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Atlanta Stations Cover CNN After Car Drives into Network’s Lobby

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CNN was the center of breaking news after a Mercedes crashed into the lobby of the network’s building in downtown Atlanta shortly after 4:00 a.m this morning.

All the local stations converged on the scene during their 5:00 a.m. newscasts showing the car with Florida plates already out of the lobby and ready to be pulled onto a flatbed. The only thing left by that time was to figure out the how and the why. Here’s how the stations reacted initially:

WGCL, the Meredith owned CBS affiliate, claimed to be first on the scene. Anchors Michelle Burdo and Frank Wiley teased the story off the top of the 5:00 a.m. news and went live to Rebecca Schramm at 5:03. She told viewers she heard from the security guards at the scene unconfirmed reports that the driver may have been drunk.

WSB, the ABC affiliate, did something interesting by teasing the story off the top the 5:00 a.m. show with video taken from instagram showing the car in the lobby. A couple of minutes later, the station went live to Liz Artz showing pretty much the same video everyone else was showing: the car on a side street being towed.

Artz said she had spoken to a taxi driver who told her he saw the whole thing. He said the car had driven up onto the sidewalk at the Omni Hotel next door, driven down the sidewalk and straight into the CNN building. She told viewers the taxi driver said he saw police taking the driver away.

WXIA, the NBC affiliate, used traffic reporter Crash Clark at 5:11 a.m. in studio to toss to video of the car still in the lobby. He promised more details to come.

WAGA, the FOX owned station, went at 5:32 a.m.. Good Day anchor Karen Graham tossed to Carolyn Ryan at the scene. Ryan reported a man and a woman had been in the car. She said the man was missing, but the woman, who they showed on camera, was still on scene. Ryan said the woman refused to speak to the station.

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WATCH: Atlanta Crew Catches Driver’s Odd Behavior On Tape

Had WSB reporter Liz Artz and her photographer not recorded what they witnessed on a busy Atlanta freeway many people probably wouldn’t believe that it really happened.

Artz saw a man slumped over the wheel of his truck and drooling while the truck was stopped and idling in the slow lane of a busy freeway, so she called 9-1-1 for help.

A Georgia HERO (Highway Emergency Response Operator) unit arrived and tried to help the man who was sleeping or passed out but the man woke up and drove off after a struggle with the HERO. With the Atlanta ABC affiliate’s camera rolling, the man then crashed his truck into several cars.

But he wasn’t done. The sleeping/passed out/delirious driver then jumped out of his truck, climbed a tree and hopped a fence. Police still haven’t found him. You can watch the raw video after the jump. Read more

On the Move, 1/31/11

Robert Townsend joins Fox-affiliate WDAF in Kansas City as a General Assignment Reporter. Robert most recently worked at the CBS-affiliate in St. Louis and the Fox O&O in Atlanta. Robert, who has won numerous awards for his work including an Emmy in 2007, is a graduate of the University Of Missouri.
Robert is represented by Mort Meisner Associates.

Jamie Holmes succeeds Liz Artz as morning anchor at Orlando’s WFTV. Artz is leaving the ABC-affiliate to be with her husband, who works in Atlanta. Holmes, who has recently been appearing alongside Artz on WFTV’s weekend newscasts, used to work for West Palm Beach’s WPTV.

John Cardenas has received a more significant title at Indianapolis NBC-affiliate WTHR. Cardenas was promoted to president and general manager after serving as vice president and general manager since June of 2010.

Jere Crosby joins CBS-owned San Francisco duopoly KPIX/KBCW as Account Executive Business Development from KGO Radio.

If you would like to report a new move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

Anchor Jamie Holmes is Back on Florida TV

Jamie Holmes, who left West Palm Beach’s WPTV in 2009 after being demoted from weekend anchor to reporter, has returned to Florida TV.

Florida News Center is reporting that Holmes has turned up at Orlando’s WFTV.  He’s been working alongside Liz Artz on the ABC-affiliate’s weekend newscasts.

At WPTV, Holmes had expected to succeed longtime anchor Chandra Bill on the station’s 5 and 5:30 p.m. newscasts.  Bill was set to retire in the spring but the NBC-affiliate instead chose Jay Cashmere as her successor.  Holmes put in his two weeks notice following the move and said that he was leaving TV.

At the time, Holmes told TCPalm that he realized “it was time to get out of the business.”

“I felt like all of my opportunities in television had been exhausted and I was looking for other companies that offered me more opportunities.”