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Tim Ezell Leaving St. Louis FOX Affiliate

tim-ezellTim Ezell is leaving St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI to “dedicate his time fully to the ministry” on July 18.

The station said GM Spencer Koch told staffers Ezell will be “remembered for possessing that soul, that passion to relate to the viewers, make them feel part of the show and feel welcome.”

The St. Louis feature reporter is moving from part time Lead Pastor at a local church to full time pastor.

TVSpy feels the need to give a special shout out to our eagle eyed LA SuperTVfan who read TVSpy’s poop video story and tipped us off to Ezell’s move.

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KTVI Number One in Report on Cop Secretly Videotaping Men Going Number Two


Chris Hayes, investigative reporter for St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI, helped police bust a Chesterfield cop who was secretly videotaping men going to the bathroom.

The station said a man stumbled on a porn site with the videos after he clicked on a banner. Apparently, he watched the videos long enough to see a pattern emerge. Many of the men in the video wore the same company shirts.

With the help of police, Hayes tracked down Rob Cheney, one of the victims.

Fox 2 checked his list of rest rooms, comparing the online video to each bathroom.  Then we found a perfect match, from the floor tiles to the drain by the toilet.  Cheney just moved to the area and laughed, “Three weeks and I’m already on a poop cam pretty much. So three weeks and everybody’s seen me poop?  That’s terrible.  Hahaha.”

But we found no camera when we first discovered the bathroom. We took our investigative research to Chesterfield Police. Chief Ray Johnson held a news conference and said, “The Chesterfield Police Department has arrested one of our own officers, working from a tip from an investigative reporter Chris Hayes from Fox 2 News.”

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What Are Local Stations Covering?

Today we check out St. Louis TV to see what they covered in last night’s 6:00 p.m.

One surprise? The Sinclair owned ABC affiliate has no local news.

Also, with the exception of FOX affiliate KTVI, the trend in St. Louis seemed to be a first block filled with short quick stories about local crime.

Meet AquaFOX, the St. Louis FOX Station’s News Boat


With all the talk about covering news with airborne drones, St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI has decided to swim against the tide by showing off its news boat.

yesterday, the station revealed AquaFOX, an Axis A24 wrapped in station branding.

KTVI news director Audrey Prywitch reminded TVSpy while St. Louis is in the middle of the country it is on the Mississippi River, and surrounded by many other rivers and lakes. She said possible stories to use the boat include flooding, predatory fish invading local rivers and lakes, drinking and boating stories and even a river view of the fireworks on July 4th.

In case you think the boat will be trolling lakes and rivers 24 hours a day, Prywitch said the station will call Stateamind Water Sports, the boating company they’ve partnered with, at least 24 hours ahead of time to ready the boat for use.

Bill Berra Leaving Journal Broadcast Group

bill berraBill Berra is stepping down as vice president of news for Journal Broadcast Group and WTMJ in Milwaukee next month, TVSpy has learned. Berra will stay with the NBC affiliate through the Sochi Olympics, which begin Thursday on NBC.

A station spokesperson tells TVSpy Berra’s last day will be March 7 and the search is underway for his replacement.

No word yet on what’s next for Berra, who joined WTMJ in 2005 from WFTS, the ABC affiliate in Tampa. He has also worked as news director for WSYX in Columbus, WKMG in Orlando, KSAZ in Phoenix, KTVI in St. Louis and WREG in Memphis. He began his local news career reporting for WTMJ’s radio station, Newsradio 620.

After 20 Years at Fox, Kingsley Smith Resigns From KTTV

kttv set_304x200After two years as KTTV news director, Kingsley Smith is stepping down from the Los Angeles Fox O&O.

“After 20 years with Fox Television Stations, Kingsley Smith has resigned from employment with the company and will be pursuing other opportunities,” KTTV vice president and general manager Kevin Hale said in a statement.

Smith joined KTTV in 2011. He has also worked as news director for Fox-owned WTXF in Philadelphia and KTVI in St. Louis, which was a Fox O&O at the time he was there. Earlier in his career, he spent 15 years at KDFW in Dallas, where he worked his way up from producer to executive producer to assistant news director.

A station spokesperson tells TVSpy that a search is underway for Smith’s replacement. In the interim period, assistant news director Tom Searson will be acting news director.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Thanks KTVI’s Chris Hayes For Fielding Misdirected Tweets

A funny moment on MSNBC’s “All In” Tuesday night: Chris Hayes thanked KTVI investigative reporter Chris Hayes for his patience fielding tweets intended for the MSNBC host (video above).

“By all accounts, he’s an intrepid reporter,” Hayes said. “…Night after night he’s bombarded on Twitter by people who think that they’re interacting with this show. And the thing is, he couldn’t be nicer to them!”

After Getting Fired From KMOV, Larry Conners Gives First TV Interview to Rival KTVI

Larry Conners is speaking out about getting fired from St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV on a rival station.

Conners, who is planning on exploring legal action against KMOV, sat down with KTVI anchor Charles Jaco in an interview that will air on the St. Louis Fox affiliate Sunday (preview above).

“I wouldn’t have even brought the subject up if there had not been the so-called rogue agents story going on. Because remember, I had been through this for months. I never said anything up to that point. It was only based on the news story breaking and I thought, I’m seeing all these cases come up, and they supposedly were going after different groups and individuals. I raised it and put it out to the forum to start conversation,” Conners said.

Happy National Weatherperson’s Day!

Today is National Weatherperson’s Day, and stations all over the country are showing their meteorologists and weathercasters some love (pictured: WWAY anchor Ashley Jacobs and meteorologist Tim Buckley).

According to the NWS, February 5 commemorates the birth of John Jeffries, one of America’s first weather observers, in 1744. Jeffries began observing the weather in 1774 and took the first balloon observation in 1784.

“It’s easy to forget that around the clock, dedicated meteorologists and weathercasters are vigilantly creating forecasts to help you plan your day, and issuing warnings to help keep you safe in the event of severe weather,” the NWS says of National Weatherperson’s Day.

After the jump, a sampling of some National Weatherperson’s Day celebrations. Read more

St. Louis Meteorologist Rails Against ‘Haters’ on Facebook

Chris Higgins, meteorologist for St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI, took to his facebook page to defend himself against detractors who took issue with how he forecast the recent storm that hit the St. Louis area.

Higgins responded with what he called an “open letter of sorts”:

This is an open letter of sorts to respond to the many posts from folks who claim this storm was a complete surprise and who have gone as far as to question my integrity by calling me a liar and an idiot. I do this at the risk of getting in trouble but I feel it necessary to defend my integrity.

In his post, Higgins tells viewers he correctly forecast how long heavy snow would fall and where it would fall but admitted he did not correctly forecast how much snow would fall, adding, “But you cannot sit there and tell me I didn’t tell you it was going to snow…and that I didn’t say [it] was going to snow heavily…because I did.” Read more

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