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Merrill Knox

Merrill Knox is Senior Editor of TVNewser and TVSpy. She joined Mediabistro in 2011 after four years working for "Your World with Neil Cavuto" at Fox News Channel. When she's not reading or writing, Merrill is most often found trying to anticipate the next plot twist on "Homeland." Follow her on Twitter @merrillknox or email her at merrill@mediabistro.com.

On the Move, 7/29/14

Randy McIlwain joins KNBC in Los Angeles as a consumer reporter. McIlwain previously worked at KXAS in Dallas.

Melissa Mollet has been named traffic anchor at WRC in Washington, D.C. She had previously been a freelance reporter at the station. Before that, she worked at KDVR in Denver.

Tracy Clemons joins KTRK in Houston from KSDK in St Louis. In his new role, Clemons will be a multimedia journalist.

Reporter/multimedia journalist Josh Green joins KING in Seattle from WFLA in Tampa. Read more

WATE Meteorologist Fires Back at Wardrobe Critic: ‘I Was a Straight A Student’

Julya Johnson, a veteran meteorologist at Knoxville ABC affiliate WATE, took to Facebook this morning to respond to an anonymous viewer who wrote her a letter criticizing her appearance.

WATE meteorologist letter

Noting she was choosing to respond publicly because the letter had no return address, Johnson wrote: “I will never, ever be able to please everyone with my appearance. It’s not possible.”

I have “changed my appearance” to try to please people before. It never works. So, I please myself. I like my dresses. I feel good about my appearance. I am always covered, dressed modestly and professionally. Yet, she mentions that I am a great meteorologist!  Read more

KRDO Set to Expand Broadcast Facilities

krdo setKRDO has started the process of expanding its broadcast facilities, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports:

KRDO/Channel 13, the ABC affiliate in Colorado Springs, has submitted a proposal to the city’s Land Use Review Division to add about 3,060 square feet to its building at 399 S. 8th St. on the city’s west side – roughly a 40 percent expansion.

The document states an addition would be made to KRDO’s television studios, although general manager Tim Larson declined to elaborate on the station’s plans. KRDO will be the fourth local station to renovate or relocate in recent years as technology and consumer news preferences evolve.

Robert Allbritton on Sinclair Deal: ‘It’s Great To Do a Deal, But it’s Kind of Tough to Walk Away’

robert allbrittonOn the heels of the FCC’s approval of the Sinclair-Allbritton deal, Robert Allbritton talks to Politico (also owned by Albritton Communications) about his thoughts on getting out of the television business:

“Hey it’s great to do a deal, but it’s kind of tough to walk away. I’ve been doing this 20 years personally, and you don’t walk away from that without some thoughts,” Robert Allbritton said in an interview. “It’s going to be a good business for a while to come, but man, I’m 45 and I don’t know if it’s going to be a good business for the rest of my life.”

Allbritton said Internet-based communications are the way things are headed. “What you guys at POLITICO are doing is the future,” he said. “It’s just the way media is changing now, and man, is it changing fast.”

Jake Milstein Named KIRO News Director

KIROJake Milstein has been promoted to news director at KIRO, Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate in Seattle. Milstein replaces Bob Jordan, who retired last month.

Since 2008, Milstein has been KIRO’s managing editor. Before that, he worked at WRC in Washington, D.C. and KCOY-KKFX in Santa Maria, Calif.

“I’m very pleased that we were able to tap KIRO-TV’s internal talent for this critical position. Under Jake’s leadership, we will continue to deliver exceptional daily newscasts to our viewers and position KIRO 7 Eyewitness News as the No. 1 digital content distributor for Seattle,” KIRO general manager Jay O’Connor said in a statement.

“I’m thrilled to be in this new role leading such a talented group of journalists, as we make KIRO 7 Eyewitness News the go to place for news on-air, on-line and on social media,” Milstein added.

Sportscaster Simone Eli Joins KPRC

simone eliSimone Eli started this week at KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, Mike McGuff reports. She will be the station’s weekend sports anchor and reporter.

Eli comes from WALA, the Fox affiliate in Mobile, where she has been a sports director and anchor since May 2013.

“We’re really excited that we got her out of Mobile and we think she will be a great asset,” KPRC senior executive producer Rick McFarland told McGuff. “Not only does she have great sportscasting experience, but I think people are going to be interested in watching her.”

On the Move, 7/24/14

Jennifer Ann Wilson joins KSTP in Minneapolis, where she will be a general assignment reporter. Wilson previously worked at WBAY in Green Bay.

Wilson is represented by Mort Meisner Associates.

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

Nexstar Names Stephen Ventura GM of Utica Stations

nexstar logoStephen J. Ventura has been named vice president and general manager of WFXV and WPNY, Nexstar’s Fox and MyNetworkTV affiliates in Utica, N.Y. In his new role, Ventura will also oversee ABC affiliate WUTR, which Nexstar operates for Mission Broadcasting.

Ventura has been the director of sales for Nexstar’s broadcast and digital properties in Utica since 2006. He has most recently been the station’s interim general manager.

“With his local broadcasting expertise, strong client relationships, and dedication to the local communities across Central New York, we are confident in Steve’s ability to provide the necessary leadership to build upon the achievements of our Utica operations,” Bill Sally, Nexstar SVP and regional manager, said in a statement.

WKBN Wears Purple to Support Chief Meteorologist’s Cancer Battle

WKBN encouraged the community to wear purple yesterday in support of chief meteorologist Don Guthrie, who is battling pancreatic cancer. Yesterday was Guthrie’s 44th anniversary at the Youngstown CBS affiliate. Watch WKBN’s report:

Q2 Earnings: Gannett Broadcasting Revenue Up 88%

gannett logoGannett Broadcasting reported $398.3 million in revenues for the second quarter of 2014, an 88 percent increase compared to the year-ago quarter. The increase was a reflection of Gannett’s acquisition of Belo, as well as higher retransmission revenue and political revenue “across all of our stations,” according to the company.

On a pro forma basis, broadcasting segment revenues were up 13.4 percent and retransmission revenues were up 66.6 compared to the year-ago quarter. Pro forma digital revenues were up 15.2% compared to the second quarter of 2013.

“Our expanded broadcast portfolio drove overall company margin expansion during the quarter, as we continue to transform Gannett into a higher margin, higher growth business,” Gannett CEO Gracia Martore said in a statement.

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