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WABG and WXVT to Appear in Reality Show ‘Breaking Greenville’

The American people are about to get an inside peek at the inner workings of two local stations in Mississippi. ABC affiliate WABG and CBS affiliate WXVT will be appearing in a new reality series called ‘Breaking Greenville’ airing on TruTV. The trailer promises plenty of light-hearted comedy and the synopsis reads like a made-for-TV movie:

When a spunky young reporter from Connecticut lands her first big job in a small-town news market, an unexpected shake-up occurs. BREAKING GREENVILLE follows a group of local anchors as they compete for the top spot in the game. The character-driven docu-soap will spotlight the playful — and at times cut-throat — rivalry between two local news stations and the dynamic newscasters who are determined to take their jobs seriously, even when some of the news they cover is less than serious.

I like Yahoo TV writer Mike Krumboltz‘s summary better:

Breaking Greenville may do for local news what The Office did for 9-5 life in the cubicle. But unlike the classic NBC comedy, TruTV’s Breaking Greenville is a real documentary about actual local news reporters doing things that would probably make Edward R. Morrow scream into the nearest throw pillow.

‘Breaking Greenville’ premieres in December on TruTV.

Yulieth Botello Promoted to Video Journalist at KTLM

telemundo1Telemundo’s KTLM has promoted Yulieth Botello to video journalist for “Noticias Telemundo 40” airing weekdays at 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. She’ll join co-anchors Hugo Magallan and Dalila Garza, weather anchor Elizabeth Robaina, sports anchor Hector Zapata and entertainment reporter Mayra Galva on the show.

Botello had been a production assistant and assistant assignment desk editor at the Rio Grande Valley station since May 2014.

“We are very excited to welcome Yulieth as our new video journalist for Noticias Telemundo 40,” Jose Flores, president and general manager of KTLM, said in a statement. “I am certain that she will help our news team deliver the news and information that our viewers want and deserve.”

Her first day on-air was this past Tuesday.

John-Carlos Estrada Named Anchor and Managing Editor at KTRE

JOHN-CARLOS-ESTRADAKTRE, the ABC affiliate in Lufkin, Texas, has named John-Carlos Estrada evening anchor and managing editor. Estrada will anchor the 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

“When I met with the team at KTRE I knew it was a perfect next move. It’s a bigger staff and produces great newscasts. And an added bonus… I get to be closer to my family in Dallas,” Estrada told TVSpy.

“My jump to a larger market after a year on the anchor desk is exciting,” he added. “It’s was a great opportunity that KTRE news director Kenny Boles offered and I felt like it was time to make a change.”

Estrada previously worked at ABC affiliate KAVU in Victoria, Texas, where he was the lead anchor at 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. He has also worked on the national level as a segment producer for “The Cycle” on MSNBC and “Weekend Today” on NBC.

Estrada started his new position yesterday.

Meredith’s Local Media Group Revenue Up 39% to $125 Million in Fiscal First Quarter

meredith_1Meredith Corp.’s Local Media Group has reason to celebrate. According to a new report, the company’s 15 local television stations generated $125 million in total revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, which is up 39% from the same period a year ago.

The uptick was fueled in part by political advertising, digital ads and the company’s recent acquisition of KMOV in St. Louis and KTVK in Phoenix.

Here’s a more detailed look at the Local Media Group’s first quarter performance, compared to last year:

  • Total advertising revenues increased 43 percent to $93 million, a first quarter record
  • Political advertising revenues were $13 million
  • Non-political advertising revenues grew 24 percent to $80 million, benefiting from the recent acquisitions and strong digital advertising revenue performance
  • Other revenues and operating expenses both increased, due primarily to growth in retransmission revenues from cable and satellite television operators and higher programming fees paid to affiliated networks

Meredith Local Media Group president Paul Karpowicz was certainly happy with the results. “This was our first full quarter operating both KTVK in Phoenix and KMOV in St. Louis, and they are great additions to the Meredith portfolio,” He said. “We were also very pleased to see political advertising strengthen as the quarter progressed.”

You can view the full report, with details on Meredith’s National Media Group and more, here.

Amanda Grace Named Anchor at KING

Amanda Grace has joined Seattle NBC affiliate KING as an anchor. New England One reports that Grace will anchor the 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. news starting tomorrow.

Grace most recently worked at NBC affiliate WHDH in Boston. She started at the station in 2008 as a general assignment reporter and later worked her way up to anchor. Check out Grace showing off her new KING gear in the Tweet below.

Jessica Holley Joins KWTV

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Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV has a new addition to their team: multimedia journalist Jessica Holley. According to the station’s website, Holley previously worked as a multimedia journalist at KZTV in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Holley’s new job is something of a homecoming, as she interned at KWTV back in 2010. Holley wrote about her new gig on Facebook earlier this month:

I have some bittersweet news to share this morning. Tomorrow marks my last day with KZTV Action 10 News. A week from today I start my new adventure in Oklahoma City reporting for the CBS affiliate. I’ve had the pleasure of sharing your many of your stories in my nearly two years I’ve spent here in Corpus Christi.

KOMO Congratulates Wrong Player

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Sunday night, Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO attempted to congratulate Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning for breaking the all-time record for touchdown passes in the NFL.

FTVLive reports that instead of including a picture of Manning with the story, the station’s graphic department apparently got confused and put up a picture of NBA superstar Gary Payton instead.

Check out Payton having a good laugh about it on his Instagram below. Read more

Julie Loncich Joins WBZ

WBZBoston’s WBZ has announced a new addition to their team: general assignment reporter Julie Loncich.

According to New England One, Loncich joins the CBS owned station this week, leaving Boston rival ABC affiliate WCVB, where she had been a freelance general assignment reporter since 2013. Before that, she was a reporter at New England Cable News.

Loncich sent a tweet out about the announcement on Friday:

She was congratulated on Twitter by WBZ managing editor Peter Wilson, as well as multiple producers at the network.

Kendall Herold Gets New Gig at WXIX After Last Year’s DUI Arrest

The day after Christmas last year, we wrote about Kendall Herold, then a reporter for Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO, who was arrested for a DUI. Herold left the station a few months after her arrest and has been laying low ever since.

Now, Herold is back in action. Earlier this month, she joined Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX as a reporter. Check out her Facebook announcement above.

KUSA’s Kyle Clark Gets Feisty as Debate Moderator

Last night, political reporter Brandon Rittiman and anchor Kyle Clark of Denver NBC affiliate KUSA moderated a heated debate between Sen. Mark Udall (D) and Rep. Cory Gardner (R). But the candidates weren’t the only two people confronting one another.

Clark got into his own argument with Gardner about the federal Life at Conception Act, which Clark says Gardner denies being a personhood bill to end abortion. Check out a clip of the testy exchange above.

Some of Clark’s fans were pleased with his performance as moderator.

Others, not so much.

You can watch the full debate here.

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