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‘Scott Brown was Right.’ WMUR Anchor Sorry for Calling Out Candidate in Debate


James Pindell, political reporter for Manchester, N.H. ABC affiliate WMUR, has apologized for challenging Scott Brown‘s knowledge of New Hampshire during a televised debate.

FOX News.com reports the awkwardness began when Pindell asked the Republican New Hampshire US Senate candidate about Sullivan County. Brown began talking about the northern counties before Pindell interrupted him and reminded him he had been asked about Sullivan County.

Brown responded: “I’m talking about any place past Concord, actually, and the challenges of our state.”

This is where the disagreement arose. After Brown listed several “challenges,” Pindell interrupted again, his voice raised.

“Sullivan County is west of Concord,” he said. “It’s not north of Concord, Senator Brown. So what do you see as going well and what’s not going well there?”

Brown maintained that “the challenges are the same in every county in our state.”

“I said that Sullivan County was west of Concord, not north of Concord,” said Pindell in his apology. “The truth is, it’s both. So on this point Scott Brown was right. I was wrong and I apologize to Scott Brown and to both campaigns.”

Brown faces charges of being a carpetbagger since moving to New Hampshire after losing his Senate seat in neighboring Massachusetts.

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Meteorologist A.J. Burnett Joins WCSH

aj burnettMeteorologist A.J. Burnett is joining WCSH, the NBC affiliate in Portland, Maine. Burnett begins October 11.

“I’m thrilled to be able to work in an area as challenging, weather wise, as Maine, and excited to work with a weather staff with such vast knowledge and experience. But perhaps the best part for me, personally, is that I get to stay right here in New England – it’s where I grew up and call ‘home,’” Burnett told TVSpy.

Burnett has worked at both WFXT and WCVB, the Fox and ABC affiliate in Boston. He has also been a freelance meteorologist at WMUR in Manchester and New England Cable News.

Hearst Stations Renew PolitiFact Partnership

Hearst Television has renewed its partnership with PolitiFact, the fact-checking website of the Tampa Bay Times, for a second year.

“Conventional wisdom may hold that television stations relax political news coverage during non-election years, but the reality is different,” Hearst Television chairman and CEO David Barrett said in a statement. “These latest efforts reflect our own continuing commitment to ensure that legislators and regulators whose decisions impact our communities will get a forum, and that their statements and activities will receive the analysis they warrant.”

Hearst has also announced a series of statewide town hall discussions, “Leaders Listen,” in New Hampshire. WMUR, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Manchester, will live-stream the events.

Shelley Walcott to Join WMUR as Anchor

WTMJ reporter and weekend anchor Shelley Walcott has announced she will be leaving the Milwaukee NBC affiliate for WMUR in New Hampshire.

Walcott announced the move to the Manchester ABC affiliate on her twitter page saying, “Hi all: Wanted to announce I am leaving TMJ4 at the end of next week. Have accepted a main anchor job in New Hampshire. Bittersweet day!”

Steve Wexler, executive vice president of the Journal Broadcast Group told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, “Shelley is a very talented anchor and reporter, we’re going to miss her, but we are also very excited for her. She’ll be the main anchor on her new station and closer to her family.” Read more

Boston Anchor’s Son to Report for Rival Station

After two years at WMUR in Manchester, reporter Adam Harding is joining WHDH in Boston.

Harding’s father, Ed Harding, is the primary anchor at WCVB, a rival Boston station of WHDH. He grew up in the area and graduated from Emerson College in Boston. His first day at NBC-affiliated WHDH is Wednesday.

“Saying a fond farewell to New Hampshire and WMUR,” Harding wrote on Twitter. “I’ve enjoyed my years here immensely.”

Nick Spinetto, Lindsay Liepman Leaving WINK

WINK husband and wife team Nick Spinetto and Lindsay Liepman are leaving the Fort Myers CBS-affiliate.

Spinetto, a general assignment reporter at the station, is moving to Manchester ABC-affiliate WMUR as a reporter. “Thank you for all the support and sharing your stories with me over the past 6 years,” he wrote on Twitter. “It’s been an incredible experience.”

Liepman, the noon anchor, is expected to stay at WINK through mid-September before joining him in New Hampshire, according to the News-Press. The couple have both worked at the station for six years.

More Local Interviews for President Obama

President Obama is sitting down for another round of local interviews at the White House today.

Obama will be interviewed by Karen Swensen of WWL in New Orleans; Vicki Dortch of WLKY in Louisville (pictured); Gary Metivier of KWQC in Davenport, IA; Josh McElveen of WMUR in Manchester; Debra Morgan of WRAL in Raleigh; Kent Wainscott of WISN in Milawaukee and Jim Synder of KSNV in Las Vegas.

Obama is calling today for an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for families making under $250,000 a year.  The interviews will air on the evening newscasts tonight.

WMUR Adds Evening Newscast, Names New ‘Chronicle’ Hosts

WMUR, the ABC-affiliate in Manchester, will launch a 10 p.m. newscast next month.

The newscast, which will debut on March 5, will be anchored by Tom Griffith and Tiffany Eddy. Chief meteorologist Mike Haddad and sports director Jamie Staton will also contribute.

Griffith and Eddy currently helm “New Hampshire Chronicle,” WMUR’s daily newsmagazine. As they transition to the 10 p.m. newscast, Erin Fehlau and Sean McDonald will take over as “Chronicle” hosts.

“Tom and Tiffany launched ‘Chronicle’ 10 years ago and have done a fabulous job!” WMUR said in a statement. “We want to thank them for all their wonderful shows.”

GOP Candidates Make Final Pitch on WMUR

Counting down the hours before the New Hampshire primary, WMUR invited Republican presidential hopefuls into its studios on Monday evening to deliver their final pitches to voters in the state.

Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, and former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer all appeared live in front of the WMUR cameras during the ABC-affiliate’s 5 o’clock hour on Monday, asking New Hampshire voters–many of whom are still undecided–for their support. Read more

KCCI Reporter Emily Price Follows GOP Race from Iowa to New Hampshire

As the focus of the Republican presidential race moved from Iowa to New Hampshire this past week so too did KCCI reporter Emily Price.

After providing in-depth coverage of the Iowa caucus last week for the Des Moines CBS-affiliate, Price, along with photojournalist Spencer Vaughn, traveled to New Hampshire over the weekend to cover the state’s upcoming primary election.

“Greetings from Bow, New Hampshire!” Price wrote in a blog post on KCCI’s website on Sunday. “Iowans intently watched the caucus process and so our news director thought it would be a good idea to follow through to New Hampshire. We are working on a whole host of interesting stories for the next few days.” Read more

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