Fox31 and reporter Hendrik Sybrandy may be playing a little defense after 9News fact-checked a recent Fox31 story about an Italian gun manufacturer executive being mistaken for a terrorist and determined the whole thing was a “hoax.“
UPDATE: Fox31 has pulled the online version of its story, but not made any statement about why or offered a correction.
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Fox31’s Heidi Hemmat exacts some revenge after learning that the station’s recent heating repairman sting was sabotaged.
(Bonus points for this one because its features Jane Dvorak [via speakerphone] defending Applewood Heating & Plumbing’s role.)
Who could have foreseen an eventual lawsuit for Fox31 when it got into bed with such a paragon of virtue as the now-bankrupt creator of The Troubleshooter and Martino TV?
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Former Fox31 anchor and Westword “Best Hair on a Male Anchor” winner Jeremy Hubbard is returning to Denver following a stint at ABC’s overnight “World News Now.” Hubbard will co-anchor the 7 pm newscast on KWGN-2 and the 10 pm newscast on Fox31.
“My wife and I have a new baby, seven-month-old Charlie, and we can’t wait to raise him in Denver…the greatest city in America,” said Hubbard.
(Hat Tip: Denver Media Watch)
Fox31 meteorologist Crystal Egger has left to join The Weather Channel. Expect a wave of cranky old people threatening to never watch Fox again.
(Hat tip: Denver Media Watch)
Fox31 anchor Ron Zappolo is the subject of Bill Husted’s “Bar & Grilled” column this morning. One interesting quote:
If you listen to the smart guys, they say (the future of local TV news is) not very bright. There will always be local news, but the face of it is going to change. I don’t think you’re going to see people like me anymore, people who spend 35 years in one market. You’re going to see a lot more young people with shorter deals, more turnover. I’m a survivor. People ask me what I’ve accomplished and I say, “I survived.”
Fox31 weekend anchor Leland Vittert is the latest Denver television news personality to make the move to a national spot. Vittert has been named Fox News’ Middle East correspondent and will be based in Jerusalem.
As the Denver Post’s Bill Husted points out, Vittert follows Bill O’Reilly, Phil Keating, Jeremy Hubbard, Tom Costello, Thanh Truong, Kevin Corke and Harry Smith as local personalities who have made the move to the national stage.