Back on the Air in Denver

A well known Denver Sports Anchor, who moved to news is returning to the air, back doing sports.

Are you confused yet?

KUSA has hired a long-time competitor, out of retirement. Ron Zappolo, who “retired” temporarily last year, will return to TV and to his first love, sports, as a KUSA weekend sports conversationalist. Not an anchor, not a reporter, but a well-known presence injecting a personal style into watercooler stories involving sports.

He’ll be paired with Sam Adams, Denver comedian and sportswriter (for the Rocky Mountain News), to talk sports as a segment within the newscast. The first taping is Friday, to air this weekend.

“We’ll see what develops,” Zappolo said late Tuesday. “Anything’s on the table.”

KUSA President and General Manager Mark Cornetta calls the move an “experiment,” as a way to inject talk about sports, sometimes in a debate style, in the weekend newscast. “As with anything, if it is good, there is the possibility it could expand,” Cornetta said.

Zappolo left KDVR last April with the intention of “reinventing myself one more time.” Zappolo had been considered Denver’s premiere sports anchor in previous stints at KCNC and KUSA, before taking a chance on becoming a news anchor for KDVR.

He had extended talks with FoxSports1 and with KDVR but nothing materialized at either outlet. At KUSA, he said, “they treated me really well.”

H/T Denver Post

KOMU Goes Dark on DirecTV

KOMU Columbia (Mo.), the University of Missouri-owned NBC affiliate, is dark for DirecTV subscribers following a retransmission disagreement. The agreement expired at the end of March, and the signals went dark April 11.

Matt Garrett, director of audience advancement at KOMU says that DirecTV "demanding things that, quite frankly, we can't agree to," including streaming all programming, network and syndicated shows. "We don't have that right to grant," Garrett told the paper.

DirecTV said in a statement on its website:

"The University of Missouri has intentionally shut down KOMU serving Columbia, Jefferson City and the surrounding Missouri communities to try to force DirecTV customers to pay nearly five times more for the same NBC and CW programming others continue to get for free…As a public university that already relies upon state tuitions and other public monies and subsidies, the University of Missouri ought to know that broadcast licenses are conditioned on serving the public rather than antagonizing it."

Marty Siddall, general manager at KOMU, said the station is awaiting a response to its latest proposal for DirecTV. He stressed that the station, while owned by the University of Missouri, is self-sustaining and does not receive funding from it.


New News Director Hired in Waco

Jim Hice is leaving the Deuce job at WHAS in Louisville and headed to KCEN in Waco to be the station's News Director.

Hice was at the WHAS for the last 4 years.

Let's see what quotes the Creative Services Department made up:

“We’re extremely lucky to have a news director of Jim’s caliber to continue KCEN-HD’s mission: the pursuit of reporting excellence with a tradition of community involvement,” said Gayle Kiger, station vice president and general manager.

Hice is succeeding Jim Holland, who has served as news director for five years.

DiSy Edges BriWi

Diane Sawyer and World News pulled out a demo ratings last week over NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

But it wasn't by much. 

In the 25-to-54 age group, Sawyer drew 1.882 million viewers to Williams' 1.870 million. Yes, only 12,000 viewers separated the two 6:30 p.m. newscasts.

The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley lagged behind at 1.5 million viewers in the age group.

Although Pelley is in last place he wants a raise that more than doubles his salary. 

NBC still won the ratings in total viewers. Williams averaged 8.2 million viewers to Sawyer's 7.4 million and Pelley's 6.4 million.

CBS Anchor Scott Pelley: Show Me the Money

Scott Pelley might still be in third place in the ratings, but that isn't stopping him and his agent from asking for a big raise.

Politico writes that Pelley is seeking a major salary raise from the network as his contract comes up for renewal in the weeks ahead.

Pelley, who also serves as a correspondent for CBS's 60 Minutes, currently makes a reported $5 million per year, which is less than half the reported salaries of the nightly news anchors at the rival networks. ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer makes an estimated $12 million a year, while NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams makes an estimated $13 million a year.

Back by WME, the talent firm headed by Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, Pelley is hoping to bring himself closer to financial parity with his competitors.

Pelley's ratings have grown by 10% and is the only broadcast to see three consecutive years of growth, but still lags almost 2 million viewers behind NBC and Brian Williams.

Not sure if that is worth doubling your salary.

Just saying.... 

Everyone Act Surprised Now

You will be shocked to know that Good Morning America has announced that Michael Strahan will be joining the show.

Of course this news has been reported everywhere, except GMA for quite some time. 

Strahan made a quick visit to the set to announce his role as the show's new part-time correspondent.

He high-fived cheering fans on his way to the anchor desk, where Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Amy Robach and Lara Spencer gave him a warm welcome.

"We love you. We love Kelly," Roberts said. "Great friends to us over the years. So excited that you're going to join us a couple days a week."

Strahan will be back on the show in his new role starting next week.

H/T HuffPo

Babs Tells Don Lemon it's all about the Ratings

CNN's Don Lemon was on The View" and trying to defend the networks waaaaay over the top coverage of the missing plane.

Barbara Walters then told Lemon "CNN would not be doing this if it wasn't for the ratings."

Truer words have never been spoken on The View.

But Lemon tried to say that wasn't the case:

Don, I hate to tell you this, but it is all about the ratings. You know it and you should admit to it.

CNN Reporter Apologizes to New Zealand

CNN Reporter Jeanne Moos upset a number of New Zealanders when she poked fun at their culture.

In highlighting that ‘naked tattooed buns greet William and Kate’ and emphasizing that the British Royals were welcomed not by throngs, but a thong’ during their recent visit to New Zealand, CNN slipped from fun to ridicule. Hopefully it was unintentional.

CNN’s Jeanne Moos, known for her lighthearted take on current affairs, went overboard on this occasion.

Moss started her report by saying, "Even the new royal baby arriving on his first official trip abroad couldn't compete with what we're calling the royal bummer. Though technically the only one bumming was the warrior with decorated buns exposed - is that any way to welcome a future king and queen?"

That got the Twitterverse Down under fired up:

She and the channel’s management probably did not realize when fun slipped into the realm of racism and ridicule. 

"You can tell there was an attempt at tongue-in-cheek there but someone's culture - an entire nation's culture - is not to be poked fun at really," said Jayden Evett.

Moos did say she was sorry. "Duly noted. I do humor and satire, and I am truly sorry if the tone of my story offended anyone," Moos said.

Now back to the missing plane. 


Ft. Myers Reporter Nailed it 11 Months Ago

When swimmer Michael Phelps retired, he said he was done with competitive swimming for good.

11 months ago, WBBH (Ft. Myers) Anchor Peter Busch sent out this Tweet:

Many laugh at his report and Phelps himself tweeted a response to the story:

Well guess what?

Phelps has announced that he is coming out of retirement and will be entering the pool once again.

Busch nailed the story 11 months ago. The next $5 footlong is on us Peter.

Good job. 

Robin Roberts Remembers When She Found the Lump

Robin Roberts Remembers When She Found the Lump

Good Morning America Anchor Robin Roberts remembers exactly when she noticed a lump in her neck. 

Roberts was covering the Oscars in 2012 when she found the lump. Four years earlier, she had beaten breast cancer and returned to “Good Morning America.” Roberts initially didn’t think anything of the lump, but her girlfriend Amber Laign, who was traveling with her, demanded she see a doctor.

“I may not have even bothered to have it checked if Amber had not been there,” Roberts writes in her new memoir, “Everybody’s Got Something,” which hits bookstores next Tuesday.

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These Anchors give Good Head

Normally when you bump across a website with the title you might be expecting to find something different. 

But this site has no nudity and it is all about TV Anchors hair.

I know..... you're going to say that there are a number of websites talking about the hair of the women we watch on TV.

But this site is about the male anchors. There's a switch.

GGH list the top 25 Anchors with what they feel is the best hair. 

Since we have no clue what makes a guy's hair good or bad, we'll take this site's word on the top domes in TV news. 

At the top of the list is KUSA's Eric Egan. Talking about his hair the site writes that Eric Egan’s hair inspired the creation of Photoshop, so that others could (at least in pictures) have hair so perfect. Eric Egan’s hair taunts the wind. Eric Egan’s hair makes purebred Clydesdales jealous. Legend has it that, Eric Egan’s hair is President Obama’s top adviser. Perhaps we went too far. Perhaps we haven’t gone far enough?

Eric Egan’s hair once told the Dalai Lama to “calm down.” Eric Egan’s hair has a trust fund set up for his children that they can’t touch until they’re 35, because Eric Egan’s hair believes in responsibility. 

If you want to check out the others on the list, here's a link. 

Any Former Anchors in There?

Yesterday, FTVLive told you that KNTV's former San Jose studio burned down in a 5 alarm fire.

Firefighters are now investigating what caused the 5 bell blaze on Sunday afternoon and have found out that a number of homeless people were living inside the abandoned building at the intersection of Park Avenue and Montgomery Street.

A man who was among the homeless squatters occupying a building in downtown San Jose that was once the former home of the KNTV news station says a relative may have died in the fire that destroyed the building.

No word if any of the homeless were former staffers let go by Granite Broadcasting when they took over the station. 

Journalist Wearing Google Glass is Attacked

A Reporter for Business Insider said that he had his Google Glass snatched of his face and smashed to the ground in San Francisco’s Mission District Friday evening.

Kyle Russell said the attack happened as he was walking on the sidewalk with a colleague. A woman came up to him and yelled, “Glass!” and grabbed the device off his face and sprinted away, he said.

Russell said he chased the woman through traffic for a block before she stopped and flung the $1,500 device onto the ground, breaking it – then running away again.

The attack happened just after Russell had been covering a march in protest against a Google lawyer who allegedly evicted people from a building he purchased.

Russell said that, “in retrospect, I can see how [wearing Glass after Mission District Google protest] might not have been the best idea.”

Ya think?

BTW - FTVLive is number 112 on the list of the Top 1000 of who's who in wearable tech. 


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