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Archives: November 2012

Learn From Top TV Experts at AllFacebook Marketing Conference

Learn from the marketing and branding strategies of executives at ESPN, HBO, TV Guide Magazine at Mediabistro’s AllFacebook Marketing Conference, next Tuesday and Wednesday in New York City.

The opportunity to be in the same room as top media executives and learn from their strategies doesn’t come around often. Our events will explore the full spectrum of technical and business opportunities both within and beyond the realm of social media, television, and marketing.

Prices increase onsite, so purchase your pass before Monday, December 3.

You’ll discuss which social media platform holds the most opportunity in 2013 and the practices that marketers and brands are adopting to generate engagement, increase awareness, and reach their key demographics. You’ll also be able to pitch questions to our speakers using the hashtag #AllFacebookConf.

View the full speaker roster here.

Remember to register before Monday! You’ll also save big (almost $600) when you register for additional access to Inside Social Apps and Media App Summit, both on December 3, with a Super Combo Pass. Learn more here.

After Soliciting Viewer Feedback on Twitter, WUSA News Director Bans Lindsay Lohan Story

After the news of another Lindsay Lohan arrest this morning, WUSA news director Fred D’Ambrosi decided he wasn’t interested in covering another story about the troubled starlet.

The station retweeted D’Ambrosi’s tweet, asking for feedback, and after a positive response D’Ambrosi decided to go through with it.

D’Ambrosi said the ban is just for today, saying you “never know what (Lohan) will do next!”

TV Jobs: WRNN, KRON, News 12 The Bronx

This week, WRNN is hiring a line producer, as well as a director. Meanwhile, KRON needs an executive producer, and News 12 The Bronx is on the hunt for a manager of studio operations. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great TV jobs on the TVSpy job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented TVSpy pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

Lohan Arrest Dominates NYC’s Morning Newscasts

New York stations were prepping their morning newscasts Thursday morning when Lindsay Lohan was arrested in Chelsea for allegedly assaulting a woman at a nightclub shortly after 4amET.

WCBS and WABC both reported the news at 5:33 a.m. WCBS reported the actress was “being questioned in an altercation.” WBAC reported Lohan has been arrested and said a WABC crew was on the way to the police station.

WNBC and WNYW both reported the news at 5:41 a.m., with WNBC citing TMZ. WPIX, reporting the news at 5:42 a.m., already had Mike Gilliam live from the 10th precinct in Chelsea, the first reporter on the scene. Read more

WGNO Names Hank Allen Chief Meteorologist, Hires Jeff Robbins From WPMT

Hank Allen (pictured) has been promoted to chief meteorologist at WGNO, the ABC affiliate in New Orleans. Allen’s new role is effective January 1.

“Hank has been an integral part of our weather team. Hank doesn’t scare viewers with doomsday weather forecasts,” news director Rick Erbach said in a statement. “He’s a straight shooter and he does what it takes to calmly walk viewers through severe weather events.”

Allen, who joined the station in 2007, will continue in his role as the meteorologist for the morning and 11 a.m. newscasts. He replaces Bruce Katz, who left WGNO for rival WVUE last month.

WGNO also announced the hire of meteorologist Jeff Robbins. Robbins moves to New Orleans from Harrisburg, Pa., where he worked at Fox affiliate WPMT. He begins December 2 as the meteorologist for “News with a Twist,” WGNO’s 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts, and the 10 p.m. newscast. Read more

Are Drones the Next Must-Have Newsroom Tool?

Drones are normally associated with military operations, but RTDNA chairman Vincent Duffy says the unmanned aircraft may also have a place in the future of journalism. Drones can provide aerial pictures and video — like the kind shown in the video above, from Deadline Detroit’s Bill McGraw — for much cheaper than helicopters:

You won’t be able to drop missiles on the broadcast towers of your competition, but you will be able to get amazing pictures and video you can use to supplement your news stories.

Remote controlled flying machines are nothing new, but their capabilities are significantly increasing while their costs are significantly decreasing, and journalists are starting to experiment with the technology. Read more

Gannett Warns Viewers of Possible DirecTV Blackout

Gannett Broadcasting and DirecTV are continuing negotiations toward a new retransmission deal ahead of the November 30 deadline.

Gannett said in a statement that the company will continue to work with DirecTV “right up to the deadline.” The station began running crawls and PSAs on its 23 stations informing viewers of a possible blackout.

“Over the past weeks, we have been in intense negotiations with DirecTV to reach a fair, market-based deal,” the statement reads. “Gannett has never had service disruption with a major carrier. However, with the Nov. 30 deadline approaching, we have a responsibility to inform our viewers of the possibility of a signal disruption, which is why we have begun running crawls and PSAs on our stations.”

DirecTV also issued a statement, noting the company hopes “Gannett will not resort to any unnecessary blackout.” Read more

Steve Nunez Joins KSWT as News Director

Steve Nunez has joined KSWT as news director.

Nunez confirmed with TVSpy he started at the Yuma, AZ, CBS affiliate last week.

The former KGUN morning anchor was let go from the Tucson ABC affiliate in September after one year on the desk.  He began his career with KGUN as an intern in 1993.

PHOTO: WPLG Anchors Pout About PowerBall

The morning news crew for Miami ABC affiliate, WPLG, posted this picture to their facebook page displaying their displeasure with not winning last night’s $587.5 million dollar Powerball drawing.

Powerball is played in 42 states plus Washington, D.C. and the Virgin Islands so TVSpy is pretty sure similar scenes were played out in newsrooms across the U.S.

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WXIX Boosts Facebook Likes With Offer to Share Powerball Winnings

The winning tickets in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing were in Arizona and Missouri, leaving some Facebook fans of Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX very unhappy.

The station posted a picture of its lottery tickets for Wednesday’s $587 million Powerball drawing. “If Fox19 WINS … YOU WIN!!! LIKE & SHARE this pic, if one of these numbers wins the Jackpot tonight, we’ll split it with you!” WXIX posted. “Everyone who LIKES and SHARES this pic will get a SHARE if we win the Jackpot!”

The post currently has more than 192,000 likes and 327,000 shares, some of which happened after the winning numbers were announced. Read more

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