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WYFF Viewers Asked to ‘Like for Prayers’ on Facebook Report About Deadly Car Crash

Greenville, SC NBC affiliate WYFF might be guilty of using someone else’s tragedy for its own social media gain, while couching it in a religious message.

WYFF reports, a teen died and four others were injured in the crash at a local gas station.

Reaction amongst viewers seemed split. “Seriously now we are ‘liking’ for prayers!!!! News 4 is ridiculous,” commented one viewer. While another said, “what’s wrong with praying…..from the looks of it they could use the prayers. Thanks channel 4.”

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‘We’re Basically the Newspaper of Record,’ Nexstar CEO Talks About Local TV

Nexstar CEO, chairman and president Perry Sook was one of 12 industry leaders to be inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Monday night at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

MediabistroTV caught up with Sook to ask about Nexstar’s next move and his views about the state of local TV.

“With the decline of newspaper and circulation and also the decline of days of publication, we’re basically the newspaper of record,” said Sook. “I think the services we provide to markets like Burlington, Vt. and Rochester, N.Y. and Salt Lake City, Utah are absolutely essential and hard to duplicate anywhere else.”

Madison MMJ Leaving TV

Max+Hess200Max Hess, multi-media journalist for Madison, Wisc. NBC affiliate WMTV, has announced he is leaving the business after less than a year on-air.

“It’s the breaking news look! But tonight, I have some news of my very own,” Hess wrote on his WMTV facebook page. “Working at NBC15 has been a great honor, but it is with mixed emotions that my last day will be Monday, November 3rd.”

He also tweeted out a still from his personal facebook page, “I am extremely excited to say that I’ll be joining the EPIC Creative team in West Bend as a PR Account Executive on December 1, 2014. On top of it all, I’ll be moving back to my beloved Milwaukee.”

Hess started at WMTV in January 2014. His first local TV job was at WTMJ in Milwaukee as an assignment desk editor.

Amanda Grace Named Anchor at KING

Amanda Grace has joined Seattle NBC affiliate KING as an anchor. New England One reports that Grace will anchor the 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. news starting tomorrow.

Grace most recently worked at NBC affiliate WHDH in Boston. She started at the station in 2008 as a general assignment reporter and later worked her way up to anchor. Check out Grace showing off her new KING gear in the Tweet below.

Jessica Holley Joins KWTV

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Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV has a new addition to their team: multimedia journalist Jessica Holley. According to the station’s website, Holley previously worked as a multimedia journalist at KZTV in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Holley’s new job is something of a homecoming, as she interned at KWTV back in 2010. Holley wrote about her new gig on Facebook earlier this month:

I have some bittersweet news to share this morning. Tomorrow marks my last day with KZTV Action 10 News. A week from today I start my new adventure in Oklahoma City reporting for the CBS affiliate. I’ve had the pleasure of sharing your many of your stories in my nearly two years I’ve spent here in Corpus Christi.

WXIX Hires Kara Sewell as Morning Anchor

635494858269400008-Kara-Sewell-headshot-10.21.14Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX has hired a replacement for morning anchor Jacki Jing, who was ousted by the station in August. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Wichita anchor Kara Sewell will join co-anchor Rob Williams starting December 8:

Sewell will move to Cincinnati after November sweeps to work with Williams, meteorologist Frank Marzullo and traffic reporter Denise Johnson.

“She gelled instantly with Rob, Frank and Denise. We think she will be a tremendous addition to the Cincinnati morning landscape,” said Bill Lanesey, vice president and general manager, in the station’s announcement.

Her KWCH-TV bio says she “even tried her hand at doing the weather and appeared on a reality show” before going to Wichita in 2008.

Jennifer Bisram Joins Detroit’s WXYZ

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Jennifer Bisram has joined Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, making her first appearances as a reporter on the station’s early morning newscasts today.

Bisram, who has reported at WSVN in Miami and WOFL in Orlando, announced her somewhat less tropical home via Instagram. “From FOX’s 7News in Miami to ABC’S 7 Action News in Detroit! First set of liveshots in the new city in the can,” she wrote.

Before Florida, Bisram reported on Long Island and in Connecticut, so we assume she owns a winter coat.

WFAA’s Byron Harris: ‘Since TV Years Are Like Dog Years, I’ve Actually Been Here 280 Years’

At Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA, investigative reporter Byron Harris is simply called a “titan.” He’s broken the big stories, won the big awards, and on Monday, he marked forty years on the job–though he admits it may seem like he’s been there even longer. “Since TV years are like dog years, I’ve actually been here 280 years!”

The station celebrated his anniversary with a look back at Harris’ reporting:

On Monday, WFAA executives — along with reporters, photographers and producers — gathered in the newsroom to celebrate Harris and his career.

“This is the guy, literally, who invented investigative reporting in this industry,” said investigative reporter and longtime colleague Brett Shipp. “And he’s still here, and he’s still passionate.”

Carolyn Mungo, WFAA’s executive news director, praised the veteran’s enthusiasm for reporting the news.

“He runs into my office, ‘I’ve got a great story!’” she said, recalling one of their first meetings after she joined WFAA in 2012. “I said, ‘Wow. I need 40 people just like Byron Harris.’”

Sylvia Rincon Leaving KABB to Work at Local School District

Rincon_KABBKABB anchor and reporter Sylvia Rincon is leaving the San Antonio FOX affiliate.

Rincon told TVSpy she is leaving to work as director of communications at a local school district and added, “It’s  a great opportunity that I could not pass up.”

The San Antonio Express-News reports Rincon is the sixth anchor or reporter to leave the station since May.

In the last five months, five well-known news names have departed the local Fox affiliate. The biggest shocker was the sudden exit last month by chief anchorman Michael Valdes, who was a 20-year KABB veteran.

Now, No. 6 is on her way out the door, and I’m hearing rumblings of others who may follow suit.

KABB news director Blaise Labbe confirmed Rincon’s exit with TVSpy and told us the station has seen many staff leave because of “new job opportunities or personal reasons.”

KOMO Congratulates Wrong Player

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Sunday night, Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO attempted to congratulate Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning for breaking the all-time record for touchdown passes in the NFL.

FTVLive reports that instead of including a picture of Manning with the story, the station’s graphic department apparently got confused and put up a picture of NBA superstar Gary Payton instead.

Check out Payton having a good laugh about it on his Instagram below. Read more

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