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Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik reflects on local stations’ coverage of the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl victory parade. Zurawik saw the good — CBS O&O WJZ and NBC affiliate WBAL “dominated coverage,” he writes — and the bad:
But it made my blood boil to see reporters using fans as props. Telling fans to give a cheer or start singing and whooping when the cameras are pointed at them is both stupid and insensitive, and there was plenty of it.
And having your reporters wear purple scarves or stand on corners and act like crowd cheerleaders, which is what I saw too much of from WMAR during the parade, isn’t enough. Really.
The other thing that annoyed me, and it has been building for weeks, involves veteran reporters acting like they are buddies with the players, referring to Terrell Suggs, for example, as T-Sizzle and calling out to him on the parade route.
Bannister spent 16 years at NBC affiliate WBAL. The station declined to renew her contract in 2011. At Fox affiliate WBFF, Banister will anchor the weekend morning newscast slated to launch on January 19.
“We recognize outstanding talent and wanted both Marianne and Tony on our staff,” WBFF news director Mike Tomko told The Sun. “Their professionalism and long history in the market made for a perfect match here at Fox45.
Barrett was named CEO of Hearst-Argyle Television in 2001 and continued in that role when the company was re-named Hearst Television in 2009. He joined Hearst as general manager of the company’s Baltimore radio stations in 1984.
Stations in major markets across the East Coast chose to preempt, or partially preempt, network morning shows Monday to remain in extended local coverage of Hurricane Sandy.
In New York City, where the subways and buses have been shut down since Sunday night, the local stations all began live storm coverage at 4amET. NBC O&O WNBC went to “Today” at 7 a.m. and returned to local programming at 7:30 a.m. WCBS aired only the first hour of “CBS This Morning,” and WABC aired “Good Morning America” in its entirety.
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In Philadelphia, KYW joined “CBS This Morning” a few minutes after 7 a.m. and continued its local newscast on CW affiliate WPSG. WCAU aired the first half hour of “Today” and returned to local coverage at 7:30 a.m., and WPVI aired “Good Morning America.” Read more
Philip Stolz, who has been senior vice president of Hearst Television since 1998, will retire next year, the company announced today.
The retirement caps more than 40 years in the television industry. Stolz began his career as an account executive and sales manager at WXOW in La Crosse, WI, and eventually went on to serve as general manager for WBAL in Baltimore, WDTN in Dayton, WQOW in Eau Claire, WI, and KCRG in Cedar Rapids, IA.
“Phil’s insightful understanding of television news, programming, sales and community engagement, coupled with his sound business judgment, has contributed enormously to the success and positive reputation of our company,” Hearst president and CEO David Barrett said in a statement. Read more
The move is a return to WTTG for Barnes, who has contributed to the station on a freelance basis in the past. She has also worked as a morning anchor at WBAL in Baltimore and as a reporter at WRC and WUSA, both in Washington, DC.
“Her depth of reporting experience and history in the DC market make her amply qualified to bring stories of interest to our viewers,” WTTG VP-GM Duffy Dyer said in a statement.
Barnes, who will report across all the station’s newscasts, will debut on March 26.
Hearst, which owns 29 TV stations across the country, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this week.
“This year marks an extraordinary milestone birthday for us,” Hearst CEO Frank A. Bennack, Jr., who has been with the company for 50 years, said in a recent letter to his colleagues. “Hearst has now informed, inspired and entertained people for 125 years!”
Looking back at the company’s accomplishments, Bennack pointed out that “Hearst advanced TV’s progress forward when it connected viewers of WBAL in Baltimore to color TV as early as 1952.”
Hearst stations, including WBAL, are now running a banner atop their websites celebrating the company’s 125 years.
Baltimore Fox-affiliate WBFF plans to add a 5 p.m. newscast to its schedule in April, entering the station into local news competition with WBAL, WJZ, and WMAR at that time slot.
“I really feel like I’ve been living my dream for almost 42 years, including the last 32 years here at Channel 4. Being a news broadcaster is what I always wanted to be,” Krebs said, announcing his retirement. “Now, I want to travel with my wife and spend more time with my kids and grandchild–soon to be grandchildren–and, quite frankly, just do whatever darn well I want to do.”
Krebs has spent the last 18 years anchoring WRC’s morning newscast, and the station has tapped Aaron Gilchrist as his a.m. successor. Gilchrist will join Eun Yang at the morning anchor desk beginning April 2. Read more
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