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Portland Station Shows Viewers the Work Behind the Newscast

Portland, Maine’s WMTW showed viewers what happens behind the scenes at the ABC affiliate.

In a “Day in the Life“, the station said it takes 140 man hours to put together a 90 minute newscast.

“Things always go wrong live. It’s a matter of making things go smooth enough so if you’re sitting at home you have no idea that something massive has gone on behind the scenes, whether it’s we lose a live shot or an anchor turned to the wrong camera,” said 6:00 p.m. producer Alyssa Elias.

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WFAA Hires Managing Editor of The Dallas Morning News as Assistant ND

WFAA_304x200George Rodrigue, managing editor of The Dallas Morning News, has been named assistant news director for Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA.

WFAA news director Carolyn Mungo told TVSpy, Rodrigue will start at WFAA next Thursday.

Rodrigue originally started at The News in 1983. According to his LinkedIn page, before coming back to The News in 2004, he worked for Belo supervising print and broadcast journalists as VP of its Washington Bureau from 2001 until 2004. He had also worked at The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif. after first leaving The Dallas Morning News in 1998.

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Sick of ‘Sensational Stories’, Reporter Gives Up TV News to Become a Doctor

12619The hours are still lousy, but for James Lozada, a former reporter at Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV, the satisfaction of being a doctor is light years ahead of his time in TV news. “I found that sensational stories were favored over thought-provoking ones,” he told Kiplinger’s Pat Mertz Esswein. “I couldn’t see myself covering fires, murders and accidents decade after decade.”

Lozada, who’d often covered health stories, decided to leave Las Vegas in 2006. He went home to Texas and applied to med schools all over the country before landing at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Greensburg, Pa., near Pittsburgh. “I found that osteopathic schools are sometimes more accepting of applicants with nontraditional backgrounds such as mine. I graduated at the top of my class.”

Lozada’s saddled with the debt of his medical education–over $200,000–but he’s still confident he made the right career move to leave TV:

It’s…a very unstable gig, requiring you to move frequently to excel. When I left in 2006, the news environment was changing from traditional to new media, and it seemed like an uncertain time for journalism. Reporters around me were getting fired, and I wanted more stability.

KGO Staffers Updated on Upcoming KRON Cohabitation

kron kgoSan Francisco Media General station KRON is moving in with ABC owned station KGO in the next couple of months.

A memo obtained by TVSpy sent out to KGO staffers to prepare them for the new roommate confirmed our our initial speculation that while outsiders fret over a planned merger or takeover, insiders are fretting about where they’re going to park. It was the first thing addressed in the memo.

If you currently have a parking location that becomes a KRON parking spot you will be relocated to another parking position. For some of you who were temporarily able to begin parking in the garage – when you were not able to prior to the vacancy on the 3rd floor – your temporary parking spot may no longer be available when our new tenant moves in.

KGO occupies the bottom two floors. KRON gets the top floor where a law office used to be. The memo said the two stations will stay separate through a new set of key cards and badge readers.

In addition to these new electronic measures to keep our stations’ operations independent, you are asked to respect the fact that the third floor is not our ABC7 workspace.  We should not be on the third floor unless invited/escorted by a KRON employee.   KRON is issuing a similar policy for their employees in respect to our KGO work areas. KRON’s staff will not have access to the 2nd floor and most of the 1st floor.  KRON’s control room will be on the 3rd floor and some KRON employees will use some first floor hallways to access their studio.

KRON will also get a sign on the building, facing Front Street.

KNXV Promotes EP to Assistant News Director

knxv logo_304x200Jamie Ioos has been named assistant news director at KNXV.

Pat Costello, news director at the Phoenix ABC affiliate, told TVSpy Ioos was executive producer of the 10:00 p.m. and was made interim assistant ND after Dan Wilson left to become interim and eventually news director at WPTV in West Palm Beach.

Before coming to KNXV, Ioos was news director at KOB in Albuquerque. Before that she had worked as a news consultant, a news director at KVBC (now KSNV) in Las Vegas and an executive producer at WFXT in Boston.

WCPO Adds Morning Meteorologist

ketchmark WCPOCincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO has added Jennifer Ketchmark as meteorologist for Good Morning Tri-State.

Ketchmark comes to WCPO from WXIN in Indianapolis. She started her career with WCIA in Champaign, Illinois in 2006.

In a statement, Ketchmark said. “We started our TV journey in Champaign, IL, drove down I-74 to Indianapolis for our next stop, and now we’re back on I-74 for our latest journey to Cincinnati. I guess that road brings good luck!”

Meteorologist Andrew Kozak Leaving KTUL

The KTUL news team celebrated meteorologist Andrew Kozak today with a Memphis-style BBQ send off. Kozak is leaving the ABC affiliate for NBC affiliate WMC in Memphis.

Kozak previously worked as a meteorologist at Tulsa’s Fox affiliate KOKI.

Today is his last day at the station.

Is WJLA in Danger of Alienating the Washington, D.C. Market?

Sinclair BroadcastThe Washington Post takes a look at what is happening at WJLA after Sinclair Broadcast Group took over the Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate as part of its purchase of Allbritton in July.

The Post says WJLA has recently begun airing commentary from a conservative pundit named Mark Hyman and has created a partnership with what The Post calls the “editorially conservative Washington Times.

In his video commentary, Hyman railed against the inconsistent enforcement of a ban on travel to Cuba by Americans. Noting that the music stars Jay Z and Beyoncé had “partied up” in Havana last year without penalty, Hyman insinuated that Obama had protected the couple from prosecution. “It occurs to me that Beyoncé and Jay Z are close friends of the president and first lady,” said Hyman, adding sarcastically, “You don’t suppose . . . oh, never mind. He’d never do that.”

Hyman’s critiques — which range from warning about the cost of Obamacare to advocating the abolition of the Transportation Security Administration — will be a regular feature on WJLA, just as they are on dozens of stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the new owner of ABC 7.

Staffers tell The Post Sinclair’s edicts to run certain politically slanted stories and its criticism of the Federal Government on its home turf “is bound to play badly.”

“You can’t run a TV station in Washington by telling government workers that they’re a bunch of criminals and crooks,” said one of the station’s journalists, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he said he risked being fired if identified. “You can’t be the anti-government channel in Washington. They’re going to lose the trust they built up with people over years and years. We’ve told people, ‘We’re just like you,’ not, ‘We’re looking out for the tea party.’ ”

Click here to read the entire article.

Kari Jacobs Named GM of WVEC

WVEC_ABC_13_2013 copyGannett has named Kari Jacobs GM of Norfolk ABC affiliate WVEC.

“Kari is a proven and respected performer who knows the Norfolk area well. She is the ideal person to lead the next generation of WVEC,” Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting said in a statement.

Jacobs was promoted from director of sales and takes over for Brad Ramsey, who was named Gannett’s VP of Sales last month.

Before coming back to WVEC, Jacobs was the local sales manager for Cox Media in Norfolk. She had been local sales manager at WVEC. Before that, she was the GSM of Sinclair’s FM radio station group on Norfolk.

Heartland Media Buys Family Owned Station in Tupelo

wtva logoWTVA, the Tupelo, Miss. NBC and ABC affiliate which has been owned by the Spain family for 57 years, has been sold to Heartland Media.

“We are excited about the opportunity to continue the excellent television service that have been provided for the past 57 years by the Spain family,” Bob Prather, president and CEO of Heartland said in a statement.

Heartland owns WKTV, the NBC affiliate in Utica, NY, and ABC affiliates KEZI in Eugene, KDRV in Medford and KDKF in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Prather is the former president and CEO of Gray Television, Inc. According to the release, “Under Prather’s leadership, Gray undertook an aggressive growth strategy in building a 41 station group, with the largest station in Knoxville, Tennessee (market 51).”

Until the transaction is approved by the FCC, WTVA, Inc. will continue to run the station.

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