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Archives: June 2012

Tonight: Last One Left Screening at King Eddy’s

The greatest dive bar in Los Angeles, King Eddy’s, is soon to be sacrificed to the gods of gentrification. If you’ve never been, tonight is a good time to swing by. The bar will host a screening of the short doc Last One Left by Alina Skrzeszewska–about King Eddy’s. This may be your last chance to check out a dying piece of LA history.

Show starts at 8. More info here.

Shepard Smith: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” Fox News anchor Shepard Smith recalls how he got noticed working as a local reporter in Orlando. The story involves puppies, explosions, and Mel Gibson.

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Bad CNN | Good Luck | Working Memories

Bungled SCOTUS Reporting by CNN & FOX Highlights Dangers of Rush to be First

This morning, President Obama got the news via FOX and CNN that the Supreme Court had struck down the individual mandate in his health care legislation. According to ABC News, the president remained calm, but gave White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler a hug when she alerted him just a couple minutes later that the networks had it all wrong.

It was an embarrassing gaffe for CNN and FOX News. The erroneous reporting has been widely reported on by other media outlets, and mocked by journalism professionals. Associated Press editor David Scott felt the need to issue a memo to reporters ordering them to “Please, immediately, stop taunting on social networks about CNN and others’ SCOTUS ruling mistake and the AP getting it right. That’s not the impression we want to reflect as an organization.”

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NOW FM Hires L.A. Jock Ty Bentli for Mornings

CBS Radio is handing the keys to morning drive at 92.3 NOW FM to Ty Bentli. Not a familiar name in these parts, Bentli previously did afternoons at a Clear Channel station in Los Angeles. Bentli’s first day at NOW is expected to be next Thursday.

“Ty’s talent and passion are unquestionable, but what only those who have worked with him know is his herculean work ethic,” program director Rick Gillette tells All Access.

Bentli succeeds Nick Cannon, who quit the show in February due to health concerns.

Fox 5/WNYW Rocked by a Major Anchor Shakeup

Earlier this week, Alexander and Anastos, in one of Ernie's final 10 p.m. broadcasts.

Channel 5 news viewers take note:  get out your programs and some pencils with erasers, there are changes-a-plenty coming Monday in the anchor pool.

While no one is leaving the station, there’s significant movement. The falling dominos start with Ernie Anastos, who’s losing his prominent 10 o’clock news. Anastos, who turns 69 July 12, remains on the 5 p.m. with Dari Alexander and will continue to host Positively Ernie specials. Anastos, who joined WNYW in 2005.  has worked steadily in New York television news since his WABC days in the late 1970s.

Greg Kelly, 43, shifts from mornings to nights. He’ll assume Anastos’ 10 p.m. seat next to Alexander. In addition, he’ll anchor the 6 p.m. solo, replacing Harry Martin, who remains on sister station WWOR/Channel 9 for the 10 o’clock news alongside Brenda Blackmon.

Filling Kelly’s void on Good Day New York is Dave Price. The one-time Good Day weatherman, Price joins Rosanna Scotto for the 7 to 10 a.m. program.

“Dave Price is an extremely talented and experienced morning news personality. The moment he became available it was clear to me that he would be a great addition to our team, WNYW VP and general manager Lew Leone says in a statement. The Good Day New York viewers will appreciate his charm, sense of humor and intelligence as they start their day with FOX 5.”

These anchor changes at WNYW come just two weeks after WNBC ended its 32-year association with Sue Simmons.

Shepard Smith: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s My First Big Break, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith recalls how he got noticed working as a local reporter in Orlando. The story involves puppies, explosions, and Mel Gibson.

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Pitch Your “Parental Confessions” to Babble.com

An honest, unglamorous portrayal of parenthood is rare in parenting glossies, but that is exactly what Babble.com is looking for in its pitches.

Dedicated to telling “the truth about parenting,” Babble wants stories that are real, no matter how good, bad or messy.  So, cut the cute and stick to the truth when pitching.

If you’re an unknown freelancer, the personal essay is your best shot at getting published, said Jack Murnighan, director of analytics and content strategy. Aim for 750- to 1,200-word “interesting first-person stories coming from the trenches of parenthood.”

For contact info, plus details on pay rate and lead time, read How To Pitch: Babble.com. [subscription required]

Andrea Hackett

THR Grabs Variety.com Editor Chris Krewson

This one’s gotta hurt – big time – at the Variety end.

Ahead of the impending sale of Tinseltown’s second oldest trade, Web editor Chris Krewson has decided to head on up Wilshire Blvd. to perform the same duties for Variety’s revamped, slightly older competitor. He starts as THR.com editor tomorrow.

“Chris brings a strong news metabolism that will continue to drive growth at THR.com,” said editorial director Janice Min in this afternoon’s announcement. “As our digital footprint continues to grow, his contribution will be invaluable.”

Added Krewson: “I’m thrilled to be joining THR, especially at a time when the brand’s online presence is growing at an incredible pace as its digital properties expand each day.”

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Former ABC7 Anchor Bob Banfield Dies at 82

Former ABC7 Inland Empire bureau chief Bob Banfield died on Thursday from cancer at the age of 82.

Banfield, who retired in May 2010, spent 43 years at ABC7. In 1980, Banfield was assigned to the Inland Empire Bureau where he spent the last 30 years of his professional career.

“I prefer it here and I knew that I would be a little more comfortable because I always found the big city intimidating a little bit, it frightened me a little bit. For some reason, I don’t know, the small-town kid never got over that,” said Banfield on the Inland Empire.

A native of East Liverpool, Ohio, Banfield was a junior announcer at WOHI. Following a stop at WHIZ in Zanesville, Ohio, Banfield would join the ABC7 staff on May 26, 1967.

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