Williams Prompts Cutback On Katrina Coverage

It's the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and MSNBC execs are cutting back on coverage. The reason? Brian Williams' 'misremembered' he saw a dead body float by his hotel while he was there, according to Page Six.

Sources say Williams was supposed to start in August, but has been pushed back to mid-September to avoid the Katrina anniversary coverage.  In the meantime, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt is in New Orleans to lead the broadcast network's coverage.

H/T Page Six & Emily Smith

Making LIVE Shots Safer?

It's almost impossible to go on social media and not read a zillion opinions or interpretations of the Virginia shooting. Some TV groups canceled all LIVE shots until further notice, others laid out new guidelines. WISH-TV GM Les Vann has added 24/7 security to his station and hired security guards to accompany every LIVE crew.

Regardless of personal opinions or questions over the validity of MMJ crews, there are things that can be done to make a situation safer. It's also important for news managers (you know, the ones that send the crews out but have no idea how far or how ridiculous the situation is from the comfort of the office) to stop and think about what they're expecting news crews to do.

Here's a really thoughtful piece with common sense tips for making conditions a little safer for your news crews courtesy of SurviveTVNewsJobs.com.


All About Us

Unfortunately, the tragedy in Virginia has prompted some stations to take the 'all about us' approach to stories. Check out this piece from WVLA. The reporter spent so much time interviewing the news director, they had to use an 'on the phone' conversation with the district attorney.

As one of my old news directors would say after watching this; "What's the viewer benefit?"

CNN Changing The Facts?

While CNN has basically turned into the Donald Trump Network, they're also apparently trying to make sure they don't piss off Hillary Clinton. Quinnipiac University conducted a poll that asked people what words come to mind when they think of Clinton? Take a look at the results below; at number 3, is untrustworthy:

Evidently, CNN didn't like those results, and decided to do a little manipulation. Notice how 'untrustworthy' became 'trustworthy' on Zucker's network:

What's even more remarkable? Don Lemon doesn't appear to be involved.


**UPDATE** Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen Moloney denied NBC's motion for summary judgement in this case. The judge ruled there's enough evidence raising issues for a jury to consider claims of age discrimination by NBC.

It's not unusual to have lawsuits flying around in our industry. Most of the time they come and go without much interest outside the courtroom. But in the age discrimination, wrongful termination lawsuit between Frank Snepp and Comcast/KNBC, it's a little different.

Snepp is a former CIA Intelligence officer turned broadcaster. He worked for KNBC as a content producer. During the Osama bin Laden operation, Snepp was asked to go 'on-air' to do commentary about the operation. One of the legal declarations say he was probably the first to identify SEAL Team Six as the group responsible for bin Laden's capture. Shortly after his appearance was over, then ND Vicki Burns ordered him to be taken off the air. Some time later, Snepp was terminated.

There's a hearing this morning in California Superior Court claiming Snepp and several others, were terminated by NBC because they were old. The briefings read like a who's who of KNBC and NBC O&O executives. It also serves as a stark example of how shallow and cut-throat this business is.

Read the lawsuit here:


Morale Going Up at MSNBC?

This week, FTVLive told you that Andy Lack has started making sweeping changes on their almost non-viewed MSNBC. One of those changes is Al 'The Rev' Sharpton getting booted to the weekend (hopefully, just one stop before they cancel the ridiculous show altogether).

You can count Joe Scarborough as one of the talent that's happy about the changes. So happy, he was kissing the bosses butt on the air. Here's the video on NewsBusters:

Scarborough "happy tweeted", but then quickly sent out a politically correct tweet.

Let's see who's left standing when the transformation is complete.

Let's see who's left standing when the transformation is complete.