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Meteorologist Erica Collura Leaving WHIO

WHIO_collura_croppedErica Collura, meteorologist for WHIO, has announced she is leaving the Dayton, OH, CBS affiliate.

“I want to thank all of you who have watched me grow over the last 3 years,” Collura told viewers on facebook. “I cannot thank you enough for inviting me into your home to watch me bring you the weather and some additional knowledge, good or bad. I will miss this area and you.”

Collura started her career at WHIO in August 2010. Sunday will be her last day at WHIO.

Former Milwaukee, Dayton Anchor’s Death Ruled Accidental

The death of former Milwaukee and Dayton anchor Asa George has been ruled accidental, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. According to the medical examiner’s report, George was found in her apartment after a relative called police and asked them to check on her:

Officers and firefighters found George’s decomposing body inside a bathtub filled with water. The house was messy and covered with blood and feces, and a malnourished boxer dog was in the home.  Positive identification was delayed as examiners awaited dental records from Ohio, where George had once worked as a TV anchor in Dayton.

Relatives told investigators that George had battled a serious alcoholism problem for years. Two empty vodka bottles and numerous prescription medications also were found in the home. George’s aunt told investigators that George had lost several jobs over her drinking problem and had been treated numerous times, against her will, but continued abusing alcohol.

The report indicates that the death was not attributable to drowning or a laceration to her head.

‘We Don’t Tolerate Racism’: WDTN Apologizes to CBS Show Host Julie Chen

After Julie Chen revealed having plastic surgery because of comments from a former WDTN news director, the Dayton Daily News reports the local NBC affiliate has issued an apology to the CBS talk and reality show host.

“We are sorry to hear about what happened to CBS’ Julie Chen in 1995 when she was a reporter at WDTN-TV,” Joe Abouzeid, WDTN and WBDT president and general manager said in a statement. “The station was under different management and ownership during that time. At WDTN and WBDT, we don’t tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind.”

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Chen is the host of CBS reality series “Big Brother” and co-host of daytime show “The Talk.” During “Secret Week” on “The Talk,” Chen told viewers a former news director at WDTN told her she would never work in Dayton as an anchor because she was Chinese.

Chen said shortly after, she underwent a double eyelid surgery to give her eyes a more”western” appearance. Read more

Former Milwaukee, Dayton Anchor Found Dead

A former anchor for CBS affiliate WDJT in Milwaukee has died. Asa George was found dead at her home in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis. WDJT had a story on George’s death last night reporting that the medical examiner’s office has “put a seal on all documents relating to her case,” so they could not reveal the cause of death. “We wish to express our condolences to her family and friends and broadcasting colleagues,” said anchor Michele McCormack.

George was a morning anchor at WDJT from March 2010 to February 2011. She had also freelanced at Fox affiliate WITI.

George had previously worked at Sinclair duopoly Fox45 and ABC22 in Dayton, OH.

WBDT Expands Evening Newscasts

Beginning next week, the 10 p.m. newscast on Dayton CW affiliate WBDT will be expanded from 30 minutes to an hour.

In a statement announcing the news, WDTN-WBDT president and general manager Joe Abouzeid said the expansion was prompted by “audience demand.”

“We listen to our viewers and it was clear to us that they wanted more local news and weather at a time that’s convenient to them,” he said.

The newscast, which was launched in 2007, is anchored by Mark Allan and Katie Ussin. It is produced by WDTN, which operates WBDT under a local marketing agreement.

Sheila Gray to Join Sinclair Broadcasting as Special Correspondent

Sheila Gray, the anchor who left Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX last Friday, was announced today as a special correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Gray will be reporting for all Sinclair’s news stations but will be based at WKEF and WRGT, the ABC and FOX affiliates for Dayton, OH, where she will also contribute breaking news coverage.

“I am very happy to have this opportunity,” said Gray in a statement. “I am looking forward to working with several colleagues I have known for many years, and becoming part of the Sinclair Broadcasting family.”

Jon Lawhead, group manager for Sinclair Broadcast Group who brought Gray to Cincinnati in 1999, said “I’ve known Sheila for years and have always had great admiration for her both personally and professionally. She brings so much skill and credibility and really connects with viewers and the community. We’re delighted that she’s joining us.”

Nick Roberts Named VP of Marketing at Cox Media Group Ohio

Nick Roberts has been named vice president of marketing for Cox Media Group Ohio. In his new role, Roberts will “oversee the strategic marketing activities of CMG Ohio’s integrated brands, drive product development and accelerate media platform convergence,” according to a CMG Ohio press release.

Roberts joined the company in 1997 and most recently served as the regional director of programming for CMG’s Ohio and Louisville radio stations. He replaces former vice president of marketing Donna Hall, who was recently promoted to group vice president at Cox Media Atlanta.

Cox Media Group Ohio oversees several newspapers and radio stations, as well as Dayton CBS affiliate WHIO.

Shannon Sims Joins Milwaukee’s WTMJ as Weekend Anchor

Shannon Sims is joining Milwaukee NBC affiliate WTMJ as a weekend anchor.

Sims comes from Cincinnati, where she has been freelancing as a morning reporter and fill-in anchor at WXIX. She was released from her contract at WKEF-WRGT in Dayton after a year as the station’s main anchor in January.

Sims told TVSpy she is looking forward to working with the “winning team” of journalists, photographers and producers at WTMJ.

“At this point of my career moving to Milwaukee and working at TMJ4 to hone my skills as a reporter and command anchor seems like the perfect move,” Sims wrote in an email.

WHIO’s Mark Bruce Getting Out of Local TV

Mark Bruce, reporter and Saturday morning anchor for Dayton,OH, CBS affiliate WHIO, has announced he’s leaving local TV.

“The word got out, next Saturday will be my last day at NewsCenter 7,” Bruce said on his facebook page. “I am taking a job in Columbus that will allow a move to be closer to my family. The decision is bittersweet because my time at WHIO has been wonderful. Thanks for your support!”

He told TVSpy his job in Columbus” will be Public Information Officer for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Bruce said his last day at the station will be Saturday March 16. He started at WHIO in 2008 and previously worked at WRCB in Chattanooga, TN.

Denise Eck Named News Director at WDTN

Dayton NBC affiliate WDTN has announced the hiring of Denise Eck as news director.

“We’re excited to have Denise join the WDTN-TV and Dayton’s CW family,” said Joe Abouzeid, president and general manager of WDTN and CW affiliate WBDT.  “Her years of experience as well as her ability to lead a multiplatform newsroom have us excited for what’s ahead for the 2 NEWS team.”

Eck, who will start at WDTN in two weeks, comes to Dayton from nearby Cincinnati where she was assistant news director for WCPO. Before working at WCPO, Eck was the news director at KTKA in Topeka, KS.

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