KTXA, the CBS-owned independent station in Dallas, has canceled “The Fan Sports Show,” Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports. Beginning next week, the station will shift “Inside Edition” to 6:30 p.m. and will air classic Western shows, such as reruns of “Gunsmoke” and “Bonanza,” from 7 to 8 p.m.
“It will create a fun summertime escape for fans of these classic shows,” KTVT-KTXA general manager Gary Schneider told Bark. “And we’ll be introducing them to other viewers for the first time. This is truly timeless television.”
A Tribune spokesperson confirmed with TVSpy Knight will join Tribune’s CW affiliate KTLA as a freelance reporter later this month.
Dallas media blogger Ed Bark first reported Knight left KDAF last week.
Before coming to KDAF, Knight worked at CBS owned KTVT in Dallas. She has also worked at KBTV in Beaumont, TX, KATV and KHTV in Little Rock, AR, WALA in Mobile, AL, WDJT in Milwaukee, WI, and KNBC in Los Angeles.
The Morning News said management at the station told Dennis Thursday he was “no longer needed” after 16 years.
“I’m looking for work,” Dennis said Friday. “The Cowboys season is bearing down on us and I have to be there.”
Dennis, 53, said station management told him, “We love you but we are doing away with your position.”
Gary Schneider, general manager at channels 11 and 21, confirmed, “there was no issue with his performance.”
Schneider said the stations would be cutting back on sports programming, particularly at Channel 21.
Karen Mendez is joining KXTX, the Telemundo station in Dallas, as the vice president of content. In her new role, Mendez will oversee the local news operation and report to John Trevino, the president and general manager of the station.
“Karen is an experienced leader with a track record of improving local news and a strong commitment to the Hispanic community,” Trevino said in a statement. “She is the right person to lead our Emmy award winning team.”
Mendez moves to Dallas from Washington, D.C., where she was the news director for Unvision’s WFDC. She will officially join KXTX on June 16.
“I’ve enjoyed three awesome years in Houston,” Fernandez told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff who first reported the move. “I’d like to thank the ABC 13 viewers, neighbors and community members across the area who trusted me to help tell their stories. I’m very excited about this new journey in my career.”
WFAA news director Carolyn Mungo told TVSpy Fernandez will start June 23.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper put KTXD host Amy Kushnir on his Ridiculist for storming off the set over ESPN airing the Michael Sam kiss.
Cooper expressed his opinion about Kushnir’s opinion about showing two gay men kissing on TV.
He then rolled a clip casting doubt on Kushnir’s objection she doesn’t want to see anyone kissing on TV. The clip showed Kushnir being held aloft by two shirtless male strippers who she then…wait for it…kissed.
Kushnir defended her stance and told Shannon Bream, who was filling in for Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File,” that the segment has resulted in “death threats, rape threats, petitions to be fired.” Watch:
The Broadcast on Dallas independent station KTXD is a local version of a four host news and entertainment talk show.
The women of The Broadcast started talking about ESPN showing Sam kissing his boyfriend on live TV and what that means for America.
The discussion got pretty heated until Amy Kushnir walked off set. When Pineiro observed that the aggravated host was leaving, Kushnir said, “No. I”m going to go to Midland.” Which TVSpy guesses is code for a place where no one ever kisses on TV.
— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) May 13, 2014
Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports McIlwain will sign off from KXAS on June 20 and start at KNBC on July 7.