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Albany TV Crew Threatened with Arrest


A WNYT news crew doing a story on the historic cottage where Ulysses S. Grant spent his final days was threatened with arrest yesterday.

WNYT reporter Mark Mulholland and his photographer Matt Soriano, who work out of the station’s Saratoga-North Country bureau, were shooting in an area near a soon to be closed and empty state prison when a corrections officer told them they couldn’t shoot footage there.

When Mulholland told the officer they would shoot at Grant’s cottage instead, the crew for the Albany, NY, NBC affiliate were told they couldn’t shoot there either.

Mulholland and Soriano then attempted to drive to the cottage, but were blocked, at first,  by a corrections officer who had parked his car in the driveway.

The situation escalated as far as having the state police get involved. That’s when they were told they would be arrested if they didn’t turn over their footage.

A call between station management, state police and the Department of Corrections resolved the matter. No one was arrested and no footage was surrendered. Read more

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Andrew Catalon Joining CBS Sports Network

Andrew Catalon is leaving WNYT, the NBC affiliate in Albany, for CBS Sports Network, the Albany Times Union reports.

Catalon has worked as a sports anchor and reporter at WNYT for nearly 10 years. Earlier this year, he became part-time to allow for more freelance opportunities. He will officially sign off from the station July 19.

“It’s been a very special place to me, and they’ve always been so good to me. They could have blocked me off from these other opportunities that I had, but to the contrary,” Catalon told the Times Union.

At CBS Sports Network, he will call college football and basketball games.

WNYT Buying MyNetworkTV Affiliate WNYA

WNYT has announced a deal to buy the Albany, NY, MyNetworkTV station WNYA.

“We are pleased to be adding WNYA’s programming to the services we currently provide in New York State’s Capital Region,” said WNYT vice president and general manager Steve Baboulis. “We will work hard to enhance the good work WNYA has done in our market, and we look forward to this exciting opportunity.”

The Albany NBC Affiliate, which is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting, is purchasing WNYA from Venture Technologies Group. As part of the transaction, WNYT has agreed to provide sales services to WNYA.

The sale is pending FCC agreement.

[Broadcasting & Cable]