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WGCL Names Jim Kosek Chief Meteorologist

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Atlanta stations have lost three chief meteorologists this year alone, and WGCL is one of them. After Markina Brown‘s departure earlier this month, the CBS affiliate was once again on the lookout for a new weather anchor. Well, it looks like they’ve found Brown’s replacement.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution‘s Rodney Ho, Jim Kosek will replace Brown as chief meteorologist at the station. Kosek previously worked at Kansas City CBS affiliate KCTV for just five months. Prior to that, he was chief meteorologist at AccuWeather, where his wacky weather forecasts went viral.

WGCL news director Larry Perret announced the news in a memo to staff members yesterday.

Kosek’s first day is December 1.

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Markina Brown Leaving WGCL

WGCL chief meteorologist Markina Brown is leaving the Atlanta CBS affiliate Friday.

In an exclusive, she told the Atlanta Journal Constitution‘s Rodney Ho, “I would like to thank the viewers in the greater Atlanta area for their support over the years, as well as the top brass at CBS 46 for the opportunity to work with a talented, successful weather and news team, who are dedicated to delivering quality broadcasts every night.”

The AJC writes Brown, who hasn’t said where she’s going, is the third chief meteorologist to leave Atlanta this year. Read more

Jennifer Rigby Named WXIA News Director

wxiaJennifer Rigby has been named news director of the Atlanta NBC and MyNetworkTV affiliates WXIA-WATL.

Rigby comes to WXIA from The Weather Channel where she was VP of Live Programming. Before working for TWC, she was a senior consultant at Smith Geiger and had worked as news director at Cox Media stations in Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Dayton.

“We’re thrilled that Jennifer is joining the Networks of 11Alive and Gannett,” John Deushane, president and GM, said in a statement. “Her unique, yet integrated, leadership at the station, network, and digital level combined with her broad range of consultative expertise makes her the perfect candidate to lead our ever expanding content offerings.”

She starts Monday, November 24.

AT&T U-Verse Subscribers Reportedly See White House Emergency Alert in Error

eas messageAtlanta FOX owned station WAGA is reporting AT&T U-Verse subscribers in Northern Georgia, Detroit, Mich. and Austin, Texas have reported seeing an emergency alert that can only be activated by the White House.

The message read in part, “We interrupt our programming at the request of the White House. This is the Emergency Alert System. All normal programming has been discontinued during this emergency.” The viewers then had their channels changed to the local NBC affiliate where the graphic below popped up on screen.

>UPDATE: AT&T issued a statement saying, “Earlier today U-verse TV customers may have received an Emergency Alert notification. We have confirmed that there is no emergency at this time and we are investigating why this occurred. We apologize for any inconvenience. As soon as more information becomes available, I will share with our local media immediately”

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According to WAGA, “Engineers with FOX 5 say the alert can only be activated by the President in times of emergency.”

WAGA said engineers from U-Verse told them the message showed up even though there are no know emergency alerts that would have triggered it. Tipsters tell us the message appeared due to a U-Verse error.

Trey Fabacher Out at WGCL

WGCL_304WGCL is undergoing a change in direction. TVSpy just confirmed Trey Fabacher, GM of WGCL, has left the station. Meredith wouldn’t say when he left or why.

This comes on the heels of confirming that the Atlanta CBS affiliate has hired Larry Perret as news director to replace Lane Michaelsen who left the station in July.

Fabacher came to WGCL from WWJ in Detroit in September 2012. He has also worked at KSTW in Seattle and WCCO and KSTP in Minneapolis, Minn.

Larry Perret New WGCL News Director

WGCL_304Larry Perret has been named news director at Meredith owned CBS affiliate WGCL.

Perret comes to WGCL from Meredith’s KCTV-KSMO in Kansas City where he had been news director since October, 2013.

“I’m honored to be making the move within Meredith to Atlanta,” Perret said in a statement. “I’m really looking forward to working for a great company that is dedicated to taking CBS46 to new heights.”

Before working at KCTV-KSMO, he was news director at KTVX in Salt Lake City. He’s also worked as a producer for Entertainment Tonight and as a senior consultant for Frank N. Magid and Associates.

He has worked for Lin, Raycom, and Hubbard Broadcasting and has also held news management positions in a number of other top 20 markets, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston.

In a 1977 appearance on Tomorrow with Tom Snyder, Perret tells Snyder he started at NBC as a page. After the jump, you can see Perret tell Snyder he’s leaving NBC to work as an anchor in Cheyenne, WY. Read more

Brian Monahan Leaving Seattle’s KIRO for WSB in Atlanta

web_bio_monahanBrian Monahan, meteorologist at Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO, is leaving the station for Atlanta, where he’ll join Cox sister station WSB. “Finishing up my last morning on KIRO7, and my co-workers sent me off with a signed 12th man flag (of course!),” Monahan posted to Facebook. “I’ll miss these guys a lot as I head to Atlanta!”

Monahan joined KIRO from yet another Cox station, WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando. Monahan followed Bob Jordan from Orlando to Seattle, making the move in 2012.

WGCL Brings Back Noon Newscast

connell wgclStarting Monday, Meredith owned CBS affiliate WGCL will once again air a Noon newscast.

The station stopped airing a Noon show in September 2011.

Anchor Jocelyn Connell announced the new show on her facebook page saying, “I have been blessed with the opportunity to anchor the show along with Meteorologist Jim Loznicka bringing you the weather. We’re excited and can’t wait to get started!”

[Atlanta Journal Constitution]

Gannett Bumps WXIA News Director to Corporate Office

gannett_logoEllen Crooke, news director for Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA, has been named VP of News for parent company Gannett Broadcasting.

Crooke was also the and regional news executive for Gannett. She started with the station group in 2002 as VP of news for WGRZ in Buffalo. She joined WXIA in 2008.

“Ellen is a passionate and innovative leader who is committed to reinventing local journalism in this digital age,” Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting said in a statement. “We’re excited to have her on the corporate team.”

Crooke had also worked as news director at WNDU in South Bend, IN, assistant news director at WHAS in Louisville, KY, and as a producer for WOKR (now WHAM) in Rochester, NY, and WTEN in Albany.

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