The Internal Memo sent to Tribune News Directors from Katherine Green

FTVLive FIRST Reported the news yesterday (don't worry, the other guys should get to it story next week) that Tribune Senior VP on News, Katherine Green was leaving the job after just 7 months.

Green confirmed the news to FTVLive last night.

Here is the internal memo obtained by FTVLive that Green sent to the News Directors at the Tribune stations:

From: "Green, Katherine M"
To: NewsND 
Subject: My departure
Date: December 19, 2014 at 1:45:35 PM PST

I had hoped to tell you this earlier this week….  

Sometimes professional priorities collide with personal priorities.   That is the case with the role I occupy at Tribune.  The seemingly endless wheel of travel has created a difficult situation for me and for my family.  I am not one to compromise on what I hold important and this position is causing me to compromise far too often.  After much discussion with Larry, I am stepping aside as SVP of News.

It was not an easy decision.  There are some very good people within Tribune, creating great news programming in a challenging environment.  I truly enjoyed working with you.  I wish you the very best of luck. 


Katherine Green

Sources: Katherine Green Out as SVP at Tribune

Sources are telling FTVLive that after just 7 months on the job, Tribune's Senior VP of News Katherine Green is out the door.

Green was given the SVP back in May, she oversaw all news production and news operations for the 42 stations owned or operated by Tribune Broadcasting.

When Green was named to the job, she said, “Tribune is one of the largest broadcasting companies in America, with a legacy of championing the public’s need for information. This is a rare and unique opportunity to simultaneously preserve and evolve that legacy for generations to come".

Looks like the generations to come, lasted just 7 months.

No word yet from Tribune on the move.

Stay tuned... 

The Lowest of the Low

This morning, FTVLive told you that WNWO in Toledo had one of the lowest rated newscasts in the country.

The station's two morning newscasts pull in just 1,000 viewers. To give you an idea how low that is, it's likely that there are 1,000 people reading FTVLive right at this moment.

We wondered if this is the lowest rated newscast in the entire country?

Well, an FTVLive reader emailed us and says that WNWO has some company in the ratings basement. 

An article from the Charlotte Observer says that WJZY Fox Charlotte's morning show, launched in August and the most polished of its daily newscasts, averaged fewer than 1,000 viewers at 6 a.m.

Less than 1,000?!

I'm fairly certain the infomercial for the ShamWow pulls in more viewers. 

Just saying.... 

Taking Over the Main Anchor Chair in Dallas?

Remember back on November 19th when FTVLive told you that  KTVK AM anchor Kaley O’Kelley was headed to Dallas as a primary anchor for KTVT?

Many wondered at the Dallas station where O'Kelley would be fitting in. The rumors started to fly and the Dallas station was not too happy with FTVLive putting the word out that O'Kelley was headed their way.

Earlier, FTVLive reported that KTVT main Anchor Karen Borta was leaving the evening newscast to start anchoring the station's low rated morning show.

The station has not announced who will replace Borta's spot in the evenings, but we are betting big bucks that Kaley O'Kelley will be part of this.

By the way, we still don't buy that Borta moving to mornings is completely her idea. Just saying.... 

Stay tuned and remember where you read it First. 

Wow! Toledo Station Might Have Lowest Rated Newscast in the Country

The November ratings book was a clean sweep for WTVG, Channel 13 inToledo.

The Nielsen ratings show that the station was an across the board winner in total number of viewers and viewers in the 25-to-54 age demographic.

But wait till you see how bad it is at the bottom of the ratings. 

The Toledo Blade writes that WTVG beat its ratings rival WTOL-TV, Channel 11, in all the head-to-head numbers, save for the number of men ages 25 to 54 watching the noon and 5 to 6 p.m. newscasts, and tied among men in the same demo at 6 p.m.

In a word, the local ABC affiliate was dominant.

In total viewership — ages 2 plus — in the morning, WTVG was watched by an average audience of 20,000 between 5 and 6, and 44,000 between 6 and 7, compared to 7,000 and 17,500, respectively, for WTOL.

In its first November sweeps after a management and personnel shake-up earlier this year, WNWO-TV, Channel 24, was watched by 1,000 total viewers between 5 and 6 a.m. and again between 6 and 7 a.m., remaining flat from November, 2013.

Are you kidding me? A 1,000 total viewers?

Damn! That has to be one of the lowest rated newscasts in the country. The station bills itself as "Your News Station"...the reason is YOUR the only one that is watching it. 

More on the ratings from the Toledo Blade

Cops Continue to Search Gunman that Shot Texas Weatherman

There was not a lot of information for police to go on Thursday as they tried to track down KCEN meteorologist Patrick Crawford's shooter. 

Officers said they do not think he is still in the immediate area, but that doesn't mean they're not looking; there are still a lot of patrols going on in the area

Cops were back the station on Thursday, combing through fields again for any clues.  But they admit, it's going to take some time to find the shooter.

"What it's going to take is a lot of leg work, a lot of detective work," said Sgt. Kevin Ferguson, patrol sergeant for the McLennan County Sheriff's Office.

"There has been a few calls reporting suspicious people,” he said.

As FTVLive told you yesterday, police have released a sketch (right) that Crawford helped them make. The Weather Anchor claims he did not know the man that shot him. 

Crawford remains in the hospital but is in stable condition and is recovering well at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Temple.

"So far he is on target if not moving ahead of schedule," said Dr. Matthew Davis at a new conference Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Davis said Patrick was a little bit sleepy but happy and has had very pleasant interactions with nurses and staff.


Craftcaster Becomes PIO

Back on December 5th, FTVLive wrote that former KSAZ Fox O&O weekend anchor Kristen Keogh had started up a news venture doing crafting shows on YouTube.

Keogh teamed up with KPNX Reporter Hailey Francis to launch a YouTube channel called the CraftCasters.

The two cook and do crafts on the Internet. 

In our December 5th story we said:

Proving that TV people are not qualified to do anything else....

A couple of weeks ago, FTVLive told you that  KSAZ Fox O&O weekend anchor Kristen Keogh was leaving the station to start her own venture.

Believe it or not, it isn't in PR. 

Well guess what?

Sources tell FTVLive that Keogh has just taken a job in PR. Word is that she is becoming the PIO for the Arizona Attorney General.

No word if she will wear her Craftcasters apron at the press conferences. 

Stay tuned....

Longtime Dallas Anchor Moved to Mornings

KTVT Anchor Karen Borta has been the evening anchor at the station for as long anyone can remember. 

But starting in mid-January, Borta is going from the evening to the mornings. 

She held her own newsroom staff meeting to tell her co-workers that she was headed to the AM shift. And although we would love to believe that this move was fully and 100% her choice, when you watch the video of her meeting, you just get the feeling that this isn't exactly what she wanted.

Maybe it's just the cynic in me, but watch and judge for yourself: