Just posted last week to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center are directors of TV sales openings by Gray, Meredith, Nexstar and News Press & Gazette for stations in Memphis, Hampton Roads, Colorado Springs and Greenville, S.C.
TV station exec Mark Pimentel will lead News-Press Gazette’s TV and radio stations including KRDO and KTLO.
KRDO news director Jene Nelson is no longer with the Colorado Springs ABC affiliate. “I want to express my gratitude for the overwhelming outpouring of support after my departure from KRDO,” Nelson wrote on her Facebook page.
The assistant news director at the Colorado Springs ABC affiliate gets bumped up to the top news job.
Broadcasters and government officials say that the fact that TV stations did not air an alert during the recent Colorado wildfires exposes some flaws with the Emergency Alert System — a system that has recently come under scrutiny after a hacking incident and subpar national test results earlier this year.
Though the wrongfully issued Florida warrant that had a 56-year-old woman mistakenly arrested was most traumatizing for her, there were a few other feathers ruffled in the ABC affiliate’s reporting of the event: mainly, those of the Colorado Springs Police Department. It all stems from a few seconds of generic footage the ABC affiliate used showing fully armored SWAT team members approaching a residence with assault rifles drawn. The feud escalated on Facebook after that.
TV stations covering the wildfires were all over the airwaves and Internet as the blazes caused mass evacuations, destroyed acres of forest and wiped out 600 homes. For many of the people who covered this story, mustering the ability “to keep going” had an emotional component as well. That is particularly true for the Colorado Springs news crews, some of which lived in the Waldo Canyon fire’s path. Now the Colorado Broadcasters Association has produced PSAs in support of the Red Cross and local firefighters.
In Colorado Springs, where mainstream media headline the digital scene, social media is the talk of the town. While the market’s TV stations experiment with new social networks Pinterest and Google Plus, market leader The Gazette has stirred up controversy with its social media policy.