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KING Responds to Viewer Complaints About Marysville Shooting Coverage

KINGThere are still so many questions left unanswered after Friday’s horrific shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School. Seattle NBC affiliate KING has been on the scene, trying to find answers from the best sources possible– in some cases, the students.

In a recent post on their website, KING acknowledged that many viewers were unhappy with the way the station handled the situation:

“Your reporters need to STOP interviewing students on live tv mere moments after a traumatic event such as just happened in Marysville,” said Robert via email.

“Interviewing Marysville students within two hours of the shooting is really inappropriate and unprofessional,” said Damian. “These students should be left alone to grieve and talk to professionals and family members.”

“King 5 please stop taking phone interviews with students. Let them process what they literally JUST went through,” Jana posted to KING 5′s Facebook page.

Mark Ginther, executive news director at KING, responded by saying: “We are being thoughtful about trying to confirm information at a time when lots of reports were in conflict.”

Mark Briggs, director of digital media at the station, added that the prevalence of social media makes it even more important to get the facts straight: “Our responsibility as a credible news organization is to help sort fact from rumor, especially at a time when lives are in danger. In the age of social media, it’s critical to get as close to the source of information as possible.”

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Portland Reporter Moves North to Seattle

cassuto twitterDan Cassuto is joining Seattle NBC affiliate KING on Monday.

According to Cassuto’s agent Rick Gevers, Mark Ginther, KING news director, told staffers, “Dan is a unique and gifted storyteller.”

Cassuto comes to KING from KATU in Portland where he had been a reporter for two years. He has also worked at WRAL in Raleigh, N.C., WKOW in Madison, Wisc. and WBBH in Fort Myers, Fla.

KING Explores Sale of Seattle Building

KING buildingSeattle NBC affiliate KING has put its Dexter Avenue headquarters and nearby land up for sale, the Seattle Times reports.

“We have been in this building for a long time, but it’s a very large building compared to the size of our operation,” KING general manager Ray Heacox told the Seattle Times. “As the value of the property in South Lake Union has escalated, we of course are looking at the marketplace.”

The station, which was recently acquired by Gannett, would likely stay “close to the center of Seattle” if a move does occur, according to Heacox.

Jim Romenesko, who first reported the news, has a memo to KING staffers from news director Mark Ginther.

Robert Mak Leaves KING After Show is Canceled

The Seattle Times is reporting Robert Mak, whose political affairs show was recently canceled by KING, will be leaving the Seattle NBC affiliate.

Mak was offered the chance to stay with the station after his weekly show “Up Front with Robert Mak” was canceled.  “I appreciate the offer to stay, and after considering it seriously I simply decided it was time to start something new,” Mak told the Times.

Mak also said he hoped to stay in Seattle, “I have a lot of ideas and interests that I would like to pursue, but I’m keeping an open mind.”

Last week TVSpy reported KING executive news director Mark Ginther attributed the loss of Mak’s show to a slowdown in advertising revenue that forced the station to make cuts throughout the newsroom.

Citing a Slowdown in Advertising Revenue, KING Scraps Weekly Political Affairs Program

Seattle NBC affiliate KING has announced the cancellation of “Up Front with Robert Mak,” the station’s weekly political affairs program. The show’s last broadcast will be Sunday.

KING executive news director Mark Ginther said that a slowdown in advertising revenue has forced the station to make cuts throughout the newsroom. Seven newsroom positions were eliminated last month “through layoffs and the elimination of several already vacant positions,” the station says.

Mak (pictured) will continue to lead the station’s political coverage, and the show’s producer, Mike Cate, will continue to produce politics.

“We will continue the award-winning coverage we have given to political and public interest programming in our more than eight and a half hours of local news and, from time to time, we will run Up Front as specials when events demand,” KING general manager Ray Heacox said in a statement.

Seattle Stations Vacate Amanda Knox’s Neighborhood to Allow Family Privacy

Three local stations in Seattle have pulled their news crews out of Amanda Knox‘s West Seattle neighborhood, citing a desire to give the family privacy after their return to the U.S. last night.

“We want to respect Amanda’s request to use this time to be with her family,” KING executive news director Mark Ginther said in a statement. “The last four years have been overwhelming to Amanda and her family. It is time for them to be together and when she is ready to talk with us they have told us they will let us know.”

ABC-affiliate KOMO and CBS-affiliate KIRO joined KING, the NBC-affiliate, in agreeing to leave Knox’s neighborhood. The three stations pooled their resources to cover her arrival, sharing footage from the KIRO news helicopter to minimize the disruption.

4 Months After Leaving Seattle’s KCPQ, Mark Wright Joins Rival KING

After announcing in April that he would leave Seattle Fox affiliate KCPQ to spend more time with his family, Mark Wright will join NBC affiliate KING in the same market on September 5.

Wright, who is a Seattle native, was with KCPQ for eight years. In his new role, he will anchor with Joyce Taylor from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. on KING, and from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on sister station KONG.

“This is a big job and we were looking for someone who viewers in Western Washington will invite into their homes every morning,” KING executive news director Mark Ginther said in a statement. “We talked with a number of people, and we believe Mark’s community roots and standing will be a real asset to us. We are thrilled to have someone with his experience joining our team.”

Wright replaces Brad Goode, who left KING this summer to be a correspondent for CNBC.

Popular KING Reporter Jesse Jones Takes Leave to Continue His Battle with Cancer

Seattle’s KING has announced that popular consumer reporter Jesse Jones is taking a leave of absence from the station as he undergoes cancer treatment.  Jones recently overcame kidney cancer after a three-year-long battle but now the cancer has spread to his lungs, according to the NBC-affiliate.

Jones underwent surgery in November to remove two tumors.  He is set to undergo immunotherapy in January to destroy any remaining cancer cells.  The treatment is expected to take four to six weeks and KING expects to have Jones back in February.

“He’s a fighter,” Mark Ginther, KING’s news director, told the Seattle Times. “He’s somebody that’s going to look this square in the eye and tackle it.”

Jones is a strong presence on KING and his aggressive, plain spoken reports have endeared him to Seattle viewers.  Jones’ “Get Jesse” consumer advocate segments have been especially popular during the recent economic downturn, as Seattle residents have became more concerned with how their money is being spent. Read more