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Andrew Gauthier

Editor’s Note: A New Era at TVSpy

Today is my last day as editor of the TV news industry’s longest running blog. I’m leaving to join BuzzFeed, where I’ll oversee video production for their expanding empire. Merrill Knox, an editor here for the past year and a half who has a deep knowledge of the TV business, is taking the reins.

Since Merrill joined the TVSpy team, traffic for the site has doubled and the amount of raw reporting has increased significantly. Joining Merrill in covering local TV news at Mediabistro will be the team at Lost Remote, the influential social TV blog acquired by our parent company earlier this week.

When I first began working at TVSpy, the local TV business was reeling from a prolonged recession and the future looked bleak. Now, with staffing at local stations way up, there is a new energy coursing through the industry. And you can be certain that TVSpy, as it has done for decades, will be there to cover all of the future developments.

VIDEO: WNBC Reporter, Photographer Attacked While Investigating Jewelry Store Corruption

WNBC reporter Brian Thompson and a photographer were attacked this week outside of a New Jersey jewelry store as they attempted to speak with someone about the state’s recent investigation into jewelry merchant corruption (video above).

“Don’t know yet if we’ll file assault charges,” Thompson said in a recent tweet. “But I kept the mike!”

Obama Buys Up Tampa TV Time During Republican National Convention

President Obama‘s team plans to blanket the Tampa airwaves with ads during the last week of August while the Republican party holds their national convention in the area.

Obama for America has bought up more than $181,000 in ad time from Tampa stations for the week of the convention, Politico reports.  Obama’s campaign team spent $73,720 for 49 spots on Tampa CBS-affiliate WTSP, $54,500 for 75 spots on ABC-affiliate WFTS, and $53,750 for 42 spots on NBC-affiliate WFLA.

The Republican National Convention will be held August 27-30 in Tampa.  Recent poll numbers show Obama with a slight edge in Florida.

Veteran Reporter Leaving WXYZ After 29 Years

Longtime WXYZ reporter Mary Conway is leaving the Detroit ABC-affiliate after 29 years. Conway, who has made her mark covering the auto industry over the past three decades, announced today that she is leaving WXYZ and moving to Colorado in order to be closer to family, including her new grandchildren.

“It’s been a remarkable ride, but it’s time for me to shift gears,” Conway said. “It’s an exciting time for me, but I’m going to miss the people who have been kind enough to invite me into their homes every night. They’ve really watched me grow up on the air here at 7 over the past thirty years.” Read more

FBN’s Melissa Francis on Going From Small Market Minimum Wage to Having Her Own Cable Show

Fox Business anchor Melissa Francis went from making minimum wage at a small market in Maine to become a force in financial news. In the second part of mediabistroTV‘s three-part interview with Francis, the veteran journalist talks about the sacrifices she made to get to where she is today (video above).

News Director Resigns Over Facebook Controversy

KQDS news director Jason Vincent, who came under fire last week after referring to a Native American man as an animal on his personal Facebook page, has resigned from his post at the Fox-affiliate in Duluth, MN.

“KQDS FOX 21 TV accepted the resignation of Jason Vincent, News Director,” KQDS general manager Jackie Bruenjes said in a statement Monday.  “Jason has elected to take a new job assignment. We wish Jason the best.”

In a statement issued on Friday, Bruenjes emphasized that Vincent was “on personal time” when he wrote the controversial Facebook post and said that she expected him to return to work on Monday. Read more

Nexstar Broadcasting Boasts Record Second Quarter

Nexstar Broadcasting is celebrating record financial results for the second quarter.  The company, which owns, operates, and/or services 55 stations in 32 markets, today announced net revenue of $88.9 million for the period, a 17.7% increase over last year’s second quarter.

“Nexstar achieved record second quarter net revenue based on the strength of our core television operations and rising contributions from our retransmission and e-Media revenue streams,” Perry Sook, the company’s president and CEO, said in a statement. Read more

Lost Remote Joining Mediabistro Team

WebMediaBrands, the parent company of Mediabistro and TVSpy, has acquired the popular social TV blog Lost Remote.

Cory Bergman, who founded Lost Remote 13 years ago, will continue to play an active role in the site, as will longtime contributor Natan Edelsburg.

“This is an exciting new chapter for Lost Remote,” Bergman said. “Few people had heard of social TV two years ago, but today it’s driving more innovation in television than we’ve seen in the last decade. WebMediaBrands will leverage its network, resources, and expertise to help take Lost Remote to the next level at an incredible time in the business.”  Read more at Lost Remote

WHDH Meteorologist Joining NBC’s ‘Today’

Dylan Dreyer, currently the morning and noon meteorologist at WHDH, is leaving the Boston NBC-affiliate to join NBC’s “Today,” where she’ll work as the weekend weather anchor.

A formal announcement has not yet been made but Dreyer, who has been with WHDH since 2007, confirmed in a recent tweet that she is leaving at the end of her contract for “a new opportunity.”

“Today” has been without a regular weekend weathercaster since WNBC chief meteorologist Janice Huff bid farewell to the show in April. Read more

Longtime WWL Sports Director Signs On with Crosstown Rival WVUE

Jim Henderson, the longtime radio voice of the New Orleans Saints who retired from his sports director post at WWL earler this year after 34 years with the CBS-affiliate, has signed on with Fox-affiliate WVUE as a football analyst.

Henderson signed off from WWL in January, planning to continue as the Saints play-by-play announcer on WWL-AM. Now, his semi-retirement will include regular appearances on WVUE during the NFL season.

“I’m excited about the new challenge,” Henderson said. “I leave a lot of good friends behind but I get reunited with a lot of good friends as well. There are an awful lot of people at Channel 8 that I know and have respected and known for a number of years.” Read more

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