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Helicopter in KOMO Crash Was Formerly Used by WBZ, WFXT

komo crashThe helicopter involved in the KOMO crash was previously used by  two Boston stations, CBS owned WBZ and Fox owned WFXT, WBZ reports.

According to NBC News, the chopper, a Eurocopter AS350, was on loan from Helicopter Inc. of Cahokia, Ill., while KOMO’s regular one had new equipment installed. Gary Pfitzner, the chopper’s pilot, and Bill Strothman, a former KOMO photographer, were killed in the accident.

WBZ reports the chopper was used in Boston for 10 years and flown to Detroit last November.

KOMO shares a helicopter with KING, the NBC affiliate in Seattle. “Words cannot express the sympathy and sadness we feel for the victims who lost their lives in today’s tragedy and for their families,” KING president and general manager Ray Heacox said in a statement. “We grieve this afternoon with the entire Seattle community and our thoughts are with all those affected.”

[h/t WBZ managing editor Pete Wilson]

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2 Dead After KOMO Helicopter Crashes in Seattle

The KOMO news helicopter has crashed near Fisher Plaza in Seattle. Kelly Koopmans, a reporter and anchor at the ABC affiliate, is tweeting from the scene:

Koopmans said the chopper crashed into at least two cars on the ground.

>More: Watch’s KOMO’s live report on the chopper crash here.

>More: The Associated Press says casualties have been reported in the crash:

The station says the copter was apparently coming in for a landing on its rooftop Tuesday morning when it possibly hit the side of the building and went down, hitting several vehicles on Broad Street.

The copter and cars exploded in flames and casualties were reported. People in the area reported seeing a huge cloud of smoke as firefighters and police responded.

>More: The Seattle Fire Department reported via Twitter two people were killed in the crash. Seattle NBC affiliate KING, which operates the chopper in a joint partnership with KOMO, is reporting a third person is in critical condition.

>More: Video from the aftermath of the crash is after the jump. Read more

Seattle Stations Celebrate Super Bowl Victory

Stations in Seattle had extended local coverage of the Seahawks’ victory in Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday. Fox affiliate KCPQ had the most comprehensive local coverage, piggybacking on Fox’s broadcast of the game. After the national postgame coverage, David Rose and Marni Hughes anchored from 7:22 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. They were joined by Matt Lorch, sports director Aaron Levine from MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, and several reporters in Seattle covering the local celebrations.

CBS affiliate KIRO reported the news of the Seahawks victory during its regularly-scheduled 6:30 p.m. newscast. Monique Ming Laven anchored until 7:30 p.m. and the station was back on the air from 9 to 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. to midnight. Chris Francis reported from MetLife Stadium for KIRO.

NBC affiliate KING broke in to regularly scheduled programming at 7:26 p.m. with Dennis Bounds and Lori Matsukawa anchoring. Drew Mikkelsen joined them from MetLife Stadium. KING stayed on the air until 8 p.m. and was back at 10 p.m. for more coverage of the victory celebrations in Seattle.

ABC affiliate KOMO had a brief report about the Seahawks’ win at 7:46 p.m. Dan Lewis and Mary Nam anchored from 10 to 11:30 p.m. Eric Johnson, Mike Ferreri and Jon Humbert reported from MetLife Stadium.

Duane Pohlman Joins WCMH in Columbus

duane pohlmanDuane Pohlman will join WCMH, the NBC affiliate in Columbus, TVNewsCheck reports. Pohlman comes from WLKY in Kentucky, where he has been an investigative reporter since 2011.

At WCMH, Pohlman will be the lead investigative reporter and co-anchor of the 5:30 p.m. newscast. He begins in Columbus on February 3, 2014.

Before joining WLKY, Pohlman worked at WEWS in Cleveland, KING in Seattle, WTMJ in Milwaukee and WRAL in Raleigh-Durham.

Gannett Broadcasting President Wins RTDNF First Amendment Award

dave lougeeDave Lougee, the president of Gannett Broadcasting, is the 2014 winner of the RTDNF’s First Amendment Leadership Award.

Lougee joined Gannett in 2007 from Belo Corporation, where he was the executive vice president of media operations. He is a former general manager and news director of KING in Seattle. He also worked as news director at WRC in Washington, D.C. and KUSA in Denver.

The First Amendment Leadership Award is given annually to a business or government leader that has contributed significantly to the protection of the First Amendment and freedom of the press.

Related, TVNewser: Lester Holt, Robin Sproul, Bill Plante Win RTDNF First Amendment Awards

“This award has been given to some of the most influential journalists of our time and shines a spotlight on the rights we hold dear. Dave, through his leadership, sets a terrific example for our broadcast journalists as they fight to protect First Amendment rights,” Gannett president and CEO Gracia Martore said in a statement. “I congratulate Dave on this important and well-deserved honor.”

KING Reporter Joe Fryer Joins NBC News

joe fryer nbc newsJoe Fryer is leaving Seattle NBC affiliate KING to join NBC News. In his new role, Fyer will be a general assignment correspondent based in the network’s Burbank bureau.

Related, TVNewser: Joe Fryer Named NBC News Correspondent

Fryer, who has worked at KING since 2010, has been filling in as a part-time correspondent on NBC News. In a memo this afternoon, NBC SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi and Burbank bureau chief Polly Powell wrote, “His work impressed us so much, we hired him full time.”

Before working at KING, the four-time Murrow winner worked at KARE in Minneapolis, WTVF in Nashville, WBAY in Green Bay and WKYT in Lexington.

Meteorologist Mary Lee Joins Seattle’s KING

mary lee_304x200Former Houston meteorologist Mary Lee has joined Seattle NBC affiliate KING.

Lee left Houston’s KPRC in August saying she wanted to be closer to her family on the West Coast.

She posted the news of her move to KING on her facebook page, “It’s official! Super happy to finally live in the same city as my family and so excited to work for the KING of Seattle!!”

In 2010, Lee joined KPRC as a weekend meteorologist. She has also worked at KXAN in Austin, TX, KHSL in Chico, CA, and KOVR in Sacramento.

[Houston Chronicle]

In Seattle, KING Expands Evening Newscasts

KING and KONG, Belo’s NBC affiliate and independent station in Seattle, are expanding their evening newscasts. Beginning tonight, KING will expand its 6:30 p.m. newscast from 30 minutes to an hour and KONG will present an hourlong newscast at 9 p.m.

“Many critics of media consolidation have worried about less local programming and community service; we think this is one more powerful demonstration that these worries are unfounded,” president and general manager Ray Heacox said in a statement.

Dennis Bounds and Jean Enersen will continue to helm KING’s 6:30 p.m. newscast as it expands to an hour. Rob Piercy will debut as the anchor of KONG’s 9 p.m. newscast.

Colleagues Mourn the Loss of Former NPPA Photographer of the Year Keven Strehle

Friends of Keven Strehle are mourning the loss of the award winning photojournalist after he died in a motorcycle accident August 9.

Among his many accomplishments, Strehle won 22 Emmy awards, 16 National Telly Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award and was named National Press Photographers Association “Photographer of the Year” in 1999. He was founder of SMG productions, worked on Olympic games broadcasts, and had worked as a photojournalist for KING in Seattle, KLAS in Las Vegas, and WCHS and WSAZ in Charleston, WV.

John Stofflet, anchor and reporter for Madison, WI, NBC affiliate WMTV, worked with Strehle at KING in Seattle and told TVSpy, “Keven was a tremendous storyteller, with enormous pride in his craft. Keven was not only a tremendous photojournalist, but a mentor to many in the business who looked up to his accomplishments and his work.” Read more

Al Jazeera America Announces Correspondents for Regional Bureaus

Al Jazeera America is adding five more correspondents from the local news landscape to its ranks. The network has announced the hires of Ash-har Quraishi, Heidi Zhou-Castro, Bisi Onile-EreNatasha Ghoneim and Jonathan Martin.

The three hires were revealed as the network, which is slated to launch next month, announced plans to open bureaus in 12 cities across the United States:  Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. With the exception of Zhou-Castro and Ghoneim, each of the correspondents will stay in the same market as they join Al Jazeera.

Quraishi, who will be Al Jazeera America’s Chicago correspondent, joins the network from WTTW, the PBS station in Chicago, where he was a reporter for the nightly newscast “Chicago Tonight” and a contributor to PBS “NewsHour.”

Zhou Castro joins Al Jazeera from YNN Austin, where she was the evening and weekend news anchor. She will be based in the network’s Dallas bureau.

Onile-Ere will be based in Detroit for Al Jazeera. She comes from WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit.  Read more

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