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Phoenix Producer Tweets She’s ‘Thankful’ For ‘Drunk Dude’ Driving Into a House

KSAZ morning news producer Juliana Vasquez let everyone know she was having a slow news morning at the Phoenix FOX owned station when she tweeted on her personal account she was “thankful that some drunk dude drivers (sic) into a house” because she needed the news.

Arizona blog Down and Drought first reported about the tweet and captured a screengrab.

Mark Rodman vice president and GM of KSAZ said in a statement, “This is unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated.”

It appears her twitter page has been deleted. Sources tell TVSpy Vasquez has been reprimanded but what that means exactly is still unclear. We’ll keep you posted.

[Down and Drought]

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Tribune Announces New Morning Executive Producer for WPIX

wpixlogo_304Zev Shalev will join Tribune’s New York CW affiliate WPIX as executive producer for the morning news.

“Zev is a great fit for our news management team,” said Mark Effron, WPIX vice president and news director. “He has proven skills as an executive producer and a strong news background. I’m thrilled he is joining our team as we continue to evolve PIX11 News.”

Shalev, who starts at WPIX Monday, comes from Fuse Network, where he was credited with creating “Fuse News” the networks multi-platform news service. He was co-creator and executive producer for “The Nate Berkus” show and executive producer of “The Early Show” for CBS News. He has also served as EP for “Entertainment Tonight” Canada, Toronto 1, and CTV’s “Canada AM.”

VIDEO: WBNG Producer Enters Wrestling Ring

Bryan Mercer faces a lot of challenges in producing the 6 p.m. newscast for WBNG in Binghamton, NY, but it’s safe to say that none quite compare to what he faced recently at a local wrestling match.

WBNG is now producing regular coverage of the local Xcite Wrestling series and Mercer got in on the action at a recent match (video above).