Chicago Sports Anchor: I'm Sorry

Earlier Today, FTVLive told you that WLS Sports Anchor ABC 7 sports Anchor Mark Giangreco went on the air last night and ranted about Cutler, the Bears and the team's ownership.

He said that ownership to fire everyone and cut Cutler, but says that the team doesn't have the guts to do it. 

All that was well and good, but Giangreco included a graphic that said "Cut him or Cut your Wrists".

Making a suicide joke in the sportscast is was not a wise move.

Giangreco has now issued a statement about his lack of judgement with the graphic:

“My remarks were inappropriate, and I deeply regret and apologize for this incident. I will be issuing an on-air apology in this evening’s newscast.”

The bigger question is how does a graphic like this get on the air in the 3rd market in the country?

Weatherman Shot in Station's Parking Lot

This morning KCEN (Waco) Meteorologist Patrick Crawford posted to Instagram a picture of him and the morning crew wearing their ugly Christmas sweaters. Crawford won the prize for the most ugly sweater. He's on the left side of the photo. 

Now, the Weather Anchor is in a Texas emergency room after being shot multiple times in the station's parking lot.

Police are still searching for the shooter. They say that words were exchanged in the KCEN parking lot between Crawford and the shooter, a man cops say was 30-25 years old. Soon after the argument started, Crawford was shot. 

Crawford was able to drive away and flag down a construction worker, who called for help.

Cops evacuated the station while searching for the gunman. The staff has since been let back inside, but police officer has asked for names, birthdates, and license plate numbers of every employee that was at the station this morning.  

Crawford is at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, where he was undergoing surgery.

H/T KCEN

KCEN Employee Shot in Station's Parking Lot (Updated)

Police around Waco are searching for a suspect after a shooting near KCEN (Waco, Tx).

The Department of Public Safety, Bruceville-Eddy police, and the Falls County Sheriff's Office, among others, blocked off our parking lot with crime scene tape and patrolled the area with assault rifles.

Several officers walked through the building with a K-9, and cleared the station.

DPS troopers asked employees to gather in the front office as police investigated the area. That restriction was lifted around 10:15 a.m.

Employees have been let back into the building.

Although the station is not reporting it, sources tell FTVLive that the station's morning Weather Anchor was shot several times. The shooting happened either in or near the station's parking lot. 

More as we hear it. 

Update: The station now confirms that Morning Weather Anchor Patrick Crawford (FTVLive withheld the name until it was released) was shot.

Crawford, the morning show meteorologist at the station for the last two years, managed to drive away and flag down a construction worker, who called for help. 

Cops say the suspect exchanged words with the employee before he pulled a semi-automatic handgun and fired several times.

H/T KCEN

REALLY?! A Little over the Top, don't you Think?

There is no doubt that many Chicago Bears fans have grown tired of Quarterback Jay Cutler. The QB has had a miserable season and most Bear fans are blaming him for the awful season.

WLS Sports Anchor ABC 7 sports anchor Mark Giangreco went on the air last night and ranted about Cutler, the Bears and the team's ownership.

 He said that ownership to fire everyone and cut Cutler, but says that the team doesn't have the guts to do it. 

All that was well and good, but Giangreco might have gone over the top with the chyron he used to show dire the situation is.

Kind of in bad taste.

Just saying.... 

Turning to Facebook for the Newscast

For viewers that want to get the newscast on their time, many are turning to Facebook. 

ABC News has started doing their Facebook newscast with David Muir and it is being watched by 100-200 thousand people on the social media site.

But, ABC News isn't the only outlet doing a a Facebook newscast, local stations are doing it as well.

KSAZ Phoenix produces 2 Facebook News Updates that highlights three or four top news stories in under 90 seconds. The segment is posted twice daily, usually around 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The newscast reaches between 75,000 and 80,000. 

KABC in LA also using the social media site to connect with viewers and do a newscast. The station does its daily QuickCast, a daily video that covers three stories in under one minute. The unanchored episodes are voiced by KABC talent and pull in between 100,000 and 200,000 views each.

More stations are jumping into the social media newscasts and by the end of 2015, it is likely to become a staple in most newsrooms. 

Well That Didn't Workout Like You Planned

It still amazes me at how little TV stations and networks don't get social media.

How someone at CNN did not see this one coming, we have no idea. 

CNN called on Twitter users to offer up questions for a panel of police officers on an upcoming segment called "Cops Under Fire". The network asked users to use the hashtag #AskACop.

You all see where this is going....right?

Instead of getting serious questions and comments,  it instead elicited a flood of sarcasm, outrage and derision centered on recent high-profile incidents of police violence. 

#AskACop climbed to the top of the list of U.S. Twitter trends Tuesday night. And CNN bragged about it. Are you kidding me?

The network should have known what it was getting itself into. 

There is no doubt that this was a social media backfire just waiting to happen. CNN's Don Lemon hosted the show, but then again, I'm guessing you guys had already figured that out. 

H/T Mashable

Ummmmm? WTF Are you Wearing?

Yesterday was the first day of Chanukah, so KTVI in St. Louis did what many other stations did, they interviewed a Rabbi about the Holiday.

KTVI Reporter Kim Hudson did the interview and she did it while wearing a shirt with a cross on it.

Really?!

First of all, a check of KTVI's archives show that Hudson wears this shirt a lot, which might not really be the outfit a Reporter should be wearing on air in the first place.

But, to wear the shirt while interviewing a Rabbi is just plain wrong.

Just saying.... 

More Leave WISH before Affiliation Change

Some more staffers are getting out of WISH in Indianapolis before the station looses their CBS affiliation at the end of the year.

Late last week, reporter Jessica Hayes left the station to take a weekend anchor position with WTTV, industry sources said.

WISH weekend evening anchor and reporter Daniel Miller also is departing the station, sources said, for a job with the Fox affiliate in Boston.

Miller will be with WISH through mid-January.

The departures came on the heels of WISH laying off a handful of off-camera employees earlier this month in what appears to be part of a restructuring effort prompted in August when CBS officials decided to change their local affiliation from WISH to WTTV.

Hayes joined WISH in January 2011. She came to WISH from CBS affiliate WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, where she was a general assignment reporter and weather forecaster.

Miller joined WISH in June 2005 as a general assignment reporter. Before working at WISH, he was a weekend anchor and reporter at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee.

He also previously worked at WRTV-TV Channel 6 in Indianapolis as the weekend assignment editor.

Since the August announcement from CBS, WISH also has lost a number of employees who do not appear on camera.

WISH General Manager Les Vann said the station is growing its local news presence. Vann told IBJ that WISH is restructuring and will be adding staffers through January.

I'm not the GM, but if you were losing your affiliation on January 1st and your goal was to gear up news, I would have the staff already in place and not start adding them after the switch.

Just saying.... 

H/T Indianapolis Business Journal 

TV Newsies Starting Off 2015 with a New Gig

It was a very busy Fall for the TV Agents at NWT Group and many of their clients are getting their New Year off to a great start, by landing a new job.

The NWT Group would like to congratulate the following:

Dhominique Ricks moves to WEWS-TV in Cleveland as co-host of the 4PM NOW newscast from weekend anchor at WSET in Lynchburg, VA. 

Kerry Kavanaugh is returning to her hometown of Boston. She has been named an Investigative Reporter at WFXT.  Kerry will be staying in the Cox Media Group as she moves from sister station WSB in Atlanta. 

Brian Heap jumps nearly 50-markets to weekend anchor/ reporter at KCRA in Sacramento, CA from morning anchor at KWCH in Wichita, KS. 

Larry Collins moves to WBFF in Baltimore as a reporter from anchor/reporter, WCBD in Charleston, S.C. 

Dave Zawilinski to morning anchor at WOWT in Omaha, Nebraska from sports director at WOI in Des Moines, IA. 

Paul Cicchini is headed to Peoria, IL to become the next Primary Anchor at WMBD. He was a producer/reporter at WXMI-Grand Rapids, MI.  

Lauren Matter to primary co-anchor at KAMC in Lubbock, TX from morning anchor at KSPR in Springfield, MO.  

April Dovorany jumps 102 markets to WDJT in Milwaukee as a reporter from KNOE in Monroe, LA where she was the morning anchor. 

Greg Angel moves to WPEC in West Palm Beach as a reporter from WTXL in Tallahassee.

Even more NWT client moves after the jump. 

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Eugene Forecaster is Headed to Houston

Weather Anchor Justin Stapleton is making a big market leap.

Stapleton is leaving KEZI in Eugene and headed to KPRC in Houston. 

"I've always had a fascination with hurricanes and tropical storms," Stapleton told mikemcguff.com. "That's one of the draws to KPRC and Houston, an opportunity to forecast storms when they get into the Gulf and to be out in the field reporting when severe weather hits. More importantly, a chance to learn from some amazing seasoned mets like Frank and the rest of the team. Also to get a chance to learn from a former NHC director, Dr. Read, is an incredible bonus."

According to his bio, before moving to TV weather, Stapleton worked in the mental health field assisting police departments in Maryland by providing on-site crisis intervention and training. 

This should be a required job prior to anyone working in a TV newsroom.

Just saying... 

Longtime Pittsburgh Reporter is Retiring

Longtime KDKA Reporter Mary Robb Jackson says she's going to retire at year's end. 

Jackson began her career with a five-year stint at WIIC (now WPXI-TV), joined KDKA in 1980 as a general assignment editor. Since then, she has been a weekend anchor, field reporter, host of “Evening Magazine,” and a lifestyles reporter.

In a high-definition profession where women are expected to have perfect hair and never age, Jackson was forthright in her opinion that “for a long time, [only] men could get old on television,” she said with a laugh.

“I have wrinkles and I have gray hair. I am not 25 years old, by a long shot.”

When she began her career in the 1970s, Jackson and colleague Linda Cooper were part of the WIIC studio crew. Ms. Jackson eventually moved in front of the cameras as host of a 6:30 a.m. talk show (“that, thankfully, taped at 4:30 in the afternoon”) and Cooper became a news photographer and editor.

They ran smack into the realities of the era while covering an event at the Duquesne Club, Downtown.

“We get down there and were told, ‘You can’t go in the front door, please go to the service elevator...’ We go up that way and we were being escorted,” she said. “Linda was a statuesque African-American woman, and at one point this guy says to her ‘What’s a nice girl like you doing in a job like that?’

“I didn’t say a thing but Linda takes a couple of beats and tells him, ‘It sure beats pickin’ cotton.’ ”

“I always tell my daughter, ‘You can do anything you want to do.’ It’s not always going to be fair, but’s that’s OK. This job has been a privilege. My feeling is that most people are truly good. I will miss the good people of Western Pennsylvania who have been so good to me all these years.“

H/T Pittsburgh Post Gazette