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How Stations in NYC and DC Reported on the Aereo Supreme Court Arguments

Stations around the country reported last night on the Aereo Supreme Court case, which has the potential to drastically upend the television industry. Broadcasters — including NBC, ABC, Fox, CBS and Univision, which own many local stations — faced off against the streaming TV service yesterday in oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court. Here’s how stations in New York City and Washington, D.C. reported on the case.

In New York, CBS-owned WCBS reported on the case during the 5 p.m. newscast without disclosing that its parent company is involved in the lawsuit. The report included a brief explanation of Aereo’s service and a soundbite from Neal Katyal, a legal advisor to the broadcast networks. “Under copyright law, cable and satellite companies pay networks billions to deliver programming to customers,” anchor Maurice DuBois said. “Aereo does this without paying anybody.”

NBC-owned WNBC reported on Supreme Court hearings during the noon newscast and informed viewers of NBC’s involvement in the case. “The Supreme Court is hearing a challenge today to a revolutionary TV viewing app called Aereo. Broadcasters, including NBC, argue the online rebroadcast of over-the-air television is a violation of copyright,” anchor Rob Schmitt said. “They believe Aereo should pay a fee just as cable companies do. Aereo argues it’s just acting as an antennae for viewers.”

CW affiliate WPIX presented a comprehensive package about Aereo, including an explanation of the service and the legal issues in the case, as well as soundbites from lawyers representing both sides, on its 10 p.m. newscast. WPIX’s owner, Tribune Broadcasting, is not involved in the lawsuit.

ABC-owned WABC and Fox-owned WNYW made no mention of the case, according to a search of TVEyes.

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WTTG Expands in the Morning, Adds Saturday Show

wttg logoWashington, D.C. FOX owned station WTTG is expanding its morning shows by adding eight hours of local news a week.

Weekdays, Good Day D.C. will air from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. beginning June 16.

On July 12, WTTG will add a Saturday show called FOX 5 News Morning airing from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.. FOX 5 News Morning Sunday will add an hour and also begin airing from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.

“The appetite for more local news has increased; we listened and decided to expand,” Patrick Paolini, WTTG VP and GM, said in a statement. “This is an exciting time for our industry, when local viewers demand relevant and accurate news with more immediacy than ever before, expecting us to report beyond the headlines everyone else is reporting.”

WTTG Adds Investigative Reporter Emily Miller

Emily MillerEmily Miller has been named chief investigative reporter for WTTG, the Fox-owned station in Washington, D.C. Miller begins April 28 and will contribute primarily to the station’s 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

“Emily’s tenacity and experience as a print reporter covering a wide range of issues makes her a fierce competitor and an asset for FOX 5. We will count on her to ask the tough questions and are thrilled to welcome her to our news team,” WTTG general manager Patrick Paolini said in a statement.

Miller was most recently the senior editor of The Washington Times’ Opinion Pages. She has previously worked in ABC News’ D.C. bureau as an associate producer for “This Week” and “Good Morning America.”

“FOX 5 is giving me the opportunity to uncover corruption, investigate criminals and challenge the power structure in Washington,” Miller said. “I’m looking forward to working with such a talented team that brings D.C. the facts and insight into the stories that everyone is talking about, or should be talking about.”

Washington, D.C. FOX Station Gets in Character for Sunday’s Oscars

To get ready for Sunday’s Oscars, the Washington, D.C. FOX owned station WTTG said they “decided to take a closer look at five of those films — everything from the acting to the costumes!”

Which means they enlisted anchors and reporters to act out the scenes with varying degrees of success. Check it out.

Happy Pre-Oscar Friday everybody!

Washington FOX Anchor Reveals Beatlemania

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arrival in the New World via The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, Tony Perkins, anchor for Washington, D.C. FOX owned station WTTG, revealed to viewers his love of anything Beatles.

Perkins said he has been a Beatles fan since he was a little kid and showed off his collection of memorabilia. He also told about a personal story involving Ringo and the birth of his son.

‘It Was Scary’: Wife of WTTG GM in Maryland Mall During Shooting

Kristin Paolini, the wife of WTTG general manager Patrick Paolini, told the Washington, D.C. FOX owned station what it was like being inside the mall during Saturday morning’s Maryland mall shooting.

Paolini said she was inside a Macy’s dressing room when the shooting started. “As soon as we exited the dressing room,” Paolini told WTTG anchor Laura Evans. “We knew that something horrible was happening.”

Darion Marcus Aguilar used a 12-gauge shotgun to kill two employees of a skateboard shop inside The Mall in Columbia, MD, before turning the gun on himself.

Paolini said she was in contact with her brother who is a Sergeant in the Connecticut State Police. She said he let her know what was happening and was telling her what to do, as she said, “just in case.”

WTTG Adds Annie Yu as Weekend Anchor

wttg_annie yu_croppedAnnie Yu has been named co-anchor for WTTG‘s “FOX 5 News Weekend.”

Yu will anchor the Washington, D.C. FOX owned station’s weekend morning show alongside Melanie Alnwick Sunday from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

“Annie is a rising star,” Dana Hahn, VP and news director for WTTG said in a statement. “We think her on-camera presence and ability to tap into the topics that our viewers want to know more about, make her a great addition to our morning show ensemble.”

Yu will continue to do live reports for WTTG’s weekday morning show. She will also cover “the world of style, fashion and home design” in a new morning show franchise called “Style File.”

Yu started at WTTG in 2004. During her time at the station she has also worked as segment producer and fill-in feature reporter.

For the Meteorologist Who Has Everything: Nike ‘Weatherman’ Shoes

wttg_weathermanshoes_cu holdingTucker Barnes, meteorologist for FOX owned Washington, D.C. station WTTG, is sporting a new pair of kicks.

While this normally wouldn’t make TVSpy, it’s s a slow news week AND the Nike Air Foamposite 1 Premium “Weatherman” shoes have a weather pattern on the outside. Take a closer look after the jump.

“Short story,” said co-anchor Allison Seymour. “Tucker wanted this weatherman shoe when it first came out. It’s taken, like, a year. But Santa finally got them to you.”

He showed the shoes off on set at 5:00 a.m. and wore them at 8:00 a.m. and told viewers, “About the shoes, I don’t know how much about them other than they’re going to take my weather forecasting to the next level.”
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DC FOX Reporter Scores Interview With CIA Twitter Eavesdropper Despite ‘No FOX’ Pledge


Tom Matzzie, the man otherwise known as the guy who tweeted what former NSA and CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden was saying while giving off the record conversations on his train ride between Washington, DC and New York, publicly said he will not be doing any interviews with FOX News about the tweet up.

But Matzzie never said anything about local FOX stations. Tom Fitzgerald, a reporter for FOX owned WTTG in Washington, DC, appealed to Matzzie via twitter to do an interview with him.

Matzzie turned back to twitter, this time for answers. “oh. Local FOX? Twitter followers vote.”

Apparently twitter said, “Yes.” Matzzie did a phone interview with Fitzgerald Friday night. Said Matzzie about eavesdropping on the former NSA and CIA chief, “He wasn’t [inaudible] like, having one private conversation. He was having multiple conversations about the same topic.”

As Steve Chenevey Returns to WTTG, Tony Perkins Moves to Evenings

chenevey perkinsWith Steve Chenevey (left) set to rejoin Fox-owned WTTG in Washington, D.C., next month, changes are afoot for the station’s morning and evening anchor lineups. Chenevey will co-anchor the morning newscast beginning November 4 and Tony Perkins (right) will move to evenings beginning October 28.

“I am thrilled to announce Steve’s return to the FOX 5 family and Tony’s move to evenings. This new talent lineup will enhance our incredible bench of reliable and engaging news anchors, who continue to keep our commitment to bringing viewers relevant and compelling local news,” WTTG vice president and general manager Patrick Paolini said in a statement.

Chenevey, who was most recently the morning anchor at rival WJLA, will co-anchor “Fox 5 Morning News” alongside Allison Seymour. Perkins, who has been WTTG’s morning anchor since 2012, will co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscast with Laura Evans and the 10 p.m. newscast with Shawn Yancy.

“I’ve always been a believer that you actually can go home again and I’m incredibly fortunate to get the chance to return to my FOX 5 News family. I’m ready to jump back in without skipping a beat,” Chenevey said. “I can’t wait to see so many familiar faces and reunite with our loyal viewers.”

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