Ummmm... Isn't that the Station Across the Street's Video?

WSB (Atlanta) posted a story on the station's website about a gay teen who was attacked and disowned by his parents.

The station took the story from and it included a soundbite in the story that was from a package by WXIA, WSB's competitor. 

It appears that someone called out WSB for using a competitor's video, becuase now WSB has pulled the story from their website.

Like a kid with his hand caught in the cookie jar. 

Screen shot of the page before is was pulled, is posted on the right. 

Joey The Garden Cat Passes Away

As you well know, FTVLive is a huge animal lover (it's people we can't stand) and we got some sad news over the weekend.

KTHV (Little Rock) mascot, Joey the Garden Cat has passed away from an illness. The station posted on Joey's Facebook page the sad news:

"From the THV11 staff: We would like to our extend our gratitude to each and every one of you for all your kind words and thoughts about the passing of Joey The Garden Cat. From the beginning, when he showed up in our Weather Garden, he stole our hearts and many of yours. He will always be remembered, and his spirit will continue to be a big part of the THV11 family. Thank you again for all your kindness."

Joey was a staff and viewer favorite from the first day he showed up on the set.

Joey played by different rules than the rest of the staff. If Joey wanted to take his lunch break in the middle of the newscast, he would do it. Let's go to the video:

RIP Joey, I know you will be missed. 

Pushed out of Traffic

KYW (Philly) Traffic Reporter Bob Kelly took to Facebook to tell his fans that he was kicked to the curb at the CBS O&O.

Kelly writes:

It truly is with a very heavy heart I announce that today will be my last broadcast on CBS3. For 13 years I have always looked forward to coming in to work and having the opportunity to be a part of a show and a work "family" that has given me more laughter, more love, and more rewarding moments than could fill a lifetime. To YOU the unbelievable, faithful viewers!! I cannot express my gratitude for the support and constant love and kindness shown towards myself and my family all these years!!! Endless thank you's to each and everyone of you. To you my most awesome morning team, co-workers past and present!! Although not on the TV screen, we will continue to have fun and may the endless laughter live on!!! And to my family, your unwavering support and love is what will make this next part of the adventure the best we've had yet!! Hope to see you all again soon, thank you so very much for allowing me to be in your home these past 13 years. With all my love.

Jammo Bob Kelly

Raycom Stations Fall off DirecTV

53 Raycom owned stations fell off DirecTV in the latest retransmission pissing match.

Raycom went forward with its plan to remove its station signals from the DirecTV system after midnight on Sunday, issuing a statement that day which said it had been “working with DirecTV to resolve this issue” for three months but had reached an impasse.

According to a statement issued by DirecTV, Raycom was demanding more than twice as much in compensation.

“So when local broadcast stations, sports networks, and other channels want to be paid more for the same channels you already have, we’re going to do everything we can to minimize the impact to your monthly bill,” Mike White, DirecTV president and chief executive officer, said in a video posted on the Internet.

Look for this retrans fight to go until just before the NFL season kicks off, when then the two sides will come to an agreement.

Just saying... 

H/T Toledo Blade

Muir Takes the Chair at ABC News

It was the first day on the job for David Muir as the new Anchor of ABC's World News Tonight.

Muir had to work at holiday the first day out of the box.

At least his boss took time out from his holiday to wish him good luck:

Nuir opened the broadcast by wishing viewers a happy Labor Day and saying "it's an honor to begin this journey with you"

With Muir now anchoring ABC's newscast, it is back to the future for the network newscasts. All three net newscasts are fronted by middle age white guys. 

Motown Weatherman to Return After Fireworks Accident

WXYZ Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth is back in the weather center with a new prosthetic eye.

Rexroth sent a picture to the station showing off his new eye and telling them he is ready to return to work.

He's back at the station this week for rehearsals, with the goal of returning to Action News newscasts the next week. 

FTVLive told you that Rexroth lost his eye during a fireworks accident back in July.

Call Me Ugly, But Don't Call Me the Weather Girl

Last week, FTVLive told you that a study showed that female TV talent were the only subjects that got trolled on and verbally abused more than men on social media. 

ABC's Ginger Zee found that out first hand when some idiot called her and ugly "weather girl" on Twitter.

Zee responded saying you can call her ugly all you want, but don't dare to call her a "weather girl."

Zee later said "....don’t disrespect me by calling me that other nasty term! I studied too hard & chased too many storms to be called that,” she wrote.

The troll, Brian Rice obviously needs a lesson in manners and needs to get his eyes checked. Zee is a Meteorologist and  sure as hell looks a lot better than Sam Champion.

Just saying.... 

Vice Media to Sell Stake to A&E Networks

Vice Media ended their talks with Time Warner this morning, but they had an ace up their sleeve.

The Financial Times says that Vice is finalizing the sale of a 10 per cent stake to A&E Networks, the cable television group jointly owned by Walt Disney and Hearst Corporation, in a deal valuing the digital media company at $2.5bn.

Vice and Time Warner broke off talks earlier Today over the purchase of a stake that would have valued the group at about $2bn.

The Financial Times says that A&E will pay $250m for 10 per cent, which represents a steep increase in Vice’s value.

Last year it sold a 5 per cent stake to Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox for $70m, which then valued it at $1.4bn.

Vice will produce digital and cable programming for A&E as part of the deal but it will not currently take over any of the running of any of the company’s cable channels, which had been part of its negotiations with Time Warner, according to people briefed on the negotiations. 

The latest deal was negotiated between Nancy Dubuc, president of A&E Networks, and Vice.

“It’s a great deal for us,” said Shane Smith, Vice’s chief executive. “It means we can preserve our independence and it gives us a war chest for another three years of dramatic growth.”

Vice is “exploring channel possibilities” with A&E, he added, in addition to producing programming.

Report: Vice Media, HLN Talks Breakdown

The NY Times is reporting that Time Warner has ended negotiations to buy a major stake in Vice Media, according to a person briefed on the discussions.

The two companies started talking in June about the possibility of a joint venture. One scenario included Time Warner’s giving Vice control of the cable channel HLN, which would have provided Vice with a 24-hour network that reaches more than 100 million households.

The conversations collapsed after the two companies were unable to agree on a valuation of Vice, a fast-growing media business with a strong following among millennials.

A spokesman for Vice was not immediately available for comment.

Stay tuned.... 

The Redheaded Stepchild Pushed Out @CNN

A few days ago, FTVLive told you that layoffs starting to go down in CNN's DC Bureau.

One of those that caught the falling blade was CNN's Capitol Hill reporter, Lisa Desjardins.

It sucks when a company eliminates your positions, but Desjardins saw a bit of humor in getting whacked.

She posted her goodbye to CNN video on YouTube and it is worth the watch. With and attitude like that, we expect she should land a new gig soon. 

Let's go to the video: 

Chelsea Clinton Leaving NBC News

Not sure how Journalism will survive, but Chelsea Clinton says she's leaving NBC news.

Clinton says she's leaving the Peacock to focus on mom duties. Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting their first child. 

Clinton did a couple of stories a year for NBC and made $600,000....why the hell would you leave that job?

Clinton, 34, says the highlights of her job included meeting people like Annette Dove, whose TOPPS program in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, "continues to fill the hunger, education and safety gaps for kids of all ages in her community." 

She also thanks viewers who responded to her stories by helping to fund and expand programs she featured.

It is not likely that NBC will fill Clinton's job, but if they are.... I want to apply. 

H/T People