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Archives: November 2012

Cat Walks Through Univision Miami Weather Forecast

Eduardo Rodriguez, weathercaster for Miami Univision station WLTV, had a furry visitor during his 11 p.m. weather forecast on Friday.

According to Univision’s youtube page, the station’s parking lot is home to several cats and this one just happened to wander onto the set mid-forecast for what looked like a swim through the Gulf of Mexico before taking a sniff of The Bahamas.  The feline cameo was punctuated by laughter from the talent and crew off-camera while Rodriguez steadily continued on.

[buzzfeed]

Libel Lawsuit Between WCMH Meteorologists Settled

A libel lawsuit between two meteorologists at WCMH in Columbus has been settled, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Bob Nunnally sued chief meteorologist Jym Ganahl earlier this month, alleging that Ganahl and “an unknown individual or individuals” made false statements that hurt Nunnally professionally and caused him to be exposed to “ridicule, hatred or contempt.”

The Dispatch reports that court records state a settlement has been reached, but do not offer further details. Both meteorologists are veterans of the Columbus NBC affiliate: Ganahl joined the station in 1979 and Nunnally joined the station in 1996.

WLS Names Curtis Miles VP of Creative Services

Curtis Miles will join Chicago ABC O&O, WLS, as vice president of creative services and local programming.

Miles, who replaces former creative services VP Tom Hebel, comes to WLS from ABC owned WTVD in Raleigh-Durham, NC.  WLS general manager John Idler came to WLS from WTVD in June.

“Curtis has been a tremendous asset for WTVD and we are excited to welcome him to the ABC 7 team,” said Idler. “I’ve worked with Curtis for many years and have been able to observe first-hand his outstanding creative instincts, his keen ability to advance a television stations brand and his leadership within the station.”

[Broadcasting & Cable]

Local Stations Get Noticed for Investigative Reporting

TVNewsCheck’s Diana Marszalek shined a light on some local stations for stories, to paraphrase her headline, that uncover the scary, the dangerous and the nasty.

Marszalek’s post pointed out Jeremy Finley, a reporter for Nashville NBC affiliate WSMV, for his story on possible security breaches at the Nashville airport and Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR for its story about Indiana inmates taking advantage of prison policies allowing them early release.  The article also highlights Birmingham, AL, CBS affiliate WIAT (pictured) for its report on the effect industrial pollution is having on a North Birmingham low-income neighborhood and WJBK, the FOX O&O in Detroit for revealing the practice of recycling used mattresses, then selling them as custom made.

“I think local news has a bad rap among purists,” Marszalek told TVSpy.  “But how can you not be impressed with an effort like WIAT’s in Birmingham? That project is huge for a news department of its size. And then there are stories like the one Jeremy Finley did on Nashville Airport employees bypassing screening, which really exposes a national issue. We all have to partially undress to get through security and thousands of people swipe a badge? That’s crazy stuff.”

You can read the entire article by clicking here.

Philly.com Posts Naked Photo of John Bolaris’ Fiancée, Blames ‘production glitch’

Former Philadelphia meteorologist John Bolaris is making headlines again after his fiancée, former Playboy model Erica Smitheman, took control of his Twitter account Sunday.

Philadelphia Daily NewsDan Gross, who frequently reports on the more sordid details of Bolaris’ escapades, reached out to Smitheman for comment:

“I am tweeting, he is sleeping. I am drinkinking and can’t take the haters! Lol,” she replied, later saying it was Pinot Grigio she had been drinking. Smitheman, who posed nude in a few Playboy special-edition magazines more than a decade ago, did not post any nude images, although she did tweet a lingerie shot from Playboy and several new bikini pics. Read more

Eva Pilgrim Moving to Philadelphia’s WPVI

Eva Pilgrim, anchor/reporter for the Indianapolis FOX affiliate, WXIN, will be joining Philadelphia’s ABC Affiliate WPVI.

Pilgrim announced the move on her blog saying in part,

“I’m moving. Wednesday is my last day=( I’m taking an anchor/reporter job in Philadelphia at WPVI, the ABC O&O station there. I am excited to get back to the east coast near family and friends… but the move isn’t an easy one for me.”

WXIN news director Lee Rosenthal posted a farewell to Eva on his twitter page, saying “So proud & happy for a great @fox59 talent & an even better person, we’ll miss u @evapilgrim but we wish you the best!”  You can also view a screen grab of the tweet after the jump. Read more

NBC Universal Awards $1.2M in Grants to Non-Profits Selected by O&Os

The NBC Universal Foundation is awarding $1.2 million in grants to 30 local non-profits across the country. The grants — awarded in the 10 markets where NBC owns and operates local stations — are designed to support “high-impact, progressive programs.”

NBC accepted applications throughout the summer in the categories of arts and media, civic engagement, community development, education, environment, jobs and economic empowerment and technology. Each NBC-owned station promoted the grant program and created a panel to review and select one winner and two runners-up.

“Local television stations have a unique opportunity to connect with the communities they serve to identify some of the most pressing social challenges that local residents face,” said Valari Staab, president of the NBC O&Os. “Our local stations are thrilled to support innovative programs that are generating positive change and making a difference.”

The full list of winners is after the jump. Read more

Mail Truck Blocks Christmas Tree Lighting in Boise

The newsroom at Idaho Falls ABC affiliate KIFI had just gotten in some videotape of the Christmas tree lighting at the State Capitol in Boise just before the end of the 6pm news last night. As the anchors played the tape, with the countdown of “3, 2, 1…” a USPS truck drove right in front of the tree.

Here’s the video

Citing a Slowdown in Advertising Revenue, KING Scraps Weekly Political Affairs Program

Seattle NBC affiliate KING has announced the cancellation of “Up Front with Robert Mak,” the station’s weekly political affairs program. The show’s last broadcast will be Sunday.

KING executive news director Mark Ginther said that a slowdown in advertising revenue has forced the station to make cuts throughout the newsroom. Seven newsroom positions were eliminated last month “through layoffs and the elimination of several already vacant positions,” the station says.

Mak (pictured) will continue to lead the station’s political coverage, and the show’s producer, Mike Cate, will continue to produce politics.

“We will continue the award-winning coverage we have given to political and public interest programming in our more than eight and a half hours of local news and, from time to time, we will run Up Front as specials when events demand,” KING general manager Ray Heacox said in a statement.

Fisher Broadcasting to Buy KMTR, Create Duopoly

Fisher Broadcasting has agreed to purchase the Eugene, OR, NBC affiliate, KMTR, from Newport Television for $8.5 million.

The deal will make Fisher the owner of both the NBC affiliate (KMTR) and the CBS affiliate (KVAL) in the Eugene market and also includes a shared services agreement with Roberts Media.

Newport has been selling off its stations since Providence Equity Partners, the private investment firm that owns Newport Television, announced its plan in March to sell off Newport’s 56 stations.

The deal is pending FCC approval.

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