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Gannett Promotes Patti Dennis, Names Replacement from Knoxville Station

moreno kusaChristy Moreno has been named news director of Gannett’s Denver NBC affiliate KUSA.

Moreno was news director at Gannett’s Knoxville, Tenn. station WBIR. She replaces Patti Dennis, who was promoted to VP, news and talent development for Gannett.

“Christy’s strong leadership skills, record of success and innovative ideas are just what we need to continue serving as Colorado’s news leader,” Mark Cornetta, KUSA GM and Gannett SVP, said in a statement.

Moreno came to WBIR in 2012 from KENS, Gannett’s San Antonio station, where she was assistant news director. She has also worked at KRIV and KPRC in Houston and KAUZ in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Dave Lougee, President, Gannett Broadcasting, thanked Dennis for her work at KUSA, saying, “Patti’s contributions to 9NEWS are too numerous to count and her eye for talent is unmatched. Now we will be able to deploy her talents across a larger stage.”

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Man Won’t Leave Denver Station Lobby. Allegedly Bites Cop


A man who refused to leave Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, was arrested after he allegedly bit one of the officers escorting him out.

KMGH reports, the man walked into the station lobby Friday afternoon saying he was a Nobel Peace Prize winner and wanted to speak to a reporter. The receptionist asked him to leave, but he refused. The building manager asked him to leave, but he again refused. So police were called.

Denver police arrived and escorted the man out of the lobby, but 7NEWS staff said they saw the man begin resisting, and then they saw him bite one of the officers on the hand.

The man then managed to flee and run around the building until he was stopped by officers on East 7th Avenue.

An officer told 7NEWS crews at the scene that a Taser was used to stop the man.

On video shot by 7NEWS anchor Eric Kahnert, seven officers were seen taking part in his arrest as one of the officers is overheard ordering the man to stop biting.

Police said the officer who was bitten suffered serious bodily injury, but is expected to be OK.

KUSA Puts Anchor Choice up to Viewer Vote

KUSA candidatesDenver NBC affiliate KUSA asked viewers to vote whether they wanted reporter Kevin Torres or current anchor Kyle Clark as the next evening anchor.

According to the station, the election was trending on twitter in Denver. Clark beat Torres 364-270 and gets to keep his job. TVSpy didn’t take the time to investigate how the votes were tallied. Though, we did ask KUSA what would have happened had Clark lost. We’ll update when we hear back.

The race came complete with attack ads. After the race, the two candidates released statements. Here’s Clark’s.

“Kevin Torres on the anchor desk would be nothing but a rubber-stamp for Drew Soicher‘s radical agenda. That’s why I have the endorsement of Adele Arakawa and the support of Kathy Sabine who said, ‘Sure. Just stop bothering me. I’m working on a forecast.’ For years, Coloradans have trusted me to make funny faces at the camera following ridiculous stories and patently untrue comments from politicians. We just can’t trust Kevin Torres to do the same.”

You can watch both candidates attack ads after the jump. Read more

Carlos Rausseo Promoted to Sports Anchor at KDEN

TelemundoKDEN, the Telemundo station in Denver, has announced the promotion of Carlos Rausseo from multimedia journalist and back-up anchor to sports anchor.

Rausseo will join news anchor Guillermo Martínez and weather anchor Javier Castro for “Noticiero Telemundo Denver” at 4:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

“We are thrilled that Carlos will officially join our anchor team to help Telemundo Denver deliver the latest sports news and information to our Spanish-language viewers,” KDEN news director Pedro Calderón Michel said in a statement. “His journalistic experience, which has earned him an Emmy award, will strengthen our local news operation and the commitment we have to better serve our Hispanic community here in Denver and throughout Colorado.”

Rausseo’s first day on-air is Monday, November 3.

Vacationing KMGH Reporter Provides Coverage of Cruise Ship Ebola Scare

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Talk about your working vacation. Eric Lupher, a reporter at Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, who was among about four thousand passengers aboard the Carival Magic for a cruise with stops in Belize and Cozumel.

He didn’t see Cozumel, however, after the cruise ship was denied access to the Mexican port amid concerns a passenger onboard the Magic may have been exposed to Ebola. And Lupher was suddenly in the right place at the right time–for a reporter, that is. “I’m on the Carnival ship with the Ebola scare,” he tweeted. “Mexican authorities not allowing us into Cozumel. Heading back to Galveston.”

Lupher returned to port safely, shortly after the all-clear was given aboard the ship:
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KUSA’s Kyle Clark Gets Feisty as Debate Moderator

Last night, political reporter Brandon Rittiman and anchor Kyle Clark of Denver NBC affiliate KUSA moderated a heated debate between Sen. Mark Udall (D) and Rep. Cory Gardner (R). But the candidates weren’t the only two people confronting one another.

Clark got into his own argument with Gardner about the federal Life at Conception Act, which Clark says Gardner denies being a personhood bill to end abortion. Check out a clip of the testy exchange above.

Some of Clark’s fans were pleased with his performance as moderator.

Others, not so much.

You can watch the full debate here.

Seattle ND Leaves for Denver

gauntt copySeattle news director Holly Gauntt is moving to Denver to be the news director at Denver FOX and CW affiliate KDVR-KWGN.

“I have reached a crossroads in my life in which I need to choose family and home,” Gauntt told staffers in an email sent to TVSpy. “I wasn’t looking for a job but a fantastic one presented itself. I have accepted the position of Vice President of News & Digital for KDVR/KWGN in Denver.”

Before working as news director at Sinclair’s Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO, Gauntt was the news director at WTXF in Philadelphia. She replaces Ed Kosowski who left KDVR in August.

The Denver Post reported earlier current Gauntt was in the running for one of three news director jobs open in Denver, but didn’t know which one.

You can read the full text of her email after the jump. Read more

KMGH Nominates Eric Kahnert for ‘Sexiest News Anchor Alive’

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Denver’s KMGH has a few nominees for People‘s ‘Sexiest News Anchor Alive‘ contest, and they want their fans to spread the word.

The E.W. Scripps owned ABC affiliate is nominating evening anchor Eric Kahnert along with morning anchor Mitch Jelniker and ”TheNow” anchor Lionel Bienvenu, all three of whom have their own faux People covers.

The anchors will be judged on the following criteria: perceived sexiness (50%), location within the United States (25%) and social media following (25%). KMGH is encouraging fans to help spread the word about their three sexy contenders:

Here at 7NEWS, we’re hoping you’ll help get the attention of People Magazine’s editors by tweeting them about 7NEWS morning anchor @MitchJelniker, TheNow anchor @LionelBienvenu and @7NEWS evening anchor @EricKahnert.

To see Jelniker and Bienvenu’s covers, click here.

(Photo via Kahnert’s Facebook page)

GM Out at KMGH in Denver

KMGH-TV_LogoThe Denver Post reports Byron Grandy, VP and GM of KMGH, has resigned from the Denver E.W. Scripps owned ABC affiliate.

Grandy was named VP and GM of KMGH in 2009 by then owner McGraw-Hill. He started at KMGH in December 2000 as news director. The Post credits Grandy’s management for the station’s many regional Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow Award and a Peabody.

Steve Wasserman, vice president and general manager of WPTV West Palm Beach (an NBC affiliate owned and operated by The E.W. Scripps Company) and divisional general manager for Scripps, is serving as interim general manager. Wasserman declined to comment on the reasons for or manner of Grandy’s departure but supplied a note to the staff:

I want to inform you that Byron Grandy has resigned as general manager of KMGH effective immediately and has left the company. Byron has made significant contributions to the station during his years here as news director and GM and the station is stronger as a result. Scripps wishes him well as he moves to the next stage of his career. Read more

Changes in Denver AM Market

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Two morning news shows in Denver are going through transitions at the moment.

ABC affiliate KMGH recently debuted a new set, which Joanne Ostrow over at The Denver Post, didn’t much like:

The big, empty 7News set, a display of video technology on multiple screens, looks big and empty. When I walked around it in person, I hoped it would play better on camera. It doesn’t, and the anchors appear awkward moving from one spot to another. Does standing without an anchor chair add anything? It’s a distraction.

Meanwhile, NBC affiliate KUSA‘s team has been changing in recent months after the departure of longtime fan favorite Kyle Dyer. Ostrow explains what the rest of the team looks like today:

Work-horse Gary Shapiro attempts to hold things together with trooper Cheryl Preheim, while former cheerleader and dancer Corey Rose and well-traveled TV vet Marty Coniglio take turns…When you build a newsroom around big personalities rather than, say, content, it hurts when a popular anchor leaves.

The ratings for September 2014, however, show that KUSA remains at #1, despite the shuffling of anchors. The station’s ratings have decreased compared to previous years, particularly among younger viewers, while KMGH has made significant gains.

For viewers age 25-54, from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m., KUSA scored a 1.4 rating and 15.7 share. KMGH came in second with a 0.8 rating and 9 share. FOX affiliate KDVR came in third with a 0.5 rating, 6 share.

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