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TV Jobs: KHOU, WSVN, WTNH

This week, KHOU is hiring an executive producer, as well as a supervising investigative producer. Meanwhile, WSVN is seeking a creative services director, and WTNH needs a digital executive producer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Jimmy Fallon Gets Good News From Local Anchors

Last night, The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon borrowed from some local affiliates for some video ha hahs.

This time, Fallon’s “I’ve got Good News and Good News,” featured, among others, WNBC uber-anchor Chuck Scarborough saying the phrase “get your sweet lovin’ on” and Devin Scillian at Detroit’s WDIV narrating a kitten, puppy, bunny in a cashmere sweater montage. Happy Friday.

17 ABC Affiliates Team Up with ABC News for Investigative Piece

ABC_304Tonight on “20/20,” ABC will air a Brian Ross investigation called “Recall Roulette.”

The story is about what ABC is calling the “flawed government recall system” and may seem familiar to some local viewers. Pieces were used as part of a partnership with the investigative teams of 17 ABC affiliates.

The way TVSpy hears it, Ross and the locals came together at the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference. After a series of conference calls, the team decided Ross would tell the story using experts and an interview with the Consumer Product Safety Commission chairman. The stations would then air their own stories with local victims and products added to Ross’ footage.

The stations participating are WLS in Chicago, KGO in San Francisco, WJLA in Washington, D.C., WPVI in Philadelphia, KGTV in San Diego, KOMO in Seattle, WEWS in Cleveland, KTNV in Las Vegas, KVUE in Austin, WRTV in Indianapolis, WSOC in Charlotte, N.C., WFTS in Tampa, Fla., WTVD in Raleigh, N.C., WZZM in Grand Rapids, Mich., WRIC in Richmond, Va., KLTV in Tyler, Texas, and KATC in Lafayette, La.

Las Vegas News Director Leaving

ksnvCraig Hume has announced he is leaving Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV.

KSNV was recently purchased by Sinclair. In an email Hume sent to staffers, he said, “After the sale was announced, I wanted to stay to ensure a smooth transition into the Sinclair family. Sinclair is bringing new direction and new resources to take the station to the next level of success.”

As FTVLive first reported, Hume’s last day will be next Wednesday November 26.

He had worked at the station since May 2013.

Man Tells WJLA Crew Covering Blaze, ‘I Set It On Fire’


Police didn’t have far to look to find the person who set a house on fire in Rockville, Maryland.

The suspect, Carlos Peralta, first approached a WJLA crew and told them, “Me! Me! I set it on fire.”

Before he confessed to police while the cameras were recording, Peralta answered a series of questions from WJLA.

Question #1: “How did you do it?”
“I just poured gasoline on the floor, set it on fire, went to grab a drink, and came back,” “Carlos” remarked without batting an eye.

Question #2: “How did setting this fire help you?”
“Just so you [the media] could get here … for your attention,” “Carlos” added.
The self-proclaimed arsonist went on to describe, what he considered to be, deplorable living conditions inside the home he says he torched. Police say “Carlos” was one of six people living inside the two-story structure. Read more

Anchor Jennifer Loren Leaves KOTV

9405408_BG1Anchor Jennifer Loren will make her last appearance on the desk at Tulsa CBS affiliate KOTV tonight. Loren writes on Facebook that she’s decided to take a media job with the Cherokee Nation:

After almost nine years here I am leaving the anchor desk and taking off my investigative reporter hat to begin a new and exciting career! I am going to work for my tribe at Cherokee Nation Businesses, helping to expand their video/multimedia footprint.

While I will sincerely miss my friends, coworkers and loyal News on 6 viewers I couldn’t be more excited about the path I am embarking upon. Not only will I be doing work that I am truly passionate about… I will be at home to tuck my little ones into bed each night.

Loren’s replacement will be announced on air, and she hints it will not be a new face. “It’s someone you already know and trust and will be excited to see each night!”

Reporter Returns to WFOR After Four Months

michele-gillen-600x450Investigative reporter Michele Gillen has returned to CBS-owned WFOR in Miami after a four-month absence, reports Jose Lambiet:

Insiders at the ratings-challenged station are reporting that 20-year CBS4 veteran Gillen materialized in the newsroom this week for the first time since a public blowout between her and fellow investigative newsman Jim DeFede.

A spywitness described how Gillen walked in Monday like she hadn’t missed one third of the work year, sat down at her desk six cubicles away from DeFede and started making calls for a story about Pope Francis‘ upcoming trip to the United States.

“It’s like she never left,” one source said. “Nobody’s talking about it. Nobody’s talking to her. And she’s not talking to anybody.”

Gillen’s absence led to speculation about her status with WFOR, where Lambiet reports her contract ends soon.

WAFF: Bill Cosby Up Against ‘Rap Alligations’

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WAFF, the NBC affiliate in Huntsville, Ala., ran an unfortunate error last night during a segment about the rape allegations against Bill Cosby. Jim Romenesko contacted the station and got confirmation that the error did indeed make it to air last night.

“It was just a big mistake,” An employee told Romenesko.

[Via @telesara]

Anchor Courtney Zavala Leaving KPRC

Courtney_Zavala1Houston NBC affiliate KPRC is saying goodbye to one of its longtime weekend morning anchors: Courtney Zavala. Zavala told media blogger Mike McGuff that her contract was up and the station offered her another, but she declined.

“It’s time for me to bow out gracefully and go out the way I want to go out instead of them telling me it’s time to leave,” Zavala told McGuff. “It was not an easy decision, it was several months in the making.”

Zavala said she’s looking forward to spending time with her husband and sons and has no immediate career plans ahead of her.

“I feel like I missed so much of my family life, that I’m just ready to be present,” Zavala told McGuff.

Zavala has worked at KPRC since 2003. Prior to that, she was a fill-in anchor/reporter at KSTU, the FOX affiliate in Salt Lake City.

Nexstar Buying Las Vegas Station KLAS for $145 Million

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Nexstar Broadcasting Group has announced that it’s buying Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS from Landmark Media Enterprises for $145 million.

According to TVNewsCheck, Nexstar’s purchase will expand the company’s reach to 110 stations, serving 58 markets in 23 states. That’s 18% of all U.S. households.

“Under Nexstar’s ownership we intend to build on KLAS’s rich tradition of local programming and local community involvement,” Nexstar Broadcasting Group president-CEO Perry A. Sook said in a statement. “Las Vegas represents a natural complement to our existing operations in the Southwestern region of the United States. KLAS-TV is presently operated by a single station owner, therefore financial results under Nexstar’s ownership will benefit from our scale, expense synergies and proven operating management disciplines.”

The acquisition has to be approved by the FCC and is expected to close in the first half of 2015.

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