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A Vice Presidential Announcement From Norfolk

Shortly before 9:30amET this morning from the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA, Mitt Romney introduced Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate on the Republican presidential ticket.

NBC-affiliate WAVY,  CBS-affiliate WTKR and ABC-affiliate WVEC all elected to produce their own coverage instead of airing national coverage produced by their respective affiliated networks.

On WTKR, Juliet Bickford anchored, with Laurie Simmons live from the campaign rally. On WVEC, Mike Gooding helmed coverage from the USS Wisconsin. David Culver anchored coverage on NBC-affiliate WAVY, with Andy Fox at the announcement site. Read more

Navy Jet Crash News Breaks During Noon Newscasts in Hampton Roads

News of an F-18 Navy jet crash in Virginia Beach broke during the noon newscasts in Hampton Roads today.

WVEC anchors LaSalle Blanks and Vanessa Coria was the first to report the news at 12:15 p.m. WAVY and WTKR both followed at 12:17 p.m.

“There may be a huge breaking news story happening in Virginia Beach right now,” WTKR anchor Blaine Stewart said. All three stations have remained in wall-to-wall coverage throughout the afternoon. Read more

Virginia State Senator Asks Hampton Roads Stations to Stop Airing Attack Ad

Virginia state senator John Miller is lobbying to get three stations in the Hampton Roads area to stop airing an attack ad against him.

The ad (pictured) is a $50,715 buy from the state Republican party that began airing this week on CBS-affiliate WTKR, NBC-affiliate WAVY and Cox Cable, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

The Miller campaign says the ad, which claims Miller was hired by Orion Air Group after he voted on a bill that would give them tax breaks, are inaccurate and part of a “desperate smear” campaign. As of Friday morning, the ad remained on the air on all three stations. Read more

Starting Next Week, WAVY Morning Newscast Will Begin at 4:30 a.m.

Morning show staffers at WAVY, the NBC-affiliate in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, will have to set their alarms a little earlier next week when the station shifts its morning newscast to a 4:30 a.m. start time.

“More and more viewers are waking up early to begin their day in Hampton Roads,” WAVY general manager Doug Davis said. “WAVY News 10 Today now begins at 4:30 a.m. every weekday to bring viewers the latest overnight news and all the weather and traffic they need for the day ahead.”

The newscast will feature the same talent: co-anchors Kerri Furey and Don Roberts, meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler and traffic reporter Cheryl Tan. The expanded morning show will compete with a 4:30 a.m. newscast on ABC-affilate WVEC.

In Hampton Roads, 25% Of Local News Stories Focus on Crime, Old Dominion Study Says

An Old Dominion University study found that, at least in one local news market, crime pays. An analysis four stations in Hampton Roads, Virginia shows that 25.7 percent of stories focus on crime in some form.

For the study, Old Dominion analyzed 1,132 stories from the weekday evening newscasts on the four major network-affiliated stations in the Hampton Roads, Virginia market: CBS-affiliate WTKR, NBC-affiliate WAVY, ABC-affiliate WVEC and Fox-affiliate WVBT. The stories were all from January 3-31 of this year, a time period chosen because it has no major political events that could skew the results of the study.

Crime reports were divided into three categories: violent crime, white-collar crime and general crime. Of the three, general crime was the highest, with 149 stories; violent crime was next, with 125, followed by white-collar crime with 17. Read more

Station Groups Team Up For Weekend Irene Coverage

Broadcasting & Cable has an interesting look today at coastal station groups teaming up to share resources and personnel for Hurricane Irene coverage. Local news outlets are operating on leaner budgets than ever, B&C points out, so helping hands from sister stations are appreciated, and even necessary, for effective reporting. And for some, coming to the aid of another station is returning a favor:

It’s a similar story in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, where Virginia Beach, and perhaps other communities, is gearing up for a roundhouse punch. WTKR Norfolk President/General Manager Jeff Hoffman says he’s heard from most every GM in the Local TV group, asking how they can help. That includes WHNT Huntsville President/General Manager Stan Pylant, who received all manner of assistance within the group when his region was devastated by a tornado earlier this year. Read more

WTKR Rips WAVY Reporter on Facebook: ‘This Guy Gives All Reporters a Bad Name’

WTKR took to its Facebook page on Wednesday to criticize the “arrogance” of Andy Fox, a popular reporter with rival station WAVY.

Fox, who HamptonRoads.com calls “the most boisterous reporter in the region,” has been investigating safety issues surrounding Norfolk’s new light rail system this week. And, according to WTKR, he committed “a major no-no on the light rail tracks while reporting on people committing major no-no’s on the light rail tracks.”

The CBS-affiliate posted a photo (above, right) of Fox, microphone in hand, standing in the middle of the light rail tracks–the same place where a number of crashes have occurred as local residents ignored signs imploring them to stay off the tracks.

“This guy gives all reporters a bad name when he acts like the rules don’t apply to him,” WTKR wrote on Facebook about the photo. “Tell his bosses that arrogance is not OK with you. Vote with your remote at 5 o’clock.” Read more

Weather Channel Veteran Rashida Jones Tapped as WIS’s New News Director

Rashida Jones, who has served as director of live programming at The Weather Channel since 2009 (and is not the actress daughter of Quincy Jones known for roles on “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation”), has been tapped to lead the newsroom at WIS, a Raycom-owned NBC-affiliate in Columbia, SC.

WIS general manager Donita Todd confirmed the move to TVSpy today, saying that Jones’s first day as WIS’s news content director will be August 1st.

Jones has spent most of her career with The Weather Channel, which she joined as a producer in 2004. Before joining TWC, Jones was a producer for WTKR working on the CBS-affiliate’s 11pm newscast.

She is replacing Brad Neuhoff, who departed WIS this month to become the news director at KOIN in Portland, OR.

White House Interview Round-Up: WSB, WXYZ, WTKR, WKYC Sit Down with Obama

President Obama didn’t offer any etiquette advice to the four reporters invited to the White House on Tuesday for the latest round of local one-on-one interviews.

While WSB’s Justin Farmer, WXYZ’s Stephen Clark, WTKR’s Barbara Ciara, and WKYC’s Romona Robinson (video above) pressed Obama on hot-button issues, including rising gas prices and the weak economy, they didn’t goad the president into the type of reaction that WFAA’s Brad Watson received earlier this month.

More interviews after the jump… Read more

President Hosts New Round of Local Interviews

President Obama is again sitting down with local stations for one-on-one interviews, as big-name reporters from Atlanta’s WSB, Cleveland’s WKYC, Detroit’s WXYZ, and WTKR in Hamptons Roads, VA are meeting with the President today to discuss issues affecting their local communities.

The White House says that the president will focus on his plan for deficit reform while also discussing topics significant to the stations’ local viewers.

It remains to be seen if WSB’s Justin Farmer, WKYC’s Romona Robinson, WXYZ’s Stephen Clark, or WTKR’s Barbara Ciara (video above) can spark the same type of buzz that WFAA’s Brad Watson did earlier this month when the president pointedly told him, “Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?” Read more

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