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Huntsville Anchor Makes ‘Most-Over-The-Top Marriage Proposal’ List of 2013

A Huntsville, AL, anchor is being recognized for her part in on-air marriage proposal.

Coming in at number 17 on BuzzFeed’s “The 18 Most Over-The-Top Marriage Proposals of 2013” is FOX and ABC affiliate WZDX-WAAY weekend anchor Jillian Pavlica surprise on-air proposal.

“We do have some breaking news to report to you,” said Pavlica on-air before her then boyfriend proposed. “FOX 54 has just learned that a Huntsville news anchor is being proposed on live TV.”

TVSpy reported on the proposal in March.

[AL.com]

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Nexstar to Acquire Grant Company For $88M

nexstar logoNexstar Broadcasting is acquiring Grant Company, Inc. for $87.5 million. The deal, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, will add seven stations in four markets to Nexstar’s portfolio.

The stations are WFXR and WWCW in Roanoke; WZDX in Huntsville, Ala.; KGCW and KLJB in Quad Cities, Iowa; and WLAX and WEUX in La Crosse, Wisc. After the Nexstar acquisition, Mission Broadcasting will purchase KLJB and subsequently enter into a local service agreement with Nexstar.

“We believe the acquisition of these stations and the expanded scale they bring to our operations combined with our record of building new local direct client relationships, success in expanding local programming and consistent growth in digital media and political revenues, position Nexstar to continue building long-term shareholder value,” Nexstar CEO Perry A. Sook said in a statement.

With the acquisition, Nexstar will own, operate, program or provide sales to 102 stations in 54 markets, reaching 15.5% of all U.S. television households.

Poll Results: It’s Acceptable to Occasionally Share Personal Information On the Air

The results are in from our poll about newscasters sharing personal information on the air, and so far voters — more than half of you — think that the occasional personal topics are a perfectly acceptable way to fill a few minutes of air time. Here’s the current breakdown:

  • 57.95%: Yes. Newscasters shouldn’t shy away from personal topics here and there.
  • 42.05%: No. Newscasters should just deliver the news.

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POLL: Is It Appropriate For Newscasters to Share Personal Things On the Air?

The morning news team at Chicago CW affiliate WGN has a message for newscasters everywhere: don’t use air time to take care of personal matters (video after the jump).

On Tuesday’s newscast, weathercaster Paul Konrad said he has a “sickness” when he sees newscasters use “precious TV time for their personal stuff,” citing a Huntsville anchor who got engaged live on the WZDX weekend newscast Saturday. Konrad asked his fellow newscasters if there was anything personal they wanted to get out so they could get on with the newscast.

“To everyone in my apartment building, I don’t want to talk about the weather on the elevator anymore, okay?” Pat Tomasulo responded. “I’m the sports guy, not the weather guy.”

“I’d like to say to my mother: stop trying to tell me that I look good in hats and capri pants,” Robin Baumgarten said. “Neither one is going to happen for me.”

So we’re putting it to you: is it acceptable for newscasters to address personal matters on the air occasionally? Vote below.

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VIDEO: WZDX-WAAY Anchor Tricked Into Announcing Her Own Marriage Proposal


Jillian Pavlica, the weekend anchor at WZDX-WAAY in Huntsville, Ala., was tricked into introducing the beginning of her own marriage proposal Saturday night (video above).

“We do have some breaking news to report to you. Fox 54 has just learned that a Huntsville news anchor is being proposed … on live TV … right now…” Pavlica read off the teleprompter, trailing off as she realized what was happening.

Her boyfriend walked onto the set and proposed. Pavlica said yes.

Dish Network Pulls Plug on Grant Stations Over Retrans Deal

Dish Network subscribers won’t be able watch their favorite shows on stations owned by Grant Communications until the two settle their dispute over retransmission fees.

On Saturday February 16, Grant’s four FOX affiliates, WZDX in Huntsville, AL, WFXR, Roanoke,VA, KLJB in Quad Cities and WLAX-WEUX in La Crosse, WI, as well as two CW stations and one MyNetworkTV station went dark as part of the dispute.

WZDX, the FOX affiliate in Huntsville posted a statement about the dispute on its website saying,

Contrary to what you may have been told or read, FOX 54 has asked Dish to pay rates comparable to those being paid by your local cable systems now. That is fair and equitable, as already determined by the marketplace. We understand the public’s frustration with this situation, and we remain committed to reaching a solution with Dish without disrupting FOX 54′s programming. Read more