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Former ‘SNL’ Star Accuses WTVF of ‘Brainwashing Viewers’

Former “Saturday Night Live” star, and current conservative activist, Victoria Jackson is accusing WTVF of brainwashing its viewers after the station edited down an interview with her for a report that aired this week.

A WTVF videographer recently spent time with Jackson as she investigated the construction of a new Islamic center just outside of Nashville. In an open letter posted on patriotupdate.com, Jackson voices her disapproval with the report that WTVF eventually aired. Read more

Reporter Tim Wetzel Joining KHOU in Houston

Houston NBC-affiliate KHOU is adding reporter Tim Wetzel to its news team. His first day will be Monday, according to Houston media blogger Mike McGuff.

Wetzel was most recently a reporter at WTVF in Nashville. He replaces Lisa Chavarria, who is headed to WFLD in Chicago. Chavarria also joined KHOU from WTVF in 2010.

“I’m very excited to join the KHOU team and look forward to working at such a great station,” Wetzel told McGuff.

Reporter Lisa Chavarria Joins WFLD From KHOU

Lisa Chavarria is joining WFLD, the Fox O&O in Chicago, as a general assignment reporter for the 9 p.m. newscast. Her first day will be April 30.

Chavarria has been a reporter at KHOU in Houston since 2010. She has also worked at WTVF in Nashville and WTOM in Traverse City, MI. A Chicago native, she began her career with internships at NBC News’ Chicago bureau and WGN, the CW-affiliate.

“I’m thrilled to be returning to my hometown, doing something I truly love, and that is telling stories about topics that are relevant to the people of Chicago,” Chavarria said in a statement. “I look forward to covering news in this great city, a place that has shaped who I am as a person and a journalist.”

‘SNL’ Uses Former WTVF Anchor’s Name in Skit Spoofing Newscasters

In a “Saturday Night Live” skit this weekend about a local news team shooting a promo (video above), a traffic reporter played by Fred Armisen is named “Hope Hines” — which was quite the surprise to the real Hope Hines, a former WTVF sports anchor who retired in July and happened to be watching “SNL” with his wife.

“When they said my name, I looked at her and said, ‘what in the heck is going on here?’” Hines said in an interview with WTVF. “Wow. It just blew me away.”

Hines, who found the skit “really, really funny,” did a little digging and was able to uncover how “SNL” settled on his name. Read more

Doug Kufner to Join WCNC Sports Department

Doug Kufner, who has worked as a sports anchor at WTVW for the past six years, is leaving Evansville, IN to join WCNC in Charlotte.

Kufner has accepted a “jack of all trades” position with the NBC-affiliate’s sports department.  He’ll work as a producer, reporter, photographer, and anchor.

“I’m extremely grateful to WTVW for giving me the opportunity to live and work in Evansville over the last six years,” Kufner told TVSpy via email.  “My wife and I are thrilled to be moving to such a wonderful city in Charlotte.  I’m very excited to be joining the talented group of journalists at WCNC!” Read more

WTVF’s Nick Beres On Writing To Dramatic Video: ‘Keep It Simple. The Video Tells The Story’

Earlier this week, WTVF aired a dramatic report on a man who crashed his truck through the window of a gas station convenience store in Nashville (video of the report is after the jump). The segment, complete with exclusive surveillance video of the crash, was reported on by WTVF’s Nick Beres, who talked to Poynter about the challenge of writing copy for dramatic video. Read more

President Obama Tells WESH’s Jim Payne: America Has Gotten ‘a Little Soft’

President Obama sat down with anchors from WTVF, WXII, and WESH on Thursday, trying to sell his new jobs bill.

WTVF’s Vicki Yates, WXII’s Cameron Kent, and WESH’s Jim Payne all got seven minutes with the President and, even though each interview had a local focus, Obama’s message appeared to be the same throughout all of them: things are bad but will get better, as long as my jobs bill is passed.

One notable exchange, though, came when Payne wondered whether his children would have the same opportunities as generations past. Obama responded by saying he feels that America has gotten “a little soft.” Read more

Obama Invites WTVF, WXII, WESH to White House

President Obama invited contingents from three local stations to the White House today for interviews focusing on his new jobs bill.

This morning the President sat down with Vicki Yates of WTVF in Nashville; Cameron Kent of WXII in Greensboro-Winston-Salem, NC; and Jim Payne of WESH in Orlando.

According to the White House, Obama wants to communicate “the need for Congress to pass the American Jobs Act now to put more people back to work and more money in the pockets of working Americans.”

WTVF, WXII, and WESH will begin airing portions of their interviews, which were limited to seven minutes, this evening. Read more

Change of Venue Likely in WTVF Libel Suit

Judge Daniel Eisenstein‘s libel lawsuit against WTVF will likely be relocated to another area to avoid conflicting interests on both sides — Eisenstein’s professional circle and the station’s viewership.

The Tennessean reports today that the trial will be moved outside Davidson County, and possibly even outside of the middle Tennessee region entirely. One judge — Hamilton Gayden — has already stepped down from the case, citing personal ties to Eisenstein. Court officials believe similar issues will stop any Nashville judge from hearing the case.

Eisenstein (pictured above) is accusing the CBS affiliate in Nashville of making libelous statements about him over the past year in reports on Eisenstein’s involvement with a man who was performing psychological treatments on the mentally ill. WTVF filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit last week.

WTVF Files Motion to Dismiss Judge’s Libel Lawsuit

Nashville’s WTVF and its star investigative reporter Phil Williams have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against them by a local judge, who is accusing the station of making libelous statements about him in stories that ran over the past year.

The motion, filed this week in a Tennessee circuit court (the memorandum in support of the motion is embedded after the jump), states that the stories at issue “do not contain any false and defamatory statements” concerning Judge Dan Eisenstein (above, left) and therefore the lawsuit should be dismissed.

The stories at issue concern a possible ethics investigation involving the judge last summer, and his involvement with a man who was performing psychological treatment services for mentally ill defendants despite the fact that he was not a licensed psychologist. Read more

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