Happy Birthday YouTube

YouTube turns 10 years old Today and while we don't know how many cat videos have been shown over the last decade, we do know the video sharing site has become huge. 

If YouTube was a TV network, it would have more viewers than all the others combined.

FTVLive has posted a number of videos to YouTube, but this is by far and a way the most popular one. Almost 3.5 million views and it is a still a TV news classic:

You Can't Be Serious....Another one?

It is well documented that MSNBC's Al Sharpton doesn't not like to pay taxes and he doesn't. The Rev is in the hole to Uncle Sam and the state of New York for millions of dollars. It doesn't really seem to bother him or his bosses at MSNBC.

Then, we told you that Sharpton isn't the only one on the MSNBC payroll that doesn't pay their taxes. 

We reported back on April 16th, that MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and her husband James Perry owe the Internal Revenue Service$70,000 in delinquent taxes.

Again, it seems MSNBC could care less that their hosts are not paying the money due to the government. 

Well, now it appears there is another...yes another MSNBC host that owes Uncle Sam. 

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.

The Review says that in September 2013 “New York issued a state tax warrant to Neblett and his wife, Rita Nakouzi, for $46,862.68. Six months later, the state issued an additional warrant to the couple for $12,849.87.”

Once again MSNBC seems to have no problem with this and continues to let these people host shows.

Learn forward. 

Why I Became A Reporter

WNBC Reporter Ida Siegal shares how and why she became a TV News Reporter. Interestingly even though Siegal works for NBC, it was ABC Anchor Peter Jennings that helped pushed her into TV News.

And what was her big first ever story?

It was about Madonna having a baby, before she ever had a baby.

We'll let Ida explain:

Did I ever tell you guys how I decided to become a reporter? ... just joking, pretty sure I never mentioned it to most people ;) I really should have told you all because it's actually a great story. It involves my 15 year old self, Peter Jennings and the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation. Tomorrow is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work day (awesome.) I'll be participating this year - showing all the kids at NBC what it's like to be a reporter! I'll also be telling them my inspirational story. If you're interested in hearing it and have a few minutes - I've posted a video below. Hope you like it! :)

Posted by Ida Siegal on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fox News Tops Cable Ratings

In a week that marked a number of high profile presidential bid announcements, FOX News Channel was the go-to source for election coverage topping all of cable at #1 in primetime, according to Nielsen.

For a third time this year, FNC clinched the top primetime spot with an average of 1.7 million viewers in primetime 8-11PM/ET, ranking above USA, TBS and Discovery. Meanwhile, CNN ranked 27th with 523,000 viewers and MSNBC at 30th with 516,000 viewers in primetime. 

If MSNBC was hoping for a Hillary boost, it didn't happen. The network might be leaning forward, but continues to lean backward in the ratings. 

So Much For Competition

In the good old days, TV stations in the market were all owned by different companies and news staff at each station would work their ass off to beat the competition.

Now, you need to look no further than Springfield, Mass to see what is wrong with local TV Today. 

Yesterday, WBBG ABC 40, WSHM CBS 3, and FOX 6 in Springfield, Massachusetts all merged together to form what they are calling "Western Mass News."

Western Mass News will be broadcast on all three stations seven days. No competition, just the same newscast on all the channels.

The stations are all owned by Meredith and while this totally sucks for the viewers, the company tries to spin it as a good thing. 

“Bringing these stations together will enable us to bring more resources to our news coverage, more unique content to our viewers and more choices for our advertisers,” Western Mass News Vice President / General Manager Klarn DePalma.

How does merging these stations together, do any of those things?

Just asking....

H/T Boston Media Watch

Longtime DC Anchor Sign Off Late Newscast at the End of the Book

Legendary DC Anchor Jim Vance is stepping down from the 11PM newscast at the end of the May book. 

Vance has been synonymous with local TV news in Washington for more than 40 years, will step down as the co-anchor of WRC-TV’s 11 p.m. newscast as he makes the slow Anchor march to retirement.

Vance, 73, has been a fixture at NBC-owned WRC, known as “News4,” since 1969, and became an anchorman at the station in 1972. He is also a living link to a formative era of local TV; Vance was among the first wave of African-Americans to anchor a local broadcast, as stations around the country began to integrate their ranks in the early 1970s.

His departure from the late newscast will be the partial end of an era. Vance has appeared on the late broadcast for 43 years, or roughly two-thirds of the station’s entire existence.

He has also been a local celebrity whose battles with, and eventual conquest of, drug addiction were well chronicled in the local media in the 1980s.

He will continue to co-anchor News4’s 6 p.m. broadcast with Doreen Gentzler, his on-air partner since 1989. Gentzler will also continue at 11 p.m., but without Vance.

Vance’s successor at 11 p.m. will be named by the station later Today. 

H/T Washington Post

Signing Off in San Francisco

Longtime KPIX Weekend Anchor Ann Notarangelo is leaving the station.

Notarangelo has been at the station since 2001 and is leaving to spend more time with......oh you know the rest. 

This Sunday night will be her last.

She broke the news to viewers on Facebook: 

Dear friends,

The time has come.

My dad used to say he was the luckiest man he knew. I now know what he was talking about. For the last 14 years, I've had the good fortune of living out my childhood dream; to anchor and report for the tv station I grew up watching.

My mother taught me to enjoy the journey. Now the time has come to pursue new dreams; they include more time with my family and working for my community more directly. I wanted to let you know my last day on air at KPIX5 will be Sunday, April 26th.

I will tell you about my next adventure in another post, because right now I'd like to say "thank you." 

Thank you, to all of you who helped me along the way. It's been a glorious 25 years, starting at CNN Washington and moving West to WJRT-TV (Flint, MI), ABC30 (Fresno, CA) and ending up where I always hoped I'd be at KPIX5. . Thank you to the countless people who have answered my calls, texts and email and invited me over for an interview. Of course, thank you to our viewers, especially those of you who have tuned in on weekends for the last 11 years.

What fun it's been to watch history unfold, cover stories that were exciting or touched my heart and meet extraordinary people. It hasn't been easy covering sad, or disturbing stories but during those days, I was often reminded of the power of the human spirit. 

I'm one lucky girl. 

Wishing you only good news,


Anchor Shake Up in Palm Beach

Kenney (left) Rodriguez (right)

Kenney (left) Rodriguez (right)

Ratings challenged WPBF in Palm Beach is hoping an Anchor shake up just before the start of the May book might pull in more viewers.

Longtime Anchor Tiffany Kenney is being demoted off the 6 and 11PM newscast to the Noon and 5PM.

Felicia Rodriguez, who was doing the Noon and 5PM is being bumped up to main shows. 

Both Anchors have been at the station for years, but it seems that management thinks (hopes) that Rodriguez will equal ratings.

Stay tuned.... 


Salt Lake Station Hires New ND

Word is that KUTV in Salt Lake City has hired Lee Eldridge as the station's new News Director.

Eldridge last worked in TV news at KUSI in San Diego, where he was the Assistant News Director. Eldridge was the first ever AND at KUSI, getting the job back in January 2013 and lasting just over a year.

Before SoCal, Eldridge was ND at at WAVE in Louisville, WROC in Rochester and WDSI in Chattanooga.