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Q1 Earnings: Gannett Same-Station Revenue Up 19.6%

gannett logoGannett Co. reported a 19.6% increase in broadcasting revenues on a same-station basis for the first quarter of 2014.

The station group reported a 6.5% increase in core revenues, driven by $41 million of advertising associated with the Sochi Winter Olympics. This was partially offset by the loss of Super Bowl revenues that aired on CBS stations in the first quarter of 2013.

On a same-station basis, retransmission revenues were up 66.4%, totaling $87.5 million for the quarter. Political ad revenue was also up for the quarter, as were digital revenues in the broadcast segment.

“An outstanding performance by our new broadcast stations fueled double-digit increases in both revenue and profitability in our Broadcast Segment and contributed to total company pro forma revenue growth and a robust level of free cash flow in the first quarter,” Gannett CEO Gracia Martore said in a statement. “Our Broadcast group achieved exceptional ratings, particularly throughout the Sochi Winter Games as Gannett stations took the top two spots in prime time and in every Olympic day-part among major market NBC stations.”

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KNBC Names Daniella Guzman Morning Co-Anchor

daniella guzmanDaniella Guzman has been named morning co-anchor at KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles. She will anchor alongside Michael Brownlee weekdays from 4:30 to 7 a.m.

It is a move within NBC for Guzman, who has anchored the morning newscast at NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago since 2012. KNBC’s announcement of Guzman’s hire comes after WMAQ announced Zoraida Sambolin as the new morning anchor.

“Daniella has the right combination of journalistic experience and genuine warmth that comes across on the air and in person,” vice president of news Todd Mokhtari said in a statement. “She is a dynamic anchor who will further strengthen our newscast and help our viewers kick start their day.”

Michelle Valles has been anchoring KNBC’s morning newscast since Alycia Lane left the station last year.

WAVY Named NPPA’s ‘Station of the Year’ Five Years Running


For the fifth year in a row, WAVY in Hampton Roads, VA, has been named the “Medium Market Station of the Year” by the National Press Photographers Association.

WAVY chief photographer and news operations manager Jeff Myers told News Photographer, “It boils down to we try to do the fundamentals and we do them well all the time.”

Myers told TVNewsCheck the NBC affiliate’s photographers study their work to get better, similar to how athletes watch game film.

He attributes the consistent award-winning photography to a team concept between reporters and photographers.

“We try to tell the best story, with good writing, shooting and editing. Good opening and close, with great, clean, natural sound. We strive to be consistently good in everything we do.”

How Stations in NYC and DC Reported on the Aereo Supreme Court Arguments

Stations around the country reported last night on the Aereo Supreme Court case, which has the potential to drastically upend the television industry. Broadcasters — including NBC, ABC, Fox, CBS and Univision, which own many local stations — faced off against the streaming TV service yesterday in oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court. Here’s how stations in New York City and Washington, D.C. reported on the case.

In New York, CBS-owned WCBS reported on the case during the 5 p.m. newscast without disclosing that its parent company is involved in the lawsuit. The report included a brief explanation of Aereo’s service and a soundbite from Neal Katyal, a legal advisor to the broadcast networks. “Under copyright law, cable and satellite companies pay networks billions to deliver programming to customers,” anchor Maurice DuBois said. “Aereo does this without paying anybody.”

NBC-owned WNBC reported on Supreme Court hearings during the noon newscast and informed viewers of NBC’s involvement in the case. “The Supreme Court is hearing a challenge today to a revolutionary TV viewing app called Aereo. Broadcasters, including NBC, argue the online rebroadcast of over-the-air television is a violation of copyright,” anchor Rob Schmitt said. “They believe Aereo should pay a fee just as cable companies do. Aereo argues it’s just acting as an antennae for viewers.”

CW affiliate WPIX presented a comprehensive package about Aereo, including an explanation of the service and the legal issues in the case, as well as soundbites from lawyers representing both sides, on its 10 p.m. newscast. WPIX’s owner, Tribune Broadcasting, is not involved in the lawsuit.

ABC-owned WABC and Fox-owned WNYW made no mention of the case, according to a search of TVEyes.

As for stations in Washington, D.C.: Read more

After 2 Years at CNN, Zoraida Sambolin Rejoins WMAQ

zorida sambolinAfter two years at CNN, Zoraida Sambolin is returning to her old station — WMAQ in Chicago — as the co-anchor of the morning newscast.

“We are delighted that Zoraida will be returning to our newsroom,” WMAQ station manager Frank Whittaker said in a statement. “She’s a native Chicagoan and knows our city well.  I know our viewers will welcome her back.”

Sambolin replaces Daniella Guzman, who has been named the morning co-anchor at KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles. >Update: KNBC has officially announced Guzman as morning co-anchor.

“Daniella has been a key part of our morning news growth, and while we hate to see her go, we are happy that she can take advantage of this promotion within our company,” WMAQ general manager David Doebler said. Read more

WXYZ Reporter Pelted with Food by Angry Squatters


A group of squatters were menacing a Detroit neighborhood. When WXYZ reporter Ronnie Dahl picked up the story and lead the efforts to have the squatters evicted, she became a target of their food-based rage.

The first incident happened when the reporter for the Detroit ABC affiliate confronted them as they drove away from the house they’d taken over. They threw what appeared to be soda on her and later brandished what looked like a bottle of barbecue sauce as they drove away.

When they drove by as Dahl was doing a live shot covering their eviction they pulled out the barbecue sauce again. “Just so you guys know, you’re live on television,” Dahl told them. “I wouldn’t do that.”

But they did. Watch the story.

WCCO Weekend Anchor Goes Part-Time to ‘Reconnect’ with His ‘Real Life’

moddy wccoWCCO reporter and weekend anchor Edward Moody has cut back on his hours at the Minneapolis CBS owned station so he can reconnect with his family.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Moody “asked to go part time, so I could reconnect with my REAL life. I’d been hopping around the country for about a decade, and maybe two years ago I realized I’d basically missed 10 years of the lives of the people I love, chasing this dream. So now I’m using the extra time to be with my partner Up North and see my mom, aunt and grandmother more.”

Moody told the Star-Tribune, “I didn’t want to totally step away from my career, but I needed to pull back. Some people can balance a demanding career and personal life, but I wasn’t doing it so well.”

Moody started at WCCO in 2012.

Brian Loftus Moves to KLAS Anchor Desk

loftus klas croppedBrian Loftus has been named co-anchor of the KLAS morning news.

For the past five years, Loftus has been the traffic reporter for the Las Vegas CBS station. He joins anchor Kirsten Joyce and weather anchor Sherry Swensk.

“I know he’ll do a great job from the anchor desk,” KLAS news director Ron Comings said in a statement. “He loves the morning newscast and he enjoys bringing some fun and humor to the program, which is why so many of his fans wanted to see Brian in this new position.”

Loftus has followed an unconventional career track. He went into broadcasting in 2002 after starting as a middle and high school teacher and coach. He switched from radio to television in 2006. He then got a job as a feature reporter for KMPH in Fresno.

KWWL Names Bloomberg TV Reporter as Morning Anchor

jennings kwwl_croppedKWWL, the Waterloo, IA, NBC affiliate, has announced Teal Jennings as co-anchor for Today in Iowa.

“Teal is a great addition to KWWL,” news director Dan Schillinger said in a statement. “She’s a skilled journalist, has the right personality for morning and noon news. Being from the area gives her extra insight in to what our viewers want to see in the morning.”

Jennings comes to KWWL from Bloomberg Television in Chicago where she was an anchor and reporter. She has also worked for KGAN in Cedar Rapids, IA.

She will join Jason Carter and Eileen Loan on the morning show starting April 30 and will also anchor the station’s Noon news.

Chicago College Student is Talented, Hungry and Already Has an Anchor Job


You might want to look over your shouder. Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports it may only be a matter of time before Giacomo Luca comes for your job.

Luca is a student at Roosevelt University and in his spare time he’s the weekend news anchor for Lima, OH, NBC affiliate WLIO. Luca commutes four hours each way to anchor and produce the 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news on Saturday and Sunday.

“Journalism isn’t a career, it’s a lifestyle,” Luca declares on his bio. “I’ve decided to dedicate my life to seeking truth and reporting it.”

The Cincinnati native most recently held a morning news internship at Tribune Broadcasting WGN-Channel 9, where his mentor was news anchor Larry Potash. “Giacomo has a passion for broadcast journalism that, in my experience, most interns don’t have,” Potash said in a statement. “Because of his knowledge of technology and his work ethic, I gave him the freedom to coordinate segments and stories. He gained valuable experience in writing and producing that many interns miss.” Read more

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