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WLS to Produce Newscast for WCIU

WLS LOGOChicago ABC owned station WLS is going to produce a 7:00 p.m. newscast airing on Weigel Broadcasting’s WCIU starting January 12, 2015.

The live hour long newscast will air Monday through Friday. WLS’ Hosea Sanders and Linda Yu, sports anchor Jim Rose and recently added meteorologist Cheryl Scott will anchor.

Bob Ramsey, EVP of Weigel Local Media said, “Adding local news to the schedule was a goal of ours. We are thrilled to partner with ABC 7 Eyewitness News, the market’s news leader, to provide this service to WCIU, The U’s viewers.”

The station also said Terrell Brown will replace Sanders on the morning news.

WSET GM Leaving for Job at University

WSET_2009_smallRandy Smith, GM of WSET is leaving local TV to be the EVP of Liberty University.

He told staffers of the Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va. ABC affiliate in an email today, his last day will be January 9, 2015.

“I can’t imagine anyone ever having been blessed with a better team that I have had,” Smith wrote in the email. “You are leaders in our industry, you have accomplished much, and you will continue to do so. I have so much to thank you for.”

Before coming to WSET in 1999, Smith was VP & GM of Lynchburg-Roanoke NBC affiliate WSLS. You can see the email Smith sent after the jump Read more

WGNO Adds Meteorologist for Evening News

spencer wgno croppedMartha Spencer is set to join Tribune-owned New Orleans ABC affiliate WGNO.

Spencer will be the meteorologist for the station’s 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts starting February 2.

She comes from WBTW-WFXB in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and has also worked at WTVY in Dothan, Ala. and WJHG in Panama City, Fla.

Rick Erbach, news director at WGNO said,“Living in the Southeast, Martha has had plenty of experiences with tropical weather, severe weather, and flooding. She’s a serious student of weather forecasting.”

Ahead of Announcement, Jeb Bush Talked 2016 With WPLG

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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush shook up the Republican side of the 2016 presidential race with a tweet Tuesday morning, saying he had decided to “actively explore the possibility” of running. The announcement sent politicos into a flurry of speculation and analysis about what a Bush campaign might look like, and how it might fare. Miami ABC affiliate WPLG political reporters Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg got a hint, talking to Bush Saturday for Sunday’s “This Week in South Florida.”

Asked directly about making an announcement, Bush said “this is a really serious, life-changing decision, and I’m going to take my time.” Asked what his criteria would be on making the final decision–which Bush said would come early next year–Bush said “it’s personal. Do I have what it takes to go through this campaign and be capable of leading this country? That’s a humbling thought if you’re really serious about it.”

Watch the full interview, after the jump. Read more

Nexstar Spends Millions on WOI Makeover

woi croppedNexstar owned Des Moines ABC affiliate WOI just got a million dollar makeover.

The station says starting January 5, viewers can expect to see new branding, a full high-definition broadcast airing from a new state-of-the-art facility and some new anchors.

“It’s no secret that the station has struggled over the years for multiple reasons, and we’re ready to bulldoze that image,” WOI news director April Samp told The Des Moines Register. “If people give us a chance, I think they’ll be pleasantly surprised.”

Among the changes viewers will see will be a new anchor line up. Jack Miller will anchor the weekday evening 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts. He comes from News 13 in Orlando, Fla. Stephanie Angleson will move from her morning anchor slot to join Miller as co-anchor alongside longtime chief meteorologist Brad Edwards and new sports director Jon Schaeffer.

The station has re-named its morning show Good Morning Iowa which will feature anchors Sabrina Ahmed and new anchor Elias Johnson, who comes from Reno’s KRNV. They will be joined by the station’s chief political correspondent Amanda Krenz.

Samp told TVSpy, the station got a complete overhaul after Nexstar brought her in along with new GM Jon Skorburg. She said the station group wanted WOI to become a “leading news station in Central Iowa.” Read more

WTNH Meteorologist Leaves Station

Erika Martin told viewers goodbye on the WTNH Friday night 6:00 p.m. news.

Friday on her facebook page, she said, in part, “Well CT, this is it…My very last forecast for News 8!!!” She added, “I am going to follow my dreams and grow as a meteorologist. I’ll be posting my new station and new opportunities in the upcoming days.”

The Hartford Courant reports “There had been rumors for weeks that  she was leaving the station but she had declined to comment. No word on who her replacement will be yet.”

Martin had worked at the Hartford-New Haven ABC affiliate since 2012.

Cheryl Scott Joins WLS

scott wls croppedCheryl Scott has joined Chicago ABC owned station WLS as meteorologist.

Scott will work alongside current WLS meteorologists Jerry Taft, Tracy Butler, Mike Caplan and Phil Schwarz as a fill-in on various newscasts.

“I’m excited to join ABC 7 Eyewitness News and their respected and dedicated weather team,” said Scott. “I am truly thankful for the opportunity to continue my career in Chicago, a city I have come to know and love, and now call home!”

The news was first reported by Robert Feder. Scott started as the morning and evening weekend meteorologist at Chicago NBC owned station WMAQ in September 2011.

Augusta Reporter Cited for Disorderly Conduct

Mike-MillerMike Miller, weekend  anchor and investigative reporter for Augusta, Ga. ABC affiliate WJBF was arrested Friday night.

The station reported the arrest on its website saying:

WJBF reporter and anchor, Mike Miller, has been cited by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office for disorderly conduct.  The incident happened Friday evening at the Country Club.  Mike has been released on his own recognizance.

Augusta crime said Miller was arrested for “being intoxicated and grabbing a deputy’s taser.”

A quick check of TVEyes shows Miller, who has worked at WJBF since June 2012, didn’t anchor this weekend’s newscasts. TVSpy has asked Miller for comment. We will update when we hear back.

Kevin Fries Named WCJB News Director

WCJB Logo BroadcastKevin Fries has been named news director for Gainesville, Fla. ABC affiliate WCJB.

WCJB GM Carolyn Barrett told TVSpy Fries starts next Monday December 22.

Fries was assistant news director for WBRZ in Baton Rouge, La. He’s also worked at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando. He replaces Andrea Clenney who left the station in October to be news director at WLTZ in Columbus, Ga.

Detroit’s Iconic Anchor, Bill Bonds, Dies at 82

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In Detroit, there were news anchors, and then there was Bill Bonds. “People automatically thought Bonds when they thought news,” Amyre Makupson, a former anchor at WKBD, told the Detroit Free Press. “Whether you liked him or not, whether you liked his opinions or not, he made news not boring.”

Bonds, who anchored at WXYZ from the mid-1960′s through the 1990′s, died of a heart attack Saturday. The station aired extensive coverage of Bonds’ life and career Saturday night.

Former WXYZ general manager Jeanne Findlater told the Free Press managing Bonds was a “nonstop job…It was as frustrating an experience as I ever had. It was, in equal measure, a rewarding experience.” As the newspaper recalled, Bonds’ private life was as well-known as his work on TV:
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