A Win for the Little Guy - Comcast to Back out of TWC Merger

It appears that cable giant Comcast sees the writing on the wall and is ready to call off their merger with Time Warner Cable, according to a Bloomberg report.

The merger would have basically made Comcast a monopoly and given them control of nearly 60% of the broadband market. 

Bloomberg says that an announcement could come as early as Friday, but that Comcast has already decided to drop the merger plans.

This is a huge win for the little guy and a big setback for Comcast.  

NBC News Staffers Don't Want BriWi Back

NBC staffers that FTVLive has talked to tell us that they do not think Brian Williams should return to the anchor chair at NBC Nightly News.

They tell FTVLive that bringing BriLie back will hinder the news operation and deeply hurt its credibility. 

The Washington Post says that the same sentiments are being expressed by the NBC News staff in the DC bureau.

The Pos writes, Journalists in NBC News’s powerful Washington bureau expressed strong opposition to the potential return of suspended anchorman Brian Williams during a contentious meeting with the head of the network’s news division in February.

In a sometimes angry series of comments, the journalists told NBC News President Deborah Turness in the private meeting in Washington that Williams’s embellished statements about his reporting exploits had damaged NBC’s credibility and that he should not be permitted to return to the anchor chair, according to several people who attended the session.

The meeting — details of which haven’t been made public before — was called in the wake of Williams’s six-month suspension from anchoring “NBC Nightly News,” the network’s signature newscast. Turness met with the division’s employees in New York and Washington to answer questions about the suspension and to get their feedback on the crisis enveloping the company.

One person who attended the Washington meeting described the overall tone as a “bloodbath” for Williams. But another news employee tempered that characterization, describing the atmosphere merely as “very raw” and colleagues as “shocked.” The individuals spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

In any case, the bureau staff offered a strong rebuke of Williams, whose troubles were still fresh in the news at the time. Among those who spoke against him were two of the network’s on-air correspondents, attendees said.

An NBC News spokesperson declined to comment.

Pissing Greenville

A witness was being interviewed on a Greenville (that was part of the show Breaking Greenville) station about a shooting. She told the Reporter she had to pee, the Reporter did not figure that out and the poor girl that was interviewed pissed herself.

Welcome to the May book people:

Since she didn't go No. 2, can the station now say it's No. 1?

Just asking....

BTW- Watch how many of the other website will see this story on FTVLive, post on their site and give us no hat tip. The over/under is 10 sites.

Atlanta Station Tests Controversial Anchors in Focus Group

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FTVLive FIRST told you that "naked news" Anchor Sharon Reed was spotted interviewing at WGCL in Atlanta.

Reed, currently at KMOV in St. Louis, is best known for dropping her clothes while covering a story about an artist in Cleveland.

FTVLive also FIRST told you that former WCBS bad boy Anchor Rob Morrison was also seen interviewing at the Atlanta station. 

Morrison is best known for being arrested after police said he choked his wife.

Atlanta insiders tell FTVLive that both Reed and Morrison were together at the station for on set tests and reads.

Now we hear the video is being shown to focus groups.

It is very possible the station could hire one or both of them.

If Reed and Morrison are both hired and anchor together, I want to be the person that writes the promos.

Now that could be fun.

Just saying..... 

Former Atlanta Anchor Diagnosed with Liver Cancer

Longtime WSB (Atlanta) Anchor Monica Pearson has revealed she's been diagnosed with liver cancer.

Pearson says she was diagnosed in December and had surgery in January to remove more than 50 percent of her liver.

Pearson joined the WSB staff in August of 1975 and retired in 2012 after 37 years with the network.

Pearson told WSB she chose not to reveal her diagnosis until now because she didn't wanted people to pity her. Instead, she hopes her story will encourage people to go to the doctor and get checked.

This is Pearson's second battle with cancer. She overcame breast cancer in 1998 after discovering the disease during a routine mammogram.

H/T HeraldOnline

 

DC News Photographer is Detained by Cops for What?!

WUSA News Photographer Jeffrey Keene was detained by a Virginia police officer because, get this,  his camera vest could have been tactical gear.

WUSA Investigator Reporter Russ Ptacek captured the incident on his phone and posted it to Twitter. 

Even though the incident happened two days ago, the station says it will be reporting on it Tonight at 11PM.

You know, had to wait for ratings to start.

Replacing a Legend in DC

Yesterday, FTVLive told you that legendary WRC Anchor Jim Vance is stepping down from the 11PM newscast at the end of the May book. 

Vance is leaving the late newscast, but will stay on the evening shows as he makes the slow Anchor march to retirement.

The station now has announced that current 4 and 5 PM anchor Jim Handly will replace Vance on the late newscast. 

Handly has been at the station since  1992 and served as the first anchor for the weekend editions of News4 Today.

Two years later, he was once again tapped to launch a new newscast, News4 at 4:30, which became News4 at 4 shortly thereafter.

He added News4 at 5 to his anchoring duties in 2006.

Birmingham Anchor Shake Up

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You know a station is struggling in the ratings when they shake up the Anchors just before the book starts.

WBMA ABC 30/40 in Birmingham has announced new anchors for its morning, midday and weekend newscasts and the changes take place Today (first day of the book),

AL.com writes that Wendell Edwards will co-anchor the ABC 33/40 morning news, and Honora Gathings will co-anchor the midday news. Sarah Snyder will anchor the weekend news beginning Saturday.

Edwards will join Ebony Hall and Sheri Falk on the morning news anchor desk weekdays from 4:30 to 7 a.m. He comes to ABC 33/40 from Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO-TV, where he anchored and reported. He previously worked at stations in South Carolina, Michigan and Texas.

Gathings will join Linda Mays as the midday co-anchor weekdays from 11 a.m. to noon. A Birmingham native, Gathings has anchored the ABC 33/40 weekend news for the past two years and has been with the station since 2008. In addition to her anchor duties, she covers consumer issues for the station.

Snyder will replace Gathings in the weekend anchor slot at 6 and 10 p.m. Saturdays and 5 and 10 p.m. Sundays.  Born and raised in Birmingham, Snyder joined ABC 33/40 in 2011 and previously was an anchor/reporter at KEWS-TV in Midland, Texas. Snyder will continue to report for the 10 p.m. newscast during the week.

"We are excited to work with these talented journalists in their new roles," Wayne Reid, ABC 33/40's general sales manager and interim general manager, said in a media release. "Each of them brings a high level of trustworthiness, professionalism and experience that is expected by ABC 33/40 News viewers.  As a viewer myself, I am looking forward to seeing them on-air and in action."

Wall To Wall Isn't Working for CNN

There is a lot of news that goes on in the world each and everyday. If you tune into CNN, you might think there is just one story. 

CNN is once again ditching all other news for just one story. This time the network is going wall to wall with their exploitive coverage of Freddie Gray, a young man who died a week after his arrest in Baltimore.

This is nothing new to CNN ever since the Malaysian plane went missing.

CNN likes to take a story and shove it down viewer's throats and hope it brings ratings.

That strategy is not working. 

Since Monday, CNN has gone wall-to-wall with Freddie Gray coverage and was shellacked nearly 2-to-1 by MSNBC.

Not Fox News, but MSNBC mind you. That's bad when the team of tax deadbeats are beating you. 

MSNBC pulled in 655,000 total primetime viewers, compared to just 382,000 for CNN. That is a big dip over last week, when MSNBC beat CNN by a closer margin — 657,000 to 478,000. Other than Friday night, MSNBC beat CNN in total primetime viewers every night last week.

Fox News continued to crush both networks in the numbers. 

It might be time for CNN boss Jeff Zucker to dump his wall to wall coverage and start covering the rest of the news as well.

Just saying.... 

MSNBC Refuses to Talk about Deadbeat Hosts

Yesterday, FTVLive told you about another MSNBC host that has not paid their taxes. 

The National Review says that MSNBC’s Touré Neblett, who serves as co-host of The Cycle, reportedly owes more than $59,000 in back taxes.

This goes along with MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and her husband James Perry who owe the Internal Revenue Service$70,000 in delinquent taxes.

And of course, the granddaddy of them all is Al Sharpton who owes millions to Uncle Sam.

We have asked time and time again, how the hell does MSNBC still let these people go on air?

It's a question the network will not answer. 

The National Review asked and MSNBC gave them no response.

When Erik Wemple from the Washington Post tried, the network again clammed up. A spokeswoman offered to go off-record with an explanation of things, but nothing that could be used.

Is it that hard for MSNBC to take a simple stand in favor of our common civic obligations?

Sawyer Not Saying Much About Bruce Jenner Interview

Although CNN's Brin Stelter called it one of her biggest scoops, ABC's Diane Sawyer is not saying much about her interview with Bruce Jenner. 

The interview, which was shot months ago finally airs tomorrow night.

Sawyer would only offer up, "This is going to be an opportunity to learn so much about some important things in all our lives,” Sawyer told The Daily News. “And we believe that some stories should be told by the person living it."

FTVLive will not be learning so much about some important things in all our lives, because we son't be watching. 

 

Sinclair to Launch Show Anchored by Sharyl Attkisson

Right leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group  says they are launching a national "news show" across their affiliates.

The show will air Sunday mornings and be anchored by right leaning Sharyl Attkisson. Attkisson is the former CBS Reporter that claimed that Obama and the government was spying on her. 

 The 30-minute program will be based in Washington will be a blend of investigative and political journalism, with a focus on accountability, according to Sinclair.

“We are excited to have Sharyl on board as we launch this group-wide news program,” Livingston said. “Our goal is to provide the context and perspective on major issues impacting our viewers. Sharyl has a proven track record of exposing the truth behind stories that other news organizations shy away from. I admire Sharyl’s determination and passion to seek the truth. Her unwavering commitment to exposing government waste, abuse and impropriety will be the foundation of our news program,” said Scott Livingston, vice president of News for Sinclair Television Group.