Crossing Back Across the Street in Birmingham

Brooke Smith was the runner up (first loser) on 2002 season of "The Bachelor."

She then worked at WVTM in Birmingham from 2003 to 2010, starting as a morning traffic reporter and later hosting the daily talk show "Daytime Alabama."

Smith then crossed the street to WIAT to anchor the morning news. 

This morning, Smith returns as the morning News Anchor at WVTM.

"I'm delighted to be coming home to Alabama's 13 and to again be working with my friend Ken Lass," Smith said in a PR release from the station.

"Brooke has a decade of experience in the Birmingham TV news market," NBC 13 news director Tim Gardner said in the release. "She is a compelling storyteller and communicator and will complement our morning team of Ken Lass, meteorologist Stephanie Walker and traffic reporter Eunice Elliott."

No word in the release if she ever landed a guy or not. 

Ginger Zee to do Deadliest Catch

ABC Meteorologist and storm casher Ginger Zee is will join the cast and crew of Discovery channel’s “Deadliest Catch.” She’ll pitch and roll through the some of the most dangerous weather in the world.

For two days she’ll be living on a crab-fishing boat in the middle of the Bering Sea, way up north near the Arctic . During that time, Zee expects to ride out 20-foot waves, unpredictable weather, subzero temperatures and the constant specter of death.

“It sounds pretty awesome, doesn’t it?” she says with a smile. “The only thing I’m really worried about is getting seasick.”

The NY Daily News says that Zee will join the crew of the family-owned Northwestern, a 125-foot fishing ship. She’ll spend time with Mandy Hansen, the first female crew member to be featured on “Deadliest Catch.”

Hansen’s father, Sig, is the captain. The Hansens are among a handful of hardy sailors who do what is widely acknowleged as one of the world’s most dangerous jobs.

“I can’t wait,” Zee told us. “It’s going to be incredible.”

Wolf Blitzer to Now Put People to Sleep Internationally

CNN wasn't happy with boring just the people here in the U.S. they have decided to go international.

CNN has announced that the network will begin simulcasting the 1PM hour of Wolf Blitzer's show  on CNNi.

Which means Blitzer's show will hit the air at 6pm in London, 7pm in Paris.

This promises to cure insomnia cases plaguing many in Europe. 

Like watching paint dry. 

ESPN Tells Staff to Ignore Bill Simmons Story

FTVLive told you that ESPN's Bill Simmons went off on his podcast calling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a lair in a in profanity-laced tirade.

Simmons challenged ESPN to suspend him for his remarks and the network did. He's off the air for 3 weeks.

But if you're tuning into ESPN to see more on the story, good luck. ESPN has told it's employees not to say anything about Simmon’s suspension.

According to TMZ, ESPN’s on air talent were told explicitly not to discuss the issue: “On a corporate level, they told us not to talk about it." 

 

So far, it seems the warning is working, at least on Twitter. ThinkProgress examined the Twitter accounts of over 100 ESPN employees checking for tweets about the Simmons suspensions between the time the story broke on Wednesday night and the time of this writing. No one at the network has discussed the suspension on twitter. Two ESPN employees, Howard Bryant and Jemelle Hill, have mentioned the incident in passing on twitter, responding to tweets that accused ESPN of unjustly suspending Simmons and protecting the NFL. Both employees defended ESPN’s actions. 

There has been speculation that the suspension was driven by ESPN’s close relationship with the NFL.

In other words, ESPN is so scared of the NFL they are telling their reporters to quit reporting. 

H/T Think Progress 

Fox News Interviewed "Fuck It" Reporter

Former KTVA Reporter Charlo Greene is still soaking up her 15 minutes of fame with an appearance on Fox News.

In an interview with FNC, Greene discussed legalizing marijuana in Alaska and whether or not the decision to quit on the air was beneficial.

Regarding the reason for cursing on air, Greene stated, “That was just off the cuff. As a journalist, you’re not supposed to take a stand on an issue either for or against it regardless of what you actually feel. You can’t voice your opinion. I was stepping away from that career. For the first time in my life, I was going to be able to start speaking my opinion. In that moment, that was my truth – “F” it.”

When asked whether she did this just to get her “15 minutes of fame,” she replied, “Absolutely not. We’re talking about marijuana reform aren’t we?”” 

KTVA said that they fired Greene after she quit (huh?), but FTVLive has learned it is not the first station she was sacked from. 

Sources tell FTVLive that Greene was fired from WOWK in Charleston, WV for falsifying her time sheets and other problems. 

Greene has professed her love for pot and continues to work to make it legal in Alaska.

Her former employer KTVA is still trying to recover from the embarrassment the former Reporter caused the station. 

Really?! Fox News Hosts make Sexist Jokes About Female Fighter Pilot

We know that many of the guys over at Fox News haven't been happy ever since women were allowed out of the kitchen, but their latest jokes crossed the line.

Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri made history when she became the first female pilot in the United Arab Emirates' Air Force.

On Monday night, she was reportedly a team leader in the airstrikes against ISIS in Syria. But a segment celebrating her feat on Fox News Channel's "The Five" quickly devolved into sexist jokes. 

"Hey ISIS, you were bombed by a woman," co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle said, starting the segment off on a positive note. "Oh yeah, hell came down on ISIS in Syria because -- guess what -- the first female pilot, piloting for the UAE, leading the strikes. Dropped the bombs on ISIS on Monday night."

"I'll take a woman doing this any day to them," Guilfoyle added. "I hope that hurt extra bad because in some Arab countries, women can't even drive." 

"After she bombed it, she couldn’t park it," Greg Gutfeld (pictured left) quickly cracked. 

"Would that be considered boobs on the ground or no?" Eric Bolling asked.

Boiling did apologize for his remarks the next day. “I made a joke and when I got home, I got the look,” Bolling said, referring to what happened after his comments aired on Wednesday. “I said sorry to my wife and I apologize to you all and want to make that very clear.”

After saying sorry to his wife, we're assuming Mrs. Bolling went back barefoot to the kitchen to make Eric's dinner. 

Just saying....

H/T HuffPo

Howie Kurtz Shows Up Very Late to the Zakaria Party

Fox News weakest link, Howard Kurtz is finally getting around to the Fareed Zakaria story.

Zakaria is the serial plagiarist that works at CNN.

Kurtz does a very awkward appearance on FNC's Special Report with Bret Baier.

Howie's reporting is so weak, but we wondered how he was going to work in his usual shot a President Obama on this story? Yet somehow this idiot was able to get a dig in at Obama even on a story of a CNN Anchor.

If you ask me, CNN needs to fire Zakaria and Fox News needs to fire Howard Kurtz.

Both are useless and give journalism a bad name.

Here's the video:

Out The Door in Greenville

After just 2 years, WNCT (Greenville, N.C.) Anchor Jeff Varner is out as the anchor of the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

The former 'Survivor' contestant replaced popular Anchor Allan Hoffman, who is retired after more than two decades at the station.

Insiders at the station tell FTVLive that Varner is leaving to take care of his mother who is suffering from breast cancer. 

The search for a replacement is on. 

The Weather Channel Adds Shows so they Can Show Less Weather

The Weather Channel has green-lighted two new excuses to not show the weather. 

TWC is adding two more “reality” shows that will leave less time to show the actual weather.

The two latest shows seem more like what you would see on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. First is Brainstormers, a reality series starring three men, “a father, a son, and their friend” who are constantly on the hunt for practical applications for bad weather—like going outside to play in the rain, so Daddy and his friend can have five goddamn minutes of peace. Then there’s How Weather Created A Monster, a show that redefines the word “monster” by following explorer Sean Duggan as he searches for rare and exotic (but decidedly non-imaginary) animals shaped by the extraordinary climates in which they live. 

In a statement, The Weather Channel president David Clark says, “With these two new series, The Weather Channel delves far beyond the usual weather stories to show just how pervasive weather’s impact is."

If you want actual weather coverage?

Use your phone, because you ain't going to get it from The Weather Channel. 

Just saying.... 

H/T AV Club

Al Sharpton Says He is Helping Pick the Next AG

Al Sharpton is taking time away from his low rated MSNBC show to help find the United States next Attorney General.

Or so he says. 

With the resignation of US Attorney General Eric Holder, Sharpton claims he is in direct contact with the White House in finding Holder’s successor.

"We are engaged in immediate conversations with the White House on their deliberations over a successor whom we hope will continue in the general direction of Attorney General Holder," Sharpton said in a statement.

If Al Sharpton is in charge of finding the next AG, I'm moving to Canada.

Just saying.... 

WCBS Reporter Dies Suddenly

WCBS Reporter John Slattery has passed away.

He was a member of the WCBS news team for 30 years. Slattery died of a massive heart attack. 

Slattery filed a number of stories for the station, but maybe his best and most important work was on 9/11/2001. He was one of the first reporters to arrive on the chaotic and terrifying scene, having witnessed the second plane strike the World Trade Center while emergency vehicles were still trying to make their way to the disaster.

He was plainspoken.

He was unflappable.

“We are saddened by the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague John Slattery,” said Peter Dunn, President of CBS Television Stations. “During his nearly 30-year career at WCBS, he was great at reporting the news and was someone we counted on to cover big stories for us, both here in New York and around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s wife, Suzie, and their children and grandchildren.”

Slattery was 63 years old.