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Posts Tagged ‘Michelle Butt’

WBAL Sorry for False Report During Mall Shooting on Radio, But Not TV

wbal_mall shootigWBAL is both a Baltimore radio and NBC TV affiliate.

During the Columbia Mall shooting in January, WBAL radio reported the shooter went after his fiance and her new boyfriend in what was described as a “domestic incident.” Trouble is, police say they have no evidence that’s why the the shooting happened.

The Baltimore Sun reports most of the bad info came from WBAL radio’s John Patti whose reports were also carried on WBAL TV.

WBAL radio and TV news director Michelle Butt issued an apology for the false radio reports but told The Sun the TV reports didn’t need an apology since Patti attributed them to sources. Read more

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WBAL Adding 10 p.m. Newscast on Subchannel

Baltimore NBC-affiliate WBAL is adding a new 10 p.m. weekday newscast on its digital subchannel, WBAL Plus.

Anchored by Kate Amara, the newscast will debut on March 5th.

“We want to provide an opportunity for news viewers to get our Live, Local, Latebreaking news, an hour earlier,” WBAL president and general manager Dan Joerres said, in announcing the new newscast. “It is our responsibility to offer viewers local news convenient to their schedules and this newscast does exactly that.”

Amara has been with Hearst-owned WBAL since 2005.  She currently reports from the station’s Washington bureau and serves as a D.C. correspondent for Hearst TV. Read more

WBAL Stands By Report on Mike Flanagan Suicide

WBAL is standing by a controversial report by sports director Gerry Sandusky last night about the suicide of Mike Flanagan, a former Baltimore Orioles pitcher and general manager.

Sandusky cited multiple sources in claiming that Flanagan’s suicide was because the former athlete was depressed over perceived failures during his time managing the Orioles. Flanagan “wrestled for some time now with the perception of fans and colleagues alike of his role in the team’s failure,” Sandusky said. At the time his report (which can be watched here) aired last night, police had not yet confirmed Flanagan’s death was a suicide, and their official report, which was not released until today, cited Flanagan’s widow in listing the cause of his actions as “financial difficulties.” Read more