Paul Karpowicz, president, Local Media Group, announced Pimentel’s new gig in an internal memo obtained by TVSpy:
He has a proven track record of success in leading KMOV in ratings growth, taking the station from No. 3 to No. 1 in News in two years. He has also significantly increased spot and digital revenues… This new role at WGCL serves as an Atlanta homecoming for Mark as he spent his early career as Executive News Producer for WSB-TV and News Director of WXIA-TV. Please help me in welcoming Mark to the WGCL team.
Pimentel’s new position is effective immediately.
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.
Good day Facebook! Yes, it’s true my last day on CBS46 is near! Please be as happy for me as I AM for myself…. http://t.co/XUR1oUepi3
— Markina Brown (@MarkinaCBS46) November 11, 2014
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
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.
Atlanta 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”
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.
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, 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!”
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