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Atlanta Station Finds 14 Ways to Talk About Snow

Viewers of Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB can’t say the station wasn’t ready for the snow fall in the South.

WSB told viewers at the top of its 5:00 p.m. news they were covering the storm with “Our reporters in place well ahead of the storm.”

The above tweet from media blogger Matthew Keys shows 14 reporters standing by to hit the story from at least 14 angles.

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News Director Out at Sacramento FOX Affiliate

Brandon Mercer, news director for the Tribune owned Sacramento FOX affiliate KTXL, is no longer with the station.

Mercer wrote on his twitter feed, “Leaving one opportunity for another. Just need to figure out what it will be. I will always love @FOX40, the most amazing staff and GM.” He has also updated his facebook profile as “Former News Director at KTXL.”

Mercer started his career at KTTV in Los Angeles. He’s also worked at KOLD in Tucson, KPHO in Phoenix and former cable channel TechTV in San Francisco. He was an executive producer at KOVR in Sacramento before coming to KTXL.

One of the media blogs reporting Mercer’s resignation is The Desk, which edited by Matthew Keys. Keys is the former KTXL web producer who has plead not guilty to charges he helped the group Anonymous hack into the Tribune websites.

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Former KTXL Web Producer Charged With Helping Anonymous Hack Tribune Sites

A former web producer at KTXL, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Sacramento, has been charged with helping the group Anoymous hack into Tribune websites. Matthew Keys, who is currently a social media editor at Reuters, is accused of providing credentials for the group to gain access to the KTXL computer server in 2010, according to the Tribune-owned Los Angeles Times:

The indictment says Keys provided members of the hacker group Anonymous with log-in credentials for a computer server belonging to KTXL FOX 40’s corporate parent, the Tribune Co.

According to the indictment, Keys identified himself on an Internet chat forum as a former Tribune Co. employee.

After providing log-in credentials, Keys allegedly encouraged the Anonymous members to disrupt the website.  According to the indictment, at least one of the computer hackers used the credentials provided by Keys to log into the Tribune Co. server, and ultimately that hacker made changes to the web version of a Los Angeles Times news feature.

Keys, who has been suspended by Reuters, is also a former producer at KGO in San Francisco. Last year, he broke the news that the ABC O&O would be canceling “7 Live,” an interactive local talk show.

Keys faces up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted. “I am fine. I found out the same way most of you did: From Twitter,” Keys tweeted Thursday evening. “Tonight I’m going to take a break. Tomorrow, business as usual.”