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One SF Bay Area Reporter Beaten, Another Robbed in Two Separate Incidents

Oakland_Bay_Bridge_Western_PartSFGate reports, KRON reporter Jackie Sissel was robbed this morning while sitting in his news van working on a story.

Two men with bandannas hiding their faces got out of a car, opened the van doors and put a gun to Sissel’s head while ordering him to get in the back, police said.

The assailants stole a laptop computer, a wallet and a camera tripod before fleeing in their car. No arrests have been made.

Sunday, SF media blogger Rich Lieberman first reported, KTVU reporter Cara Liu was beaten up by a female assailant in Oakland.

KTVU news director Lee Rosenthal told TVSpy Liu is OK. “She was conducting an interview with someone when another person, not a part of the interview, suddenly leaped in and struck Cara several times in the head,” he added. Rosenthal said the suspect is in police custody.

TVSpy has asked Media General for comment about the KRON robbery. We will update when we hear back.

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ABC Anchor David Muir Comes Back to WCVB

Before ascending to the the big chair at ABC World News Tonight, David Muir was a local anchor and reporter.

WCVB, one of the stations he worked for before going to ABC, brought him back to help promote the Boston ABC affiliate. Muir started at WCVB in 2000 and worked there until joining ABC News in 2003.

Last week, mediabistroTV sat down with Muir to ask about his first big break (look for it in the coming weeks). During the interview, he revealed his passion for reporting in the field and told us about a story that will air tonight on his show. Muir called them the “Lost Generation,” kids in Syria who have been forced to trade working in the classroom for working in the fields.

Marissa Hollowed Joining KMIZ as Evening Anchor

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After three years at NBC affiliate WPSD, morning anchor/reporter Marissa Hollowed is leaving the Paducah, KY, station for an an evening anchor position at ABC affiliate KMIZ in Columbia, MO.

“I’m excited about the new opportunity, but I will miss Paducah and the Local 6 community very much,” Hollowed wrote on Facebook. “Thank you for having your first cup of coffee with me every morning. It was an honor to bring you the news.”

Her final on-air appearance at WPSD was last Thursday.

Tedd Florendo Returns to Las Vegas

florendoMeteorologist Tedd Florendo has returned to Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS.

“We are very excited about Tedd rejoining the 8 News Now team,” Ron Comings, KLAS news director said in a statement. “He has developed close relationships with our community, our news team and with our viewing audience, which prompted his return.”

Florendo left the station in 2013 to work at WCAU in Philadelphia. He comes back to KLAS as the weekday evening meteorologist, replacing Darren Miller who, the station said, is leaving to “pursue other opportunities.”

Knoxville Meteorologist Leaves WBIR for Weather Nation

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 10.06.45 AMMike Witcher, meteorologist at Knoxville NBC station WBIR, said farewell to viewers after ten years on Friday. Witcher’s headed to Denver and Weather Nation.

Witcher’s and his wife are both from Colorado, and the move will bring them–and their young son–close to family.

Witcher announced the move on Twitter:

 

WBIR’s sendoff included station staff giving Witcher an on-camera farewell.

Brad Johansen Named WKRC News Anchor

Brad JohansenWKRC has announced, starting next Monday, sports director Brad Johansen will anchor the Cincinnati CBS affiliate’s 4:00 p.m. newscast.

“Brad has always been an incredible storyteller,” WKRC news director Kirk Varner said in a statement. “He’s able to handle complex situations easily and his work as sports director here has only helped to enhance those abilities.”

Johansen started at WKRC as a reporter in 1992 and was named sports director four years later.

KTHV Mascot, Joey The Garden Cat Dies

joey_TGC RIPJoey The Garden Cat, KTHV‘s morning mascot died on Friday.

“We’re sad to share that the THV11 family is mourning the loss of our beloved Joey the Garden Cat,” The Little Rock, Ark. CBS affiliate announced on Joey’s facebook page. “You may recall Joey’s health issues through the years. There’s no doubt that Joey has always shown he’s a special cat, even in dealing with so much adversity. Thank you to everyone who has loved Joey as much as we do.”

Last month, we wrote about Joey’s large facebook following.

The THV11 family would like to our extend our gratitude to each and every one of you for all your kind words and thoughts about his passing. From the beginning, when he showed up in our Weather Garden, he stole our hearts and many of yours. He will always be remembered, and his spirit will continue to be a big part of the THV11 family and beyond. Thank you again for all your kindness.

A KTHV employee put together a video tribute. You can watch it after the jump. Read more

Nearing 25 Years Together, WPXI Co-Anchors ‘Defy the Odds’

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WPXI anchor David Johnson knows the business well. Anchors, like news directors, can’t count on anything. “You can be good, and they’ll get rid of you. You can be bad, and they’ll get rid of you,” he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

And yet, for nearly 25 years, Johnson has been a fixture on the desk at the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate, alongside Peggy Finnegan:

But despite the odds, Johnson and Finnegan — who are closing in on 25 years together in January — are already the longest-running local news-anchor team in Pittsburgh television history and one of the longest in the nation.

Twenty-five years for a single anchor is extraordinary, says Robert Thompson, professor of media and culture at Syracuse University.

“For a team to stay together for 25 years is almost unheard of,” Thompson says. “You’re talking about two different people who have to be incredibly stable in a field that is unstable. Those in TV news tend to move around all over the place, to bigger markets or for personal reasons, or new management shakes things up and they’re fired.”

53 Raycom Stations Go Dark on DirecTV

raycom_logoRaycom announced Monday its 53 stations, including WBRC in Birmingham, WBTV in Charlotte, WVUE in New Orleans and WOIO in Cleveland, had been dropped on DirecTV:

For three months Raycom Media has been working with DirecTV to resolve this issue, so that DirecTV may continue to lawfully provide local news, weather sports and network programming to our viewers.

Because we have been unable to reach an agreement with DirecTV, Raycom Media stations are no longer available to DirecTV customers after August 31st, 2014.

According to Raycom Media President and CEO Paul McTear, “This is frustrating for DirecTV customers who rely on Raycom stations for information and entertainment. We share their frustration and are committed to doing everything we can to resolve this issue and have been for the last 12 weeks of discussions.”

DirecTV, meanwhile, has promised to provide NFL games to Raycom customers during the blackout:

Raycom Media is denying DIRECTV customers and some of its own most loyal viewers access to its local broadcast stations unless they pay more than double just to receive the same broadcast shows that remain available over the air for free. We will always work to protect our customers and prevent them from enduring any unnecessary interruptions, no matter how brief. We appreciate their patience since it has a direct impact on their bill. Despite Raycom’s unnecessary blackout, NFL and college football fans can see all of the first few week’s action uninterrupted, and the majority of ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC series won’t premiere for several more weeks.

WWSB’s Linda Carson Marks 50 Years in TV News

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 8.59.43 AMIn a business marked by never-ending change, Linda Carson has endured. The reporter for Sarasota ABC station WWSB hit a milestone on Labor Day, marking fifty years in local news.

“She was among the first women to break into what was then a male-dominated business,” WWSB’s Scott Dennis writes. “Little did she know she was blazing a trail into TV news that other women would follow.”

From her start doing weather in Atlanta in 1964, to semi-retirement in Sarasota, she’s kept on going, with no plans to stop:

Linda’s early bosses told her she wouldn’t work past the age of 30 in television news. Well, she proved them wrong and then some. She continues to inspire us all with her tireless work ethic, her dedication and her astonishing positive attitude.

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