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Archives: October 2012

NYC Stations Go Live For Bloomberg Press Conference on Hurricane Sandy

As you may have heard, Hurricane Sandy is taking aim at the Eastern Seaboard and has the potential to merge with a strong cold front coming in from the west, putting the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions in danger of being hit by a “superstorm” (or a “Frankenstorm,” depending on how much you want to get into the Halloween spirit) next week.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a Friday afternoon press conference on the threat, calling Sandy a “large, unpredictable” storm and warning residents to be prepared. The five New York City stations all broke into their respective afternoon programming — “Dr. Phil” on WCBS, “Katie” on WABC, “Steve Harvey” on WNBC, “The People’s Court” on WNYW and “Maury” on WPIX — to broadcast the press conference.  Read more

Sacramento’s KCRA Adds Claire Doan as Reporter

KCRA announced Claire Doan will join its news team as a reporter on the first Monday in December.  Doan comes to the Sacramento NBC affiliate from Tucson’s ABC affiliate,  KGUN.

Doan, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, said in a statement, “I am excited about returning to Northern California to join the KCRA family and work with an amazing team of journalists who set the bar high as the market news leader.”

Doan is the recipient of an Emmy award for her reporting as well as a regional Edward R. Murrow award for her coverage of Jared Lee Loughner, who killed six people and injured 14 in an attempted assassination of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

“We are excited to have Claire on board here at KCRA,” said Lori Waldon, KCRA 3 news director.  “She is a strong, passionate reporter who likes to dig for compelling stories. Claire is a great addition to our excellent team of reporters.”

KXTV’s Dale Schornack, Cristina Mendonsa Mark 15 Years On the Air Together

KXTV evening anchors Dale Schornack and Cristina Mendonsa are celebrating 15 years on the air together at the Sacramento ABC affiliate.  “I knew it was going to be a good partnership from the beginning, basically,” Mendonsa said in a tribute segment that aired Thursday night (video above).

“It was like, wow. That was the first newscast of the rest of our careers, and it felt really good,” Schornack recalled.  Read more

Tom Canedo Named GM of Detroit’s WWJ

Tom Canedo has been named vice president and general manager of Detroit CBS O&O, WWJ.  Canedo comes from WUPA, the CBS owned CW affiliate in Atlanta.

“Tom has done a great job of leading our efforts to make WUPA one of the most successful CW stations in the country,” said Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations. “We value his experience and leadership skills and know that they will serve him well as he takes on the responsibility of managing our Detroit stations.”

Canedo succeeds Trey Fabacher who left WWJ to helm Meredith’s WGCL in Atlanta. Read more

WSAZ Reporter Let Go After DUI Arrest

Reporter Randy Yohe was let go from WSAZ after he was arrested on Saturday morning for DUI and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

“I was let go (Wednesday),” Yohe told the Portsmouth Daily Times. “It was a seriously bad decision. It’s the first time anything like this has ever happened to me — and it will be the last. I’m embarrassed, humiliated and deeply sorry.”

According to a story on the WSAZ website, Yohe was stopped after running a stop sign in Coal Grove, Ohio at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. Police found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and an open container of “an alcoholic beverage” in his car, according to the Huntington-Charleston NBC affiliate. Read more

WWL in New Orleans Unveils New Set

Viewers of WWL in New Orleans may have noticed a new look to the station.  The Belo owned CBS affiliate has a new set designed by FX Design Group.

In keeping with the sets FX Design Group built for CBS O&O WCCO in Minneapolis and CBS affiliate WBNS in Columbus, WWL’s new set makes use of windows, brick, and frosted plexiglass to add depth.

The station has a gallery of photos showing the anchors rehearsing on the set [click here to view], plus a 360 interactive video walk through [click here to view].  After the jump you can see a few images from Newscast Studio’s website Read more

Former KTLA Reporter David Begnaud Reflects on Moving Away From Traditional Newscasts

Our sister site FishbowlLA interviews former KTLA reporter David Begnaud about his latest career move to Larry King‘s new home, online network Ora TV. Begnaud talks about making the jump from traditional television:

“For me, the tough part, always, was getting breaking news and then having to wait for the evening newscast. I met Larry King and his executive producer Wendy Walker, and she asked me if I wanted to bring my dream, vision of a breaking news show to Ora. It was definitely a big risk to move from ten years in traditional TV to online.”

The program is entirely elastic, with Begnaud and his team doing as many daily short blasts as the news dictates. “We’ve done five, we’ve done seven, we’ve done close to ten in a day,” he explains.  Read more

TV Jobs: WRNN, KCWY, KERO

This week, WRNN is hiring a traffic coordinator, while KCWY needs a head director. KERO is seeking an account executive, and KEPR is on the hunt for an anchor/reporter. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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WFLD Defamation Lawsuit Can Continue, Illinois Appeals Court Rules

An Illinois appeals court has ruled that a defamation lawsuit against Chicago Fox O&O WFLD and Fox Television can continue. The defamation lawsuit stems from a series of reports that the station did in May 2010 on spotlighting four judges, including James Ryan, who had been leaving the courthouse “well before the end of the business day,” according to court documents. The Hollywood Reporter has details:

The Fox investigation included logs from the sheriff’s office showing that courtrooms were closing earlier than they should have been, hidden cameras showing judges leaving early, an on-scene reporting, such as one reporter who found a judge sunbathing outside of her home at 2 pm.

But the report also had an error. The Fox station identified Judge Ryan as being one of the judges who left work earlier. In the report, the station showed his house and car in the driveway during work hours. Unfortunately, the house and car belonged to his neighbor.

Ryan filed a $28 million lawsuit accusing WFLD and Fox Television of defamation, false light, infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy by intrusion. Fox Television filed a motion to dismiss the complaint on the grounds that it was an infringement of free speech.  Read more

Pew Study Shows Local TV Trails Cable as Source for Campaign News

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism just released a study showing 38% of Americans get their campaign news from local TV.  Cable News leads the field with 41% while the internet ranked just below local news with 36%.

However, local TV was not viewed as being all that helpful for digging deep into an election issue.  Asked to name which outlets were seen as “most helpful”, only 11% of those polled chose local TV.  Cable again led the field with 24% choosing it as the place to go to get more information.

After the jump you can view the numbers ranking the major media sources: TV, Internet, Print, Radio and Social Media.  There’s also an interesting graph showing the change in habits since January of 2000. Read more

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