NY Anchor Takes Leave of Absence

WABC Anchor Diana Williams signed off from the station for a leave.

Williams husband is undergoing a bone marrow transplant and she wants to be by his side every step of the way.

She posted this message to sicial media about her leaving the station for a while: 

For those who have been following me via social media my husband will begin a bone marrow, now referred to as a stem cell transplant, starting today. And I will be at his side as he gets a new birthday. I bid farewell to the best team you could ask for on Friday as I take a leave of absence from work. I don't know how long I will be gone but I couldn't do this without the support of my amazing co workers. God bless them and all of you.

Like We Said again....Philly GM Headed to New York

FTVLive tipped you off on March 16th that this was going to happen and Today it was made official. 

NBC announced that WCAU GM Eric Lerner will replace Michael Jack as GM of WNBC in New York. 

“Eric Lerner has done a great job revitalizing WCAU and making it a strong and very competitive station in a difficult market,” said Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations.. “With his vision and leadership, I know Eric will continue to build on the momentum generated by Michael Jack and his team and take WNBC to the next level.”

Lerner came to WCAU from KIRO in Seattle 2 years ago. Also, don't be surprised if WCAU News Director Anzio Williams isn't be far behind in moving to the Big Apple.

CBS Sports Reporter Whines about Aaron Rodgers at NCAA Game

Wisconsin beat Arizona to move onto the Final 4 of the NCAA basketball tournament. Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sitting court side supporting the Wisconsin Badgers.

After the Badgers won, Rodgers and girlfriend Olivia Munn went on the court for post game celebration. 

CBS Sports' Reporter Dennis Dodd wanted to interview Rodgers and the QB said "no." So Dodd went on a Twitter rant about why Rodgers was allowed on the court in the first place?

It wasn't long before it was a one person whine party at the post game:

Rodgers grew tired of Dodd's whine a cheese (get it...Wisconsin?) party and sent off some Tweets of his own: 

Hate to side with the million dollar athlete on this one....but Dodd's Twitter bitching is way out of line in this case. 

Just saying.... 

Like We Said....

The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Rodney Ho writes, "A reliable source told me Saturday night that CBS46’s longest running (WGCL) anchor Stephany Fisher is out.

Of course, Rodney could have logged onto FTVLive 7 days ago and read, "Rumors flying inside WGCL is that (Sharon) Reed could be replacing main Anchor Stephany Fisher. Fisher Anchors the 4,5,6 and 11PM newscasts and has been with the station since 2003.

Fisher changed her Twitter handle overnight from @fishercbs46 to @stephanylfisher, which has 1,864 followers. Her Twitter description: “Evening news anchor at CBS46. Being wife to my college sweetheart, mother to our teenage daughter and spoiler of 2 dogs is my life.”

Fisher was also absent from the newscasts on Friday.

Stay tuned and remember where you read it first (by over a week). 

TV News Pays the Bills

Many are surprised to learn that the number one station in Jacksonville. FL is not a NBC,ABC, CBS or Fox affiliate.

WJXT lost it's CBS affiliation back in 2002 when it refused to give into the demands of CBS. Many thought the station would soon die and become a vast wasteland for awful syndicated shows and infomercials.

But WJXT doubled down on news and it has paid off. 13 years after losing their affiliation, WJXT is still number one when it comes to news. And when it comes to news  nothing pays the bills better than local TV news.

“Local news relative to the business of WJXT is critical,” General Manager Bob Ellis said. “It’s the single largest revenue driver on our television station.”

“The news shows are the cash cows. OK?” agreed former local news anchor Marcia Ladendorff, now a communications professor at the University of North Florida. “The news operation is also the image of the rest of the station.”

WJXT uses its independence to offer more than nine hours of local news per day, far more than its competitors, though WTLV and WJAX offer dozens of hours per week.

And when it comes to political ad dollars, WJXT has more time to sell.

None of the three news stations would divulge its revenue, but public information about what the stations charge for political ads tell why the competition for each ratings point is so intense.

As the Jacksonville mayoral campaigns heated up in late January and early February, WJXT charged Mayor Alvin Brown’s campaign $925 for one 30-second ad during the 6.p.m. newscast. WJXT led the 6 p.m. ratings at 8.1 (based on 2014 data), which is 52,650 households. Though WTLV rating was 6.7, the Brown campaign paid only $500 for a 30-second spot there. Challenger Lenny Curry paid $450 for his 30-second ad on WJAX, which had a 4.6 rating for that period in 2014.

Rates change at different times of day, but the higher ratings rule then, too. WJAX charged only $125 for a 30-second ad during news programming between 6 and 9 a.m. WJXT charged $375 per 30 seconds from 7-9 a.m.

That advantage multiplies rapidly: There are about 15 to 20 advertising availabilities for every half hour of news programming. WJXT 9.5 hours of news per day is more than its competitors.

So, if you're wondering why TV stations are expanding news as the 2016 election starts to heat up, you have to look no further than Jacksonville for your answer.

Bottom line, TV news pays the bills and makes stations rich. So go in and demand that the boss give you a raise.

Believe me, they can afford it. 

H/T Florida Times Union

Chicago Anchor Responds to "Giant Boobs" Comment

On Friday, FTVLive told you about the Chicago Radio guys  that made comments about Comcast Sports Anchor Aiyana Cristal.

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."

Both apologized for their comments and now Cristal is speaking about it publicly. In a statement, she never uses the radio guys names, but she didn't mince words about how she feels about their comments:

"Thank you to everyone for the kind words and supporting me in regards to the recent cyberbullying attack.

This incident serves as a gross reminder that women continue to fight everyday to be treated equally. My female colleagues share my frustration in knowing the sports industry presents us with challenges of equality in an arena that is often filled with misogyny.

We seek the same footing, but when ignorant comments are shared it shifts the business in the wrong direction.

Sexual harassment is never acceptable and as journalists we are all responsible for setting a better example when utilizing a platform that reaches the masses. We should all be held accountable for our actions.

In the immortal words of Maya Angelou, 'You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.'"

Pregnant Weather Anchor Reacts to the Haters

Global (Canada) Weather Anchor Kristi Gordon announced a while back that she was pregnant and was excited about the upcoming birth of her baby.

But as Gordon got bigger she started to get more and more hate mail for the way she dressed and looked on air.

One email simply said “Hussy!” and another “BUY some DECENT clothes and have more respect for the unborn child, you’re not the first pregnant woman. OMG.”

Gordon said that messages like that she could handle. But then a number of people known as “The Group” got together and decided to send me a handwritten letter with no return address.

It read: “Nowhere on North America TV have we seen a weather reader so gross as you. Your front end looks like the Hindenburg and rear end a brick poop (insert swear word here) house. We now turn off Globel (yes, GLOBEL and not Global). Cover up or take time off. The Group”

That email sent Gordon to the air to talk straight to her haters:

LA station Gets Live Truck Stuck in the Sand

When KTLA Anchors aren't begging for viewers on Twitter, their begging some college students to help push the live truck out of the sand:

What happens when your live truck gets stuck in the sand? Just ask students from Orange Coast College to push you out. Thanks guys!

Posted by Mark Mester on Friday, March 27, 2015