Local News
1:05 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

The Plunger Man and the Car-Driving Horse: Barry Bernson on His Life in TV News

From the Simpsons to the Onion, the world is full of TV news parodies. Local TV newscasts (and the people who star in them) are easy targets. And among the stereotypes, next to Ted Baxter and the dim bulb weatherman, is the feature reporter. The impossibly-coiffured reporter in the field holding a microphone up to a waterskiing squirrel. But it wasn't always like that.

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Local News
11:20 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

WLKY Returns to Insight

After 10 days, WLKY is back on Insight Cable in Louisville.

The station was pulled from the cable lineup earlier this month after Insight parent Time Warner and WLKY owner Hearst Television failed to ink a new retransmission agreement. Retransmission deals stipulate how much money cable operators pay to rebroadcast content.

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Local News
5:26 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Former Courier-Journal VP Latest to Sue Gannett Over Ageism

Former Courier-Journal  Vice President of Circulation Mike Huot was laid off last year, and is now suing the C-J and parent company Gannett for age discrimination.

Huot's total compensation was over $300,000, according to Gannett Blog. His lawsuit alleges that the paper brought in a younger employee to replace him. 

Today, Gannett Blog posted a copy of Huot's lawsuit.


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Local News
5:02 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

WLKY Begins Cable Negotiations

WLKY-TV posted what was once a fairly routine notice on its website today.

Notice to Insight cable subscribers: WLKY-TV's parent company, Hearst Television, is currently negotiating a renewal of its carriage agreement with Insight.

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Local News
11:06 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Click and Clack Retiring From Car Talk

The chatty mechanics on NPR's "Car Talk" are pulling in to the garage.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi said Friday they will stop making new episodes of their comic auto advice show at the end of September, 25 years after "Car Talk" began in Boston. The show airs every Saturday morning and is National Public Radio's most popular program.

Older brother Tom is 74 years old and the brothers say it's time to stop and smell the cappuccino.

Local News
5:17 am
Thu June 7, 2012

WDRB Back On Cable

This is what cable customer previously saw when they surfed to WDRB.

Cable customers in Louisville can once again watch the city's Fox affiliate, WDRB.

The station was previously at an impasse with Time Warner Cable over how much the provider should pay to broadcast WDRB's local and network content. Last week, the contract between the two expired and Time Warner pulled WDRB and its sister station WMYO from the cable lineup.

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Local News
2:55 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Tough Talk Continues Between WDRB and Time Warner

WDRB General Manager Bill Lamb told the Courier-Journal yesterday that his station will likely be back on Time Warner Cable "within days."

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8:20 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

WDRB Nabs Bozich and Crawford From Courier-Journal

Sports columnists Eric Crawford and Rick Bozich are leaving their jobs at the Courier-Journal to join WDRB, Louisville's Fox affiliate. 

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4:34 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

West Virginia State Senator Says Mining-Related Accident Shows Need for More Mining

The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing today on coal mining and the Environmental Protection Agency’s veto of the Spruce Mine in West Virginia. I didn’t cover the hearing, but Ken Ward of the Charleston (WV) Gazette did. He pointed out some peculiar testimony from West Virginia State Senator Art Kirkendoll.

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Local News
3:18 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

WDRB Boss to Local Stations: You're Next

WDRB-TV in Louisville is currently without about half of its audience as negotiations continue with Time Warner Cable.

The talks are over how much Time Warner should pay WDRB to broadcast local content. Time Warner says it has offered a rate comparable to what Insight used to pay WDRB, but station officials say it won't cover the necessary costs to keep that station a Fox affiliate.

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