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‘TV Liberation Tour’ Reminds People TV is Still Free, Gives Away 1,000 Free Antennas

TVLiberationTourIn an effort to remind consumers they don’t need to pay for cable to watch local TV, Antennas Direct, TVFreedom.org and LG Electronics plan to give out thousands of digital TV antennas across the country.

“About 80 percent of the population doesn’t even know digital TV exists and that you can get it just from an antenna,” Antennas Direct president Richard Schneider told WUSA at the event’s kick-off in Washington, D.C. “So the whole point of this is to help people who are struggling with their bills and maybe are worried about their finances and hopefully save maybe about $2,000 a year.”

The tour plans to reach consumers in 50 cities across the country this year. You can watch WUSA’s story about it after the jump.

“The multi-city tour will remind people that all of this programming is available free of charge with an antenna and that local broadcast TV continues to offer tremendous value to television viewers across America,” TVFreedom.org spokesperson Robert Kenny said in a statement. Read more

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Former WJLA GM Named WUSA News Director

bill lordBill Lord, the former GM of WJLA has been named news director at cross town CBS affiliate WUSA.

Lord left WJLA shortly after Sinclair took over the former Allbritton ABC affiliate in July.

“We are excited to have someone of Bill’s caliber,” WUSA president and GM Mark Burdett said in a statement. “Bill’s skill sets married to Gannett’s commitment to journalism will be a tremendous combination.”

As FTVLive first reported, Lord replaces Fred D’Ambrosi who left the Gannett owned Washington, D.C. station Friday.

WUSA News Director Resigns

dambrosiWUSA news director Fred D’Ambrosi has resigned from the Gannett owned Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate.

WUSA GM Mark Burdett confirmed with TVSpy, D’Ambrosi’s last day will be October 24.

According to his LinkedIn profile, D’Ambrosi came to WUSA as news director in 2009 from KFMB in San Diego. He has also worked as news director at WISN in Milwaukee.

James Brown: My First Big Break

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Early in his career, CBS Sports NFL studio host James Brown worked at Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate WUSA when it was known as WDVM. Brown credits the producers there with making him a broadcaster.

The hard working TV host was just starting his day as fill-in anchor of the CBS Evening News when he told MediabistroTV about an early failure in his life that eventually created his success. Watch his story to hear why.

Even with the occasional on-air fumble along the way, Brown told us, “I still work just as hard now, if not harder, as I did back then getting started.”

Beginning tomorrow, Brown adds hosting NFL Thursday Night Kickoff to his CBS schedule.

WUSA News Crew Robbed While Looking for ‘Sketchy Neighborhoods’

WUSA_08-08-2014_23.04.09WUSA was doing a story about an app that alerts people to sketchy neighborhoods.

Reporter Mola Lenghi, photographer James Hash and an intern were talking to residents of a northwest DC neighborhood when thieves broke into their vehicle and stole some gear.

Among the many stolen articles was the gear of photojournalist James Hash, the backpack of reporter Mola Lenghi, and the purse of intern Taylor Bisciotti.

Bisciotti’s cell phone was in her purse, and that ended up being a lucky break for the crew. Using the “Find my iPhone’ application the crew was able to track the phone. After filing a police report the crew tracked the phone to dumpsters in another D.C. neighborhood.

The crew was able to recover some of the stolen items from the dumpsters. The entire crew returned to WUSA9′s broadcast house unharmed.

You can see the video after the jump. Read more

Jessica Doyle Leaving WUSA

jessica-doyleJessica Doyle has announced she is leaving Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate WUSA.

“Starting next month, I will take on the role of Director of Corporate Communications at Starwood Hotels & Resorts,” Doyle posted to her facebook page. “I will miss the dear friends I have made over the past 5 years at WUSA9. I move to the New York area in July.”

Doyle joined WUSA in February 2009. She has also freelanced for CNN Newsource, worked for 3WT Radio, washingtonpost.com and CNBC in Fort Lee, NJ.

WTTG Morning Show Scores Ratings Win Against Networks

wttg_304WTTG‘s 7:00 a.m. hour has joined the growing trend of large local markets beating out network shows in the ratings race.

The Washington, DC, FOX owned station’s “FOX 5 News Morning at 7AM” took the top spot in April with a 1.89 rating in adults 25-54. Today on NBC owned WRC was second with a 1.76. Good Morning America on WJLA notched a 1.25 while CBS This Morning on WUSA had a .42.

For the same time period, “FOX 5 News Morning at 7AM” pulled in a 1.73 rating among adults 18 to 49, beating out Today on WRC with a 1.33. GMA on WJLA came in third with a .76 and CBS This Morning on WUSA trailed all with a .30.

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.

As for stations in Washington, D.C.: Read more

The Ice Desk: It’s What Stations are Wearing this Winter

It seems a historical record of sorts is being created of what appears to be the recent trend of stations sending their anchors out into the freezing cold to report the news from behind desks made of ice.

With thanks to Poynter and TVSpy rival FTVLive, we cobbled together our own list of stations jumping on the ice trend.

We started our journey this year with Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC.

Then Washington, DC, CBS affiliate WUSA got in on the act.

Here’s one from Green Bay FOX affiliate WLUK:

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WUSA To Debut Ice Desk Of Its Own Tonight


On its last tour through the US, the Polar Vortex was celebrated by Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC with an anchor desk made of ice.

Not to be outdone, Washington, D.C., CBS affiliate WUSA will debut its own ice desk on a night lows are expected to be in the mid-teens. Freelance reporter Nikki Burdine sent out a Vine showing the design.

The station promised it will be broadcasting its 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. shows from the desk made of nature’s warning sign that it’s too cold to be outside. Read more

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