Happy Friday to those who celebrate. For the weekenders out there, may the news never break and may you get promoted to weekdays soon.
In this week’s episode of stories we didn’t get to, a former San Diego anchor wins her lawsuit against her former station for paying her less than her male counterpart and a longtime Atlanta sports anchor is hanging up his microphone after 40 plus years in local TV.
Here’s the roundup:
A San Diego Superior Court jury on Thursday awarded former news anchor Sandra Maas (pictured) nearly $1.6 million from the company that owns her former station (KUSI), finding that the TV station had violated equal pay laws by paying her substantially less than her longtime co-anchor. Click here to read about it.
Longtime Atlanta sports anchor Fred Kalil is going to retire from Atlanta News First on April 3 after 40-plus years in the business when the March Madness tournament ends. Click here to read the story.
Jerod Smalley will join Jennifer Bullock weekdays at 4 p.m. on Columbus, Ohio NBC affiliate WCMH. Smalley has served as sports director at NBC4 since 2006 and added anchor duties for NBC4 at 5 in July 2022. He first joined the sports team in 2004. Click here to read more.
The fiancée of Dylan Lyons, a Spectrum News news reporter killed last month while covering a shooting, said she plans to have a child with her late partner using in-vitro fertilization. Click here for more.
Cleveland reporter and weekend anchor Jim Nelson said he was “just chatting with an older couple, when a minivan pulled up with a punk teen hanging out the window. He shouted, ‘Hey! before unloading a plastic pellet gun.” Click here to see the tweet.
In Turkey, Mercan TV, the only local television station in Adıyaman, one of the Turkish provinces most severely affected by powerful earthquakes last month, has been broadcasting from a tent since its former offices were damaged in the disaster, Voice of America’s (VOA) Turkish service reported on Tuesday. Click here for more.
Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports Anavid Reyes has announced she is leaving KPRC in Houston in April. Click here for his story.
Louisville, Kentucky CBS affiliate WLKY has announced that Alex Durham has joined Caray Grace as co-anchor on WLKY Morning News. Click here for more.
On Monday, WPSD in Paducah, Kentucky filed a lawsuit against Murray State University to obtain records Murray State has previously withheld and/or redacted. WPSD is seeking the public documents related to the university’s attempts to interfere with reporting by WKMS, a national public radio-affiliated station operated by Murray State. Click here for the story.
PRESS RELEASE: From ABC Owned Stations – ABC will air its On The Red Carpet show before the Oscars.
Hosted by KABC’s award-winning entertainment reporter George Pennacchio, ABC’s “On The Red Carpet” specials will include live coverage from the red carpet starting at 1:00 p.m. PDT/4:00 p.m. EDT on Oscar® Sunday, March 12, on the eight ABC Owned Television Stations, and will be syndicated on ABC affiliates across the country, plus on networks around the world. The ABC Owned Television Stations will also be represented on the red carpet with live coverage from WABC-TV New York, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, KGO-TV San Francisco and KFSN-TV Fresno. Overall, ABC will offer more than seven hours of excusive Oscars® content across linear, digital and streaming media.
The “On The Red Carpet” (OTRC) specials uniquely set the stage for Hollywood’s most-anticipated night of the year:
Beginning Saturday, March 11 – “On The Red Carpet Oscar Sunday Preview” unfurls the carpet for the 95th Academy Awards® with an exclusive preview of Oscar Sunday, available in syndication.
Sunday, March 12 (1:00-3:30 p.m. PDT) – “On The Red Carpet at The Oscars” covers much of the anticipated red-carpet arrivals and a fly-on-the-wall view of fan viewing parties across the United States as fans and cinephiles celebrate their love for movies. KABC’s award-winning entertainment reporter George Pennacchio assumes first position on the red carpet to deliver scintillating live interviews with this year’s nominees as they head into the Dolby Theatre.
“OTRC”’s correspondents will report live from multiple locations on Oscar Sunday. Supermodel and fashion expert Roshumba Williams will be joined by KABC meteorologist Leslie Lopez to bring live updates of all the glitz and glamour as the stars arrive. To ensure Roshumba and the other hosts truly shine, “On The Red Carpet at the Oscars” teamed up with El Paseo Jewelers, lending nearly $5 million in diamond jewelry to be worn by the hosts on the big night. KABC’s anchor Rachel Brown and reporter Tony Cabrera will team up and report from an exclusive balcony position over the red carpet bringing live looks at Oscar viewing parties happening across the country, with Michelle Fisher reporting live from the viewing party at the Academy Museum. “On the Red Carpet at The Oscars” can be accessed via digital and streaming outlets only from 3:30-5:00 p.m. PDT.
Sunday, March 12 (9:00-11:00 p.m. PDT) – “On The Red Carpet After The Awards”: George Pennacchio hosts this live special from the Governors Ball, checking in with the night’s biggest winners. Karl Schmid helms the red carpet at the Vanity Fair Gala, and Christiane Cordero covers the Elton John AIDS Foundation event. Brianna Ruffalo joins Roshumba Williams to reveal Roshumba’s best-dressed list, while Lisa Cabello from Disney Movie Insiders joins Jory Rand and Alex Cheney in studio to recap the night, sharing insights about the awards, fashion and parties.
Sunday, March 12 (11:35-12:00 a.m. PDT) – “On The Red Carpet After Dark”: The show closes out one of Hollywood’s biggest events.
For participating stations, check your local listings.
The 95th Academy Awards will be held Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.
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