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Quincy Buys Three Stations from Granite, One From Malara

quincyQuincy Newspapers has announced it is adding nine stations in four markets by buying five stations outright and agreeing to provide operating services to four more.

From Granite Broadcasting, Quincy will buy NBC affiliate WEEK in Peoria, IL, NBC/MyTV affiliate KBJR and its satellite KRII in Duluth, MN/Superior, WI, and CBS/CW affiliate WBNG in Binghamton, NY. Quincy is buying ABC/CW affiliate WPTA in Ft. Wayne, IN, from Malara Broadcasting.

Quincy will also provide operating services to Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s ABC/CW affiliate WHOI and Four Seasons Broadcasting’s WAOE in Peoria, IL, as well as SagamoreHill Broadcasting’s newly acquired stations NBC/MyTV affiliate WISE in Ft. Wayne, IN, and CBS/CW affiliate KDLH in Duluth, MN. Read more

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Nicholas Ferreri Named Chief Meteorologist at WANE in Fort Wayne

nicholas ferreriNicholas Ferreri has been promoted to chief meteorologist at WANE, the CBS affiliate in Fort Wayne, Ind. He will begin September 30 on the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, according to the Fort Wayne Business Weekly.

“Nicholas has earned this promotion,” news director Ted Linn said. “Earned it through ready execution, calm delivery, virtually mistake-free performance, perfect work record, station-wide respect, balanced demeanor, exemplary team play and efficient organization.”

Ferreri, WANE’s weekend meteorologist, joined the station in 2010.  He replaces Jonathan Conder, who is leaving Fort Wayne for KOCO in Oklahoma City, Fort Wayne Business Weekly reports.

>Update: the full press release from WANE is after the jump. Read more

WANE Reporter Busted for DUI Avoids Jail Time

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazzette is reporting, WANE reporter Megan Reust, who was arrested on suspicion of DUI over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, has been handed a 180-day suspended jail sentence.

The reporter for the Fort Wayne, IN, CBS affiliate pleaded guilty to a Class B misdemeanor charge of reckless driving. She had been charged with two misdemeanor counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in addition to speeding, which is an infraction.

Court officials told the Journal Gazzette Reust’s license has not been suspended.

 

Don Osika Named General Manager of WISE

Don Osika has been named president and general manager of WISE, Granite Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate in Fort Wayne, Ind.

It is a return to Indiana for Osika, who began his career at WTWO in Terre Haute. He has been the general sales manager for KSEE, the NBC affiliate in Fresno, since 2010. Prior to that, he was director of sales at WCIA in Champaign, Ill.

“Don Osika will provide our outstanding team in Ft. Wayne with tremendous leadership, tireless dedication, and an unmatched commitment to community involvement,” Granite COO Duane Lammers said in a statement.

WISE also provides various services for WPTA, the ABC affiliate in Fort Wayne.

WANE Reporter Megan Reust Arrested For DUI

WANE reporter Megan Reust was arrested for DUI on Sunday morning. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has details:

A Fort Wayne police officer clocked Reust driving 57 mph in a 35-mph zone in the area of Hadley Road and Pointe Inverness Way about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

At least 30 minutes after the officer pulled her over, Reust’s blood-alcohol content registered at 0.09 percent. A second test within minutes of the first registered the same level, an affidavit said. The legal limit in Indiana is 0.08 percent.

Reust was booked into Allen County Lockup and posted $750 bond. Her license was ordered suspended, according to court records.

A spokesperson for WANE, the CBS affiliate in Fort Wayne, told the Journal Gazette that the station does not comment on personnel matters.

Nexstar, Granite Settle Antitrust Lawsuit, Returning Fox Affiliation to Fort Wayne’s WFFT

Nexstar Broadcasting has settled an antitrust lawsuit against Granite Broadcasting and WISE, Granite’s NBC and Fox affiliate in Fort Wayne, Ind.

As a result of the settlement, Nexstar’s WFFT will once again become a Fox affiliate after 18 months as an independent station.

WFFT lost its Fox affiliation in 2011. WISE picked up the affiliation, giving Granite control of the Fox, NBC, ABC, CW and MyNetworkTV affiliations in Fort Wayne. Claiming Granite was monopolizing local television sales, Nexstar filed suit in 2011.

In a statement Wednesday, Nexstar said the settlement was “mutually agreed” on, “without any costs being borne by either party.”

“We are looking forward to the return of FOX’s programming to WFFT LOCAL where we are committed to providing the most relevant, compelling and informative content and community-focused programming to our viewers,” VP-GM Bill Ritchhart said in a statement.

Nexstar also announced Wednesday it would acquire KSEE, the NBC affiliate in Fresno, CA from Granite for $26.5 million.

Dan Ball Joins WFFT As News Director, Anchor

Dan Ball is joining WFFT, Nexstar’s independent station in Fort Wayne, as news director and main anchor.

“We’re excited to have Dan join our station and lead our award-winning news team,” VP-GM Bill Ritchhart said in a statement. “Dan brings a wealth of large market experience that can take our news room to the next level.”

Ball was most recently the morning anchor at KSNV, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas. In March 2012, the station did not renew his contract.

He replaces Jim Blue, who is joining WNWO in Toledo as news director and main anchor.

WANE Photographer Ron Harmeyer Dies at 68

WANE photographer Ron Harmeyer, who spent 48 years at the Fort Wayne CBS affiliate before retiring earlier this year, died recently. He was 68.

Harmeyer was inducted to the Indiana Associated Press Hall of Fame last year for his work as a photographer for the station. WANE remembered him in a recent tribute segment (video above).

“He always appreciated the opportunities this profession offered as well as the wonderful experiences it creates,” WKRG news director Mike Rausch, a former colleague of Harmeyer’s, wrote in a memo to WKRG staffers last week. “I hope there’s some ‘Ron’ in all of us.”

WANE Launches New Look in HD

WANE, the CBS affiliate for Fort Wayne, IN is now broadcasting to viewers in HD.

The LIN Media owned station launched its signal upgrade Monday and also delivered a new set and graphics package.  The set, designed by FX Design Group, shares elements with other LIN owned stations and makes use of limited space.

You can read more details about the set by clicking here.  You can see more photos and a video tour after the jump.

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Anchor Linda Jackson Moves to Mornings at WPTA

Linda Jackson is stepping into the role of morning anchor at WPTA-WISE, the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette reports.

Jackson, who currently anchors at 5:30 and 1o p.m. on weeknights, shifts into the new role after morning anchor Mary Collins was arrested for drunk driving last month. Collins has not appeared on WPTA since her arrest. President and general manager Jerry Giesler told the Journal-Gazette that Collins is no longer employed at the station.

Jackson’s first day on the morning newscast will be August 13.

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