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Scott Nichols Named News Director of Bonten Media Group’s North Carolina Stations

Bonten Media Group has named Scott Nichols news director of its Eastern North Carolina news operations, which encompass WCTI, the ABC-affiliate in New Bern, and Fox-affiliates WFXI in Morehead City and WYDO in Greenville.

“I am excited to add a person of Scott Nichols journalistic character to lead the WCTI-TV and the Fox Eastern Carolina news operation,” said Lyle Schulze, vice president and general manager of Bonten Media Group’s Eastern North Carolina stations. Read more

VIDEO: Reporter Gets Caught in Background of Weathercast

KFOR meteorologist David Payne was forecasting the weather during the Oklahoma City NBC-affiliate’s morning newscast when reporter Chellie Mills got caught in the background (video above).  Mills was apparently preparing for a live shot.

Former WPIX News Director Loses Age Bias Lawsuit

Former WPIX news director Karen Scott, who was fired in 2009 at the age of 60, lost her age discrimination lawsuit against the Tribune-owned station as a Manhattan federal jury ruled against her on Wednesday.

WPIX has contended that Scott was fired because of declining ratings.

In 2010, Scott filed a $4.5 million lawsuit against WPIX, claiming that the station fired or reduced the roles of older staffers, including reporter Marvin Scott and anchor Kaity Tong.

Tong, 65, who currently works as a weekend anchor at the station, took the stand in the case, telling the jury that she was “blindsided” when WPIX “dramatically” cut her salary in 2009. Read more

F-Bomb Meteorologist Returning to Work After Outpouring of Support From Viewers

WSAV chief meteorologist Kris Allred is set to return to work next Monday, a week after she was heard saying the f-word during the Savannah NBC-affiliate’s 5 p.m. newscast.

Soon after the incident, Allred posted a message on WSAV’s Facebook page apologizing for “having used such offensive language,” and viewers quickly responded with messages of support.

Now it appears that Allred’s swift apology and the show of support from viewers were enough to convince WSAV to let the veteran meteorologist back on the air. Read more

WKRC Chief Meteorologist Taking Leave of Absence to ‘Handle Some Personal Matters’

WKRC chief meteorologist Tim Hedrick, who has been with the Cincinnati CBS-affiliate for the past 24 years, is taking a six-week leave of absence from the station.

In a statement, WKRC vice president and general manager Les Vann explained that Hedrick was taking leave “to handle some personal matters.”

Vann also assured viewers that Hedrick “is feeling fine and will return in late September to his regular schedule and duties as chief meteorologist.” Read more

‘Head Advisory’ in KGAN Forecast

During a recent weather update from meteorologist Justin Roberts, KGAN alerted viewers about a “Head Advisory” in the Cedar Rapids area (image above). [Via NewscastStudio]

VIDEO: Zach Galifianakis Does the Weather at KYW

Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell stopped by Philadelphia’s KYW this week to promote their upcoming movie, “The Candidate.” Aided by meteorologist Katie Fehlinger, Galifianakis tried his hand at doing the weather during the CBS O&O’s noon show (video above).

NBC-Affiliate’s Web Producer Calls Viewers ‘Whiners’ For Complaining About Olympic Spoilers

NBC’s decision to air marquee Olympic events on tape delay has put the network’s primetime coverage at odds with the instant information culture of the internet, forcing viewers to shield their eyes as they scroll through news sites to avoid potential spoilers.

KHQ, the NBC-affiliate in Spokane, had to deal with viewer backlash this week after the station posted the headline “US Women WIN Gymnastics Gold!” on its Facebook page Tuesday morning, hours before NBC was set to air the competition.

KHQ web producer Jared Frank responded to criticism from viewers by calling them “whiners.” Read more

AP Launches Video Portal for Local Stations

The Associated Press announced today the launch of a new web-based video library catered to local TV broadcasters.

AP Video-US will feature stories from the U.S. and around the world with all of the elements (b-roll, nat sound, soundbites, and a suggested script) necessary to produce a segment for TV or the web.

“AP Video-US was developed in response to local broadcasters’ need for footage that can be downloaded quickly, edited easily, and then adapted for on-air and digital use,” the AP said, announcing the launch. Read more

WTVJ Debuts Brand-New Set, Graphics Package

WTVJ debuted a brand-new set and graphics package this week that brings the station’s look more in line with other NBC properties (video above).

The new set, which pairs shiny surfaces and right angles with plenty of blue, is the work of Clickspring Design, the firm responsible for the set design of NBC shows like “Nightly News” and “Meet the Press,” and a handful of NBC O&Os, including WNBC in New York. NBC ArtWorks did the graphics package.

As part of the makeover, the Miami station is now calling itself “NBC 6 South Florida.” [h/t SFLTV]

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