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KOVR Clarifies Report About Anti-Abortion Group Handing Out Flyers to School Kids

Sacramento CBS owned station KOVR has issued a clarification to a story about anti-abortion group Project Truth passing out flyers to local school kids.

The Life Legal Defense Foundation, representing Project Truth demanded KOVR “Issue an apology to Project Truth for the false report. Report a follow up to the story correcting the falsehoods promulgated by reporter Anjalie Hemphill. Denounce the threats of violence and hate speech listed in the comments section of the story on the station’s website.”

“During our report, we interviewed Larry Blount, who lives across the street from the school and was upset by the fliers,” KOVR anchor Sam Shane told viewers. “A portion of the interview we aired may have created the impression that someone from the group, which calls itself Project Truth placed a flier on Mr. Blount’s car. A representative from Project Truth has told us that the group only distributed fliers on the public sidewalk in front of the school. We regret any confusion.”

Allison Aranda, senior staff counsel for Life Legal Defense Foundation, said in a statement, “We are pleased that KOVR chose to correct its misrepresentation of and false statements made about Project Truth, a pro-life group. It is always our hope that media will choose to be responsible and truthful in their coverage of this and other pro-life groups. The Life Legal Defense Foundation will help set the record straight when pro-life organizations are incorrectly portrayed by the media.”

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KOVR Under Fire from Pro-Life Group After Report About Graphic Anti-Abortion Flyers

A group of pro-life volunteers called Project Truth says Sacramento CBS owned station KOVR aired a false report about the group handing out anti-abortion flyers to local schoolkids.

The story in question said the group is handing out flyers to kids under the age of 18 and that the kids are tearing up the flyers and creating a mess near the school.

The legal group representing Project Truth claims KOVR staged the story by hiring an actor to pretend he was part of the pro-life outreach.

According to the Christian Newswire, “The Life Legal Defense Foundation is demanding that KOVR: Issue an apology to Project Truth for the false report. Report a follow up to the story correcting the falsehoods promulgated by reporter Anjalie Hemphill. Denounce the threats of violence and hate speech listed in the comments section of the story on the station’s website.”

KOVR told TVSpy, “The station stands by its reporting.” Read more

KOVR Photographer Catches Accident on Tape

A KOVR photographer was ready to go live with a reporter on the scene of a crash on westbound I-80 yesterday when a couple of cars got mixed up on eastbound I-80 while the photog was rolling.

The CHP said a “rubbernecker” caused the first crash. In the second crash, a pickup sent a small car careening into one of the cars from the first crash just the driver was getting out of his truck.

The station said it’s unknown how many people were injured in the accidents.

What Are Local Stations Covering?

It looks like stations in the California Capitol are talking about rain and a plane crash in the Sierras in the first five minutes of their newscasts.

Sacramento Station Catches NFL Style Takedown of Escaping Suspect on Camera

A photojournalist for Sacramento CBS owned station KOVR captured a police takedown former NFL coach and commentator John Madden might describe with a “BOOM!”

When a suspect tried to escape from Sacramento police on a bike, he was tackled by a police officer right in front of a KOVR photojournalist James Taylor.

The suspect, Michael Kennedy, allegedly ran from a police officer at nearby light rail station, hopped a fence and and grabbed a bike to make his getaway.

According to KOVR, the cop who made the flying tackle suffered a wound to his face while Kennedy was booked for outstanding warrants, fleeing from police, burglary and felony assault on a police officer. Check out the raw footage after the jump. Read more

Murder Suspect Calls KOVR During Police Standoff

A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, William Gardner III, made a phone call to Sacramento CBS O&O KOVR during a police standoff in Las Vegas. The station played clips from the Gardner’s conversation with reporter Derek Shore on Monday’s evening newscast (video above).

The conversation, which Shore described as “very tense between both of us,” lasted for about an hour. A police negotiator was on the line for a “significant portion” of the call, according to KOVR. Gardener allowed Shore to speak to two people in the apartment with him, neither of whom said they were being held against their will.

The standoff ended when Gardner surrendered at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Ron Jones Named KOVR Morning Co-Anchor

ron jones kovrRon Jones has been promoted to morning co-anchor at KOVR, the CBS owned station in Sacramento. He will co-anchor alongside Audrey Asistio and meteorologist Laura Skirde beginning October 21.

“Ron has a fascinating background along with a warm and engaging style. He’s a familiar face to our viewers and we’re excited to bring his depth of experience to morning news,” KOVR general manager Kevin Walsh said in a statement.

Jones is a former Army sergeant who has worked at stations in Roanoke and San Francisco. He joined KOVR in 2004 as a general assignment reporter. He has been anchoring the station’s weekend newscasts for the past eight years.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the morning anchor desk with Audrey and Laura,” Jones said. “I look forward to getting answers for our viewers each morning as they start their day.”

More from KOVR after the jump. Read more

Air Canada: ‘Inappropriate Comments Were Made’ in Accidental Email to KOVR

kovr air canada emailAir Canada has released a statement saying “inappropriate comments were made” about a customer’s lost dog in an accidental email to KOVR last week.

The airline was questioned by KOVR reporter Maria Medina after Larry, a greyhound, was lost while in the airline’s care last week. In an email apparently intended for a colleague, an Air Canada spokesperson wrote: “I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time.”

“Air Canada acknowledges inappropriate comments were made in response to a reporter’s follow-up questions for additional details regarding Larry,” the airline said in a statement Friday. “However, Air Canada has been providing the best available information to media on this matter. These comments do not reflect Air Canada’s standards or professionalism, and do not refer to the search for Larry by Air Canada employees which is ongoing.”

As for the spokesman: “I guess I’m the poster child now for Be Careful With Email,” he told the Toronto Star.

Air Canada Spokesman Accidentally Sends Dismissive Email About KOVR to KOVR

kovr air canada emailA lesson for media professionals everywhere: always check your to/from fields. In response to an inquiry from KOVR this week, an Air Canada spokesperson accidentally sent the Sacramento CBS O&O a response dismissing their inquiry as just “local news.”

While reporting a story about how the airline lost a customer’s dog earlier this week, the Sacramento CBS O&O reached out to Air Canada to inquire “what procedures might not have been followed, and what they’re doing to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else’s pet,” reporter Maria Medina said.

In a message apparently intended for a co-worker, Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick responded to KOVR: “I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time.”

The station aired the email as part of its report last night. Watch after the jump. Read more

Blaise Labbe Named ND at WOAI-KABB

Blaise Labbe has been named news director at KABB and WOAI, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Fox and NBC affiliates in San Antonio, Broadcasting & Cable reports.

News of Labbe’s hire was first reported on Rick Gevers’ weekly newsletter. He moves to San Antonio from Kansas City, where he has been news director at CBS affiliate KCTV since 2010. Labbe replaces Tom Bell, who left San Antonio to join KOVR in Sacramento.

Before KCTV, Labbe worked at KWTV in Oklahoma City, KENS in San Antonio and KHOU in Houston.

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