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Shots Fired at KTRK in Houston

Shots have been fired at KTRK, the ABC-owned station in Houston. A tipster tells us all employees are being kept inside the station for safety reasons.

>Update: KTRK has posted a story about the incident online: Read more

WCVB Names J.C. Monahan and Phil Lipof Co-Anchors of 5 p.m. Newscast

JC Monahan and Phil Lipof_304x200J.C. Monahan and Phil Lipof have been named co-anchors of the 5 p.m. newscast at WCVB, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Boston. The pair, who have been anchoring together for several months, are officially assuming their roles on a permanent basis.

“As a team, J.C. and Phil have a great rapport which is essential to establishing a successful and enduring news team,” WCVB general manager Bill Fine said in a statement. “Their reporting styles and personalities have resonated very well with our viewers and we are confident that in their new roles, they will continue to retain our ‘news leadership’ position in the market.”

Monahan will continue in her role as co-anchor of “Chronicle,” WCVB’s nightly newsmagazine.

Chicago Station Invests in Investigative Unit

wls_304Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports Chicago ABC owned station WLS‘ investment in its investigative unit is good news for local television.

Feder says WLS chief investigative reporter Chuck Goudie “heads a franchise that has expanded its brand, doubled its personnel and elevated local TV to a new competitive level in recent months.”

“Our investigative team has been a hallmark of ABC 7 Eyewitness News, working incredibly hard to find stories important to our viewers,” Jennifer Graves, vice president and news director, said in a statement. “By expanding resources and adding a consumer focus, we are building on the I-Team’s strength of enterprise reporting.  I’m very proud of the quality work our I-Team contributes to our news product on a daily basis.” Read more

Veteran Houston Anchor Back on Air After Surgery

ward_ktrk croppedKTRK anchor Dave Ward is back on the anchor desk after successful shoulder surgery.

“The cartilage had worn out on my right shoulder,” Ward told the Houston Chronicle. “So they put in some kind of plastic cartilage replacement and a rod in the ball joint and sewed me up, and here I am.”

He was absent from ABC owned station KTRK for three weeks while recovering.

Ward has been with KTRK since 1966 and has been its primary anchor since 1968. He returned to air last week to anchor the 6:00 p.m. news. According to the Chronicle, he hopes to be back on the 10:00 p.m soon.

“I’ve had a little maintenance,” said Ward. “But I’m good for another 50,000 miles.”

Kelli Cook Leaves Orlando for Memphis

kelli cook news 13Kelli Cook is joining Memphis ABC affiliate WATN as weekend anchor.

“I definitely missed being around family,” Cook told the Orlando Sentinel. “Most of my family is in Memphis, including my parents, nephews, a host of cousins and the extended family. I wanted some time to reconnect with them.”

Cook had worked at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando since 2008. She had also worked at WLOV and WTVA in Tupelo, MS.

Former WXYZ News Director Phil Nye Dies


Phil Nye, former news director for Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, has died.

Nye was the news director for the station in the 1970′s.

According to WXYZ, Nye’s friends and colleagues shared their thoughts about him on social media, “Some of the comments refer to him as a “super leader,” “a true talent” and a “wonderfully compassionate human being.”

He was 87.

Don Welch Set to Retire From WTVC

don welchDon Welch will retire from WTVC, the ABC affiliate in Chattanooga, next month. Welch, who has worked at WTVC since 1990, will officially sign off April 23.

Welch is a longtime veteran of local television. He has worked at two other Chattanooga stations, WRCB and WDEF, as well as WTVF in Nashville.  ”Whether it was drawing on a weather board in the ’70s or hosting ‘This ‘N That’ today, the folks at home graciously invited me to be a part of their day,” Welch said in a statement. “For that, I am very grateful. As I look back, I realize it’s all been good.”

Welch hosts and produces “This ‘N That,” a daily weekday show that airs at 12:30 p.m. Watch his announcement here.

Suspicious Package Prompts WSIL Evacuation

A suspicious package forced the evacuation of Harrisburg, IL, ABC affiliate WSIL this morning.

The station said employees were allowed back in the building after after authorities “placed the item in a container and carried it away from the building.”

The FBI and local police are still investigating.

Ben Sherwood Named President of Disney/ABC Television Group

BEN SHERWOOD (PRESIDENT, ABC NEWS)ABC News president Ben Sherwood has been announced as Anne Sweeney‘s successor as president of Disney/ABC Television Group. Sherwood’s appointment will take place after Sweeney steps down next year.

Sherwood is a longtime ABC News veteran who has been president of the news division since 2010. In his new role, he will have oversight of the ABC Owned Television Station Group, as well as ABC Television Network and ABC Studios.

“It was Ben’s intense passion and incredible insight that made us confident he’d do great things as President of ABC News. Over the years, he has moved from success-to-success, and helped create a more vibrant, collaborative and powerful News division that embraces innovation and risk-taking,” Sweeney said in a statement. “Ben’s now set to bring those same attributes to bear for the larger Group, and I could not be more thrilled.”

TVNewser has more.

Chris Riva Joins WCPO as Morning Anchor

Chris Riva _wcpoCincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO announced the addition of Chris Riva as co-anchor of “Good Morning Tri-State.”

“We conducted a national search for the right person, and Chris was the perfect fit for the team,” Jeff Brogan, WCPO VP and GM said in a statement. “He was born and raised here and understands the significance of this in telling a community story.”

Riva comes to WCPO from KCRA in Sacramento, CA. He has also worked in Denver, Green Bay, WI, and Dayton, OH.

He begins co-anchoring with Kathrine Nero on April 21.

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