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After Walking Off Set Over Michael Sam Kiss, Dallas TV Host Speaks to Fox News

Amy Kushnir, the KXTD host who walked off the set of  “The Broadcast” this week after a conversation about the Michael Sam draft kiss got heated, appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” last night.

Kushnir defended her stance and told Shannon Bream, who was filling in for Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File,” that the segment has resulted in “death threats, rape threats, petitions to be fired.” Watch:


Kushnir’s co-hosts, Courtney Kerr and Lisa Pineiro, were also on Fox News this week: Read more

Talk Show Host Doesn’t Want to Watch Anyone Kiss on TV, Especially A Gay NFL Draftee

The Broadcast on Dallas independent station KTXD is a local version of a four host news and entertainment talk show.

Lisa Pineiro started the show’s second hour by tossing to WFAA sports director Dale Hansen talking about gay NFL draftee Michael Sam.

The women of The Broadcast started talking about ESPN showing Sam kissing his boyfriend on live TV and what that means for America.

The discussion got pretty heated until Amy Kushnir walked off set. When Pineiro observed that the aggravated host was leaving, Kushnir said, “No. I”m going to go to Midland.” Which TVSpy guesses is code for a place where no one ever kisses on TV.

Randy McIlwain Set to Join KNBC

Veteran reporter Randy McIlwain is trading one NBC-owned station for another as he joins KNBC in Los Angeles from KXAS in Dallas:

Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports McIlwain will sign off from KXAS on June 20 and start at KNBC on July 7.

Ellen Bryan Joins KXAS From WTVQ

ellen bryanEllen Bryan is joining KXAS, the NBC-owned station in Dallas, media blogger Ed Bark reports.

Bryan moves to Dallas from Lexington, Ky., where she was a weekend anchor and reporter at ABC affiliate WTVQ. She was Miss Ohio in 2011 and competed in the 2012 Miss America pageant.

Bryan will be a reporter for KXAS’ early-morning newscasts, according to her bio, which was posted last week.

KXAS Fights Political Ad Featuring ‘Extensive Use of a Copyrighted KXAS Report’

dan branch political adKXAS, the NBC-owned station in Dallas, is disputing the use of its footage in a political ad for Dan Branch, who is running for Attorney General of Texas. The NBC legal department has sent a letter to the campaign requesting to stop the ad, which “features extensive use of a copyrighted KXAS report and includes the voice and likeness KXAS anchor Bianca Castro,” from airing:

In fact, with the exception of two seconds of music at the beginning, the entire audio track of the commercial consists of the KXAS report. This use has been made without permission of KXAS or Ms. Castro, and the manner in which this material is used and the extent of the material taken inaccurately suggests that KXAS and Ms. Castro have consented to its use an agree with the position espoused by the commercial. Aside from the copyright issues, this is use of the voice of Ms. Castro and the KXAS logo exploits her and the journalistic credibility of KXAS.

KXAS objects to any use of its journalists and our copyrighted material that suggests to the public that we or our journalists are taking sides with any individual or organization involved in a political campaign or dispute, and we request that your organization respect that concern. Accordingly, we request that you immediately cease any further dissemination of the commercial consisting almost entirely of the KXAS report.

KXAS Reporter Gets Stuck in the Mud

KXASJeff Smith got stuck in the mud this weekend while he was reporting on low lake levels for the NBC-owned station in Dallas.

Smith was eventually rescued by his photographer, Kevin Williams, but not before he did a live report from the knee-deep mud. “I knew that the mud was deep, I had mud boots on,” Smith said afterwards. “I knew it was probably pretty thick, but I had no idea it was that deep and that thick. I got stuck the moment I jumped off.” Watch:

KDFW to Add Ali Turiano as Weekend Meteorologist

turiano_outsizedAli Turiano is joining Dallas-Fort Worth FOX owned station KDFW as weekend meteorologist on May 28.

“I have always dreamed of being a part of the Dallas community and am looking forward to calling the “Big D” my home,” Turiano said in a statement. “North Texas’ varied climate and great community make this job a dream come true.”

Turiano recently announced she was leaving News 13 in Orlando after six years there. She has also worked at WENY in Elmira, NY , and WICU in Erie, PA.

Zahid Arab to Join KDFW

arab_croppedDallas FOX owned station KDFW has added Zahid Arab as general assignment reporter.

“When it comes to engaging and responsible reporting, KDFW sets the standard,” Arab said in a statement. “It’s an honor to join a team that reflects the community it serves.”

Arab comes to KDFW from KING in Seattle. He has also worked at KLAS in Las Vegas, KHLN and KFVE in Honolulu, HI, and KCAU in Sioux City, IA.

WFAA Partners With Fort Worth Star-Telegram

WFAAlogoDallas ABC affiliate WFAA has entered into a content partnership with the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, the two companies announced today.

“We’ve been admirers of WFAA’s news operation for decades,” Jim Witt, the executive editor of the Star-Telegram, said in a statement. “The opportunity to be partners with the station long recognized as being the best in the market is exciting for us.”

“The Star-Telegram is the dominant print and digital news provider in Tarrant County with a deep legacy in Fort Worth,” WFAA news director Carolyn Mungo said. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with the many professionals at the paper.”

President Obama Tells Dallas FOX Anchor Finding Flight MH370 Top Priority

KDFW anchor Clarice Tinsley was the only Texas reporter who got an interview with President Barack Obama.

The reporter for the FOX owned Dallas station pressed the President on topics such as Obamacare and raising the minimum wage, but she also asked him if finding missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 was a top priority for the US.

“Oh absolutely,” said Obama. “We have put every resource that we have available at the disposal of the search process. There’s been close cooperation with the Malaysian government and so not just NTSB but FBI all, anybody who typically deals with anything related to our aviation system is available and so, our thoughts and prayers are with the families, I want them to be assured that we consider this a top priority and we’re going to keep on working with the international community to see if we can get to the bottom of this.” Read more

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