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Rob Koebel Releasing Documentary on His Struggle with Alcoholism

Rob Koebel, the former WTMJ investigative reporter who was arrested for urinating outside an Apple store in 2012, is back in the spotlight. The former broadcast journalist turned to acting in recent years, with bit parts in series like USA Network’s “Necessary Roughness” and CBS’ “Under the Dome”. Now, Koebel is releasing a documentary focused on his struggle with alcoholism.

Shattered: A True Story, is about how, “One drunken night at bar and a trip to the Apple Store cost an Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter his job, his wife, his dignity and how the truth in his recovery has set him free.”

Koebel’s ex-wife, CNN anchor Christi Paul, wrote a tell-all book, Love Isn’t Supposed to HurtWithout naming names, she said she endured severe emotional abuse at the hands of her husband. Paul talked about it again recently on CNN in the wake of the Ray Rice abuse story. In the trailer for the documentary, Koebel claims that, ‘When I was getting divorced, I just didn’t want to feel the pain, and I didn’t know how to deal with those issues. So I drank.”

Check out the full trailer above.

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Scripps’ Acquisition of WTMJ Presents Challenge to Milwaukee Newspaper

TMJThe pending acquisition of Milwaukee NBC affiliate WTMJ presents a challenge to the newspaper that gave the station its call letters, The Milwaukee Journal, now the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

As the Milwaukee Business Journal reports, Scripps has made digital a high priority, and that means targeting the Journal‘s lucrative online property, JSOnline:

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s JSOnline attracts the most visitors of the local-news websites in town, but JSOnline may get a major new competitor in Milwaukee as a result of WTMJ-TV’s pending move to E.W. Scripps Co., which is starting to build digital news sites for its television stations.

“We can’t just watch newspapers build a revenue stream,” Scripps CEO Rich Boehne told the Business Journal. “We are eager to roll out and leverage our digital products and investments across the attractive Journal markets.”

Weather and Crime: It’s What They’re Watching in Milwaukee

tv_304Milwaukee Journal Sentinel TV critic Duane Dudek watched the first 10 minutes of his local stations’ newscasts then broke each down into five categories of what they reported: violent crime, other crime, weather and accidents.

All stations aired variations of the same stories Monday night, but in different order and with different running times. All stations’ lead story involved the night’s frisky storm front and footage of a Nebraska tornado. Other stories included discovery of human remains at N. 13th St. and W. Juneau Ave.; increased police presence after a shooting at a convenience store, and interviews with the young girl injured in the shooting; and several traffic accidents.

The stations came out heavily weighted towards violent crime. According to Dudek, FOX affiliate WITI won the night and also led the other stations in violent crime reporting with 50.5 percent of its first ten minutes devoted to the subject. Connection? Who knows. Interesting? You bet.

WDJT-TV (Channel 58)

Violent crime: 45.6%

Other crime: 11.8%

Weather: 11.1%

Accidents: 6.8%

Other: 23.8%

Followed by: 2-minute, 44-second weather segment

Story no one else had: School drug-testing policy

Lead story after weather: Human remains found

See the other stations after the jump. Read more

Lauren Leamanczyk Named Investigative Correspondent at WBZ

lauren leamanczykLauren Leamanczyk has been named an investigative correspondent for WBZ, the CBS-owned station in Boston. Her appointment is effective immediately.

Leamanczyk joined WBZ in 2011 as New Hampshire bureau chief. Most recently, she has worked as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor.

Before WBZ, Leamanczyk worked as a reporter at WTMJ, the NBC affiliate in Milwaukee.

Janet Hundley Named News Director at WTMJ

wtmj logoJanet Hundley is joining WTMJ, Journal Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate in Milwaukee, as news director. Hundley will start in her new role June 17.

“Janet is a proven news leader with a reputation for journalistic excellence,” WTMJ vice president and general manager Joe Poss said in a statement. “She understands and embraces the changing needs of our viewers here in the Midwest and, most importantly, she exemplifies the strong values and integrity that are so critical in a newsroom.”

Hundley comes from Chicago, where she has been assistant news director at ABC-owned WLS since 2002. She has previously worked as news director at WTVG in Toledo.

“It will be my distinct privilege to lead this newsroom and to serve the viewers of Southeastern Wisconsin. It’s a responsibility that I don’t take lightly and I’m thrilled to get started,” Hundley said.

Pete Marquardt Named GM of WGBA-WACY

wgba logoPete Marquardt has been named general manager of WGBA and WACY, Journal Broadcast Group’s NBC and MyNetworkTV affiliates in Green Bay, TVNewsCheck reports. He begins April 28 and will report to Debbie Turner, Journal’s EVP of television.

Marquardt comes from WJFW in Wasau, Wis., where he has been general manager for the last three years. Before that, he worked as the station’s general sales manager.

He replaces Joe Poss, who was recently named vice president and general manager of WTMJ, Journal Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate in Milwaukee.

Does News Director Turnover Hurt a Station’s News?

TV_SetWhen WTMJ news director Bill Berra announced he was leaving for WFLA in Tampa, FL, the Milwaukee market lost its longest serving news director.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel media writer Duane Dudek points out the three remaining news directors at Milwaukee’s network affiliated stations all have a close to two years of experience in the community compared to Berra’s nine years.

How does news director flux or stability affect what viewers see?

“Stations and companies have figured out that they can’t keep changing people every 18 months and have success,” said [on-air talent agent and media blog writer Rick] Gevers. Having veterans in news management is essential to knowing where the bodies are buried.

“They know who the mayor was before the current mayor, and the story from behind the story five years ago that a reporter is covering.” Read more

WTMJ GM: ‘I Believe in Local Broadcasting’

wtmj logoAs Joe Poss starts his second week as the general manager of WTMJ in Milwaukee, he talks to the Journal Sentinel about his plans for the station:

About four years ago, Poss introduced live local sports programming to [his former station] WACY, which today carries more than 100 events a year, mostly high school basketball and football, but also Timber Rattlers minor league baseball. “I believe in local broadcasting,” Poss said. But, he added, WTMJ “is already doing a great deal of local product. I don’t see a direct opportunity for sports.”

[...] Asked for his opinion of WTMJ’s news gathering, presentation and segments like “Dirty Dining,” Poss said: “Ask me in a year after the news director is in place for a little while.” But he said weather coverage is “a core responsibility.”

“As a viewer, I love getting my weather from television,” and “I think there’s a responsibility” to provide it, he said.

Milwaukee Anchor Talks About the Gender Gap of Viewer Expectations

kim_dress_wtmjWhat’s the difference between men and women on-air? WTMJ morning anchor Susan Kim thinks the answer may be found on the scale.

Kim revealed that a female viewer messaged her on facebook to tell her she looked pregnant in a dress she was wearing on the show yesterday morning. “She also told me to tell Vince [Vitrano], ‘great tie,’ said Kim. “I passed the message on.”

“Here’s the thing. At first I laughed, no big deal, I wasn’t offended and thanked her for her feedback,” Kim wrote on her facebook page. “But the more I think about it, the more those comments make me feel bad for women… in general.”

Kim said the emphasis on women’s weight makes her “sad.” She added, “Do we have to be so perfect… even if we’re on TV… that we have to have a flat stomach… and if we don’t… the observation is made that we look pregnant? I’m not looking for compliments. I’m just wondering if that’s really how women are viewed.” Read the entire post after the jump. Read more

Joe Poss Named VP, GM of WTMJ

wtmj logoJoe Poss has been named vice president and general manager of WTMJ, the NBC affiliate in Milwaukee. His appointment is effective February 17.

It is a move within Journal Broadcast Group for Poss, who has been general manager of WGBA-WACY in Green Bay since 2011. Before that, he was the station’s general sales manager for six years. He has also worked in sales at KTNV in Las Vegas, WSVN in Miami and KMSP in Minneapolis.

“With his successful background in broadcast leadership and media sales, and his great rapport with clients and colleagues, Joe will be a welcome addition to the TODAY’S TMJ4 team,” Debbie Turner, executive vice president of television for Journal Broadcast Group, said in a statement. “We are excited for the enthusiasm and expertise he will bring to the Milwaukee television market.”

Poss replaces Steve Wexler, who was named executive vice president of radio for Journal Broadcast Group next month. More in the official release after the jump. Read more

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