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The Mysterious Case of the Anchor Chairs

KCAL Chairs THREELA Observed reports on the changing anchor chairs during one 9:00 p.m. newscast on Los Angeles CBS owned station KCAL.

The LA blog got a tip from a reader they called Mister B., who thought something might be up when Leyna Nguyen and Sylvia Lopez had different chairs three times in an 11 minute span.

Notice just the backs of their chairs. When the show opened at 9 p.m., Nguyen had a high back on her chair and Lopez looked perhaps a bit out of sorts. By 9:04, Lopez had the superior chair back and, truth be told, looks a little more tuned in and primed for action in Mr B’s screen grab. At 9:11, both women have new chairs. Mr. B wonders if the game of musical chairs was rooted in rivalry or something more innocent: “Does this qualify as ‘breaking news?’”

TVSpy has been watching too many episodes of Finding Bigfoot and In Search of Aliens to think it could have just been a case of the wrong chairs being on set at the start of the show. We asked CBS for comment. We will update when we hear back.

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Rachel Frank Returns to Hartford after a Few Months in New York

frank wpixRachel Frank is set to replace herself as meteorologist at Tribune’s Hartford FOX affiliate WTIC. In May, Frank left WTIC after being named morning meteorologist at Tribune’s flagship station WPIX in New York.

Frank, who returns to air at WTIC tonight, wrote about the move in a blog post. “It has been my dream to become a meteorologist in NYC since I was a little girl. I can’t tell you how surreal it is to have succeeded!” She added, “But as many of you know, I’m pregnant with a baby boy! It’s funny how your priorities shift when you’re growing a tiny human. Family comes first. After much thought and consideration my husband and I decided it would be best for our growing family to return to Connecticut.”

Saturday, Frank linked to WTIC meteorologist Matt Scott‘s facebook page which read, “Yes, Meteorologist Rachel Frank is back! I’m very excited about this. She’s one of the smartest meteorologists I’ve worked with, and after looking high and low for a replacement for her, me, Joe Furey Meteorologist, Meteorologist Dan Amarante and Sam couldn’t be more thrilled that the old saying isn’t true …. You can indeed go home again.”

Alaska Reporter Drops ‘F-Bomb’ As She Quits On Air

Search for any reference to reporter Charlo Greene on the website for Anchorage, Alaska CBS affiliate KTVA this morning, and you’ll get a message that “no results match your search criteria.” The only reference you’ll find to Greene’s time at the station is an apology message posted to the site:

Dear Viewers,

We sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter during her live presentation on the air tonight. The employee has been terminated.

Bert Rudman
KTVA 11 News – Anchorage

Greene, on the station’s Sunday night 10 p.m. newscast, revealed herself to be the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club–the campaign to legalize marijuana in Alaska a story she had previously covered, without mentioning her interest in the issue:

“Now everything you heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska.

“And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, f**k it, I quit.”

Texas Station Group Adds News Director

Amie Hudspeth has been named news director at the Victoria Television Group in Victoria, Tex.

Station GM Jeff Pryor told TVSpy, Hudspeth starts next Monday. Hudspeth replaces Jennifer Dodd who left in July to work as assistant news director at KENS in San Antonio.

Hudspeth was assistant news director at WNCT in Greenville, N.C. She has also worked at WOAI in San Antonio, Tex. and KEYE in Austin, Tex.

The Saga Communications owned Victoria Television Group owns and/or operates the ABC (KAVU), NBC (KMOL), FOX (KVCT), Telemundo (KVTX), CBS (KXTS), and Univision (KUNU) stations in the Victoria market.

[Rick Gevers]

‘Nobody f#@king Likes You,’ WGN Tries the Anti-News Promo

After celebrating “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” on Friday, Chicago CW affiliate WGN seems to be attempting to launch “International Talk Like a Sailor Day.”

After this morning’s “Viewer Feedback” segment, where viewers continued to vent on facebook about about Paul Konrad calling dolphins “a-holes,” the anchor team tossed to a promo they made seemingly without the help of the station’s creative services team.

Saying his anchor team “sucks the happy out of happy talk,” anchor Larry Potash read some thoughts from WGN viewers. “F#@k you,” wrote viewer Anish Kapoor. “You guys suck in the morning. Nobody watches WGN.”

[FTVLive]

Mere Months into Retirement, Former Dallas Meteorologist Injured in Crash

Picture 3Ron Jackson, who retired in February after 32 years as meteorologist at Fox owned KDFW in Dallas, was seriously hurt in a single-vehicle accident Friday night. He remains hospitalized this morning, reports The Dallas Morning News:

Jackson was injured after he lost control of the scooter he was riding near the intersection of U.S. Highway 67 and Kingswood Drive in Cedar Hill, the station reported.

Jackson lives in Cedar Hill, according to his biography on the station’s website.

Jackson, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to a local hospital.

KDFW Sports Anchor Max Morgan Hospitalized with Congestive Heart Failure

Picture 2Max Morgan, weekend sports anchor at Fox owned Dallas station KDFW remains hospitalized this morning after he was admitted to Methodist Richardson Medical Center Wednesday, suffering from congestive heart failure.

The station reports Morgan’s wife, Marla, says she appreciates all the support and prayers she’s received from viewers, and added, “tell everyone to just keep praying, because it works.”

Morgan, who turned 59 on Friday, has worked at KDFW since 1993. He starts every sportscast with the phrase: “hello Dallas-Fort Worth, let’s talk sports.”

KXII Hires Oklahoma City Reporter

Dan-Thomas-jpgDan Thomas is heading to Sherman, Tex. to anchor for CBS affiliate KXII.

Starting in November, Thomas will join Maureen Kane as co anchor of News 12 at Five, Six and Ten. He will also anchor the News 12 at Nine.

“We are extremely excited to get to showcase Dan’s talents on a nightly basis,” said Matt Griffin, KXII news director. “His experience both on the desk and reporting in the field will be an asset to everyone in our newsroom, as well as to our many viewers at home.”

Thomas comes from KOCO in Oklahoma City where he was an anchor and reporter. Before working at KOCO, he was an investigate reporter at WEAR in Pensacola, Fla.

KCRA Adds to News Team and 10:00 PM Show

KCRA_3_NBC_ (1)Starting Monday, Sacramento NBC affiliate KCRA will broadcast a full hour on sister station KQCA at 10:00 p.m. The station has also added five to its news team.

“Based on the momentum and growth we’ve experienced in our 10pm newscast on My58, we believe our audience is looking for more news at 10 o’clock,” said KCRA 3 news director Lori Waldon. “I am excited about the new members joining our KCRA News Team and the depth they will bring to our storytelling and our newscasts.”

Rob Malcolm has been added as co-anchor of the KQCA 10:00 p.m. news alongside Kellie DeMarco. He will also report for KCRA. Malcolm comes from CTV in Toronto, Canada. He’s also worked at Global Television in Toronto, WNYW in New York and WDIV in Detroit. Read more

Monica Hernandez to Join WFAA

hernandez wwlMonica Hernandez is leaving Gannett’s New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL to work for sister station WFAA in Dallas.

Carolyn Mungo, news director for the Dallas ABC affiliate, told TVSpy, Hernandez starts as a reporter October 20.

Hernandez started working at WWL in 2010. Before that, she was an anchor and general assignment reporter at WLBT in Jackson, Miss.

[Ed Bark]

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