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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.

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Sinclair Announces Funding for Allbritton Purchase

sinclair_allbrittonSinclair Broadcast Group announced it has lined up the funding to buy Allbritton Communications.

In a press release, the station group announced Sinclair Television Group, a subsidiary, has closed its private offering of $550 million worth of senior unsecured notes due in 2024. Sinclair said it plans to use the money from the funds along with $400 million in loans, a revolving credit line and cash to pay for the deal.

Last July, Sinclair announced it was buying Allbritton for $985 million.

The station group reportedly cleared the last hurdle blocking approval of the deal last week by agreeing to a settlement with the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. As part of the deal, Sinclair agreed to sell Harrisburg, PA, ABC affiliate WHTM as soon as the purchase goes through.

KNXV Bakes Cookies While Phoenix Swelters

cookies knxvKNXV chief meteorologist Amber Sullins has forecast a high of 114 for the airport, which would make it the hottest day of the year there.

Maybe we’re posting this because we’re hungry, but the Phoenix ABC affiliate is trying a sweeter, hopefully yummier take on the old hot weather gag of frying an egg to show what hot looks like.

Someone at the station put some cookie dough on a sheet and placed it in direct sunlight on the station’s patio. They want to see how long it takes for the cookies to bake. The baking started at 10:45 a.m. Phoenix time. You can even watch it happen live. Click here to watch on webcam.

KNXV promises to show off the cookies during tonight’s newscast. Maybe we’ll check in later to see how they taste. Regardless, take Ron Burgundy’s advice and don’t chase them down with milk. It’s a bad choice on a hot day.

What Did They Cover in Oklahoma City Last Night?

Today we look at Oklahoma City where Sinclair (KOKH), Hearst (KOCO), Tribune (KFOR) and Griffin Communications (KWTV) own the four major stations.

The story choice was diverse with only a car crash at rush hour and a meth bust by a rookie sheriff’s deputy being the only stories that were repeated in any newscast.

The only question we have for Oklahoma City is, “How many Ogles are there anyway?”

News Director Out at Madison ABC Affiliate

wkowJoe Radske, news director for Quincy Broadcasting owned WKOW in Madison, WI, is out at the station.

A Quincy spokesperson told TVSpy, as of today Radske no longer worked at the Madison ABC affiliate.

Radske was named news director in 2012.

Grand Forks Viewers Want Local Newscast and Anchor Back

wdaz_abcFargo ABC affiliate WDAY and Forum Communications are hearing from viewers angry about the decision to take over the production of the 5:00 p.m. newscast on sister station WDAZ in Grand Forks, ND.

One viewer started a petition at change.org which, as of this writing, is 156 signatures shy of its goal of 1,000. The petition calls for the station to bring back the Grand Forks version of the 5:00 p.m. news along with anchor Terry Dullum.

Fargo NBC and CBS affiliate KVLY and KXJB reports on its website:

A call today to WDAY/WDAZ General Manager Mari Ossenfort was not returned and WDAZ News Director Julie Moravchik has been told to not comment on the matter.

In a published interview Ossenfort defended the decision saying she believes the station should concentrate on producing more content instead of producing more shows. Ossenfort also claimed she has received some positive feedback on the change however most comments on WDAZ’s Facebook page regarding the switch has been overwhelmingly negative.

Former anchor Terry Dullum wrote on his blog Monday about the change that “The decision was not made by anyone in Grand Forks. Certainly, not by me.” He went on to say, “A long-time broadcaster said it best to me years ago. He said television will break your heart. Every time.” Read more

WLS to Add Assistant News Director

burke wlsWLS has announced Sarah Dunlap Burke will join the ABC owned Chicago station as assistant news director August 25.

Burke comes to WLS from WBZ in Boston where she was the acting news director.

“Sarah Burke is a strong news leader with impressive experience,” WLS VP and news director Jennifer Graves said in a statement. “Sarah understands the Chicago market’s love of news because she grew up here, and that’s a great plus for us too.”

Before joining WBZ in April 2013, Burke was an executive producer at WCBS in New York. She also worked at KCNC in Denver.

KNXV Moves One Anchor, Adds Two and Subtracts an Assistant ND

knxv logo_304x200Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV is making moves in front of and behind the camera.

The Scripps owned station is adding Danielle Lerner and Nick Ciletti as anchors while assistant news director Dan Wilson is heading to West Palm Beach to take over as interim news director for Scripps’ NBC affiliate WPTV.

KNXV news director Pat Costello told TVSpy Lerner will join the station in mid-September replacing Stephanie Hockridge on weekends. Hockridge has already moved to weekday co-anchor on the 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. after the station expanded its 6:00 p.m. show to an hour.  The station is adding Ciletti as co-anchor to the previously solo anchored weekend morning shows.

WPTV told TVSpy, “We are fortunate to have Dan as our Interim News Director. He has solid news experience and is an outstanding newsroom leader. We are in the process of speaking to candidates for the full-time news director position and the job is currently posted on our website.”

Lerner comes to KNXV from KVOA in Tucson where she is a morning anchor. Ciletti comes to KNXV from WBBH in Fort Myers, FL.

WEWS Finds Camera in One of its Bathrooms

wews_304Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS discovered someone had put a camera in one of its bathrooms without management’s permission.

WEWS issued a statement saying the camera had been placed there by an employee who was trying to catch someone who had been defacing the bathroom. WEWS added, “this was an ill-conceived and inappropriate response to catching a vandal.”

The station said “The camera was removed immediately when management learned it was there.  All of the camera’s recordings have been destroyed, and we have taken the appropriate disciplinary action.” Read the entire statement after the jump.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported multiple sources told them the employee was a station engineer. Read more

Frank Holland Leaving Chicago for Boston

holland wgn croppedFrank Holland has left Chicago CW affiliate WGN for Boston’s WCVB.

Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports Holland “is expected” to be a weekend anchor for the ABC affiliate.

Holland started at WGN in 2011 as a morning anchor. Last August, he was moved to reporter and back up anchor.

He told viewers on facebook, “I loved waking up with Chicago in the beginning and I love bringing the news to you at night now. I will always remember all the great people I met here, the great experiences and special moments.”

Before coming to WGN in 2011, Holland worked at WDIV in Detroit. He’s also worked at News12 Westchester, WMGM in Atlantic City and KTVF-KUAC in Fairbanks, AK.

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