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WCHS ND Responds to Reports His Station is Ignoring Congressional Candidate

wchs_logoWCHS news director Matt Snyder has responded to claims his newsroom is ignoring Ed Rabel‘s run for Congress.

“Eyewitness News at WCHS-WVAH TV is committed to covering news important to the people of West Virginia without bias or agenda,” Snyder wrote in a statement. “WCHS-WVAH has and will continue to be committed to covering the elections, political races and candidates including the second district race important to our viewers both online and on TV.  We will continue to cover these campaigns and candidates so that voters have the knowledge they need to make an informed decision this November.”

To counter claims of a total cone of silence surrounding Rabel, TVSpy did a quick unscientific Google search, at the urging of Snyder, and saw the Congressional candidate showed up four times on the station’s website: once in a story announcing Rabel was running for Congressonce to say he’d been endorsed by former Green Party candidate Ralph Naderonce to report Rabel was having a campaign kick-off event, and a fourth time in a story about Democratic candidate Nick Casey and Republican candidate Alex Mooney. Read more

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Charleston Station told to Ignore Congressional Candidate Because of His Views on Local TV

rabel wchs_croppedCharleston, WV, ABC affiliate WCHS has reportedly told newsroom staff to ignore congressional candidate Ed Rabel because of an op-ed he wrote last year.

The former CBS and NBC correspondent wrote an article for the Charleston Gazette titled “Local TV News is a Waste of Your Time.” In it, he wrote, “the local television ‘news’ landscape is populated by bubble-heads and glib, young, sometimes pretty know-nothings. The truth is, they wouldn’t know a news story if it slapped them in the face.”

Rabel recently announced he was running for the U.S. House 2nd Congressional District as an independent.

Morgan County USA reports, the news director for the Sinclair owned station, Matt Snyder, told his reporters “that no story would be aired on the station about Rabel’s independent campaign for Congress.”

“Everyone in the newsroom was given explicit instructions [by Snyder] to not write [about] or air or interview me,” Rabel told Romenesko.

“Not after what Rabel said in his Charleston Gazette op-ed,” Snyder told Morgan County USA. Read more

Man Arrested for Beating WCHS Reporter with Tripod

aaron wchs tripod attackA Clay County, WV, man has been arrested for allegedly beating WCHS reporter Bob Aaron while Aaron was shooting a story about possible animal abuse.

According to the Charleston-Huntington ABC affiliate, Howard Lilly is being held on $25,000 bond after being charged with destruction of property, grand larceny and malicious wounding for allegedly grabbing Aaron’s tripod and hitting him with it.

“He came up off of his property onto the roadway,” Aaron said. “And before we could have much of a conversation further about it he came at me grabbed the tripod and starting hitting me with it. He broke the camera lens and gave me a couple of pretty good shots before we left.”

Bob sustained injuries to his leg and finger. His tripod was taken by the attacker and his camera was destroyed. Bob went to a local hospital as a precautionary measure but his injuries did not appear to be serious. Read more

‘No. No. No. We’re Not Done.’ WCHS Reporter Refuses to Let Head of Chemical Company Leave Presser

Kallie Cart, reporter for Charleston-Huntington, WV, ABC affiliate WCHS, wouldn’t let the head of a company responsible for a chemical spill that has left nearly 300,000 residents of Charleston, WV, without water for drinking, bathing or cooking skip out on a his chance to face the media.

After answering a few questions during a press conference, Gary Southern, president of Freedom Industries, told the assembled media, “At this moment in time, I think that’s all we have time for. So thanks for coming. Thanks for your time.”

“Hey! Hey! Hey!” Cart could be heard yelling at the departing Southern. “No. No. No. We’re not done.”

Southern returned to the mics and took a swig of water before Cart could be heard asking, “Anyone else have any other questions.”

Cart later tweeted:

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WCHS to Launch 5:00 PM News

wchs_logoBeginning January 13, Charleston, WV, ABC affiliate WCHS will begin airing a one-hour newscast at 5:00 p.m.

“We are excited to be bring­ing even more first-rate news programming to our viewers,” Harold Cooper, general manager of WCHS-WVAH, said in a statement. “The addition of the weekday 5 p.m. show will further cement Eyewitness News as the news leader in the Charleston-Hun­tington market.”

“We’ll be using our full com­plement of anchors and report­ers to cover stories and provide content that matters the most to our viewers,”said news direc­tor Matt Snyder. “If you look at the level of experience and longevity our news talent has in this market, it’s clear you’re not just watching quality news pro­fessionals, but you’re watching people who’ve lived and worked here for years.”

The station will move “Judge Judy” to the weekday 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. time slot.

[The Herald-Dispatch]

Colleagues Mourn the Loss of Former NPPA Photographer of the Year Keven Strehle

Friends of Keven Strehle are mourning the loss of the award winning photojournalist after he died in a motorcycle accident August 9.

Among his many accomplishments, Strehle won 22 Emmy awards, 16 National Telly Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award and was named National Press Photographers Association “Photographer of the Year” in 1999. He was founder of SMG productions, worked on Olympic games broadcasts, and had worked as a photojournalist for KING in Seattle, KLAS in Las Vegas, and WCHS and WSAZ in Charleston, WV.

John Stofflet, anchor and reporter for Madison, WI, NBC affiliate WMTV, worked with Strehle at KING in Seattle and told TVSpy, “Keven was a tremendous storyteller, with enormous pride in his craft. Keven was not only a tremendous photojournalist, but a mentor to many in the business who looked up to his accomplishments and his work.” Read more

WCHS Transitions to HD With New Studio

WCHS, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, W.Va, debuted a new high-definition set designed by Devlin Design Group on Saturday. New features include a rear projection screen and a large video wall, as well as a rolling kiosk that can be used in all areas of the set.

“The new set is an obvious point of difference when compared to our competition; it elevates our people and our product to the next level,” news director Matt Snyder said in a statement. When someone tunes in to sample what local news looks in this market, the choice is clear.” More pictures inside… Read more

WCHS Anchor Patrick McMurtry Recovering After Escaping From Burning House

WCHS morning anchor Patrick McMurtry is recovering from injuries sustained during an escape from his burning house in Charleston Wednesday night.

McMurtry was asleep in his home when the fire broke out in his kitchen around 10:30 p.m., according to West Virginia MetroNews. After a smoke alarm woke him up, the anchor was able to break a window and exit the house. He suffered cuts and smoke inhalation, and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

McMurtry was not at the anchor desk this morning, although a previously taped segment of “West Virginia Wildlife,” which he reports for the Charleston-Huntington ABC affiliate, aired on the morning newscast.

Four Local Stations Score Obama Interviews

President Obama is doing another round of regional interviews today, sitting down with anchors from four stations — one each from Indiana, Nevada, Tennessee and Maine.

The anchors are Debby Knox, from WISH in Indianapolis; Jim Snyder; from KSNV in Las Vegas; Richard Ransom, from WREG in Memphis and Pat Callaghan, from WCSH in Portland. KSNV and WCSH are NBC-affiliates, and WISH and WREG are CBS-affiliates.

At least two of the stations –  KSNV and WREG — are billing the interviews with the President as “exclusive.” Read more