Category: For the Record

NM REPORTER SELF QUARANTINE

Christian Marquez is a reporter for KOB 4 partner, Searchlight New Mexico, who had recently attended a journalism conference in New Orleans. When he returned to New Mexico, he was notified that multiple people at the ...

REPORTER TALKS CORONAVIRUS

WZTV (FOX) Nashville Reporter AJ Abell opened up about being diagnosed and recovering from novel coronavirus: “On Monday, March 9, I became sick while skiing with my family in Aspen, Colorado. My symptoms began ...

ALEX JONES ARRESTED

Austin-based conspiracy theorist and Info-Wars radio host Alex Jones was booked into the Travis County Jail on a charge of driving while intoxicated just after midnight Tuesday, the Austin Statesman reports. Jones, 46, was booked ...

REPORTERS SELF QUARANTINED

Politico, the Washington Post, the Daily Beast, and Mother Jones have asked reporters who covered CPAC to self-quarantine and work remotely due to concerns that they may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus.  ...

BUH-BYE TO THE TV DRESS

You remember the “tv dress” don’t you? The $23 schmatta hit the airwaves like a hurricane about 5 years ago as a way for budget-strapped tv newswomen stretch their wardrobe dollars in an age ...

MERGER ON THE WAY?

Dish Network on Wednesday said it lost 194,000 net pay TV subscribers in the fourth quarter, compared with a loss of 334,000 in the year-ago period when carriage disputes with Univision, which has since ...

APOLLO COX STICKS WITH FOX

Four Cox Media Group properties airing FOX Network programming will be staying in FOXWorld. A multi-year agreement has been reached between Apollo Global Management’s reborn Cox Media Group and Fox Corporation. The deal keeps ...

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Yeah, we know, most of you out there tend to think of news directors as a bunch of self-important know-it-alls. But there are more than a few who keep trying to learn more. Take ...

NEWS CHANNEL CREATOR HONORED

The creator of NBC News Channel, the feed service for local NBC News affiliates and NBC’s international partners, Bob Horner served as President for 27 years and made it possible for countless stories to ...

AND YOUR PROBLEM IS?????

TV viewers. There’s no pleasing all of them all of the time and social media has somehow encouraged the more idiotic among them to share their unsolicited (and largely unwelcome) “observations”. But Evrod Cassimy, ...

SCRIPPS LAWSUIT ENDS

Scripps Broadcasting has agreed to pay $1,130,000 to settle an FCC investigation into TV tower lighting issues with stations it purchased from Cordillera Communications. The investigation was prompted by the crash of a small plane into ...

CHICAGO ANCHOR HONORED

Ron Magers, who retired in 2016 after a distinguished career as one of Chicago’s all-time greatest news anchors, will be back in the spotlight to take a bow this spring according to robertfeder.com.  Magers ...

NETFLIX HEAD WINS AWARD

Ted Sarandos is about to add another trophy to his cabinet. Netflix’s chief content officer has been tapped to receive the Golden Slate Award by the California Film Commission and Film Liaisons in California ...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

NewsBlues will be taking the Thanksgiving holiday off to visit with family and friends and enjoy the camaraderie. We will be back next Monday, December 2 Have a safe holiday, try to avoid the ...

HMMM

A year ago this past September, Tribune shut down operations at KDAF (CW 33) sending over two dozen News and Production staffers to the streets. Fast forward a year and Nexstar Broadcasting acquired KDAF ...

FORMER REPORTER ARREST

Dr. Bruce Hensel, a former TV medical correspondent, was arrested Wednesday morning after he asked a 9-year-old girl to send him sexually suggestive pictures, according to prosecutors and law enforcement. The Los Angeles Times ...

REPORTER ARRESTED

Veronica DeKett, a noon anchor and senior reporter at WEVV (CBS), has been charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated after she was pulled over after a night of drinking. ...

20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

In Houston, KTRK (ABC) weekend anchor Tom Abrahams is celebrating 20 years with the Walt Disney owned Television station. He took to social media Wednesday to pass on a special message. He arrived Houston ...

WILDFIRE DAMAGE

Just when folks in Northern California thought they were safe from a major fire this season the Kincaid fire erupted over the weekend and destroyed miles and miles of brush, trees and structures in ...

POT MEET KETTLE

Trying to stay relevant and employed, CNN President Jeff Zucker slammed Fox News, saying the competitor was “not a journalistic organization.” Zucker likely also brought tears to the eyes of CNN media reporter Brian ...

THE GOLDEN MIKE AWARD

The Broadcasters Foundation of America has named Tegna president and CEO Dave Lougee as the recipient of the 2020 Golden Mike Award. Lougee, who also serves on Tegna’s Board of Directors, will be honored during a gala ...

DIG DEEPER IN YOUR WALLET

Customers will pay $10 to $15 more a month AT&T’s TVNow  starting in mid-November, according to The Dallas Morning News. The streaming service, formerly called DirecTV Now, will jump in price from $50 to $65 ...

CHRIS MATTHEWS SURGERY

MSNBC host Chris Matthews probably won’t be back on the air for a while, but it’s safe to say his prognosis after prostate cancer surgery is excellent, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. Matthews’ temporary replacement, Steve ...

THIS WEEK IN BODY SHAMING

No excuses, no anger, no recriminations. Just some refreshing defiance. Still another bonehead with a social media account and too much time on their hands decided to deliver some unsolicited advice to a tv ...

NEW WEEKENDER IN PHOENIX

KTAZ, the Telemundo O&O in Phoenix, AZ, has brought Victor Hugo Rodríguez on board  as the station’s new weekend anchor and multi-media journalist. It’s a return to the Telemundo affiliate for Rodríguez, where he ...

VAPING ADVERTISING UP IN SMOKE

CBS, CNN and other major media companies are starting to pull e-cigarette advertising off their airways, as the death toll from a mysterious vaping-related illness continues to climb and health regulators across the world ...

STAYING PUT AT FOX

Fox News has signed Maria Bartiromo to a new, multiyear, deal for duties on both Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel. Bartiromo is currently anchor of FBN’s Mornings with Maria and Maria Bartiromo’s ...

30 YEAR ANNIVERSRY

Congratulations, Brenda Braxton Thirty years of broadcasting in one city, at one station, is no easy feat. That’s exactly what Brenda has done though, and she celebrated her 30th Anniversary at KGW (NBC) last week. Not ...

ANCHOR DEATH UPDATE

The autopsy of longtime Miami TV news anchor Todd Tongen found no evidence that Tongen suffered from Lewy body dementia, contrary to what the 56-year-old may have thought at the time he took own ...

BELABORING THE OBVIOUS

Tamron Hall is ramping up for the debut of her new syndicated daily talker next month, but there’s one thing she can’t get out of her mind. “Megyn’s success or not, I already knew ...

BEAR WITH US….

We’re still working out some of the kinks as we migrate to a new server so today’s edition won’t look quite the same. We’re working on it and we thank you for your forbearance. ...

FORMER BELO REPORTER WINS AWARD

Albuquerque Journal reporter Angela Kocherga has been named a 2019 winner of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia Journalism School, which honors outstanding reporting in Latin America and the Caribbean. If her name ...

CHILDRENS PROGRAMMING UPDATED

The FCC on Wednesday announced new rules for children’s television, including pushing up the start time that broadcasters are allowed to air kids’ programming in the morning.  The goal is to give broadcasters more ...

SETTING IT STRAIGHT

Last month, we ran a story on Sharyl Atkisson’s campaign to keep Wikipedia on the straight and narrow. In that story, we referred to Atkisson as a “former” journalist. She’s still working, so she ...

RIP BOB LEIDER

Bob Leider, the former general manager of WSVN (FOX) has died. You may remember Leider, stepped down as GM back in September of 2018. He remained with parent Sunbeam Television as VP and consultant. ...

MATT WHO????

Conspicuously MIA from “The Today Show’s” self-absorbed celebration of 25 years inhabiting Studio 1A is Matt….um….let’s see…it’s right on the tip of our tongue…..oh yeah…Matt Lauer. The revisionism of wiping Lauer from the history ...

OJ SLOW SPEED CHASE

So, for those of us who are a *tad* bit older than let’s say 75 percent of the current broadcast workforce, Monday was an anniversary of sorts. It’s when we all gathered around the ...

AH, THE MEMORIES

We all have those certain times in our careers we look back and remember. Maybe it was the News Director kicking a trash can after seeing a story on a competitor labeled ‘exclusive’ or ...

TEGNA NPPA HONORS

TEGNA station WFAA (ABC) photographer, Brandon Mowry, and KHOU (CBS) Kyle Porter, and John Sharify are bringing home the bacon after four NPPA Best of Photojournalism Awards.  If you are counting, TEGNA stations have received Station of ...

COVERING THE 75th ANNIVERSARY

The three broadcast networks who regularly do newscasts are devoting considerable time this week to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day – which is tomorrow. “ABC World News Tonight” anchor David Muir is presenting ...

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

There was some breathless chatter over the weekend about the hiring of a Lou Dobbs producer by CNN media watcher Brian Stelter for his Sunday morning program. “Hmph,” the chatter hmphed. “Stelter is one ...

JOINING FORCES

KTAB (CBS) and KRBC (NBC) joined forces last week to host an hour-long special broadcast to raise money for the survivors of a devastating tornado.  This was the first time the stations had come ...

AP PROPS

Alex Sanz is the AP deputy director of news-gathering for the U.S. South, has been selected as a Silver Circle inductee by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Southeast chapter.  If his name sounds ...

NEW NEWS DIRECTOR IN ERIE

Scott MacDowell, a tv news vet, is moving up from Birmingham, AL to become the new news director at Lilly/SJL’s WICU/WSEE in Erie, PA. He’d been assistant news director for Nexstar’sWIAT in Birmingham for ...

TV ENTERTAINMENT NEWS IS DYING

Reporter Maria Menounos says the future is bleak for entertainment news on television in wake of new technology and mobile sites, reports Fox Business.  Menounos, spoke to Yahoo Finance at the SALT Conference in Las ...

MEANWHILE…BACK AT KCBS

Monday, we posted information provided by a NewsBlueser from KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles, CA regarding as email sent by a group of staffers to the SAG/AFTRA unit that represents them regarding ongoing contract negotiations ...

WCHS BRINGS HOME THE GOLD

It was a big weekend for WCHS (ABC), which was recognized for the second year in a row as Television Station of the Year.  The award was presented Saturday during the West Virginia Broadcasters ...

ALL THAT FOR THIS???!!

We don’t normally make a thing of ratings but it is interesting to note that after a flurry of startling changes at CBS-owned WBBM in Chicago, the station began the May ratings sweep no ...

CNBC MARKS 30 YEARS

While we’re on the subject of anniversaries, “Happy 30th” to CNBC, the first and, until Fox  Business came along, foremost, uncritical mouthpiece for Wall Street and Big Business in general. Earlier this week, the ...

THEN AGAIN, MAYBE NOT

Yesterday, we ran an item provided by several NewsBluesers that David Pingalore, sportscaster at Tribune’s KTLA in Los Angeles, was apparently headed for Denver. Hold the phone. Pingalore, who came to LA after being ...

FLORIDA AP AWARDS

Winners of the 2018 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Association Pro Contest have been announced in Orlando, Florida.  Thirty-seven radio and television stations submitted 581 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories ...

SUSPENSION OVER

Our two-week-long national nightmare is over. Judge Jeanine will be back Saturday night. The reason for her two-week unplanned vacation, although still unacknowledged by Fox News because, well, you know, it’s none of your ...

30 YEARS AND COUNTING

Hats off to Rich Coppola, marking 30 years as sportscaster at Tribune-soon-to-be-Tegna’s-via-Nexstar WTIC in Hartford-New Haven, CT. Coppola broadcast his first report for the station three decades ago. Over the course of his long ...

LET’S HEAR IT FOR WAFB

On Thursday, the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters (LAB) named WAFB (CBS) as it’s Television Station of the Year (Large Market) for 2019.  This is WAFB’s fourth consecutive year to win the statewide honor, which ...

IS THE ROMANCE OVER?

If you have nothing better to do on weekends than pore over the voluminous and increasingly unhinged tweetstorms emanating out of Washington DC, perhaps you have come to the same conclusion that “The Washington ...

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

Our Wednesday story on the #SeeHer initiative and Meredith Corporation’s involvement in it left the impression that the lawsuit brought by former KCTV anchor Karen Fuller was still pending. In fact, Fuller and the ...

SIGNAL SWITCHES TO NOW

It hasn’t been up and running for six months but NBC News’ streaming service has already undergone a name change. When it re-launches in early May, what we have known as NBC News Signal ...

MOVING UP IN MONTANA

Andrea Lutz was recently promoted as the anchor for the Montana Television Network’s evening newscast on Montana CW, which airs statewide.  “I am thrilled to be anchoring and leading a newscast that is focused ...

FOX NIXES ANTI-NAZI COMMERCIAL

A commercial promoting an Oscar-nominated anti-Nazi documentary was rejected by Fox News Channel, which deemed the ad “inappropriate.” “It Can’t Happen Here” is a short documentary about a 1939 American Nazi Party rally at ...

“I KNOW A GUY…”

Chicago’s Robert Feder notes that Disney’s WLS isn’t just Chicago’s top-rated television station. With employees related to three prominent Democrats, it also may have the most politically connected newsroom in town. Morning news anchor ...

HOUSTON POLICE SHOOTING

In Houston, all of the Houston stations were quickly on the Officer involved shooting that occurred Monday afternoon. They were already in their 5 PM newscasts when Five police officers were injured during a firefight ...

SO MUCH FOR HYPERLOCAL

With heavy heart, we pass on this update from Houston blogger Mike McGuff on “Covering Katy” a nine-year-old hyperlocal news site created by former KIAH reporter Dennis Spellman. Last year, Spellman told mikemcguff.com that ...

LET’S FIX THIS…

In our story last  Wednesday about veteran Atlanta education reporter Donna Lowry signing on with Georgia Public Broadcasting, we also mentioned she was replacing Lisa Rayam and that “Rayam is expected to continue working ...