Soon after that, we're told, Nutter summoned Fox 29 news director Steve Schwaid to City Hall for a meeting. After the meeting Schwaid informed his news staff that the footage would not run unless he decided that it would.
Some journalists at Fox 29 were upset that Schwaid decided to kill, or at least sit on, the story.
Asked if Nutter attempted to pressure Fox 29 not to air the video, McDonald offered no comment. Schwaid referred our inquiry to a Fox 29 spokeswoman, who had no comment about the Nutter/Schwaid sit-down or whether the station would air the story.
Shaq takes Barkley to dinner
Weight Watchers spokesman Charles Barkley ate a few days worth of WW Points at Buca di Beppo, in Orlando, the other night. Shaquille O'Neal treated the celebrated ex-Sixer to dinner, including spaghetti and meatballs and a colossal brownie sundae, to celebrate Sir Charles' 49th birthday, which was Feb. 20. The pair were in Orlando covering the NBA All-Star game for TNT.
Mahlum hosts MTV special
Anne Mahlum, founder of Back on My Feet, the homeless running club, is the host of an MTV documentary on youth homelessness called "The Break." The special, scored and co-produced by U2 guitarist The Edge, airs at 8 p.m. Friday. Mahlum introduces viewers to three young homeless people and tries to inspire them as she has helped homeless nationwide who have taken advantage of the confidence-building organization.
Mahlum started BOMF here in 2007 and its ninth chapter opens in April in New York.
For more info on Back on My Feet, visit backonmyfeet.org.
Mural Arts on 'Proof'
The Mural Arts Program got a shout-out on Tuesday's episode of "Body of Proof," the Philly-set, but not locally shot, ABC medical drama starring Dana Delany. Actress Sonja Sohn, formerly of "The Wire," explained Mural Arts history when a fictional mural became a crime scene.
Surprise for Thomas-Laury
A La Salle University student approached Lisa Thomas-Laury for an autograph after the 6ABC reporter participated in La Salle's Women Leadership Forum Thursday. "It's nice to see that young people still watch TV," she said, pleasantly surprised.
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