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WDRB GM Apologizes for Calling Newspaper Poll Rigged


Bill Lamb, GM of Louisville, KY, FOX affiliate WDRB, has issued what he says is an apology for implying a local newspaper rigged its recent poll about the Kentucky Senate race.

“To suggest that the Courier rigged its poll is wrong and I’d like to apologize,” said Lamb in his editorial. “What I meant to say, much better than I did, was that when any organization with an agenda pays for a poll, pays for a study, we should always take that with a grain of salt.”

Lamb said he stood by his “very obvious opinion” that the Courier-Journal is a biased news organization. He added that he thinks the paper is proud of its slant and most probably won’t be offended by him saying so.

Lamb came under fire when he said the Louisville Courier-Journal, a paper he called “ultra-liberal” had rigged a poll about where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stood against his democratic challenger in the Kentucky Senate race.

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WDRB General Manager Questions Credibility of Courier-Journal Poll

bill lamb wdrb point of viewBill Lamb, the general manager at Louisville Fox affiliate WDRB, is under fire for implying in an on-air editorial (video after the jump) that a poll about Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell was “rigged” by the “ultra-liberal” Louisville Courier-Journal. Lamb said the poll — which was conducted by SurveyUSA for The Courier-JournalThe Lexington Herald and two of WDRB’s rival stations, WHAS and WKYT — “not surprisingly” finds McConnell, the incumbent Republican, trailing challenger Alison Grimes 46 to 42 in the U.S. Senate race.

James Miller of WFPL, Louisville’s NPR station, penned a column on the editorial, writing Lamb’s conclusions “are not backed with facts” (links are from the original column): Read more

WDRB Adds Print Reporters Jason Riley and Marcus Green

WDRB has hired two more reporters from the Courier-Journal. Jason Riley and Marcus Green officially join the Louisville Fox affiliate next week.

“We at WDRB are pleased to welcome two of the most accomplished print journalists in Louisville. They will give Louisville area television viewers access to a new level of in-depth investigative journalism that has simply never been available from a television station before now,” WDRB general manager Bill Lamb said in a statement.

Both reporters will write for the station’s website and make the occasional appearance on the air. They will be reunited with former Journal-Courier colleagues Rick Bozich and Eric Crawford, who joined WDRB in June.

WDRB Explains Why It Thinks ‘Breaking News’ is Broken

This week’s post about Louisville FOX affiliate WDRB‘s decision to curtail its use of the term “Breaking News” collected a lot of facebook likes and stirred up a lot of discussion.

Monday, the station began airing a promo saying, “You hear the term, ‘Breaking News’ quite frequently these days. It’s a marketing ploy to convince you that at television station is better at bringing you the news first, as it happens. The problem is, it’s just not true.”

TVSpy asked Bill Lamb, president and general manager of WDRB, to put a little context behind the station’s decision. At first, Lamb took issue with our headline saying the station had stopped using the term “Breaking News.” He clarified, “We will use the term Breaking News judiciously.”

Lamb went on to explain, “All three of our competitors in Louisville lean on “Breaking News” as though they invented it.  It is in their slogan, it is forced into every newscast as often as possible, and it is a marketing gimmick intended to mislead the public into thinking that they are really there when news is breaking.” Read more

WDRB-WMYO Plans Studio, Office Expansion

WDRB-WMYO in Louisville has announced an 11,000 square foot expansion of their studio and office complex. Construction on the new facility will begin in March and is expected to be finished by January 2014.

“This will give us the breathing room we’ve needed for a long time and provide our employees with what I believe will be the finest television facility in the market.  And as an added bonus, it will allow us to remain part of Louisville’s vibrant downtown scene instead of simply relocating,” president and general manager Bill Lamb said in a statement.

WDRB-WMYO’s current facilities opened in 1980. Lamb said the expansion is the result of “the incredible growth our stations have experienced in the past several years,” noting that News and Sales staff has grown by 25 employees since 2009.

WDRB-WMYO to Provide Services for WBKI

Block Communications’ WDRB-WMYO in Louisville have entered into a shared service agreement with WBKI, the market’s CW-affiliate.

WBKI is in the process of being sold to LM Communications Television of Lexington. Under the partnership, WDRB-WMYO will provide sales, promotion, accounting and HR services, as well as technical assistance to master control operations and engineering, for WBKI. The partnership takes effect immediately, according to a statement from LM Communications.

“The impressive growth and development of both WDRB and WMYO under the guidance of [general manager] Bill Lamb is well-documented, and I have every expectation he and his staff are the right people to help LM Communications Television create a similar success story at WBKI,” LM Communications owner Lynn Martin said in a statement.

WDRB Ends Time Warner Blackout

Louisville Fox-affiliate WDRB, along with its MyNetworkTV sister station, WMYO, is back on Insight Cable, which is owned by Time Warner Cable.

WDRB’s owner, Block Communications, reached a new carriage agreement with Time Warner this week, ending a blackout that began last Friday.

“I couldn’t be happier to have this process completed,” WDRB president and general manager Bill Lamb said in a statement.  “I know the last several days have been trying for our viewers who are Insight subscribers, and we’ve shared their pain. It’s good to know that–despite our differences– both sides were ultimately able to finally reach a fair resolution.” Read more

Louisville Stations Go Dark on Time Warner

Two stations in Louisville have gone dark on Time Warner Cable, after the stations owner, Block Communications, was unable to reach a new retrans deal with the cable operator.

Fox-affiliate WDRB and MyNetworkTV-affiliate WMYO were pulled from Time Warner after Block’s previous carriage agreement expired on May 31st.

“WDRB has tried very hard to reach an agreement with Time Warner but the deadline has passed,” the station announced in a post on its website today. “After much negotiating, Time Warner has decided to reject our repeated offers leaving many of our viewers without a local TV station you like.” Read more

Boise’s KTRV Suspends News Operations, Cuts Staff

KTRV, an independent station in Boise,  shut down news operations on Monday and announced plans to shrink production staff this week.

The Block Communications-owned station, formerly a Fox-affiliate, became independent earlier this fall after Fox gave its affiliation to KNIN. As recently as this summer, KTRV planned to add six staffers to its newsgathering operations, as well as expanding morning and evening newscast.

Just six months later, the station is reversing course, releasing a statement today saying the station will function under a new business model that “does not include news.”

“A network affiliate requires a different business model than does an independent station,” said Bill Lamb, vice president of Block Communications. “As a result, a reduction in staff is taking place this week.” Read more