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New Orleans FOX Affiliate Questions Campaign Ad Featuring Anchor

WVUE, the FOX affiliate for New Orleans, says it takes issue with a Senate candidate’s campaign ad.

The ad for Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D), who is being challenged by U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R), uses a clip from WVUE anchor John Snell to attack Cassidy by saying, “The congressman claimed to be two places at once.”

WVUE reports the full text of what Snell said on the Friday 10:00 p.m. broadcast was, “A former supervisor of Bill Cassidy came to his defense tonight over a controversy that the congressman claimed to be in two places at once.”

Just days before the runoff election, FOX 8 objects to what we believe is a misrepresentation in the ad, and we have formally asked the Landrieu campaign to pull the spot.

Landrieu’s campaign manager, Ryan Berni, defends the ad that’s running statewide, saying: “The ad is factual. Bill Cassidy is simply trying to distract voters from the fact that he took more than $100,000 in a taxpayer-funded salary for work he didn’t do. Louisianans deserve to know the truth.” Read more

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WVUE’s New AM Anchor Reveals Unique Start to His Career

adaline wvueGreg Adaline made his debut on New Orleans FOX affiliate WVUE yesterday morning.

That alone might be interesting enough for a single post, but The Times-Picayune reports Adaline started his career by beating out hundreds of contestants in an on-air “audition derby” at Detroit’s WDIV in 2004.

“This was right around the time that ‘The Apprentice’ and ‘American Idol’ were just starting to take off,” he said. “Reality TV was a new thing.”

A VHS audition tape in hand, Adaline arrived at the open-call audition and took his place near the end of the line of nearly 300 contestants. He survived the first round to be one of eight finalists in the competition.

The finalists did stories on-air for the next two weeks, with a 5 p.m. newscast vote-off by a judges panel winnowing the field.

Adaline prevailed — “It was an amazing couple of weeks,” he said — and the stories he did that summer at WDIV enabled him to put together a sampler tape of stories he used to secure his next job.

“I was off and running,” he said. “That’s how my career started.”

According to his WVUE bio, he was offered a three month on-air contract at WDIV. Adaline went on to work as the morning anchor at WLNS in Lansing, Mich. He then went to KCTV in Kansas City before returning to WLNS in 2011.

Jon Huffman Set to Retire From WGNO

jon huffman wgnoWGNO morning anchor Jon Huffman will retire from the ABC affiliate in New Orleans next month. Huffman has been on New Orleans television since 1990 and has anchored WGNO’s “Good Morning New Orleans” since 2008.

“Jon was a fabulous mentor for new employees on Good Morning New Orleans. His easy going nature helped them make the transition to waking up in the early morning hours a little easier. He’ll be missed,” WGNO news director Rick Erbach said in a statement. “Sleep in Jon. You’ve earned it.”

Before WGNO, Huffman worked as a reporter and anchor for WVUE, the Fox affiliate in New Orleans. He will officially sign off from WGNO August 1.

“I will deeply miss my co-workers at WGNO and the fun spirit of ‘Good Morning New Orleans.’ But I certainly won’t miss the alarm clock going off at 2:30 in the morning! It’s time to move on to a more relaxed—and relaxing—phase of my life,” Huffman said.

WCVB, WBIR Win Murrow Awards For Overall Excellence

murrows 2014Boston ABC affiliate WCVB and Knoxville NBC affiliate WBIR are the winners of this year’s Edward R. Murrow awards for overall excellence, the RTDNA announced today.

Related, TVNewser: CBS, ABC, NBC Among 2014 Murrow Award Winners

Hearst’s WCVB won in the large market category and Gannett’s WBIR won in the small market category. Both stations will be presented with their awards at the Marriott Marquis in New York City this fall.

WTVR in Richmond won three Murrows. KARE in Minneapolis, WFAA in Dallas and WVUE in New Orleans each won two. KOKI, WMBD, WJLA, WVIR, WCPO, KETV, WGRZKCET, KING, WSBT, WXIA, KJRH, WJXT, UNM PantherVision and Oregon Public Broadcasting each won one.

See the full list of winners on the RTDNA’s website.

WVUE to Re Air ‘Cosmos’ After Evolution Segment Partially Covered by Commercials

wvue_304Viewers of Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey again missed out on part of a discussion about evolution when a technical error covered it with a news promo, a psa and some commercials.

In the latest error, viewers of New Orleans FOX affiliate WVUE missed nearly a minute and a half of Tyson talking about how global climate change millions of years ago paved the way for the primate to human evolutionary journey.

A similar snafu happened at Oklahoma City FOX affiliate KOKH. There, a master control error was blamed for covering over Tyson talking about evolution.

WVUE president and GM Sandy Breland told nola.com the cover up was “an automation error.” She also said the episode would re-air at 10:35 p.m. on Thursday. Breland added, “It was a mistake. We certainly regret the error.”

Gerry Vaillancourt Out at WVUE

vaillancourt wvue croppedWVUE morning anchor Gerry Vaillancourt has been let go by the New Orleans FOX affiliate.

Vaillancourt has been the radio color analyst for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets for the past 19 seasons.

“They said they wanted to go in a different direction,” Vaillancourt told Nola.com. “They want a ‘news anchor’ type with a news background. I can understand that.”

Vaillancourt started at WVUE in October 2012.

KNTV Wins Three SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Awards

spj logoThe Society of Professional Journalists has announced the winners of this year’s Sigma Delta Chi Awards for exceptional professional journalism. Topping the list of local stations is KNTV, the NBC-owned station in San Francisco, which took home three awards.

KNTV won in the breaking news category for coverage of the Asiana Flight 214 crash at San Francisco airport and for feature reporting for a piece called “Bay Area Proud.” The station also won in the public service for television journalism category for a report called “The Gift of Time: Exposing a District Attorney’s Secret Perk for his Appointees.”

KWTX in Waco, WFTS in Tampa, WVUE in New Orleans, KBMT-KJAC in Beaumont, Texas, KUSA in Denver, KHQ in Spokane and WKBT in La Crosse, Wisc., won one award each. See the full list of winning reports after the jump. Read more

Five Local Stations Win duPont Awards

the dupont columbia awardStations in Denver, Kansas City, Boston, Dallas and New Orleans have won 2014 Alfred I. duPont awards from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

In the breaking news category, the winners were WBZ, the CBS owned station in Boston, and KSHB, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City. WBZ won for its “exceptional” coverage of the Boston marathon bombings and KSHB was honored for breaking news coverage “of a preventable tragedgy,” a natural gas explosion at a downtown restaurant.

Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA and New Orleans Fox affiliate WVUE were honored for their investigative reporting. KMGH won for “Colorado Rape Victims: Evidence Ignored, Justice Denied,” a yearlong investigation on systemic failures in the handling of rape cases in Colorado. WFAA won for “Denticaid: Medicaid Dental Abuse in Texas” and WVUE won for “Body of Evidence,” a series of reports that revealed misuse of public funds, corruption and fraud.

Raycom Names Sandy Breland GM of WVUE

wvue_304Raycom Media has named Sandy Breland vice president and general manager of WVUE in New Orleans.

Breland is charged with leading the transition as Raycom begins providing operational services to the New Orleans FOX affiliate Monday.

WVUE’s parent company announced last month it had entered into a shared services agreement with Raycom.

“Sandy is the perfect choice to lead and grow this station,” Paul McTear, president and CEO of Raycom said in a statement. “She knows New Orleans and served the people of that community during some of the more challenging times in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.”

Breland, who replaces retiring GM Joe Cook, had served as news director at rival station WWL for 11 years. Before coming to WVUE, she was the GM at Raycom’s Baton Rouge station WAFB.

Breland will continue in her other role as regional VP overseeing Raycom’s stations WAFB, KSLA in Shreveport and KPLC in Lake Charles, LA.

WVUE General Manager Joe Cook to Retire

wvue_304WVUE president and general manager Joe Cook will retire from the New Orleans Fox affiliate on December 13, Broadcasting & Cable reports.

WVUE parent company Louisiana Media Company recently announced a shared services agreement with Raycom, which will provide operational services to WVUE beginning December 16. Cook will become president of Louisiana Media Company and plans to spend more time on his other interests, songwriting and real estate.

According to B&C, Sandy Breland, the general manager of Raycom’s WAFB-WBXH in Baton Rouge, will have oversight of WVUE once the shared services agreement begins.

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