USA Today: Fox News should Distance itself from Bill O'Reilly

While Fox News has stood firm in defending its star Bill O'Reilly, USA Today thinks the network should back off.

In an editorial, USA Today writes, "By journalism ethics, Fox should distance itself from its truth-challenged employee. But that's not likely to happen because for Fox and its fans, credibility is established by different means. Having common enemies matters more than factual detail. That's why Fox has left a canyon-wide gap between its standards and those of NBC."

The paper writes that, "But now O'Reilly stands exposed of the same kind of puffed-up truth-bending he so regularly derides on his show."

The editorial goes on to praise NBC for taking action against a lying Brian Williams and thinks that Fox News should do the same with O'Reilly.

Problem is, now that FNC has gone out of it's way to have O'Reilly's back, can they now turn 180 degrees?

It is likely that the network won't and it will be interesting if it has and long term effects.

Stay tuned.... 

Sleep Where Greta Slept

Fox News Anchor Greta Van Susteren is put her Maryland house on the market.

Van Susteren and her husband, trial lawyer John Coale, are selling their Annapolis home around the corner from the governor’s mansion for just over $1.8 million bucks. 

The Georgian-style five-bedroom home was built in 1776 and is in Annapolis’ historic district. Dubbed the “Griffith Worthington House,” it was once owned by the Worthingtons, one of Anne Arundel County’s first prominent families.

The sale is being handled by Kathleen Coale, the couple’s daughter-in-law.

H/T Washington Post

Sweeping Up in Hampton Roads

It was a good Feb book for WAVY in Norfolk.

The station won all the main newscasts and was up 34% at 5PM and 22% at 6PM.

WVEC came in second, although they lost viewers from a year ago. WTKR was last, down 21% at 5PM from last year.

WAVY pulled double digits at 6PM with 10.4 rating and a 17 share, well ahead of WVEC's 7.7/13.

WAVY also won the 11PM was down sharply from last year when the station had Olympic coverage. WVEC remained in 2nd while WTKR brought up the rear. 

Shake Up Goes Down at Low Rated Toledo Station

Low rated WNWO (Toledo) has demoted morning Anchor Angi Gonzalez and moved  Midday Anchor-Producer Stefanie Martinez into her spot.

Gonzalez has been knocked down to an "MMJ," where she'll shoot, edit, and report her own stories for the weekday evening newscasts.

"It's all about putting the right people in the right place to make the most of our staff and to put the best newscast on the air," WNWO News Director Nicole Hahn said of the change.

"[Gonzalez will] be one of our main reporters on our evening news to beef up" the newscasts is how Hahn is trying to spin the demotion. 

This is not the first demotion for Gonzalez at the station. She was hired three years ago as WNWO's sole 6 and 11 p.m. news anchor, until Jim Blue joined her on the desk a year later. Gonzalez was moved to mornings with the hire of evening anchor Laura Emerson in August.

Gonzalez announced the news of her departure as morning anchor on Toledo’s NBC affiliate early Thursday via her Facebook and Twitter accounts.

"To all my Toledo area fans — I am sorry to say I will no longer be part of your mornings. I'm afraid I can't say more than that but I wanted you to be aware of why I'd no longer be behind the anchor desk. I am still trying to digest the news myself — but thank you ahead of time for your support. Stay tuned for more in the weeks to come."

WNWO has been a ratings laggard for years, behind WTOL and WTVG.

H/T Toledo Blade

SoFlo Reporter Getting Out of the Business

WWSB (Sarasota) Reporter Josh Taylor is leaving TV news to become a flack.

Taylor starts his job today as the new public information officer for the city of North Port. 

Taylor said he applied for the position soon after it was posted on Oct. 31, 2014. He noted that his new job will provide more stable hours for raising his two daughters.

“I decided it was a good opportunity,” he said. “As a reporter you never know where you’re going to be, what hours you’ll be working and when you’ll be home.”

“I want to help get information to the community as much as I can,” Taylor said. “I’m going there to work for the people.”

He will also be working for $63,800 a year. 

H/T Herald Tribune 

The Internal Memo Sent to WABC News Staff RE: Sarah Wallace

Earlier Today, FTVLive FIRST told you that longtime WABC Reporter Sarah Wallace was no longer with the station. 

As we told you Wallace came to WABC in 1984 as a consumer investigative reporter. Later she covered a variety of stories for Eyewitness News and was anchor of the weekend newscasts. 

She did some of the most memorable stories on the station and now that she's gone, she gets a single line goodbye from WABC News Director Camille Edwards.

Here is the internal memo, obtained by FTVLive.com

From: "Edwards, Camille D." 
Date: February 26, 2015 at 6:10:04 PM EST
To: #WABC-TV News 
Subject: Sarah Wallace

I wanted to let you know that Sarah Wallace is no longer with Eyewitness News. We want to thank Sarah for her many years of service and wish her the best.

 Camille Edwards

Vice President/News Director
WABC-TV | New York |

Rory Update

Many of you have emailed and asked, so here's an update:

FTVLive Vice President in charge of being cute Rory is home from the vet after losing his manhood in surgery.

Although, he is under Dr.'s orders to take it easy, he is still playing with his sister Angel (a cat) and causing other mischief around the FTVLive World HQ.

Rory was able to go to breakfast this morning and his daily trip to the park where the squirrels tempted him by running around near by. 

He needs to take it easy for the next 10 days and just like Howard Kurtz get used to having no balls.

Ouch!

M-I-A at KFOR Oklahoma City

Now that the Feb book is over, Anchors and Reporters are going missing from TV stations. This morning, FTVLive told you about longtime Reporters both seemingly to be gone in New York and Denver.

Now, word is that KFOR (Oklahoma City) Anchor/Reporter Meg Alexander has parted ways with the station.

No one is talking and Alexander hasn't mentioned anything on her Twitter, but her photo is missing from the people page on the KFOR website. 

She has been at the station since 1997 and anchored the 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. newscasts.

Insiders say they would not be surprised if she pops up across the street real soon.

Stay tuned.... 

M-I-A at WABC New York

No one is commenting as of yet, but it appears that longtime WABC Reporter Sarah Wallace is gone from the station. 

Wallace came to WABC in 1984 as a consumer investigative reporter. Later she covered a variety of stories for Eyewitness News and was anchor of the weekend newscasts. 

Her bio was been scrubbed from the station's website (cached version here) and it appears that she has deleted her social media accounts. 

Word is that a quick email was sent out to the staff saying they "thanked" Wallace for her years of service and that she no longer works at the station. 

Stay tuned....

M-I-A at KUSA Denver

No one is talking yet, but it appears that KUSA (Denver) Reporter Kevin Torres is out the door. 

Torres has been at the station since 2009 and produced the station's popular  'Storytellers' segment that aired every Sunday night at 10 p.m.

Sources tell FTVLive that Torres was cutting a package in the newsroom one moment and then gone the next.

Sources say that management was then seen packing up his desk. 

No one knows why.

His bio remains of the station's website, but his no longer listed on station's the Reporter's page. 

Stay tuned....