WALA announced his departure on its facebook page, “FOX10 News is saying goodbye to one of our own. Russell Colburn Fox10, who joined the FOX10 family in 2011, is setting off on a new adventure. You’ll be missed around the newsroom, and we wish you the best!”
is leaving @FOX19 at the end of this month. I’m moving to China to be with my partner. I’ll be reporting over there & teaching kids English.
— Matthew Nordin (@MatthewNordin) February 16, 2014
“I want to let you know that I’ll be leaving FOX19 around the end of this month,” Nordin wrote on his facebook page. “My partner is a physician/medical researcher who needs to be in China for two more years. And the 15+ months we’ve been apart have been agonizing. So I’ll be off to China to do some reporting from one of the world’s biggest and most interesting economies. And I also hope to teach some children how to speak English, since in many cases, that’s the key to them having a good middle-class life. I am going to miss this great city, though! I mean it!!
“Scott is a talented and experienced leader who has a depth of knowledge about the San Diego community that you can only acquire by getting out and talking to viewers and advertisers during a 27-year career in the market,” Tribune regional president and general manager Don Corsini said in a statement. “He knows what works and the best way to connect with people.”
Heath joined KSWB in 1986 as an account executive. He most recently served as the station’s general sales manager. More from Tribune after the jump. Read more
In response to a story his New York FOX owned station did last week about what annoys TV news viewers, Leone said, “I can’t promise that we will lose all of the clichés but we will do our best to be original and offer the type of coverage you are looking for.”
“To suggest that the Courier rigged its poll is wrong and I’d like to apologize,” said Lamb in his editorial. “What I meant to say, much better than I did, was that when any organization with an agenda pays for a poll, pays for a study, we should always take that with a grain of salt.”
Lamb said he stood by his “very obvious opinion” that the Courier-Journal is a biased news organization. He added that he thinks the paper is proud of its slant and most probably won’t be offended by him saying so.
Lamb came under fire when he said the Louisville Courier-Journal, a paper he called “ultra-liberal” had rigged a poll about where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stood against his democratic challenger in the Kentucky Senate race.
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.
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:
KSTP reporter Jay Kolls has added his name to the growing list of Minneapolis on-air talent who are suing various Minnesota municipalities and the State Department of Safety over accusations law enforcement officers and others looked at the information on his driver’s license without justification.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, Koll’s lawsuit, which was filed in Minneapolis Federal Court, listed 27 instances when “personnel, charged with protecting and serving the public, knowingly abused their position of trust simply to satisfy their shallow desires to peek behind the curtain” into his personal life.
Last week, KMSP morning news anchor Alix Kendall filed a similar lawsuit. Her attorney Jon Strauss told the Mankato Free Press, “[Kendall] was shocked and disgusted to learn she had been looked up more than 3,800 times.” Strauss added, “We believe this is the largest data breach in Minnesota history. Ironically, these people have been snooping into her life, but we can’t find out who they were until we start gathering discovery information.”
The suits revolve around access to the state driver’s license database knows as the Driver and Vehicle Services Database or DVS system.The Free Press sums it up nicely:
Information that can be obtained through the DVS system includes current and former addresses, current and former driver’s license photographs, weight, height and, possibly, Social Security and medical information, Strauss said. The filing also points out that Kendall’s information was searched by name, not by her license plate numbers. So the searches didn’t include police officers doing random traffic searches for stolen vehicles or people with arrest warrants.
I’m very excited to announce I’ve accepted a job at KPTV in Portland, OR and will be joining the area’s top rated morning newscast team.
— Anthony Congi (@AnthonyCongi) February 10, 2014
“Everyone, this will be my last week at WIVB and in Buffalo,” Congi wrote on his facebook page. “My wife and I are heading back west to be closer to our families. Thank you all for welcoming me into your community. WNY has been great, I will miss it and I hope you will continue follow me in my adventures.”
KPTV news director Corey Hanson told TVSpy Congi starts two weeks from Monday as a reporter for “Good Day Oregon.”
Before coming to WIVB in November 2010, Congi worked at KIDK in Idaho Falls, ID.
The story coming out of Atlanta after the snowstorm two weeks ago was all about the influx of people onto local roads trying to get home at the same time.
With an ice storm forecast for this week and Governor Nathan Deal declaring a state of emergency for more than 40 Georgia counties in anticipation of the storm, all the Atlanta stations TVSpy spoke with said the same thing: this storm is all about power. Predictions call for ice and wind to bring down power lines and cause major power outages.
Cox owned ABC affiliate WSB, FOX owned station WAGA and Meredith’s CBS affiliate WGCL told us they were in “all-hands on-deck mode” with crews spread out across the Atlanta metro area and staffers working 12-hour shifts to cover the event with wall-to-wall coverage. But what good is all that coverage if no one can see it?
As WSB news director Mike Dreaden told us, Atlanta viewers need to make sure the batteries in their laptops, mobile devices and radios are ready to go. Like WSB, all the stations we spoke to plan on relying on their radio partners and their live streaming ability to keep viewers up-to-date in case the power goes out.
WGCL VP and GM Trey Fabacher said his station is going old school and partnering with talk radio station WGST. The AM radio station has plans to simulcast the CBS affiliate’s continuing breaking news coverage. Read more
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arrival in the New World via The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, Tony Perkins, anchor for Washington, D.C. FOX owned station WTTG, revealed to viewers his love of anything Beatles.
Perkins said he has been a Beatles fan since he was a little kid and showed off his collection of memorabilia. He also told about a personal story involving Ringo and the birth of his son.