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WTTG Morning Show Scores Ratings Win Against Networks

wttg_304WTTG‘s 7:00 a.m. hour has joined the growing trend of large local markets beating out network shows in the ratings race.

The Washington, DC, FOX owned station’s “FOX 5 News Morning at 7AM” took the top spot in April with a 1.89 rating in adults 25-54. Today on NBC owned WRC was second with a 1.76. Good Morning America on WJLA notched a 1.25 while CBS This Morning on WUSA had a .42.

For the same time period, “FOX 5 News Morning at 7AM” pulled in a 1.73 rating among adults 18 to 49, beating out Today on WRC with a 1.33. GMA on WJLA came in third with a .76 and CBS This Morning on WUSA trailed all with a .30.

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Houston FOX Station Adds Katie McCall as Reporter

mccall_kriv cropped FOXHouston FOX owned station KRIV has added Katie McCall as general assignment reporter.

McCall last worked at Houston ABC owned station KTRK as an anchor and reporter. She has also worked on-air at WBBM in Chicago, KHCW in Houston and KGUN in Tucson, AZ. She has produced for WSMV in Nashville, TN, and started her career as an assistant to producers at MSNBC.

She starts next Monday April, 28.

Man Calls Montana Station, Threatens to Blow Up Federal Courthouses

missoula bomb threat suspectA Montana man is being accused of threatening to blow up federal courthouses in Missoula and Billings, MT, after telling the Missoula, MT, CBS affiliate about his plans.

According to KPAX, Michael Lewis Andrews was arrested Wednesday in Missoula. The FBI said the investigation is still underway and the threat is being taken seriously.

“A man contacted KPAX News three times on Wednesday morning threatening to bomb the courthouses,” said the station. “We notified authorities, who then launched an investigation.”

The station also said Andrews has a “lengthy criminal record in Flathead and Missoula counties beginning in 1986.”

Katherine Green Named SVP of News for Tribune

tribune_304Tribune Broadcasting has named Katherine Green senior vice president of news.

Green will be responsible for all news production and operations across Tribune’s 42 owned or operated stations. She reports to Tribune’s president of broadcast media, Larry Wert.

“Katherine is a visionary leader whose background in local broadcasting and news programming will bring value to our station’s broadcast and digital newsrooms,” Wert said in a statement.

Before coming to Tribune, Green worked for CNN Worldwide where she last worked as SVP and managing editor of HLN.

Green has also worked as VP and news director for WTTG in Washington, DC, and WBAL in Baltimore. She has also worked at WFLA in Tampa, WNBC and WABC in New York, WTVJ in Miami, and WTLV in Jacksonville, FL.

Domestic Violence Charges Dropped Against Rob Morrison

morrision charges droppedAll charges against Rob Morrison have been dropped.

The former WCBS anchor was charged with trying to strangle his wife.

According to the Darien News, “Morrison has completed a 26-week program for those involved in family violence as a condition of having the second-degree threatening and breach of peace charges dropped.”

Ashlei King to Join San Antonio FOX affiliate

king kabb croppedAshlei King is set to join San Antonio FOX affiliate KABB.

King comes from Tulsa CBS affiliate KOTV where she started in February 2012. She has also worked for KTXS in Abilene, TX.

KABB news director Blaise Labbe told TVSpy King will start May 12th.

KNTV Launches Monthly Newsmagazine Hosted by Janet Reilly

Janet Reilly photoKNTV, the NBC-owned station in San Francisco, is debuting a monthly newsmagazine called “The Mix” this week. Hosted by Janet Reilly, the show “will deliver an in-depth look at the Bay Area’s biggest stories and will feature interviews with a variety of California’s leading newsmakers.”

Reilly is the former president of the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, as well as the co-founder and president of a volunteer-based medical clinic in San Francisco. She has run for public office twice, in 2006 and 2010.

“Janet’s passion for public service and motivation for social change are sure to catch the attention of our viewers as she covers the topics that matter most to them,” KNTV president and general manager Rich Cerussi said in a statement. “We are excited to be adding The Mix to our weekend lineup and to give our viewers access to these fascinating people and stories.”

The show debuts Saturday with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and her daughter. It will air the third Saturday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Evy Ramos Signs Off From KGPE

evy ramosEvy Ramos has signed off from KGPE in Fresno. Ramos, who anchors the CBS affiliate’s 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, joined the station in 2009.

“Today is my last day at CBS47. It has been a wonderful 5 years and I have loved every minute of my time here,” Ramos wrote on Facebook. “Thank you all for being a part of my life.”

Ramos has previously worked for KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, and KMPH, the Fox affiliate in Fresno.

Q1 Earnings: Meredith Local Media Group Revenue Up 14%

meredith_1Meredith Corp. reported $98 million in local media group revenues during the first quarter of 2014, a 14% increase compared to the year-ago quarter.

Operating profit was up 11% to $27 million. According to Meredith, growth “was driven by increased retransmission-related revenues and strong performance from Meredith television stations in Nashville, Phoenix and Las Vegas.” Non-political advertising and digital advertising both increased, as did operating expenses.

“We’re pleased to deliver another quarter of record operating results,” Local Media Group President Paul Karpowicz said in a statement.  “We’re excited to have KMOV in St. Louis as part of the Meredith portfolio.  KMOV’s addition – along with improving non-political advertising, growth in digital advertising and an anticipated robust political advertising cycle – point to a strong calendar 2014 for our business.”

On the Move, 4/24/14

Chris Riva moves to his native Cincinnati as he joins WCPO as the morning anchor. Previously, he worked at KCRA in Sacramento.

Janet Kim has joined KING in Seattle as a reporter. She comes from WTVF in Nashville, where she served in the same role.

Elsa Gillis has joined KTBS in Shreveport as an anchor and investigative reporter. She comes from WUTR-WFXV in Utica, N.Y.

Femi Redwood moves to Fios 1 in New York City as a reporter. Previously, she worked at Ebru News. Read more

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