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Meredith Acquires WGGB in Springfield

WGGB_ABC-Fox_logosMeredith Corporation has purchased WGGB, the ABC and Fox affiliate in Springfield, Mass., from Gormally Broadcasting. WGGB posted the news on its website Wednesday afternoon.

Meredith owns WSHM, a low-powered CBS affiliate in Springfield. The company also owns WFSB in Hartford-New Haven and stations in Phoenix, Atlanta, Flint, Kansas City, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Nashville, Portland, Ore., Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville, S.C., and Bend, Ore.

WGGB says the sale is expected to be complete before the end of the year.

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Hena Daniels Off WFSB Anchor Desk

daniels wfsbWFSB anchor Hena Daniels is now, “working hard as part of the special projects unit at WFSB,” according to a Meredith spokesperson.

Meredith confirmed with TVSpy Daniels was no longer on the Hartford CBS affiliate’s 11:00 p.m. anchor desk adding, “She is working on two big components of their brand, On Your Side and the I-Team unit.”

Daniels returned to WFSB as weekend anchor in March 2012 after a couple of years with Meredith’s Atlanta station WGCL.

She was moved to the 11:00 p.m. weekday show alongside Dennis House in August 2012.

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Hearst Television VP of Sales Kathleen Keefe to Retire

kathleen keefeKathleen Keefe, the vice president of sales at Hearst Television, will retire at the end of the year.

“Kathleen has provided great leadership and mentorship not only to our sales efforts, but our company,” said Hearst Television president Jordan Wertlieb said in a statement.  “…Her systems and good judgment in inventory and pricing disciplines and unmatched knowledge of political advertising, have made all of our sales managers better and have helped cultivate the company’s next generation of Hearst Television’s management.”

Before joining Hearst Television in 2001, Keefe was the vice president of sales and marketing for Post-Newsweek Stations. During her 14 years with that station group, she served as general manager of WKMG in Orlando and general sales manager of WFSB in Hartford and KPRC in Houston.

“I couldn’t be prouder or more appreciative of the tremendous sales management and account executive teams at our stations.  I know they will continue to provide industry-leading results,” Keefe said.

Community Fights WFSB Plan for Doppler Radar Site

doppler radarThe Hartford Courant reports residents who live near WFSB‘s planned Doppler radar site fear the weather tracking system could be bad for their health.

The station wants to move its Doppler radar to Avon Mountain. An attorney for WFSB told The Courant WFSB has to move its current Doppler site because the building that houses it will be torn down in the fall.

According to a report from WFSB, the Doppler radar emits an electromagnetic radiation that is regulated by the federal government because of its potential impact on people’s health. That is what has residents worried, said Glenn Dowd, who lives near where the radar system would go

“It won’t help anyone’s health and it will have a clear impact on property values,” Dowd said. “I’m concerned but pretty much anyone in the near vicinity should be concerned too. WFSB was asked at the hearing how often systems like this are plopped down in the middle of a fairly densely developed residential area and they didn’t have an answer.” Read more

Are Rules Against Using Drones for News Gathering a Double Standard?

drone_AP_croppedWhen WFSB employee Pedro Rivera sued the Hartford Police after they prevented him from using his drone to document a car crash, he brought the issue surrounding drone use by local TV stations to the forefront.

Matthew Schroyer, founder and president of Professional Society of Drone Journalists, told The Atlantic he thinks the case reveals a double standard for journalists who want to use unmanned vehicles to shoot news.

“Other photographers who arrived documented the scene with telephoto lenses, which were much more intrusive than Rivera’s drone,” said the PSDJ in a statement. “Yet those journalists were never questioned, let alone expelled from the scene, pursued and suspended. The actions of the Hartford police in this incident were uncalled for, and are an affront to press freedom.”

While a few stations have used drones for one off reports, none have taken the bold step of adding a drone as a regular feature.

Schroyer thinks the United States should look to the example of Canada and Australia, both of which have implemented rules to govern the use of drones for commercial purposes, including journalism. “They require certification,” says Schroyer, who says that his organization supports setting a standard for commercial UAS pilots. He compared a drone to a car, both in terms of its usefulness and in terms of how responsible a user should be. “You can’t just walk into a DMV as a journalist and say, I need to drive to do my job.” It makes sense, says Schroyer, to require the equivalent of a driver’s license. Read more

WFSB Employee Involved in Drone Incident Sues Police

WFSB_drone2The WFSB photographer being investigated for using a drone at the site of a Hartford Police investigation has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the department.

According to The Hartford Courant, the lawsuit, filed by Pedro Rivera, alleges Hartford Police violated the fourth amendment rights of the CBS affiliate’s employee after officers detained him, demanded he stop flying his drone and made him leave the area.

Rivera was flying his drone over the site of a fatal crash in which the bodies were still in the vehicle. WFSB has denied it owns or uses drones.

Lt. Brian Foley, commander of the department’s major crimes division, called Rivera’s employer and requested that he be disciplined, the lawsuit alleges. Rivera was suspended for a week without pay as a result and suffered economic loss, it claims. Rivera is employed as a photographer and an editor at WFSB, the lawsuit states. Read more

FAA Investigating Possible Drone Use by WFSB

wfsb_droneThe Hartford Courant reports CBS affiliate WFSB is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration after Hartford police say a station employee flew a drone with a camera attached over the scene of a fatal car crash.

The FAA prohibits the use of drones for commercial purposes.

Klarn DePalma, WFSB vice president and general manager, told The Courant WFSB doesn’t own or use drones.

“The person identified in the police report is a temporary, on-call employee of WFSB,” DePalma told The Courant. “However, he was not working for the station on the day of the incident. He was not assigned to shoot video of the crime scene by WFSB and has never been compensated for any drone video.”

The person operating it, Pedro Rivera, 29, told the officers that he works for WFSB, but was not working that day and that the drone was his personal property. He also said that he feeds video back to WFSB, the report says.

Hartford police told FOX affiliate WTIC the use of drones at crime scenes raises privacy issues along with issues of officer safety adding, “The presence of a drone at a crime scene for journalistic purposes is in violation of FAA regulations.” Read more

Olessa Stepanova Joins WCVB From WFSB

olessa stepanovaOlessa Stepanova is joining Boston ABC affiliate WCVB as a traffic reporter for the morning newscast. Stepnova will make her WCVB debut January 13.

“Olessa has a distinctive quality about her. She is very bright, energetic and knowledgeable about the New England area,” WCVB news director Andrew Vrees said in a statement. “She comes with great experience, having covered several major metropolitan areas. We are excited to welcome her here in Boston and at Channel 5.”

Stepanova comes to Boston from Hartford, where she has been the morning traffic reporter at CBS affiliate WFSB since 2011. She was also a fill-in anchor and co-host for “Better Connecticut,” a local lifestyle show.

More from WCVB after the jump. Read more

On the Move, 1/6/13

Nicole Nalepa has joined Hartford CBS affiliate WFSB as a morning traffic anchor and reporter. Nalepa comes to Hartford from Springfield, Mass., where she was the early morning anchor and producer at NBC affiliate WWLP.

To report a move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

WTNH Lends a Hand to Rival WFSB

Holiday spirit is alive and well in Hartford today as WTNH helps rival WFSB out of a jam:

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