Scripps stations KNXV in Phoenix and KMGH in Denver were honored with Peabody Awards on Monday in New York. Other local TV stations honored were Dispatch Broadcast Group's WTHR in Indianapolis and NBC owned-and-operated Hartford, Conn., affiliate WVIT. Also, "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts got a standing ovation as she received an award for her reports on her bone marrow disease.
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.
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.