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Battle to Stop Aereo Spreads to Utah

aereo_304The battle by broadcasters to stop Aereo has now spread into Utah.

Salt Lake City FOX affiliate KSTU, CBS affiliate KUTV, MyNetworkTV affiliate KMYU and FOX Broadcasting Co. have filed suit against the streaming media company after its expansion into Salt Lake City in August.

The suit makes claims of copyright violations similar to the suits filed in New York and Boston.

“It simply does not matter whether Aereo uses one big antenna or hundreds of tiny ones to receive local broadcasts,” reads the complaint. “Nor does it matter that Aereo routes the broadcast signal through a server that copies it before retransmitting it. No amount of technological gimmickry by Aereo changes the fundamental principle of law that those who wish to retransmit copyrighted broadcasts may do so only with the copyright owners’ authority.” Read more

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Technical Problems Keep KSTU Off Air for First Half of 9:00 p.m. Newscast

Viewers of Salt Lake City’s FOX affiliate KSTU had to get their news fix elsewhere last night after the station was unable to air the first half of its 9:00 p.m. news.

The station’s anchor team of Hope Woodside and Bob Evans told viewers at the top of the hour the station would not be airing a newscast due to technical problems. “We live by the computer and die by the computer and we’re having computer issues,” said Evans before telling viewers to catch that night’s news online.

All was not lost, though. The station made a comeback at 9:30 p.m. with Evans giving a simple, “Thanks for bearing with us,” as the only nod to the station’s previous problem.

KSTU president and general manager Tim Ermish told the Salt Lake Tribune,the outage was “just a technical malfunction with the news systems. First time it’s happened in 10 years.”

On Facebook, the station also told viewers to watch the news on its website, “Fox 13 News is experiencing technical difficulties. Please stay tuned to Fox13now.com for tonight’s news.”

We’ve asked KSTU for comment and will update when we hear back.

Geoff Roth Named VP of Local Content at WJZY-WMYT

Geoff Roth has been named vice president of local content at WJZY-WMYT, Fox’s duopoly in Charlotte. His appointment is effective July 8.

“Geoff is a solid journalist and news leader with a proven track record of innovation in news gathering and content presentation. He is committed to our mission of serving our 22 counties in North and South Carolina and providing a voice for our communities,” VP-GM Karen Adams said in a statement. “Geoff is the perfect choice to lead FOX 46 Carolinas News.”

Roth comes from another Fox O&O, KRIV in Houston, where he was an executive producer. He has worked as a news director at KSEE and KMPH in Fresno, WFTX in Fort Myers, KSWB in San Diego, KSTU in Salt Lake City and WRIC in Richmond.

“Being able to build a next generation digital news operation from the ground up in a growing market like Charlotte is a unique opportunity,” Roth said. “I am looking forward to utilizing the latest technology across multiple platforms to keep our viewers constantly informed on relevant news of the day.”

Two KDVR News Managers Nab Assistant ND Jobs

Two news managers at Denver’s KDVR-KWGN have landed assistant news director jobs in other markets.

Ryan Minnaugh, who most recently served as executive producer of KDVR-KWGN’s evening newscasts, is joining WXIN in Indianapolis.  And Marc Sternfield, KDVR-KWGN’s executive producer for digital media, has been named assistant ND at KSTU in Salt Lake City.

Both moves represent promotions within the Local TV-Tribune family. Read more

KLAS Announces New Morning Anchor Team

Las Vegas CBS-affiliate KLAS is set to debut a new morning anchor team.

Beginning July 30th, the KLAS morning newscast will be anchored by Cale Ramaker and Shauna Khorrami (right).

Ramaker comes to KLAS after seven years at WOFL in Orlando, where he anchored the station’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.  Khorrami joins the station after anchoring the morning news at KSTU in Salt Lake City. Read more

KSTU Ready to Unveil New HD Studio

Salt Lake City Fox-affiliate KSTU is set to debut a brand-new, HD-optimized studio on Monday.

“The project has been 18 months in the making,” KSTU president and general manager Tim Ermish told The Salt Lake Tribune this week.  “When Local TV LLC acquired the station in 2008, they were kind of surprised at what they bought.  They couldn’t believe the cramped space we were working out of.”

In addition to unveiling its new studio, KSTU is also premiering a new 4:30 a.m. newscast on Monday. Read more

2 Months After Hit-and-Run, Kerri Cronk Returns to KSTU Anchor Desk Full-Time

Two months after sustaining a broken neck, a dislocated shoulder and a concussion in a hit-and-run accident, KSTU anchor Kerri Cronk has returned to her full-time schedule at the station.

Cronk was riding her bicycle in August when she collided with a vehicle, which she recalls being white. Despite efforts from KSTU, the driver has not yet been found. “I’m disappointed, sure,” Cronk tells the Salt Lake Tribune. “But I’ve kind of come to terms with it. I’m not going to wallow.”

Cronk returned to her position as morning anchor at the Salt Lake City Fox-affiliate in late September. Beginning today, she will resume her full-time schedule, which also includes the 11 a.m. and noon newscasts. “If I make a mistake, I say, ‘Oh, it’s the concussion,’” Cronk joked.

KSTU Begs Viewers for Information on Hit-and-Run Involving Anchor Kerri Cronk

Earlier this month, KSTU anchor Kerri Cronk was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in Salt Lake City that left her with a broken neck. The driver of the vehicle that hit her while she rode her bike has still not been found — and now the station is pleading for information from viewers (watch the video, above).

“It’s very hard, I have to admit,” Cronk, who is moving along with her physical recovery, said in a recent interview. “Anger is a harsh word. I still have anger, I would like some closure.” Read more

KSTU’s Kerri Cronk Recovering from Hit-and-Run

Kerri Cronk, an anchor at KSTU in Salt Lake City, is recovering from serious injuries sustained in a hit-and-run accident over the weekend.

Cronk, who anchors the morning show at the Fox affiliate, was riding her bike around 6 p.m. Friday evening when a white car pulled out of a parking lot and into her path. Cronk said she had only seconds to react before her bike collided with the vehicle — which then sped away. “I vividly remember the back of that car, and smashing into the back of that car. That’s my last memory,” Cronk told the station in an interview (video above).

Cronk was found by Bill Hubbard, a resident who saw her on the side of the road and called 911. She is recovering from a slew of serious injuries, including a broken neck, a dislocated shoulder, a concussion and various cuts and bruises. Cronk was wearing a helmet — which she says likely saved her life.

Kenneth Freedman Named GM of Young’s KWQC

Kenneth Freedman has been named general manager of KWQC, Young Broadcasting’s NBC-affiliate in Davenport, IA.

Freedman comes to KWQC from KGW in Portland, OR, where he served as general sales manager. Throughout his career, he has held management positions at Salt Lake City’s KSTU as well as Orlando stations WKMG, WOFL, and WRBW.

“Ken has been an inspiring leader throughout his career-building broadcast and new media teams, and leading those teams to setting sales records and growing business at every station where he has worked,” said Young Broadcasting president Deborah McDermott, in announcing the move. “KWQC is in good hands with his talent, experience and initiative, and I am confident that he will play a vital role in the future of the station and Young.”

Freedman, who succeeds interim GM Brian Greif, says that he looks forward to expanding KWQC’s “presence on-air, online and in the community.”

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