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Phoenix Chopper Pilot Returning to the Air

Bruce_HaffnerBruce Haffner will, once again, fly his helicopter in the Phoenix market. A Meredith spokesperson confirmed, he will shoot and report for independent station KTVK and CBS affiliate KPHO starting in October.

We reported in May that the KTVK chopper pilot was moving on from the station after the lease between Haffner’s company, KTVK, which at the time was still owned by Gannett, and the helicopter’s sponsor expired.

“It’s unbelievable because really this is what I love doing.” Haffner told the PBJ. “To be able to do what you love to do for work, there’s just nothing like it in the world.” Read more

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KPHO Reporter Tells Viewers She’s Sorry for ‘Bad Reporting’ About White House Briefings

Catherine Anaya, the KPHO reporter who told viewers reporters give White House Press Secretary Jay Carney their questions before press briefings, went on camera to tell viewers she was wrong and she is sorry.

Anaya appeared on the Phoenix CBS affiliate in a 9:00 p.m. newscast. She told viewers in part, “I reported an off the record conversation and what I reported was not accurate. I took a conversation about the preparation for a press briefing and muddied it with my own experience of wanting to provide a question for the press briefing. I incorrectly applied the process to everyone. That was wrong and it was bad reporting.”

You can read the entire text of her retraction after the jump, or just watch the video above. Read more

KPHO Reporter Says Report White House Gets Questions in Advance of Briefings a ‘Mistake’

anaya with carneyKPHO reporter Catherine Anaya says she made a mistake reporting that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told her off the record he gets reporter’s questions prior to press briefings.

Anaya was in Washington, D.C. as part of a Presidential interview junket where local reporters get an audience with the commander in chief. She told the anchors back in Phoenix about her off the record visit with Carney, which she revealed, “And then [Carney] also mentioned that a lot of times, unless it’s something breaking, the questions that the reporters actually ask…or the correspondents…they are provided to him in advance.”

Anaya told BuzzFeed she planned to ask Carney a question at the daily briefing and was asked by a White House staffer to submit it in advance.

“As a local journalist I had no issue providing my proposed question in advance because I wanted to make sure it was an appropriate [question] for a national briefing and I wanted to make sure it was appropriate for Mr. Carney, but in discussing it with a staff member the night before we decided I would save it for the president,” she said. “I was attempting to not waste national time on a local question but in my attempt at explaining that I unintentionally made it sound like that experience applied to everyone. That is my mistake and I own up to it.”

Carney disputed her initial claim, telling the Daily Mail, “If only this were true.” Read more

KPHO Accused of Doctoring Footage of Deadly Police Shooting

KPHO_police shootingPhoenix CBS affiliate KPHO is being accused of unethical journalism by the Pinal County Sheriff’s department over the way it’s showing video of a deadly police shooting.

In cellphone video shot at the end of a police chase on January 14, a suspect is seen standing at the side of his vehicle surrounded by Pinal County deputies and officers from the Eloy Police Department. Police first shoot the suspect with non-lethal rounds. He then reaches into his car, turns his back to the officers and raises his hands before being shot to death.

In emails obtained by TVSpy between Pinal County Sheriff’s pubic information officer Tim Gaffney and KPHO reporter Morgan Loew about the CBS affiliate’s coverage that began airing January 22, Gaffney tells Loew, “the fact you freeze the video at the exact split second the suspect raises his hands and then delay the sound of the shots being fired, is both unethical and completely misleading.”

Loew tells Gaffney, “It does seem that you are going out of your way to clear your deputy in the shooting before the homicide investigation is complete. ”

>UPDATE: KPHO told TVSpy, “We stand 100 percent behind our reporting of this story.  It was accurate and balanced.  To our knowledge, we did not alter the video in any way shape or form.  We did make an editorial decision not to show footage of the subject dying on screen as to not offend our viewers.  But we felt it was important to continue with the audio portion so they could hear that gunshots were fired at the subject while his hands were in the air and back was to the deputy who fired the fatal shots.”

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Phoenix Station Promotes Assistant News Director

wood_kphoMeredith owned CBS affiliate KPHO has promoted assistant news director Leona Wood to news director.

Wood has worked at the Phoenix, AZ, station for seven years. She started at KPHO as senior executive producer and was once news director at KXLY in Spokane, WA. She also worked at KTVK in Phoenix as executive producer.

She replaces Michelle Donaldson who left KPHO in August for KOB in Albuquerque, NM.

Q3 Earnings: Meredith Local Media Group Revenue Up 3%

meredith_1Total revenues for Meredith Corporation’s Local Media Group grew +3% to $90 million in the third quarter of 2013. Non-political advertising revenues were up +3% to $64 million led by strong performance from KPHO in Phoenix, KCTV in Kansas City and KPTV in Portland, Ore.

Operating profit was $26 million, down $2 million from the year-ago quarter. Meredith reported $12 million less of political advertising revenue in Q3 2013 than in Q3 2012. Other revenues and operating expenses both increased because of growth in retransmission revenues and programming fees.

“Our record revenue performance – achieved in a non-political quarter – speaks to the fundamental strength of our television broadcasting business,” Meredith Local Media Group president Paul Karpowicz said in a statement.  “We continue to engage viewers and successfully monetize the strength of our audience.”

Michelle Donaldson Named KOB News Director

Michelle Donaldson is joining KOB as news director. She begins at the Albuquerque NBC affiliate September 9.

Donaldson comes to KOB after five years as news director at KPHO, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix. Before that, she worked as news director of KRQE-KASA, KOB’s rival stations in Albuquerque.

“Leaving New Mexico was a hard decision; returning there to do a job I love is a perfect scenario for me.  I feel so fortunate to be joining KOB 4′s fine news team and can’t wait to be back, ” Donaldson said. “My family and I have missed so much about the state.”

During her career in local news, Donaldson has also worked at WXYZ in Detroit, where she managed news and programming.

“Michelle’s news acumen coupled with her knowledge of and enthusiasm for covering New Mexico’s news put her at the top of our candidate list,” KOB general manager Mike Burgess said. “Her work at KPHO has added to her already considerable achievement list.  She is a great fit for our news team.” Read more

Phoenix Stations Remember Journalists Killed in 2007 Helicopter Accident

Phoenix stations took time this weekend to mark the six year anniversary of a helicopter crash that killed four local journalists.

July 27, 2007, the helicopters for ABC affiliate KNXV and independent station KTVK collided while covering a police chase. KNXV’s Craig Smith and Rick Krolak and KTVK’s Scott Bowerbank and Jim Cox were all killed when the helicopters went down in Steele Indian School Park.

“On July 27th will always be a difficult time for us, but something we are determined not to let die,” Jim Cox’s father Alan Cox told FOX owned station KSAZ. “This memorial in the park is just fantastic and the folks who put this together should be commended. We thank them very, very much.”

The Cox family has created the James Alan Cox foundation for Student Photographers. Click here to learn more. Watch the coverage from the two stations affected after after the jump. Read more

Verdict Reached in Jodi Arias Trial

A verdict has been reached in the trial of Jodi Arias, who is accused of murdering her boyfriend Travis Alexander in Arizona.

In Phoenix, ABC affiliate KNXV was the first to report the news at 11:32 a.m. with Connie Colla and Dan Spindle anchoring. “This is one of those cases where we’ve been waiting, monitoring Twitter, we’ve got reporters and crews that have been down there staking out their spot at the courthouse,” Spindle said. “And we do know right now they announced and went through this chain of events to let everybody know.”

Fox O&O KSAZ was next at 11:34 a.m. with Ron Hoon and Rick D’Amico at the anchor desk. CBS affiliate KPHO and independent station KTVK both reported the news at 11:36 a.m. Nicole Crites and Pat McReynolds anchored on KPHO and Kaley O’Kelly and Javier Soto anchored on KTVK.

NBC affiliate KPNX reported the news at 11:38 a.m. with Scott Light and Tram Mai anchoring.

The verdict will be read at 4:30pmET/1:30pmMT.

>Update: The jury has found Arias guilty of first-degree murder.

Meteorologist Cody Matz Joins KMSP

Cody Matz is joining KMSP in Minneapolis as weekend morning meteorologist. He begins at the Fox O&O on June 10.

Matz comes from Sioux Falls, where he was the chief meteorologist for NBC affiliate KDLT. He has also worked as a web meteorologist for the MSU Geosciences website and as an intern at KPHO in Phoenix.

“As a Chief Meteorologist in the Midwest, Cody brings experience covering severe weather and forecasting in our region to the FOX 9 Weather Team. We’re thrilled to have Cody join us on-air and look forward to the excellent presence he’s established already online and via social media,” KMSP vice president and news director Bill Dallman said in a statement.

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