will get you a 4-6 minute interview on Tampa's WFLA-8-NBC
Most networks and local television
stations have strict rules against pay-for-play journalism.
But WFLA's "Daytime" is not shy about
asking guests to pony up. They have turned the routine daily
booking of guests into a commercial transaction.
pay us and we do what you want us to do," explained a
president and general manager, sees no problem with the
payments "from an ethics standpoint," saying:
"It's not a news program, nor is it operated by the
news department. It's a separate entertainment
for the propriety of charging guests, Land said:
"This television station has a history of breaking new
ground. It gives some local advertisers who might not have
production capabilities a chance to come on and demonstrate
their product or service in a different format than
mention of payment is made during the interviews. At the end
of the show, the words "the following segments were
paid advertisements" appear in small type on the screen
for about four seconds, along with a listing of the stories.
Somehow....we suspect....muzzled News
Director Forrest Carr, who had always taken pride in
his journalistic ethics, must be quietly gnashing his teeth
at corporate boss Media General's latest turn.
reports in today's Washington Post....
Rush and Molloy report in today's NY Daily News
that "Tom Brokaw is steamed at Maria Shriver.
The NBC News anchor called his Dateline
colleague and 'gave her a tongue-lashing' after her husband,
Arnold Schwarzenegger, gave his first post-election
interview to CBS anchor Dan Rather."
South Dakotan Pat O'Brien, who is set to anchor a
portion of NBC's Olympics coverage next year, is said
to be considering a run for the governorship of South
winds hampered local stations from covering the immediate
aftermath of yesterday's Staten Island Ferry crash.
in at 3:45 p.m. with a report on the crash from Ernie
Anastos, followed soon after by short newsbreaks from
But images from the crash were hard to come by. WNYW-5-Fox
got its helicopter in the air first, and WCBS soon
used still images from WNYW's feed....without the Fox
Others used footage...with permission...from WPIX-11-WB's
exception of NY 1 News (which is all-news), none of
the local broadcast stations went wall-to-wall with the
story until 5 p.m. By then, most of the local helicopters
were airborne, reports Richard Huff in the NY
reports in his excellent Washington-Baltimore TV insider web
"Sky Eye Chopper 13" crashed
was severely damaged and possibly destroyed during a
maintenance incident at Martin State Airport in Middle River
on Wednesday evening.
the CBS-owned station's vice president and general
manager, says a worker was doing routine maintenance on the
helicopter's engine at 7:30 PM when the craft became
airborne and fell over. No one was injured.
a few weeks ago, Baltimore's WBAL-11-NBC swiped
longtime WJZ chopper jock Roy Taylor. For the
time being, at least, WJZ appears to be out of the
news chopper business.
BAD DAY FOR CARL DAY
veteran news anchor at Dayton's WDTN-2-ABC, shared
some bad news with his colleagues and friends Wednesday. He
confirmed that the leukemia he fought off in 1997 has
who is 65, said he will undergo surgery Friday and will have
two lines placed into his arteries which doctors use for
treatment purposes. He will then begin chemotherapy on
Rebecca Spitz has opened her eyes occasionally,
but remains in a coma at St. Luke's Hospital nearly one
month since her accident. She is in critical but stable
from Michael Starr in the NY Post....
Adam Balkin and Susan Jhun were married this week
on the Greek island of Santorini. Details...
news boss Jim Walton wants to boost morale, so he's
offering employees a chance to win $12,000 in "a
company-wide talent competition" in Atlanta, New
York, Washington, London and Hong Kong.
don't even have a holiday party; why this?" asked one.
off its book, "Operation Iraqi Freedom: 22 Historic
Days in Words and Pictures," on eBay - fetching
$3,500 which will be donated to the David Bloom
died last April while on assignment in Iraq, leaving behind
a wife and three young daughters.
announced yesterday it will produce "The Jayson
Blair Project," based on the story of the ex-New
York Times reporter who was fired for plagiarism and
fabrication on hundreds of stories he filed over a period of
As we told you last week, and the
Orlando Sentinel is finally reporting, WFTV Holdings,
which owns WFTV-9-ABC and WRDQ-27, was slapped
with a $10,000 fine this month because it didn't follow FCC
guidelines when setting up its new digital transmitter.
news director and anchor at KARD-43-Fox and
KTVE-10-NBC in Monroe, Louisiana, will leave the station
Oct. 24. to "pursue other opportunities."
THE DEFENSIVE NEWSROOM
has become the dominant influence in newsrooms everywhere,
and it's one of the reasons viewers are turning away," writes
Terry Heaton, a 32-year veteran of the TV news
who consistently come to work in fear of their jobs simply
cannot do a good job of reporting and presenting the
Monthly Magazine has a long and rambling interview
with Walter Cronkite in its current issue.
Smith asks the former CBS anchor: "Why is it
wrong for you to be a liberal in your column but okay for O'Reilly
and his friends at Fox to be openly
reply: "That's the inconsistency you find with the
all-out propagandists. I don't find any reason or
rationality in that at all. The O'Reilly attacks on
me, I think, are almost a compliment. I like the fact that
he feels that I'm important enough and what I say is
enticing enough to the populace that he has to attack
Tampa's WTVT-13-Fox has had a roller coaster
ride in recent years -- changes of ownership, new network
affiliation, old management swept out. But nothing has
shaken the station's landmark tower on Kennedy Boulevard
more than an almost seven-year dispute and lawsuit with two
of its former reporters.
have been tarnished by the spat. Phil Metlin, WTVT's
news director, says, "When I do a search online of my
name, the results are just horrible. That's not who I
and his news staff are victims of a very shrewd -- and
highly disingenuous -- campaign by the reporters, a
husband-wife duo named Steve Wilson (right) and
Jane Akre. The two have appealed to the liberal
community's knee-jerk hatred of Rupert Murdoch's Fox
empire in an effort to cloud the facts in the case.
miss this article in Tampa's Weekly Planet by John
Sugg, in which he reveals that Steve Wilson
admits to keeping $5,000 in cash under his mattress.
ON THE ROAD WITH WENDY
hard to feel good about beating up on Wendy Chioji,
the cancer survivor news anchor at Orlando's WESH-2-NBC,
who is participating in a cross-country bicycle fund raiser.
Labeled "Wendy's Tour of Hope," WESH
is pulling out all the promotional stops, continually
pounding the silly non-news story down the throats of
unwilling news viewers.
so thoroughly enjoyed Chioji's senseless daily
diary drivel when she reported for the Hearst-Argyle
stations from the Salt Lake City Olympics parking lot, our
ears perked up when we learned that she was also keeping a
similar online diary of her bike trip.
sure enough, she does not disappoint. Recent revelations....
stopped at a Whataburger Tuesday for malts and fries --
anything but Powerbars and turkey sandwiches."
saw a jackrabbit, buffalo, antelope and a deer."
I'm having pasta with butter and parmesan sauce and a Caeser
It is delicious. It's this chocolaty, hazelnutty, chocolaty,
gooey, sticky, chocolaty stuff. On a banana, it totally
revived me. I am going to eat it on everything but
miss a single word of Wendy's riveting diary....
way, Lance Armstrong, who pedaled a few miles at the
beginning of the "race," is now pedaling his way
through a divorce.