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Two And A Half Years Later…

In Editor's Desk on December 15, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Time to dust off this ol’ website and get it running again after 30 months!

We’re back, under new ownership, and look to have substantially more updates than we have in the past.

Remember: news tips you have about rumblings in the Southeast could make it onto this site. You can let us know on Twitter (@southtvnewser), through email ( or on our Facebook fan page.


Sign of the Sweeps: Longtime Memphis Met’s “Big Announcement” Falls Flat

In CBS, Editor's Desk, Memphis, NBC, Raycom, Tennessee, Weather on May 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Dave Brown (Courtesy: WMC-TV)

Memphis chief meteorologist Dave Brown has celebrated 50 years in broadcasting, 35 of which was spent at NBC affiliate WMC-TV. But why was his name trending on Twitter Tuesday night?

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Florida Panhandle Station Axes Eight Employees

In Alabama, Birmingham, Dothan, Editor's Desk, Firings, Florida, FOX, Layoffs, Panama City, Raycom on May 18, 2012 at 11:25 am

In the latest round of broadcast television cuts, eight people have been laid off from Panama City, Fla., FOX affiliate WPGX.

Raycom Media, which owns the station, initiated the cuts in a downsizing move, according to the Panama City News Herald.

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Sign Of The Times? Fort Smith Station Lets Sportscasters Go, Paves Way For “Radical Change”

In Arkansas, CBS, Editor's Desk, Firings, Fort Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Leaving the Biz on May 10, 2012 at 8:25 am

Mike Irwin (Courtesy: KFSM-TV)

In a time where local sports is considered a dying art in many television markets, Fort Smith, Ark., CBS affiliate KFSM-TV has fired sports reporter Mike Irwin and chosen not to renew sports director John Engleman’s contract. reports Irwin had worked at the station for 37 years, while Engleman started in 2009.

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Exclusive: Former Huntsville Chief Met Discusses Move to Maryland, Part Two

In Alabama, CBS, Editor's Desk, Exclusive, Hirings, Huntsville-Decatur, Interviews, Weather on February 19, 2012 at 8:02 am

Dan Satterfield (Courtesy: WHNT)

Today, we continue the South TV News interview with former WHNT-TV chief meteorologist Dan Satterfield and his new job at WBOC-TV in Salisbury, Md., which begins next month.

Satterfield was gracious enough to let me ask him several questions about his new venture and his approach to meteorology after 32+ years in the field.

Part Two of our interview continues after the jump.

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Exclusive: Former Huntsville Chief Met Discusses Move to Maryland, Part One

In Alabama, CBS, Editor's Desk, Exclusive, Hirings, Huntsville-Decatur, Interviews, Weather on February 17, 2012 at 6:25 am

Dan Satterfield (Courtesy: WHNT)

As many local news blogs (including us) reported earlier this month, former WHNT chief meteorologist Dan Satterfield will soon be starting at WBOC, a CBS affiliate in the Salisbury, Md., market.

Many of you had questions regarding Satterfield’s move and his departure from WHNT in December 2011.

A few days ago, I conducted an impromptu interview with the 32-year weather veteran to try and get some answers to these unknowns. This will be the first of two parts; the second will hit in the next few days.

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New Design, New Feel

In Editor's Desk on December 24, 2011 at 3:10 am

We’re looking for feedback here from people who frequent the site. What do  you think of the new look?

More Posts Coming

In Editor's Desk on July 15, 2011 at 10:47 pm

It’s been nearly four months since this site has been updated. The owner said he couldn’t keep this up with all of his other priorities.

And that means South TV News is now under new management.

Expect more posts soon. Sorry for the delay. And if you’ve got news tips for us, send them to us on Twitter, Facebook or through email!

Playing Catch-Up: My Explanation for a Week Without Posts

In Editor's Desk on March 10, 2011 at 8:47 am

Okay, I went a week without posting. Honestly, there’s this whole scientific reason I did this, which sounds so much better than saying I did this because my Internet access was on the fritz for seven days.

Part of the reason is traffic, as in traffic coming to this site.

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Memphis Reporter Cites Anonymous “Sources” for Murder Confession

In Editor's Desk, Memphis, Tennessee on February 16, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Janice Broach (Courtesy: WMC)


It’s a big no-no, and honestly, a Memphis station should know better.

But in a breaking news report on WMC-TV’s website earlier tonight, reporter Janice Broach said “sources” told the NBC affiliate about a man being held in custody in connection with post office shootings last year in Henning, Tenn., that killed two people.

The problem here is a thin line that exists for journalists: anything that isn’t sourced can’t be verified. Saying “sources” in a report is asking someone to trust you, when, if you got the information through the proper channels, you could quote the actual authorities involved.

I’m sure there’s more to this story than meets the eye, but this article highlights a big pet peeve of mine. Unless you work in Washington where power players pass rumors around like party favors (and the Beltway gossip is reportable fodder), don’t use anonymous sources. It doesn’t do your viewers justice, and in the case of WMC-TV, it seriously compromises your credibility.

/end rant

And yes, this is my opinion.