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Man Angry About Carriage Dispute Threatens to Blow Up KMVU Building

Police say a Medford, OR, man upset because he couldn’t watch local Fox affiliate KMVU on his DISH Network system threatened to blow up KMVU’s building and named an employee he said he’d shoot.

Medford Police along with Oregon State Police arrested Jeffrey Alan Sebastian of Williams, OR at his home without incident.  He faces three charges of attempted coercion and three charges of harassment for leaving three separate threatening voice mails with the station.

KMVU is currently in a carriage dispute with DISH Network over carriage fees.  The station posted an explanation of the issue on its website saying in part,

DISH Network and Northwest Broadcasting, the parent company of FOX 26 have discontinued their business relationship as of 5 PM EST Monday, November 26, 2012.

Sebastian remains in the Jackson County Jail on $28,000 bail.

[Mail Tribune]

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DirecTV Subscribers Now Able to Watch Super Bowl on Northwest Stations

With the Super Bowl looming this weekend, Northwest Broadcasting has decided to temporarily return its stations to DirecTV.

Northwest Broadcasting, which pulled its station’s from DirecTV on January 1st as the two parties could not reach a new retrans deal, has agreed to a four-week cease-fire.

“We’re happy that Northwest granted our request to put the channels back on while we negotiate a deal,” said Dan Hartman, DirecTV’s senior VP of programming, in a statement. “The channels have now been restored and we are looking forward to getting a deal done as quickly as we can.”

DirecTV subscribers in parts of Washington, Oregon, and  New York will now be able to enjoy the Super Bowl on Sunday.  Northwest stations returning to DirecTV are KAYU in Spokane, KFFX in Yakima, KMVU in Medford, and WICZ in Binghamton.

Adding Weekend Morning Newscast, WTIC Continues to Expand News Team

Hartford’s WTIC announced today that it will debut weekend morning newscasts later this month.  The newscasts, which will air from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m on Saturday and Sunday, will be anchored by Audrey Kuchen with meteorologist Dan Amarante providing forecasts and weather updates.

“It makes sense to add a Saturday and Sunday morning broadcast for our viewers to enjoy more local news during the weekend,” said Richard Graziano, the station’s vice president and general manager.  “We believe the additional newscast will serve the community well and positions the station for growth.”

Kuchen is a Connecticut native who joined WTIC in August after working as a reporter, producer, and anchor for Fox-affiliate KMVU in Medford, OR. When KMVU debuted a  new evening newscast in 2006 in partnership with Medford NBC-affiliate KOBI, Kuchen was the anchor.  She also served as a co-anchor for KOBI’s 6 p.m. newscast.

Amarante, who recently graduated with a BS in Meteorology from Western Connecticut State University, is also a Connecticut native.  He comes to WTIC from WGGB in Springfield, MA, where he served as a weekend meteorologist.

WTIC’s weekend newscast announcement comes on the heels of the station’s hiring of two reporters, Jeevan Vittal and Ayana Noni Harry.

Video of Kuchen and Amarante after the jump… Read more