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Roland Steadham, Out at WPLG After One Year, Headed to Boise

RolandSteadhamRoland Steadham, who joined Miami ABC affiliate WPLG just one year ago, will leave the station and head to Boise. TV NewsCheck reports Steadham will become chief meteorologist at Boise CBS affiliate KBOI on Sept. 15.

It’s another cross-country trip for Steadham, who joined WPLG from KTVX in Salt Lake City, where he was chief meteorologist. Before working at KTVX, he was chief meteorologist at cross town rival KUTV. Steadham was well known to South Florida viewers, having worked at both WSVN and WTVJ.

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KBOI Pulls Controversial Promo Spots Off Air

KBOI_spotsSinclair owned Boise, ID, CBS affiliate KBOI recently ran a couple of promos that seemed to promote a political agenda rather than the station.

While one told viewers “KBOI believes that the best government is small government” the other went after health care reform.

Don Pratt, KBOI VP and GM told the Boise Weekly, “Our intention was to create a bold new marketing message.”

One viewer voiced his opinion of the spots on the station’s facebook page, “Your new commercial is appalling, it’s Fox News Lite. Maybe a boycott of your station is in order until you decide to stop telling people what kind of government they should have and you start reporting the news again in an objective and unbiased manner.”

Pratt added his station didn’t mean “to create a spot that creates an impression of bias. But to the extent that we’ve done that, we’re obviously going to be held accountable for that.”

The spots have stopped airing. Read more

KTVB Set to Launch 4 p.m. Newscast

controlroom_304x200Boise NBC affiliate KTVB is launching a 4 p.m. weekday newscast.

“Our community relies on KTVB to keep them informed,” KTVB executive news director Kate Morris said in a statement.”…This newscast will be everything you would expect from Idaho’s top-rated news team, experience and expertise.”

The hourlong newscast will be anchored by Dee Sarton, who currently anchors at 5 and 6 p.m., and Carolyn Holly, who currently anchors at noon and 10 p.m. The pair will be joined by chief meteorologist Rick Lantz.

Don Pratt Tapped as VP-GM of Boise’s KBOI-KYUU

Don Pratt is stepping into the role of vice president and general manager at KBOI-KYUU, the Fisher Communications duopoly in Boise.

Pratt comes from the Fisher-owned station in Portland, ABC-affiliate KATU, where he has been the vice president and news director since 2006. Prior to that, he worked at WHDH in Boston, WCSC in Charleston and KGO in San Francisco.

“We’ve been very pleased with Don’s performance at KATU, where he took our news product to its next level, establishing the strongest news brand in the market,” said KATU general manager John Tamerlano, who is also the SVP of Fisher Regional Television. Read more

VIDEO: Teenagers Pour Water Over KBOI’s Alana Brophy During Her Live Shot

Alana Brophy got a surprise cool-down during her weather report on KBOI yesterday (video above). Brophy was in the middle of a tease for her weekend forecast when a group of teenagers snuck up behind her and poured water over her head.

“They got me! Teenagers,” Brophy said good-naturedly when KBOI returned from commercial. “What it would be like to be a teen. I was a pretty rowdy one. I don’t think they would have messed with me.” [via @TravisMayfield]

Paul Gerke Named Sports Director at KIVI-KNIN

Paul Gerke has signed on as sports director at KIVI-KNIN in Boise.

Gerke, who made his debut on ABC-affiliate KIVI last week, joins the station from WBKB in Alpeana, MI. He has also worked at WJRT in Flynt, MI.

“You grow up watching sports and then you get to a point in your adult life when you realize, you’re just not good enough to keep playing them,” Gerke joked on his debut newscast. “And that’s how this started.”

KIVI Anchor Tamara Jolee Reveals She Suffers From Same Blood Disorder as Robin Roberts

Just a week after Robin Robertspublicly announced that she suffers from MDS, KIVI anchor Tamara Jolee has revealed that she suffers from a similar blood and bone marrow disorder as the “Good Morning America” anchor.

In a recent statement, Jolee said she was “heartbroken” to hear about Roberts’ diagnosis.

“Although my cancer and blood disorder battle is long from over, I’m forever grateful of the life I’ve lived, no matter how long or short,” Jolee said. “I send my prayers and well wishes to Robin and everyone else out there fighting a health scare.” Read more

Video: KBOI Producer Drops F-Bomb (Twice) During Morning Newscast

It was a rough morning in the KBOI control room last Friday. After a mix-up with the show’s graphics, a producer could be heard on-air dropping the f-bomb. Twice. [Via Buzzfeed]

Boise’s KTRV Suspends News Operations, Cuts Staff

KTRV, an independent station in Boise,  shut down news operations on Monday and announced plans to shrink production staff this week.

The Block Communications-owned station, formerly a Fox-affiliate, became independent earlier this fall after Fox gave its affiliation to KNIN. As recently as this summer, KTRV planned to add six staffers to its newsgathering operations, as well as expanding morning and evening newscast.

Just six months later, the station is reversing course, releasing a statement today saying the station will function under a new business model that “does not include news.”

“A network affiliate requires a different business model than does an independent station,” said Bill Lamb, vice president of Block Communications. “As a result, a reduction in staff is taking place this week.” Read more

Idaho Stations Fight for More Access to Execution

News stations in Idaho have joined with several other media outlets in the state to challenge the proposed schedule of an execution set for Friday.

Paul Ezra Rhoades is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Friday morning and authorities have barred members of the media from viewing the first 25 minutes of the procedure.

The execution is the first to occur in Idaho in over 15 years and prison officials plan to begin the procedure in private before allowing witnesses into the execution chamber. Read more

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