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Jesse Jones Jumping Stations in Seattle

jones kiroConsumer reporter Jesse Jones is leaving Seattle NBC affiliate KING for CBS affiliate KIRO.

“After nine years I am moving on from KING-TV,” Jones wrote on his facebook page. “I want to thank the station for its support of my family and the Get Jesse franchise.”

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports, Jones grew up in Tacoma and led Montana State University to a national title in 1984 as a fullback.

Using a broadcaster’s talents, and a won’t-be-stopped style borrowed from his gridiron position, Jones blew threw dishonest Puget Sound-area businesses and made “Get Jesse” a consistently interesting feature on the evening news.

King said on his facebook page he starts at KIRO in October, but because of his contract, he can’t appear on-air until April.

Jack Williams Says He’s Stepping Away from WBZ Anchor Desk

jack williams headshotAfter 39 years with the Boston CBS owned station WBZ, anchor Jack Williams said he wants to spend more time with his family.

“After 39 wonderful years, I’ve decided to step away from the anchor desk, but I’m absolutely not leaving WBZ-TV News,” said Williams.  “Even though I won’t be a nightly anchor, I am thrilled that I’ll be able to continue my ‘Wednesday’s Child’ reports, substitute anchor when need be, and still be a part of WBZ-TV’s signature events and specials.”

The “Jack Williams’ Endowment for Wednesday’s Child” was started by Williams and his wife Marci to help special needs children find permanent homes.

He started working as a TV journalist in 1968 and began anchoring at WBZ in 1975. In 2012, he stopped working on the 11:00 p.m. news, focusing, instead, on the 6:00 p.m. show.

Williams won a Columbia duPont Award in 2014, and Peabody in 2013, as part of team coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings. In 2012, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association and he’s in the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Jacksonville Anchor Reportedly Fired Gets Promoted

Kelton PRCOX Media Group has announced Paige Kelton will move off the anchor desk and into the role special projects manager for WTEV-WAWS.

Jim Zerwekh, VP and GM of WTEV-WAWS, told TVSpy, Tenikka Smith-Hughes will replace Kelton on the anchor desk in early September. Smith-Hughes is joining the station from WSOC in Charlotte.

“Paige has been a dedicated employee of CBS47/ FOX30 for many years,” Zerwekh said in a statement. “I am extremely happy she is transitioning to our management team. Paige’s unique skill set and community contacts are valuable assets to CBS47/FOX30 Action News.”

In May, Kelton was reported to be one of the five anchors let go by the Jacksonville station.

[Florida News Center]

Phoenix Chopper Pilot Returning to the Air

Bruce_HaffnerBruce Haffner will, once again, fly his helicopter in the Phoenix market. A Meredith spokesperson confirmed, he will shoot and report for independent station KTVK and CBS affiliate KPHO starting in October.

We reported in May that the KTVK chopper pilot was moving on from the station after the lease between Haffner’s company, KTVK, which at the time was still owned by Gannett, and the helicopter’s sponsor expired.

“It’s unbelievable because really this is what I love doing.” Haffner told the PBJ. “To be able to do what you love to do for work, there’s just nothing like it in the world.” Read more

Peter Daut Moving Across Country to Anchor in Los Angeles

daut kcbs croppedPeter Daut will be joining Los Angeles CBS owned stations KCBS-KCAL as a weekend evening anchor.

The WSOC anchor wrote on his facebook page, “Exciting news: I’m returning to Los Angeles to anchor and report for CBS2/KCAL9. I start in September. It has always been my dream to cover the news in my hometown, and I look forward to this opportunity.”

Daut came to the Charlotte ABC affiliate in 2012 from KDFW in Dallas-Fort Worth, where he was a reporter/fill-in anchor. He started his career as a news writer for KABC in Los Angeles.

[Charlotte Observer]

Report: Texas Mother Not First to Accuse KHOU Reporter of Unethical Behavior

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As we’ve reported, a mother has sued Houston CBS station KHOU, claiming she was falsely accused in a news story of locking her child in a hot car while she got a haircut:

KHOU reported on the incident July 15 based on a witness who said shoppers “took matters into their own hands,” smashing the car window with a hammer while their mother, Araceli Cisneros, was inside the mall. In reality, Cisneros had actually accidentally locked the children — and her car keys — in the car, and had asked for help in smashing the windows to get them.

The lawsuit accuses KHOU and reporter Rucks Russell with a “reckless disregard” for the truth and with failing to do the “most basic fact checking.”

According to a story posted to community news site Covering Katy, it’s not the first time Russell’s been involved in an ethical controversy:

In 1998 while working in Florida for (Orlando ABC affiliate) WFTV Russell was suspended while his employer investigated his relationship with a woman who was a key witness in a murder case.

According to the Orlando Sentinel there were questions about how Russell obtained his information while reporting on the case. “Defense attorneys wanted to ask Russell about information he may have obtained through a friendship with the suspect’s wife, Angel Huggins,” according to the article.

Russell was later cleared by his employer and allowed to return to work, but his stay at WFTV didn’t last much longer. The Orlando Sentinel reported Russell left the station to “pursue other interests” the following year.

WKRC Adds Anchor from Terre Haute

benter wkrc croppedSydney Benter is set to join Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC as an anchor and reporter, tomorrow.

This is a return to WKRC for Benter, who interned in the newsroom while working on her degree from the University of Cincinnati.

“When she was a student at UC and an intern in our newsroom, we were very impressed by her enthusiasm and work ethic,” WKRC news director
Kirk Varner said in a statement.

Benter comes from WTWO-WAWV in Terre Haute, IN, where she started her career.

Timelapse Video Captures Construction of New KFMB Set

Those set-builders have been busy this week, haven’t they? KFMB, the CBS station in San Diego, debuted an updated news set, which the station described as “a major renovation”, with a new look and “more technology that will enable us to deliver the news in a more clear and concise manner.”

Newscast studio has a more technical take on the new set:

The station worked with Broadcast Design International for the update, which includes a 3×2 monitor array camera center that displays live video of the area.

What Did They Cover in St. Louis Last Night?

We revisit the St. Louis, MO, market in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, after the shooting death of Mike Brown.

All the stations seemed to center their shows around the visit of Al Sharpton, his call for peace and the Town Hall meeting that took place last night.

The interesting thing in the first five minutes of coverage, was that both NBC affiliate KSDK and FOX affiliate KTVI spent time on the release of the name of the officer who shot Brown, while CBS affiliate KMOV addressed the racial disparity in the Ferguson police department.

Lexington’s WKYT Unveils an Updated Set

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So, it would seem exposed brick is in. Lexington CBS affiliate WKYT has updated its set with plenty of brick, picking up on a trend that can be seen in sets at broadcast and cable networks and several local stations.

Newscast Studio describes the new look as a “refresh” built upon the existing studio, but overall a “large change” for the station:

The refresh builds upon the existing framework, adding new brick finishes to the walls, a vertical “window” monitor array and a modern desk. Many surfaces were also updated, adding wood finishes and some texturing.

Do you like the look?

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