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KWWL Names Bloomberg TV Reporter as Morning Anchor

jennings kwwl_croppedKWWL, the Waterloo, IA, NBC affiliate, has announced Teal Jennings as co-anchor for Today in Iowa.

“Teal is a great addition to KWWL,” news director Dan Schillinger said in a statement. “She’s a skilled journalist, has the right personality for morning and noon news. Being from the area gives her extra insight in to what our viewers want to see in the morning.”

Jennings comes to KWWL from Bloomberg Television in Chicago where she was an anchor and reporter. She has also worked for KGAN in Cedar Rapids, IA.

She will join Jason Carter and Eileen Loan on the morning show starting April 30 and will also anchor the station’s Noon news.

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Chicago College Student is Talented, Hungry and Already Has an Anchor Job


You might want to look over your shouder. Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports it may only be a matter of time before Giacomo Luca comes for your job.

Luca is a student at Roosevelt University and in his spare time he’s the weekend news anchor for Lima, OH, NBC affiliate WLIO. Luca commutes four hours each way to anchor and produce the 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news on Saturday and Sunday.

“Journalism isn’t a career, it’s a lifestyle,” Luca declares on his bio. “I’ve decided to dedicate my life to seeking truth and reporting it.”

The Cincinnati native most recently held a morning news internship at Tribune Broadcasting WGN-Channel 9, where his mentor was news anchor Larry Potash. “Giacomo has a passion for broadcast journalism that, in my experience, most interns don’t have,” Potash said in a statement. “Because of his knowledge of technology and his work ethic, I gave him the freedom to coordinate segments and stories. He gained valuable experience in writing and producing that many interns miss.” Read more

Supreme Court ‘Conflicted’ Over Aereo Case

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter hearing oral arguments from both sides this morning, the Supreme Court justices “appeared unsure” how to rule in the Aereo case, Reuters reports:

The nine justices gave little sign of support for Aereo during the one-hour oral argument, but the bigger concern appeared to be the possible broader implications of a ruling against the company.

Several justices appeared troubled about a ruling that would deal a blow to increasingly popular cloud computing services in which personal files — including TV shows and music — are stored remotely on the Internet on servers from companies such as Google Inc, Microsoft Corp, DropBox Inc and Box Inc.

Justice Stephen Breyer told the networks’ attorney, Paul Clement, that his legal argument “makes me nervous about taking your preferred route.”

The issue of whether Aereo should be considered a cable company was also raised, according to Re/code: Read more

What Katie Couric Tells Journalists Who Want to Break in to TV News

Katie Couric‘s life in TV news has included stops at WRC in Washington and WTVJ in Miami. Her current transition from syndicated daytime talk show host to global news anchor for Yahoo News, is just another turning point for the journalist best known for her years as co-anchor of the “Today” show. In the newest episode of My First Big Break, Couric tells us that while timing and luck have been on her side, she has one man to thank for her big break:

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What Are Local Stations Covering?

Today we look at the Biloxi-Gulfport, MS, market. The interesting thing to note is that we could only track the ABC and FOX affiliates since the CBS and NBC affiliates are on digital subchannels.

TVSpy went with the chart anyway since we’re aware many smaller markets have a similar set up when it comes to broadcasting.

RTDNA Announces Winners of Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

murrows 2014The RTDNA has announced the winners of the regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, recognizing the best radio, television and online news organizations around the world. This year, the organization awarded 661 regional awards in 14 categories.

For the large markets, five stations — KARE in Minneapolis, WXIA in Atlanta, WCVB in Boston, WBMA in Birmingham and KING in Seattle — won six Murrows each. WBIR in Knoxville, KTVB in Boise and WISC in Madison led the way for the small markets, also winning six awards each.

Regional winners are automatically entered into competition for the national Edward R. Murrow Awards, which will be judged in May. A full list of the winners by region can be found on the RTDNA website.

WRC to Provide News, Weather to Washington D.C. Taxis

WRC taxisAs part of a partnership between the NBC Owned Stations and VeriFone Systems, WRC news and weather reports are now available in more than 1,400 taxis in Washington D.C.

“People in the Washington area already turn to NBC4 and our many platforms for the latest local news and weather,” Jackie Bradford, president and general manager of the NBC-owned station, said in a statement. “Now, they’ll have another option to get the most up-to-date information while they’re on the go.”

The taxis will also show clips of NBC primetime and late-night shows. Washington D.C. is the third market, following New York and Philadelphia, to launch local NBC news, weather and headlines in taxis.

Meteorologist Austin Caviness Leaving WXII

austin cavinessAustin Caviness is leaving WXII to become the pastor at Salem Fork Christian Church in Dobson, the Triad Business Journal reports. Caviness has been a meteorologist at the Winston-Salem NBC affiliate since 1997.

“All of us at WXII 12 hate to lose Austin, but we fully support his decision to go into the ministry. We thank Austin for his years of service to our viewers and wish him and his family the very best,” WXII president and general manger Hank Price said in a statement.

Caviness will officially sign off from WXII at the end of May.

KDFW to Add Ali Turiano as Weekend Meteorologist

turiano_outsizedAli Turiano is joining Dallas-Fort Worth FOX owned station KDFW as weekend meteorologist on May 28.

“I have always dreamed of being a part of the Dallas community and am looking forward to calling the “Big D” my home,” Turiano said in a statement. “North Texas’ varied climate and great community make this job a dream come true.”

Turiano recently announced she was leaving News 13 in Orlando after six years there. She has also worked at WENY in Elmira, NY , and WICU in Erie, PA.

Jennifer Hardy Named WAAY News Director

WAAY31Logo300dpibJennifer Hardy has been named news director for Huntsville, AL, ABC affiliate WAAY.

Hardy comes to WAAY from KOLO in Reno, NV, where she is news director.

“Jennifer is a high-energy, positive force that will guide our news efforts and re-invent what we do,” Dughi told staffers in an email. “She balances great journalism with great story-telling,  understands progressive production techniques and engaged newscasts, and marketing needs.  She gets digital and social.”

Hardy has also worked as assistant ND at KVVU in Las Vegas, KXLY in Spokane, WA, and KOKI in Tulsa, OK. She has also worked at WMC in Memphis, TN, KOLD in Tucson, AZ, and KRNV in Reno, NV, as EP.

According to Paul Dughi, VP and GM of WAAY, Hardy will start June 2nd.

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