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KXTV Reporter: ‘Plagiarism is Alive and Well in America’s Number One Media Market’

KXTV lightening storyIn a letter to Jim Romenesko, Sacramento reporter George Warren takes CBS-owned WCBS to task for “blatant, bald-faced plagiarism … alive and well in America’s number one media market.” Warren, a reporter at ABC affiliate KXTV, writes:

Sure, I’m flattered that WCBS liked my [lightning strike] story enough to have weatherman Lonnie Quinn re-track it WORD-FOR-WORD. But what the hell?

I’m assuming the CBS flagship station in New York City got my story from CNN, which got the story from my station in Sacramento — and then the weather guy simply replaced my narration with his own. WCBS presented the story as its own original work on air and online with no mention that the story actually came to them from another local TV station in California.

Yahoo News then posted the story from WCBS and racked up nearly 400,000 hits in the first two days. The New York Daily News did the same thing. This robs my TV station of proper credit and the revenue we derive from “clicks.”

I’m told by my station management that our contract with CNN allows other stations to use our content as their own. Obviously WCBS took this authorization to the extreme. It may be permitted, but any journalist knows that it’s wrong.

Romenesko has links to both stories for comparison purposes.

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KXTV Interviews ‘Sexy Mugshot Guy’

When Jeremy Meeks’ mugshot hit the internets last week, he became the latest social media sensation sweeping the nation.

Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV sat down with Meeks and interviewed him through the glass in jail.

The station admitted off the top that some don’t think he’s much of a story and also reminded viewers Meeks got his picture taken because he is a convicted felon who was caught carrying a weapon.

According to KXTV, Meeks wanted to set the record straight about his new found fame.

“Well I appreciate that, but I just want you to know that this is really not me.” Meeks told KXTV reporter Nick Monacelli. “Like, I’m not some kingpin.”

What Are Local Stations Covering?

It looks like stations in the California Capitol are talking about rain and a plane crash in the Sierras in the first five minutes of their newscasts.

KXTV Ad Exec Dies from H1N1 Influenza


Nancy Pinnella, a national sales account manager for Sacramento, CA, ABC affiliate KXTV has died after contracting the H1N1 flu virus.

The Sacramento Bee writes, “On Jan. 21, she felt sick, leaving work early. On Jan. 22, she went to a doctor, hardly able to speak or breathe. By 6 p.m. that day, she was in intensive care at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento.”

KXTV said she died Saturday after being taken off life support. She was 47. Read more

Carlos Saucedo Joins KXTV From KFSN

carlos saucedo smallAfter two years at KFSN in Fresno, Carlos Saucedo will join KXTV in Sacramento, Media Moves reports.

“I am really excited about this incredible opportunity reporting from the state capital,” Saucedo said. “I’m glad I’ll be staying in California where I’ll hit the ground running covering multiple beats, including the political sphere Sacramento is known for.”

Saucedo will sign off from ABC owned KFSN on October 17. He begins at ABC affiliate KXTV on November 11. Before moving to Fresno, he worked at WVLT in Knoxville and KWTX in Waco.

Walt Gray Back on Sacramento TV News

Walt Gray announced yesterday he will join Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV as weekend morning anchor.

“Walt is one of Sacramento’s best known and most respected news anchors,” KXTV news director Jerome Parra said in a statement. “He’s done it all. He is a trusted voice and an accomplished storyteller. He adds even greater depth to News10′s accomplished team of anchors and reporters.”

Gray left the rival NBC affiliate KCRA last year to host his own show on local radio station 96.9 “The Eagle.” He was one of a number of people laid off from “The Eagle” in July.

Gray announced the news of his return to TV on KXTV’s Sunday morning news live after pitching his charity motorcycle ride. You can watch the video after the jump. Read more

Meteorologist Ashton Altieri Joins WFAA

Meteorologist Ashton Altieri is joining WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth.

“In a few weeks I’ll be joining the weather team at WFAA in Dallas,” Altieri tweeted. “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity!”

Altieri signed off from KXTV, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento, in May.  He has previously worked at KUSA in Denver, WLNS in Lansing, Mich., WOI in Des Moines and WCBI in Columbus, Miss. [h/t NewsBlues]

Sports Anchor Tom Helmer Joins KCNC

Tom Helmer is joining KCNC, the CBS O&O in Denver, as a sports anchor. He will begin on July 22.

“We are really excited to have Tom join the CBS4 team,” KCNC news director Tim Wieland said in a statement. “He makes fan involvement key in sharing sports with viewers and his experience is a great fit for our station.”

Helmer joins the station from Root Sports, where he co-hosted broadcasts of Colorado Rockies games and covered collegiate and high school athletics. He has also worked at KXTV in Sacramento and WZZM in Grand Rapids.

KXTV’s Dale Schornack, Cristina Mendonsa Mark 15 Years On the Air Together

KXTV evening anchors Dale Schornack and Cristina Mendonsa are celebrating 15 years on the air together at the Sacramento ABC affiliate.  “I knew it was going to be a good partnership from the beginning, basically,” Mendonsa said in a tribute segment that aired Thursday night (video above).

“It was like, wow. That was the first newscast of the rest of our careers, and it felt really good,” Schornack recalled.  Read more

KXTV Launches Weekend Morning Newscasts

Sacramento ABC-affiliate KXTV is launching weekend morning newscasts.

Beginning Saturday, the station will air from 6 to 7 a.m. and 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. They will be anchored by Kate Larsen (pictured), who was previously a reporter on KXTV’s weekday morning newscast. Larsen will be joined by meteorologist Darla Givens.

“[On the weekends,] people aren’t as rushed and their priorities are different. So we’re putting together a fun, energizing show to reflect that,” KXTV news director Jerome Parra said in a statement.

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