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Media General’s Merger with LIN Complete

media general_304x200Media General says its “business combination” with LIN Media has closed, which means the two are now one company.

“We are pleased to have finalized the merger transaction that delivers numerous strategic and financial benefits, including a strong balance sheet, significant free cash flow, enhanced scale and a diverse geographic footprint that will provide important opportunities to continue growing our business,” said Media General’s president and CEO, Vincent L. Sadusky. “We look forward to a smooth integration, capitalizing on our new, combined strength and achieving our synergy goals.”

The merger was approved by the FCC Last week.

Sadusky, the former head of LIN and new head of the merged company, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he plans on keeping the company headquarters in Richmond.

He and other top executives will be mobile and spend a lot of time traveling to the company’s offices and TV stations around the nation, he said. The combined company will have 71 stations in 48 markets, reaching 27.5 million, or 23 percent, of U.S. television households. Read more

WAVY EP Named News Director at Media General’s Myrtle Beach Station

Dana Brown Ritter has been named news director for Myrtle Beach, S.C. CBS affiliate WBTW.

It’s a move inside Media General for Ritter who comes from WAVY in Portsmouth, Va. where she was EP. She’s also worked at CBN News, Hearst TV, WTAE in Pittsburgh, Pa. an WSLS in Roanoke, Va.

“We are lucky to land someone of Dana’s talent and experience internally from the newly combined Media General Stations Group,” WBTW Regional VP and GM Randy Ingram told SCNow.

Longtime Dallas Anchor Gets Choked Up Telling Newsroom She’s Moving to Mornings

Karen Borta has been the evening anchor at Dallas CBS owned station KTVT since she started at the station in 1995. Today, she told her colleagues in the newsroom she was moving to the morning shift.

While talking about the January 12 move, Borta got choked up in an unironic, genuine sort of way while talking about being able to spend more time with her family.

“I’m going to love, love, love, being able to go home at 11:30 and to be that mom who can pick up kids, and go to games, and have dinner with my family.” She said before the tears started to come. She added, “I’m going to suck up every minute that I can with my family while I have those years left.”

Christiane Cordero Joins WVIT I-Team

cordero wvitChristiane Cordero has made the jump from I-Team producer to I-Team reporter for Hartford NBC owned station WVIT.

Cordero announced the move on her facebook page, “I’m officially official!” She wrote. “Thanks to my incredible mentors, a little bit of luck and a lot of elbow grease, I’m stepping up as NBC Connecticut‘s newest INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER!”

Cordero started her career at WVIT in August 2013 after graduating from East Carolina University.

WTIC Names Interim GM After Geiger Departure

oxton croppedMark Oxton has been named interim GM of Tribune’s Hartford FOX affiliate WTIC.

Oxton is the director of sales. He replaces Chris Geiger who left the station Tuesday.

According to his LinkedIn page, Oxton has worked at WTIC since July 2005.

Angela Taylor to Join WESH

Angela Taylor is joining Hearst-owned Orlando NBC affiliate WESH as an evening anchor.

Taylor comes to Orlando from Hearst’s KHBS in Fort Smith, Ark.

According to Orlando Sentinel media writer Hal Boedeker, Taylor will join Brett Connolly on the WESH 5:00 p.m. and WESH’s 10:00 p.m. news on WKCF. Read more

San Antonio Station Retracts Stories After Attorney Sues for Defamation

San Antonio CBS affiliate KENS has retracted two stories and apologized for “inaccurate” reports after accusing a San Antonio lawyer of being unprofessional and unethical.

In an I-Team report by former reporter Joe Conger, the station reported Jon Christian “Chris” Amberson had stolen land and mineral rights from a local couple. Amberson sued the station for defamation over the reports and was looking for “at least $1 million in actual damages and $5 million in punitive damages.”

“The statements we reported about Mr. Amberson’s potential improper handling of the Harms’ case have not proven to be true,”  KENS anchor Sarah Lucero said in an apology the station aired during the Monday 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts. “We apologize to Mr. Amberson for the inaccurate and incomplete presentation the I-Team reports represented about him.”

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On the Move, 12/17/14

Pamela Gardner moves to WBZ in Boston as meteorologist. She comes from WISH in Indianapolis

Dana Rebik joins WGN in Chicago as a reporter, from KCPQ in Seattle.

Chris Papst moves to WJLA in Washington, DC, as an Investigative Reporter. He previously worked at WHP in Harrisburg, Pa.

Marissa Hollowed joins KMIZ in Columbia, Missouri, as primary anchor, from WPSD in Paducah, Kentucky.

Tatevik Aprikyan jumps 109 markets to join WPRI-WNAC in Providence, R.I. as a reporter/MMJ, from KIFI in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Lauren Conley joins KNWA in Fayetteville, Arkansas, as weekend anchor/reporter, from KHAS in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Journalists in this post are represented by the Law Offices of Joel Weisman

To report a move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move”

Raycom Promotes Myrtle Beach News Director to GM

miles wmbf croppedRaycom has named Sarah Miles VP & GM of Myrtle Beach, S.C. NBC affiliate WMBF.

Starting in January, she replaces Ted Fortenberry who was promoted to VP and GM of WLBT in Jackson, Miss.

“Sarah has been the architect of WMBF News’ aggressive multi-platform strategy and execution,” said Don Richards, Group VP of Raycom Media. ”The audience growth WMBF has earned through her extraordinary management of staff and resources has been remarkable. She is the natural choice to lead WMBF News forward as Vice President and General Manager”

Miles has been news director at WMBF since 2010. Before that, she was executive producer at Raycom’s WAVE in Louisville, Ky.. She started her career at WHOI in Peoria, Illinois.

WLBT Hires News Director from Arkansas Station

weeks wlbtRaycom’s Jackson, Miss. NBC affiliate WLBT has hired Hatton Weeks to be its news director.

Weeks has been news director at KAIT, Raycom’s Jonesboro, Ark. station, since 2008. He moves up 87 markets in the move.

Chris Conroy, KAIT VP and GM said of Weeks, “As a journalist and news director, Hatton’s longtime commitment to KAIT’s viewers is truly special. WLBT and the people of Mississippi are getting a top notch journalist and a strong leader.”

Weeks started at KAIT in 1996. He worked his way up to reporter and producer before leaving for KTHV in 1999. He came back to KAIT in 2006 as assistant news director after working as a Congressional staffer for US Congressman Marion Berry and later working at his family’s construction business.

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