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WTIC GM Leaves After Less Than a Year

chris geigerChris Geiger is out as GM of Tribune’s Hartford FOX affiliate WTIC.

A Tribune spokesperson told TVSpy Geiger “has decided to leave the station.”

Geiger was named GM in April. He came from Sinclair Broadcasting’s stations in Syracuse WSTM, WTVH, WSTQ and CNY Central Digital. He replaced Rich Graziano, who became GM of Tribune’s New York CW affiliate WPIX.

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Donald Trump Tells WTTG Cosby ‘Probably Guilty’

Donald Trump was on FOX owned Washington, D.C. station WTTG last night.

That sentence by itself automatically comes wrapped with the subtext, “and he gave his opinion on things.” Last night, after he told the Economic Club he was “very strongly” considering running for president in 2016, he told WTTG reporter Emily Miller what he thought about Bill Cosby, and his possible opponents in the upcoming election.

On Cosby, Trump said “Look I think he’s probably guilty…I don’t know…I think his defense has been horrible if he’s not…because he keeps going– nothing, I’m not going to talk. When a person doesn’t talk, that usually doesn’t mean good things.”

Weighing in on his presidential campaign, Trump said “I’ve always succeeded at what I’ve wanted to do, and what I really want to do now, more than anything else, is make this country great again.”

Local TV Broadcasting Companies Team Up. Look For New Way to Measure Audience

tv_304FOX Television Stations, Tribune Media and Univision are teaming up with Timeline Labs to launch what they’re calling a “broader based measurement tool that will accurately measure audiences across the entire spectrum of linear and digital platforms.”

The venture, called NewCoin LLC, will beta test in the Dallas, Texas market. The companies said they will look for input from the local ad community during development.

NewCoin uses Timeline Labs’ SaaS platform which is described as “enabling media companies and brands to analyze billions of social media messages daily in real-time, find and broadcast relevant newsworthy social trends and insights, and measure audience engagement.”

“We are glad to be partnering with Timeline Labs and expect that what works in Dallas will move to other local markets,” said Jack Abernethy, CEO of FOX Television Stations.

Kevin Cuddihy, president of Local Media, Univision Communications, Inc., added, “We know our Hispanic audiences are driving media use on linear and digital platforms and are pleased to work with Timeline Labs to develop a much needed tool to effectively capture total media consumption.”

Concerned Residents Return FOX Houston Station’s Stolen Laptop

Two Houston residents found and returned a laptop that was stolen from a KRIV news truck.

The KRIV crew was covering a protest in Houston’s historic Freedmen’s town when someone broke the rear window of their news truck and took the laptop.

“I was very concerned about it,” Gladys House told KRIV reporter Randy Wallace. “Fox 26 has always been a supporter of our cause and our community.”

The two women put the word out on the street and found the two drug addicts who stole our lap top.

“I had to make something happen and I did,” Johnson said.

No one in the newsroom could believe what these two strong willed women did for us including our boss Bob Morford.

It was an act of kindness our boss hopes to someday return to the Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition.

Nexstar Names New GM for WFXR

WFXR_WWCWJoseph McNamara has been named VP & GM of Nexstar-owned WFXR-WWCW in Roanoke-Lynchburg, Virginia.

McNamara was president and GM of KHON in Honolulu,Hawaii from 2006 until 2013. He was at WBNG in Binghamton, NY for 24 years, working his way up through the sales department before being named GM in 1994.

“In this role, I will leverage the management experience and relationships built over my career to grow the operations and generate results while providing superior service to clients, advertisers, and local viewers,” said McNamara. “I am excited to work with the Roanoke team as we seek to deliver additional compelling local news and entertainment programming, as well as effective, multi-platform marketing solutions.”

Nexstar bought WFXR from Grant Company in 2013.

Charlie Langton Promoted to Weekend Morning Anchor at WJBK

Charlie-Langton

WJBK, the FOX owned station in Detroit, has named Charlie Langton weekend morning anchor. Langton will join Amy Andrews and Taryn Asher on the anchor desk.

Langton will continue to co-host the public affairs show, “Let It Rip,” and provide legal analysis on various weekday newscasts. Langton replaces Jay Towers, who now anchors weekdays from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m.

“Charlie brings a unique energy to his legal analysis, anchoring and street reporting. He has deep connections within this community and we are thrilled to bring him aboard as a full time member of the FOX 2 news team,” said vice president and news director Kevin Roseborough.

Langton joined WJBK in 2007 as a legal analyst and is a practicing lawyer. Prior to WJBK, he worked at WYUR-AM as a political-legal talk show host.

Jay Glazer Broke Manziel Story on KTTV

If FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer ever needs to prove he broke the whole “Johnny Manziel is starting for the Cleveland Browns story,” all he has to do is go to the KTTV aircheck.

Glazer was live on the Los Angeles FOX owned station doing a bit from his gym Unbreakable Performance Center when he got a text on his phone.

“Hey I got a little breaking news here if you want a little scoop and you want me to break something unbreakable,” Glazer said on-air. “I’m actually breaking right here…just got a text. Johnny Manziel will be the starter in Cleveland this week. BAM.”

Glazer was reportedly upset with ESPN after the latter reported the same news without giving Glazer credit for the scoop. Read more

KTTV Promotes Assignment Manager to Assistant News Director

KTTV_Fox_11_logo copy Ruben Villaescusa has been promoted to assistant news director at Los Angeles FOX owned station KTTV.

Villaescusa has worked at KTTV for 21 years. In that time, he’s worked as a writer, a producer, and an assignment editor before working as an assignment manager. He’s never worked anywhere other than LA in his TV career. He started at KTLA before working at KCOP and returned to KTLA before coming to KTTV.

“I’m both proud and humbled to be given this opportunity to help lead Fox 11 as we provide our viewers with smart, informative and engaging local news,” said Villaescusa.

He replaces Tom Searson who retired last month.

Charlotte FOX GM to Bring On Former News Director from Previous Station

FOX46 CarolinasKaren Koutsky has been named news director at FOX owned Charlotte station WJZY-WMYT.

Koutsky and WJZY GM Karen Adams worked together for 13 years at WGHP, which was a FOX owned station until 2007, when Adams was the GM and Koutsky was news director. Adams left WGHP in 2013.

“I’m honored to be back with the FOX O&O’s and working again with Karen,” said Koutsky.

Koutsky has also worked as assistant news director at WTHR in Indianapolis and WTVG in Toledo, Ohio. She’s also worked at WAGA and WXIA in Atlanta. She starts January 5.

Good Day New York Anchor Meets Royals

WNYW morning anchor Rosanna Scotto was one of many celebrities to meet Prince William and Kate Middleton during the Royal trip to the colonies.

Scotto told viewers on Good Day New York, she refused Kate’s offer of a handshake and demanded she show off her curtsying skills, the result of which was tweeted out by Scotto. Check out the guy standing behind the Royals. Read more

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