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Denver Station Apologizes for Showing Penis During Morning Show


KDVR anchor Kirk Yuhnke promised viewers he’d find Twitter for photos of today’s helicopter crash in Seattle during this morning’s 8:00 a.m. newscast.

While Yuhnke talked over full screen images of a twitter feed, the Denver FOX affiliate viewers saw pictures scroll from crash shots, to Edward Scissorhands, then a loaf of something possibly edible and finally a man’s penis in full display peeking out from some unzipped pants.

KDVR news director Ed Kosowski told TVSpy “While reporting breaking news about the crash of the KOMO-TV helicopter in Seattle, Fox 31 Denver accidentally broadcast an offensive photo while scrolling live through a Twitter feed of pictures from the crash scene. The photo was mistakenly broadcast by our control room. It did not come from the tablet many viewers saw being used by one of our anchors. We apologize for the inadvertent broadcast of the image and we are taking immediate steps to prevent such an accident from happening again. ”

Deadspin has the video. Click here to see. The YouTube version has been (pardon our pun) pulled by KDVR’s parent company.

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Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne Joins KDVR From KIRO

chris halsneChris Halsne is joining KDVR, the Fox affiliate in Denver, as an investigative reporter. Halsne comes from KIRO, the CBS affiliate in Seattle, where he has worked for 14 years.

“Chris is a talented storyteller, skilled at generating high-impact stories. He has won many regional Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for outstanding journalism,” KDVR vice president of news Ed Kosowski wrote in a note to station staffers. “…Please welcome Chris when he arrives here Monday.”

Before KIRO, Halsne was the lead investigative reporter and special projects unit manager at KWTV, the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City. He has also worked at stations in Topeka, Joplin, Ft. Myers and Grand Rapids.

Kim Posey Named KWGN Morning News Anchor

Kim Posey has been named co-anchor of Denver CW affiliate KWGN’s morning show “Daybreak.”

“Kim has done a wonderful job on “Daybreak” since Natalie Tysdal left at the end of May,” said KDVR-KWGN vice president of news Ed Kosowski. “She and Tom Green, Chris Tomer and Jacki Jing already have a terrific rapport that will only get better in the months come.”

She has been with KDVR since its news launched in 2000 and had been anchoring weekend evenings on the FOX affiliate since February 2012. She will continue to report for the station.

Before coming to Denver, Posey worked at KSAZ in Phoenix, AZ, KRDO in Colorado Springs, CO, and KAAL in Austin, MN.

KDVR Admits Report on Italian Gun Executive Was ‘An Elaborate But False Story’

Denver Fox affiliate KDVR has admitted that a report broadcast Saturday about an Italian gun executive who was detained by local law enforcement was incorrect.

The station says Karina Aguirre, who claimed to be the man’s U.S. attorney, “concocted an elaborate but false story” about a man who was detained after a taxi driver mistook him for “a terrorist.” KDVR says they were referred to Aguirre by David Kopel, an attorney for the Independence Institute in Denver, and Steve Schreiner, a Colorado board member of the National Rifle Association.

“More steps should have been taken to corroborate Aguirre’s story and verify information provided by Kopel and Schreiner,” news director Ed Kosowski said in a statement. “KDVR is committed to fair, accurate and balanced reporting and we are reviewing policies and procedures to ensure our content meets those standards.”

Neither Kosowski’s statement or the post on KDVR’s website address the fact that the station failed to reach out to law enforcement or the gun company to corroborate Aguirre’s story before the report aired. In a strongly-worded statement Wednesday, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said KDVR “dropped the ball.”

“The Sheriff’s Office feels that it is unfortunate for Fox 31 Denver to have released a report that claimed the Adams County Sheriff’s Office involvement in an event without verifying it first. It is also unfortunate and disturbing for Fox 31 Denver to have released such a bold report before doing their due diligence by thoroughly investigating the tips prior to broadcasting,” the statement reads.

The Sheriff’s office also praised KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver, for uncovering the hoax.

KDVR Takes Down Story On Man Mistaken For Terrorist After Rival KUSA Discovers It’s a Hoax

Denver Fox affiliate KDVR has taken down a report about an Italian man who was detained for questioning after rival KUSA uncovered details that indicate the story was a hoax.

“We believe we were intentionally misled by someone who misrepresented herself not only to the news media but to two of our sources on the story, an NRA board member from Colorado and a nationally-recognized Second Amendment attorney, both of whom as recently as yesterday were standing by the story,” KDVR news director Ed Kosowski told TVSpy in a statement. “These sources now tell us they believe they were misled by the woman. We are working on a follow-up story that will thoroughly explain what happened.”

The KDVR report, which aired Saturday, claims Daniele Perazzi, the grandson of a “prominent Italian gunmaker,” was questioned by law enforcement after “a taxi driver mistook him for a terrorist.” Hendrik Sybrandy sources the man’s U.S. attorney, who was not identified by name. KDVR reported the attorney said “that her client was scared during the incident because he’s not familiar with U.S. gun laws.”

KUSA said they received “numerous emails inquiring as to why the story wasn’t being broadly covered.” During the NBC affiliate’s investigation of the story, the gun company, the Adams County Sheriff’s office and the taxi company denied the incident happened, KUSA reported Tuesday night.

“The company says there’s no grandson named Daniele and they didn’t have a representative in Denver last week, either,” Kyle Clark said in the KUSA report.

KUSA also identified KDVR’s source as a Colorado woman named Korrine Aguirre. “There was a comment that I had made the other day that I probably shouldn’t have made,” Aguirre told KUSA. “Apparently that blew up a lot bigger than it was supposed to.”

The original story was removed from KDVR’s website Wednesday afternoon. TVSpy hears that KDVR staffers met Wednesday morning to review the report.

Watch both the KDVR report and the KUSA report after the jump.  Read more

KDVR Announces Anchor Changes, Hires New Morning Team

Denver FOX affiliate KDVR has hired a new morning anchor team that includes former KCNC anchor Brooke Wagner. Wagner’s new co-anchor will be Kirk Yuhnke who joins KDVR from Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV.

“We believe Brooke and Kirk, along with meteorologist Jennifer Broome and traffic anchor Ken Clark, will make a dynamic team,” KDVR news director Ed Kosowski told TVSpy. “They have the experience, passion and personality to make “Good Day Colorado” a unique morning newscast in this highly-competitive market.”

Both Wagner and Yuhnke, who go on-air two weeks from today on April 22, broke the news via social media.  Wagner chose twitter to announce, saying, “Friends, I’m thrilled and proud to announce I have a new TV home @KDVR ! I will start on #GoodDayColorado soon! Honored to join the team!” Read more

Anchor Changes at KDVR: Hubbard to Replace Retiring Zappolo

Denver FOX affiliate KDVR has announced a change to its evening anchor line up. After more than 35 years on-air in the Denver market, anchor Ron Zappolo (pictured left) will sign off this Friday, April 5.

To replace the longtime anchor, KDVR has announced Jeremy Hubbard (pictured right) will join Deborah Takahara to form the new anchor team at 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. beginning Monday April 8.

“I’ve had a really fortunate run,” Zappolo told the Denver Post. “I’ve been able to see the world, provoke a little thought, have fun and get paid for it. How many people can say they got to do exactly what they wanted to do?” Read more

Libby Weaver Signs Off KDVR For Last Time

Libby Weaver, co-anchor of the longest tenured anchor team in Denver, signed off KDVR for the last time.

Weaver told the Denver Post she is not retiring, just seeking a change.  Ed Kosowski, news director for the Denver Fox affiliate told the Post, “It was her decision. She made it clear that while she loved her job, this was a personal choice. She wanted to be a full-time mom.”

During last night’s 9 p.m.news, the station ran several tributes to Weaver from co-workers wishing her well. Chief Meteorologist Dave Fraser gave her a plastic snow dome of Denver saying, “This is an heirloom.  Its made of the finest plastic you can find on the globe. So be very gentle with it,” to which Weaver replied. “I will treasure it.”

After the jump, you can watch a video montage of Weaver’s greatest moments that aired at the end of the newscast. Read more

Libby Weaver Leaving KDVR After 12 Years

Libby Weaver, anchor for KDVR, FOX affiliate for Denver, is leaving the station.

“We can confirm that (she) will be leaving KDVR sometime around the end of this year or early in January,” KDVR news director Ed Kosowski told the Denver Post.  “Beyond that we cannot and will not discuss anything else at this time about Libby’s departure except to say that we will certainly miss her presence both on the air in our newscasts and in the newsroom.”

Weaver co-anchored the 9 p.m. news with c0-anchor Ron Zappolo who previously announced he was leaving the anchor desk when his contract ends in March.

Local News Crews Await As Olympians Return Home

After a summer covering wildfires and a massacre at a movie theater, some good news to report from Denver. One of the stars of the Olympic games, four-time gold medalist Missy Franklin returned home from London Monday.

“Great job today by photojournalists Angel Rosado and Byron Stewart, along with our assignment desk, in getting exclusive video and sound with Missy Franklin at two different locations,” wrote KDVR/KWGN News Director Ed Kosowski to his staff. “Today, we stole the biggest story of the Olympics away from Denver’s ‘Olympic’ station and scooped not only KUSA but all of our competitors.”

Other U.S. Olympians are also getting back to normal — sort of. Many medalists are appearing on the “Today” show this week, Gabby Douglas was on “The Tonight Show” last night and The CW announced that Ryan Lochte will guest star in an episode of “90210″ airing Monday, Oct. 29.

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