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Woman Calls WSYX Newsroom During Standoff with Police

WSYX_text_swatA Westerville, OH, woman involved in a standoff with an area SWAT team called the newsroom of WSYX to plead her case.

The Columbus, OH, ABC station said Katelyn Allen spoke to senior producer Mark Schultz on the phone for about ten minutes around 8:00 p.m.

During the station’s report on its 11:00 p.m. show, Schultz can be heard telling Allen, “I don’t think we’re going to be able to do anything to help you right now. I think you’re just going to have to go with the police now. I mean its just going to get worse if you stay in there holed up, you know?”

Allen told the station her boyfriend bought an XBox gaming system with her credit card. When she confronted him about it, he called police and told them he was being robbed at gunpoint. Allen said she was inside the home with her parents and her best friend.

During her live shot at 11:00 p.m., reporter Tara Morgan told viewers Allen texted her right before she was flushed out of her parent’s home with tear gas and sent pictures of police outside the home.

The standoff ended just before 10:00 p.m. with three of the people inside the home charged with aggravated robbery.

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On the Move, 5/22/12

Reporter Rochelle Ritchie is joining CBS O&O WJZ in Baltimore, from WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL.

Rob Collins has been named weekend anchor at WDAF in Kansas City.  For the past several years, Collins has anchored the morning news for WCIA in Champaign, IL.

Rosa Flores is leaving her reporter post at WDSU in New Orleans to become a 4 p.m. anchor and reporter at WBRZ in Baton Rouge.

Jennifer French is moving up 100+ markets from her weekend anchor-reporter position at KTEN in Denison, TX to become a multimedia reporter at WSYX in Columbus, OH. Read more

Are Viral Videos Good for Local Television?

Broadcasting & Cable has an editorial today examining the complicated relationship between local news and viral videos, in the YouTube age where sharing an “eminently snackable — short, funny, safe for work” clip is always just one click away.

B&C points out that while some stations court the viral attention — like the above camel attack video from WWBT, which was heavily promoted by both the station and WWBT reporter Tara Morgan herself — the viral nature of sharing has an especially dangerous underbelly for local news outlets:

YouTube is no enemy to local TV. Hearst TV and LIN stations are among the Top 25 YouTube destinations, according to a recent Ad Age study. But anchor goofs are devastating to local news and play into the perception of TV reporters as mannequins with perfect hair and teeth and air where the brain is supposed to go—that local news is, in a word, laughable. Read more

WWBT Reporter’s Camel Attack Goes Viral

“Why are you eating my hair?” WWBT general assignment reporter Tara Morgan asked a camel who had just attacked her during a stand-up shot (video above). Maybe the camel was trying to get famous.

The blooper video has been bouncing around online over the past week, landing the reporter and the camel on “Inside Edition” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and raising the profile of Morgan, who has been with WWBT since 2002.

While there are plenty of instances of local news gaffes becoming viral hits, the camel video is unique in that it’s being heavily promoted by Morgan as well as the station. Read more