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TV Jobs: KTVM, WJLA, WTHR

This week, KTVM is hiring an assistant news editor, while WJLA needs a newscast producer. WTHR is seeking a creative services director, and KRON is on the hunt for a newscast producer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Sinclair Fills GM Roles in Mobile-Pensacola and Birmingham

Sinclair BroadcastIts been a busy week for Sinclair Broadcast Group. Today it announced J.C. Lowe has been named GM of Mobile-Pensacola ABC affiliate WEAR and MyTV affiliate WFGX. The group also tapped GM of Birmingham ABC affiliate WBMA, Mike Murphy, to replace Lowe as GM of CW affiliate WTTO and MyTV affiliate WABM. Murphy will also oversee WDBB which is a simulcast operated by Sinclair under a local marketing agreement. He will stay on as GM of WBMA.

“I look forward to J.C. overseeing our stations in Pensacola. He has done a terrific job in Birmingham, and we are confident that he can continue our leadership position in Pensacola,” Steve Marks co-chief operating officer of Sinclair’s Television Group said in a statement. “Mike is a natural choice to assume oversight of the stations J.C. managed and to broaden his responsibilities in Birmingham.”

Since 2007, Lowe has been working as GM of Sinclair’s Birmingham stations. Before that, he was the GSM of KAUT in Oklahoma City. He has also worked as GM and GSM of KEYE in Austin.

Murphy has been the GM of former Allbritton station WBMA since 2004. He was GSM there from 2002 until 2004. He has also worked at WSMV in Nashville in various sales roles.

WLBT General Manager Dan Modisett Retiring

wlbt logo_304x200After 40 years in broadcasting and 30 years at WLBT, general manager Dan Modisett is retiring from the Jackson, Miss. NBC affiliate.

Modisett will officially retire at the end of the year and plans to spend more time with his family.

“We genuinely appreciate his thoughtful and creative leadership at the station and all he has done for Raycom over the years,” WLBT parent company Raycom Media said in a statement. “While we are very happy for Dan and Lisa, we will certainly miss him at WLBT. It is our good fortune to have him around for a few more months.”

Two Drone Incidents Have LA Police Calling for Regulations

drone_AP_croppedThe Los Angeles Times reports two drone incidents have local police adding their voice to those calling on the FAA to hurry up and issue regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles.

In the first incident on Aug. 4, police said a personal drone was spotted by a Canadian jetliner hovering about 10 miles east of LAX at 4,000 feet – an altitude outside Federal Aviation Administration guidelines for hobbyists with drones and and also within the airport’s Class B air space.

To fly that high and close to LAX brings with it a host of responsibilities, including having a transponder on the aircraft and two-way communication with air traffic controllers, federal officials said.

Los Angeles police learned of the drone when the airline pilot asked air traffic controllers if it was a police drone. The LAPD’s two drones are locked away in a federal building and have not been used.

In the second incident, employees on the LAPD’s 10thfloor on the northwest side of the building said they looked out their window Aug. 14 to see a drone hovering outside their window. Read more

Rafer Weigel to Anchor for KTVI

weigel croppedRafer Weigel will join St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI as a news anchor and reporter on October 6.

Weigel comes to KTVI from WLS in Chicago where he was the weekend sports anchor and reporter. The news was first reported by the Chicago Business Journal.

“I could not be more thrilled to be joining the team at KTVI,” Weigel said in a statement. “St. Louis is one of my favorite cities. I have family here and know it well having gone to school down the road at University of Illinois.”

Weigel is the grandson of Weigel Broadcasting founder John J. Weigel. Before working at WLS, he was a sports anchor for the HLN morning news. He has also worked as a general assignment reporter at KOVR in Sacramento.

Jimmy Fallon Enlists Local NBC Anchors For Good News Segment

Happy Friday from Jimmy Fallon and a team of anchors at NBC affiliates recruited to deliver the all-too-rare good news:

WPTZ Has Double Departure as Meteorologist and Anchor Leave

Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 11.41.59 PMWPTZ, the NBC affiliate in Plattsburgh, New York, has said farewell to morning meteorologist Hayley LaPointe and reporter/anchor Bridget Shanahan. The station posted a sendoff photo on its Facebook page, noting that LaPointe is staying in the family–moving to Hearst sister station WMUR in Manchester, NH.

Shanahan is headed cross country to be closer to family, and to join another station that has yet to be named.

Both LaPointe and Shanahan had their last day at WPTZ Thursday.

Federal Court Rejects Aereo’s Plea to Operate as Cable System

aereoA federal court has rejected Aereo’s appeal to continue operating as a cable company, The Washington Post reports:

If the shuttered streaming video company wants to keep fighting for its survival, procedural reasons require that it do so at the district court level, officials said in a document filed Thursday.

The decision is a win for broadcasters, who had sought a ban on Aereo from the beginning. Initially, the district court decided against an injunction. But a ruling from the Supreme Court earlier this summer reversed that decision. Now the appellate court, following procedure, has also followed suit. Aereo declined to comment; a spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

How significant is this move? Seeing as Aereo had already voluntarily shut its doors after the Supreme Court verdict, a preliminary injunction doesn’t mean much for the company operationally. But the Second Circuit is effectively telling Aereo that if it wants to argue that it’s a cable company only for the purposes of copyright law — and therefore qualified to pay lower royalties — it’s currently making the argument to the wrong people.

James Killen Named Sinclair Group Manager

Sinclair BroadcastSinclair Broadcast Group has named James Killen Group Manager of Tulsa, OK, Little Rock, AR, Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA and “other markets to be determined.”

“Having held a key sales management position at Allbritton and given his familiarity with the stations and staff, he is the perfect choice to continue with us as a Group Manager overseeing some of these same markets we recently acquired,” Steve Marks, co-chief operating officer of Sinclair’s TV group said in a statement. “We look forward to building upon that foundation and expanding our market presence.”

Since 2004, Killen has been VP of Sales for Allbritton, overseeing seven stations as well as NewsChannel 8 and Politico. He’s also worked as local sales manager and New York national sales manager at WNBC in New York, and as an account executive at WRAL in Raleigh-Durham and WECT in Wilmington, NC.

Ed Reams New WKOW News Director

reams wkowEd Reams has been named news director at Madison, WI, ABC affiliate WKOW.

Reams comes to WKOW from WISN in Milwaukee, WI, where he has been assistant news director since 2011. He has also worked as news director at WHSV in Harrisonburg, VA, as a reporter/anchor at WDSU in New Orleans and as a reporter at WXIA in Atlanta.

WKOW VP & GM Tom Allen told TVSpy, Reams starts September 15.

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