Firefighter in Critical after Fighting Blaze at News Director's Home

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WCBS News Director David Friend and his wife spent months renovating the brick colonial home on Long Island.

Now  the house sits charred and gutted.

No one was home when the house caught on fire on Friday morning, but sadly a Firefighter was critically injured while battling the blaze at Friend's home. 

Doctors at North Shore University Hospital are keeping a close eye on Joseph Sanford, who remains in critical condition.

Sanford, a 17-year veteran volunteer with the Inwood Fire Department, fell through one of the floors of the home and was unaccounted for for several minutes before fellow firefighters found him in cardiac arrest under water and debris. He was revived and rushed to the Hospital.

“This is a devastating occurrence for us,” said David Friend, the owner of the Woodmere home and Vice President of CBS2 News.

“We are so saddened by the situation, and the Woodmere Fire Department and all the fire departments here are volunteer and our hearts go out to them,” said Friend’s wife, Wendy Kaplan Friend.

So far, investigators have not said exactly what caused the blaze, but said rags soaked with staining material for recently varnished floors may have been a factor.

H/T WCBS

This is Live Shot Gold

If this live shot isn't at the top WTVG Reporter McKenzie Kuehnlein's demo reel, I don't want to live anymore.

This entire live shot is just gold, GOLD I say! The guys wearing sunglasses in the dark, the rambling answers an the guy that just throws out a "Huh!" for no apparent reason.

And it ends with the licking the his new shoes that he just bought.

Let's go to the video:

What's Next for Ex-Tribune Boss?

FTVLive broke the news FIRST last week that Tribune's Senior VP of News Katherine Green was leaving her job after just 7 months (don't worry the other websites will get around to the story Today).

Green confirmed to FTVLive that she had quit the job and on Saturday, FTVLive posted the internal memo she sent to Tribune News Directors.

"The seemingly endless wheel of travel has created a difficult situation for me and for my family.  I am not one to compromise on what I hold important and this position is causing me to compromise far too often.  After much discussion with Larry, I am stepping aside as SVP of News." she wrote in the memo.

So what's next for Green?

One rumor has her doing something with Sinclair. We have reached out to her, but have not heard back. 

Stay tuned... 

Cleveland Photographer Assaulted at Protest (Update)

A WKYC Photographer was assaulted and have his gear broken while covering Ferguson protestors that tried to disrupt the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game. 

WKYC Reporter Will Ujek posted this to Twitter early this morning:

No word yet on the Photogs name.

Update: "They were bumping into me and stuff and then this guy came up out of nowhere, hit my camera, knocked my light off. We can see that from the video," said WKYC photojournalist George Payamgis. "Then somebody came from behind with an Anonymous mask and smashed the camera. You can see that twice."

Payamgis dropped his camera in the altercation.

Buffalo Station Tries to Defend holding Police Beating Video

If you are the dog last place station and you want to move up in the ratings, you need to start doing things right.

Back on December 12th, FTVLive told you that a Photographer for WKBW recorded video of a Buffalo Police Officer beating a man in a popular bar district on Thanksgiving Day.

But is wasn't until almost two weeks later that the station finally got around to airing the video that shows officer Corey Krug on video slamming a man onto the hood of a car, pushing him to the pavement and beating him over and over with a nightstick. The man was told to just walk away and was not arrested.

In our Dec. 12th story, FTVLive asked "No word why WKBW held the video for two weeks before airing it?" 

Now, WKBW GM Mike Nurse gives his excuse as to why the station held the video. "The incident occurred right before Thanksgiving, and after management returned we took additional time to conduct further research and to investigate the identity of the officer on the video,” Nurse said in a text message to the Buffalo News. “We also wanted to give the police time to address the situation.”

Two things, first you mean to say, you Photog gets video of a Cop beating a guy and no one from management wanted to come into the station from their holiday weekend to look at it? 

Also, if this was Joe Schmo beating some guy in a parking lot, would you wait to air to video, to give Joe some time "to address the situation"?

And yet the station wonders why they can't get viewers to watch them? 

Christmas Moves

The Agents at Napoli Management Group have placed a number of clients in new jobs just the Holidays.

Here is the list of recent client moves from Napoli:

Katy Tur is promoted to the London Bureau Correspondent for NBC.  Previously, she was a reporter for NBC based in New York.

P.J. Javaheri renews as primary weather anchor at CNN International based in Atlanta.

Dan Mannarino renews his agreement with WPIX in New York as a featured reporter on the weekday morning newscasts.

Melissa Etezadi joins KNBC in Los Angeles as a freelance reporter.  Most recently, she was a reporter for WKYT in Lexington, Kentucky.

Justin Finch moves up to Philadelphia to report for KYW.  For the last three years he reported for WTVJ in Miami.

Gabriel Roxas moves to a top 5 market and joins KTVT in Dallas as a reporter.  For the last two years, Gabriel has been a reporter at KXTV in Sacramento.

Latoya Silmon renews her agreement with KDFW in Dallas as a reporter and fill-in anchor.

Remeisha Shade renews her agreement with KXAS in Dallas as weekend evening meteorologist.

Julie Loncich joins WBZ in Boston as a staff reporter.  Prior, she was freelance reporting for WCVB in Boston.

Angie Goff renews her agreement with WRC in Washington DC as the weekend morning anchor and reporter.  She also fills-in for NBC News on Early Today and MSNBC First Look.

Dana Fowle renews as investigative reporter with WAGA in Atlanta.

Grace White returns to her hometown of Houston and joins KHOU as a reporter.  Previously, she was a weekend anchor and reporter for KABB/WOAI in San Antonio.

More moves after the jump

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$10,000 Reward for Shooter of Texas Weatherman

There is now a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of KCEN Weatherman Patrick Crawford.

An eyewitness that Crawford approached after being shot recounted how he rushed to his truck to get paper towels to help stop the bleeding meteorologist who was shot outside his television station last week.

“He said ‘I’ve been shot. I’ve been shot. I’m in terrible pain. Help me please!’” Richard Dieter told ABC News of the moment he saw Patrick Crawford early Wednesday.

“[I] went and got some paper towels out of my truck and we held those on his wounds and five to six minutes later, the state trooper showed up,” Deiter said.

Crawford is still recovering, as law enforcement officials search for his attacker.

The Falls County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday that an anonymous donor had donated $5,000 in addition to the $5,000 that had already been offered by authorities for information leading to an arrest in the case (what about KCEN? Just asking...)

“We’re going to do everything we can to find this person,” said KCEN producer Crystal Pratt. “Someone knows who this person is.”

KCEN News Director Jim Hice described the sound of the shooting, saying he “never thought it would happen here.”

“I heard the ‘pop, pop, pop, pop,’” he added.

Crawford was able to drive away and flag down help even though he had been shot twice. He remained at an area hospital Sunday, where he was recovering from his injuries.

H/T WWGP

SNL Pokes Fun at Christmas Jammies Family

Former WNCN Anchor Penn Holderness and his former Reporter wife Kim are now known for their family videos they post of YouTube.

Penn and Kim are best known for their 2013 Christmas video, 'Christmas Jammies'.

You know you have become a viral sensation, when SNL makes a skit about you. That is exactly what they did this week, and Penn says that this makes his life.

He writes on the family blog, "We LOVE Saturday Night Live. LOVE. Obsessed.  If we were only cool enough to stay awake for it we would have seen them spoof our video. THIS. MAKES. MY. LIFE."

He did add that, "except for the affair and sociopath children — this is pretty spot on."

Fox News Falls Off the Dish

Fox News and Fox Business went dark on the DISH Network after the two sides have gotten into a retransmission pissing match. It will eventually end with both stations back on Dish and neither side saying how much Fox will be getting from DISH to broadcast their signal.

Of course in the end the customer's bill will go up and the two companies will enjoy having your extra money. 

Fox claims that DISH is lying to their Customers about how the Fox signals dropped from the satellite provider. 

“It’s been a rough couple of days,” said Fox suit Tim Carry “They pulled our signals. We were surprised by that and then again when they went out on their website and told their customers that we took [the signals] down. They lied to their customers.” 

Fox claims there has been a barrage of reactions and posts on Dish’s and Fox’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

They say that from 7 a.m. through noon, there had been 12,404 calls to the 888-Fox-News number, with nearly 7,100 transferred to Dish, presumably with customers intent on switching providers. 

H/T MultiChannel

Cosby Attorney Fires Off Angry Letter to CNN

Bill Cosby's Attorney is not happy with CNN and their reporting.

Attorney Martin Singer, has fired off a heated legal letter to CNN accusing it of a smear campaign against the comedian.

In the letter to CNN president Jeffrey Zucker, Singer said that CNN decided not to use an interview with Beverly Johnson’s live-in boyfriend from 2006-2009, Mark Burk, because he didn’t corroborate her story of being drugged by the “Cosby Show” star for an upcoming special planned by the cable news network.

“We continue to be shocked by CNN’s ongoing refusal to investigate and run balanced stories about my client,” Singer wrote in the letter obtained by TMZ.

“While airing untested stories from accusers who have seemingly been subject to little or no vetting,” Singer continued, “CNN takes the opposite approach and with anyone who comes forward with information undermining accusers’ claims or with relevant information supporting Mr. Cosby.”

According to Singer, CNN reporters interviewed Burk, who told them that Johnson had never made a negative comment about Cosby and even said she admired the TV star and saw him as a mentor during the time they lived together. Singer accuses the CNN reporters of trying to “manipulate and coerce” Burk into saying statements that supported Johnson’s accusations. And when he wouldn’t corroborate Johnson’s account of events with Cosby, the reporters began attacking Burk and his background. Burk offered to send supporting documents for his statements, but CNN ultimately decided not to use his interview.

“This reckless approach to ‘journalism’ is outrageous,” the attorney wrote. “Accusers are being given a national platform by CNN without first exercising the most rudimentary journalistic investigation as to their claims and motivations. In contrast, CNN disregards and attacks sources with anything positive to say about my client or with relevant information undermining allegations that have been made.”

H/T The Wrap

Tom Brokaw: My Cancer is in Remission

When former NBC Anchor Tom Brokaw announced last year that he was battling cancer, he was not as straight forward as to how bad it really was.

But on Sunday, Brokaw had some good news to report,  he is officially in remission from cancer. 

In a statement posted to NBCNew s.com,Brokaw celebrated the prognosis. 

"A year ago my future was more uncertain than I cared to acknowledge but now I face the New Year with very encouraging news," he said. "The cancer is in remission and I will shortly go on a drug maintenance regimen to keep it there."

The veteran newsman in February divulged that he had been diagnosed with myeloma last summer. In September, he said that the cancer was "mostly gone."

Good news indeed.

H/T HuffPo