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Jeff Jeandheur Joins KPIX as Director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering

Jeff Jeandheur has been named director of broadcast operations and engineering for KPIX-KBCW, the CBS duopoly in San Francisco.

“Jeff brings us a solid combination of experience in news production and  digital broadcast operations.  He’s been a successful news photographer, director, operations manager and director of engineering – all in major markets.  We look forward to having him oversee our facilities and operations,” KPIX-KBCW president and general manager Bruno Cohen said in a statement.

Jeandheur comes from KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, where he was the director of engineering and production. During his 17 years at the station, he also worked as manager of news operations and manager of production and special projects. He has also worked at WFSB in Hartford, WMTW in Portland and WEWS in Cleveland.

WFSB in Hartford Evacuated After Bomb Threat

Hartford CBS affiliate WFSB was evacuated Friday afternoon due to a bomb threat. Anchor Dennis House tweeted the news:


Employees were allowed back into the station shortly before 6pmET; House told TVSpy that the 6 p.m. newscast will go on as scheduled.

Dan Kain Retiring After 26 Years at WFSB

Reporter Dan Kain is signing off from WFSB after more than 25 years at the Hartford CBS affiliate, according to The Laurel.

Kain joined the station in October 1987. His last day will be June 7.

“In editorial meetings, so often Dan is our ‘tie-breaker’ when we are deciding the merits of a story. He is smart and funny and can see a story for what it is … or (even better) isn’t,” news director Dana Neves told The Laurel. “If you are lucky, really lucky you get to tell people you worked alongside one the “greats”.  We are all so lucky to be able to say that we worked with the great Dan Kain.”

Scott McDonnell Joins KMBC in Kansas City

Scott McDonnell is the newest reporter at KMBC, the ABC affiliate in Kansas City.

“Scott is a very strong reporter who wants the big story,” news director Sherrie Brown said in a statement. “I know our viewers will like him personally and respect him professionally. He is laser focused on doing what reporters should do; tell stories that are compelling and relevant to our viewers.”

McDonnell previously worked at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando and Bay News 9 in Tampa. He has worked at WSEE in Erie, Pa., WSHM in Springfield, Mass. and WFSB in Hartford. He begins at KMBC on March 4.

VIDEO: WFSB Time Lapse Shows How Much Snow Dumped by Blizzard

A photographer at Hartford CBS affiliate WFSB put together a time lapse video of the snowfall from this weekend’s blizzard.

The video illustrates just how much snow fell in Hartford, CT, between 4:00 p.m. Friday until just before 9:00 a.m Saturday. The blizzard dumped as much as three feet of snow on some parts of Connecticut.

Brian Garnett, Former WFSB Reporter, Dies of Cancer

Brian Garnett, former reporter for Hartford CBS affiliate WFSB, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. Garnett, who most recently worked as the director of external affairs for the Connecticut Department of Corrections, reported for WSFB for 21 years.

Anchor Dennis House announced the news on the WFSB Sunday newscast, calling Garnett a “top-notch journalist who began his career at WFSB in 1980.” With his voice cracking from emotion, House added, “Brian broke numerous stories around the state.  Brian died earlier today after a long battle with cancer.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Brian’s family and friends during this sad time,” said Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman in a statement. “He served the State of Connecticut for nearly 12 years—his work in the Department’s communications and legislative units will be missed by his colleagues, and his absence will be felt across the entire agency.” Read more

Cable Networks Rely on Affiliate Coverage of Connecticut School Shooting

Fox News, CNN and MSNBC have all been in breaking news coverage of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. since shortly before 11 a.m. Friday morning. The early coverage provided by FNC, CNN and MSNBC relied heavily on affiliates from Hartford and New York City as the cable networks rushed to get their own correspondents to the scene.

Fox News used aerial coverage from WNYW, the Fox O&O in New York City, as well as images from WFSB, the CBS affiliate in Hartford, while WNYW’s chopper was en route.

MSNBC used aerial pictures provided by NBC O&O WVIT, which was the first station in Hartford to report the shooting this morning.

CNN is affiliated with three Hartford stations — WFSB, WTIC and WTNH, as well as New York City ABC O&O WABC (pictured). The network has used coverage from all of them today.

Hartford Stations Cover Shooting at Elementary School

Local Hartford stations broke in to regular programming this morning to cover the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

NBC-owned WVIT reported the news at 10:26 a.m. with a quick update at  from morning anchor Brad Drazen who asked viewers to stay tuned for more information before going to break.

CBS affiliate WFSB reported the news at 10:29 a.m. with anchor Eric Parker. ABC affiliate WTNH reported it at 10:30 a.m., breaking into the “Rachael Ray” show” with a special report anchored by Keith Kountz.

News 12 Connecticut arrived  on the scene at 10:53 a.m., cutting in to reporter Frank Recchia‘s piece and quickly going to live footage from its Chopper 12.

Streaming Sandy Coverage Drives Record Traffic for Local TV Websites

Stations who streamed their live coverage of Hurricane Sandy on their websites and mobile apps are reporting record traffic according to Broadcasting & Cable.

The ABC O&O, WPVI in Philadelphia, hit a single day record of 13.1 million page views across mobile and desktop on Monday October 29th and had over 9 million page views on Sunday, October 28th.  Meanwhile, The ABC owned WABC station in New York City also hit a record 7 million page views on mobile and desktop on October 29, when it had 2 million unique visitors.

B&C also said stations who streamed coverage also drove downloads of their mobile apps.  As of this writing, Cablevision’s News12 (#2), Philadelphia ABC O&O WPVI (#5), Boston’s ABC affiliate WCVB (#7), WFSB the CBS affiliate for Hartford-New Haven, CT (#8) and New York’s ABC O&O WABC (#10) occupied 5 of the top ten free news apps available on iTunes.  CNN holds the top spot.

East Coast Stations Deliver Extended Hurricane Coverage as Sandy Marches On

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.

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

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