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Brian Williams Accepts Invite to Speak at Hillwood High School on WSMV

In a live interview with Nashville NBC affiliate WSMV Monday, “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams accepted an invitation from students at Hillwood High School to speak at their graduation next month.

Inspired by Williams’ commencement address at Elon University last year, the Hillwood High School students created a video inviting the NBC anchor to speak at their graduation. The station hosted a viewing party for students at its Nashville headquarters during Williams’ interview with Jeremy Finley and Jennifer Johnson.

“I wanted to come on and talk to you because their invitation deserved a proper answer, and I wanted to do the right thing,” Williams said. “I feel so apologetic, especially with the students sitting there, apologetic mostly because it’s taken me so long to say: we’re doing this. I’ll be there. It’s on.” Watch:

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Josh DeVine Says Goodbye to WSMV

Josh DeVine is leaving WSMV after five years at the Nashville NBC affiliate, he announced on Twitter.

DeVine is a general assignment reporter who occasionally fills in as a news and weather anchor for WSMV.

Katie McCall Signs Off From KTRK

katie mccallKatie McCall has left KTRK, Houston media reporter Mike McGuff reports.

McCall, who worked as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter during her five years at the ABC owned station, is leaving for a “higher-profile anchoring gig,” according to McGuff.

McCall has previously worked for WSMV in Nashville, KGUN in Tucson and WBBM in Chicago.

WSMV Expands Weekend Morning Newscasts

alan frio nancy van campWSMV in Nashville is expanding its weekend morning newscasts. Beginning January 25, the NBC affiliate will begin the Saturday and Sunday morning broadcasts at 5 a.m. instead of 6 a.m.

“We’re excited to provide more of what viewers told us they want on weekend mornings — breaking news from overnight, 4WARN weather, and ideas to help plan the weekend,” WSMV director of news and creative services Matthew Hilk said in a statement.

The current weekend morning team — anchor Alan Frio and meteorologist Nancy Van Camp — will helm the expanded broadcast.

Nashville Reporter’s Hat Gets Its Own Social Media Following

ferrier_hat_newA lot of us wear many hats at work, but none of our hats are as famous as the one worn by WSMV‘s Dennis Ferrier.

The fur hat with the upturned flaps worn by the reporter for the Nashville NBC affiliate is known as a Ushanka.

But Ferrier’s Ushanka is less of a hat and something closer to a head-borne comforter that has become a part of the Nashville television landscape complete with a Twitter and a facebook page all its own.

Ferrier told TVspy, “I bought it in 1989 in Milwaukee. I had been out on a fire and the spray coming off the house froze to my hair. I had an ice helmet. I said ‘That’s it. I don’t care how I look, I am going to be warm!’”

For Ferrier, the hat seems to be a great way to poke holes in the generic blow-dried reporter stereotype, “I think people like the hat because they appreciate a TV reporter who isn’t obsessed with their looks.”

After WSMV posted a picture of the hat on its facebook page and asked for a viewer vote, one commenter questioned Ferrier’s skill in wearing it, “One segment, it was on sideways and another it was on backwards. But his head is warm and he is awesome. So how ever it lands on his head is ok with me.” Another used it as a weather gauge. “This morning, the hat is soaking wet and misshapen. This means the sleet is transitioning to rain. The hat does not like rain.” Read more

Jonathan Martin Signing Off From WSMV

WSMV weekend anchor and reporter Jonathan Martin is leaving the Nashville NBC affiliate. A formal announcement is expected on Martin’s plans in the coming weeks, TVSpy has learned. He will work at WSMV through the end of the July.

“His hard work, tenacity, team spirit and his thorough, responsible, and creative approach to news have made him a great fit for WSMV, and he’ll be missed,” WSMV news director Matthew Hilk wrote in a memo to staffers.

Martin joined WSMV in 2007. Before that, he spent two years as a reporter and anchor at WRDW, the CBS affiliate in Augusta, Ga.

WSMV Airs Correction to Series of Reports on Missing Tennessee Girl

WSMV, the NBC affiliate in Nashville, has issued a correction to a series of reports on the disappearance of Holly Bobo that have aired over the last month.

The station reviewed the reports after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation slammed them as “irresponsible and unprofessional journalism.” In the on-air correction (video above), anchor Tom Randles walked back much of the information provided from “Without Warning,” a nonprofit organization assisting the Bobo family with investigating the disappearance.

“Channel 4 regrets not doing a better job of seeking law enforcement reaction to these items,” Randles said. “… We’ve addressed the issues and taken steps to ensure that all of our stories uphold the standard of accuracy and fairness you’ve come to expect.”

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Accuses WSMV of ‘Irresponsible and Unprofessional Journalism’

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is criticizing Nashville NBC affiliate WSMV for “irresponsible and unprofessional journalism,” saying its reporting on the disappearance of Holly Bobo has been “harmful to the case.”

The station has aired a series of reports on Bobo, a nursing student who went missing two years ago. Reports have included information from nonprofit organization “Without Warning.” In a statement released Friday, The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the group “did not investigate the case … to law enforcement standards.” TBI also accuses the group of regurgitating “information they had heard and read in order to talk about the case on television.”

The statement takes issue with several reports on Bobo’s disappearance by Dennis Ferrier, as well as a special documentary that aired on WSMV May 12:

“The erroneous television reports have led to false leads, public concern and have wasted valuable state resources,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “The most important thing, after finding Holly Bobo and the person responsible for her disappearance, is maintaining the integrity of this investigation should it ever go to trial. In addition, TBI is concerned that WSMV never confirmed any facts reported in the stories with our agency. Never have we seen such irresponsible and unprofessional journalism on an active and open TBI investigation that has been so harmful to the case.”

On Friday evening, WSMV posted a response to TBI’s statement: Read more

WSMV Investigation Leads to Arrest, Discovery of Runaway Girls

A recent investigation by Nashville NBC-affiliate WSMV has resulted in an arrest and the discovery of two runaway girls.

During a series of ongoing reports on Ashley King, a man who was living in a foreclosed home and clashing with the neighbors, the WSMV crew noticed two teenage girls at the house. After the report aired, investigative reporter Jeremy Finley received a call from a woman who identified one of the girls as her runaway teenage cousin.

Finley relayed the information to police, who tracked down King over the course of several days and discovered that he was harboring the two runaway girls in the house. King was arrested.

Watch the report after the jump…

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Meredith Revenue Up 10% on Strength of KPHO, KVVU, WSMV

Meredith today reported its fiscal 2012 third quarter earnings, announcing a 10% increase in total revenue during the period for its local media group, which consists of 12 stations around the country, including WGCL in Atlanta and KPHO in Phoenix.

Meredith’s local media group brought in $78 million during the period, with a 5% rise in non-political advertising revenue and a 70% increase in digital advertising.

“Our Local Media group is doing an excellent job of increasing ratings and translating them into advertising revenues, consistently ranking us among the leading station groups in advertising revenue gains,” Meredith local media group president Paul Karpowicz said in a statement. Read more

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