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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Sheree Paolello on "Montel"

Sheree Paolello on “Montel”
Did you see Sheree Paolello’s May sweeps report on personal safety? When she took one class, then was “jumped” in the Channel 5 garage with hidden cameras rolling, so see if the 5-ft, 105-lbs reporter could defend herself? If you missed it, you can see it Friday on “Montel Williams” (11 a.m., Ch 5) with Paolello. She taped the show in New York last Wednesday.
Now here’s what I love about TV: “Montel” producers didn’t want to fly in local self-defense experts Mike and Debbie Gardner, who trained Paolello(and has done similar self-defense sweeps stories with the other local stations). Instead they took the TV reporter with the sensational video. Paolello told me: “Honestly I didn’t know if I’d be comfortable with it. I didn’t want it to be about me.” But the Gardners encouraged her to go, and she said the expience was OK.

Brown out
I became a big fan of Aaron Brown and CNN’s “NewsNight” during Hurricane Katrina coverage. Love his relaxed, unsensational tone. But too few viewers did, and he’s gone, a victim of low ratings. Anderson Cooper takes over the show Monday. Here's the link to our story today:

Sweeps start today
The four-week ratings sweeps start today, if you couldn’t guess by the shrill local TV news promos. You’ll see all the TV tricks this month: ABC dumps its regular lineup tonight for a movie; “The West Wing” does a live episode Sunday (opposite the “Simpsons” annual Halloween show); crossovers with “CSI: Miami” and “CSI: New York” and CBS’ “Category 7: The End of the World” starts Sunday.

Kiese-watching the web
Days after NBC announced it would stream “Night News” at, CBS says “Theshold” episodes will be available at five days after their broadcast on CBS.


at 11/03/2005 10:04 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

Full lenght TV shows on the internet... Oh this is going to give employers and IT guys fits...

at 11/07/2005 8:52 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

I thought about his later. They are not the first (or second) to do this. WWE has started making their Sunday Night Heat program available online since they moved away from Spike TV.

TNA wrestling also used this approach during the summer while they were without a national TV outlet.

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