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WISH Picks Up CW Affiliation

cw-logoIndianapolis soon-to-be-ex CBS affiliate WISH has picked up a new affiliation–the station will air CW programming beginning next month. CBS announced in August it would move its affiliation from WISH to WTTV. At first, it was expected WTTV would transition CW programming to a digital channel. Instead, WISH will fill a large chunk of its lineup with “The Flash,” “The Vampire Diaries,” and “Jane the Virgin.”

“We welcome the CW network to our new prime time,” said WISH president and general manager Les Vann. “This original and dynamic line-up of programming will drive new audiences to WISH-TV and our newscasts, and deliver key demographics to our advertisers.”

Remaining hours of WISH’s broadcast day will include an extended lineup of news programming.

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Tribune Expands Role for Philadelphia Station GM

TribuneNew304Tribune Broadcasting named Vince Giannini senior vice president and GM of its Philadelphia MyNetworkTV WPHL and Washington. D.C. CW affiliate WDCW.

Giannini has been GM of WPHL since 2003 and acting GM of WDCW since August.

“I look forward to the opportunity to have a positive impact at both PHL17 and DCW50,” said Giannini. “The excellent staff at PHL17 has made this increased responsibility possible. Over the past four months I have had the pleasure of working firsthand with the talented group of professionals at DCW50. We are all eager and ready to take the station to the next level.”

Giannini was station manager of Tribune’s New York CW affiliate WPIX from 2001 to 2003. Before that, he was director of finance and administration at KTLA in Los Angeles from 1993 to 2001 and worked at Tribune’s Chicago station WGN from 1990 to 1993.

Leadership Changes on WGN Morning News Announced

wgn_304WGN has named Aline Cox WGN Morning News executive producer, replacing Sandy Pudar, who was  named assistant news director. Cox will oversee the entire six hours of the newscast.

Jennifer Lyons, WGN news director said Cox “has terrific news judgment and is ready to lead as the next EP of WGN Morning News.”

Mike Wilder replaces Cox as executive producer of the show from 4:00 to 6:00 am.

Cox has worked at WGN for 11 years. Before coming to WGN, she worked at CLTV, and also WMTV and WKOW in Madison, Wisc. Wilder has worked at WGN for 10 years. He’s also worked at WFLD and in Indianapolis, Grand Rapids and Springfield, Mo.

WPIX to Build Barclays Center Studio, Partner with NBA and NHL Teams

wpixlogo_304Tribune’s New York CW affiliate WPIX is teaming up with the Barclays Center, the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and the NHL’s New York Islanders in a multi-year marketing partnership.

WPIX is building a street level in-arena studio for Brooklyn-based broadcasts. The station will also be the presenting partner of BCTV, the in-house video network airing before and after games and events as well as online.

“We are incredibly excited about our multi-year partnership with Barclays Center, the hottest sports and entertainment destination in New York,” WPIX GM Rich Graziano said about the partnership. “Brooklyn is a global destination with character and cultural cachet, and our Brooklyn studio will give us an even stronger foothold in the borough and the community.”

Couple of Idiots Re-Enact Death of Eric Garner Behind WPIX Liveshot


In the long history of fools acting like fools behind reporters on live television, a man and woman in New York City Wednesday night made a compelling argument for jumping to the very front of the line.

As the city’s newscasts were focused on the grand jury decision not to indict a New York City police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner–and the protests that swept into city streets in the hours that followed, these two idiots this man and woman–widely considered to be idiots–found their way into a liveshot by Allison Kaden, a reporter at NYC CW affiliate WPIX.

Kaden was covering protests over the Garner decision, and these two pinheads people decided to re-enact Garner’s death, apparently thinking it was funny. The man choked the woman, who at one point raised her hands in the air, mimicking the moments before Garner was brought to the ground.

Watch it, after the jump: Read more

Veteran KTLA Reporter Retiring After 40 Years

Jim Nash, reporter for Los Angeles CW affiliate KTLA, is retiring after more than forty years in broadcasting.

Nash was remembered by the morning news team of entertainment reporter Sam Rubin, anchors Chris Schauble, Megan Henderson and meteorologist Henry DiCarlo. Though, most of the discussion seemed to center around Nash’s wife, Barbara Lopez-Nash, who is the head of HR at the station.

Before coming to KTLA in September 2000, Nash was the Washington, D.C. reporter for Tribune’s stations. He started his career in Denver. He’s also worked in Idaho, Santa Barbara, and Las Vegas, before moving back to Denver.

On his station bio, Nash said, “KTLA is “the best place I’ve ever worked — the most talented group of people in this ever-changing news industry. This is the best TV station in America, and I’m proud to be a part of the Channel 5 family.”

Gene Lightfoot Named General Sales Manager at WDCW


Gene Lightfoot is joining WDCW, the CW affiliate in Washington, D.C., as general sales manager. Lightftoot will report to Vince Giannini, vice president/general manager at WPHL, who is serving as interim VP/GM at WDCW.

“I am thrilled to have been able to attract and hire a manager of Gene’s caliber to lead our sales team at DCW50,” Giannini said in a statement. “Gene’s reputation as an excellent communicator and ambassador of broadcasting will serve him well in this role.”

Lightfoot comes from KHOU, the CBS affiliate in Houston, where he was national sales manager.

“WDCW has a rich tradition in Washington,” Lightfoot said. “I am proud to join the great team at WDCW and continue the legacy of providing great programming to our viewers and advertisers.”

He joins the station on December 1.

Knoxville’s WBXX to Launch Morning News

WBXX_EastTennesseeCWWBXX, the CW affiliate for Knoxville, Tenn, is launching CW 20′s Good Day Tennessee January 12, 2015.

Knoxville ABC affiliate WATE will provide the content for the local morning show that will run from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. weekdays.

“This is a great opportunity to expand our partnership with WBXX,” WATE news director Jamie Foster said in a statement. “Additionally, it allows us to expand our On Your Side brand from Good Morning Tennessee right into CW20′s Good Day Tennessee.”

WATE already produces the WBXX 10:00 p.m. newscast.

Cameron Harper Leaves WATN

cameron harper watnCameron Harper told his fans on facebook he has left Memphis ABC and CW affiliate WATN.

“I want to let you know this was my last day at Local 24,” Harper wrote on his facebook page. “Leaving is entirely my decision while I consider some interesting options.”

Harper’s bio has been removed from the station website.

Before coming to WATN in 2002, Harper was an anchor and investigative reporter at KNXV in Phoenix, Ariz. He’s also anchored at KGO in San Francisco and KTVT in Dallas.  From 1986 until 1995, he was an investigative reporter at KTVK in Phoenix

Charlie Hale Should Always Do the Weather on WGN

Meet Charlie Hale. Mister Hale is a second grader at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and he is already better than you at TV. Click on the picture to be taken to WGN’s site to watch the video.

Charlie showed off a dance he learned from Calvin and Hobbes and said “hi” to his teachers before telling WGN weather anchor Paul Konrad “Let’s get down to business.”

Dressed in a Lionel Messi soccer uniform, Hale delivered his weather as if he’d been doing it his whole life, then danced his way off while wishing everyone a Happy Halloween.

Click here to see Hale set the tone in his intro segment in the weather center.