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Archives: September 2009

Boston’s Wahle Back at Anchor Desk for Tom Cruise Flick

The Boston Globe

Scott Wahle After 30 years on television, Scott Wahle knows what to do when the camera rolls. That’s probably why Boston Casting called the former WBZ-TV anchor when they needed someone to play a TV newsman in the Tom Cruise/ Cameron Diaz movie.

“It all happened in about 48 hours,” said Wahle, who was cashiered by the CBS-owned affiliate in May 2008. “I got the call, I auditioned, and then they called me and said I had the part.”

Wahle plays an MSNBC newsman reporting on the spectacular crash of a jetliner. Wahle, who’s done some stage work with the Reagle Players but never been in a movie, was told he’d have one line, but when he got to the set discovered he had a whole paragraph. “And then they said, ‘We’re shooting in five minutes,’” he said, laughing. “I had to learn it as fast I could. It was like I was a reporter again — I’ve got a live shot in five minutes.” More…

Nielsen Adds Internet Behavior to TV Audience Profiles


Nielsen logo In another step toward the integration of online and television, TV ratings researcher Nielsen Co. has informed its clients that it is adding new sample characteristics to its ratings software that will enable advertisers, agencies and media companies to identify the composition of TV audiences based on their household Internet connection speed, persons Internet usage, whether the households are “telephone-capable,” and whether the households play video games.

Nielsen said the data, which will be available alongside conventional demographic sample characteristic descriptors as age, gender, and ethnicity, would be used by clients to “better understand who is viewing in order to optimize advertising campaigns.”

Nielsen said it has been collecting the Internet and gaming characteristics data in its national people meter sample, but had not provided them in its regular reporting until now, because some clients have requested that they be made available. More…

Bound for Atlanta, Rodney Harris Waves Goodbye to KBTX


Rodney Harris, KBTX Rodney Harris is departing KBTX, the Brazos Valley, Texas station where he has been the weather anchor for over three years. Starting Monday, Harris will produce the weather reports for WGCL, the CBS-affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia.

Harris began working at KBTX in the summer of 2004, behind the scenes as a master control operator. He started on the air in July 2006, and reported on the weather for News 3′s morning show, “Brazos Valley This Morning,” and the noon newscast.

The KBTX team said it feels proud to add Harris to a growing list of anchors who worked in Brazos Valley before moving on to other major stations and markets, including former CNN meteorologist Orelon Sidney, KTRK‘s Travis Herzog, Jeff Jamison at CBS11 in Dallas, and Troy Kimmel at KEYE in Austin.

Harris’ destination, WGCL, is owned by Meredith Corporation, and serves 32 counties in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

“While I’m very excited about this new opportunity and the new challenges it will bring, there is obviously a great deal of sadness in my departure from not only News 3, but the Brazos Valley,” says Harris in a blog entry. Harris also thanked KBTX General Manager, Mike Wright, who he says “welcomed me into this community and constantly motivated excellence as an only option, while creating an environment that has simply amounted to a second home.”

Website for Student Sports Coverage Partners with TV Stations


GrandStadium.TV GrandStadium.TV, a website featuring high school sports coverage from high school students, is teaming up with CatchitKansas, KWCH, KHQ and KSTC to broadcast local sports. Students from participating high schools will have the opportunity to produce and shoot coverage of local games and tournaments, under the guidance of their journalism teachers. The partnering stations will then broadcast a portion of the coverage, and GrandStadium.TV will provide the rest on a pay-per-view basis.

In the past, GrandStadium has worked with students, athletes, and faculty in the Kansas High School Association, as well as the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL).

“As the broadcast home of Minnesota championship tournament coverage, we’re pleased to be able to offer free webcasting of the many high school sports and activities sponsored by the MSHSL,” says Susan Wenz, Station Manager of KSTC. “The precision, skill and enthusiasm from these students and their advisors showed us the power of their commitment and dedication.”

“Our joint broadcast journalism initiative enables schools throughout Minnesota to utilize the expertise of our two partners as students are trained to webcast regular-season games and school activities to their own world community,” says Dave Stead, the Minnesota State High School League Executive Director.

In Amarillo, Newspaper, TV Station Agree to Share Content

Editor & Publisher

KFDA logo The Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News and KFDA NewsChannel 10 on Monday launched an extensive content-sharing partnership that goes far beyond the normal sneak peeks at “tomorrow’s headlines” and featuring the TV meteorologist on the weather page.

Morris Publishing LLC-owned Globe-News will provide obituaries and an RSS feed of headlines for the KFDA Web site, in addition to sharing its Spotted technology that allows users to upload and share photographs online.

The Globe-News’ Web site will include KFDA video coverage of high school football games for the newspaper’s high school football site,

The partnership will include the traditional weather sharing, as well: KFDA, a CBS affiliate, will provide the newspaper’s daily weather information More…

MyNetworkTV Exits Ratings Game


MyNetworkTV logo Now that it’s no longer a network, MyNetworkTV is out of the nightly ratings game.

Nielsen informed its clients Tuesday that MyNetworkTV has stopped supplying program information to its daily reporting service effective this week.

Instead, MyNetworkTV will now receive its numbers as part of the weekly syndication ratings report, which is released every Tuesday.

Move comes as MyNet officially morphed on Monday from a network into a programming service, airing off-net programming and movies as well as “WWE Smackdown” on Fridays.

Twentieth Television, which runs the programming service, will continue to sell MyNet’s ad time based on those syndie numbers. More…

Emmy Win ‘Bittersweet’ for Laid-Off Minneapolis Anchor


Jeanette Trompeter, WCCO A “bittersweet night” is how Jeanette Trompeter describes her experience at Saturday’s Upper Midwest Emmy Awards where she snagged the award for best anchor, tying with KARE‘s Kim Insley. Trompeter won thanks to her anchor duties at WCCO-TV, Channel 4–the station that laid her off in March.

“I was surprised to be nominated and even more surprised to win,” said Trompeter, who won an Emmy in the same category last year. “And Kim was incredibly gracious, giving me kudos during her speech.”

Trompeter says at first she had no intentions of going to the event.

“I thought it would be weird or kind of sad,” she said. ” And then some friends encouraged me to go. The more I thought about it, I thought it would be a good opportunity to see everybody again in one place.” More…

Dan Rather Loses $70 Million Lawsuit Against CBS


Dan Rather A New York state appeals court on Tuesday dismissed former TV newsman Dan Rather‘s lawsuit against CBS Corp in which Rather claimed he was made a scapegoat in a scandal over a 2004 report on then-President George W. Bush‘s military record.

The ruling by a panel of judges of the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division said Rather’s $70 million complaint should be dismissed in its entirety and that a lower court erred in denying CBS’s motion to throw out the lawsuit.

CBS said it considered the legal fight “effectively over” and put an end to its public dispute with one of America’s most influential broadcast journalists, who followed the legendary Walter Cronkite as the CBS Evening News anchor.

Rather’s lawyer, Martin Gold, said he planned to appeal. More…

El Paso Officer Cleared of Charges Surrounding Arrest of KVIA Crew


Darren Hunt, KVIA arrest An El Paso civilian review board cleared Officer Raul Ramirez of an excessive force charge regarding the April arrest of two KVIA newsmen. The review board met on Sept. 24 and made its recommendations after interviewing Ramirez and reviewing documents. The board’s report, issued Wednesday, found that calling Ramirez’s conduct “unlawful” was inaccurate, and instead ruled that his actions were “unprofessional.”

KVIA reporter Darren Hunt and cameraman Ric Dupont were at the scene of an overturned tractor trailer on April 20th, when they were arrested for “interfering with public duties.” The board considers this probable cause, given reports that Dupont and Hunt had been asked to move multiple times because their truck and equipment were interfering with rescue operations. Ultimately, the board found that Ramirez, “upset over the situation,” acted unprofessionally after taking Hunt into custody. (Video of arrest here)

Civilian review boards are rarely used in El Paso. The six-member panel was made up of KDBC News Director Scott Pickey, KINT News Director Zoltan Csanyi, El Paso Times Publisher Ray Stafford, lawyers Jack T. Chapman and Kevin E. Shannon and former news reporter and Sheriff’s Department public information officer, Rick Glancey.

Officer Ramirez, who was demoted from sergeant to officer and suspended in May for slapping a student in the process of arresting him during a fight near a school last November, will be suspended for 11 days as a result of the board’s findings.

Shelly Palmer’s MediaBytes

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