Tuesday, June 04, 2013

KPRC 2 really likes KTRK abc13's news coverage; KTRK responds with promo

UPDATE 6/5/2013 4pm
KPRC 2 issues apology/explanation to KTRK 13 over tweeted photo

ORIGINAL POST
Channel 13's coverage good enough for channel 2 to use

You know how I call myself a dunderpate at the top of this blog? Dunderpate is another word for dunce. And the dunderpate of the day in Houston media is all of KPRC channel 2.

Clearly today's biggest news story is the overturned truck which closed down the entire West Loop for most of the day. It took my wife like three hours to get to work as a result. KPRC sure wanted to get that news out on Twitter this morning but must not have had the multi-station chopper up or something, because it tweeted a stolen SkyEye 13 photo from KTRK's on air coverage! Screen grabs below:

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At the time of this publishing you can see the tweets here and here.

UPDATE: Mike Guerrero is KTRK's morning chopper reporter/photographer.

In the blog world, I get stuff stolen from me all the time. But in the TV world, you don't see stations grabbing stuff from each other usually. In fact, the basic sense is to not put any mention or reminder of the competition in front of your viewers. Now KPRC did remove the 13 logo from the image but still, the image is obviously KTRK's look.

As I blogged before, KPRC 2 has had its controversial moments with Twitter specifically. Nothing brought attention to the station like the fictional Liberty County mass graves story from the summer of 2011. It has been widely reported that @local2breaking was the source for that story as fact, leading many other media outlets to run with it and then later retract it. Later that year, I told you how KPRC re-branded that account to become @KPRCLocal2.

It appears the folks at KTRK noticed how much KPRC endorses them and put together a response you can watch below.

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I contacted KPRC for a response and will share it with you if I get one.

UPDATE 6/5/2013 4pm
KPRC 2 issues apology/explanation to KTRK 13 over tweeted photo


15 comments:

  1. That is AWESOME!!!

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  2. Don't they share a pool helicopter?

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    1. I believe it is 2, 11 and 26 that share the pool helicopter.

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    2. Channels 2, 11 and 26 do share a "pool ship" as of this posting. Channel 13 has it's own ship. Although they are in competition the ships are owned and operated by the same company. Mike does not "work" for Channel 13....he works for Helicopters, Inc.

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  3. Epic fail by Channel 2 after seeing this post. Wow. That's all I can say.

    johnbmarine.blogspot.com

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  4. Next thing you know Dominique will borrow some class from Gina Gaston.

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  5. Stepford Wives approve??

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  6. I don't see this as much of a thing other than 2 used 13's graphics. When I worked the pool ship in Houston the video was used by 2, 11, and 13. Fox always ran their own chopper. I'm not sure if that's changed. But none-the-less - what I had my 1 camera on could be live on all 3 stations at the exact same time.

    I supposed that's good resource management until that chopper is going through a 50-hour maintenance and can't fly. Then I suppose you end up with situations like this.

    Hey - at least 2 didn't just steal the video feed without any graphics and try to pass it off as their own?

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    1. If it was pool video, why didn't they have their own graphics?

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    2. Metro was "contracted" to provide that footage. Obviously, not the same issue as what happened to Mike. Channel 2 "stole" his footage, PERIOD... (from someone who knows)

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  7. The station's social media news desk should install visual identification software that detects photos with other station's graphics before a tweet is sent.

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    1. They're more concerned with promoting dumb ads and classless anchors.

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  8. Charlotte Aguilar6/05/2013 03:23:00 PM

    I'm amazed that 13 doesn't have their logo plastered all over their graphic for the chopper shot.

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  9. Their logo was plastered all over the graphic.it was apparently photoshopped out. Chris, KTRK has its own helicopter and KPRC uses the pool aircraft along with the remaining channels.

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