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Community Fights WFSB Plan for Doppler Radar Site

doppler radarThe Hartford Courant reports residents who live near WFSB‘s planned Doppler radar site fear the weather tracking system could be bad for their health.

The station wants to move its Doppler radar to Avon Mountain. An attorney for WFSB told The Courant WFSB has to move its current Doppler site because the building that houses it will be torn down in the fall.

According to a report from WFSB, the Doppler radar emits an electromagnetic radiation that is regulated by the federal government because of its potential impact on people’s health. That is what has residents worried, said Glenn Dowd, who lives near where the radar system would go

“It won’t help anyone’s health and it will have a clear impact on property values,” Dowd said. “I’m concerned but pretty much anyone in the near vicinity should be concerned too. WFSB was asked at the hearing how often systems like this are plopped down in the middle of a fairly densely developed residential area and they didn’t have an answer.” Read more

WFSB Employee Involved in Drone Incident Sues Police

WFSB_drone2The WFSB photographer being investigated for using a drone at the site of a Hartford Police investigation has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the department.

According to The Hartford Courant, the lawsuit, filed by Pedro Rivera, alleges Hartford Police violated the fourth amendment rights of the CBS affiliate’s employee after officers detained him, demanded he stop flying his drone and made him leave the area.

Rivera was flying his drone over the site of a fatal crash in which the bodies were still in the vehicle. WFSB has denied it owns or uses drones.

Lt. Brian Foley, commander of the department’s major crimes division, called Rivera’s employer and requested that he be disciplined, the lawsuit alleges. Rivera was suspended for a week without pay as a result and suffered economic loss, it claims. Rivera is employed as a photographer and an editor at WFSB, the lawsuit states. Read more

FAA Investigating Possible Drone Use by WFSB

wfsb_droneThe Hartford Courant reports CBS affiliate WFSB is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration after Hartford police say a station employee flew a drone with a camera attached over the scene of a fatal car crash.

The FAA prohibits the use of drones for commercial purposes.

Klarn DePalma, WFSB vice president and general manager, told The Courant WFSB doesn’t own or use drones.

“The person identified in the police report is a temporary, on-call employee of WFSB,” DePalma told The Courant. “However, he was not working for the station on the day of the incident. He was not assigned to shoot video of the crime scene by WFSB and has never been compensated for any drone video.”

The person operating it, Pedro Rivera, 29, told the officers that he works for WFSB, but was not working that day and that the drone was his personal property. He also said that he feeds video back to WFSB, the report says.

Hartford police told FOX affiliate WTIC the use of drones at crime scenes raises privacy issues along with issues of officer safety adding, “The presence of a drone at a crime scene for journalistic purposes is in violation of FAA regulations.” Read more

Matt Piacente Named VP of News at WVIT

wvit logoMatt Piacente has been named vice president of news at WVIT, the NBC owned station in Hartford-New Haven. His appointment is effective February 10.

Piacente comes from WMAQ, the NBC owned station in Chicago, where he has most recently worked as manager of news and content development. He previously held several roles, including executive producer of news and special projects.

“Matt’s robust experience overseeing breaking news, investigative reports, election coverage and severe weather make him a perfect fit to lead the NBC Connecticut news team,” WVIT general manager Ric Harris said in a statement. “Our viewers look to us to be Connecticut’s first and best choice for local news across all platforms and we are confident that Matt’s vision and leadership will provide viewers exactly what they are looking for from NBC Connecticut.”

Piacente replaces Mike St. Peter, who recently moved within NBC to New England Cable News. More from WVIT after the jump. Read more

Technical Glitch Knocks WTIC Off the Air

wtic_logoTechnical difficulties kept Hartford Fox affiliate WTIC from broadcasting its 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts Monday.

Connecticut is bracing for a winter storm today, with most of the state expecting 5 to 9 inches of snow. The station directed viewers to updates on WTIC’s website from meteorologist Rachel Frank via Facebook and Twitter.

“Station staff is working to make repairs in time for morning news shows,” the station said in a brief statement on its website. The morning newscasts were broadcast as scheduled beginning at 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Olessa Stepanova Joins WCVB From WFSB

olessa stepanovaOlessa Stepanova is joining Boston ABC affiliate WCVB as a traffic reporter for the morning newscast. Stepnova will make her WCVB debut January 13.

“Olessa has a distinctive quality about her. She is very bright, energetic and knowledgeable about the New England area,” WCVB news director Andrew Vrees said in a statement. “She comes with great experience, having covered several major metropolitan areas. We are excited to welcome her here in Boston and at Channel 5.”

Stepanova comes to Boston from Hartford, where she has been the morning traffic reporter at CBS affiliate WFSB since 2011. She was also a fill-in anchor and co-host for “Better Connecticut,” a local lifestyle show.

More from WCVB after the jump. Read more

WTNH Names New Morning, Evening Anchors

ali reed wtnhHartford ABC affiliate WTNH is formally naming two new anchors: Anne Craig is the new evening co-anchor and Ali Reed (pictured) is the new morning co-anchor.

Craig, previously the morning anchor, returned from maternity leave in November. Since her return, she has been filling in on the evening newscast, which was left without a co-anchor when Sonia Baghdady left the station. Reed, previously a reporter at WTNH, filled in on the morning newscast while Craig was on maternity leave.

“We didn’t have to look far to find our two new co-anchors. Their new assignments will allow us to better serve the ever changing needs of our audience,”  WTNH news director Al Carl said in a statement. “Anne’s time on the mornings showed us she would transition nicely to weeknights, and Ali is an excellent journalist who has already made herself a valuable member of the Good Morning Connecticut team.”

More from WTNH after the jump. Read more

Connecticut Anchors Spend More Time with Family for Two Newscasts

WTIC_terziterzi_croppedTony Terzi and his father Al Terzi got to do what many in broadcasting can only dream of, they got to spend more time with family without leaving the station.

The two Terzis anchored the 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. news for Connecticut FOX affiliate WTIC yesterday.

The more tenured Terzi wrote about it on his facebook page, “Very exciting for both of us! I think it’s a first for Connecticut television!”

After the Terzi’s tossed to Meteorologist Rachel Frank for her first weather forecast Frank said, “Terzi and Terzi. I love it here today.”

Al later agreed with his son in a tweet the experience was a dream come true.

Al Terzi spent 14 years at Hartford-New Haven, CT, ABC affiliate WTNH and left rival CBS affiliate WFSB after 28 years in 2012.

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WTNH Lends a Hand to Rival WFSB

Holiday spirit is alive and well in Hartford today as WTNH helps rival WFSB out of a jam:

Here’s How the Hartford Stations Are Handling the Release of the Newtown 911 Tapes

US-CRIME-SCHOOL SHOOTING-FILESHartford-New Haven stations are being cautious about broadcasting the audio from the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting 911 tapes, which were released at 2pmET today after a lengthy court battle.

CBS affiliate WFSB, which said earlier this week it would honor Newtown’s request to stay away on the first anniversary of the shooting, announced on Facebook it would not air the audio of the 911 calls. Same for NBC owned WVIT, which is consistent with the policy NBC News has announced.

“As part of NBC Connecticut’s commitment to treat every story with care and compassion, we have decided NOT to air the 911 calls,” WVIT wrote on Facebook. “Our team of reporters will carefully review them after they are released, but we will not play the recordings on air.”

On the noon newscast today, ABC affiliate WTNH said they plan to “select only non-graphic portions of the tapes for broadcast,” noting anyone who wants to hear the full 911 audio can go to the station’s website.

Fox affiliate WTIC had reporter Louisa Muller describe the 911 calls and also played short clips on its newscasts.

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