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Cleveland Anchor Remembers Time as Extra in ‘A Christmas Story’


Cleveland FOX anchor Stefani Schaefer talked about her time as an extra for the iconic Christmas movie, “A Christmas Story.”

While the WJW anchor doesn’t share any stories about the leg lamp, she does say she and her brother were invited to be in the movie after the talent agency they belonged to sent their pictures to producers. Later, her parents were also included in the film.

Schaefer said despite only being in a couple of scenes, she learned a lot about the amount of work that goes into movie making.

“We shot that scene of all the kids up on that stairwell going to see Santa for a long time, and when you finally see the final production of the movie, it’s not on there that long. You learn that you have to be patient, that work takes a long time, especially something like that; that a lot goes into something, but it was just a great experience for us, and we all got little checks at the end so it was great!” Read more

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Soon-To-Be-Former Mrs. Clint Eastwood Back at KSBW

ruiz_eastwoodDina Eastwood, who met her more famous husband Clint while she was a news anchor at the Salinas-Monterey NBC affiliate KSBW, is back where she started.

According to TMZ, Eastwood, who anchored at KSBW from 1991 until 1996 as Dina Ruiz, will begin a two week stint anchoring the 5:00 p.m. news.

The station announced the move on its facebook page, “Dina Ruiz Eastwood is co-anchoring the 5 p.m. news this week on KSBW Action News 8 with Dan Green! Click ‘like’ to welcome her back. ”

Ruiz met Eastwood while interviewing him in 1992. She filed for divorce last month.

KSBW news director Lawton Dodd told TMZ, Eastwood will “come back from time to time” after sweeps.

St. Louis Man Dies Morning Before KSDK Airs Investigative Story About Him

ksdkSt. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK had to cancel plans to air an investigative report about a local contractor after the man died the morning before the story about him was supposed to air.

The Gannett owned station announced the death on its 10:00 p.m. news on Monday. “The man who was the subject of a “Five On Your Side” investigation scheduled to air tonight has been found dead in his Town and Country home,” read KSDK anchor Mike Bush. “Police say Jamie Hart, owner of Castle Rock Remodeling was found this morning. Out of respect for his family and colleagues, details of our story will air at a later time.”

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Town and Country, MO, police said they found no signs of foul play and the St. Louis Medical Examiner’s office said Hart didn’t die of a heart attack and had no signs of trauma on his body.

Two years ago Hart, 40, lost a suit he brought against the Better Business Bureau of Greater St. Louis for libel and tortious interference, claiming the “BBB manipulated its standards, treated it differently than other business, and insincerely and maliciously gave it a “C” rating, rather than the higher rating it claims it deserved.”

The station wouldn’t comment on the story’s content. A station spokesperson referred TVSpy to the on-air statement and added the report would be aired sometime in the future.

Should WUSA Have Aired Footage of Crew Attack?

bye_wusa_304After WUSA reporter Bruce Johnson and photographer Danielle Gill were attacked covering a home invasion earlier this week, the CBS affiliate aired reported on the incident. Noting that the woman in the video has not yet been identified — and therefore could have been one of the victims of the home invasion –The Washington Post wonders if the story should have aired at all:

Johnson says he doesn’t know the identity of the woman who attacked him or the circumstances that led her to the townhouse in which D.C. police said four armed men held eight people hostage and assaulted three of them. Neither does his boss, WUSA news director Fred D’Ambrosi.

Which leaves open the question: Was the woman one of the victims? Considering that most media organizations won’t identify survivors of violent crimes, out of concern for their privacy and safety, did TV crews cross a line in recording her and airing the footage?

[...] “If the definition of news is something unusual happening, this was certainly something unusual,” D’Ambrosi said. Read more

WTMJ Apologizes For Report Alleging Police Misconduct

wtmj_surveillance_304Five months after a sensationalized promo for a Sweeps story, Milwaukee NBC affiliate WTMJ has apologized to a police officer featured in the promo.

WTMJ promoted an “explosive I-team investigation months in the making” by showing surveillance video of police officer Matthew Knight at an ATM with a man. The promo copy reads: “A Milwaukee police officer taking a man’s cash out of an ATM. Then walking off with that cash in hand. What’s really going on? The Milwaukee police department has some explaining to do.” (Video of the promo is after the jump.)

The police officer in the surveillance video was cleared of wrongdoing in March, two months before WTMJ aired the story. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Duane Dudek reports that during Tuesday’s 5 pm newscast, anchor Mike Jacobs read the following statement:

We strive for accuracy in our reporting. But despite our best efforts, when we do get a story wrong, we owe it to you to stand corrected. Earlier this year, our reporting and promotion of a story involving Matthew Knight, a Milwaukee police officer, left the wrong impression that Officer Knight was involved in inappropriate or wrongful behavior. He was not. Read more

WTMJ In Hot Water with Local Police Over Promotion of Sweeps Story

A story Milwaukee NBC affiliate WTMJ promoted for sweeps as “an explosive I-Team investigation months in the making” about a Milwaukee police officer taking money from a man at an ATM has landed the station in hot water with the Milwaukee police chief.

“People deserve to know the truth,” said Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn in a press conference the morning before the story aired. “And I have no confidence that that truth will be known watching this TV story’s coverage of its own sweeps story.”

The promo (above) shows surveillance video of a Milwaukee police officer at an ATM with a man in February.  The promo copy says, “It’s the video that has everyone talking. A Milwaukee police officer taking a man’s cash out of an ATM. Then walking off with that cash in hand. What’s really going on? The Milwaukee police department has some explaining to do.” Read more

Dog Riding Monkeys Race Through WXIN

Indianapolis FOX affiliate WXIN entered YouTube territory during its morning news show yesterday.

While promoting Saturday’s Professional Bull Riders event in Indianapolis, the station was visited by Megan and Sam, two Pop Tart eating Border Collie riding Capuchin monkeys who make up “Team Ghost Riders.”

WXIN anchor Angela Ganote introduced the pair along with trainer Tim ‘Wild Thang’ Lepard. The monkeys the showed their stuff by racing up and down one of the station hallways. Megan and her steed crossed the line first, helped by the fact they only raced halfway and then turned around while Sam dutifully ran the whole route. You can watch the video after the jump. Read more

KSTP Airs Meteorologist’s Skin Cancer Surgery

Longtime KSTP chief meteorologist Dave Dahl invited cameras into the operating room as he underwent surgery to remove spots on his chest and leg that had been diagnosed as non-melanoma skin cancer.

Dahl, whose career has been dedicated to keeping viewers informed about potentially dangerous weather, used his skin cancer surgery as an opportunity to raise awareness about the dangers of sun exposure.

“It’s scary,” Dahl told reporter Joe Mazan. “It’s just one of those things like, ‘Wow.’ You never thought it would happen to you” (video inside). Read more

WCCO Finally Issues Statement on Dog Meat Story: ‘We Now Believe He Said Duck’

After spending three weeks acting as if the story had never aired, WCCO quietly issued an “Editor’s Note” last week about its notorious Chinatown dog meat story.

Here’s the note, which was posted to the station’s website…

On Oct. 31, WCCO aired a story during our 10 p.m. news about a dog breeder who was found to have sold nearly 1,400 dogs after her USDA license to sell was terminated in August 2010.

While investigating where those dogs ended up, we discovered an address where, on 12 separate occasions over a period of approximately a year, a total of 168 dogs were shipped. At that address in New York, we found two business establishments including a market. During our visit we found no evidence of the dogs. Read more

While Reporting on Mortgage Fraud For KLAS, George Knapp Discovers He Was A Victim

KLAS chief investigative reporter George Knapp made a disturbing discovery while reporting on Nevada mortgage fraud for “Desert Underwater,” the station’s series for sweeps: he was a victim of the very mortgage fraud he investigated.

As part of his reporting, Knapp interviewed a foreclosure attorney who told him that many people who purchase homes out of foreclosure have fraudulent paperwork associated with their chain of title. Read more

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