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For the First Time in 16 Years, ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ Will Beat NBC’s ‘Today’

ABC’s “Good Morning America” is projected to win the week of April 9 in the morning show ratings, beating NBC’s “Today” for the first time in 16 years.

“Today” has been on top for 852 weeks straight, since December 1995. “GMA,” which has been slowly gaining ground for the past year, topped “Today” on Friday by 333,000 Total Viewers, enough to put it over the top by 13,000 viewers for the week. These are preliminary projections, with final Nielsen numbers out Thursday morning.

“Everybody’s thrilled and cautiously optimistic that this holds up for the final numbers on Thursday,” an ABC insider tells TVNewser.

KSTP Photographer Will Ask Minneapolis PD for Independent Investigation of Occupy Incident

The KSTP photographer involved in an altercation with a police officer at an Occupy Minneapolis rally will ask the police department to refer the matter to the city attorney for an independent investigation into the incident, the station says.

Chad Nelson will meet with the Minneapolis Police Department’s internal affairs division today. Nelson was covering the Occupy Minneapolis rally over the weekend when he was violently shoved by a police officer, knocking his camera to the ground. Earlier this week, police chief Timothy Dolan called Nelson and apologized to him for the incident, according to KSTP.

“From my preliminary review of the video regarding Mr. Nelson, the officer’s interference does not appear to be necessary,” Dolan said in a statement earlier this week. “If that is the case, I’m very disappointed.” Read more

Away Since August, Frances Scott Returns to WTVD Anchor Desk

WTVD anchor Frances Scott returned to the air this week after an unexpectedly long period of time away following double hip surgery.

Scott, who has been with the Raleigh ABC station on and off since 1998, was born without hip sockets and underwent surgery in September to replace both of her hips.

Rehabilitation took longer than expected because Scott encountered a severe amount of pain while she learned to walk again.  In addition to retraining her muscles, she had to retrain her nervous system.

“I thought I’d be better in three months,” Scott told TVSpy recently, speaking about her prolonged leave of absence.  “I’m sure it was incredibly hard and frustrating for everybody [at WTVD].” Read more

Reporter Mary Nguyen Out at Orlando’s WFTV

Reporter Mary Nguyen is no longer with WFTV, the ABC-affiliate in Orlando, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

General manager Shawn Bartelt confirmed that Nguyen had parted ways with the station but did not elaborate on the details of her departure.

Nguyen has been a reporter at WFTV since 2003. Her last day on the air was March 23.

Ellen McNamara Set to Join KSTP as Anchor-Reporter

WFTS weekend morning anchor Ellen McNamara has left the Tampa ABC-affiliate for a Monday-Friday anchor-reporter job at KSTP in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

McNamara began her broadcasting career with CBS-affiliate KLBK in Lubbock, TX.  After a stint with KXAN in Austin, she joined WFTS in April 2009.

McNamara is the daughter of longtime CBS News correspondent Bob McNamara and her family has strong ties to the Twin Cities. Her parents met in Minnesota and her dad worked at local CBS-affiliate WCCO before joining CBS News.

“Although I’ve never lived there, my family has strong ties to the area,” McNamara said, mentioning that her sister currently lives in Minnesota. “I’m very excited.” Read more

Cop Attacks KSTP Videographer

As police arrested protesters at an Occupy Minneapolis rally on Saturday night, one officer attacked a KSTP videographer as he attempted to film the arrests.

In an amateur video (above) of the altercation, a police officer can be seen violently shoving KSTP videographer Chad Nelson, knocking his camera to the ground. Read more

Meteorologist Brittany Bell Joining KHBS-KHOG

Meteorologist Brittany Bell is joining KHBS-KHOG in Fort Smith-Fayetteville, AR.  Bell will anchor the weather on the stations’ weekend evening newscasts and work as a reporter during the week.

“We are pleased to have Brittany join our team of award-winning meteorologists,” KHBS-KHOG news director Dawn Dugle said.  “She joins us in the middle of severe weather season, where our viewers will notice her commitment to keeping them safe during spring storms.”

Bell is set to graduate from Mississippi State in May with a B.S. in professional meteorology.  She recently worked as a fill-in weathercaster at WMC in Memphis. Read more

Jorge Estevez Leaving WFOR to Return to WFTV

Jorge Estevez is leaving Miami and going back to Orlando.

Estevez, who has worked as a reporter for Miami’s WFOR since 2006, is departing the CBS station to return to WFTV, the Orlando station where he worked prior to moving to South Florida.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring Jorge back to Central Florida,” WFTV-WRDQ vice president and general manager Shawn Bartelt said, announcing the move.  “I am sure that our viewers who remember Jorge will share our excitement when he is back on our air this summer.” Read more

Longtime Toledo Meteorologist Stan Stachak Retiring, WTVG Announces His Successor

WTVG chief meteorologist Stan Stachak announced his retirement this week, and the Toledo ABC-affiliate has tapped morning meteorologist Jay Berschback as his successor.

“The goal is to continue to build on the proud tradition of coverage that Stan has built at the station,” WTVG executive news director Brian Trauring said.  “We are thrilled to have such an experienced and personable meteorologist already on staff that is able to succeed Stan.  These are big shoes to fill but Jay is the perfect person to lead our weather coverage.”

WTVG also announced that current weekend weathercaster “Blizzard” Bill Spencer would replace Berschback on the station’s weekday morning newscasts. Read more

Longtime WICS Anchor Jerry Lambert to Retire

Jerry Lambert, who currently anchors WICS‘s 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts, is set to retire after 17 years with the Springfield, IL ABC-affiliate.

Lambert, 61, says that stepping away from the WICS anchor desk will allow him to focus on his family and enjoy some leisure time. He told The State Journal-Register recently that he wants to “just sort of have fun with life.”

His final day on-air is scheduled for July 12–his birthday.

Lambert joined WICS in 1995, after working at WTVT in Tampa, as well as WTTV and WTHR in Indianapolis. Read more

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