Category: Following Up

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 ...

KHOU STUDIO DEDICATION

Nearly 20 months after losing its long-time home at 1945 Allen Parkway to flooding during Hurricane Harvey, KHOU (CBS) has been broadcasting from its new permanent studios for few months.   Following the hurricane, the ...

LOGAN’S DOING OK

Last week we told you former CBS foreign correspondent and 60 minutes star Lara Logan had put her cards on the table calling out her mainstream media friends for learning towards the left. “This ...

KPNX REPORTER SAGA

KPNX (NBC) reporter Bryan West has admitted a problem with alcohol. This comes comes after a nine-day sentence for nearly running people over during a drunken road romp in August.  West’s confession can be ...

LOGAN SAYS SHE’S A TARGET

Former CBS News foreign correspondent Lara Logan appeared on “Hannity” Wednesday evening to expand on her recent remarks characterizing the media as “mostly liberal.” Logan went on to detail precisely who she believes is targeting her. ...

FOX REPORTER LANDS IN DC

So, last Thursday the State Department  announced that a former Fox News reporter would lead its agency in charge of efforts to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation.  Lea Gabrielle was named special envoy and ...

ON THE MEND…

Now hear this from WBBM Chicago reporter Audrina Bigos. After being off the radar since November, she wants you to know the deal….up to a point. “I’m currently on a medical leave and look ...

NOW IT CAN BE TOLD…

Two days ago, we told you that Indianapolis, IN sportscaster Tricia Whitaker couldn’t WAIT to tell us where she was headed after leaving Tribune duopoly WXIN-WTTV in December. The seemingly interminable wait is over. ...

JUDGE TOSSES SILLY LAWSUIT

Sinclair’s WJAR in Providence, RI came out on top when Superior Court Judge Melissa Long threw out a lawsuit accusing WJAR reporter Parker Gavigan of defaming and embarrassing a former judge in a story ...

ADVENTURES IN SELF-SERVING CLAPTRAP

Armstrong Williams, political commentator/entrepreneur/author/radio-tv host and CEO, weighed in this week with an opinion column focused on the proposed Nexstar-Tribune merger, making the case that the necessary spinoff of tv stations to complete the ...

THE GOODBYE SHE NEVER GOT TO GIVE

Yesterday we told you of the lawsuit filed by former Nashville anchor Demetria Kalodimos against her former employer, Meredith Broadcasting and WSMV for age discrimination. Kalodimos was unceremoniously dumped by the station after 34 ...

READ THE RULES

As the White House on Monday backed off in a legal dispute with CNN over the press credentials of White House correspondent Jim Acosta, the White House announced new rules of behavior for reporters, ...

ON SECOND THOUGHT…

SOMEONE at NBC thought it was a good idea to accept a check from the Trump Campaign and schedule that fact-challenged political commercial tying a convicted cop killer to the migrant caravan and then ...

SOURCE: MEGYN WAS ALREADY LOOKING

Megyn Kelly‘s departure from NBC’s Today show is in motion. People Magazine reports via a Today show source. “She is expecting to leave the Today show at the end of the season in December.” “We began discussions earlier this ...

THE KHASHOGGI CRIME

As the list grows of individuals and organizations pulling out of Saudi Arabia’s big deal “Davos in the Desert” continues to grow, the Saudi government appears to be honing in on who will be ...

ANOTHER FOLLOW TO OUR EXCLUSIVE

You’ll recall Sunday, we were the only site to tell you about a blow up which turned violent in Victoria, Texas. Newsblues.com FIRST reported the flare up between newly arrived KAVU (ABC) main anchor Joshua ...

FOLLOW TO OUR EXCLUSIVE

According to insiders, it was business as usual Monday at KAVU (ABC) but faint whispers regarding a Texas-sized dispute that turned ugly could be heard from staffers between stories. On Sunday, Newsblues.com FIRST reported ...

“BIG TREES ARE FALLING”

That is how program co-host Gayle King put it on Thursday’s edition of the “CBS Morning News,” with this week’s ouster of CEO Les Moonves and “60 Minutes” Executive Producer Jeff Fager. She and ...

KNEELAND PROJECT TURNS 20

“The Kneeland Project“, an innovative newsroom leadership initiative celebrated its 20th anniversary late last week. Dozens of journalists from across the country were in Austin, Texas for several days of seminars. The Longtime news director ...

KDAF & KIAH AFTER THE BOMB DROP

Once again this reporter was the first to bring you breaking news regarding the layoffs at Tribune-owned KDAF (CW33) Dallas Thursday. The staff was completely caught off guard by the decision, which when these ...

ANCHORS AWEIGH!

Two Anchors from the Charleston West Virginia market are cooling their high heels after an apparent feud boiled over the top recently at an event geared at all things, ending domestic violence against women.   ...

GREAT BALLS OF FIRE

Engineers at WWTV (CBS) spent their Labor Day, laboring to get the stations on-air signal back.  It all began last Friday (August 31st) when the former home to the local CBS in Traverse City, ...