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WBFF Trying to Revive ‘Fugitive Files’ in Wake of Controversy Involving Suspect’s On-Camera Apology

Baltimore Fox-affiliate WBFF is reportedly trying to revive its regular “Fugitive Files” segment in the wake of a controversy involving a high-profile suspect’s on-camera apology.

In April, WBFF drew the ire of the Baltimore Police Department after it taped an interview with a man wanted for a brutal St. Patrick’s Day assault and failed to notify the authorities about it.  The man turned himself in following the interview, but police felt that the station’s failure to tell them about it was a breach of trust.

Now, according to the Baltimore Sun, WBFF is trying to get back in the good graces of the department in an effort to revive “Fugitive Files,” which it has been airing since 2007. Read more

Baltimore Police Department ‘Angered’ Over WBFF Interview with Man Suspected of Beating

The Baltimore Police Department is reportedly cancelling a partnership with Fox-affiliate WBFF after the station did not tell police it was taping an interview with a man suspected of a brutal beating.

Aaron Jacob Parsons turned himself in to the Baltimore Police Station at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. Police said they had made arrangements for Parsons to turn himself in earlier in the day, but he disappeared after taping an interview with WBFF.

The Baltimore Sun reports police “were angered” with WBFF for not communicating Parsons was at their studio, and said they would cancel a weekly segment on fugitives that the two organizations produce together.

“We were told Parsons would turn himself in after making a statement, and we had no reason to believe otherwise,” WBFF news director Mike Tomko said. Read more

WBFF Adding Newscast to Crowded 5 p.m. Time Slot

Baltimore Fox-affiliate WBFF plans to add a 5 p.m. newscast to its schedule in April, entering the station into local news competition with WBAL, WJZ, and WMAR at that time slot.

The Baltimore Sun reports that WBFF’s new 5 o’clock newscast will be anchored by Jeff Barnd and Jennifer Gilbert, who currently anchor the station’s 5:30 p.m newscast.

“I’m going to change the lineup and run ‘Judge Judy’ from 4 to 5, and run the news from 5 to 5:30, and then, 5:30 to 6,” general manager Bill Fanshawe told the Sun.

Sinclair Taps WBFF News Director to Oversee News for the Entire Station Group

Sinclair Broadcast Group announced this week that Scott Livingston, currently the news director of the company’s flagship station, WBFF in Baltimore, has been named vice president of news for the station group.

In his new role, Livingston, who has been WBFF’s news director for the past ten years, will lead the 41 Sinclair stations that air local news.

“We are pleased to promote Scott into this well-deserving position,” Sinclair president and CEO David Smith said, announcing the promotion.  “Scott has been charged with the ultimate goal of ensuring that each of our news operations is delivering high-quality, informative news stories that matter to our local audiences and make a difference in their respective markets.” Read more

Video: WBFF Interviews Frosty the Snowman Following His Arrest

In one of the more bizarre holiday stories to crop up over the Thanksgiving weekend, Baltimore Fox-affiliate WBFF interviewed Frosty the Snowman after he was arrested for scuffling with police and kicking at a police dog.

52-year-old Kevin Michael Walsh, who has been dressing up as Frosty the Snowman in a local holiday parade for the past decade, spoke with WBFF about the altercation this weekend. In the middle of the parade, Walsh–in full costume–grappled with police and was eventually led away in handcuffs as children watched in horror. Video inside… Read more

WBFF Photojournalist Passes Away Suddenly After Lifelong Battle with Diabetes

Earlier this week, WBFF announced that photojournalist Chris Monroe had passed away suddenly at the age of 42, and now details are emerging that point to a possible cause of death.

Journal-isms is reporting that Monroe was a lifelong diabetic “who at one point would undergo kidney dialysis as he slept at night so he could work as a photojournalist during the day.”

Monroe had spent the last seven years with the Baltimore Fox-affiliate.

“We will miss him terribly,” WBFF said in a statement. “He endured many ‘tests’ in life with divine strength and always, ALWAYS with a smile. Never complaining.”

Monroe’s parents told Journal-isms that a medical examiner is working to determine the cause of death.

WBAL Calls the Cops on Children Protesting Station’s Political Coverage

Police were called to WBAL on Thursday afternoon after a group of protesters, roughly half of whom were children, gathered in the station parking lot demanding that the Hearst-owned NBC-affiliate dedicate more time to covering youth-focused issues such as education and neighborhood development in the current mayoral election.

The protest was put together by BUILD, a Baltimore not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a better future for the city’s youth, in an effort to convince local news outlets to spend less time covering the candidates’ plans for lowering property taxes and more time reporting on issues that directly affect the community’s young people.

“If young people were out shooting each other, they’d cover it,” declared BUILD leader Bishop Douglas I. Miles (above, right), surrounded by elementary school-aged children wearing bright blue t-shirts emblazoned with the organization’s logo, according to Baltimore Brew.

While the protesters chanted outside the WBAL building, staffers remained indoors. Read more

Baltimore’s WBFF Scales Back Sports Coverage

In a move that appears to be part of a growing national trend, Baltimore’s WBFF is scaling back sports coverage during its late newscasts.

The Sinclair-owned Fox-affiliate is going to experiment with dropping its 15-minute “Sports Unlimited” segment and offer a shortened sports report instead, according to The Baltimore Sun.

“Our research indicates that local viewers watch local sports programming less than they did 15 or 20 years ago,” WBFF general manager Bill Fanshawe told the Sun‘s David Zurawik.

WBFF has regularly run “Sports Unlimited” at the end of its weeknight newscasts, from 10:45 to 11 p.m. Now the station will try offering a relatively short sports report within the body of its 10 p.m. newscast–similar to what many stations currently do.

While WBFF is far from cutting sports coverage altogether, the station’s current experiment is yet another sign of a national reevaluation of the value of local sports to a newscast. Read more

Former Sinclair Broadcasting VP Joe DeFeo Named News Director at DC’s News Channel 8

A Washington-area news veteran is returning to local television this month: Joe DeFeo will take over as news director at News Channel 8, Washington, DC’s regional cable channel, on July 25.

DeFeo’s long history in the television business includes nine years as news director at Baltimore’s WBFF and seven years as the vice president of Sinclair Broadcasting Group, which is the largest operator of local stations nationwide. He has also worked at WBAL in Baltimore and WTTG in Washington, DC.

News Channel 8 is owned by Albritton Communications. It is the sister station to DC-area ABC affiliate WJLA. The two stations share reporters, anchors and broadcast facilities in Arlington, VA.

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