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WHIO Promotes Sean Dunster to News Director

seandunsterSean Dunster has been named news director for Dayton CBS affiliate WHIO.

Dunster had been the news technology manager for WHIO since July 2012. Before coming to WHIO in 2012, Dunster was news director for KECI-KCFW-KTVM in Montana. He has also worked as assistant news director at KTVM in Butte-Bozeman, MT, and executive producer , special projects for WCPO in Cincinnati.

Dunster told TVSpy former news director David Bennallack now oversees the station’s collective platforms as senior managing director of content.

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John Seibel Named Morning Anchor at WDTN

john seidelJohn Seibel is joining Dayton NBC affiliate WDTN as the co-anchor of the morning newscast.

Seibel is a Dayton native and a Gulf War veteran. He comes to WDTN from Pittsburgh, where was a radio host who helped launch the first all-sports radio station in the city. Prior to that, he worked at ESPN.

“I’ve covered stories and experienced nearly every corner of the country, but I’m excited to be coming home,” Seibel said in a statement. “I look forward to beginning each morning with the viewers of 2 NEWS and I’m excited to join the 2 NEWSToday team.”

Beginning January 27, Seibel will join Holly Samuels and meteorologist Jamie Jarosik on the station’s morning newscast.

WDTN Host Sallie Taylor Recovering After Health Scare

sallie taylorWDTN‘s Sallie Taylor is recovering from a major health scare that caused bleeding in her head and neck, the Dayton Daily News reports.

Taylor told the Daily News that she originally thought she had a migraine. When she finally went to the hospital, she was listed in critical condition and airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital’s main campus. Taylor spent four days in intensive care while doctors treated her for the bleeding, which was caused by a blood vessel that broke away from an artery.

“Everything goes through your mind: Is this going to happen? Am I going to live? Am I going to die?” Taylor said.

Taylor, who currently works as a gust co-host for WDTN’s “Living Dayton,” wrote a Facebook post thanking her friends and family: “Blessed to have you all in my life! Hug and Kiss your family and friends. Tell them you love them. Live for today,” she wrote.

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini Joins WHIO

kirstie zontiniMeteorologist Kirstie Zontini is joining WHIO, the CBS affiliate in Dayton.

Zontini comes from Youngstown, where she worked at WKBN-WYTV-WYFX. At WHIO, she will be the meteorologist on the weekend morning and noon newscasts.

“We are excited to have Kirstie as an addition to our Storm Center 7 team,” chief meteorologist Jamie Simpson said in a statement. “Kirstie was born, raised, and educated in Ohio, so she is very knowledgeable of our weather patterns. Her experience forecasting lake effect snow in Youngstown will very valuable to WHIO viewers and listeners.”

More from WHIO after the jump. Read more

Longtime Dayton Reporter Dan Edwards Leaving WDTN

Dan-EdwardsThe Dayton Daily News has confirmed Dan Edwards, reporter for Dayton, OH, NBC affiliate WDTN will no longer be with the station after December 31.

The Dayton BizBlog first reported the news.

“I will be looking for my next exciting opportunity and wish to stay in this area,” Edwards told the Daily News. “I have so enjoyed the opportunity. I just love tell stories about a community I love.”

Edwards has worked in the Dayton area for more than 30 years, starting in news at WHIO Radio in Dayton and later joining WDTN as a reporter.

Cox Responds to Memo Telling Dayton Newspaper Staffers Not to Criticize CBS

1000px-Cox_Media_Group_svgCox Media Group has responded to a recent memo telling staffers at the Dayton Daily News not to publish stories that may cast CBS or local Cox owned station WHIO in a negative light.

Cox spokesman Michael Athmer told the media site TheWrap, the partnership between the Cox owned media entities, “in no way keeps us from objectively covering any news story.” He added, “We are addressing this with our staff so messages like this don’t happen again.”

The memo came to light yesterday on JimRomenesko.com. In it, Rashida Rawls, a Cox Media Group editor, issued a memo after the Daily News published an article critical of CBS. In her memo she said, “The wire filler story on D2 of today’s Life section cast all of the TV networks, including CBS, in a negative light. Our news station – WHIO-TV is a CBS-affiliate station. We do not want to run any stories that cast our station in a negative light or even allude to it negatively.” Read more

Kate Bartley, John Bedell Named WHIO Weekend Anchors

kate bartley john bedell whioKate Bartley and John Bedell have been promoted at WHIO, Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate in Dayton.

In their new roles, Bartley will be the station’s weekend evening anchor and Bedell will be the weekend morning and noon anchor. Bartley, who joined the station in 2009, has most recently been a general assignment reporter and anchor of the noon newscast on Sunday. Bedell has been a general assignment reporter since he joined the station in 2010.

“The promotions of Kate Bartley and John Bedell exemplify the strength of our News Center 7 team,” David Bennallack, senior managing director of content for Cox Media Group Ohio, said in a statement. “Kate and John are both positive forces in our newsroom and in our community, and have deep Ohio roots. We’re very excited to have them in these key positions.”

More from WHIO after the jump. Read more

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.”

>RELATED TVNewser: Julie Chen Reveals Having Surgery On Her ‘Asian Eyes’

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

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