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KBOI Pulls Controversial Promo Spots Off Air

KBOI_spotsSinclair owned Boise, ID, CBS affiliate KBOI recently ran a couple of promos that seemed to promote a political agenda rather than the station.

While one told viewers “KBOI believes that the best government is small government” the other went after health care reform.

Don Pratt, KBOI VP and GM told the Boise Weekly, “Our intention was to create a bold new marketing message.”

One viewer voiced his opinion of the spots on the station’s facebook page, “Your new commercial is appalling, it’s Fox News Lite. Maybe a boycott of your station is in order until you decide to stop telling people what kind of government they should have and you start reporting the news again in an objective and unbiased manner.”

Pratt added his station didn’t mean “to create a spot that creates an impression of bias. But to the extent that we’ve done that, we’re obviously going to be held accountable for that.”

The spots have stopped airing. Read more

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Sinclair Broadcast Group to Acquire Fisher Communications for $373M

Sinclair Broadcast Group is buying Fisher Communications for $373.3 million, the two companies announced Thursday.

Fisher owns 20 television stations in eight markets, reaching 3.9% of U.S. TV households (full list is after the jump). The transaction also includes three radio stations in Seattle. As part of the terms of the agreement, Fisher will provide “certain operating services” for three TV stations in Eugene, Ore. –  KMTR, KMCB and KTCW — after the transaction is approved by the FCC.

TVNewsCheck reports Sinclair won a bidding war with LIN Media for the station group “in a deal finalized in the wee hours of Tuesday night.”

“Sinclair is the largest independent TV broadcaster in the country, and we believe its commitment to the industry — along with its greater scale and sizable resources — will provide our stations, team members and business partners with new opportunities to flourish,” Fisher president and CEO Colleen B. Brown said in a statement. Read more

Meteorologist Jennifer Robbins Joins KGMB-KHNL

Jennifer Robbins begins this week as a meteorologist at KGMB-KHNL in Honolulu.

Robbins comes from KABC in Los Angeles, where she was a weather producer for chief meteorologist Dallas Raines. Prior to that, she was an on-air meteorologist and environmental reporter at KBOI in Boise.

Robbins will be a reporter on the morning newscast and a meteorologist on the weekends.

VIDEO: Teenagers Pour Water Over KBOI’s Alana Brophy During Her Live Shot

Alana Brophy got a surprise cool-down during her weather report on KBOI yesterday (video above). Brophy was in the middle of a tease for her weekend forecast when a group of teenagers snuck up behind her and poured water over her head.

“They got me! Teenagers,” Brophy said good-naturedly when KBOI returned from commercial. “What it would be like to be a teen. I was a pretty rowdy one. I don’t think they would have messed with me.” [via @TravisMayfield]

Video: KBOI Producer Drops F-Bomb (Twice) During Morning Newscast

It was a rough morning in the KBOI control room last Friday. After a mix-up with the show’s graphics, a producer could be heard on-air dropping the f-bomb. Twice. [Via Buzzfeed]

How Did 27 Stations End Up With Identical Scripts For a Story About Conan O’Brien?

Conan O’Brien poked fun at content-sharing in local news this week, showing a clip on his show of several anchors repeating the same phrase — “push the envelope” — while reporting on the late night host’s plans to officiate a same-sex wedding on his show.

The original source of the copy was CBS Newspath, according to staffers at two stations featured in the clip. Although “Conan” only showed 18 stations, a search of TVEyes.com reveals that 27 stations reported the story using identical wording (a full list, including markets and affiliations, is after the jump.)

The script was tease copy for Monday’s “Eye on Entertainment” package, filed by CBS Newspath correspondent Sandra Hughes. The full version reads: “Conan O’Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. And British songstress Adele seems to have pushed her voice too far. CBS’ Sandra Hughes has those stories and more, in your Monday morning ‘Eye on Entertainment.’”

South Bend’s WSBT, which was featured in the Conan clip, addressed the situation on the 6 a.m. newscast this morning, calling it the “dark secret” of the news business. Read more

Fox Boise Affiliate KTRV Goes Independent

Fox affiliate KTRV will return to an independent station following a shake-up in the Boise market this fall, B&C reports. Fox announced last month it would give its affiliation to KNIN. The CW then announced a new affiliation with KBOI, a CBS affiliate, leaving KTRV with limited options in market #113.

KTRV launched as an independent station in 1981 and became affiliated with Fox in 1985. Ricky Joseph, who is the station’s president and general manager, called the move “a return to the grass roots at the very beginning, before Fox.”

KTRV executives will be tasked with the challenge of drawing viewers in without Fox’s signtature primetime shows. B&C reports that station managers have been in touch with other independent stations — like Jacksonville’s WJXT and Phoenix’s KTVK — for advice. Read more