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Father Says He Saw Son Shot to Death By LA Police on Live TV

ktla_helicopterOne of the people watching the live police chase in Los Angeles more than a week ago that ended with the killing of the suspect on live TV was the victim’s father.

Bill Beaird told The Los Angeles Times his youngest son Brian called him while being chased by police the evening of December 13. He said he told his son to pull over after Brian Beaird said he done nothing wrong.

The chase and subsequent shooting was carried live by Los Angeles CW affiliate KTLA and Fresno FOX affiliate KMPH. The family has filed a $20 million claim against the city of Los Angeles.

Later, Beaird watched live as a KTLA-TV News helicopter showed police chasing the Corvette into downtown L.A. He saw his son’s car T-bone another car before spinning onto the sidewalk. The driver staggered out of the vehicle, briefly raised his hands with his back to the police officers, then grabbed his stomach as he fell to the ground.

“I thought it was my son, but I wasn’t sure,” Bill Beaird said.

Beaird said he was initially confused about what happened to the man — the television reporters said he might have been shot with a Taser, he recalled. But when he tried to reach his son and couldn’t, his family began putting the pieces together. Read more

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Violent End to Police Pursuit Shown Live in LA and Fresno

ktla_helicopterViewers of two stations hundreds of miles apart got more than they bargained for Friday night.

At the tail end of the 10:00 p.m. news on both Los Angeles CW affiliate KTLA and Fresno FOX affiliate KMPH, the station’s aired live helicopter footage of LA police in pursuit of a man wanted for reckless driving.

The chase ended when the suspect’s Corvette plowed into a car at an intersection and ended up on a curb. After trying to drive away from the accident, the suspect stumbled out of the Corvette, walked around the rear of the car and fell to the ground.

“Game over,” said KTLA’s Micah Ohlman from the studio.”They’re taking him out.” Then after what appeared to be both the helicopter pilot and Ohlman realizing what had happened, Ohlman said, “Let’s pull out, Tim. I’m not sure if those were non-lethal rounds or not. But clearly they hit him with a whole lot of something as he tried to run from behind that car.”

KMPH took KTLA’s feed, but used their own anchor, Erik Rosales to describe the action.

Watch video of part of the chase after the jump. Read more

Activists Target Local Stations to Protest ‘Mainstream Media’

protestors_localTVProtestors converged on TV stations and newspapers Saturday to voice their displeasure with what they’re calling the mainstream media.

The protest was organized by The March Against Mainstream Media. The MAMSM has a website where it talks about its aims.

MARCH AGAINST MAINSTREAM MEDIA is more than just a protest. It is an attack against the credibility of the mainstream media in an attempt to steer its viewers away from its lies and towards alternative media sources. There are too many important things happening today that go ignored or spun by the MSM and unnoticed by the mass public.”

Oklahoma City protestor James Neighbors told local FOX affiliate KOKH, “We’ve gotta have some truth in the media. We need to quit having fluff articles. We need to have real hard investigative reporting. In-depth. None of this just glossing over things for an agenda.” Read more

Fresno Newscast Director Dies After Short Illness

Larry Howland, newscast director for KMPH, died over the weekend after what the station said was a short illness.

The Fresno FOX affiliate posted the story on its website and announced the news on its 10:00 p.m. show. Howland started at KMPH in 1976 in the Production Department. He was named director in 1983. He directed the 10:00 p.m. news and was one of two directors for the station’s syndicated programming.

Mr. Howland was respected and admired by his peers.  He was nearly unflappable in the face of the unexpected events and stress that accompany live TV newscasts, and his co-workers and teammates in his KMPH News family loved him for his kind and generous heart which he regularly and openly shared with everyone around him.

“Larry was the consummate professional,” Jack Peck, president and general manager of KMPH said in a statement. “He performed his craft with the utmost professionalism and skill. He will be sorely missed.”

Howland is survived by his wife and daughter. The family is planning a memorial service but has not announced a date.

Geoff Roth Named VP of Local Content at WJZY-WMYT

Geoff Roth has been named vice president of local content at WJZY-WMYT, Fox’s duopoly in Charlotte. His appointment is effective July 8.

“Geoff is a solid journalist and news leader with a proven track record of innovation in news gathering and content presentation. He is committed to our mission of serving our 22 counties in North and South Carolina and providing a voice for our communities,” VP-GM Karen Adams said in a statement. “Geoff is the perfect choice to lead FOX 46 Carolinas News.”

Roth comes from another Fox O&O, KRIV in Houston, where he was an executive producer. He has worked as a news director at KSEE and KMPH in Fresno, WFTX in Fort Myers, KSWB in San Diego, KSTU in Salt Lake City and WRIC in Richmond.

“Being able to build a next generation digital news operation from the ground up in a growing market like Charlotte is a unique opportunity,” Roth said. “I am looking forward to utilizing the latest technology across multiple platforms to keep our viewers constantly informed on relevant news of the day.”

Sinclair Buys Four Titan Stations, Agrees to Operate Two

Sinclair Broadcast Group has announced it will buy the stock and broadcast assets of four Titan Broadcast Management TV stations and assume Titan’s agreements to provide sales and services to two others.

“We are pleased to bring the TTBG stations into the Sinclair portfolio,” said David Smith, president and CEO of Sinclair in a statement. “They will complement the California properties we are acquiring from Fisher, as well as add to our Iowa presence and give us our first stations in Nebraska. We welcome all of them to the Sinclair group.”

The six stations are in three markets reaching 1% of US TV households. Sinclair put the purchase price at $115.35 million and expects the transaction to close and fund late in the third quarter early in the fourth quarter of 2013 pending FCC approval. Read more

Kai The ‘Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker Hero’ Now Wanted for Murder

Authorities in Union County, NJ, have issued an arrest warrant for Caleb Lawrence McGillvary. If that name doesn’t register, it may be because TVSpy readers better know the 34-year-old McGillvary as Kai ‘the hatchet wielding hitchhiker.’

McGillvary gained national attention after an interview he gave to Fresno FOX affiliate KMPH about saving a woman’s life went viral. You can watch the interview after the jump.

The victim, Joseph Galfy of Clark, NJ, was discovered after police were asked to check on his well being. An autopsy found Galfy died of blunt force trauma. Read more

ABC Station Group Executive Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Jeff Jordan, the director of safety and broadcast compliance for the ABC owned television stations, was arrested last week, according to KFSN, the ABC O&O in Fresno. He is accused of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Jordan, who is based in Fresno and also serves as chief engineer of ABC’s Living Well Network, was arrested at KFSN on March 7. He was the subject of an investigation from the Central California Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, according to Fresno Fox affiliate KMPH:

Investigators from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, agents from the Department of Homeland Security and investigators from the Clovis Police Department found numerous computers and other media storage devices inside of Jordan’s home.

Jordan, 56, was booked into the Fresno County Jail.

According to jail records, he made bond at 1:30 a.m. on March 8.

A spokesperson for the ABC Station Group declined to comment on the arrest.

The Remixed Version of KMPH’s Interview with Kai the Hitchhiker Hero

Earlier this week, we told you about KMPH‘s viral interview with Kai, a homeless, hatchet-wielding hitchhiker who saved a woman’s life in Fresno. Well, KMPH reporter Jessob Reisbeck‘s interview with Kai has now been turned into a music video, complete with subtitles and a “smash, smash, smash” chorus (video, which includes NSFW language, above).

Watch Reisbeck’s original interview here.

VIDEO: KMPH’s Jessob Reisbeck Interviews Homeless Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker Hero

A bizarre story out of Fresno, Calif., is putting KMPH reporter Jessob Reisbeck — and a homeless hitchhiker who travels with a hatchet named Kai — in the spotlight.

Kai was hitching a ride with Jett Simmons McBride when McBride intentionally ran his car into a black PG&E worker. He got out of the car and grabbed another woman, reportedly claiming he was Jesus Christ and shouting racist epithets. Kai got out of the passenger seat and hit McBride in the head with the blunt end of his hatchet, saving the woman’s life.

“I f—ing ran up behind him with a hatchet — smash, smash, smash!” Kai told Reisbeck (video above).

Reisbeck’s interview with Kai has gone viral, with the unedited version (which is more than five minutes long and features some very creative NSFW language) notching more than 360,000 YouTube views since it was posted yesterday. Watch it after the jump. Read more

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