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How Houston Stations Covered the KTRK Shooting

Houston stations covered breaking news about a rival newsroom this morning as a woman was arrested for firing several shots at KTRK‘s studio and parking lot around 9 a.m.

KPRC broke into the 9 a.m. hour of the “Today” show with a brief report of the news anchored by Owen Conflenti and Rachel McNeill. “We want to tell you first and foremost that everyone is okay from when we called over there to our friends at KTRK to check on what’s going on,” McNeill said. The station had Ryan Korsgard reporting from the scene for the 11 a.m. newscast.

Fox owned KRIV reported the news during the station’s regular 9 a.m. newscast, anchored by Tom Zizka and Melissa Wilson. “Gunfire at our colleague station just down the street along Bissonnet and Buffalo Speedway, KTRK,” Zizka reported. KRIV had Hilary Whittier reporting from the scene for the station’s noon newscast.

CBS affiliate KHOU led its noon newscast with Andrew Horansky at the scene. “We are happy to report that none of our friends or colleagues here at Channel 13 were injured this morning,” Horansky said. “Police are telling us they do not expect to be making any more arrests in this case.”

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Planking Craze Hits Local TV Newscasts

The planking meme reached local morning newscasts this week as the KTLA morning team sprawled horizontally on surfaces throughout the studio on Wednesday (video above) and KPRC’s Owen Conflenti (who knows a thing or two about internet notoriety) tried his hand at it on Thursday morning, spreading awkwardly across the anchor desk…

KPRC Anchor Owen Conflenti Apologizes for On-Air Middle Finger

KPRC anchor Owen Conflenti, whose errant on-air middle finger became an internet hit last week, has apologized for his digital display.

“I’m sorry to everyone for my offensive gesture on television last week,” Conflenti told the Houston Chronicle. “My actions were careless and unprofessional. I can assure my viewers it will never happen again.”

KPRC Anchor Owen Conflenti Flips the Bird On-Air

With the advent of HD broadcasting and the increasing popularity of widescreen TVs, the TV news industry has had to make adjustments.  Stations have erected new, HD-optimized studios, photographers have had to learn new equipment, and anchors have had to change their makeup.

One seemingly unforeseen change associated with the wider aspect ratio, though, is that morning anchors can no longer secretly flip the bird during a newscast.

KPRC anchor Owen Conflenti found this out on Monday morning when his passing middle finger salute was captured within the wider frame.  Around 9:20 a.m., as Conflenti welcomed viewers back from a commercial break, he nonchalantly raised his middle finger in the direction of someone off-camera.  He continued on as if nothing had happened and for those watching the news update on a 4:3 screen, nothing appeared to have happened.

Several blogs picked up the incriminating 16:9 video and some have speculated that Conflenti had been suspended by the Houston NBC-affiliate.  Fortifying the suspension rumor was the fact that Conflenti was missing from Tuesday’s morning newscast. Read more