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Bill Berra Leaving Journal Broadcast Group

bill berraBill Berra is stepping down as vice president of news for Journal Broadcast Group and WTMJ in Milwaukee next month, TVSpy has learned. Berra will stay with the NBC affiliate through the Sochi Olympics, which begin Thursday on NBC.

A station spokesperson tells TVSpy Berra’s last day will be March 7 and the search is underway for his replacement.

No word yet on what’s next for Berra, who joined WTMJ in 2005 from WFTS, the ABC affiliate in Tampa. He has also worked as news director for WSYX in Columbus, WKMG in Orlando, KSAZ in Phoenix, KTVI in St. Louis and WREG in Memphis. He began his local news career reporting for WTMJ’s radio station, Newsradio 620.

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Columbus Station One-Ups ‘Ice Desk’ with ‘Ice Weather Board’

WSYX_icewallWSYX has taken the Ice Desk idea to 11.

Yesterday the Columbus ABC afiliate debuted the “First Warning Ice Center,” which reporter Brooks Jarosz tweeted out was “Made with real ice!

Chief meteorologist Bill Kelly told viewers on yesterday’s 5:00 p.m, “We have developed the entire First Warning Ice Center where we have a green wall that we’re going to be doing all the broadcasts out here for at least tonight.” Read more

Woman Calls WSYX Newsroom During Standoff with Police

WSYX_text_swatA Westerville, OH, woman involved in a standoff with an area SWAT team called the newsroom of WSYX to plead her case.

The Columbus, OH, ABC station said Katelyn Allen spoke to senior producer Mark Schultz on the phone for about ten minutes around 8:00 p.m.

During the station’s report on its 11:00 p.m. show, Schultz can be heard telling Allen, “I don’t think we’re going to be able to do anything to help you right now. I think you’re just going to have to go with the police now. I mean its just going to get worse if you stay in there holed up, you know?”

Allen told the station her boyfriend bought an XBox gaming system with her credit card. When she confronted him about it, he called police and told them he was being robbed at gunpoint. Allen said she was inside the home with her parents and her best friend.

During her live shot at 11:00 p.m., reporter Tara Morgan told viewers Allen texted her right before she was flushed out of her parent’s home with tear gas and sent pictures of police outside the home.

The standoff ended just before 10:00 p.m. with three of the people inside the home charged with aggravated robbery.

Police Find Vehicle Involved in Hit and Run with Columbus Reporter

steve-car_27120Columbus police have found the car they believe was involved in last night’s hit-and-run incident that left WSYX reporter Steve Levine with a broken leg.

The Columbus, OH, ABC affiliate said police were looking for Teresa Peters, a woman Levine was interviewing as part of a hidden camera investigation.

>UPDATE 10:49 a.m.: WSYX reports the woman suspected of hitting Levine with her car is now in custody.

According to the station, “Steve confronted the woman as she got into her car.  The woman started backing up even though the driver’s door was still open.  Steve’s leg was pinned under the car.  The driver took off.”

The station said the blue Honda Peters allegedly used in the hit-and-run was found close to where the hit-and-run happened.

Peters, who is still at large, faces charges of felonious assault. Levine’s leg was broken in three places. He is expected to be OK.

WSJ: Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Sidecar Agreements Draw Scrutiny

sinclair logoThe Wall Street Journal takes a long look (subscription required) at Sinclair Broadcast Group’s continued expansion, specifically the use of sidecar agreements — which allow companies to manage stations it doesn’t own — as a way to bypass FCC ownership rules.

Sinclair says such agreements are vital in competing against the Web and other new suitors for viewer attention. “It’s necessary for survival because of the evolutionary nature of the competitive ad-selling marketplace,” says [David] Smith, Sinclair’s chief executive.

Opponents of media consolidation say broadcasters use sidecar agreements as loopholes that let them violate the spirit of FCC ownership rules, which the agency says promote “competition, localism and diversity.” When one owner manages multiple stations in a market, they say, it reduces local-news quality and variety, and drives up pay-TV bills.

The FCC allowed these agreements to help struggling stations reduce costs, not to help companies gain turf, says former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, a consolidation critic. “This is a shell game and an end run around the media-ownership rules.”

[...] The Columbus stations show how sidecar deals work. In the glass-encased lobby, side-by-side TV screens show programming from two of the stations. Fox and ABC news vans share the parking lot.  Read more

Columbus Stations ‘Unite to Fight Poverty’

UniteToFightPoverty_Anchors_281x156The local TV stations in Columbus, OH, have teamed up with the United Way of Central Ohio in an effort called “Unite to Fight Poverty.”

NBC affiliate WCMH, ABC affiliate WSYX, CBS affiliate WBNS and FOX affiliate WTTE will pre-empt their commercials between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. to air jointly produced segments about poverty in the local area.

According to the United Way, “These segments will highlight the work of United Way and partner organizations in the areas of Education, Income, Health and Home that is helping to build pathways out of poverty.”

Also, until 11:30 p.m. the stations will air stories “of local individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by the work of United Way of Central Ohio, partner organizations and supporters.”

Viewers will be asked to “learn more” and also “give now” to help fight poverty in the community.

[TVNewsCheck]

Veteran Reporter Carol Luper Retiring from WSYX

Carol Luper, veteran reporter for Columbus, OH, ABC affiliate WSYX, will retire after more than three decades as a TV reporter.

Luper started her career at Columbus radio station WTVN in 1964. She told TVSpy she retired from WTVN in 1966 and had three kids. She returned to broadcasting in 1976 with a short stint at WRFD Radio News before moving to WBNS radio in 1977. She came to WSYX in 1989 after 10 years at the Columbus CBS TV affiliate WBNS.

The Columbus Dispatch said Luper’s first assignment at WSYX involved the 1989 opening of the Columbus City Center downtown mall. Twenty years later she reported on the mall’s closing.

“She knows everyone in this town,” Mitch Jacob WSYX news director told The Dispatch. “And she’s not afraid to ask tough questions.” Jacob added, “When the breaking-news alarm bell goes off, she’s the first person at the assignment desk asking what’s going on.” Read more

A.J. Ross Joins WKYC in Cleveland

A.J. Ross is joining Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC on April 15, according to the station’s Director’s Cut blog.

Ross will be a multimedia journalist at WKYC. She comes from Pittsburgh, where she was most recently a freelance reporter for ABC affiliate WTAE and the New Pittsburgh Courier.

Ross has also worked at WSYX in Columbus as a reporter for the evening newscasts and at WMBF in Myrtle Beach, S.C. as a reporter and anchor.

Sinclair Executive Defends Election Special: ‘it was hard-hitting, but it was fair’

Scott Livingston, Sinclair Broadcasting’s vice president of news, is defending the company’s election special against criticism that it presented an anti-Obama agenda. The special — which aired on six stations in battleground states on Monday night — was  a “continuation of the engagement of the audience and the process of educating them about the topics,” Livingston tells TVNewsCheck:

“No doubt it was hard-hitting, but it was fair,” said VP of News Scott Livingston, who oversees the local news operations of 42 Sinclair stations. “No one is disputing the facts of the stories that aired in the special.”

Livingston said no partisan agenda was at play in producing the show — nor in choosing the markets in which it was played. Read more

Sinclair’s Election Eve Special, Broadcast in Swing States, Criticized as Partisan

Sinclair Broadcast Group is under fire for an election special that aired on stations in battleground states Monday night. The half-hour special — broadcast on the eve of the election in Columbus, Dayton and West Palm Beach — is being criticized as a partisan attack on President Barack Obama. Talking Points Memo, which first reported on the special, writes it “sounded more like Fox News than local news”:

ABC affiliate WSYX in Columbus aired a half-hour “election special” twice on Monday night — first at 6:30 p.m. instead of World News with Diane Sawyer, and later at 11:30 p.m., during the slot normally held by Nightline. Rather than a side by side comparison of the two major party candidates, however, the special featured some of the most partisan criticisms of President Barack Obama, and spent relatively little time examining Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

“Much of the first two years of President Obama’s term in office was spent developing and defending Obamacare — that’s the Affordable Care Act, signed into law in March of 2010,” anchor Bob Kendrick said, near the program’s halfway point. “It supposedly guarantees health care for any U.S. resident who could not obtain good health care otherwise. The biggest parts of the law go into effect in 2014, with other pieces of it rolling out over the next decade. The cost of Obamacare is making many Americans sick to their stomach, though.” Read more

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