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WGN Morning EP Promoted to Assistant News Director

wgn_304Sandy Pudar has been promoted to assistant news director of Tribune’s Chicago CW affiliate WGN.

“For more than five years as Executive Producer, she’s maintained our #1 status in the highly competitive morning news time slot and actually grown it, which is quite a feat,” WGN news director Jennifer Lyons said in a statement.

Pudar started at WGN as an intern and has worked at the station for 15 years. She was named executive producer of the WGN Morning News in 2009.

WPIX Taunts Rival Stations with NYC ‘Billboard Truck’

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WPIX, the CW affiliate in New York City, has dispatched a “billboard truck” to brag about the station’s recent 5 p.m. news victory over Fox-owned WNYW and NBC-owned WNBC.

This July’14 sweeps period, PIX11 News at 5 saw its best performance since Feb’13 (.5 Adults 25-54) and was the only 5p newscast to grow versus Jul’13 in key demos: Adults 25-54 (+67%), Women 25-54 (+25%) and Adults 18-49 (+100%).

PIX11 News at 5 outperformed WNYW/FOX 5 for the first time in 3 years in key demos: Adults 25-54 (since Jul’11), Women 25-54 and Adults 18-49 (since Aug’11), and also surpassed WNBC for the first time in 3 years in Adults 25-54 (since Aug’11), while tied among Women 25-54 (first time since Jul’11)

Tribune Gets New Name Ahead of Split

TribuneMedia_CMYK_pri_LrgTypeTribune Company begins operating under a new, but similar, name today: Tribune Media Company. The rebranding comes as the broadcasting and publishing divisions of the 167-year-old company split.

Tribune Media includes Tribune Broadcasting, WGN America, Tribune Studios, Tribune Digital Ventures, WGN Radio, and Tribune Real Estate. “In the last year, we have executed a strategy designed to embrace a rapidly changing media environment,” said Peter Liguori, President and CEO, Tribune Media Company. “We doubled the size of our broadcast group, re-launched our national cable network WGN America with high-quality original programming, and expanded our digital businesses that power some of the world’s leading media brands.” Tribune owns CW affiliates in markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. Last year, the company acquired Local TV Holdings adding 19 TV stations in 16 markets.

The other entity, Tribune Publishing Company, includes 10 major daily newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, South Florida Sun-SentinelOrlando Sentinel and Baltimore Sun. Tribune Publishing is expected to begin trading on the NYSE tomorrow. Its future as a stand-alone company is less clear.

 

WGN Anchor Publicly Shames 12-Year-Old Video Bomber


WGN sports anchor Pat Tomasulo was doing a live shot Friday morning at the Chicago Bears training camp when 12-Year-old Dylan decided it was good time to practice his fart noises.

Tomasulo had Dylan appear on air with him in his next segment.

“Make a fart noise now, Dylan,” said Tomasulo. But Dylan demured. Tomasulo said he had no other way to shame the kid. “Seeing that he’s 12-years-old I can’t ask him about erectile dysfunction or any other inappropriate things.”

KPIX to Launch Revamped 10:00 p.m. Newscast on CW Affiliate

delacruz kpixSan Francisco Bay Area CBS owned station KPIX-KBCW is launching a revamped newscast on CW affiliate KBCW starting Monday at 10:00 p.m.

The show, which replaces the regular KBCW 10:00 p.m. news Monday through Friday, will be called Bay Area Night Beat.

Veronica De La Cruz will host the show which mixes traditional local news with what’s trending on the internet and on social media and is targeted towards a younger audience.

“We are very excited about this newscast that augments our deeply held traditional news values with a social media lens and contemporary story-telling techniques” said Dan Rosenheim, VP of News and news director for KPIX-KBCW.

A station spokesperson promised no big set changes, no gratuitous live remotes and no co-anchors, just the news with science and environmental stories added to weather and a segment called “Jump on Tomorrow” giving news about what’s happening the next day.

Sinclair Appoints New GM to Syracuse Stations

cny centralAmy Collins has been named GM of Syracuse NBC and CW affiliates WSTM-WSTQ by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Collins will also oversee sales and non-programming related services for CBS affiliate WTVH. The three stations make up CNYcentral.

“Having grown with these stations over the past 15 years, I am thrilled to be able to lead this team into the future with a great company like Sinclair,” Collins said in a statement.

Collins started at WTVH in 1999 as an account executive. She was named national sales manager in 2000. Two years later, she became the local/general sales manager and was named VP and Director of sales at WSTM, WTVH and WSTQ in 2009.

WPIX Reporter Talks About Celebrity’s Failed Kiss Attempt

badu diaz wpixA celebrity turned the tables on WPIX reporter Mario Diaz last week by giving the New York CW affiliate reporter more attention than he really wanted.

Diaz was wrapping up a report about Shia LeBeouf‘s recent arrest when musician Erykah Badu, wearing a Pharrelesque style hat, began mugging for the camera behind Diaz before leaning in for a kiss.

Diaz pushed her away before she could plant one. Diaz later said he sensed something was going on, but the kiss attempt came out of nowhere.

Badu apologized on twitter. Diaz responded with some Prince lyrics. He also talked about the encounter on air. See the video after the jump.

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Courtney Gousman Jumps Stations in Chicago

courtney gousmanCourtney Gousman is joining WGN, the CW affiliate in Chicago, as a general assignment reporter. Gousman comes from rival WBBM, the CBS-owned station in the market, where she has been a reporter and anchor since 2012.

“A Chicago native, Courtney is a perfect fit for ‘Chicago’s Very Own’ news team,” WGN interim news director Jennifer Lyons told Robert Feder. “She’s experienced, dynamic and active in the community. She’ll be a great addition to our staff.”

Gousman will begin at WGN on July 9. She will be a reporter for the station’s evening newscasts.

Before WBBM, Gousman worked at KSDK in St. Louis, WEHT in Evansville, Ind., KRCG in Jefferson City, Mo., and WMAR in Baltimore.

WGN Adding 5 p.m. Weekend Newscast

wgn-logoWGN has announced another expansion of its news operation: the Chicago CW affiliate will launch an hourlong newscast at 5 p.m. on weekends, Robert Feder reports.

“Over the past year we’ve seen more and more major newsworthy events happening on weekends from serious weather to major construction projects,” interim news director Jennifer Lyons wrote in a memo obtained by Feder. “It will be a good thing to be in the Saturday and Sunday afternoon time slot.”

Robert Jordan and Jackie Bange, who currently anchor the 9 p.m. weekend newscasts, will co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscasts starting July 12. Jim Ramsey will handle weather and Rich King will report on sports.

KTLA Quietly Adds 11:00 p.m. News

Los Angeles Tribune station KTLA added another hour of news last night.

In what Tribune called a soft launch, viewers of the CW affiliate were treated to an 11:00 p.m. newscast anchored by 10:00 p.m. anchors Cher Calvin and Micah Ohlman.

A Tribune spokesperson told TVSpy the station debuted the show as an extension of the 10:00 p.m.

The only mentions were in tweets like the one below from a KTLA senior producer:

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