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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

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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.

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KTRK Reporter Rescues Armadillo from Texas Flood Waters

Puppies in storm drains? Not in Texas. The big story in the Houston area today is flooding, and Jessica Holloway, a reporter at Houston ABC owned station KTRK, was out in it when she came to the rescue of an armadillo that had gotten trapped in rising waters.

As the station describes the rescue on the KTRK website:

(She) spotted the critter struggling to stay afloat in about two feet of water. She then came to the animal’s rescue, using her umbrella to help steer the armadillo toward dry land.

Other people standing along the road assisted as the animal got closer to shore and helped steer it away from the rising water.

Seattle’s KING Reportedly Set to Move Headquarters

KING logoThe Seattle Times reports Seattle NBC affiliate KING is “close to signing a long-term lease” to move the station’s headquarters to a new building near Safeco Field:

The television station is expected to occupy about 70,000 square feet on the first, second and third floors of Home Plate Center’s 158,000-square-foot North building, said Flinn Ferguson broker Brian Hayden, who’s not involved in the negotiations.

KING 5 envisions a studio on the first floor so passers-by could peek at its live broadcasts on game days, similar to how “Today” televises its shows in New York, Hayden said.

The newspaper says a final decision by station owner Gannett could come within the next month, with a move slated for 2015.

WGN’s Robert Jordan Named ‘Journalist in Residence’ at University of Chicago

Robert-JordanRobert Jordan, the veteran news anchor and reporter at Chicago CW affilate WGN, has been named the first journalist-in-residence at the University of Chicago’s Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media program, reports Chicago media reporter Robert Feder:

While continuing his full-time anchoring and reporting duties for the Tribune Media station, Jordan will spend much of the fall quarter on campus, where he’ll conduct a series of workshops, lead panels with other Chicago producers, editors and news directors, and meet with students who hope to pursue journalism and media careers. He also plans to work with staffers on the Chicago Maroon, the university’s student newspaper.

TV Jobs: KTXS, WHYY, WTVG

This week, KTXS is hiring an account executive, while WHYY needs a social media strategist. Meanwhile, WTVG is seeking a news producer, and KWQC is still on the hunt for a morning meteorologist. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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KFOR Meteorologist Apologizes for Comments About Muslims

Mike Morgan, KFOR meteorologist Mike Morgan apologized on-air for what he said was a comment that was, “a little insensitive.”

During its 6:00 p.m. show, the Oklahoma City NBC affiliate aired a report about Oklahoma City Muslims getting death threats and being afraid for their lives after Oklahoma state representative John Bennett (R) made comments against Islam. The story showed Muslims bowing in prayer. After the story, Morgan, who was on set with anchors Kevin Ogle and Meg Alexander said, “I’ll tell you how warped I am, I thought they were getting in the tornado safe position, because that’s just what I think about all the time.”

“Earlier today after that story I made a kind of off the cuff remark and some folks didn’t take that very well,” Morgan said during last night’s 10:00 p.m. newscast. “I did not mean to offend anybody with the remarks I made so we’ll kind of clear the air on that. A little insensitive perhaps…it was perceived. So I want to be very clear that I didn’t mean any ill will in that regard, whatsoever.”

>UPDATE: KFOR news director Carlton Houston told TVSpy, Morgan also apologized “directly to each viewer” who emailed about the comment. Houston added, “Last night, I reached out to the Executive Director of our local Council On American-Islamic Relations. It was a positive conversation and I made it clear that as a station, we are committed to covering these important stories with objectivity and sensitivity.

Bennett said Christians need to be wary of Muslims, because “The Quran clearly states that non-Muslims should be killed.”

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ABC Announces Affiliate in Puerto Rico

ABC LOGOThe ABC Television Network announced today it reached an agreement with Telecinco owned station WORA to be the new ABC affiliate in Puerto Rico.

ABC said its the first time the unincorporated US territory will see ABC programming broadcast on a full-power station. The press release announcing the move promised, “Viewers in Puerto Rico will be able to enjoy all of the ABC shows, sports, and news in full high definition.”

“Our goal is to position ABC as a leading network in this market, capturing the audience share it enjoys in other major US television markets,” Jose Vizcarrondo, president of Telecinco, Inc said. “ABC has a loyal following in Puerto Rico, and we will grow with wider distribution, high-quality HD network programming, relevant local content and an active presence in the community.”

WGN Celebrates ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ Just Like it Always Does

We turn our spyglass this morning to Chicago CW affiliate WGN. Every year the Tribune owned station celebrates September 19 with a visit from Long John Johnny Johnson. For those landlubbers among us, September 19 is also known as “International Talk Like a Pirate Day.”

This morning’s pun filled segment featured, who we’ve been told is, morning producer Jeff Hoover doing his best pirate schtick. After a nod to Chicago media writer Robert Feder, Hoover left because, as he said, “There’s a big sale at the farmer’s market. All the corn is a buck an ear.”

In case you want to see how far the bit has come, click here to see Hoover in 2012.

Portland Station Shows Viewers the Work Behind the Newscast

Portland, Maine’s WMTW showed viewers what happens behind the scenes at the ABC affiliate.

In a “Day in the Life“, the station said it takes 140 man hours to put together a 90 minute newscast.

“Things always go wrong live. It’s a matter of making things go smooth enough so if you’re sitting at home you have no idea that something massive has gone on behind the scenes, whether it’s we lose a live shot or an anchor turned to the wrong camera,” said 6:00 p.m. producer Alyssa Elias.

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