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Texas Reporter Acted as Press Agent for Event He Also Covered


Brett Crandall, a reporter and weathercaster for KGBT in Harlingen, TX, has a side job as the public affairs director for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Jim Romenesko reported Crandall sent out a press release as the LDS public affairs director about a church sponsored cleanup and home repair in the La Joya, Texas area. He then did a story about it for the CBS affiliate and posted the story on the station’s facebook page.

Romenesko sent the press release to Kimberly Wyatt, news director for KGBT. “I am unaware of much of the information listed below,” said Wyatt. “I will be looking into it.”

TVSpy has contacted Wyatt for further comment. We will update when we hear back.

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Sportscaster Brendan Fitzgerald Joins WFXT

Sports anchor Brendan Fitzgerald is joining WFXT, the Fox O&O in Boston.

Fitzgerald, a Massachusetts native, spent the past two years at KGBT in Harlingen, TX. Prior to that, he was sports director at KCWY in Casper, WY.

“Growing up on the Cape, covering sports in Boston has been a lifelong dream of mine,” Fitzgerald said in a statement. “There’s no place like home and no place I’d rather be working than at FOX25, a station I grew up watching.”

Fitzgerald will be the evening sports anchor. He replaces Kristine Leahy, who left WFXT at the beginning of August.

How Did 27 Stations End Up With Identical Scripts For a Story About Conan O’Brien?

Conan O’Brien poked fun at content-sharing in local news this week, showing a clip on his show of several anchors repeating the same phrase — “push the envelope” — while reporting on the late night host’s plans to officiate a same-sex wedding on his show.

The original source of the copy was CBS Newspath, according to staffers at two stations featured in the clip. Although “Conan” only showed 18 stations, a search of TVEyes.com reveals that 27 stations reported the story using identical wording (a full list, including markets and affiliations, is after the jump.)

The script was tease copy for Monday’s “Eye on Entertainment” package, filed by CBS Newspath correspondent Sandra Hughes. The full version reads: “Conan O’Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. And British songstress Adele seems to have pushed her voice too far. CBS’ Sandra Hughes has those stories and more, in your Monday morning ‘Eye on Entertainment.’”

South Bend’s WSBT, which was featured in the Conan clip, addressed the situation on the 6 a.m. newscast this morning, calling it the “dark secret” of the news business. Read more