Video Shows Man Masturbating to Hot News Anchor

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Some people get a little bit more into watching the news than others.

Then there's this idiot from Brroklyn. 

Cops busted Richard Pagani and charged him with stalking after he wrote on Facebook that he was infatuated WCBS Anchor Diane Macedo.

Macedo, who previously worked at FOX Business, told police Pagani had been harassing her for two years, sending letters to her office and contacting her on social media. He has even tried to visit her at her Manhattan office.

When police went to his house, Pagani was wearing a purple sweatshirt with Macedo’s image emblazoned on it, the complaint said. Cops also found a video of him masturbating to Macedo’s newscast.

He sent her an obscene message through Facebook in March, according to a criminal complaint.

“I’m surprised my cock didn’t fall out of my pants when I saw you on television,” the message read.

The video shows that it actually did. 

Macedo reported the alleged stalking to cops after Pagani approached her while she covered the funeral of NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra in Queens on Monday.

He posted a twisted apology on his Facebook page after the meeting didn’t go as planned:

“I hope you pass out in an ally with a Gatorade an I phone I hope one day you wake up and realize what a fuck up today was stupid brain washed bitch I'll never ever pull my self away from I love you it will make more sense to us one day I know you'll be There your be ok I'll be ok too.”

Pagani has three prior arrests, which are sealed.

Macedo obtained an order of protection against Pagani, who was sent to Rikers Island, records show.

No word if he will be watching the news in Rikers. 

H/T NY Daily News

New Jersey Station to Lose NBC Affiliation after 48 Years

A New Jersey TV station is finding out how powerful Comcast is.

The Philadelphia TV market will have one fewer NBC affiliate when WMGM, licensed to Wildwood, New Jersey, loses its affiliation at the end of 2014.

Comcast/NBC owns WCAU in Philadelphia, which has a Jersey Shore bureau and a reporter dedicated to South Jersey.

The station has been an NBC affiliate for 48 years, according to Ron Smith, former general manager. An NBC rep said WMGM’s affiliation agreement expired at the end of 2012 but the station was given a two-year extension that runs through 2014.

An NBC/Comcast spokesperson did not comment.

H/T B&C

Spring Movers

Napoli Management Group Has placed the Following Clients:

James Koh joins the NFL Network as a host and reporter.  James served as a weekend sportscaster, created and hosted “Cage Talk,” a UFC show and reported news for KTTV in Los Angeles.
 
Nannette Miranda joins NBC’s KNTV in the Bay Area as a freelance general assignment reporter.  Nannette was most recently the longtime California State Capital reporter for KGO-KABC-KFSN, the three California ABC O&O’s.
 
Nancy Chen has been promoted to weekend morning anchor for WHDH in Boston from general assignment reporter.
 
Katie Brace moved to Boston to be a reporter for WBZ. She left WGCL in Atlanta where she was a weekend anchor and reporter.
 
Ryan Schulteis is officially promoted to weekend anchor at WHDH Boston, where he has been a lead reporter and fill-in weekend anchor since 2006.
 
Emily Miller joins Fox’s WTTG Washington as Chief Investigative Reporter, departing the Washington Times.
 
Natasha Barrett moves back to her hometown of Houston to become the weekend anchor and reporter for KTRK.  Previously, she was an anchor and reporter for WJLA/NewsChannel 8 in Washington DC.

More moves after the jump. 

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Bumped Out in the Big Easy

WVUE Morning Anchor Gerry Vaillancourt has been kicked to the curb. 

Vaillancourt, a former New Orleans Hornets broadcaster in multiple roles, said he was let go by the station last week.

“They said they wanted to go in a different direction,” said Vaillancourt. "They want a ‘news anchor’ type with a news background. I can understand that."

“It was a good place with good people, and I had many good times. Lots of folks there looked out for me. I have no complaints. I will miss the people I worked with. I have a real appreciation and respect for the people that assemble the news shows.”

H/T NOLA.com

Someone Has Too Much Time on Her Hands

You may remember Liz Wahl as the RT America Anchor that quit the network live on the air.

She claimed that the network was and had been just a mouthpiece for Russian President Putin. "I can't be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin," she said in her on air resignation.

Of course she never did say why she took the job in the first place, or why she stayed so long?

So what has Wahl been up to since quitting on air?

She had her 15 minutes of fame, going on talk shows and newscasts, but that clock has run out and Wahl has some time on her hands. 

Wahl went on Twitter and tried to link RT Anchor Abby Martin to the Jewish Community Center shooting in Kansas City. 

Sources say she is also posting messages to Martin's Facebook page along with other former co-workers at RT.

Martin lashed out at Wahl on Facebook.

It appears that after quitting her job, Wahl has a bit too much time on her hands. She might want to stop her social media rants, if she plans on working in this business again.

Just saying.....

CNN Flight Instructor Fired from Real Job

The Flight Instructor that has been sitting next to CNN's Martin Savage for days on end inside the Boeing 777 simulator located in Canada, has been fired from his real job "shaming Canada."

Mitchell Casado, who's been a big part CNN’s over the top coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, was sacked after his boss said he showed up late to his regular job and “shamed Canadians” by dressing like a teenager.

Casado tweeted out the news that he was canned:

uFly company owner Claudio Teixeira said he fired Mitchell Casado on Wednesday in part for refusing to dress professionally and making Canadians “look very bad all over the world.”

Casado’s relaxed style of jeans and plaid shirts attracted wide attention during CNN’s constant coverage of the search for the missing flight. CNN’s Martin Savidge and Casado logged many hours reporting from the fake cockpit located at the company’s office in near the Toronto airport, which has a simulator that is the same model of the lost plane.

Teixeira said Casado didn’t come to work Tuesday when customers had the simulator booked. “This is not the first time. He’s been warned before,” he told The Associated Press.

H/T NY Post

Buy Your Very Own CNN Anchor Desk

Yesterday, FTVLive told you that it appeared that CNN boss Jeff Zucker went to OfficeMax to purchase the latest desk being used on CNN Tonight.

CNN is using the former studio of “Piers Morgan Tonight,” but it looks like a new desk wasn’t ready in time for the debut. So they went to OfficeMax and plunked down $159 for the Brenton Studio Merido Collection Computer Desk. 

The desk is currently getting 4.8 stars out of 5 from customer reviews on the OfficeMax website. 

The good news for Time Warner stock holders, Zucker did save $20 as the desk was marked down from $179.99. 

If you want to own your very own CNN Anchor Desk, here's the link to the OfficeMax site.

H/T NewscastStudio

Hasselbeck, Vieira Returning to The View

Fox and Friends Anchor Elisabeth Hasselbeck is returning to The View. So is Meredith Vieira.

Now before everyone starts to freak out, Hasselbeck and the rest of the former View hosts are coming back on the show to help say goodbye to mama bear Barbara Walters. 

The girls will all get together on May 15th in a ratings stunt....errrrrr.....in a send off show to Babs. 

The reunion will bring back Rosie O'Donnell, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Lisa Ling and Debbie Matenopoulos.

any are hoping that we might see some fighting and fisticuffs when all the former hosts return. OK....maybe not many are hoping....really it's just me. 

Fox News Sunday Beats Meet the Press in DC

Things just continue to go from bad to worse for David Gregory's Meet the Press on NBC.

In the Washing, DC Market where all the Sunday shows originate from, Fox News Sunday, moderated by Chris Wallace was the most watched Sunday morning public affairs program by Adults 25-54 in the market, beating usual winner NBC’s Meet the Press, moderated by David Gregory, according to Nielsen Media Research.  

This marked a rare DC market demographic win for FOX News Sunday, which has claimed the top spot one other time in the in the past 14 months.

Maybe Gregory's loss had something to do with this.

H/T TVBytheNumbers

Stepping Down in Seattle

Longtime KOMO Anchor Dan Lewis is stepping down. 

During an emotional speech in the newsroom on Wednesday, Lewis told his co-workers it's time for him to walk away from the daily grind after 27 years at the station. 

"Coming to Seattle 27 years ago was the best move I ever made. KOMO has been a wonderful place to work and this community is just amazing. It's a difficult decision that has been two years in the making," Lewis said.

Lewis came to Seattle from Washington DC in the summer of 1987. He was originally paired on the anchor desk with Jim Harriott and Kerry Brock. One year later, Kathi Goertzen took the seat next to him and the rest is history. Lewis and Goertzen became one of the longest running anchor teams in the country, delivering the evening news at KOMO for nearly 25 years.

On August 12th, 2012 one of the most difficult days of his life, Lewis bravely and tearfully took his seat on the KOMO 4 anchor desk to report that Kathi had passed away after a long battle with brain tumors. 

"He was more than just a consummate professional that awful day, he was a patriarch, a leader, a compassionate man who guided all of us through that incredibly painful day" said Holly Gauntt, KOMO 4 News Director. 

Lewis commented, "The people of this community are incredible and have helped our newsroom through some very dark times. They've responded with an amazing amount of compassion, support and love and for that I will always be grateful." 

During his four decades in TV news, Lewis covered some of the biggest stories of our time. From the Pang Warehouse fire to the Nisqually earthquake and recently the crash of the KOMO 4 helicopter. Viewers across Washington have come to rely on Lewis for their news.

H/T KOMO

Tacking on News in Tucson

KGUN in Tucson is adding a new newscast Monday on sister station KWBA. 

The station says that Good Morning Tucson Extra (must have taken days to come up with that name) will premiere on The CW Tucson (KWBA-TV).

The new program will air from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on weekdays as an extension of Good Morning Tucson, which airs from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. on KGUN9 On Your Side, the sister station of The CW Tucson. 
 
Good Morning Tucson Extra will feature anchor Liz Kotalik, meteorologist April Madison and "Big Al" with Beat the Traffic.
 
"We believe this is another option for viewers to get even more news, weather and traffic during busy mornings," said News Director Tom Burke. 
 
"I am excited that we will be able to provide our viewers with additional local news in the 7 a.m. hour," said Jim Arnold, KWBA vice president and general manager.

"This is another opportunity for new viewers who already enjoy CW programs to get local news and weather they may not have seen before."

Chicago Anchor is Person of Interest

WBBM co-anchor Kate Sullivan made an appearance on the crime thriller program “Person of Interest” Tuesday night.

Her role on the show was a big stretch, she played a TV news anchor.

“My mom lives south of Boston, so any time my mom can see me on TV, I’m thrilled for her,” said Sullivan, who filmed the short scene from the CBS studio a month ago. She wore her own clothes for the shoot, which was filmed before her regular anchoring duties.

It’s not the first time Sullivan has appeared on a prime-time program. Two years ago, she and her co-anchor, Rob Johnson, made an appearance on “The Good Wife,” playing Chicago TV anchors who announced election results in what turned out to be a pivotal moment of the show’s plot, she said.

Both TV appearances came after the shows contacted Sullivan’s news director at CBS 2, asking for anchors to appear on the programs.

“My boss asked me to do it, and I thought it would be fun,” Sullivan said.

She tweeted about her acting appearance hours before the show aired at 9 p.m., also on CBS:
Tonight I'll be on #personofinterest on @cbs playing the part of a news anchor! A real stretch I know!

H/T Chicago Tribune 

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