CNN's Stelter: The Missing Plane is a Bigger Story Today

CNN Reliable Sources Host Brian Stelter appeared on Fusion's "Midterm Mayhem" show and said a few things that make you hmmmmm?

The show's hosts tried to joke with Stelter about CNN's way over the top coverage of the missing plane. Stelter in turn tried to argue that the missing plane story is a bigger story today than when it first went missing.

"I would actually argue that it is a bigger story Today than it was 6 months ago," Stelter said. Stelter did not say way CNN is still not focusing their coverage on the missing plane, since after all it is a bigger story Today than when CNN was going wall to wall with coverage? 

As for the ebola fears and cable news not stop coverage of virus that only has 7 confirmed cases in the U.S.

Stelter says you have to put some of that blame on the viewers?


“It’s partly the fault of the viewer. I don’t know if that’s kosher to say or not," Stelter said. "I think if you sit there watching for 24 hours or whatever that stereotypical amount of time is, you’re probably going to come away with a disproportional sense of how important that story is. I put a lot of that on the audience. Maybe that’s silly of me to say,” he added.

So the next time you think cable news over the top, off the wall coverage has crossed way over the's your fault. 

Damn viewers!

Here's video of Stelter's appearance:

Robin Meade Does Las Vegas

HLN Anchor and FTVLive favorite Robin Meade is excited to play Las Vegas. 

Meade tells FTVLive that during her vacation timed (Dec 12-24) she will be playing at the Venetian with the group Human Nature.

She will be preforming as the group's special guest. 

She announced the news to viewers on her show this morning.

Now, FTVLive knows where we will be the Christmas Holiday. 

Vegas Baby!


OK...That's Enough Time with the Family

When longtime WTLV (Jacksonville) morning  Anchor Phil Amato left the station abruptly and the went into real estate he said that he wanted to find a career where he didn’t have to wake up at 2:30 a.m. every day, one that gave him more time to spend with his family.

He said that last month.

Well, it appears that sleeping in and spending time with the family was fine for a month, but now Amato is getting back into TV news. And he's going back to doing the job that he said he was so happy to be leaving behind. 

Cox owned WJAX across the street announced that they have hired Amato as their new morning anchor. 

“We were given the opportunity to bring on a pillar of the Jacksonville journalism community and we couldn’t pass it up,” said Jim Zerwekh, vice president and general manager for WFOX-TV/WJAX-TV.

“Jacksonville viewers know him, trust him and like him,” said Bob Longo, news director of WFOX/WJAX. “We’re thrilled that he’ll help take the lead in the mornings as Action News Jax continues to give our viewers the most compelling, fresh, local news & weather coverage available.

"I'm proud and excited to be part of the morning news team on CBS47/FOX30,” said Amato. “I look forward to working with a very talented staff and taking my 20 years of local TV news experience to contribute to a dynamic, fast paced morning newscast. It's exciting to continue my career with a team that's committed to being number one."

In other words that whole spending more time with the family was complete bullshit just like it always is.

So why do TV people still use that line?

Just asking.... 

You People are Amazing!

Yesterday, I was once again shown how cool the people that read this website really are.

I told you that the computer that I use to update this site each and everyday is starting to have problems. The 5 year old iMac has had a great run, but his time his just about up and needs replacing.

I have my heart set on Apple's new Retina Display iMac which the company just released. Problem is, that iMac cost $2500 and the money is not in the FTVLive budget.

So, I asked you guys if anyone wanted to help out FTVLive and donate to help buy us a new computer?

A number of you did and FTVLive has already raised over six hundred dollars of the $2500 that is needed.

Some of the coolest people in TV stepped up and sent us some money to help us out. I am truly blown away by just how nice many of you are.

If you enjoy reading FTVLive and would like to help out, details on how you can do so are posted in ScottLand. 

Nexstar Station Issues Dress Code Memo to the Staff

WBRE (Scranton,PA) has told news staffers it is time they dress better.

Anchors, Reporters and Department Heads are told to wear coats and ties, while Photogs still get to wear jeans but no T-shirts (there goes 90% of most Photogs wardrobe).

Here is the internal memo from WBRE News Director Jeff DePury. 

From: Jim DePury
Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2014 2:46 PM
To: News - WBRE; Production - WBRE >
Subject: Station Dress Code

We work in a professional environment. We have a lot of people coming through the station. Our dress at work must reflect our professional nature. The following guidelines should be followed:

Business Attire - (Coats/Suits/Ties for men. Comparable apparel for women)- Department Heads, Sales Managers, AE’s, News Anchors/Reporters.

Business Casual - (Slacks/Collared Shirts for men. Comparable apparel for women)- Newsroom personnel, Sales Assistants, Assistants, Promotion, Creative Services.  

Work Attire - (Jeans/Collared Shirts/No T-Shirts)- News Photogs, Production Floor Crew, Field Production Crew, Engineers.

Exceptions are:
Casual Fridays - Business Attire can dress Business Casual
Extreme Weather - 100+ degree or Snow/Ice exceptions can be made.

How we look is important to our viewers, clients and community members. We want to dress for success and portray a best in class, professional look.

Jim DePury
News Director

Get That Guy a Teleprompter.... STAT!

During the locker-room celebration for the World Champion San Francisco Giants, it turned very awkward when Chevrolet executive Rikk Wilde was awarding Madison Bumgarner the World Series MVP award.

Wilde had a small cheat sheet in his hand, but it didn't help much. The man was so nervous and out of breath, it was like he ran the bases just before handing Bumgarner the award.

The best part was when he was talking about a new Chevy truck, saying, "It combines class-winning and -leading, um, you know technology and stuff."

Look for that line in Chevy's new commercial, "our trucks have, you know technology and stuff."

Let's go to the video:

NY Anchor Breaks Wrist Shooting Segment

WNYW Fox 5 Anchor Rosanna Scotto was shooting a segment on the ice at Rockefeller Center, when things went south quickly.

Scotto, proving that anchors can't skate and talk at the same time, fell and broke her wrist and elbow.

Scotto and her co-anchor  Greg Kelly were shooting a segment when K̶e̶l̶l̶y̶ ̶p̶u̶s̶h̶e̶d̶ ̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶i̶c̶e̶ she feel on her arm. The popular anchor fractured her elbow and will need surgery.

But, since the November book starts Today, Scotto was expected to be on the air. 

After all, it is ratings you know. 

Longtime DC Reporter is Out

Another staffer at Sinclair's newly purchased WJLA is headed for the exit.

After 25+ years at the station, Reporter Greta Kreuz is leaving.  

Kreuz was a veteran reporter and anchor at WJLA joined the station in 1988 and covered a wide variety of beats, including education, transportation and religion. During her time at the station she anchored both the weekend and morning newscasts.

Kreuz retired on Wednesday with a newsroom celebration and new owners Sinclair dug deep in their pockets and sprung for a farewell cake.

Ummmm.... No! That is Not an Exclusive

Cable news network and future movie channel CNN had an "exclusive" interview with freelance Photographer and Ebola survivor Ashoka Mukpo.

CNN's Don Lemon sat down with Mukpo to talk about how he caught the ebola virus and what he went through. 

What is very strange about CNN's exclusive...... 7 days ago, NBC also had an exclusive with a Photographer named Ashoka Mukpo that caught the ebola virus.

What are the odds that two different people, with the same name and job would both get ebola and then talk about in on the news?

We thought NBC claiming it was "exclusive" was lame, CNN's labeling their's "exclusive" is just plain sad. 

Just saying.... 

Judge Says MSNBC Host Scammed Real Estate Broker

A judge ruled that MSNBC Donny Deutsch scammed a real estate broker out of a $1.2 million commission in the sale of Deutsch’s $30 million Hamptons home.

Page Six reports that Justice Charles Ramos says Deutsch’s lawyer Jonathan Tarbet was acting on his client’s behalf when Sotheby’s broker Edward Petrie was schemed out of his 4 percent commission.

Petrie had brought a potential buyer, LA hedge funder Howard Marks, by Deutsch’s Tyson Lane home in 2010.

After Deutsch realized he knew Marks, he went behind Petrie’s back and brokered the sale privately to avoid the fee, Petrie claimed.

“This court considers that and refusal to acknowledge [Petrie] as the broker to be marks of dishonesty and greed,” Ramos writes in the Oct. 23 decision awarding Petrie’s employer, Sotheby’s, $1.2 million.

“Both characteristics are particularly unbecoming when exhibited by those blessed with great wealth,” the judge scolds.

A representative for Deutsch says, “Mr. Deutsch is shocked and outraged by this ruling, which is wrong based on law and fact. The ruling was based on the Sotheby’s broker’s contention that Mr. Deutsch agreed to a 4% commission arrangement. This is an outright and absolute lie. There was no such agreement, neither verbal nor written, and internal Sotheby’s email communications confirm this. Mr. Deutsch will vigorously defend his position in court and is very confident this decision will be reversed on appeal.”

Two Des Moines Reporters Pleads Guilty to Drunk Driving Charges

WHO (Des Moines) television Reporter/Anchor Sonya Heitshusen pleaded guilty operating while intoxicated after her arrest this past summer.

When Heitshusen was arrested she originally entered a not-guilty plea.

Heitshusen was pulled over in early June near downtown Des Moines' entertainment district around 1 a.m. driving the wrong way down a street, authorities said. Police said she at first refused to exit her vehicle, then had trouble balancing and refused any field sobriety or breath tests.

Heinshusen anchors the 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. newscasts for WHO. She now faces up to one year in jail  (which will never happen)and a fine of $1,250.

Her sentencing is set for Dec. 15.

A second WHO-TV reporter was arrested for first-offense OWI the same weekend as Heitshusen. Erik Wheater, 25, has since also pleaded guilty.

H/T Des Moines Register