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Rachel Frank Returns to Hartford after a Few Months in New York

frank wpixRachel Frank is set to replace herself as meteorologist at Tribune’s Hartford FOX affiliate WTIC. In May, Frank left WTIC after being named morning meteorologist at Tribune’s flagship station WPIX in New York.

Frank, who returns to air at WTIC tonight, wrote about the move in a blog post. “It has been my dream to become a meteorologist in NYC since I was a little girl. I can’t tell you how surreal it is to have succeeded!” She added, “But as many of you know, I’m pregnant with a baby boy! It’s funny how your priorities shift when you’re growing a tiny human. Family comes first. After much thought and consideration my husband and I decided it would be best for our growing family to return to Connecticut.”

Saturday, Frank linked to WTIC meteorologist Matt Scott‘s facebook page which read, “Yes, Meteorologist Rachel Frank is back! I’m very excited about this. She’s one of the smartest meteorologists I’ve worked with, and after looking high and low for a replacement for her, me, Joe Furey Meteorologist, Meteorologist Dan Amarante and Sam couldn’t be more thrilled that the old saying isn’t true …. You can indeed go home again.”

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Texas Station Group Adds News Director

Amie Hudspeth has been named news director at the Victoria Television Group in Victoria, Tex.

Station GM Jeff Pryor told TVSpy, Hudspeth starts next Monday. Hudspeth replaces Jennifer Dodd who left in July to work as assistant news director at KENS in San Antonio.

Hudspeth was assistant news director at WNCT in Greenville, N.C. She has also worked at WOAI in San Antonio, Tex. and KEYE in Austin, Tex.

The Saga Communications owned Victoria Television Group owns and/or operates the ABC (KAVU), NBC (KMOL), FOX (KVCT), Telemundo (KVTX), CBS (KXTS), and Univision (KUNU) stations in the Victoria market.

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Mere Months into Retirement, Former Dallas Meteorologist Injured in Crash

Picture 3Ron Jackson, who retired in February after 32 years as meteorologist at Fox owned KDFW in Dallas, was seriously hurt in a single-vehicle accident Friday night. He remains hospitalized this morning, reports The Dallas Morning News:

Jackson was injured after he lost control of the scooter he was riding near the intersection of U.S. Highway 67 and Kingswood Drive in Cedar Hill, the station reported.

Jackson lives in Cedar Hill, according to his biography on the station’s website.

Jackson, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to a local hospital.

KDFW Sports Anchor Max Morgan Hospitalized with Congestive Heart Failure

Picture 2Max Morgan, weekend sports anchor at Fox owned Dallas station KDFW remains hospitalized this morning after he was admitted to Methodist Richardson Medical Center Wednesday, suffering from congestive heart failure.

The station reports Morgan’s wife, Marla, says she appreciates all the support and prayers she’s received from viewers, and added, “tell everyone to just keep praying, because it works.”

Morgan, who turned 59 on Friday, has worked at KDFW since 1993. He starts every sportscast with the phrase: “hello Dallas-Fort Worth, let’s talk sports.”

Gray TV in Labor Dispute with Employees of North Dakota Station

New_Gray_304Three former employees of Gray Television’s newly purchased Bismarck, N.D. FOX affiliate KNDX are at odds with the station group over why they are now without jobs.

The Bismarck Tribune reports, Gray says the employees’ positions were eliminated as part of the company’s planned consolidation of its newly purchased North Dakota stations. Gray recently consolidated the stations by transferring the programming of some and selling off the licenses of others.

The employees say they were fired when they asked Gray for more money.

Gray Television sent a letter to the Fox station employees on July 25, about a month after the sale closed, informing them the stations would “cease operations” and some positions would be eliminated as a result of the consolidation.

Three master control room operators said plans changed when the company learned it would not be able to move its transmission dish without reinforcing the roof of its downtown Bismarck building. They were told they would likely remain employed through the end of the year but lost their jobs anyway after trying to negotiate for higher wages.

“Gray announced several months ago that on September 15, it would be consolidating the local NBC and Fox stations into a single, more efficient operation to better serve our local viewers,” Gray said in an emailed statement. “We proceeded with that consolidation yesterday, and, as a result of the consolidation, several positions were eliminated, including those held by these three employees. We promised this summer to extend a generous severance package to all employees effected by the consolidation, and we honored that promise yesterday.”

One of the operators, Tim Cunningham, said the events played out differently. Read more

WXMI Names New Morning Anchor

falzone croppedGrand Rapids, Mich. FOX affiliate WXMI has named Deanna Falzone morning anchor.

The Grand Rapids Press reports, Falzone replaces Sarah Brodhead, who recently announced she was leaving the station.

Falzone, a native of Harper Woods in the Detroit area, said she’s looking forward to the new assignment beginning Thursday.

“I am very excited to join the morning team and am looking forward to the sunrises that will come with the early wake up call,” Falzone said. “The fun, energetic atmosphere the morning team has created is one-of-a-kind in West Michigan, and I look forward to continuing that tradition.”

FOX 17 News Director Brooks Blanton said Falzone, who joined the Tribune Company-owned TV station in March 2013, approaches stories with passion and professionalism. Read more

WFLD’s Alexa Helms Reportedly Pulled Off Anchor Desk After Three Months

Alexa-HelmsAnchor Alexa Helms has been moved off the anchor desk at Chicago Fox-owned station WFLD after just three months, reports media writer Robert Feder, citing station insiders.

Until a permanent replacement is named, Lisa Chavarria, Melody Mendez and Tisha Lewis will rotate filling in on Fox 32’s Saturday and Sunday newscasts alongside Larry Yellen.

It would be unconscionably cruel to recount the multitude of mistakes Helms made during her brief tenure as anchor. She clearly lacked the performance skills, journalistic experience or knowledge of current events to handle the job when Fox 32 news director Tom Doerr brought on the Dallas native and 2009 graduate of the University of Oklahoma.

Helms, a former intern at the station, arrived from Fox affiliate WSVN in Miami.

Broadcasters Warn Lawmakers Over Concerns About STAVRA

broadcastersThe Hill reports, representatives of ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates wrote to the Senate Commerce Committee to warn that despite the loss of “Local Choice” from the bill, STAVRA still has elements that “would undermine free access … to high quality national network and local broadcast television programming.”

In particular, the stations are concerned about changes made to the system for beaming broadcast channels onto people’s cable and satellite packages, known as “retransmission consent” agreements.

The bill, they wrote, “asserts unprecedented extension of [Federal Communications Commission] regulatory authority over private marketplace negotiations” and unfairly singles out broadcast companies for new limits. Read more

Charlotte ND Returning to Houston, WWOR Station Manager to Help Out in Interim

wjzy-wmyt logo_304x200WJZY-WMYT news director Geoff Roth has announced he’s leaving the Charlotte FOX owned station and going back to KRIV in Houston.

A station spokesperson told TVSpy WWOR station manager Dianne Doctor will help out the newsroom while the station looks for a news director. Doctor will continue in her role as station manager of the New Jersey MyTV affiliate.

Roth came to Charlotte from FOX owned KRIV when FOX took over the Charlotte station in 2013. He is going back in the newly created position of managing editor.

He’s been news director at KSEE and KMPH in Fresno, Calif., WFTX in Fort Myers, Fla., KSWB in San Diego, Calif., KSTU in Salt Lake City, Utah, and WRIC in Richmond, Va.

WNYW Adds Business Reporter

morris wtic_304New York FOX owned station WNYW has added Alison Morris as the station’s business reporter.

Morris left WTIC in Hartford, Conn. in August. She has also worked at KDKA in Pittsburgh. She started her career at the Wall Street Journal Europe in Paris, France and has reported for CNBC Europe.

“I can’t wait to become FOX 5′s first business reporter and bring our viewers the latest on the economy, business climate and their money,” Morris said in a statement. “What we’re doing here is unique and to do it on a station I grew up watching is awesome.”

She starts Monday, September 22.

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