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WABG and WXVT to Appear in Reality Show ‘Breaking Greenville’

The American people are about to get an inside peek at the inner workings of two local stations in Mississippi. ABC affiliate WABG and CBS affiliate WXVT will be appearing in a new reality series called ‘Breaking Greenville’ airing on TruTV. The trailer promises plenty of light-hearted comedy and the synopsis reads like a made-for-TV movie:

When a spunky young reporter from Connecticut lands her first big job in a small-town news market, an unexpected shake-up occurs. BREAKING GREENVILLE follows a group of local anchors as they compete for the top spot in the game. The character-driven docu-soap will spotlight the playful — and at times cut-throat — rivalry between two local news stations and the dynamic newscasters who are determined to take their jobs seriously, even when some of the news they cover is less than serious.

I like Yahoo TV writer Mike Krumboltz‘s summary better:

Breaking Greenville may do for local news what The Office did for 9-5 life in the cubicle. But unlike the classic NBC comedy, TruTV’s Breaking Greenville is a real documentary about actual local news reporters doing things that would probably make Edward R. Morrow scream into the nearest throw pillow.

‘Breaking Greenville’ premieres in December on TruTV.

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Cori Coffin Joins KVUE as Morning Anchor

teamdaybreakCori Coffin has joined Austin ABC affiliate KVUE as a morning anchor. Coffin has been anchoring the station’s 5:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. newscasts with Bryan Mays, reports Austin media maven Gary Dinges:

Coffin comes to Austin after spending the past three years at KREX in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she also handled morning and midday anchor duties.
At KVUE, Coffin is currently filling in for anchor Yvonne Nava, who is on maternity leave after giving birth to her second son, Bodhi, late last month.
When Nava returns after the holidays, executive news director Frank Volpicella said Coffin will take over as anchor of KVUE’s 4:30 a.m. newscast, a spot vacated by Jessica Vess, who left recently to take a public relations job at Austin Community College.

Marcy Lefkovitz Named VP Technology and Workflow Strategy at ABC

lefkovitz abcMarcy Lefkovitz has been named VP of Technology and Workflow Strategy for ABC Broadcast Operations and Engineering.

“Our new Technology and Workflow Strategy group will reinvigorate BO&E’s effort to identify and acquire the most promising new technologies and integrate them strategically across the ABC Television Network,” Todd Donovan, SVP of ABC’s Broadcast and Engineering said in a statement. “Marcy’s vast expertise as an editor and producer at ABC News make her the perfect choice to head this new unit.”

Lefkovitz was promoted from her previous position as director of news production for ABC News. She has worked at ABC for 20 years. In 1987, she got her first job with ABC, working as a researcher in the Political Unit assigned to the 1988 Presidential Election. She left ABC after the election to work as an independent documentary producer for Bolthead Communications, Globalvision and OMI, returning to ABC in 1994 as an editor.

John-Carlos Estrada Named Anchor and Managing Editor at KTRE

JOHN-CARLOS-ESTRADAKTRE, the ABC affiliate in Lufkin, Texas, has named John-Carlos Estrada evening anchor and managing editor. Estrada will anchor the 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

“When I met with the team at KTRE I knew it was a perfect next move. It’s a bigger staff and produces great newscasts. And an added bonus… I get to be closer to my family in Dallas,” Estrada told TVSpy.

“My jump to a larger market after a year on the anchor desk is exciting,” he added. “It’s was a great opportunity that KTRE news director Kenny Boles offered and I felt like it was time to make a change.”

Estrada previously worked at ABC affiliate KAVU in Victoria, Texas, where he was the lead anchor at 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. He has also worked on the national level as a segment producer for “The Cycle” on MSNBC and “Weekend Today” on NBC.

Estrada started his new position yesterday.

Reporter Shannon Kettler Departs WCPO for PR Job at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

kettler3_1375895354586_696860_ver1.0_640_480Shannon Kettler has left Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO, announcing via Twitter that she’s taken a public relations job at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Kettler joined WCPO in 2001 after working at WGBA in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Kettler graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.

Jennifer Bisram Joins Detroit’s WXYZ

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Jennifer Bisram has joined Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, making her first appearances as a reporter on the station’s early morning newscasts today.

Bisram, who has reported at WSVN in Miami and WOFL in Orlando, announced her somewhat less tropical home via Instagram. “From FOX’s 7News in Miami to ABC’S 7 Action News in Detroit! First set of liveshots in the new city in the can,” she wrote.

Before Florida, Bisram reported on Long Island and in Connecticut, so we assume she owns a winter coat.

WFAA’s Byron Harris: ‘Since TV Years Are Like Dog Years, I’ve Actually Been Here 280 Years’

At Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA, investigative reporter Byron Harris is simply called a “titan.” He’s broken the big stories, won the big awards, and on Monday, he marked forty years on the job–though he admits it may seem like he’s been there even longer. “Since TV years are like dog years, I’ve actually been here 280 years!”

The station celebrated his anniversary with a look back at Harris’ reporting:

On Monday, WFAA executives — along with reporters, photographers and producers — gathered in the newsroom to celebrate Harris and his career.

“This is the guy, literally, who invented investigative reporting in this industry,” said investigative reporter and longtime colleague Brett Shipp. “And he’s still here, and he’s still passionate.”

Carolyn Mungo, WFAA’s executive news director, praised the veteran’s enthusiasm for reporting the news.

“He runs into my office, ‘I’ve got a great story!’” she said, recalling one of their first meetings after she joined WFAA in 2012. “I said, ‘Wow. I need 40 people just like Byron Harris.’”

KOMO Congratulates Wrong Player

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Sunday night, Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO attempted to congratulate Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning for breaking the all-time record for touchdown passes in the NFL.

FTVLive reports that instead of including a picture of Manning with the story, the station’s graphic department apparently got confused and put up a picture of NBA superstar Gary Payton instead.

Check out Payton having a good laugh about it on his Instagram below. Read more

Vacationing KMGH Reporter Provides Coverage of Cruise Ship Ebola Scare

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Talk about your working vacation. Eric Lupher, a reporter at Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, who was among about four thousand passengers aboard the Carival Magic for a cruise with stops in Belize and Cozumel.

He didn’t see Cozumel, however, after the cruise ship was denied access to the Mexican port amid concerns a passenger onboard the Magic may have been exposed to Ebola. And Lupher was suddenly in the right place at the right time–for a reporter, that is. “I’m on the Carnival ship with the Ebola scare,” he tweeted. “Mexican authorities not allowing us into Cozumel. Heading back to Galveston.”

Lupher returned to port safely, shortly after the all-clear was given aboard the ship:
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Dionne Miller Lands at Rival Station

miller wls_croppedWLS has announced the addition former WFLD sports anchor Dionne Miller to its sports team.

“During her time here in Chicago, Dionne Miller has built a stellar reputation as an aggressive reporter who tells great stories and connects with viewers,” Jennifer Graves, VP & news director for the Chicago ABC owned station, said in a statement.

Miller left the Chicago FOX owned station at the beginning of October. Before WFLD, Miller worked for FOX Sports Ohio, KSVI-KHMT in Billings, Mont., WPTZ in Burlington, Vt., XETV in San Diego and WCSN in Columbus, Ohio.

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