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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.

Aereo Intends to Continue ‘As a Cable System’

aereo antennaeIn a letter filed yesterday with the U.S. District Court of New York, Aereo said it plans to go forward as a cable company.

“The Supreme Court’s holding that Aereo is a cable system under the Copyright Act is significant because, as a cable system, Aereo is now entitled to the benefits of the copyright statutory license pursuant to the Copyright Act,” the letter said. “Aereo is proceeding to file the necessary statement of account and royalty fees.”

Aereo argued before the Supreme Court that it was not a cable company, and therefore should not be required to pay retransmission fees to the broadcast networks. The Court ruled 6-3 in favor of the broadcast networks.

“This has been a challenging journey for our team, but your support has continued to lift and propel us forward. We remain committed to building great technologies that create real, meaningful alternatives for consumers,” Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia said in a statement.

Whitney Vann Leaving WBRZ Morning Show

whitney vannWhitney Vann, the morning anchor at WBRZ, is leaving the Baton Rouge ABC affiliate’s morning newscast. The New Orleans Times-Picayune has details:

Vann said she holds the title as the longest-running anchor of a news program in Baton Rouge. She has appeared on “2une In” for 17 years. Vann did not offer many details about the new endeavor, but said it would lead to “new and exciting, fun adventures.” Prompted by a co-anchor, Vann also admitted it would lead to at least some programming for other WBRZ shows.

“It has been my honor and privilege and a lot of joy to get your mornings going with news, important information and some laughter along the way,” Vann said during the segment. “But 17 years of getting up in the middle of the night is exhausting. It’s time to get a little more sleep and pack on some challenges I’ve always wanted.”

Dave Rexroth Thanks Viewers For ‘Thoughts, Prayers, and Encouragement’

dave rexrothWXYZ chief meteorologist Dave Rexroth, who is recovering from a fireworks accident over the 4th of July that left him without vision in his left eye, has posted a thank you note to viewers for their well-wishes on Facebook:

“Although the past few days have been challenging, I have been overwhelmed by the love and kind words from not only those closest to me but every single one of you,” says Rexroth. “Over my 14 years in Detroit and southeast Michigan, I’ve been truly blessed with the most caring and supportive viewers, coworkers and friends ever. Your thoughts, prayers, and encouragement are really helping me get through this. Thank you all so much. I look forward to being back on air and being able to thank you directly.”

Rexroth will undergo surgery today, beginning the process of receiving a prosthetic eye, according to WXYZ. He is expected to return in September.

Stephanie Grady Set to Join WITI in Milwaukee

stephanie gradyStephanie Grady is joining Milwaukee Fox affiliate WITI, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Duane Dudek reports.

WITI news director John LaPorte told Dudek Grady starts in September. She comes from WXXA-WTEN in Albany, where she has worked since 2011. She currently anchors the morning show from 5 to 9 a.m.

Before WXXA-WTEN, Grady worked at WSAZ in Huntington, W.V. and WSEE in Erie, Penn.

Education Reporter Toni Konz Joins WDRB

toni konzToni Konz is joining WDRB, the Fox affiliate in Louisville, as an education reporter. Konz comes from The Courier Journal, where she has worked for seven years.

“WDRB is committed to covering our community like no other media outlet in Louisville,” Konz said in a statement. “That is proven by the fact that the newsroom continues to expand, hiring journalists who have covered this area for years. I am excited to join such a talented and experienced team.”

WDRB has poached several journalists from The Courier-Journal over the past two years.

Konz wrote about the decision on WDRB.com, saying she believes the opportunity is one that will “bring happiness, professional growth and allow me to continue serving my readers — just in a different way.” Read more

Gannett Completes Acquisition of Six London Broadcasting Stations

gannett logoGannett Co. has completed the acquisition of six London Broadcasting stations in Texas for $215 million, the two companies announced today. Included in the sale are KCEN in Waco-Temple-Bryan, KYTX in Tyler-Longview, KIII in Corpus Christi, KBMT and digital subchannel KJAC in Beaumont-Port Arthur, KXVA in Abilene-Sweetwater and KIDY in San Angelo.

London Broadcasting COO Phil Hurley will continue to lead the stations, reporting to Gannett Broadcasting president Dave Lougee. With the sale, Gannett will reach 83 percent of the households in Texas.

Katherine Whaley Leaving KHOU

katherine whaleyAs Darby Douglas returns to KHOU as morning traffic reporter, Katherine Whaley — who has been in that role since 2009 — is leaving the Houston CBS affiliate. The Houston Chronicle has details:

Whaley, a graduate of Memorial High School and Rice University who joined Channel 11 in 2009, said she was offered a reporting position with the station that she said she “ultimately determined was not the right fit for me.”

She said she will continue with Channel 11 through most of August and is “engaged in conversations for upcoming opportunities.”

Houston media blogger Mike McGuff, who first reported the story, also talks to Whaley about what’s next.

Longtime WFIE Anchor Ann Komis to Retire

ann komisAnn Komis is retiring after 29 years at WFIE, the NBC affiliate in Evansville, Ind.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to start a new and hopefully adventuresome chapter in my life,” Komis wrote on Facebook. “I plan to have as few deadlines as possible.”

Komis anchors the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts alongside David James. Her last day at the anchor desk will be Friday, July 18.

On the Move, 7/7/14

Thabie Sibanda joins KOKH in Oklahoma City, where she will be a general assignment reporter. Sibanda comes from Tulsa, where she is a morning producer at KOKI. Previously, she was a reporter at WJCL in Savannah.

Sibanda is represented by Mort Meisner Associates.

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

WLNY Launches Weekend Evening Newscast

wlny-logo2WLNY, the CBS-owned independent station serving the New York City market, is launching a weekend edition of its 9 p.m. newscast. Beginning July 12, the hourlong newscast will be anchored by Cindy Hsu with meteorologist Elise Finch and sports anchor Steve Overmyer.

“WLNY’s 9 p.m. newscast addresses viewers’ needs to have their local news at an earlier time in the evening and the newly expanded broadcast will now allow audiences to do that on the weekend as well,” David Friend, the senior vice president of news for CBS Television Stations and the news director for WCBS-WLNY, said in a statement.

Hsu currently anchors the weekend evening newscasts on sister station WCBS, where she has worked since 1993.

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