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News Director Out at WWAY

ScottPickey_newsroomWWAY news director Scott Pickey is out at the Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate.

A call to WWAY confirmed Pickey no longer worked at the station. WWAY wouldn’t comment on when he left or why.

Pickey made headlines last year when he had to pay a fine and go to driving school after he drove into a local Martin Luther King, Jr. parade.

Pickey’s bio has been removed from the station website.

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WPLG Debuts New Set

wplg1Miami ABC affiliate WPLG has debuted its new set, replacing a set that was unveiled with the station’s move to a new facility in 2009.

The new studio features bold colors and plenty of video features, as described in detail by Newscast Studio:

Suspended from the studio ceiling is a large, internally lit ring. That ring’s curves are matched in the set found below, which features a wide swath of circular walls decorated with light colored bands, wood panels and video walls.

Many elements of the set, especially this header ring, seems to echo the design found at BBC News.

One side of the set features several vertically mounted panels that, together, form a massive video wall. Also included are additional video panels on either side of the anchor desk. It’s interesting to note that the graphics being fed to those panels seem to be inspired by the block-like graphics used on “ABC World News.”

Video after the jump. Read more

Doug Whitmire Named WLS 10:00 p.m. EP

whitmore wlsChicago ABC owned station WLS has promoted Doug Whitmire to executive producer of the 10:00 p.m. news.

“Doug has done a terrific job leading the morning team for the past 6 ½ years,” WLS VP and news director Jennifer Graves said in a statement. “Doug’s knowledge of Chicago and the ABC 7 newsroom makes him the ideal choice to take the reins at 10 PM.”

Whitmire has been the EP of the morning news since 2008.

Before coming to WLS in 2003, Whitmire worked at WTVG in Toledo, OH.

The station said he would split his time between newscasts until a morning replacement is hired.

Sherri Talley Returning to KTBS

talley ktbs_304Sherri Talley will be returning to Shreveport, LA, ABC affiliate KTBS.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Gerry and Joe and the rest of the team, again,” Talley told KTBS. “KTBS is like a family to me. It’s good to be back home.”

Talley, who worked at KTBS from 1994 until April 2011, left to work in public relations and later start her own social media company.

The station said she will rejoin “old friend and colleague” Gerry May on the KTBS 6:00 p.m. news next Monday.

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WZZM Moves Van Ameyde Off Anchor Desk, Names Replacement

two wzzm anchorsGannett owned ABC affiliate WZZM has announced it’s moving Lee Van Ameyde (pictured right) off the anchor desk and into the role of managing editor of its Watchdog Investigative Team.

“No one knows West Michigan like Lee does,” WZZM news director Taz Painter said in a statement. “Our Watchdog team couldn’t be in better hands.”

The station also named Nick LaFave (left) as Van Ameyde’s replacement on the weekday evening newscasts. He will join Juliet Dragos starting in early September. Read more

Caller Tells KABC Water Main Break Caused by ‘A Really Large Dump’

Yesterday, Los Angeles ABC owned station KABC started its 4:00 p.m. show with breaking news of a water main break flooding parts of the UCLA campus.

About 40 minutes into the report, anchors Ellen Leyva and David Ono spoke with a caller named Louis Slungpue who claimed to be from the Department Water & Power.

Turns out he wasn’t. The first clue may have been the name. The second? Before hanging up, he told the station the break was caused by a student either putting a cherry bomb down a toilet “or someone took a really large dump, you know.”

What Did They Cover in El Paso Last Night?

El Paso, TX, is nestled where Texas, New Mexico and Mexico meet.

Of the four network affiliated stations, NBC affiliate KTSM and CBS affiliate KDBC had the most similar newscasts. That’s because while KDBC may be owned by Sinclair, it’s operated by Communications Corporation, the owner of NBC affiliate KTSM.

And, if you’re looking for a different perspective on what’s going on at the border than what you’re seeing on the networks, watch an El Paso newscast to see how they cover it.

WJLA GM Out as Sinclair Takes Over Station

lord wjla croppedWJLA GM Bill Lord has announced he is leaving the now Sinclair owned ABC affiliate for Washington, D.C.

According to FTVLive, who first reported the news, Lord sent staffers an email saying “I have just received word that September 30th will be my last day at WJLA. Sinclair will be posting the GM position in the morning so I wanted to tell all of you first.”

Lord confirmed the news with TVSpy. He’s worked at WJLA for 12 years.

Sinclair’s bid to buy WJLA’s former owner, Allbritton Communications, was approved by the FCC last week.

El Paso Anchor Says Goodbye Just Like LeBron James

wildman croppedKVIA sports anchor Asher Wildman‘s facebook goodbye might sound oddly familiar to sports fans.

Wildman is leaving the El Paso ABC affiliate for a station in Tallahassee, but not before imitating NBA star LeBron James.

James wrote a piece in Sports Illustrated detailing his recent decision to head back to his hometown of Cleveland to play for his first team, the Cavaliers. It was called, “I’m Coming Home” and has been spoofed by Frank Caliendo in Morgan Freeman‘s voice on ESPN radio.  Let’s just say James sentiments inspired Wildman.

In the opening paragraph, LeBron wrote:

Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. (click here to read the entire LeBron piece)

Wildman wrote:

Before anyone ever cared where I would start my broadcasting career, I was a red headed Jewish step child from Parkland, Florida. It’s where I played little league. It’s where I got bar mitzvah’d. It’s where I laughed. It’s where I slept. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up thanks to social media. I sometimes feel they live vicariously through my Facebook or Twitter account. (click here to read the entire Wildman piece)

Of course, some of Wildman’s facebook followers thought he was being serious. One commenter wrote, “Wow, Asher; this made me even prouder of you! I wish every El Pasoan who has returned read this and understood the importance of their return!”

Phil Amato Leaves First Coast News

amatoPhil Amato is no longer with Jacksonville ABC and NBC affiliate WJXX-WTLV, according to The Florida Times-Union.

The Times Union reports GM Eric Land confirmed Amato resigned Monday.

Land would not give a reason for Amato’s resignation, only that he thanked him for his service to the station and wished him well. He said no decision has been made about filling Amato’s place on the show, but Andrew Capasso and Lewis Turner had been filling in temporarily.

Amato had been with the station since 1993, having worked in Idaho and Montana before that.

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