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Sinclair Adds FOX Affiliation to Wheeling-Steubenville Station

FOX-9-1-14_4983Sinclair Broadcasting has announced the addition of a FOX affiliation to WTOV in the Wheeling, WV-Steubenville, OH, market.

WTRF previously carried the FOX network along with CBS and ABC. WTOV already carries NBC and MeTV.

A FOX spokesperson told TVSpy the switch will afford viewers better over-the-air reception and an improved signal.

Viewers will be able to watch FOX shows starting September 1.

Stefan Chase Leaving WGCL After One Year

chase wgcl croppedStefan Chase, traffic reporter for Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL, is leaving the station.

A Meredith spokesperson told TVSpy Chase will be replaced by Harry Samler, otherwise known as “Pothole Harry.”

Chase came to WGCL in August 2013. Her last day is today.

Will Robots Take Over Local TV?

robotWhile robots have already replaced studio camera operators at some local TV stations, it isn’t hard to imagine local stations adopting the latest technology, robotic journalists.

The AP is already using a program called Automated Insights to write business news faster than humans. USA Today reports the AP outputs out about 300 earnings stories per quarter. The new software is supposed to be able to pump out up to 4,400 stories in the same time frame.

The Huffington Post asks are human journalists screwed?

In June, Japan took the idea of robot journalism to the next level when it created the very first robot news anchor: an android that could arguably read news stories better than humans.

It’s not hard to imagine then that there would be some speculation and fear about robots coming into the newsroom practice and taking over the industry. Journalism has been named one of nine professions that humans will eventually lose to robots. The Examiner wrote that AP’s Automated Insights “will replace human journalists this month.” “Computers could soon replace Australian journalists,” the Australian also reported.

But maybe journalists shouldn’t be so afraid after all. Read more

First President Bush Writes Letter to Newborn Son of Texas Anchor

bush letter ktbx_croppedKBTX anchor Meredith Stancik recently gave birth to son Declan William McAuliffe.

According to KBTX, Declan’s father Shane McAuliffe, who was a reporter at the Bryan-College Station, TX, CBS affiliate “reached out” to some contacts at the Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

This week, the youngest McAuliffe got a letter from George H.W. Bush, the 90-year-old former president known for his letter writing.

“Declan, I, too, was born on June 12th — but that was 90 years ago,” wrote Bush. “I’ve had a long, wonderful life, and I wish the same for you. God bless you.”

Larry Handley Reportedly Out at WCPO

Handley_wcpoJohn Kiesewetter, media writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer reports Meteorologist Larry Handley is no longer with Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO.

Handley worked this morning’s show, but was replaced by Sherry Hughes at 7:25 a.m. for the cut-ins during Good Morning America. His bio has been removed from the station website and his twitter page has been taken down.

Handley has worked at WCPO since April 1999. He has also worked at three stations in Florida, WFTV in Orlando, WPTV in West Palm Beach and WCJB in Gainesville.

TVSpy hasn’t received confirmation yet from WCPO.

Former Detroit Anchor Woody Willis Dies at 73

Former WJBK anchor Woody Willis has died after what the FOX owned Detroit station said was a brief illness.

Willis anchored at WJBK during the 1970s and 80s.

In honor of Willis’ passing, anchor Murray Feldman, who used to work with Willis on weekends, told viewers, “and in his honor I want to take a moment and thank the hard working staff behind the camera. That’s what he used to do at the end of every broadcast.”

Willis was 73.

Louisiana Anchor Issues Statement About Recent Departure

Huebner cropped KLFYChuck Huebner, the Lafayette, LA, anchor who recently left CBS affiliate KLFY has issued a statement about his departure.

Huebner told theadvertiser speculation was correct about what TheIND.com called “long running tensions” between himself and both staff and management.

I will say my departure is something that has been coming for a long time. The issues were indeed cumulative.

Huebner went on to thank local viewers saying, “I’m honored for having had the opportunity to work for you and for you allowing me into your homes each night for the last 30 years. I wish you all the best of luck and hope you will do the same for me.” You can read the statement after the jump. Read more

South Carolina Anchors Bree Boyce and Darryl Hood MIA from WACH

wach anchorsBree Boyce and Darryl Hood, the anchors for WACH 10:00 pm. news have gone missing from the Sinclair-owned Columbia, SC, FOX affiliate.

A check of TVeyes shows Boyce hasn’t been on-air since late June while Hood has been absent since July 1. Their bios have been removed from the station website. Sports director Brian McConchie has been anchoring the newscast.

As a former Miss South Carolina with no formal journalism experience, Boyce was a controversial hire at the station. The move prompted former WACH anchor Mike Woolfolk, now working for WXYZ in Detroit, to write a piece that was critical of the hire.

Hood had been with WACH since 2010. He started his career at Orange County Newschannel before working at KQTV in St. Joseph, MO. He has also worked in Las Vegas, NV, Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO, and Memphis, TN.

Sinclair and WACH have not responded to emails asking if the two are still working for the station.

image: Free-Times

Garry Kelly Named GM of Media General’s Roanoke Station

wsls_304Media General has announced Garry Kelly has been named VP and GM of Roanoke, VA, NBC affiliate WSLS.

Kelly comes to WSLS from Birmingham, AL, where he was VP, news director and promotion director for WCFT-WJSU, two Allbritton owned stations Sinclair has promised the FCC it will pull the plug on if its pending deal with Allbritton goes through.

“We are delighted to attract such a talented broadcaster to WSLS,” James R. Conschafter, VP of Broadcast Markets for Media General said in a statement. “His focus has always been on serving his community with superior local news.” Read more

Las Vegas Reporter Heading to Columbus, OH

baca klas croppedNathan Baca is leaving Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS.

“On to Columbus! After 4 years working for 8 News Now, I am proud to join the WBNS-10TV – Columbus, Ohio investigative team this August,” Baca wrote on his facebook page.

Before joining KLAS in February 2010, Baca started his career as a full time reporter at KESQ in Palm Springs. He told TVSpy he was promoted to the KLAS I-Team in October 2011.

[Las Vegas Review-Journal]

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