Nielsen Says They'll Measure Netflix and Amazon

Nielsen is threatening to measure Netflix and Amazon Prime subscribers. Nielsen CEO Mitch Barns says they'll be able to measure 'total' audience across all devices and screens.

Netflix and Amazon have refused to share what their subscribers watch because the info could potentially lessen their leverage in negotiations for movies and reruns. In turn, that makes it hard for TV networks to determine value and determine if streaming is hurting traditional viewing.

Netflix has almost 60 million subscribers. Amazon Prime has about 40 million.

Those of us in TV have to feel sorry for Netflix and Amazon; they have no idea what voodoo numbers are ahead for them.

h/t Bloomberg

Milwaukee ND Fired?

Imagine coming back from vacation; rested, relaxed and ready re-engage, only to be fired? Welcome to TV. is reporting that's exactly what happened to WDJT-TV ND Genie Garner. 

Garner came to Milwaukee from KITV-TV in Honolulu (Why she'd leave paradise, is another mystery). Her tenure hasn't been without turmoil. In 2013 WDJT owner Weigel Broadcast Company was hit with a bias complaint, alleging Garner referred to the Hispanic community as "illegal aliens'.

The station's 10pm newscast did improve to 3rd place, but hey, let's not let any success get in the way of a good termination.

Out of Pocket....

I will be out of pocket for a few hours this morning.

The FTVLive Intern and I are tag teaming the very early updates and then the Intern will pilot the ship for the morning hours Today.

I will be back in the World Headquarters for the afternoon and will start pushing my way through the emails and tips.

The Intern is taking time away from Spring Break and doing keg stands to help update the site this morning.

Please treat him nice and whatever you do, don't feed him.

Later gang. 

Cedar Rapids Station Catches Flack for Mugshot Pictures

KCRG is being accused to racial bias after the arrests of three University of Iowa wrestlers on suspicion of burglary.

This is the pictures that KCRG posted on their website after the wrestlers were arrested:

Now compare that to another story the station reported of the arrests of four men in Coralville charged with a burglary:

FTVLive is going to go out on a limb here and say that the pictures of the wrestlers are not nearly as damning as the other 4 guys. 

The station admits that the side-by-side comparison makes the presentation appear racially motivated, but they say there is a reason for it.

KCRG says that it is their policy is to use the best photographs of suspects available when reporting crimes, while always requesting and using mug shots when one is available.

They say, "The mug shot is typically the best picture of suspects available when a crime or arrest is first reported, since those accused of a crime typically do not have a professional picture in a public archive or choose to send us one. Those mug shots come from county jails or police when a suspect is booked."

Problem is that in a later story on the wrestlers being arrested (pictures to the right), KCRG used the wrestlers mug shots from the jail. Which means, did the station just violate their own picture policy?  

The station claimed there was a delay getting the wrestlers' mug shots from the jail. But, if their policy is to always use the best picture available, then why did they use the mugshots at all? 

KCRG says, "At no time in this process or in our policies does race factor into coverage decisions." 

But it does appear that after catching heat for the pictures, the station changed their policy and posted the wrestlers' mugshots after all.

Just saying.... 

Portland Reporter Admits to Shoplifting

Longtime KOIN Reporter Joel Iwanaga has admitted to shoplifting food and merchandise from a Whole Foods late last year.

Iwanaga pleaded guilty to second-degree theft, a misdemeanor, in court this week.

He now enters a yearlong diversion program, and upon successful completion, his charge would be dismissed, according to court staff.

Reached by phone Tuesday, Iwanaga declined to comment about the Dec. 19 theft and referred questions to the station management. 

Cops say that Iwanaga was caught by store security with about $200 worth of "food items and a couple hats," Rouches said. The food, he said, included a shrimp dish, Tuna Salad Roll Up and some holiday food.

Police say that Iwanaga had placed the items into a bag that was inside his cart. He paid for a cider, Rouches said, but not the items inside the bag.

Iwanaga was cooperative with police and said he had made a "big mistake" and there was "no excuse for his actions," Rouches said.

KOIN News Director Kate Glover declined to comment, because you know, the news business. 

H/T The Oregonian

Bill O'Reilly: "I Think NBC Should Bring Back Brian Williams"

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly went on David Letterman last night and talked about NBC's Brian Williams.

Williams was suspended for lying about his past reporting assignments and Bill O'Reilly has been called into question for the same thing. 

Letterman lightly approached the "Bill O'Reilly lying" issue, but never really asked a tough question. 

Let's go to the video:

You Can't Make this Stuff Up

Proving that life in TV news really is stranger than fiction, let's head to Miami.

For years, it’s been Univision against Telemundo in South Florida.   

Way back when, Helga Silva was the News Director at Univision 23.   She got canned and ended up at Telemundo.  

About the same time she was News Director at 23, Roberto Viscon was the News Director at Telemundo 51. 

He got canned and bounced around for a while, until just last month… when he ended up as the News Director at Univision 23!  

So now the 2 top spanish language News Directors in the market, who used to compete against each other have switched sides and are still competing against each other. 

You just gots to love TV news. 

Crossing the Street in Miami

Speaking of the Spanish station's in Miami.....

Longtime WSCV Telemundo 51 anchor Ambrosio Hernández, who resigned from the Miami station on Friday, officially crossed the street to WLTV Univision 23 yesterday. 

In  a press release, Univision announced his appointment as chief anchor in an expanded role that includes Local TV, Radio and Digital.

Due to a non-compete clause in his contract,  Hernández will not seen on WLTV until the Fall.

Telemundo 51 was unable to reach an agreement to renew his contract, which expired March 1.

According to inside sources, Ambrosio was making $500,000 a year and Univision 23 outbid Telemundo 51 in an effort to have him switch networks.

Over half a million bucks to Anchor a local Spanish newscast?!

If I was a local Anchor, I would run out and buy Rosetta Stone quick. 

Just saying....

H/T Media Moves

The Final Episode of Breaking Greenville

FTVLive kept meaning to tune into TruTV's Breaking Greenville and we never did. Tomorrow night the season finale airs and damn if we didn't miss every minute of it.

We got a press release that gives you a hint as to what happens in the final episode. It says, "the dueling Mississippi Delta stations WABG and WXVT take their last stab at winning the ratings battle. WABG pulls out all the stops in their last push for viewers by featuring Zumba instruction, anchors singing on air, reporting from donut shops, etc. WXVT fights back by getting back on the scale for the culmination of their “Get Healthy, Get Fit” campaign, and Eric presenting his feature tornado story. Tune in as the ratings battle comes to a close, the winner is announced, and the competing stations meet face to face."

Since the two stations are owned by the same company, we're betting that the two have met face to face a number of times.

Sometimes, reality television is anything but.

Just saying..... 


WDBJ to Fight $325,000 Fine for Airing Porn


The GM of WDBJ in Roanoke says he is not happy that the FCC has fined his station $325,000 for airing porn during the newscast.

As FTVLive told you, the FCC slapped the station with the huge fine "for apparently broadcasting extremely graphic and explicit sexual content, specifically a video image of a hand stroking an erect penis" during a newscast. The images popped up in a story about an "ex-porn star" who had joined a local rescue squad.

WDBJ7's President and General Manager, Jeffrey Marks, issued a statement saying "we are surprised and disappointed that the FCC has decided to propose to fine WDBJ7 for a fleeting image on the very edge of some television screens during a news broadcast."

Marks says the story had gone through review before it aired and inclusion of the image was purely unintentional. He says "The picture in question was small and outside the viewing area of the video editing screen. It was visible only on some televisions for less than three seconds."

So, the FCC fined the station over $100,000 a second for showing the porn.  The station says it oppose the FCC’s proposed sanction.

WDBJ says they have only been fined one other time by the FCC over some children's programing. That fine was not nearly as STIFF as this one. 

Get it?