Gannett names KUSA News Director

Gannett has named Christy Moreno news director of its storied KUSA-TV in Denver. She's the ND at their Knoxville station, WBIR.

Christy replaces Patti Dennis who's been bumped up to VP of News & Talent Development for the group. It's been almost 20 years since KUSA has had an ND change.

Prior to WBIR, Moreno was assistant ND at KENS.

You can read the standard "walks on water" statements from all the suits in the Denver Business Journal.

 

Veteran Newscaster Dies

Bos Johnson, a long-time journalist and broadcaster, died in Charleston. He spent 53 years in communications, 24 of them at WSAZ-TV in Charleston-Huntington.

Bos has been compared to having the same impact as Walter Cronkite in his market.  He was the anchor that took the community through the long night of November 14, 1970 when a plane crashed killing 75 Marshall University football players, coaches and fans.

Johnson later became a professor of broadcast journalism at the W.Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University.

You can read more details about his career in the Herald-Dispatch.

FTVLive Live McDonald's Parking Lot

This morning's FTVLive is coming to you from a parking lot of a McDonald's just off I-95 in Vero Beach, FL. 

I started updating at the hotel, but the WIFI was so slow that Monday's updates likely would not have been done until Thursday.

So, I drove to a McDonald's which was not even open yet and leached off their WIFI, while sitting in my car in the parking lot. Sadly, McD's WIFI isn't much faster than the hotel. 

I am on the road for the Today and Tomorrow and after the this update, FTVLive will be handing it off to the FTVLive Intern.

We are making the Intern work the Today and Tuesday and then after he cooks our turkey on Thursday, he will be free to go home and join his family for the Holiday weekend.

We will be back in the world HQ on Wednesday.

Now, let's get on with this morning's news. 

Officer Darren Wilson Talks Off The Record with Network Anchors

It appears that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson has had off the record conversations with a number of network anchors about doing an interview.

Wilson has not been seen since he shot Michael Brown in the middle of a Ferguson street. But, it appears that Wilson is getting ready to tell his story.

It appears that Wilson is looking for a sympathetic ear that he can tell his side of the story to. Reports say that Wilson met with Matt Lauer, George Stephanopoulos, Scott Pelley, Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon.

Lemon tweeted out that he met with Wilson:

Cooper also tweeted that he met with Wilson and that he will not be getting the sought after interview:

No word if Wilson had reached out to Fox News, but it seems like Sean Hannity would be a no brainer choice for the suspended officer.

Just saying....

The Person Most Looking Forward to the Ferguson Decision

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was this/close to losing his job. Goodell and the NFL were leading the nightly network newscasts and being talked about over and over again on the cable news.

When the video of Ravens Running Back Ray Rice cold cocking his then girlfriend surfaced, the media was relentless and the calls for Goodell to be fired or resigned had reached a fever pitch.

But, what may have saved the NFL boss's job have nothing to do with domestic violence and happened hundreds a miles away in Dallas.

Thomas Duncan was admitted to a Dallas hospital with ebola and later died. Two of the nurses that treated Duncan also got the ebola virus and the NFL fumble on domestic violence was off the newscasts and the front pages.

It has long been known that TV news can only focus on one story at a time and they will do everything they can to ram that one story down the viewers throats. 

Like a kitten with a shinny toy, the media will lose interest as soon as the next shinny toy comes along.

Bill Cosby and all the rape stories are the latest shinny toy. Although stories of Cosby and rape charges have been around for years, it is just starting to hit the media with total over the top coverage. 

But, the Cosby story is about to die as soon as the grand jury releases their decision in the Michael Brown shooting. Once that comes down, you will barely see another Bill Cosby story and you can bet that Cosby himself is hoping that grand jury comes back Today.

And although an ebola patient likely saved the job of Roger Goodell, Cosby will not be so likely. The comedian reputation is gone and it is likely he will never have another job.

But, Cosby has plenty of money and will more than likely live the rest of his life quietly. And it will get much more quiet when the Ferguson grand jury comes back.

The media can not focus on two stories at once. 

Just saying....

NBC Staffer Played Pimp for Bill Cosby

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Former NBC staffer Frank Scotti says he helped Bill Cosby pay off young models that were brought to his dressing room.

When Cosby invited young models into his Brooklyn dressing room, Scotti stood watch outside the door. When the married Cosby sought a Queens apartment for another pretty face, Scotti arranged the deal.

And when the man behind Fat Albert needed cash disbursed to his flock of single female friends — hey, hey, hey — Scotti became the conduit for payments of up to $2,000 a month.

“He had everybody fooled,” said Scotti in an exclusive interview with the Daily News. “Nobody suspected.”

Scotti came forward last week with his insider’s look at Cosby’s womanizing ways during the magical 1984-92 run of “The Cosby Show.”

The 90-year-old Scotti said he decided to speak as the drumbeat of sexual abuse allegations against Cosby, 77, grew steadily louder. “I felt sorry for the women,” he told The News.

Cosby used Scotti to deliver monthly payouts to eight different women in 1989-90 — including Shawn Thompson, whose daughter Autumn Jackson claimed the actor was her dad.

“I was suspicious that something was going on,” said Scotti. “I suspected that he was having sex with them because the other person he was sending money to (Thompson) he was definitely having sex with.

“Why else would he be sending money?” Scotti asked. “He was sending these women $2,000 a month. What else could I think?”

More from the NY Daily News

Longtime Weatherman Pushed Out in O-Town

Cable News 13 (Orlando) Chief Meteorologist Jeff Day is gone from the station. He was told Friday morning that his contract was terminated.

Day spent 17 years at the cable channel and had been with the station since day 1.

"When we started I was the only the meteorologist," Day said Sunday night. After a tornado outbreak in 1998, the channel decided he needed help.

Day said it was a little bit of a surprise that he was out at News 13.

"It’s the nature of the business," he said. "You always have to be prepared. It's just one of the things you find in the business. I'm dealing with it. It's been 17 years of dedication and hard work. But now there's relaxation and some excitement about finding a new path to take. I love Central Florida."

He said News 13 told him early in the day Friday that he was out, and he didn't go on the air.

"I always went in to do my best every day," Day said. "I think it was just time for a change. I've learned so much."

Like how longevity and loyalty mean shit in TV news. 

H/T Orlando Sentinel

Man Busted After Refusing to Leave Denver TV Station

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A man who entered the KMGH Studios in downtown Denver Friday and refused to leave was arrested after police say he bit an officer.

The incident happened Friday, according to KMGH staff members, the guy entered the lobby as a visitor was exiting, and told the receptionists there that he wanted to speak to a reporter.

The man claimed he is a Nobel Peace Prize winner and he had information about immigration, demons and spirits, and wanted his story told.

The staff members said the man was holding his cellphone in the air and recording their reaction on video.

Because he entered the building without authorization, the receptionists offered the man a phone number he could use to call in his tip, and then asked him to leave.

The man became argumentative and after he refused to leave, the Denver Police Department was called.

Police arrived and escorted the man out of the lobby, but KMGH said they saw the man begin resisting, and then they saw him bite one of the officers on the hand (which is very strange for a Nobel Peace Prize winner to do, don't you think).

The man briefly got away from cops but was caught and tased by police.

Let's go to the video:

H/T KMGH

Murder Suspect Walks Up to Ft. Myers News Crew

Just minutes before the composite photo of a murder suspect was released, a man claiming to have details into the murder approached a WBBH news crews. He ended up looking very much like the guy in the composite photo that had yet to be released.

Three days after the manager of a Cape Coral T.J. Maxx was shot and killed while out on his break, police are still on the hunt for his killer.

“We're still asking for the public to continue providing us information,” said Sgt. Dana Coston with the Cape Coral Police Department. 

And that is exactly what WBBH Reporter Dave Elias and Photographer Ben Colwell did after being approached by a man bearing a strong resemblance to the sketch. The man claimed to have insight into the shooter's motive.

Elias and Colwell went to the Cape Coral Police Department to tell authorities about the man. After hearing the description, investigators quickly rushed Elias and Colwell down the hall to the detectives working the case.

Their story became sworn evidence in the case. Detectives recorded their every word.

“When he was talking, he took a step back,” said Colwell.

Colwell witnessed the man – who said store manager was shot after an argument over a handicapped parking space. Investigators wanted to know every detail about the man.

The man is still on the loose.

H/T WBBH

Another Phoenix Anchor Out

FTVLive told you early this morning that it was going to be announced that another Phoenix Anchor will be leaving the desk.

This time it's not at KTVK, but across the street at KNXV.

Anchor Connie Colla is done at the station December 4th. She says that she is going to start her own consulting company.

Colla returned to Phoenix in September 2011 after a stint at in Philly. 

The station has already started looking for her replacement.