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Mobile CBS Affiliate Debuts New Set

6 Anchor TeamMedia General’s Mobile, AL, CBS affiliate WKRG has debuted its new set.

Created by David Weller Design of New York, WKRG’s goal was to make a set that viewers in the market would remember.

WKRG calls the set “High Tech – Old Mobile.” The concept combines the look of the historic city with high tech accents.

The new set launch coincided with a new graphics look for both WKRG and sister station WVTM in Birmingham. The graphics were designed by JCBurns Design of Atlanta. View more pictures of the set after the jump. Read more

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Former KMBC Meteorologist Lisa Teachman Joining KCTV

Lisa-Teachman--2010----29339610Former KMBC meteorologist Lisa Teachman is joining Kansas City CBS affiliate KCTV.

“Family and close friends…I am happy to share this announcement with you!” Teachman wrote on her facebook page. “I am joining KCTV5 as their 5th meteorologist!!!! I am so excited and thrilled to be working with the most accurate weather team in Kansas City.”

Teachman left KMBC in January after her contract had reportedly not been renewed.

The Kansas City Star reports she will do both weather and traffic for the morning show starting Thursday.

Criminal Charges Against Former WCAX Reporter Dropped After Apology

matt henson_304x200Former WCAX reporter Matt Henson had charges of prohibited acts and lewd and lascivious conduct dropped after he apologized to the alleged victim.

Henson was let go from the Burlington, VT, CBS affiliate after being accused of allegedly groping a woman at a bar in Lyndon.

Caledonia County State’s Attorney Lisa Warren told the Burlington Free Press she dropped the charges after the apology.

“The complaining witness told us from the beginning that all she wanted from Henson was a sincere apology,” Warren said in the email.

Henson and the woman met April 9 in a conference room at Warren’s office. Henson apologized to the woman and she indicated to Warren she “was satisfied with his apology and wanted to move on with her life.”

Warren also said the woman supported the dismissal of the criminal case against Henson.

Henson issued a statement after the charges were dismissed saying he was “glad this year’s long nightmare is over and I can finally move on with my life.” He also thanked those who had supported him during the last year.

Phil Blauer Out at KFMB

blauer croppedKFMB anchor Phil Blauer is no longer working for the San Diego CBS affiliate.

KFMB general manger Pat Nevin confirmed the news with TVSpy via email, but didn’t respond when we asked why Blauer left.

Blauer had worked at KFMB since 1998 and was named weekend evening anchor in May 2012. Before coming to KFMB, Blauer worked at KESQ in Palm Springs for 15 years.

KEYE Says Goodbye to Longtime Employee

williams keyeIt’s not often one of the people working behind the scenes gets a write up when they leave a station.

Austin American-Statesman media writer Gary Dinges reports Sousa Williams is leaving Austin CBS affiliate KEYE after 19 years.

“Over the years she’s held a variety of roles, including 10 p.m. producer, executive producer, news operations manager and, most recently, new media manager overseeing the station’s website and social media accounts, among other things,” writes Dinges.

“There are so many unsung, hardworking journalists behind the scenes in a TV newsroom,” KEYE anchor Judy Maggio (pictured left) wrote on her facebook page. “I’ve worked side by side with Sousa Williams at 2 TV stations and she’s one of the best. We will miss you, Sousa. Happy Trails and enjoy your new adventure.”

Williams is heading to Connecticut to be with her girlfriend. Today is her last day.

Don Scott Set to Retire From WJZ

Don Scott has announced he will retire from WJZ, the CBS-owned station in Baltimore, after four decades with the station:

Scott anchors the morning newscast alongside Marty Bass. He joined WJZ when he was 24 after working at station in Dayton and Lima, Ohio.

Elise Morgan Says Goodbye to WHNT


WHNT anchor Elise Morgan has announced she’s leaving the Huntsville, AL, CBS affiliate to be closer to her mother who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

“As a journalist, I’m reminded every day how short life is. But when your parent is facing an illness, it brings it even closer to home,” Morgan wrote on the station’s website. “After 7 ½ years away from my family in Texas, it became clear it’s time to go home and cherish every moment I have with all my loved ones.”

Morgan came to WHNT in 2006. She had previously worked at stations in Dallas-Fort Worth and Waco, TX.

Fiesta Desk! San Antonio Station Debuts Answer to Ice Desk


It’s a piñata! It’s an anchor desk! It’s KENS 5 Fiesta Desk! Yay!

San Antonio CBS affiliate KENS revealed its warm weather answer to the ice desk in honor of the city’s annual party “Fiesta.”

Simon Gonzales, the man who built the anchor desk piñata “says the “KENS 5 Fiesta Desk” isn’t the weirdest piñata he’s ever made… he’s made life-sized elephants, piñatas of celebrities like Michael Jackson and Tim Duncan and even Justin Bieber”

KOVR Clarifies Report About Anti-Abortion Group Handing Out Flyers to School Kids

Sacramento CBS owned station KOVR has issued a clarification to a story about anti-abortion group Project Truth passing out flyers to local school kids.

The Life Legal Defense Foundation, representing Project Truth demanded KOVR “Issue an apology to Project Truth for the false report. Report a follow up to the story correcting the falsehoods promulgated by reporter Anjalie Hemphill. Denounce the threats of violence and hate speech listed in the comments section of the story on the station’s website.”

“During our report, we interviewed Larry Blount, who lives across the street from the school and was upset by the fliers,” KOVR anchor Sam Shane told viewers. “A portion of the interview we aired may have created the impression that someone from the group, which calls itself Project Truth placed a flier on Mr. Blount’s car. A representative from Project Truth has told us that the group only distributed fliers on the public sidewalk in front of the school. We regret any confusion.”

Allison Aranda, senior staff counsel for Life Legal Defense Foundation, said in a statement, “We are pleased that KOVR chose to correct its misrepresentation of and false statements made about Project Truth, a pro-life group. It is always our hope that media will choose to be responsible and truthful in their coverage of this and other pro-life groups. The Life Legal Defense Foundation will help set the record straight when pro-life organizations are incorrectly portrayed by the media.”

Tampa Reporter Leaving TV to Work for Florida Congressman

rudie croppedWTSP reporter Preston Rudie is leaving the Tampa CBS affiliate to work as communications director for Rep David Jolly (R-FL).

“For the past 23 years, I’ve been serving the public and helping give a voice to the voiceless as a journalist,” said Rudie in a statement. “I think my years of working in the area and experience covering the issues that affect Pinellas County will help me better serve the people of the 13th District.”

Rudie started his TV career at WGBA in Green Bay, WI and worked at WITI in Milwaukee, WI, before moving to WTSP in 2002.

He officially starts Monday, April 21.

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