DC Station to Hire Former CNN Sports guy to Anchor News

This morning, FTVLive FIRST told you about more people getting shown the door at Sinclair owned WJLA in DC.

That includes Sports Director Tim Brant. Brant sent out an email to co-workers saying that he could not come to terms on a new contract.

Insiders tell FTVLive that WJLA is going to hire Larry Smith (pictured) former CNN/HLN Sports Anchor. But, don't look for Smith to replace Brant.

Our sources say that Smith is being hired as the new morning News Anchor at WJLA in DC.

Stay tuned and remember where you read it FIRST.

Ummmmm.... Now That's Awkward

When tornados were once again ripping through parts of Oklahoma, NBC's Jay Gray was keeping people informed of what was happening on social media.

Gray posted information and pictures on Twitter and soon after he got this reply from a staffer at CNN:

Ummmm....it was a bit awkward for a CNN staffer to be asking and NBC staffer for the rights to their pictures.

Gray was very straight forward in his answer: 

Group Petitions DC Station to Fire Reporter

An anti-gun group wants WTTG in DC to fire Reporter Emily Miller.

To show that they are serious, 'The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence' delivered a petition Tuesday to WTTG's General Manager Patrick Paolini demanding the station to fire Miller.

Miller has made speeches and written a book about her views on the Second Amendment and rights as a gun owner. 

“If she wants to be a pundit or an advocate, she has every right to do so, but we don’t believe a journalist should be using that position to advocate a personal agenda that is very distasteful to residents in this area,” Ladd Everitt, director of communications for the coalition said. 

Survivors of gun violence Eddie Weingart and Lori Haas spoke at the protest outside the station. 

Haas’ daughter, Emily, was shot twice in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, but survived. Since then, Haas has become a vocal advocate for gun safety laws. 

“I find it appalling. Just unacceptable for a reporter who’s number one goal is impartiality is an advocate for the gun rights groups she speaks for,” Haas said.

So far the station has not commented on the petition that had over 6,000 signatures. 

H/T infozine

More Changes at WJLA

The revolving door continues at Sinclair owned WJLA in DC.

Word is that Community Reporters Monica McNutt, Rachel Schaeer and Caroline Tucker will exit the station Today. Sources say that their positions they held were eliminated. 

Also, Sports Director Tim Brant (pictured) announced he is leaving the station and not being able to come to terms on a new contract.

In his email to his co-workers, Brant said: “The count was full, the bases loaded, but we struck out in reaching a new agreement for me to stay and I took a pass. In extra innings, I agreed to work the sweeps with my last day being May 29,2015. A thank you to Sinclair for offering me the opportunity to continue on, but the time has come for me to move along."

OMG! Breaking Greenville Star has Hollywood Dreams

The TruTV Show 'Breaking Greenville" is in the books, but not before giving some of the TV news stars higher hopes.

In the opening episode of Breaking Greenville, WAGB News Director Pam Chatman proudly reveals the fact she is referred to as "the Oprah of the South."

The Clarion Ledger writes that now, Chatman claims that she has been contacted by Oprah Winfrey's "ambassadors" (Oprah has ambassadors?) about setting up a meeting with the media mogul.

"We're trying to eventually cross paths to get both Oprahs face to face and see what happens," Chatman said with a hearty laugh.

Chatman, along with co-stars David Lush and Lucy Biggers, is among the "Breaking Greenville" stars to parlay the reality show into possible new career opportunities.

"I'm ecstatic about how this reality show has been great for the city of Greenville as well as the entire Delta," Chatman said. "A lot of people have stopped by to tell how grateful they are for what we have done for putting Mississippi and the Delta on the map for something more positive and full of laughter."

Chatman has maintained her position as News Director, but it might not be for much longer. Chatman hears Hollywood calling her name. She made an appearance on the CBS talk show "The Talk" and has been asked about guest hosting the show.

She is currently traveling back and forth between the Delta and Los Angeles "to see what opportunities are out there for me."

Excuse me.....I need to go throw up now.

Radio Host Sorry for Twitter Comments about Anchor's Boobs

A couple of Chicago Radio guys said they were sorry for tweets about a TV Anchor's boobs.

WSCR-AM midday co-host Matt Spiegel sent out a thought on Twitter about the sometimes stiff on-air performance of CSN Chicago sports anchor/reporter Aiyana Cristal.

Spiegel wrote: "Aiyana Cristal makes me uncomfortable. I feel how hard she's trying, & end up awkwardly rooting for her to finish cleanly."

Spiegel's WSCR-am co-host Dan Bernstein quickly responded to that tweet by Spiegel, saying: "I have no rooting interest in her work, but enjoy her giant boobs."

For his part in this situation, Spiegel has apologized repeatedly on Twitter and on his radio show.

Bernstein said sorry on his radio show. Bernstein began by saying "Spiegs, I know you talked about this earlier and I think there are a lot of people who want me to address the Twitter kerfuffle from last night." 

Said Bernstein: "I'm an idiot. There are certain times when you can be childish and crass, and other times where it's just really stupid to be a child. My tweet was childish, my tweet was crass and unnecessary. I'm sorry I dragged an innocent person into it who's doing a job. I made an observation I shouldn't have made and it was childish and silly and stupid."

He added: "My words are my responsibility. My words were stupid. There's nobody else to blame for any difficulty that I might be going through because of my stupidity. It's entirely on me. I own it. I wish I would have had a second thought about sending it. I am learning my lesson about what is appropriate, what is inappropriate to say and I feel bad about it."

H/T Chicagoland Radio and Media 

New ND Named in Denver

KMGH has finally gotten around to naming a new News Director.

The station named Lindsay Radford as the new news boss. Radford comes back to Denver from KSTP in Minneapolis, where she has been since 2003.

Radford has two previous stints in Colorado working as a Producer at KCNC in Denver and KKTV in Colorado Springs. 

"Lindsay is a strong newsroom leader and an accomplished journalist," said Brad Remington, vice president and general manager at 7NEWS. "She has the skills and drive to take our newsroom forward in what is a very competitive environment. It’s a real bonus that she has worked in Colorado and has significant family ties here."

How Old is She?

A typo from Syracuse TV WTVH  is now getting mocked nationally after appearing on Jimmy Fallon's "Screengrabs" segment on "The Tonight Show" Wednesday.

The late-night host said a viewer from Oneida, N.Y., sent in a screenshot from WTVH wishing a local woman a happy 100th birthday. Unfortunately, the text on the news station's segment said "Happy 1000th birthday" on top of a photo of a woman blowing out candles on a cake.

"That's very nice," Fallon said as the audience laughed. "1,000 -- doesn't look a day over 900."

Let's go to the video:

Back to Duluth

Most people that work in a small market like Duluth, put in their few years and then move on to bigger markets, never to be seen again.

There there is Edward Moody.

Moody left Duluth in 2007,  but now is coming back.

He will be a weekend Anchor and Producer at KBJR starting April 4th.  

"It's like going back home," Moody said. "That's where I learned how to be a journalist. To come back to Duluth to where I started and to basically do the only thing I know how to do for a living, I'm a very fortunate person."

Moody left KBJR for a job at WHAM in Rochester, N.Y., and then went to WXIN in Indianapolis. 

Since returning to Minnesota, Moody said, he had been splitting his time between living in the Twin Cities and Duluth, where his longtime partner lives.

Moody was at WCCO in Minneapolis for two years and left at the end of the summer. After 10 years in the business, Moody said, he re-evaluated his priorities and decided to put his personal life ahead of his career.

"I looked around and I didn't have the relationship with my family that I wanted and I didn't have the friends that I wanted and needed in my life," Moody said. "I had devoted so much time and energy to my career and moving around in my career, that my personal life took a backseat and, 10 years in, it was noticeable."

Moody said he and his partner decided his next move wasn't going to be for a job, it was going to be for his life. They decided to make Duluth their home. For the past six months he's been enjoying the North Shore, spending time with their pets and cooking, he said.

"I wake up every morning and I'm lucky enough to have a great view of Lake Superior," Moody said. "I look out at that lake and it gives me everything I need from that."

H/T Duluth News Tribune 


Covering planes crashes in remote locations make it very difficult for TV stations. There is never much information in the beginning and when the info finally does come in, there are no pictures to back it up.

When word came down that one of the pilots of the Germanwings aircraft was locked out of the cabin before it crashed into the French Alps, both CNN and NBC went to the cartoons.

It seems that both NBC and CNN did not figure that viewers were smart enough to know what a pilot locked out of the cockpit looked like, so NBC came up with this:


CNN's cartoon was even more odd as it shows the pilot (who looks like a cross between RobCop and a Ken doll) knocking on the door in a very odd way: 

NBC had the pilot knocking with his left hand, while CNN had him weird knocking with his right. Maybe they should leave the cartoons to the Cartoon Network and just deliver the news.

Just saying...