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South Carolina Anchors Bree Boyce and Darryl Hood MIA from WACH

wach anchorsBree Boyce and Darryl Hood, the anchors for WACH 10:00 pm. news have gone missing from the Sinclair-owned Columbia, SC, FOX affiliate.

A check of TVeyes shows Boyce hasn’t been on-air since late June while Hood has been absent since July 1. Their bios have been removed from the station website. Sports director Brian McConchie has been anchoring the newscast.

As a former Miss South Carolina with no formal journalism experience, Boyce was a controversial hire at the station. The move prompted former WACH anchor Mike Woolfolk, now working for WXYZ in Detroit, to write a piece that was critical of the hire.

Hood had been with WACH since 2010. He started his career at Orange County Newschannel before working at KQTV in St. Joseph, MO. He has also worked in Las Vegas, NV, Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO, and Memphis, TN.

Sinclair and WACH have not responded to emails asking if the two are still working for the station.

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WIS Responds to Viewer Outcry Over Anchor’s Departure

WIS has responded to viewer backlash after anchor Ben Hoover revealed he was leaving the Columbia, SC, NBC affiliate because his contract wasn’t renewed.

Thursday night, Hoover told viewers on facebook the station’s decision not to renew his contract caught him by surprise.

According to Columbia paper The State, Hoover was absent from Friday’s broadcast.

Reaction to the news flowed quickly in comments to his posting with praise of his work and condemnation of management’s decision. By Friday evening a protest to coincide with the station’s 10:30 broadcast had been organized.

The station posted a response both on its website and its facebook page Sunday night thanking viewers for their concern but saying,  “During the last several days much has been posted on social media about Ben Hoover’s departure from WIS news, much of it erroneous,” read the statement. “However, we simply cannot engage in a public conversation regarding details of Ben’s departure from WIS TV. It is a private personnel matter.” You can read the entire statement after the jump. Read more

Lauren Talarico Joins KHOU From WLTX

lauren talaricoLauren Talarico is joining Houston CBS affiliate KHOU as a multimedia journalist, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports. Talarico joins KHOU from WLTX, the CBS affiliate in Columbia, S.C.

“Although I am really going to miss my current station WLTX in Columbia, SC, I am thrilled to be staying with Gannett and joining KHOU,” Talarico told McGuff. “I know that with this company I am able to tell good stories about good people who don’t always get the recognition that they should.”

Talarico started at WLTX as a producer and assignment editor in 2008. In her six years at the station, she worked her way up to morning anchor.

Denetra Walker Promoted to Assistant News Director at WIS

WIS_304Denetra Walker has been upped to assistant news director at WIS, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C. Walker, currently an executive producer at the station, transitions into her new role net week.

“Denetra is a strong leader and her producer skills are an asset to us daily. I’m excited about her energy and new ideas in helping guide the WIS team into the future,” news director Bryan Queen wrote in a note to staff obtained by TVSpy.

The station will hire a new dayside executive producer, according to Queen. Walker’s role will “focus on our overall branding with Investigates, First Alert, and Digital first strategies.”

Queen’s full note is after the jump. Read more

Jonathan Oh Says Goodbye to WOLO

jonathan ohMeteorologist Jonathan Oh has signed off from WOLO for a job in Tokyo.

“I am happy to announce that I have joined the weather team at NHK World, Japan’s public broadcaster and one of the largest broadcasting companies in the world. I will be anchoring weather forecasts for Newsline, the network’s flagship program,” Oh wrote on his Facebook page.

Oh was the morning and noon meteorologist at WOLO, the ABC affiliate in Columbia, S.C.

Taylor Kearns Signs Off From WIS

After seven years at WIS, Taylor Kearns is saying goodbye to the NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C.

Kearns said he will be staying in Columbia “for the short term” and exploring new opportunities. [h/t The State]

Sinclair Names GM of South Carolina Station

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcast Group has named Allison Aldridge as general manager of its Columbia, SC, FOX station WACH.

Early in her career, Aldridge worked at WACH as an account executive.

“I am thrilled to return to FOX 57 as General Manager,” Aldridge said in a statement. “The team at WACH is dedicated, hard-working and talented. I am excited about the direction our station is headed and the resources available to it under Sinclair’s ownership.”

Sinclair bought WACH as part of its acquisition of 18 Barrington Broadcast Group stations in March.

Most recently, Aldridge helped Sinclair with its newly acquired station operations. Between 2008 and 2010, she was GM of Sinclair’s Charleston, SC, station WMMP and also oversaw WTAT. Before that she worked as GSM, local sales manager, national sales manager and account executive at those stations.

WACH Adds Former Miss South Carolina as 10:00 p.m. Anchor

Bree Boyce is joining Columbia, SC, FOX affiliate WACH as co-anchor for its 10:00 p.m. news.

The 2011 Miss South Carolina will join current anchors Darryl Hood, Brian McConchie and chief meteorologist Henry Rothenberg in October.

Boyce tweeted the news saying, “Excited to be working with these guys!! Darryl, Brian, and Henry! We are going to have fun!”

“Bree not only brings a fresh look to WACH FOX NEWS at TEN – she has a compelling story of personal success,” said Jim Bleicher WACH general manager. “As an Anchor/Reporter she will look for and produce similar stories from all over the Midlands. We’re very happy to have Bree join our team.”

[The State]

WIS Names Bryan Queen as News Director

Bryan Queen has been named news director for Columbia, SC, NBC affiliate WIS.

Queen comes to WIS from WROC in Rochester, NY, where he was news director.

WIS general manager Donita Todd told TVSpy Queen starts one week from Monday on September 9.

Before working at WROC, Queen was a news manager at News14 Carolina. From 2003-2007, he was a planning producer at MSNBC. He has also worked at NBC News Channel, WXII in Winston-Salem, NC, and WLOS in Asheville, NC.

WIS News Director Rashida Jones Joins MSNBC as EP of ‘Jansing & Co.’

After two years as news director at WIS, Rashida Jones is leaving the Columbia, S.C. NBC affiliate to join MSNBC as an executive producer.

Jones will oversee “Jansing & Co.,” the 10amET show anchored by Chris Jansing. She will begin at MSNBC in August.

“Rashida, a highly-sought after newsroom leader, has always been someone I wanted on our team,” MSNBC VP and executive editor Yvette Miley wrote in an email to MSNBC staffers Wednesday. “She is a visionary who understands strategy and how to lead a team to accomplish a goal.”

Before joining WIS, Jones spent seven years as a producer at The Weather Channel. She has also worked at WTKR in Norfolk, Va., where she produced the 11 p.m. newscast.

Read the full memo from MSNBC after the jump. Read more

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