That Didn't Take Long - Jax GM is Already Replaced (Update)

Yesterday, FTVLive was the FIRST to tell you that WTLV/WJXX GM Eric Land was out at the Gannett station.

Well, before they could even change the toilet paper in the executive bathroom, Land's replacement has already been named. 

Senior Vice President-News for Gannett Rob Mennie is taking over the GM gig at First Coast News. 

Mennie was bumped up to the Senior VP spot at the start of the year and now he's making the move to GM in Jacksonville.

Update: WXIA News Director Ellen Crooke is replacing Mennie at Gannett.

Member of COPS TV Show Shot While Working on the Show (Updated)

A crew member working for the TV show COPS was shot while shadowing an Omaha police officer. 

Omaha Deputy Police Chief Dave Baker said an officer saw a man robbing the Wendy's restaurant near 43rd and Dodge around 9:20 p.m. and called for backup. The suspect held a clerk at gunpoint and demanded cash before walking outside to find police waiting. During the confrontation, shots were exchanged and the suspect was wounded. He was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. His name has not been released.

“The suspect in the armed robbery has since been declared deceased at the hospital,” said Deputy Chief Baker. “The other person transported to the hospital at that time was a member of the COPS television program."

The crew member, whose name has not been released is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Update: The crew member has been identified as Bryce Dion an Audio Tech. Sadly he has died. 


Hold That Call

Former WCBS (NY) Anchor Rob Morrison is headed to trial after he serial-dialed his estranged wife more than 120 times in one weekend.

Page Six says that while relaxing the protective order that Morrison’s wife, Ashley, a former “Moneywatch’’ anchor, has against the, a Connecticut judge says that Morrison will still have to stand trial over the alleged phone harassment.

Morrison claims that all the calls over Memorial Day weekend only to try to talk to their young son, in accordance with their custody agreement.

The couple’s marriage first imploded in February 2013, when Morrison allegedly choked Ashley and threatened to kill her. The charges were later dropped.

Morrison declined to comment after court.

He is next scheduled to appear before the judge on Sept. 14th

120 calls in one weekend? I hope he and the ex are on the friends and family plan.

Just saying..... 

Now You've Gone and Pissed Off Tom Brokaw

It's likely you won't see NBC News president Deborah Turness and Tom Brokaw hanging out anytime soon.

In a NY Times interview, Turness took a shot at the former regime at 30 Rock, saying, “NBC News hadn’t kept up with the times in all sorts of ways, for maybe 15 years . . . I think the organization had gone to sleep.”

Needless to say Tom Brokaw, former NBC News President Steve Capus  and Jeff Zucker were not to happy with her comments. 

Word is that Turness said she was sorry for her remarks, even if they may have been true.  

Page Six writes that one network insider fumed, “Turness is making enemies. Her ‘asleep’ comment is incredibly disrespectful to many of NBC’s top journalists, especially Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams, and her predecessors Steve Capus, Andy Lack, Neal Shapiro and Jeff Zucker.”

The source added, “It’s astonishing that she seems to have discounted 15 years of robust success before she arrived. Even Brian and Matt Lauer, who were forced to heap praise on Turness in the story, are privately concerned about the direction NBC News might take. There is talk of layoffs. This notion she is swooping in from England to save a snoozing news organization is simply wrong.”

New York Anchor Leaving

Word is that WNBC Anchor Tom Llamas is leaving the Peacock. His last day is Friday.

Tuned In reports that News Director Susan Sullivan broke the news to the staff in an email.  t

When Llamas was hired at the NBC O&O, he quickly moved up from Reporter to the Anchor desk and was also part of the station's I-Team.

In June of 2013, Llamas was taken off the noon anchoring slot to concentrate on the I-Team reports. He has maintained the 5 p.m. broadcast with Shiba Russell.

No word on where Llamas’ is headed next. 

Stay tuned.... 

Kicked to the Curb in Jax

In case you didn't long onto FTVLive late yesterday evening, we broke the news that WTLV/WJXX (Jacksonville) GM Eric Land is out at the Gannett station.

Land was named GM of the station two years ago. "I'm very anxious to be part of making history here," said Land upon meeting the staff in August of 2012.

It looks like Land will end up being only a small part of the history of First Coast News with just a short stint at the station. 

Here is the very short internal memo that was sent inside Gannett:

From: Beall, Lynn 
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 4:04 PM
Subject: Eric Land resignation

Today Eric resigned as President and General Manager of WTLV/WJXX.   We wish Eric the best and thank him for his two years with our company.


Getting Out of Greenville

WYFF in Greenville might want to change the door to the station to a revolving one, as word comes down that another staffer is leaving the station.

Sources tell FTVLive that Anchor Angela Rodriguez is leaving the station late next month. Rodriguez joined WYF in September 2009 as anchor of the 6pm and 11pm weekend newscasts.

She is joining a long list of people that have recently left the station. Since the fall of 2012, WYFF has lost 4 reporters, an editor, 3 producers, 4 photogs, a traffic guy, and two meteorologists.

Here is the internal memo that News Director Bruce Barkley sent to the staff:

Weekend Anchor Angela Rodriguez has decided to pursue other opportunities at the end of her contract this fall and will be leaving WYFF News 4.

Angela will be working through September.

The anchor/reporter job has been listed and a search is on for our next weekend anchor/reporter.

We thank Angela for her 5 years of service.

Please contact me if you know of any strong candidates.


San Antonio Station Gets a Bad Rap (Updated)

KSAT in San Antonio reported the story about the arrest of a rapper 'Young Jeezy' in California.

The station posted a link to the story on Twitter and included a photo. The problem was, KSAT's photo of the rapper was not Jeezy and was a completely different rapper.

The station posted a picture of rapper 'Birdman" who doesn't look anything like Jeezy. 

A number of Twitter uses pointed out the mistake to KSAT and the station deleted the tweet and the story without making any comment about their mistake. 

Update: KSAT issued a statement blaming a third party graphics company. How convenient.

Chicago Station Falls for Fake Story

Sometimes it is hard to tell the fake stories from the real ones that are posted on the Internet.

But, in this case it seemed fairly easy to spot that this story was a hoax. The website College Humor posted a group of photos that they titled "This Is The Most Passive-Aggressive Office Battle We've Ever Seen." The pictures depicted an exchange of break room notes that escalates into a sandwich hostage crisis.

It was funny, but clearly it was not real.

But, it seems that WFLD Fox 32 in Chicago did not get the joke and they wrote about the sandwich story on the station's website. 

The idea that someone at the station actually thought this was a real story is a bit scary for the state of Today's TV news. 

Female Anchors/Reporters Dissed on Twitter

If you're a female working in TV News, I don't have to tell you what you that there are some mean people on social media.

A study by the think tank Demos looking at millions of Twitter messages found that well-known or famous men receive more offensive and negative messages than their female counterparts.

Except in one category: female journalists. 

Female journalists were the only subjects that got trolled on and verbally abused more than men. 

More than 5 percent of all Twitter messages sent to female journalists are unfavorable, according to the study. In every other category of distinguished females, however, the number is much lower, at 1 in every 70 tweets. 

Ladies, I don't know about you, but I would still rather read the messages from the haters and watch one more damn ice bucket challenge. 

But that's just me.....

H/T HuffPo

Producer Claims Fox O&O Pushed Her Out After She Got Cancer

Producer Claims Fox O&O Pushed Her Out After She Got Cancer

A former KRIV (Houston) morning Producer claims she lost her job after she developed cancer and was forced to take time off work.

Margaret Cordes filed a lawsuit July 29 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Houston Division against Fox Television Stations and KRIV Fox 26.

In her complaint, Cordes claims she was hired in September 2009 as morning executive producer for the Fox 26 morning news. She exceled at her position, receiving numerous positive reviews about her job performance, according to the complaint.

The Southeast Texas Record writes that in 2010, Cordes claims she was forced to take a medical leave of absence because she was forced to undergo surgery to treat her cancer, the suit states. After she returned to work, she began to be harassed and abused by her fellow employees and subjected to a hostile work environment, the complaint says.

Cordes complained to human resources about the way she was being treated. After her complaints, however, things continued to get worse, she says.

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