“We are pleased that Kirk has decided to join our station. He is an award winning journalist who will fit right in here at Newschannel 3,” WWMT vice president and general manager Jim Lutton said in a statement.
Former Portland, ME, anchor Doug Rafferty has reached a settlement in the lawsuit he filed in February against CBS affiliate WGME and its parent company Sinclair Broadcasting, according to the Kennebec Journal
Rafferty, who currently serves as a spokesman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, had been with the station for 13 years before suffering a stroke on air in January 2006.
“In 2007, General Manager Terry Cole and News Director Robert Atkinson told Mr. Rafferty that the station was removing him from ‘the chair.’ In other words, the station was removing Mr. Rafferty from his anchor position,” says the seven-page complaint in the lawsuit. “When Mr. Rafferty was replaced as anchor, he was 55 years old. His replacement was in his early 40s.”
The Kennebec Journal reports the settlement was reached “by mutual agreement.” Terms of the settlement were not available. Read more
The anchor for the local CBS affiliate has been off the air since early October after being suspended for her alleged role in a lawsuit accusing executives at a local charter school of siphoning off millions of dollars of the school’s money into two for-profit companies.
“The charges against J.C. do not match the J.C. that we know. J.C. has always given,” Norma Stewart, who said she has been a friend of Hayward for decades, told The Washington Post.
Friends and supporters who gathered outside WUSA’s offices Thursday prayed and sang, and said there’s no way Hayward — who has frequently volunteered for and donated to local charities — would have knowingly been involved in anything inappropriate. Read more
Zontini comes from Youngstown, where she worked at WKBN-WYTV-WYFX. At WHIO, she will be the meteorologist on the weekend morning and noon newscasts.
“We are excited to have Kirstie as an addition to our Storm Center 7 team,” chief meteorologist Jamie Simpson said in a statement. “Kirstie was born, raised, and educated in Ohio, so she is very knowledgeable of our weather patterns. Her experience forecasting lake effect snow in Youngstown will very valuable to WHIO viewers and listeners.”
More from WHIO after the jump. Read more
Molestina comes from WUSA in Washington, D.C. where he was a reporter. Before that he worked at KVIA in El Paso, TX. While in El Paso, Molestina was a volunteer firefighter for the West Valley Fire Department in El Paso County. He has also worked at TV and radio stations in Gainesville, FL.
His first day will be January 6, 2014.
Jim Romenesko reported Crandall sent out a press release as the LDS public affairs director about a church sponsored cleanup and home repair in the La Joya, Texas area. He then did a story about it for the CBS affiliate and posted the story on the station’s facebook page.
Romenesko sent the press release to Kimberly Wyatt, news director for KGBT. “I am unaware of much of the information listed below,” said Wyatt. “I will be looking into it.”
TVSpy has contacted Wyatt for further comment. We will update when we hear back.
A Kentucky TV Station is giving its viewers a bit of a history lesson on the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln‘s “Gettysburg Address.”
WLKY, the Louisville, KY, CBS affiliate, commemorated the event by enlisting its anchors and reporters for a promo where they read the 272 word address that was delivered a few months after the battle at Gettysburg to honor the dead and set the nation’s course for the rest of the war.
The speech was given at the dedication of the Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA on November 19, 1863 and was initially met with a lukewarm reception. According to USA Today, The Chicago Times called it, a speech with “silly, flat and dish-watery utterances.”
Huffman, who was managing editor, started at the station in July of 2002 as senior assignment editor.
The Minnesota native started his career in the early 90′s at Minneapolis CBS owned station WCCO.
“KFVS12 produces the finest news product in our market. We are very happy that we will continue to provide news viewer’s the choice of a first-class 9 p.m. newscast during Fox 23’s prime time lineup,” said KBSI general manager Mike Smythe.
This is the fourth year for “Heartland News at Nine” which airs in the Cape Girardeau, Paducah, KY, and Harrisburg, IL, market. The latest agreement runs through September 2016.
“We’re happy to continue our relationship with KBSI,” said KFVS general manager Tim Ingram. “Heartland News is dedicated to being where the viewer needs us to be, whether on your phone, on your tablet, on your computer, or on a different television station at a non-traditional time. We’re proud to partner with KBSI to continue the service.”
KVAL, the Sinclair owned CBS affiliate for Eugene, OR, called attention to a gaffe on the CBS Live Feed it shows on its website.
The station posted the mistake to its facebook page, “Awaiting President Obama’s remarks on the Affordable Care Act this morning, http://www.kval.com/
To a viewer it might appear KVAL and/or CBS was making a political statement. On its facebook posting the station added, “The result: an awkward juxtaposition …”