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Cincinnati’s WKRC Shuffles Anchor Teams

Wkrc_news_logoCincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC shuffled its anchor teams Wednesday, with new assignments for Paula Toti, Cammy Dierking, Curtis Jackson, Brad Johansen and new hire Sydney Benter.

The Cincinnati Enquirer breaks down the new lineups:

Toti, weekend anchor since 1997, will co-anchor the 4 p.m. weekday news starting Monday with Brad Johansen, who leaves sports after 18 years. They replace anchor Kit Andrews, who quit in July after 33 years.

The Johansen-Toti team gives Channel 12 two high-profile anchors in the competitive 4-5 p.m. time slot against Ellen DeGeneres’ “Ellen,” which moved to WLWT-TV (Channel 5) on Monday, and the premiere of the hybrid local/national “The NOW Cincinnati” newscast, hosted by Cincinnati native Julie Dolan on WCPO-TV (Channel 9).

In another change, viewers will see Channel 12′s primary anchor team – Rob Braun and Dierking – for the entire 5-6:30 p.m. evening news, and again at 11 p.m. as usual. Jackson had anchored at 5:30 p.m. with Andrews until she left.

More announcements could come from the station Thursday, including where anchor Curtis Jackson goes after the shuffle.

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Todd Dykes Leaving Morning Anchor Desk at WLWT

Lisa-Cooney-and-Todd-DykesTodd Dykes, who has been a weekday morning anchor at Cincinnati NBC affiliate WLWT since 2008, will step away from the anchor desk later this month to lead the station’s investigative unit. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Mark Hayes, who left NBC owned KXAS in Dallas-Ft. Worth earlier this year, will replace Dykes:

Dykes’ departure means all four local TV stations have changed morning news personalities this year: Sheila Gray replaced WKRC-TV’s Tiffany Wilson in March; Larry Handley left WCPO-TV in July; and Jacki Jing abruptly vanished from WXIX-TV in August. Dykes’ change was posted on the station’s website Wednesday, the same day Channel 12 announced a big musical chairs for its 4, 5 and 10 p.m. anchors.

Brad Johansen Named WKRC News Anchor

Brad JohansenWKRC has announced, starting next Monday, sports director Brad Johansen will anchor the Cincinnati CBS affiliate’s 4:00 p.m. newscast.

“Brad has always been an incredible storyteller,” WKRC news director Kirk Varner said in a statement. “He’s able to handle complex situations easily and his work as sports director here has only helped to enhance those abilities.”

Johansen started at WKRC as a reporter in 1992 and was named sports director four years later.

Kyle Hill, Former WKRC Anchor, Has Died

1408986253000-Kyle-Hill-1976-Nick-Clooney-WKRC-TVKyle Hill, former reporter and anchor at Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC, has died, his wife told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“He always knew what he was doing, because he had all that experience. He had this air of authority,” said Howard Ain, Channel 12′s semi-retired “Troubleshooter” consumer reporter.

“I followed his lead. He taught me how to get a story and get it right. I still use what he taught me,” said reporter Deborah Dixon, who was hired by Hill. “Kyle chased stories. It was fun to watch. He would hear a possible story on the police radios and jump up grab a photog and run out as if he were a 20-year-old.”

His former station remembered Hill as a “kind man and devoted husband and father.”

WCPO’s Clyde Gray Not Retiring, He Says, But ‘Re-Wiring’

clydegrayheadshotWCPO anchor Clyde Gray steps down Friday, ending 33 years in Cincinnati television. But Gray wants to make one thing very clear, as he tells the Cincinnati Enquirer: he’s not retiring. He’s re-wiring.

Gray will devote his energy to Clyde Gray and Associates Public Relations Strategies, the agency he announced in February 2011 to the surprise of his Channel 9 bosses. At their request, he immediately “dialed back on my involvement to an investor,” he said. Four years later, he doesn’t even have an office.

“It’s small. It’s low-key. My job is to grow that business,” he said.

Since announcing his departure on June, some African-Americans have expressed disappointment to him that he won’t be on TV, “based on the feeling that I’m some sort of role model,” he said. “I understand some people see my transition as a loss, but this change is about an opportunity for me, and re-inventing myself, and re-wiring.”

WLWT Remembers News Operations Manager David Rosch

WLWT-1David Roscha 17-year veteran of NBC affiliate WLWT, passed away from cancer on Friday. He was a program director, production manager and most recently, a news operations manager at the Cincinnati station.

WLWT posted a special video tribute to Rosch on its site and on its Facebook page, where messages of condolence poured in. The station’s site won’t allow embedding, but click here to watch a touching tribute to a beloved co-worker, husband, father and friend.

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.

Jacki Jing Out at WXIX

WXIX morning anchor Jacki Jing is no longer with the Cincinnati FOX affiliate, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Jing’s bio has been removed from the station website. She posted a photo of a sunset to her facebook page.

WXIX GM Bill Lanesey confirmed with the Enquirer Jin no longer works at the station.

The anchor change at Channel 19 is the latest in a long list of TV departures this summer, which will bring many new faces to Cincinnati airwaves this fall. Also gone are Kit Andrews (Channel 12) and Larry Handley, Sarah Walters and Amy Wadas (Channel 9). Clyde Gray retires as Channel 9′s main co-anchor later this month, and I-Team reporter Brendan Keefe leaves Channel 9 in September for an Atlanta TV station.

E.W. Scripps and Journal Broadcasting to Merge TV Stations, Spin Off Newspapers

JournalScrippsAnother big TV consolidation deal is in the works.

Tonight, Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps, and Journal Communications of Milwaukee, announced they will merge their broadcasting operations, while spinning off their newspaper businesses into a new entity. As a result of the deal, which is expected to close in 2015, Scripps will be the 5th largest TV station ownership group operating 34 television stations in 24 cities, reaching 18 percent of the U.S. It will also own 35 radio stations. Five markets will include TV/radio combos. Interestingly, unlike other recent TV acquisitions, none of the TV stations will overlap in the same markets.

Scripps Stations:

WCPO (ABC) Cincinnati
WEWS (ABC) Cleveland
WXYZ (ABC) Detroit
WMYD (MyNet) Detroit
KMGH (ABC) Denver
KZCO (Azteca) Denver
KNXV (ABC) Phoenix
WFTS (ABC) Tampa
WMAR (ABC) Baltimore
WRTV (ABC) Indianapolis
WKBW (ABC) Buffalo
KGTV (ABC) San Diego
KZSD (Azteca) San Diego
KJRH (NBC) Tulsa
KSHB (NBC) Kansas City
KMCI (Ind.) Lawrence/Kansas City
WPTV (NBC) West Palm Beach
WFLX (FOX) West Palm Beach
KERO (ABC) Bakersfield
KZKC (Azteca) Bakersfield

Journal Stations:

WTMJ (NBC) Milwaukee
WGBA (CW) Green Bay
WACY (NBC) Green Bay
WTVF (CBS) Nashville
KTNV (ABC) Las Vegas
WFTX (FOX) Fort Myers
KGUN (ABC) Tucson
KWBA (CW) Tucson
KNIN (FOX) Boise
KIVI (ABC) Boise
KMTV (CBS) Omaha
WSYM (FOX) Lansing

The combined broadcasting company will be headquartered in Cincinnati while the new publishing company will be headquartered in Milwaukee. The flagship newspaper will be the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, but most of the publishing properties will come from the Scripps portfolio stretching from Redding, CA to Naples, FL. Edward Scripps founded the company in 1878.

In 2011, E.W. Scripps acquired the McGraw-Hill TV stations group of 9 stations for $212 million.

As WCPO, a Scripps station, reports the deal is a “tax-free transaction that makes shareholders of both companies owners of the surviving entity. Scripps shareholders will own 59 percent of the newspaper company following the transaction and 69 percent of the post-merger broadcast company.”

Longtime WKRC Anchor Says She’s Leaving

kit-andrews_15134Kit Andrews has announced she is leaving Cincinnati CBS station WKRC after more than 33 years.

“It’s time! After one network change, five different newscasts, seven owners, and more than 33 years I’m hanging up my microphone and leaving WKRC-TV,” wrote Andrews in a letter she sent to co-workers.

Andrews started her on-air career at KHQ in Spokane, WA. She came to WKRC in 1981 as a reporter.

“Having been news director for just a small fraction of her long career, it is with deep gratitude and admiration that I say on behalf of the entire newsroom that we salute her for all of her work here at Local 12,” WKRC news director Kirk Varner said in a statement. “She is simply a consummate professional in every sense of the word.”

Her last day will be next Thursday, July 31.

[Cincinnati Enquirer]

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