San Francisco News Crews Robbed at Gunpoint

It was some scary moments this morning for some San Francisco news crews.

A KNTV news crew was attacked and robbed of their gear this morning. A KNTV Photographer, whose camera gear was stolen was also injured in the attack.

The brazen attack occurred just before 6 a.m. at Pier 14 in San Francisco, where the reporter and photographer were covering a story about a woman who had been shot to death there the night before.

A crew from KTVU was also at the scene, and the Reporter had to duck out of her live shot (pictured) when the attack occurred.

What happened was not shown on camera.

The suspect made off with KTVU's gear as well. 

KNTV says that as the crew was about to go on air, a suspect pulled up to the curb in a black four-door BMW and approached the Photographer and pistol-whipped him with a gun, shoved him to the ground, the Photographer and reporter said. The suspect then grabbed the Photographer's camera gear, and as he was struggling to get it inside his getaway car, returned to pistol whip the Photographer again, the news crew reported.

The Reporter was not injured and the photographer suffered a cut to his ear. The photographer was checked out by paramedics along the Embarcadero and declared OK.

Obama May Give Many TV Folks A Raise

President Obama is proposing to change who is eligible for overtime. Right now, if you're a salaried employee making $23,600 or less, you're entitled to overtime. The new proposal would raise the threshold to $50,440. That will affect a lot of people in TV.

The White House hopes to have the reform in place by 2016, which will get pretty interesting for an election year. It will mean a lot of TV folks working in newsrooms will love the president, while the execs in the big corner offices running the stations will hate it.

The Huffington Post has a lot of facts and figures.

Unfortunately, it doesn't say anything about intern pay.

Back in the World HQ

After a brief trip to Orlando that including sitting for hours on I-4, I'm back in the FTVLive World Headquarters.

Once again, hats off to the FTVLive Intern (who is alongside this morning helping out) that held down the ship while we were out of pocket. 

Now it is time to sort through email make some phone calls and get back into the muckraking.

So let's get the first updates out and get this show started. 

WBNS Hires Former CNN'er As ND

WBNS in Columbus has finally named a news director: Kelly Frank. She's headed to the Dispatch station from WGCL where she's the Senior Managing Editor of Broadcast, Digital & Social. Prior to WGCL, Frank was an EP at CNN.

Frank had been at at the Atlanta station only about 7 months.

WBNS GM John Cardenas sent out the requisite flowery press release, saying: "Kelly’s depth, experience and background in television news combined with her expertise in digital and social media content makes her the perfect candidate for the job as we move more towards a digitally-centric news operation.  Her contemporary and progressive approach will help grow our audiences while maintaining the journalistic integrity we have long been known for."

Coincidentally, Frank's partner is former Tribune SVP of News, Katherine Green, who FTVLive first reported was leaving her corporate gig to spend more time with her family in Atlanta.

Here is the full internal memo sent to the staff and obtained by FTVLive:

I’m thrilled to announce Kelly Frank will be joining 10TV as our new Director of News and Digital Content.  Kelly is currently the Senior Managing Editor, Broadcast, Digital, & Social at WGCL in Atlanta.  In her current role, she manages content across all platforms including television, digital and social media.

Kelly most recently worked as Executive Producer, U.S. Operations for CNN where she supervised several show teams over four plus years.  While at CNN, Kelly oversaw special coverage for hurricanes, politics, the Japan Earthquake/Tsunami and the Gulf Oil spill producing shows with Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Christiane Amanpour and Soledad O’Brien. She was part of the team that took home three Peabody Awards for coverage of the 2008 election, the 2010 Gulf Oil spill and coverage of the Arab Spring.

Before working at CNN, Kelly was an Executive Producer in Washington DC for Fox owned WTTG, overseeing the Emmy-award winning morning news and then evening news. She moved to the nation’s capital after spending 6 years as an Executive Producer and Producer for NBC affiliates in Phoenix and Milwaukee.

Kelly is no stranger to Columbus and is in fact a diehard Buckeye fan.  She began her career across the street at WCMH where she produced weekend and weekday morning news. She grew up in Southern California but moved to Columbus where she was a two time All-Ohio softball pitcher at Bishop Ready High School.  Kelly holds a Bachelors degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College where she now proudly serves on the Board of Trustees. Kelly will graduate next year with a Master’s degree in Social Media from the University of Florida, the only program of its kind in the country.  

Kelly’s depth, experience and background in television news combined with her expertise in digital and social media content makes her the perfect candidate for the job as we move more towards a digitally-centric news operation.  Her contemporary and progressive approach will help grow our audiences while maintaining the journalistic integrity we have long been known for.

Kelly’s other passion in life besides news are her two daughters Gracen(3) and Avery(1.5).  Kelly and her family will make the move in August and Kelly will begin on August 30th.  Please join me in welcoming Kelly to the team. 

John Cardenas
President & GM WBNS-10TV

You're a Reporter.... Not 12

KRBC (Abilene TX) Reporter Shannon Valladolid was sent to jail yesterday.

OK, maybe not, but she did do a story on the new Nolan County Jail and even dressed up in the prisoner uniform to shoot her stand up.

You know, because Halloween is just 120 days away.

I think the story would have been just fine without the Reporter dressing like a criminal. But het, that's just me. 

Let's go to the video:

Shannon Valladolid: In 2000, Nolan County Jail was overcrowded and started having to house a portion of the prisoners in surrounding counties. This new jail will hold far more inmates than the previous one which was much needed.

Posted by KRBC TV on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Buffalo Station Posts Photo of Dead Inmate

WIVB in Buffalo figured out a way to drive traffic to the station's website.

The station decided to post a picture of escaped prison inmate Richard Matt after he had been shot and killed.

The station did not show the picture on air, but they did so on their website. 

Chris Woodard, the digital director at WIVB, said the photo was obtained by the station’s news department and the decision to put it online and not on the air was made by News Director Scott Levy.

“I supported the decision,” said Woodard.

WIVB’s news department is separate from its digital department, but they do work together at times.

Levy said the decision to put the photo online “was made to allow the viewer to make that decision (of whether to look at it) for themselves. Putting it on-air does not allow that.”

Actually, WIVB could have warned TV viewers not wanting to see the photo to look away if it had decided to show it. It often does that with disturbing video.

Levy added that also made those who wanted to see the picture click on an image to view it rather than just post it for all to see.

“We wanted to be very careful no one would see it by accident,” explained Woodard of forcing the picture to be clicked on. “The viewer had to make a conscious effort to see it.”

Last place station WKBW decided they would not show the photo. General Manager Mike Nurse  said his acting news director called him to say the station also had the photo from CNN, which he said also posted it online.

“We chose not to show it,” said Nurse. “We felt it was too graphic.”

What about posting it online?

“It is too graphic, period,” said Nurse. “If you wanted to see it, it is available online. We just didn’t feel it was appropriate. Everyone knows he’s dead. How does it advance the story?”

Advance the story? This is all about web clicks and WIVB won that battle. 

If you want to see the photo,

H/T Buffalo News


Another Meteorologist Out at KYW

The revolving door at KYW-TV seems to only work if you're leaving. FTVLive has been reporting on almost daily 'exits' of staffers. The latest is meteorologist Carol Erickson.

Erickson joined the CBS O&O in 1978. It hasn't always been smooth though. FTVLive reported on the now infamous 'cat fight' between Erickson and Nicole Brewer.

Erickson says she's now going to pursue her passion of pet advocacy

In the meantime, AM anchor Ukee Washington is replacing Chris May as anchor for the station's 5p, 6p, & 11p shows. Noon meteorologist Kate Bilo will replace ousted Kathy Orr in the chief's spot.

Will someone please print a scorecard?

DC Station Hires Milwaukee Radio Jock

Sinclair's WJLA has hired a new Anchor and he comes from a radio station.

The station has hired WMYX-FM (Milwaukee) morning show co-host Kidd O’Shea as the social media anchor for “Good Morning Washington.”

O’Shea does have some TV experience, he did lifestyle reports for WISN in Milwaukee.

In 2012, after Pres. Obama announced his support for same sex marriage, O’Shea announced on the air that he was gay. “I had to ask, ‘Why don’t these people I spend every morning with know yet?’” he told the Wisconsin Gazette.  He is the only openly gay member of Milwaukee’s broadcast media.

“There was never a fear,” about coming out publicly, said O’Shea, who came out to friends and family when he was 18 years old. “I was never really worried about how it would go,” he said in a phone interview.”

No word that when Kidd gets to DC if he will get a grown up name or stick with his Milwaukee radio moniker?

H/T Duane Dudek

Disney Bans Selfie Sticks

Planning to visit the Magic Kingdom? Don't even think about bringing a selfie stick. You'll have to rely on posting to your social media the old fashioned way; at arm's length. If you're an MMJ, you'll need to lug your tripod.

Whenever something like this goes into effect, it's usually because a few idiots ignored common sense. Disney had only banned the sticks on rides, but not in the park. That changed last week when some genius pulled out a selfie stick while riding California Screamin'. The roller coaster was immediately shut down midway into the ride. 

Now how does Disney expect MMJ's to do their stand ups?

ESPN Wants To Silence Olbermann's Commentary

ESPN wants to do what no one has been able to do.... shut Keith Olbermann up. And the reason is because the network is scared to death the NFL.

The Hollywood Reporter says that ESPN and Keith Olbermann may be headed toward a tough negotiation to keep the outspoken host on the sports network. Word is that that ESPN has floated a highly problematic condition for an extension of Olbermann's initial two-year deal: that he cease engaging in “commentary” on his ESPN2 program.

The issue likely stems from Olbermann's critical assessment of the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal that exploded last summer when an elevator video of Rice punching then-fiancee Janay Palmer in the face surfaced after the NFL had imposed a slap-on-the-wrist, two-game suspension on the Baltimore Ravens star running back. Olbermann repeatedly hammered NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. In a lengthy commentary at the top of his Aug. 1 broadcast, he called on the commissioner to “resign” after what Olbermann described as a “weak, damaging and almost enabling reaction” to the episode.

The NFL has been pilloried throughout the media — and also faced pressure from advertisers — for its handling of a string of violent incidents involving its players. ESPN's highly regarded investigative series Outside the Lines was a leader in reporting on the scandal.

Olbermann is not the only ESPN personality who has been critical of Goodell and the league. Bill Simmons' profane criticism of Goodell was likely the tipping point for his departure from the network after 15 years, during which Simmons built the online site Grantland and also co-created the award-winning documentary series 30 for 30. 

Trump: Somebody's Doing the Raping

CNN's Don Lemon talked with Donald Trump about his rape comments and Trump was not backing down.

What was interesting, Trump kept telling Lemon to log onto Fusion's website to get the story. Never good when your interview is telling you to got to another network for the story.

Trump was referring to stories about how many immigrant women had been raped. Women Lemon pointed that out, Trump responded with, "Somebody's doing the raping."

Here is their exchange:

30 Rock Renamed The Comcast Building

If you wonder where your money goes when you play your Comcast bill at the end of the month? Well, a portion of it went to put a huge Comcast sight at the top of 30 Rockefeller Center.

The iconic building that houses NBC has been renamed the Comcast Building.

NBC Nightly News Anchor Lester Holt talked about the buildings new name in this video posted to Facebook. It shows that not only can Holt anchor the news, he can also be a company shill when he needs to be. 

David Brinkley just flipped over one more time. 

Here's the video:

30 Rockefeller Plaza is officially now the "Comcast Building."

Posted by NBCUniversal on Wednesday, July 1, 2015