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KPHO Accused of Doctoring Footage of Deadly Police Shooting

KPHO_police shootingPhoenix CBS affiliate KPHO is being accused of unethical journalism by the Pinal County Sheriff’s department over the way it’s showing video of a deadly police shooting.

In cellphone video shot at the end of a police chase on January 14, a suspect is seen standing at the side of his vehicle surrounded by Pinal County deputies and officers from the Eloy Police Department. Police first shoot the suspect with non-lethal rounds. He then reaches into his car, turns his back to the officers and raises his hands before being shot to death.

In emails obtained by TVSpy between Pinal County Sheriff’s pubic information officer Tim Gaffney and KPHO reporter Morgan Loew about the CBS affiliate’s coverage that began airing January 22, Gaffney tells Loew, “the fact you freeze the video at the exact split second the suspect raises his hands and then delay the sound of the shots being fired, is both unethical and completely misleading.”

Loew tells Gaffney, “It does seem that you are going out of your way to clear your deputy in the shooting before the homicide investigation is complete. ”

>UPDATE: KPHO told TVSpy, “We stand 100 percent behind our reporting of this story.  It was accurate and balanced.  To our knowledge, we did not alter the video in any way shape or form.  We did make an editorial decision not to show footage of the subject dying on screen as to not offend our viewers.  But we felt it was important to continue with the audio portion so they could hear that gunshots were fired at the subject while his hands were in the air and back was to the deputy who fired the fatal shots.”

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Meredith CEO Reveals Aggressive Growth Plan for Local Station Group

meredith logo_304x200Saying he was putting together what he called a “hit list” of stations, Meredith CEO Stephen Lacy told Reuters Monday, his company is looking to grow its local TV station group.

Lacy said when Meredith lost out to Sinclair in its deal for Allbritton’s TV stations and to Tribune in its acquisition of Local TV it decided to take a different route. “We were always second,” Lacy told Reuters. “We are going to take a different approach and stay out of the auction hoopla.”

Lacy revealed Meredith’s strategy is more straight forward, “We are putting together a hit-list of (TV) properties and working with owners.”

Meredith’s target list includes TV stations in the top 25 markets in the United States that have the No. 1- or No. 2-rated local news broadcasts.

“All the money is in news,” Lacy said, adding that 40 percent of all advertising dollars are directed toward local news casts. Read more

Reporting Earnings, Meredith Points to Success in Atlanta, Hartford, Las Vegas, Portland

Meredith, which owns 12 stations across the country, announced its second quarter earnings today, reporting a 13.5% drop in revenue for its local media group.

Meredith’s local unit took in $84 million for the period, compared to $97 million for its Q2 last year.  The company attributes the decline to a decrease in political advertising compared to a year ago–Meredith recorded  $21 million less of political advertising revenue for the quarter.

Non-political advertising revenues rose 9% in the second quarter, with Meredith’s stations in Atlanta (WGCL), Hartford (WFSB), Las Vegas (KVVU), and Portland (KPTV) performing the best. Read more

Meredith Reports 9.2% Drop in Local Media Revenue

Meredith reported results for the first quarter of its fiscal year this morning, announcing a drop in revenue for the company’s local media group.

Meredith, which owns 12 stations across the country including WGCL in Atlanta and KPHO in Phoenix, reported $69 million in total revenues for its local media group, compared to $76 million brought in during the same period last year.

In announcing financial results for the quarter, Meredith was quick to point out that its TV stations recorded approximately $11 million less in political advertising revenues than in the same period last year. Excluding political advertising, revenues rose 3%. Read more

Meredith Announces Strong Local Media Growth

Meredith Corporation reported its fiscal 2011 third quarter earnings today, announcing that its Local Media Group saw a 5% gain in non-political advertising revenues on top of a 16% gain compared to the same period a year ago.

Meredith chairman and CEO Stephen Lacy said that the local media division, which includes 12 stations across the country, posted “solid growth” in the quarter.

Looking forward to the next quarter, Lacy pointed out that on March 28th, Meredith’s Atlanta CBS-affiliate (WGCL) began managing the day-to-day operations of Turner Broadcasting’s Peachtree TV (WPCH).  “This strategic partnership with Turner provides Meredith with access to a larger share of the growing Atlanta advertising marketplace because of Peachtree’s younger viewership; a strong lineup of sports programming; and increased inventory in both access and prime-time dayparts,” Lacy said.  “Additionally, it raises our overall profile in Atlanta, the No. 8 television market in the country.”