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Marcy Lefkovitz Named VP Technology and Workflow Strategy at ABC

lefkovitz abcMarcy Lefkovitz has been named VP of Technology and Workflow Strategy for ABC Broadcast Operations and Engineering.

“Our new Technology and Workflow Strategy group will reinvigorate BO&E’s effort to identify and acquire the most promising new technologies and integrate them strategically across the ABC Television Network,” Todd Donovan, SVP of ABC’s Broadcast and Engineering said in a statement. “Marcy’s vast expertise as an editor and producer at ABC News make her the perfect choice to head this new unit.”

Lefkovitz was promoted from her previous position as director of news production for ABC News. She has worked at ABC for 20 years. In 1987, she got her first job with ABC, working as a researcher in the Political Unit assigned to the 1988 Presidential Election. She left ABC after the election to work as an independent documentary producer for Bolthead Communications, Globalvision and OMI, returning to ABC in 1994 as an editor.

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Lawyer Sues San Antonio Station for Defamation and Libel

kens logo_304x200A San Antonio attorney is suing CBS affiliate KENS for libel and defamation.

The San Antonio Express-News reports, Jon Christian Amberson is looking for “at least $1 million in actual damages and $5 million in punitive damages” from the station.

In a statement, Amberson said “Without any facts whatsoever to support their storyline, KENS-TV. . .misrepresented numerous statements and claims attacking my honesty, integrity and professional work, all in an effort to fabricate a scandal to drive their TV news ratings.” Read more

Yulieth Botello Promoted to Video Journalist at KTLM

telemundo1Telemundo’s KTLM has promoted Yulieth Botello to video journalist for “Noticias Telemundo 40” airing weekdays at 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. She’ll join co-anchors Hugo Magallan and Dalila Garza, weather anchor Elizabeth Robaina, sports anchor Hector Zapata and entertainment reporter Mayra Galva on the show.

Botello had been a production assistant and assistant assignment desk editor at the Rio Grande Valley station since May 2014.

“We are very excited to welcome Yulieth as our new video journalist for Noticias Telemundo 40,” Jose Flores, president and general manager of KTLM, said in a statement. “I am certain that she will help our news team deliver the news and information that our viewers want and deserve.”

Her first day on-air was this past Tuesday.

John-Carlos Estrada Named Anchor and Managing Editor at KTRE

JOHN-CARLOS-ESTRADAKTRE, the ABC affiliate in Lufkin, Texas, has named John-Carlos Estrada evening anchor and managing editor. Estrada will anchor the 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

“When I met with the team at KTRE I knew it was a perfect next move. It’s a bigger staff and produces great newscasts. And an added bonus… I get to be closer to my family in Dallas,” Estrada told TVSpy.

“My jump to a larger market after a year on the anchor desk is exciting,” he added. “It’s was a great opportunity that KTRE news director Kenny Boles offered and I felt like it was time to make a change.”

Estrada previously worked at ABC affiliate KAVU in Victoria, Texas, where he was the lead anchor at 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. He has also worked on the national level as a segment producer for “The Cycle” on MSNBC and “Weekend Today” on NBC.

Estrada started his new position yesterday.

Kentucky ND Tells Senate Candidates to Stop Using News Clips in Campaign Spots

wave Rep SenateIt’s election time, when candidates pay to run spots either bashing their opponents or making themselves look good.

Here in New York City, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is using clips from WABC and WCBS along with some national news outlets to show he’s tough on crime.

Bill Shory, news director for Louisville, Ky. NBC affiliate WAVE, said the use of his station’s reports in campaign ads have led his viewers to believe WAVE is endorsing one candidate over another.

In an open letter on the station’s website, Shory said he’s had enough and has presented a two step plan to deal with the issue.

Shory said he’s gotten complaints about ads from the Senate candidates Mitch McConnell and Alison Grimes. He said he sent the two letters, (click on their names to read the letters) asking them to stop using clips from WAVE in their campaign ads. He then said WAVE would let the viewers know what’s going on by “presenting ‘all facts, statements, and coverage truthfully and in the proper context.” Read more

Meredith’s Local Media Group Revenue Up 39% to $125 Million in Fiscal First Quarter

meredith_1Meredith Corp.’s Local Media Group has reason to celebrate. According to a new report, the company’s 15 local television stations generated $125 million in total revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, which is up 39% from the same period a year ago.

The uptick was fueled in part by political advertising, digital ads and the company’s recent acquisition of KMOV in St. Louis and KTVK in Phoenix.

Here’s a more detailed look at the Local Media Group’s first quarter performance, compared to last year:

  • Total advertising revenues increased 43 percent to $93 million, a first quarter record
  • Political advertising revenues were $13 million
  • Non-political advertising revenues grew 24 percent to $80 million, benefiting from the recent acquisitions and strong digital advertising revenue performance
  • Other revenues and operating expenses both increased, due primarily to growth in retransmission revenues from cable and satellite television operators and higher programming fees paid to affiliated networks

Meredith Local Media Group president Paul Karpowicz was certainly happy with the results. “This was our first full quarter operating both KTVK in Phoenix and KMOV in St. Louis, and they are great additions to the Meredith portfolio,” He said. “We were also very pleased to see political advertising strengthen as the quarter progressed.”

You can view the full report, with details on Meredith’s National Media Group and more, here.

Nexstar to Buy KASW in Phoenix for $68 Million

nexstar logoNexstar Broadcasting says it’s buying Phoenix CW affiliate KASW from Meredith Corporation and SagamoreHill of Phoenix for $68 million plus working capital.

Nexstar Broadcasting Group president and CEO, Perry Sook said in a statement, “[T]he transaction offers Nexstar entrée to the Arizona and Phoenix markets which represent a natural complement to our existing operations in the Southwestern region of the United States.”

RELATED: Sook tells MediabistroTV local stations are “basically the newspaper of record.”

Sook also said Nexstar plans to have KASW increase its focus on local programming and the community.

Meredith and SagamoreHill bought KASW from Gannett and Sander Media as part of its Belo purchase. “As part of Federal Communications Commission approval, Meredith and SagamoreHill voluntarily agreed to divest KASW to an independent buyer within 90 days of its June 19, 2014 closing.”

The buy is subject to FCC approval.

Reporter Shannon Kettler Departs WCPO for PR Job at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

kettler3_1375895354586_696860_ver1.0_640_480Shannon Kettler has left Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO, announcing via Twitter that she’s taken a public relations job at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Kettler joined WCPO in 2001 after working at WGBA in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Kettler graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.

WTVJ Adds Weekend Sports Anchor

Stefano Fusaro is joining Miami NBC owned station WTVJ as weekend sports anchor.

In a statement, Migdalia Figueroa, WTVJ VP of News said, “His energy and commitment to covering our local sports teams will really resonate with our viewers.”

Fusaro was the sports director at Houston Univision station KXLN.

On the Move, 10/22/14

Susanne LaFrankie named Chief White House Correspondent for EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network. She has worked as a reporter at WPVI in Philadelphia.

Natasha Williams signs on as Investigative reporter and fill-in anchor at WKEF-WRGT in Dayton. Ohio. Williams had been freelancing at the ABC and Fox affiliate since May.

Nia Wong joins KEYT in Santa Barbara, California. Wong comes from KVAL in Eugene, Oregon where she was an anchor and reporter.

Meteorologist Lisha Scott has moved to weekend mornings at WVEC in the Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News market. She comes from WECT in Wilmington, N.C.

Darryl Hood has joined WAKA in Montgomery, Ala. as primary anchor. He last worked as an anchor at WACH in Columbia, S.C.

Hood and Scott are represented by Steve Swienckowski at DCA Talent.

LaFrankie, Williams, and Wong are represented by David Brunner of DB & Associates.

To report a move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move

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