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Another Denver News Director Says Goodbye

wews_304KMGH news director Jeff Harris has announced he is leaving the Scripps owned Denver ABC affiliate to work as news director at Scripps’ Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS.

Joanne Ostrow, TV Critic for The Denver Post reports Harris told the newsroom Wednesday. WEWS interim station manager Lana Durban Scott told TVSpy, Harris will start October 6.

“This is all things coming together at the same time,” Harris told The Post. “It’s a great opportunity for me personally and a perfect match for the company. Everything is aligned. It is incredibly bittersweet because of the affection I have for Denver.”

On Monday, KDVR-KWGN news director Ed Kosowski announced he was leaving the station when his contract is up next week.

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Scripps Drops ‘Jeopardy’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ at KMGH

KMGH-1A few years ago we reported on Scripps Television’s decision to swap ”Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune”, two hugely popular syndicated game shows, for programming they produced. Back in 2012, the company brought in two of their own shows so they could have more control over their content (and not have to pay those pesky syndication fees).

Well, it looks like it’s happening again.

The Denver Post reports that ABC affiliate KMGH will lose “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” on September 8, to be replaced by a new 6:00 p.m. newscast and a half-hour newsmagazine, a Scripps-produced show called “The List.” According to a KMGH press release, the new show’s “upbeat, fast-paced style brings viewers non-stop weather coverage and the very latest on developing stories from the studio and in the streets.”

We reached out to KMGH vice president and general manager Byron Grandy to see if other Scripps stations will be adopting this model in the coming months. He did not immediately respond to our email.

Ed Kosowski Leaving KDVR

KDVR-LogoEd Kosowski is leaving Denver FOX and CW affiliate KDVR-KWGN.

“It’s been a great three year run,” Kosowski told TVSpy. Saying he still had some professional goals he’d like to achieve, he said he’s leaving when his contract is up next week.

Kosowski said he’s most proud of changing the culture during his three years at KDVR, adding “I’m really proud of the talented and diverse team, on-air and behind scenes.”

Before coming to KDVR in July of 2011, Kosowski worked at CNBC for six years. He started his career at WLS in Chicago and has worked as news director at KGO in San Francisco and WHDH in Boston. He has also worked at WRC in Washington, D.C., WTVJ in Miami.

After the jump, you can read the note KDVR  president and GM Peter Maroney sent to staffers to announce Kosowski’s departure. Read more

KMGH’s Mike Landess Will Anchor Final Newscast August 28

mike landessMike Landess, anchor at Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, will anchor his final newscast at 10 p.m. August 28. Landess announced his decision to step down in May, and Denver Post TV critic Joanne Ostrow says next Thursday will be the day:

The station plans nightly tributes to his career next week, honoring in particular his steady presence on-air during the Colorado floods, wildfires and Aurora theater shooting.

Landess has yet to reveal what he’ll do next–or where. But he told Westword local TV has been a special experience, but after fifty years, he’s ready to leave:

“I’ve loved this job,” he emphasizes. “But I’m excited to move on to whatever the next phase is.”

Denver Sports Anchor Apologizes for Alzheimer’s ‘Joke’

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KUSA sports anchor Drew Soicher has apologized after opening his sportscast with a questionable reference to Alzheimer’s disease. “So much talk about Alzheimer’s at Broncos training camp that you wonder if that’s the name of a new player on the roster,” Soicher said, before turning to the news that team owner Pat Bowlen had stepped aside to receive Alzheimer’s treatment.

The “new player” line was quickly tackled as an insensitive joke, as Denver Post television critic Joanne Ostrow writes:

Soicher, the 9News sports anchor, got the jokey TV rhythm right (sounds like a vaudeville gag) — but the content uncomfortably wrong. His opener blew up as a tasteless one-liner on social media.

Soicher insists he never intended to joke “about anybody’s illness,” and posted the line–in context–on the KUSA website, along with his comments: Read more

So, ‘Dog’ Did the Weather This Morning on ‘Good Day Colorado’

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Here’s the thing about reality TV show bounty hunters. They don’t necessarily know anything about doing a weather forecast on television. Case in point, Dog the Bounty Hunter, who was a guest on KDVR‘s “Good Morning Colorado”.

Dog seems to start strong, suggesting that more humidity will mean “less bad air” for the Denver area, but he’s quickly corrected by Fox 31′s Jennifer Broome. “Mm, not exactly.”

What happens next is yours to enjoy:

Two Scripps Stations Premiere New Style of News Show

the now kmghE.W. Scripps says it’s “redefining the afternoon news” with a show called The NOW.

The show will debut on Denver ABC affiliate KMGH and Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB starting today at 4:00 p.m.. The station group said it covers what’s trending on social media and “invites the audience to join the conversation across traditional and digital media platforms” and is not a newscast.

“I believe The NOW will set the pace for the type of programming that audiences on multiple platforms crave,” Brian Lawlor, SVP of Scripps television, said in a statement. “These audiences want to know what’s happening right now, give their own take on those events, and share their thoughts with their own social media networks.”

Denver’s version of The Now will be anchored by Lionel Bienvenu while the KSHB show will feature digital reporter Deb Tuff. Read more

Amelia Earhart Completes ‘Round the World Flight

EarhartHomeAmelia Earhart, the former traffic reporter for KUSA in Denver, is back in Colorado after finishing an around the world flight.

Earhart, along with co-pilot Shane Jordan, flew a path similar to that of her namesake. They landed in Oakland, California Friday evening completing an 18-day, 14-country, 24,000-mile journey that makes her the youngest woman to travel around the world in a single-engine airplane. She returned to Colorado today landing at the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport.

Upon landing in Oakland, Earhart, no relation to the famous aviator who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937, Tweeted: “In the best way we knew how, we brought Amelia’s spirit home safely to Oakland.”

KUSA’s story, after the jump…

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Amanda Kost Leaving KMGH for Scripps Bureau in Washington

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KMGH news director Jeff Harris has announced investigative reporter Amanda Kost will leave the Scripps-owned Denver ABC affiliate to join the Scripps National Bureau in Washington as an investigative reporter.

“The DC investigative team is building and Amanda is the perfect part to help gain momentum and impact,” Harris told staff in an email today. “Our Nation’s Capital has no idea what it’s in store for…but we do.”

Kost is a Peabody Award winner who joined KMGH four years ago.

Read Harris’ full memo after the jump. Read more

Guillermo Martínez Villarreal Joins Telemundo Denver

telemundo denver_304x200Guillermo Martínez Villarreal is joining KDEN, the Telemundo station in Denver, as the anchor of the 5:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Martínez Villarreal most recently worked at the Telemundo affiliate in San Diego-Tijuana, where he was a producer and news coordinator. He was the first producer and anchor for the station’s 11 p.m. newscast.

“Guillermo is a seasoned journalist who has a gift for storytelling and experience in many newsrooms. We are glad to have him on the team,” Telemundo Denver news director Pedro Calderón Michel said in a statement.

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