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WIVB News Director Out

wivb_304Joe Schlaerth, news director for Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB no longer works at the station, Buffalo News media writer Alan Pergament reports.

The News reports Peter Jacobus is the interim news director at the station.

According to his LinkedIn page, Schlaerth had been news director at WIVB since 2004.

His departure — all the sources say he was fired this morning — is no surprise considering how unpopular he has been inside the news department.

Indeed, it was more surprising that he lasted this long running the news department of the LIN station. Read more

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Study: A Vanilla Year for Local TV Staffers

pew facts salariesThe Pew Research Center showed a study produced by the RTDNA and Hofstra University detailing “5 facts about the state of local TV newsrooms.”

Despite the combined $8 billion price tag of the nearly 300 stations that were bought and sold over 2013, the study showed news staff at local TV stations are being counted on to do more with less for small increases in low pay.

The study’s five main findings were:

1. Staffing levels have dropped in 2013 with larger stations getting hit the hardest.

2. While news anchor salaries dropped, meteorologist and sports anchor pay stayed the same. Reporters saw a small uptick in pay.

3. Ad revenue from newscasts accounted for 50 percent of a station’s overall revenue in 2013.

4. Slightly more newsroom budgets grew than shrank.

5. Both the number of stations airing newscasts and the number of stations not producing their own newscasts grew.

You can read the entire report by clicking here.

Oklahoma Station Apologizes for Cutting Rapper from Morning Show

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Oklahoma City station KSBI has apologized to performer Jabee Williams after he was asked to leave instead of appearing on the station’s morning show, “Oklahoma Live!” Williams told NewsOK he was invited to appear on the show Monday morning, but the show’s executive producer told him “Hi Jabee. There’s been an oversight, and I need you to leave.”

We all thought he was joking. We asked if he was serious and he said “if you need help, we can help you load your stuff.” Jabee asked if they were expecting a country act, and he said ‘honestly, yes. Upon seeing you, we realized there was an oversight.’

When we asked what exactly the oversight was, he said he had not realized Jabee was not a country act. He said the station is moving in a new direction and could not have him on the show.

Williams says it was “a blatant form of discrimination.”

Station president Vince Orza apologized in a statement Monday to The Oklahoman:

“Jabee should have been allowed to perform. He is a professional, who showed up on time, ready to entertain our audience as he has in the past,” Orza said in a statement. “I wanted him to hear directly from me that he is welcome to perform on ‘Oklahoma Live!’ and KSBI. I apologized to him, and he very graciously thanked me for calling.”

Joe Radske Joins WISC as Executive Producer

Yesterday we told you WKOW news director Joe Radkse had left the Madison, WI, ABC affiliate. Today we find out where he’s gone.

WISC news director Colin Benedict told TVSpy Radske has joined the Madison CBS affiliate as an executive producer.

“Friends, Family, Interested Individuals. I’m moving. I’m going to WISC, Madison after 4 years with WKOW, Madison,” Radske wrote on his facebook page. “I will miss the great journalists and friends in the 27Newsroom. I’m looking forward to working with the great journalists at WISC.”

Laurie Perez Leaving Hartford for Los Angeles

perez croppedLaurie Perez is leaving Hartford, CT, FOX affiliate WTIC.

“My husband Jeff Collette accepted a position at the NFL network in California and he started a few weeks ago,” Perez told the Hartford Courant. “I’ll be working at KCBS starting in August.”

Before coming to WTIC, Perez worked at WSPA in Greenville, SC. She started her career at KEPR in Kennewick, WA.

The Courant reports Perez will be replaced by the returning Jenn Bernstein.

Nexstar Names Stephen Ventura GM of Utica Stations

nexstar logoStephen J. Ventura has been named vice president and general manager of WFXV and WPNY, Nexstar’s Fox and MyNetworkTV affiliates in Utica, N.Y. In his new role, Ventura will also oversee ABC affiliate WUTR, which Nexstar operates for Mission Broadcasting.

Ventura has been the director of sales for Nexstar’s broadcast and digital properties in Utica since 2006. He has most recently been the station’s interim general manager.

“With his local broadcasting expertise, strong client relationships, and dedication to the local communities across Central New York, we are confident in Steve’s ability to provide the necessary leadership to build upon the achievements of our Utica operations,” Bill Sally, Nexstar SVP and regional manager, said in a statement.

Is Hardcore Pawn Really Reality TV?

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Viewers of reality TV often want to know if what they’re watching is an actual day in the life of the stars or if it’s enhanced reality with scripted characters and faked scenes.

Recently, we got a chance to ask the people who might know, the starts of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn Les and Ashley Gold.

Watch the video to hear what they have to say about those fantastically wacky customers.



Part Two: Why are Pawn Shop Shows so Popular?

Part One: Five Weirdest things Pawned

Meteorologist Jon Slater Says He’s Leaving KOKH

slater croppedKOKH meteorologist Jon Slater has announced he is leaving the Oklahoma City FOX affiliate.

“I’ll be leaving FOX 25 at the end of this month,” Slater wrote on his facebook page. “I won’t forget the wonderful people I’ve met and the places I’ve been in 27 years as a broadcast meteorologist. Here’s to the future….”

Slater has been worked at KOKH since June 2008. Throughout his career he’s worked at KOKI, KTUL, and KJRH in Tulsa, KSHB in Kansas City, MO, and KOCO in Oklahoma City.

Tim Perry Named GM of WRLH

wrlh logoSinclair Broadcast Group has named Tim Perry GM of Richmond-Petersburg, VA, FOX affiliate WRLH.

“We have a good team in place upon which to build FOX Richmond’s importance and relevance,” Perry said in a statement. “I look forward to becoming a member of the community and leading the staff to the next level.”

Perry has been the GM at KOIN in Portland since 2008. Before KOIN he was GM at KKFX and later KSBY in San Luis Obispo-Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, GM at KOLO in Reno, NV, and GM of WPBM-WTOM in Traverse City-Cadillac, MI.

WKBN Wears Purple to Support Chief Meteorologist’s Cancer Battle

WKBN encouraged the community to wear purple yesterday in support of chief meteorologist Don Guthrie, who is battling pancreatic cancer. Yesterday was Guthrie’s 44th anniversary at the Youngstown CBS affiliate. Watch WKBN’s report:

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