The state Supreme Court ruled that the public has a right to records in an earlier case in which Gray Television’s argued successfully that its CBS affiliate WCAX Burlington should not be forced to turn over to police footage of a shooting in January 2018. “This unanimous decision is an important victory not only for the Vermont media, but all Vermonters, who depend on journalists to be independent and not take sides in any kind of story,” said Lisa Loomis, president of the Vermont Press Association.
The group owner promotes Jay Barton, Kim Lee, Alan Chatman and Eric Krebs to the top spots in Burlington, Vt.; Bangor, Maine; Gainesville, Fla.; and Charlottesville, Va.
The station group is paying $29 million to Mt. Mansfield Television for the station and expects the deal to close in the third quarter.
CBS affiliate WCAX leads in total social actions and fans/followers among all local media on social in Burlington, Vy.-Plattsburgh, N.Y., according to Shareablee data. News Director Anson Tebbetts explains that a local spin on Facebook Live — think live streaming from a pasture full of dairy cows — is part of the draw for viewers.
In Vermont, a state where town hall meetings have held an honored place for 200 years, social media seems like a natural fit. After Tropical Storm Irene cut a swath of devestation through the region earlier this year, Burlington media used Facebook and Twitter to get info out to the community.