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FOX Adds ‘TMZ Live’ To All Its Owned Stations

FOX Television Stations CEO, Jack Abernethy told Broadcasting & Cable, all 18 FOX owned stations will soon begin airing Harvey Levin’s celebrity gossip show ‘TMZ Live.”

“We were always interested in the show,” Abernethy told Broadcasting & Cable about launching the show in 2007. “We knew Harvey knew television, and it was the kind of thing we needed. It was intentionally structured to work for a Fox station— it was young and hip-looking.”

WWOR, FOX’s owned MyNewtorkTV affiliate in New Jersey, has begun airing a show called “Chasing New Jersey” that emulates the tone and pace of TMZ in place of its newscast.

“TMZ is incredibly efficient,” said Abernethy. “We are trying to steal pieces of this model. If you look at TMZ, you see how many people are actually researching stories, covering stories, touching stories—it’s virtually everybody. The more people you have covering stories and bringing stuff in, the better product you are going to have.” Read more

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KNBC Reporter Cary Berglund Pops Up on TMZ Safari

Cracked.com’s Soren Bowie recently took a ride on the TMZ Hollywood Tour to provide a first-hand account of the celebrity safari.  While Bowie and his co-passengers on TMZ’s open-air bus did not spot any tabloid headline-worthy celebs, they did catch a glimpse of veteran KNBC reporter Cary Berglund:

Near the end of our trip we were idling next to the hotel where Verne Troyer made his sex tape, and it finally happened. A celebrity crept anxiously out of the foliage across the street and cocked its head, deciding whether it wanted to run away or not. Everyone went silent and stared. It was Cary Berglund, a local reporter for the channel 4 News… Read more

KSNV Drops Entertainment Beat After Reporter Alicia Jacobs Became Tabloid Fodder

Entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs is out at Las Vegas’s KSNV.

The move comes just a week after Jacobs became TMZ fodder as her ex-boyfriend Vince Neil was charged with domestic violence and disorderly conduct stemming from a public confrontation with her at a local nightclub.

“She is not an employee of ours anymore,” KSNV owner Jim Rogers confirmed to the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week. Asked if Jacobs was fired, Rogers said that the departure “was mutual.”

According to Jacobs, the move was the result of KSNV’s desire to minimize its entertainment coverage. On Monday, she tweeted: “plz dnt b upset w/ KSNV, they R not covering Entertainment anymore, but they DID give me options.”

While sources say that the NBC-affiliate had wanted to get out of the entertainment game for quite some time, it’s hard not to see Jacobs’s much-publicized fight with Neil as the final straw.