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Arkansas Station Adds Yuna Lee as AM Anchor

lee khbsYuna Lee is joining KHBS-KHOG, the ABC affiliates for Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Ark. as morning co-anchor and reporter.

Starting October 30, Lee will join Ben Wagner and meteorologist Laura Huckabee for 40/29 Sunrise weekdays and also work as a reporter for the station.

“Yuna’s anchoring and field reporting experience is a perfect fit for our team”KHBS-KHOG news director Greg Shepperd said in a statement. “Her versatility will enhance 40/29 News’ commitment to thoroughly cover the entire market.”

Lee comes to the station from WHIO in Dayton, Ohio where she was an anchor and reporter for over 3 years. Before that, she worked at WHSV in Harrisonburg, Va. and WPBF in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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WXMI Names New Morning Anchor

falzone croppedGrand Rapids, Mich. FOX affiliate WXMI has named Deanna Falzone morning anchor.

The Grand Rapids Press reports, Falzone replaces Sarah Brodhead, who recently announced she was leaving the station.

Falzone, a native of Harper Woods in the Detroit area, said she’s looking forward to the new assignment beginning Thursday.

“I am very excited to join the morning team and am looking forward to the sunrises that will come with the early wake up call,” Falzone said. “The fun, energetic atmosphere the morning team has created is one-of-a-kind in West Michigan, and I look forward to continuing that tradition.”

FOX 17 News Director Brooks Blanton said Falzone, who joined the Tribune Company-owned TV station in March 2013, approaches stories with passion and professionalism. Read more

Sherrill Barber to Retire from WLOS

barber wlosSherrill Barber has announced he is retiring from WLOS.

“After 37 years of reporting for WLOS News 13, I am pleased to announce I will retire September 30th,” Barber wrote on his facebook page. “Pleased, because I am blessed to have spent an entire career at a job where every morning I woke up and said, “Oh boy!”

The Asheville, N.C. ABC affiliate wrote on its website, “We wish Sherrill and his family well, as they enjoy more time exploring the mountains, which he loves.”

As a young reporter, Sherrill covered the first ever Bele Chere festival in 1978 in Asheville. He has extensively followed the career of Montreat evangelist Billy Graham, traveling with Graham to crusades in Russia, Hong Kong, California, Florida, Texas and South Carolina. He has covered every major story in the mountains over the years, including flooding, the apple crop and elections. As a Polk County native, his knowledge of the area has been a tremendous asset to our news operation.

WFLD’s Alexa Helms Reportedly Pulled Off Anchor Desk After Three Months

Alexa-HelmsAnchor Alexa Helms has been moved off the anchor desk at Chicago Fox-owned station WFLD after just three months, reports media writer Robert Feder, citing station insiders.

Until a permanent replacement is named, Lisa Chavarria, Melody Mendez and Tisha Lewis will rotate filling in on Fox 32’s Saturday and Sunday newscasts alongside Larry Yellen.

It would be unconscionably cruel to recount the multitude of mistakes Helms made during her brief tenure as anchor. She clearly lacked the performance skills, journalistic experience or knowledge of current events to handle the job when Fox 32 news director Tom Doerr brought on the Dallas native and 2009 graduate of the University of Oklahoma.

Helms, a former intern at the station, arrived from Fox affiliate WSVN in Miami.

Robert Burton to Join WJLA

burton katvKATV weekend sports anchor Robert Burton said goodbye to viewers of the Little Rock, Ark. ABC affiliate Sunday night.

Burton is heading to WJLA in Washington, D.C.

Sports director Steve Sullivan wrote up a goodbye for Burton on the station’s website.

I’d be lying if I said that Bob got off to a great start at KATV.

Bob joined us in the middle of the 2011 football season.  His first big assignment was the Conway-Cabot football game.  This match-up between two tradition rich programs was supposed to be our main highlight game. If Bob had the final call, we wouldn’t have any highlights of that game on the news that night. Read more

WGAL’s Jere Gish Becomes ‘American Ninja News Anchor’

Picture 4Jere Gish, news anchor at Harrisburg NBC affiliate WGAL, is a fan of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” a competition that puts athletes through an intense obstacle course. Gish, eager to earn the title “American Ninja News Anchor,” teamed up with one of the show’s contestants to give the obstacle course a try.

Gish cleared the cliffhanger wall, the floating boards and the salmon ladder. Then, he met his match in the “warped wall”:

“You’re got to be fearless,” Chris said. “You have to lean back, which is terrifying, because it’s a 14-foot wall, you’re running up pretty high, you lean back, your steps are running with the wall, then at the end you’ve got to pop and really reach for the top.”

(Jere was able to make up it the 12-foot wall as a warmup, but came up short on the 14-foot wall, where he pulled a calf muscle.)

And that’s the way my day ended, with an injury. Time to head back to the safety of my couch.

Sheinelle Jones Joining ‘Weekend Today’

wtxf_jones bye_304As our sister site TVNewser reported, former WTXF anchor Sheinelle Jones has been named news anchor of NBC’s weekend Today Show starting October 4.

In a statement, NBC News President Deborah Turness described Jones as “an experienced journalist, a fantastic reporter and a dynamic interviewer who will bring so much to Weekend TODAY and the entire NBC News team.”

In March, Jones told viewers she was leaving Philadelphia FOX owned station WTXF to be with her kids. She started at WTXF in 2005 as a general assignment reporter. She has also worked at KOKI in Tulsa and WICS in Springfield, Illinois.

Allie Mac Kay Leaves KTLA

mac KayKTLA morning feature reporter Allie Mac Kay has left the Los Angeles CW affiliate.

She told viewers the news on her facebook page, “So….some news. I’ve left KTLA Morning News,” wrote Mc Kay. “If I made you smile along the way, then that made my 2:30 am wake up worth it. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart for allowing me be a little part of your morning routine these last 6 years.”

According to her station bio, Mac Kay has worked “all over the country–from Salt Lake City to Sacramento to New York City.”

Anchor Brian Heap Joins KCRA

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Anchor Brian Heap has joined Sacramento NBC affiliate KCRA as a weekend anchor and reporter. Heap, a California native, was introduced to viewers with a short on-set interview Friday.

Heap joins co-anchor Kathy Park on the weekend anchor desk.

Heap arrives from KWCH, the CBS affiliate in Wichita. He said farewell to viewers there earlier this month.

Broadcasters Warn Lawmakers Over Concerns About STAVRA

broadcastersThe Hill reports, representatives of ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates wrote to the Senate Commerce Committee to warn that despite the loss of “Local Choice” from the bill, STAVRA still has elements that “would undermine free access … to high quality national network and local broadcast television programming.”

In particular, the stations are concerned about changes made to the system for beaming broadcast channels onto people’s cable and satellite packages, known as “retransmission consent” agreements.

The bill, they wrote, “asserts unprecedented extension of [Federal Communications Commission] regulatory authority over private marketplace negotiations” and unfairly singles out broadcast companies for new limits. Read more

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