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Community Fights WFSB Plan for Doppler Radar Site

doppler radarThe Hartford Courant reports residents who live near WFSB‘s planned Doppler radar site fear the weather tracking system could be bad for their health.

The station wants to move its Doppler radar to Avon Mountain. An attorney for WFSB told The Courant WFSB has to move its current Doppler site because the building that houses it will be torn down in the fall.

According to a report from WFSB, the Doppler radar emits an electromagnetic radiation that is regulated by the federal government because of its potential impact on people’s health. That is what has residents worried, said Glenn Dowd, who lives near where the radar system would go

“It won’t help anyone’s health and it will have a clear impact on property values,” Dowd said. “I’m concerned but pretty much anyone in the near vicinity should be concerned too. WFSB was asked at the hearing how often systems like this are plopped down in the middle of a fairly densely developed residential area and they didn’t have an answer.” Read more

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Are Rules Against Using Drones for News Gathering a Double Standard?

drone_AP_croppedWhen WFSB employee Pedro Rivera sued the Hartford Police after they prevented him from using his drone to document a car crash, he brought the issue surrounding drone use by local TV stations to the forefront.

Matthew Schroyer, founder and president of Professional Society of Drone Journalists, told The Atlantic he thinks the case reveals a double standard for journalists who want to use unmanned vehicles to shoot news.

“Other photographers who arrived documented the scene with telephoto lenses, which were much more intrusive than Rivera’s drone,” said the PSDJ in a statement. “Yet those journalists were never questioned, let alone expelled from the scene, pursued and suspended. The actions of the Hartford police in this incident were uncalled for, and are an affront to press freedom.”

While a few stations have used drones for one off reports, none have taken the bold step of adding a drone as a regular feature.

Schroyer thinks the United States should look to the example of Canada and Australia, both of which have implemented rules to govern the use of drones for commercial purposes, including journalism. “They require certification,” says Schroyer, who says that his organization supports setting a standard for commercial UAS pilots. He compared a drone to a car, both in terms of its usefulness and in terms of how responsible a user should be. “You can’t just walk into a DMV as a journalist and say, I need to drive to do my job.” It makes sense, says Schroyer, to require the equivalent of a driver’s license. Read more

WFSB Employee Involved in Drone Incident Sues Police

WFSB_drone2The WFSB photographer being investigated for using a drone at the site of a Hartford Police investigation has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the department.

According to The Hartford Courant, the lawsuit, filed by Pedro Rivera, alleges Hartford Police violated the fourth amendment rights of the CBS affiliate’s employee after officers detained him, demanded he stop flying his drone and made him leave the area.

Rivera was flying his drone over the site of a fatal crash in which the bodies were still in the vehicle. WFSB has denied it owns or uses drones.

Lt. Brian Foley, commander of the department’s major crimes division, called Rivera’s employer and requested that he be disciplined, the lawsuit alleges. Rivera was suspended for a week without pay as a result and suffered economic loss, it claims. Rivera is employed as a photographer and an editor at WFSB, the lawsuit states. Read more

FAA Investigating Possible Drone Use by WFSB

wfsb_droneThe Hartford Courant reports CBS affiliate WFSB is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration after Hartford police say a station employee flew a drone with a camera attached over the scene of a fatal car crash.

The FAA prohibits the use of drones for commercial purposes.

Klarn DePalma, WFSB vice president and general manager, told The Courant WFSB doesn’t own or use drones.

“The person identified in the police report is a temporary, on-call employee of WFSB,” DePalma told The Courant. “However, he was not working for the station on the day of the incident. He was not assigned to shoot video of the crime scene by WFSB and has never been compensated for any drone video.”

The person operating it, Pedro Rivera, 29, told the officers that he works for WFSB, but was not working that day and that the drone was his personal property. He also said that he feeds video back to WFSB, the report says.

Hartford police told FOX affiliate WTIC the use of drones at crime scenes raises privacy issues along with issues of officer safety adding, “The presence of a drone at a crime scene for journalistic purposes is in violation of FAA regulations.” Read more

Olessa Stepanova Joins WCVB From WFSB

olessa stepanovaOlessa Stepanova is joining Boston ABC affiliate WCVB as a traffic reporter for the morning newscast. Stepnova will make her WCVB debut January 13.

“Olessa has a distinctive quality about her. She is very bright, energetic and knowledgeable about the New England area,” WCVB news director Andrew Vrees said in a statement. “She comes with great experience, having covered several major metropolitan areas. We are excited to welcome her here in Boston and at Channel 5.”

Stepanova comes to Boston from Hartford, where she has been the morning traffic reporter at CBS affiliate WFSB since 2011. She was also a fill-in anchor and co-host for “Better Connecticut,” a local lifestyle show.

More from WCVB after the jump. Read more

On the Move, 1/6/13

Nicole Nalepa has joined Hartford CBS affiliate WFSB as a morning traffic anchor and reporter. Nalepa comes to Hartford from Springfield, Mass., where she was the early morning anchor and producer at NBC affiliate WWLP.

To report a move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

WTNH Lends a Hand to Rival WFSB

Holiday spirit is alive and well in Hartford today as WTNH helps rival WFSB out of a jam:

Here’s How the Hartford Stations Are Handling the Release of the Newtown 911 Tapes

US-CRIME-SCHOOL SHOOTING-FILESHartford-New Haven stations are being cautious about broadcasting the audio from the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting 911 tapes, which were released at 2pmET today after a lengthy court battle.

CBS affiliate WFSB, which said earlier this week it would honor Newtown’s request to stay away on the first anniversary of the shooting, announced on Facebook it would not air the audio of the 911 calls. Same for NBC owned WVIT, which is consistent with the policy NBC News has announced.

“As part of NBC Connecticut’s commitment to treat every story with care and compassion, we have decided NOT to air the 911 calls,” WVIT wrote on Facebook. “Our team of reporters will carefully review them after they are released, but we will not play the recordings on air.”

On the noon newscast today, ABC affiliate WTNH said they plan to “select only non-graphic portions of the tapes for broadcast,” noting anyone who wants to hear the full 911 audio can go to the station’s website.

Fox affiliate WTIC had reporter Louisa Muller describe the 911 calls and also played short clips on its newscasts.

WFSB Will Honor Newtown’s Request to Stay Away on Anniversary of Sandy Hook Shooting

newtown mediaHartford CBS affiliate WFSB will not report from Newtown on the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, anchor Dennis House writes on his blog:

December 14, 2013 will be a somber day in Newtown, and town leaders are hoping people there can reflect, pray, and cry in private. Sunday on Face the State on WFSB, First selectman Pat Llodra asked all members of the media to stay away on that day.

“We are on a grief journey and we are healing and the media can be an impediment to that healing because it creates some barriers that are difficult for our community.”

WFSB management has announced the Eyewitness News team will not be in Newtown on December 14th. Instead, each day leading up to the 14th, we have been profiling those who died in the shooting.

The station says it will also be making donations to the victims’ charities. [h/t NewsBlues]

Before ‘Killing Kennedy’ Bill O’Reilly Investigated ‘Umbrella Man’ for WFSB

o-reillyWith the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination approaching, National Geographic is debuting “Killing Kennedy” based on the book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.

But what viewers may not know is that before becoming the iconic face of FOX News and penning the New York Times besteller, O’Reilly was a reporter for Hartford, CT, CBS affiliate WFSB who investigated the possible role played by the “Umbrella Man” in the assassination of our 35th President.

WFSB anchor Dennis House will air the original four-part investigation from November 1979 this Sunday. “Look for Carter-era graphics, including our disco inspired logo,” said House on his blog. “Note the size of the tape cassette recorder Bill carried with him.”

The premise of O’Reilly’s reporting was a fascinating yet somewhat bizarre theory: that JFK was killed by an assassin using an umbrella gun, a man who was dubbed the “umbrella man.” Judging by his line of questioning, I got the sense even O’Reilly seemed a little incredulous at the prospect of the leader of the free world being snuffed out by a gadget-laden umbrella.

In the report, O’Reilly travels to Dallas looking for evidence about the mysterious man with the umbrella. He also talks to a retired FBI agent who was there for JFK’s autopsy. House writes, “Bill’s questioning of this agent is worth watching and foreshadowed a style seen decades later on the “O’Reilly Factor.”

The series airs as part of “Face the State” on WFSB this Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

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