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Sheila Balistreri Signs Off From KTUU

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Longtime KTUU morning anchor Sheila Balistreri said goodbye to viewers of the Anchorage, AK, NBC affiliate Friday.

Balsitreri started her broadcasting career at KFYR in Bismarck, ND. Before she came to KTUU in 1994 she worked in radio in Salt Lake City, UT, with a stop at NBC affiliate KSL.

As part of her send off, she got a goodbye from Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie from NBC’s Today Show and, according to the Alaska Dispatch, red rose petals in the hallway leading to the studio.

Balistreri has been with “Morning Edition” since day one, working the grueling 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. overnight shift required to produce the show while the rest of Alaska slept. For years, she worked through the night to produce the show, sometimes even at personal expense. She said her family would often note that it seemed like she was in a fog when she got home, a result of giving all her energy to making sure the job was done right, she said

Maria Downey, assistant news director and longtime evening news anchor, said Balistreri was a perfect fit to start the morning newscast, with her strong news experience and commitment to Alaska. Downey noted Balistreri was always willing to get up early and couldn’t remember a time she called in sick. Even with the grueling shift, and other anchors coming and going over the years, Balistreri remained a fixture. Read more

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KTVA Nominated For News Set of the Year

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KTVA, the CBS affiliate in Anchorage, has been nominated as Newscast Studio’s “Set of the Year.” The set, designed by Devlin Design Group, debuted in December.

KTVA’s set is competing against the set of Canada AM, designed by Creative Group, Inc. Vote here.

DDG Designs Set For KTVA

With KTVA’s move into a new Anchorage station, the CBS affiliate has begun broadcasting from a new set designed by Devlin Design Group (pictures below).  “The dazzling set designed by DDG jumps out of the screen and sits on the couch next to you,” KTVA general manager Gary Donovan said in a statement.

Alaska CBS Affiliate Debuts New Station

KTVA-newsroomAfter starting work last January, Anchorage, AK, CBS affiliate KTVA has debuted its new station.

“It’s more than a testament to modern engineering it really is a promise kept by the new owners to take KTVA to an entirely new level,” said John Tracy, consultant for parent company GCI. “In the end, it’s going to be good for journalism, it’s going to be good for competition and it’s going to be good for Alaskans.”

According to the station, new owners Denali Media doubled the staff to occupy the 17,000 square feet of office space on the second floor of the East Anchorage building housing the Anchorage Daily News.

The building also features a 3,000 square foot studio that was custom made by Devlin Design Group. Read more

Dave German Named Station Manager of KTBY in Anchorage

ktby logoDave German has been named station manager of KTBY, Coastal Television Broadcasting’s Fox affiliate in Anchorage, TVNewsCheck reports.

In his new role, German will report to Coastal COO Scott Centers and oversee ad sales and other services for ABC affiliate KYUR and CW affiliate KWBX.

German comes from Savannah, Ga. where he has been sales manager at WJCL-WTGS since 2010. He began his television career at WJCL almost three decades ago and saw the station through several affiliate changes, as well as its relocation from South Carolina to Savannah.

KTUU Breaks Ground on New Building

NBC affiliate KTUU has broken ground on its new facility in downtown Anchorage.

“This facility will be the first in our 60-year history that is built specifically for what we do as a media company. It will be a great platform for our talented employees, who deserve a top notch work environment that matches their unparalleled abilities,” general manager Andy MacLeod said in a statement. “The facility will be a springboard for our future as we look to modernize our workflows and develop top quality content across all media platforms.”

The 40,000 square foot building is slated for a Summer 2014 opening.

KTUU Building New Studio in Anchorage

As KTUU marks its 60th year on the air, the NBC affiliate is building a new studio in downtown Anchorage.

“This is a major milestone for Channel 2,” president and general manager Andy MacLeod said in a statement. “As we celebrate our 60th Anniversary this year, there is no better time to look toward the future. This 40,000-square-foot facility is an investment in Alaska, and it will give us the unparalleled ability to grow and develop content across all media platforms long into the future.”

Neeser Construction will build the new facility, which will a block and a half away from the station’s current studio and newstroom.

WREG Anchor a Passenger on Stranded Carnival Cruise Ship

Kris Anderson, anchor for Memphis CBS affiliate WREG, couldn’t go far enough on his vacation to get away from breaking news.

Anderson was vacationing with his family on the Carnival cruise ship Dream when the ship had problems with one of its generators on its final stop in St. Maarten. Anderson told WREG both he and his family are doing fine.

He’s been giving the station regular updates on what’s been going on with the down on its luck cruise liner. “Most of the folks who I talk to, in fact 90 to 95 percent of the people I talk to, are enjoying it,” Anderson told WREG. He added most passengers are soaking up the sun and the extra time they get to spend on the Caribbean island. Read more

KTUU Reporter Dan Fiorucci Fired For ‘inappropriate online communications’

KTUU, the NBC affiliate in Anchorage, has fired reporter Dan Fiorruci for “inappropriate online communications,” general manager Andy MacLeod said in a statement Tuesday.

“Late Friday, Channel 2 was made aware of inappropriate online communications allegedly involving one of our employees, Daniel Fiorucci,” the statement reads. “We immediately notified Anchorage police so they could investigate the matter. Channel 2 immediately ended Mr. Fiorucci’s employment.”

The Anchorage Daily News has more details on Fiorucci’s exit:

The firing came after a website that describes itself as being dedicated to “teaching child predators a lesson” posted a transcript that purports to be a conversation between Fiorucci and someone posing as a 14-year-old girl. The conversation includes sexual banter. Read more

Meteorologist David George Joins KTUU

Four weeks after his dismissal from WMTV in Madison, meteorologist David George has announced he is joining KTUU in Anchorage.

George begins as the morning meteorologist at the NBC-affiliated KTUU on October 7.

“KTUU’s employees were very gracious, and Channel 2′s management has done everything imaginable to make me feel excited about this career move,” George told TVSpy via email.

George was let go from WMTV in August after 15 years at the Madison NBC affiliate. Read more

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