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CBS Correspondent Whit Johnson Joining KNBC

Whit Johnson, who has been a CBS News correspondent based in D.C. since 2009, is set to join KNBC as an anchor and reporter.

Johnson will co-anchor the NBC O&O’s new hour-long noon newscast alongside Lucy Noland, in addition to reporting throughout the week for the station’s 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts.  His first day is scheduled for September 10th.

“Whit is a dynamic journalist with outstanding storytelling abilities,” said Todd Mokhtari, KNBC’s vice president of news.  “As we expand our noon newscast, Whit’s contribution to our team will further position us to more effectively cover our expansive market and provide in-depth coverage that matters to our community.” Read more

WXMI Fires Reporter For Failing to Disclose Ties to Atheist Group He Was Covering

WXMI has fired reporter and weekend anchor Jason Volentine after he failed to disclose his connection to an atheist group that he was covering.

In July, Volentine did a story for WXMI about the Freedom From Religion Foundation‘s campaign to have the image of a church removed from the city logo of Wyoming, MI.  MLive reports that the Grand Rapids Fox-affiliate dismissed Volentine when it learned that he had ties to the FFRF, a Wisconsin-based organization that fights for the separation of church and state. Read more

Fox-Affiliate Apologizes for News Director’s Facebook Post as Rival Stations Cover Protest Over His Remarks

As KQDS went into damage control mode following a controversial Facebook post from its news director, Jason Vincent, rival stations WDIO and KBJR sent camera crews to the Duluth Fox-affiliate to capture footage of a handful of protesters who had gathered outside of the station.

In a recent post on his personal Facebook page, Vincent wrote, “Add drunk, homeless, Native American man to the list of animals that have wandered into my yard.”

The remark drew the ire of local civil rights leaders and several people assembled outside of KQDS on Friday, calling for Vincent’s resignation. Read more

VIDEO: NBC-Affiliate’s Sports Director Blows Up at Bob Costas After Olympic Coverage Goes Long

WTLV sports director Dan Hicken, who has been covering sports for the Jacksonville NBC-affiliate since the 80s, delivered an angry on-air rant against Bob Costas and NBC during a recent newscast after the network’s Olympic coverage ran long and bumped the start of East Coast affiliates’ late newscasts well past midnight (video above).

“Bob, when it’s 12 o’clock, you say Goodnight,” Hicken yelled at the beginning of his sports update, which began at 12:31 a.m.  “You don’t care because you’re sleeping right now.”

Anchor Yvonne Nava Leaving NBC Connecticut

WVIT morning anchor Yvonne Nava is leaving the Connecticut NBC O&O for a job in Texas.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Nava is the mother of a young boy and she’s making the move to be closer to her family. Nava, who has been with WVIT since December 2007, is set to depart the station at the end of the month.

“For the past five years, Yvonne has jumped into the community,” WVIT general manager David Doebler told the Hartford Courant. “She has done a lot of good stuff on the air and in the community and the opportunity to go back with her child to be close to her family is understandable.” Read more

KFOR’s Melting Street Lamp Photo Goes Viral, Turns Out Summer Heat Wasn’t the Culprit

This week, Oklahoma City NBC-affiliate KFOR posted a photo sent in by a viewer on its Facebook page that showed a collection of street lamps that had been melted by extreme heat.  The image quickly went viral and the consensus was that record high temperatures in the area had melted the lamps.

It turns out, though, that the melting was actually caused by a recent dumpster fire that occurred underneath the lamps. Read more

News Director Under Fire For Facebook Post About ‘Drunk, Homeless Native American’

Jason Vincent, news director at KQDS, the Fox-affiliate in Duluth, MN, has come under fire after he posted a message on his personal Facebook page this week in which he referred to a Native American man as an animal.

“Add drunk, homeless, Native American man to the list of animals that have wandered into my yard,” Vincent wrote on his Facebook page, according to the Duluth News Tribune.  “Then he proceed[ed] to wave at me and give me the peace sign when he spotted me in the window.  Wow.”

Vincent eventually deleted the message but not before a screenshot of it began circulating online. Read more

Washington Post Co.’s TV Stations Show Strength as Company’s Other Divisions Struggle

While its newspaper and education divisions continue to struggle, The Washington Post Co. is celebrating the success of its broadcast television unit.

The company’s Post-Newsweek station group was the only Post division to record higher operating profit in the second quarter than last year.

The Post Co. today announced financial results for the second quarter of 2012 and revenue for the company’s television broadcasting division increased 13% in the period, to $95.6 million.  Revenue for the first six months of the year was also up 13%, $177.1 million. Read more

Gray Television Scores Revenue Record

Gray Television, which currently owns and operates stations in 30 markets, today announced record revenue for the second quarter of 2012.

Gray stations brought in $94.7 million in revenue during the second quarter–a 24% increase from the same period last year and the highest second quarter total ever for the company.  The record haul was driven by increases in political advertising, retrans revenue, and both local and national advertising.

The station group marked a 467% increase in political advertising for the second quarter, bringing in $13.1 million.  Internet advertising was up 31%, to $6.4 million, and local advertising notched a 1% increase, to $48.4 million. Read more

Wendy Williams: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” daytime talk show star Wendy Williams talks about landing her first job in radio and abstaining from sex while she struggled early on in her career.

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