Category: Following Up

MAKING ROOM FOR DISHAROON

Two weeks after surprising Minnesota viewers with news that he was leaving KARE 11, meteorologist Jason Disharoon has a new home at The Weather Channel.  Disharoon broke the news with a photo of himself ...

WHEN MATT LAUER CRITICIZES YOU

Matt Lauer published a lengthy op-ed in Mediaite attacking Ronan Farrow for the reporting in his book Catch and Kill, where he writes about a former Today producer’s claim that Lauer raped her. Lauer cites specific instances in Catch and Kill where he ...

BITTER END FOR MIAMI ANCHOR 

Rudabeh Shahbazi is excited about her new position, whatever that may be, but also still stinging from the fashion in which her last one ended.  The former WFOR-CBS4 evening news anchor told Miami’s Community Newspapers that some ...

BAD LUCK CHUCK 

Chuck Todd is so sorry.   No, not in that way Mr. President.  Chuck Todd is apologizing. He has admitted to airing a clip of a CBS News interview with Attorney General William Barr ...

SVEN BACK ON THE ‘TUBE’

A little thing like getting fired isn’t going to stop Sven Sundgaard from working.  No, he’s not pulling a “Constanza” and still just… showing up.  After receiving his pink slip, from KARE11 in Minneapolis, the weather ...

SVEN SPEAKS OUT AFTER SACKING

Sven Sundgaard, a former meteorologist for KARE11 in Minneapolis, addressed his sudden departure for the first time Tuesday night. “Many have asked me about KARE11’s post regarding my employment and separation from employment,” Sundgaard wrote ...

NBC SUITS TAKE ONE FOR TEAM

A day after a major shift at NBCUniversal that left Andrew Lack on the unemployment line between Diamond and Silk, Comcast has announced that senior leaders, who make up the executive ranks, will be reducing their salaries by 20% ...

NO SEAT FOR YOU…SOO KIM 

Tegna reports that its shareholders re-elected all 12 of the company’s directors at its annual meeting Thursday.   This, in essence, is a rejection of a proxy challenge from Standard General, and its CEO Soohyung ...

REEVE FOLLOWS IN OTHERS’ PANTS

In a story that’s recently “dropped,” ABC News reporter Will Reeve, was “caught with his pants down.”  No, he wasn’t changing in a phone booth (Will is the son of Superman portrayer Christopher Reeve) – Ok, ...

MEDIA HAS WJFW’s BACK VS TRUMP

Seven broadcast and media organizations have voiced support for Joe Fuchs and his WJFW-TV Rhinelander, Wis., which has been sued by the Trump campaign for airing an anti-Trump spot the campaign says is false and defamatory ...

STEPHANOPOULOS’ POSITIVE STEP

Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos announced that he has “cleared” the coronavirus after he tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. He also said that he has signed up for a clinical trial to donate ...

CUOMO’S COVID COMEBACK

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has emerged from his all-too-familiar basement. He had been quarantining after testing positive for coronavirus three weeks ago. A CNN segment showed Cuomo’s reunion with his family, which occurred just a ...

MOURNING THE LOSS OF A COLLEAGUE

NBC News employee Larry Edgeworth died last Thursday after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to the network. He worked in the equipment room of 30 Rockefeller Center, NBC’s headquarters in New York City, ...

CORONAVIRUS 101

Coronavirus is a fast-moving and challenging story for every newsroom. The Knight-Cronkite News Lab has curated some of the most useful resources found across the web reports TVNewsCheck. I worked with my narrative writing ...

NEXT STEP….REHAB

CNN contributor and recent Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has checked himself into rehab for alcohol abuse after a recent incident in Miami. Gillum claimed he had fallen into a depression and alcohol abuse ...

THE GUESSING GAME CONTINUES

For those who figured that Chris Matthews’ abrupt exit from MSNBC Monday night might mean a return to primetime tv for Brian Williams…. Fuhgeddaboudit! According to Page Six, Williams isn’t even on the list ...

THE D’ASCENZO WAY

Until now, WFSB was located at 333 Capital Boulevard in Rocky Hill. Now, in a touching tribute to the Meredith station’s late, beloved news anchor Denise D’Ascenzo, there is a new address. What a ...

ON THE MEND

Legendary WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling came through gastric bypass surgery Wednesday with a sunny outlook and a smile. He released a photo of himself on social media with a message from Bill Snyder, weather ...

MORE ON MATTHEWS

The abrupt departure of longtime MSNBC host Chris Matthews Monday night, just two  minutes into his final “Hardball”, might have come as a surprise to his co-workers and viewers. Matthews was, by and large, ...

A MODEST PROPOSAL

The Newseum closed the doors on its lavish District of Columbia digs at the end of 2019, the victim of hubris, overspending, overcharging and, in recent years, the nurturing of an official hostile attitude ...

NEXTGEN LATEST

TV NewsCheck reports NAB, legal counsel for Pearl TV and the general counsel of Meredith met last week with staff of the FCC Media Bureau to discuss the transition to NextGen TV and recommend ...

WHAT HAVE YOU HEARD?

From the beginning, NewsBlues has had an anonymous tipline. It’s untraceable and, if you’ve got a story, it’s a way to get the word out. You’ll find it over on the right hand column, ...

KISSING LOUISVILLE GOODBYE

Back in October, we brought you the story of WAVE reporter Sara Rivest‘s grotesque and unsolicited encounter with a boneheaded Lothario while she was out doing a live shot during a Louisville festival. The ...

OVERDUE?

Rick Gevers reported over the weekend that Mike Tomko is leaving Sinclair flagship WBFF in Baltimore at the end of the year for a job outside of television. He’s been the ND there since ...

NO PIERRE PRESSURE

Indulge us and allow for some personal reflections upon the latest career arc of former Rapid City, SD news anchor Helene Duhamel. We told you yesterday that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem had appointed ...

WISH GRANTED

We first told you last month that Circle City Broadcasting’s WISH-WNDY duopoly in Indianapolis was on the hunt for a multicultural reporter and was taking the search nationwide. Mission accomplished. Katiera Winfrey, who grew ...

FOX NEWS WINS DEFAMATION SUIT

Fox News and its CEO Suzanne Scott have defeated a $120 million lawsuit from an ex-staffer who alleged she was defamed when Scott denied knowledge of Roger Ailes’ sexual misconduct in an interview with ...

OH, THAT’S WHY!!!

This week saw an outpouring of outrage directed at CNN’s hiring of former Wisconsin Republican congressman Sean Duffy as the outlet’s latest paid gasbag (a term we use no matter the affiliation of said ...

A CLOSE CALL

For those of us who have chased storms, you gotta admit, it is fun, the rush, the chance to see Mother Nature at her best or worst and hopefully all caught on camera. Unfortunately ...

IT WASN’T JUST FARROW

Everyone who pays any attention to the machinations of network and local news remain transfixed over the revelation of Farrow’s “Catch and Kill,” especially the behind-the scenes maneuvering to kill Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein investigation. ...

AFTER THE F-BOMB

Last spring we told you about the f-bomb inadvertently dropped by longtime New York meteorologist Chris Cimino. To recap, “Today” weather guy Al Roker did his standard throw to local and WNBC forecaster Cimino ...

CONFIRMING WHAT WE KNEW….

We told you a couple of weeks ago that all indications pointed to the notion that Scripps’ KSHB had shown the door to arguably fractious sportscaster Dee Jackson after six contentious years. Now it’s ...

THE CLEAN UP CONTINUES

Folks in Southeastern Texas were left with a big mess after the floodwaters from Tropical Storm Imelda began to wash away. At least four deaths have been linked to the remnants of Imelda, which ...

HE’S GONE IN COLUMBUS

Hours after he was released from jail on a $50,000 bond, meteorologist Mike Davis was fired by his employer, Dispatch-soon-to-be-Tegna’s WBNS in Columbus, OH. As we reported here Friday, Davis was arrested at his ...

PLANE CRASH REPORT

A preliminary report offers little new information about the plane crash that killed the pilot and a New Orleans TV anchor last month. Nancy Parker was working on a documentary about pilot Franklin Augustus ...

WKRG JOURNALIST WINS THE GOLD

WKRG’s (CBS) Mel Showers was honored by the National Association of Black Journalists Saturday night during the 44th Annual Convention. Mel received the 2019 Journalist of Distinction Award. As you all know, Mel Showers ...

WHAT’S UP TODAY?

If you’re keeping track, tonight at midnight will mark the beginning of the fourth week that 120 Nexstar stations dropped of the DirecTV, U-Verse, DirecTV Now grid. And there is still no sign that ...

SPACEY CASE LATEST

Just days after the man accusing Kevin Spacey of groping him a Nantucket bar in 2016 suddenly dropped his civil lawsuit against the Oscar winner, the criminal case now looks to be close to collapse due to a ...

FINALLY, A RESOLUTION

It took 15 years, but CNN finally reached a tentative agreement with a union representing more than 200 camera operators, broadcast engineers and other technicians over a lawsuit first filed way back in 2004. ...

KISSING AND MAKING UP – ALMOST

It’s time to move on for Sinclair’s WICS and their STILL-former meteorologist Joe Crain. In a joint statement posted to the station’s website, management and Crain announced they have resolved their differences. But the ...

SPEAKING OF MATT LAUER….

We’re hearing in some quarter that he is shocked….shocked, we tell you, and hurt, even, that he was left out of the 25th anniversary celebration of “Today’s” street-side studio. A celebration of a studio, ...

NOW SHE’S GONE

You may recall WPBF (ABC) News anchor and reporter Farron Salley was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence back in December. It all went down December 15th when Salley was pulled over by a Palm ...

GIVING UP THE LEGACY TO TEGNA

The Wolfe media dynasty is approaching the door into history. And Tegna’s buying binge continues. Selling price: $535 million. The Wolfe family’s media company influenced Ohio’s capital city for more than a century. Tegna ...

JOE CRAIN WATCH

Monday, we told you about Joe Crain, a popular meteorologist who has been absent from local television newscasts since criticizing a corporate weather-alert brand last week, prompting an advertising boycott, social media protests and a ...

THE UNANSWERED QUESTION

As colleagues and the community continue to try and process the shockingly unexpected death of popular WPLG reporter-anchor Todd Tongen, the big question remains; How? Still unanswered is the cause of the 56-year-old Tongen’s ...

CASE STILL PENDING

A former Bloomsburg PA radio personality suing television stations, political activists and others over what he says was a smear campaign isn’t happy. He will not be allowed to keep secret his current work ...

NOW THE WHOLE STORY…

Tegna’s KARE got so excited over its hiring of the Twin Cities market’s first Hmong-American anchor it kind of lost sight of a host of other changes that station is making. True, the hiring ...

RANTING FORECASTER PART II

Remember that Dayton Ohio forecaster we showed you the other day? The one, who finally got fed up with viewers calling to complain about weather cut-in’s during the “Bachelorette.” Jamie Simpson WRGT (FOX) let ...

LIFE AFTER FISHEL

Meteorologist Mike Maze will continue in the lead role he assumed at Capitol Broadcasting’s WRAL in Raleigh-Durham back in February after the sudden – and still unexplained – departure of longtime chief Greg Fishel. ...

AN ANCHOR RESURFACES

Back in April, on the eve of May sweeps, Scripps’ KSHB in Kansas City, MO, bid a hasty farewell to the married anchor team of Mike Marusarz and Rhiannon Ally, in an unexpected housecleaning. ...

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR

A Macon Georgia TV news anchor was among final contestants on the last episode of the reality show “Survivor,” which aired Wednesday night on CBS.   Rick Devens, a morning anchor for WGXA news in Macon, was ...

BY ANY OTHER NAME..

Well folks, Kristen Nicole, the soon-to-be-former news anchor at Fox-owned WFLD in Chicago, IL isn’t just returning to Lexington, Kentucky, as reported here last week. While we speculated then that viewers might have to ...

THIS WEEK’S PLACEHOLDER

This week’s “CBS Evening News” will be anchored by John Dickerson, lately displaced from the “CBS This Morning” set and “60 Minutes”- bound. You won’t be seeing Norah O’Donnell in the chair until later ...

UPDATING THE CNN EXODUS

As we reported yesterday, roughly 100 employees have accepted CNN’s voluntary buyout package. Among those heading for the door are several CNN executives. VP and west/midwest bureau chief Pete Janos, a 34-year veteran who ...

SHAVER 2, CANCER 0

There were high fives all around the KARE newsroom Saturday when anchor Randy Shaver announced he had beaten cancer for the second time The Minneapolis newsman was first diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin’s Disease ...

OPRAH SPEAKS….AND ADVISES

With the strains of “I’ve Gotta Be Me” undoubtedly playing softly in the background, Oprah Winfrey offers up her reasons for departing “60 Minutes.” She just couldn’t be herself. In a new interview with ...

A SIT-DOWN WITH SHARON REED

Worth your time is Atlanta tv-radio writer Rodney Ho’s conversation with the departing Sharon Reed. Reed, co-anchor at Meredith’s WGCL in Atlanta, surprised her colleagues last week by announcing that she is leaving the ...

BACK ON THE BEAT

Audrina Bigos, a reporter at CBS-owned WBBM in Chicago, is back on the job in the newsroom after an extended medical leave that began last November. She’s happy. “I’m happy to be back and ...

NOW IT CAN BE TOLD

We told you a week ago that former news director (KXAS, Dallas/Ft. Worth) turned general manager (WVIT, Hartford) Susan Tully will leave the NBC o-and-o next month, very early in the sweeps period, mind you, to return ...