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Carrie Hofman Named News Director at KSHB

Carrie Hofmann has been named news director at KSHB, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City.

Hofmann comes from WCNC in Charlotte, where she has been assistant news director for two years. Prior to that, she was assistant news director at KMGH in Denver.

“Carrie has the vision and leadership skills we believe will help 41 Action News move forward,” KSHB VP-GM Brian Bracco said in a statement.

Hofmann begins at KSHB March 6. She replaces Peggy Phillip, who left the station in August. [via Bottom Line Communications]

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On the Move, 11/26/12

Former KSHB news director Peggy Phillip is joining WPLG in Miami as the morning newscast’s executive producer.

Jamey Singleton joins WSET in Lynchburg-Roanoke as a web producer and freelance meteorologist. Singleton worked at rival WSLS until 2006 and has most recently worked at Cable 12 Television.

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News Director Peggy Phillip Exits KSHB

KSHB news director Peggy Phillip has left the Kansas City NBC-affiliate, Bottom Line Communications reports.

Phillip joined the station three years ago. She has previously been news director at WMAR in Baltimore, WSTM in Syracuse and WMC in Memphis. In 2009, she was named to the RTDNA Board of Directors. She began her television career at KTVN in Reno.

Phillip’s exit comes just a month after KSHB general manager Mike Vrabac announced his retirement.

[via Bottom Line Communications, Rick Gevers & Associates]

News Director Peggy Phillip Explains Why KSHB Reported Don Harman’s Suicide

Peggy Phillip, the news director at Kansas City NBC-affiliate KSHB, writes on the RTDNA website about her station’s decision to report WDAF meteorologist Don Harman‘s suicide. Although all three WDAF rival stations reported the story, only KSHB’s coverage went into detail, detailing Harman’s struggle with depression for viewers:

We led our 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. newscasts with profile pieces on Harman followed by information to inform our viewers about warning signs and trends as well as suicide prevention telephone numbers.  We tried to keep in mind how we would react if he were another local celebrity, like the Chiefs quarterback or prominent politician.  It wasn’t easy and the discussions were emotional.

We received a handful of critical messages from viewers after our early evening news, complaining that the cause of death was not the public’s business and that we only reported it to make our competition “look bad.”  One suggested that WDAF “sue our asses.” Read more

News Directors Weigh In On Sweeps, Dog Meat

Sweeps does strange things to people.  Journalists who appear rational and level-headed for much of the year begin taking their clothes off, dating prostitutes, and ordering dog meat.

So what gives?

TVSpy asked a handful of veteran news directors from around the country to weigh in on the all-important sweeps periods.  We asked them about what makes a good story, the pressure reporters may be under to deliver big ratings, and the mistakes stations often make when sweeps roll around.  Here’s what they had to say… Read more

RTDNA Urges Milwaukee Police Department to Drop Charges Against WITI Photojournalist

The RTDNA has sent a letter to the Milwaukee Police Department to express “profound dismay at the treatment and arrest of Clinton Fillinger, a veteran photojournalist working for Milwaukee television station Fox6Now, by two of your sergeants on September 19.”

Fillinger, a photojournalist at WITI, was arrested Sunday night at the scene of a house fire in Milwaukee. He was shooting video behind police tape when an officer requested he turn off the camera; Fillinger refused, resulting in a confrontation between the two (watch it here).

“Mr. Fillinger was doing nothing more than his job, on a public street, behind police and fire lines, within his rights and within reason,” RTDNA region 4&5 director Peggy Phillip wrote. “We respectfully request that all charges against Mr. Fillinger immediately be dropped, and that you conduct an investigation of the incident and bring disciplinary action against the officers involved if necessary.” Read more