Arkansas Anchor: I Am a Victim of Domestic Abuse

KNWA (Fayetteville) Anchor  Neile Jones shared a secret with viewers and wrote a book about.   She was a victim of domestic violence.

“I made a decision to not stand there anymore and listen as people said, ‘I’ve never known anyone.’ I guess I just wanted to say, ‘Yes you do friend, yes you do.’ ” So Jones wrote a book about her experience, Look Again Because You Can.

Jones, her parents and sister, explain what Jones experienced in a special segment of the station’s weekly series about domestic violence, Hope for Peace.

Here's the video segment of her talking about her dealing with domestic violence:

H/T TVNewsCheck

BBC Uses Tagboard to Help Cover Scottish Vote

The BBC had a huge story on their hands. They were covering the independence vote by Scotland and they turned to a Seattle company to help in their coverage. 

Tagboard a social media display company, was chosen by the BBC to cover this historic event. 

When the UK Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted about the outcome of the vote, they got it full-frame and on-screen before every other broadcaster because of Tagboard. 

The company also  just launched a new update to their website so any one can search a hashtag for free and see stats around the hashtag.

It's a great resource to jump on a breaking news hashtag story quickly and make sure you're using the right hashtag.

Tagboard will suggest the most popular hashtags being used.

If your station is involved in social media in anyway, Tagboard is a company you need to be looking into. 

12 Year Record Down the Toilet

It has not been a fun couple of days around the FTVLive World Headquarters. 

I told you yesterday, I had a bout with insomnia let me sleep less than an hour. My stomach never felt good yesterday and although I had a few bananas in the morning, I didn't eat by first meal of the day until 4:30.

I went to a local restaurant and got a plate of spaghetti, which I only ate about a quarter of.

When I got home, I started to feel really awful and decided to lay down. I felt like I might throw up. But, I have a record in that department that I did not want to lose. I had not thrown up since 2002.

Try as I might, the record is no more. I power chunked less than an hour after eating my spaghetti dinner. My 12 year record along with my dinner went down the toilet.

I still feel awful, but I'm hoping that I can start a new streak.

Check back in 2026 to see if I broke my old record. 

Nielsen to Dump Paper Diaries

The monopoly Nielsen says they are starting to phase out the paper diaries from their ratings system. 

The diary-based system for measuring local TV viewership which is very inaccurate has been in place for the past 60 years.

The company says that they will use a new electronic devices it’s developed that will track viewing by “listening” to the audio portion of TV shows watched and a Nielsen “audio watermark” embedded in the signals transmitted by stations. It is starting with 14 markets.

The new system will enable the diary-based markets to obtain Nielsen viewership data 12 months a year, instead of just the current four sweeps months (February, May, July and November).

Broadcasters are already asking two key questions about the new system: How will demographic data be collected? And, will this new system result in higher prices for Nielsen data?

Nielsen would neither confirm nor deny the possibility of a price hike, so yeah they're totally going to jack up the rates. 

H/T TVNewsCheck 

From the Big Easy to the Big D

WWL Reporter Monica Hernandez is leaving New Orleans and headed to WFFA in Dallas.

“It’s official!” she said on her Facebook page. “After four years in New Orleans, I will be moving to Dallas next month for a reporting job at WFAA. I’m incredibly excited for the next adventure, but will miss my New Orleans family dearly!” 

According to her WWL bio, Hernandez is originally from San Diego and graduated from Syracuse University in 2007 with a major in broadcast journalism and international relations and a minor in Spanish. Before joining WWL, a CBS affiliate owned by Gannett, she worked at WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi and as a field producer for New York’s WNBC-TV.

No start date as of yet.

H/T Ed Bark 

NBC's Meet The Press Falls Back in 3rd

Without the hoopla of his first show and no President Obama, Beltway Boy Chuck Todd's Meet The Press moved back into 3rd place in the ratings. 

CBS's Face The Nation was at the top of the ratings heap, while ABC's This Week won the demos. 

In fact comparing year to year ratings, CBS was up 11%, ABC was 7% and Meet The Press was down -2%.

In other words Todd lost out to David Gregory.


NFL Agent and Attorney signs with 3 Kings Entertainment

Matthew Kingsley, President & CEO of 3 Kings Entertainment, LLC, who represents over 100 media personalities locally and at the national level on ESPN, ABC, CNN, HLN, NESN, FOX Sports, FOX News, FOX Business, NFL Network, Comcast SportsNet and the Big Ten Network has signed NFL agent & sports attorney Eugene T. Lee for media representation.

Lee is a certified National Football League Players Association contract advisor and the President of New York-based sports agency, ETL Associates, Inc. Since founding his agency, Lee has represented over 35 NFL players in all aspects of their careers including the drafting and negotiation of player contracts, injury settlements and endorsement and sponsorship agreements.

Lee recently joined the firm of Garvey Schubert Barer and was named Of Counsel to the firm's Chambers- recognized Sports & Entertainment Group where he focuses his practice on all aspects of sports law. Lee is a frequent guest on television programs and national news networks, including Fox Business, CNN, Bloomberg and CNBC, and has become widely recognized and respected as an industry expert on NFL player contracts, the salary cap, the collective bargaining agreement and athlete branding. In 2011, Lee and ETL Associates were featured in the acclaimed ESPN documentary, “The Dotted Line,” directed by Academy Award nominee Morgan Spurlock.


Newspaper Guy to Become Deuce at Dallas Station

Here's a TV move you don't see everyday. Dallas Morning News Managing Editor, George Rodrigue is leaving the newspaper to become the Assistant News Director at WFAA.

He's been at the paper 31 years.

Maybe he sees that the future of newspapers aren't very bright, but it is very rare to see a newspaper manager go in TV news management.

Here is the internal memo that was sent out at the Morning News:

Date: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Subject: George Rodrigue’s Departure
To: All TDMN , AH Corp All, All Denton RC, Everyone – North Plant , ITS Dallas 

A message from Bob Mong:

Our longtime managing editor will be leaving the paper in a few days to become assistant news director at WFAA (Ch. 8). He will begin there on Sept. 25.

I hired George in 1983 as a city hall reporter teamed with Terry Maxon, and I have worked closely with him during most of my career. His departure, as you may deduce, leaves a very profound, personal void. I am certain many of you feel similarly.

George carved out one of the most distinguished careers in the long history of The News, both as a reporter and as an editor.

He and Craig Flournoy won the paper’s first Pulitzer Prize in 1986. George was part of a team that won the Pulitzer for International Reporting in 1994.

Along the way, George served as day city editor, European Bureau Chief (where he risked his life covering the Balkan wars, the Persian Gulf War and the fall of the Soviet Union). He also served in our Washington bureau, went on to become executive editor of the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California and then vice president of the Belo Corp., Washington bureau where he presided over a hybrid print and television news operation. George was named The News’ 18th managing editor in 2004.

I like to call George a polymath, because he is so skilled at so many things. George also worked tirelessly to move the newsroom from a print-oriented to a more digital focused organization. All of us are indebted to George for his many contributions to journalism, to this community and for the way he developed so many promising journalists.

We wish him well, and we will miss him.

H/T Romenesko