NBC Anchor Proposes to WABC Anchor

NBC's Josh Elliot popped the question to WABC Anchor Liz Cho and she said "yes."

The NY Daily News says that the two, who’ve been dating since 2012, became engaged during a European vacation over the summer.

Elliott works for NBC Sports and previously did stints at ABC’s “Good Morning America” and at various ESPN programs. Cho co-anchors “Eyewitness News” for WABC in New York City.

This will be the second marriage for both; each has a daughter in elementary school.

Elliott popped the question during the August trip, and the couple has since remained quiet about their engagement, said the source.

A wedding date has not been set.

And props for not doing it on camera and wasting viewers time.

Good job guys. 

Like We Said....

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Back on September 15th, FTVLive reported that WJLA Reporter Kris Van Cleave was leaving the station and was headed to CBS Newspath. 

Yesterday, CBS finally got around to making that news official.

In a press release, CBS writes:

Kris Van Cleave has been named a correspondent for CBS Newspath, the Network’s 24-hour television newsgathering service for CBS stations and broadcasters around the world.  He will be based in New York City, and his appointment is effective immediately.

Former Philly Sports Anchor Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Culminating an astonishing descent, former Philly Sports Anchor Don Tollefson pleaded guilty today in a fraud scheme involving 200 victims and at least $317,000 in bogus travel packages, supposedly sold to raise money for charity.

Tollefson told Bucks County Judge Rea B. Boylan that he had struggled with "45 years of alcoholism and drug addiction and multiple mental-health issues."

"I just really want the healing process to begin," Tollefson said after the proceeding, while paying the monthly fee at the county probation office for his ankle-bracelet monitor. "I really want people to understand, and heal myself."

Sentencing was deferred for 60 days to give defense attorney Sharif Abaza time to make a case for leniency, however Abaza said he did expect Tollefson to receive some jail time.

 "We're just waiting for our money -- still," said victim Cindy Moffitt, who attended the proceeding,

Tollefson was arrested in February for allegedly selling the packages in part to raise money for charity. For instance, tickets to the Super Bowl or an out-of-town Eagles game often never materialized, nor did some of the promised hotel rooms and airfare, police said.

Tollefson was once the city's highest-paid sportscaster, described by Howard Cosell as the "most extraordinary talent I've ever encountered." Over the years he became known for his charity work.

But at some point, according to police, Tollefson turned his celebrity and philanthropy into a ruse, selling travel packages at bargain prices to admirers who thought they were helping a cause.

Tollefson said that on Oct. 10 he will mark his first anniversary of sobriety.

H/T Philly Inquirer

Tampa Reporter Finds Missing Boy

Tampa Reporter Finds Missing Boy

Sometimes you go and cover the news and other times the news comes to you.

WFTS Reporter Cameron Polom was covering the story of a missing 10-year-old Florida boy, when the reporter got a big break on the story. 

He missing boy he was reporting on happened to be standing right next to him. 

ABC News reports that Paul Ezekiel Fagan, who has a mild learning disability, was last seen around 4 p.m. Thursday playing in the front yard of his house.

Polom says Paul lives with his grandmother, Hazel Epps, who has custody from his biological mother.

Polom was walking through the family’s neighborhood at dawn in the minutes following a media press conference on the boy's disappearance when he saw a child fitting Paul’s description behind a neighbor’s fence.

"I thought to myself oh this couldn’t be the boy, no way, and I walked over and said, 'Hey bud what’s your name?' He mumbled Paul and then I asked if I could pick him up over the fence and he gave me a huge hug before we walked over to the officers parked in front of his house," Polom said.

Polom says Paul told him he had spent the rainy night in his neighbor’s backyard that's riddled with overgrown vegetation, which made him hard to spot by previous search efforts. Paul told Polom he spent part of the night taking a cat nap in the shrubbery.

The reunion with the boy's family was caught on camera.

The video is up after the jump. 

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There She is Again...

Last month, FTVLive told you that WMTW morning Anchor Erin Ovalle popped up as a model in an ad that appeared in Maine Magazine.

 

As we pointed out, it's not a good idea to have your Anchor pimping a local business, while at the same time reporting the news.

As we wrote last month "The question is, did she do this on her own? Or, did the station put her up to it? Either way, the ethics line has been crossed and someone needs to be talked to."

Well, we're guessing that the station doesn't give a shit about ethics, because once again this month, Ovalle is shown in another ad in Maine Magazine.

Don't forget to pick up next month's issue when Ovalle is pictured sliding down the slippery slope. 

Donald Trump Falls for Twitter Joke Hook, Line and Sinker

The easiest way to get Donald Trump to fall for a hoax, is just stroke his ego and it's like shooting fish in a barrel. 

A comedian got Trump to retweet a photo of infamous British serial killers Fred and Rosemary West, known for torturing, raping, and murdering numerous young girls.

It began with a tweet from the comedian that included a picture of the serial killers. "Hi @realDonaldTrump. My parents who passed away always said you were big inspiration.Can you pls RT for their memory?"

Trump was more than happy to have his ego stroked and fell for the bait:

The Twitterverse soon started piling on the Donald and it was funny stuff:

Savannah Guthrie to Return for November Book, Elections

NBC announced this morning that Today Show Co-Anchor Savannah Guthrie will return to the show on November 3rd.

Guthrie is on leave from the show after giving birth to a baby girl.

But baby or not, the November book still goes on and Guthrie will return to the chair alongside Matt Lauer at the beginning of the book.

She is also returning the day before the midterm elections.

You know, that time when we pick people to lead this great country and that do absolutely nothing. 

Yeah those. 

CNN Takes Page out of NFL Handbook

CNN's Brian Stelter took a page straight out of the NFL handbook and said that he had closely investigated the Fareed Zakaria plagiarism charges and .....surprise.....Stelter thinks the criticism of his co-worker are unfair.

".... Zakaria’s program made some attribution mistakes, a small number, to be fair,” Stelter said. “They are the kind of mistakes that other journalists can learn from, and viewers too.” Stelter did not elaborate on how the viewers could learn from Zakaria's mistakes.

Stelter said that whey he looked at the 26 plagiarism incidents it looked “less it looks like capital P plagiarism.” 

Which is kind of like "capital P" pregnancy....either way you're still pregnant.

Stelter said he wanted to get Zakaria’s side of the story, but that the CNN GPS host turned down an interview with the other CNN host.

Stelter said that he also tried to talk to CNN's PR people and they declined to comment as well.

Yes....CNN's own PR people declined to talk to the host of a CNN show about another CNN show.

Classy operation...don't ya think? 

CNN Guest Dresses Like the Host

Speaking of Reliable Sources. Here's a tip....

If you are ever asked to appear on CNN's Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter, you might now want to wear the exact same outfit as Brian.

Jim Miller (it's ok....I don't know who he is either) appeared on the show to talk about the suspension of EPSN's Bill Simmons wearing the same outfit as Stelter. 

Right down to the same hairdo.

You Might Want to Watch the Movie Next Time

If you are going to interview some actors about their new movie, it might be a good idea if you watch the movie before you start asking the questions.

KWGN (Denver) Entertainment Reporter Chris Parente was caught with his pants down, while interviewing “The Skeleton Twins” stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig.

The former “Saturday Night Live” duo were being interviewed via satellite by Parente, when he joked that he was thinking about doing the rest of the broadcast completely nude, and asked Wiig for some pointers.

The actress and Hader were both clearly taken off guard by the non-sequitur. When Parente  interjected that he asked because Wiig goes full frontal in the film, they realized he was talking about a different project altogether.

“Welcome to Me” is the film Parente was thinking of, and while he tried to laugh himself out of his gaffe by joking along with the now hysterically laughing actors, they didn't let him forget that they knew he didn't actually see their movie. 

Let's go to the video:

H/T The Wrap