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How Did Baltimore Stations Cover the Ray Rice Story?

We thought yesterday was a good day to see how Baltimore stations covered the release of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice after video surfaced showing him hitting his wife.

Both CBS owned station WJZ (who was on at 4:00 because of US Open coverage) and NBC affiliate WBAL went into team coverage on the story. ABC affiliate WMAR was the pleasant surprise of the day, focusing instead on the victims of domestic abuse with a community activist giving tips on how to recognize it when you see it, what to do about it and where to go if you need help.

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Former WJZ Sports Anchor Dies

shawn-maddenShawn Madden, former anchor for Baltimore CBS owned station WJZ, died at a gym he owned in Shrewsbury, PA, last week.

The station said Madden’s family had a history of heart disease, though the cause of his death is unknown.

Madden, who was 45, co-owned two Gold’s Gyms. According to his obituary, he “was passionate about fitness and body building and was a Professional Men’s Physique Competitor.”

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Don Scott Talks About Leaving WJZ After 40 Years

don scott wjzWJZ morning anchor Don Scott will say goodbye to viewers of the Baltimore CBS owned station Friday.

He spoke to David Zurawik, TV critic for The Baltimore Sun about why he’s leaving, viewer reaction to the news and what his final words on-air are going to be.

Q. I have seen different numbers on your run at WJZ. Can we nail it down? Is it actually 40 years??

A. My 40th anniversary was this past Monday. I’m going out Friday at 40 years and 4 days.

Q. Now this isn’t a mandatory-at-65 retirement, is it? I know some media companies once had that rule. But that’s not the deal at CBS, is it? You’re choosing to step down, right?

A. I am choosing… It’s my choice. My contract was up at the end of May. So, during contract negotiations, I just decided I didn’t want to do this any more. Read more

Don Scott Set to Retire From WJZ

Don Scott has announced he will retire from WJZ, the CBS-owned station in Baltimore, after four decades with the station:

Scott anchors the morning newscast alongside Marty Bass. He joined WJZ when he was 24 after working at station in Dayton and Lima, Ohio.

After 20 Years, Kai Jackson Leaving WJZ

jackson_wjzKai Jackson is leaving Baltimore CBS owned station WJZ after 20 years at the station.

“I find myself in unfamiliar territory,” The Baltimore Sun reported Jackson told staffers in an email last week. “After 20 years and 7 months at WJZ I’ve decided to leave at the end of the year. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to advance my career goals.”

According to The Sun, Jackson didn’t say where he was going but told the Baltimore paper, “At this time, I am still weighing my options.”

Jackson started at WJZ in 1993 as a general assignment reporter.

As Jason Newton Joins WBAL, Stan Stovall Moves From Mornings to Evenings

jason newtonJason Newton is joining WBAL, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Baltimore. The Baltimore native will anchor the weekday morning newscasts alongside Mindy Basara beginning next month.

With Newton joining station, current morning anchor Stan Stovall will shift to evenings, joining Donna Hamilton as co-anchor of the 11 p.m. newscast at the end of December. Rod Daniels will remain Hamilton’s co-anchor at 6 p.m.

It is a move within Hearst for Newton, who is a breaking news anchor for the morning newscast at WISN in Milwaukee. He has previously worked at WBOC in Salisbury, Md., and WJZ in Baltimore.

“I look forward to joining a newsroom known for its award-winning investigative journalism and political coverage. WBAL-TV is the station I grew up watching,” Newton said in a statement. “Coming home to cover everything that makes this city special is an honor and a privilege.”

WJZ’s Adam May Headed to Al Jazeera America

Adam May, anchor and reporter for Baltimore’s WJZ, is leaving the CBS owned station at the end of May to work for Al Jazeera America.

“It was a tough decision, especially saying goodbye to our viewers who have been so loyal over the last few years,” May told the Sun. “I now consider many of them friends, and I hope when they still see me walking around Baltimore, they’ll come up and say hi.”

May has worked for WJZ for ten years.  Before working at WJZ, May worked at WHAS in Louisville, KY, and WAAY in Huntsville, AL. He started his career at KBJR in Duluth, MN.

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Meteorologist Bernadette Woods Leaving WJZ

After seven years at WJZ, meteorologist Bernadette Woods is leaving the Baltimore CBS O&O, the Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik reports.

Woods will officially sign off from WJZ next month for a job at a Princeton-based non-profit focused on climate change.

“There’s so much misinformation out there, that this company started in an effort to try and get good information to the public,” she told Zurawik. “They are trying to connect climate with extreme weather, because that’s a lot of what’s happening. That’s really exciting for me, because I do love the science.”

Woods began her career at AccuWeather. Before joining WJZ, she worked at stations in Fayetteville, Ark. and Lexington, Ky.

Zurawik: Highs and Lows for Baltimore Stations During Ravens Victory Parade

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.

Zurawik noted WJZ’s Adam May and WBAL’s Deborah Weiner particularly stood out, writing, “There are reporters, and then there are reporters. Weiner and May were REPORTERS Tuesday.”

The Top TV Markets for Super Bowl Viewing Were…

The Baltimore Ravens’ win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII earned an average rating/share of 48.1/71, the highest-rated Super Bowl in the metered markets in history.

Ratings were up +1% in the metered markets from last year’s New York Giants vs. New England Patriots Super Bowl. The rating/share peaked at 52.9/75 from 10:30-10:45pmET.

Baltimore was the top-rated market: CBS O&O WJZ posted a rating/share of 59.6/83. New Orleans, the Super Bowl’s host city, came in second, with CBS affiliate WWL at 57.1/77. Notably, CBS-owned KPIX in San Francisco did not make the top 10.

See the full list of the top 10 rated in the metered markets after the jump. Read more

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