate Shows Off Progress in Move to Historic Train Station


Omaha ABC affiliate KETV is showing off how far it’s come in its planned move into the historic downtown Burlington Station.

The station said its working with preservationists to keep the building’s history while turning it into a TV station. Click here to view the photo gallery.

“There is still much work ahead, though,” the station wrote on its website. “Construction crews and engineers are digging deep to provide more support for the changes, while preserving what’s stood for a century.”

Larry Forsgren Named GM of WMSN

Larry Forsgren has been named general manager at WMSN, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Fox affiliate in Madison, Wisc.

Forsgren has been the station’s general sales manager for the past year. Prior to that, he was general manager for KNDO-KNDU in Yakima, Wash. He has also worked as the local sales manager at KETV in Omaha, Neb.

“I am excited to be leading the team at WMSN FOX 47,” Forsgren said in a statement. “With the assistance of a great staff, we expect to provide the viewers and advertisers in Madison an even more rewarding viewing experience with our popular local news, sports and entertainment programming.”

KETV To Renovate Historic Building and Move Downtown

KETV has announced plans to buy the historic Burlington Station in downtown Omaha and turn it into the station’s new home by 2015.

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Ariel Roblin, president of the Omaha ABC affiliate. “It really goes back to the people who watch us every day, the people we serve every day, the people we think about every day. That’s the reason we get to do this, so you know we have to do it right.”

Originally built in 1898, Burlington closed the station and leased it to Amtrak in 1971. Amtrak abandoned the building in 1974 after railroad traffic declined. The station posted a photo gallery of the old railroad station to its website. Click here to view. Read more

VIDEO: Bat Flies Through KETV Newsroom

The news team at KETV got an early Halloween fright when a wayward bat flew through the newsroom and studio this weekend.

In the video (watch after the jump), employees of the Omaha ABC affiliate try out various implements to wrangle the bat, even calling in the professionals. The bat was eventually subdued with a well-placed box top. Video of the incident inside… Read more

Hearst TV, Time Warner Cable Fail to Reach Retrans Agreement

Despite extending talks for more than a week past the original expiration of their retransmission consent contract, Time Warner Cable and Hearst were unable to come to an agreement by midnight yesterday, leaving 13 stations unavailable on the cable provider today.

“Time Warner Cable has reached hundreds of agreements with other broadcasters without broadcaster blackouts, but Hearst’s demand for a nearly 300% increase is way out of line,” a Time Warner statement released last night reads. “That kind of outrageous increase is unfair to our customers and unsustainable for our business.”

Hearst has statements informing viewers on each respective station’s website. Read more

KETV’s Adrian Whitsett Returns to Air Following DUI, Asks Viewers for Forgiveness

“I made a mistake, a huge mistake, and it nearly cost me everything,” KETV anchor-reporter Adrian Whitsett said in a recent interview with the station’s senior anchor, Rob McCartney, speaking about his DUI conviction.

After an unpaid leave of absence following his arrest in January, Whitsett returned to work last month and returned to the air this week. The Omaha ABC-affiliate cleared the way for his on-air return by airing a story on Sunday in which Whitsett asks viewers for forgiveness. Read more

Adrian Whitsett Returns to KETV Following DUI

KETV anchor Adrian Whitsett is back at work, after serving time for his third DUI.

KETV general manager Ariel Roblin confirmed today that Whitsett has returned to work, although she said that his return to the air has not yet been determined.

In an email, Whitsett told TVSpy that he hopes to be back on air “within a few weeks.”  Before going on unpaid leave following his arrest, Whitsett anchored KETV’s weekday 5 p.m. newscast.

Whitsett’s Twitter account went dark following his DUI arrest in January but he started tweeting again on Thursday.  “Good to be back at it!” reads one message.

KETV Anchor Sentenced to Jail Time

KETV anchor Adrian Whitsett was sentenced Monday morning to 30 days in jail, following his recent DUI arrest.

The Omaha ABC-affiliate reports that Whitsett pleaded guilty to one count of third-offense misdemeanor DUI.  In addition to 30 days in jail, which can be served as house arrest, Whitsett received two years supervised probation.

Whitsett is currently on a leave of absence from KETV.  He remains an employee of the station.

“I shouldn’t have been doing this. It almost cost me my job,” Whitsett told the judge in the case. “I don’t plan on doing this again.”

KETV Reports on Anchor’s DUI

KETV has been forthcoming about the recent arrest of anchor Adrian Whitsett. The Omaha ABC-affiliate reported during its 10 p.m. newscast on Wednesday that Whitsett was arrested over the weekend and charged with driving under the influence, as well as driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

Whitsett, who anchors KETV’s 5 p.m newscast, is currently on “an extended leave of absence” from the station.

Omaha CBS-affiliate KMTV also reported on Whitsett’s arrest this week.

Whitsett joined KETV in 2008, shortly after he graduated from the University of Nebraska. According to the Omaha World-Herald, he was arrested around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday with a blood-alcohol level of .262.

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