This year's Peabody Awards, which will be presented on May 20, will recognize four local TV outlets among such national winners as CBS News, ABC News, PBS and Univision. The local station winners are KNXV in Phoenix, for a series on Ford Escape defects; WTHR in Indianapolis, for reporting on fraudulent IRS tax claims; WVIT in West Hartford, Conn., for breaking news coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass killings; and KMGH in Denver, for a report on a controlled forest burn gone awry.
Broadcast radio still has its place at the center of the dashboard, especially in vehicles manufactured by General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. "While we are excited about the possibilities of Internet radio services and other emerging services, we understand that AM/FM radio is still a significant source of news and entertainment. In fact, it is an expected feature," said Phil Abram, chief infotainment officer for GM.
WVIT-TV, the NBC-owned affiliates in Hartford, Conn., is developing a 10-person investigative and consumer reporting unit. "Our new consumer and investigative team, the largest of its kind in our market, is a commitment to our viewers to serve as their advocate. We will hold individuals, government officials and companies accountable and get to the root of important issues that affect our viewers and our state," said David Doebler, WVIT president-general manager.
This Saturday will make the debut of Hartford, Conn., Fox affiliate WTIC-TV's new HD studio, which shares quarters with the longtime newsroom of The Hartford Courant. The shared space is just one aspect of a partnership between the state's largest newspaper and one of the state's four local broadcast TV news shops that entails print and TV reporters collaborating on stories, and top executives having joint purview over print, TV and online areas to foster a multiplatform perspective.
Gois Broadcasting will acquire WLAT-AM and WNEZ-AM from Freedom Communications for $2.6 million in a transaction brokered by Patrick Communications' Greg Guy. Gois will begin operating the two Hartford, Conn., stations on Nov. 1, under a local marketing deal.