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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

Anchor Who Quit TV News in May Returns to TV News in December


Derek Francis, who announced he was leaving his job as morning anchor at Grand Rapids ABC affiliate WZZM back in May, has joined cross-town rival WXMI–just a matter of months after he said he was leaving TV news to work in public relations. “I took a brief step away from the industry, by choice, and my time away gave me an even greater appreciation for it and FOX 17,” Francis told the Grand Rapids Press.

Francis worked at WZZM for eleven years until he announced his departure with an on-air farewell.

Former Florida TV Newsers Open Restaurant: ‘That’s Why I Got Out of News, It’s All Negative’


Bryan Baker and Lynnsey Gardner are a husband and wife team of former local newsers, Baker was a reporter at Jacksonville’s CBS-Fox affiliate WJAX/WFOX, and Gardner was a morning anchor at the station. Gardner was one of the five anchors released by the station in a massive talent shift earlier this year, and Baker left the station in January.

Their new venture: biscuits. The Florida Times-Union reports the couple will open a restaurant, Maple Street Biscuit Company, in St. Augustine. “The food and atmosphere are unique,” Baker told the paper. “There’s a Southern family feel and I like how positive everyone is. That’s why I got out of news, it’s all negative.”

Jacksonville Meteorologist Sues Nexstar for Defamation

Deegan_DUI_croppedJacksonville meteorologist Tim Deegan is suing Nexstar Broadcasting after a website content provider, owned by the station group, used his photo in a story about another Tim Deegan who was arrested for allegedly keeping three women as sex slaves.

The story appeared on the website of Jacksonville CBS and FOX affiliate WJAX-WFOX. At the time, news director Bob Longo told TVSpy, the station’s website content manager, Inergize-CMS systems, used the wrong picture.

According to the Jacksonville Business Journal, Deegan is suing for defamation of character and “is seeking damages in excess of $75,000.”

The lawsuit filed, filed on Nov. 7, names Nexstar Broadcasting Inc as the defendant. Nexstar’s division Inergize Digital provides digital content for various television stations owned or managed by Cox Media Group.

The suit says Nexstar falsely identified Deegan as the person who had been “arrested and charged with some of the most despicable crimes and immoral conduct imaginable.” Read more

WNYW’s Duke Castiglione Rappels Down Building with Yankee GM Brian Cashman

This morning on FOX affiliate WNYW, ”Good Day New York” sports director Duke Castiglione accepted a challenge from the general manager of the New York Yankees, Brian Cashman, to rappel down the side of a building in Stamford, Conn.

The event was a dry run for Cashman, who is taking part in the annual “Heights and Lights” Christmas tree lighting show, which is this weekend. This is the fifth year in row that Cashman has rapelled off the 22-story Landmark Building. It was the first time for Castiglione, and Cashman was impressed: ”You’re like a seasoned pro,” he said.

Oh, and Santa Claus was there too.

FOX Stations Partner with LiveRail

Fox-2FOX Television Stations is partnering with LiveRail to monetize display and video impressions across its owned station group.

“By adding LiveRail to our digital video programmatic solution, the FOX TV Stations Group extends our existing platform to better enable advertisers to target desired consumers of our video content in the credible and brand-safe environment,” said Joe Oulvey, EVP of FOX Stations Sales.

LiveRail was recently bought by facebook for $400 to $500 million, reports Techcrunch. Its press release says it sets “the standard for innovative video advertising technology solutions.” The company counts Univision, PBS,, Conde Nast, CBS Interactive, ABC Family, A+E Networks and Gannett among its customers.

WANTED: Escaped Convict. Says ‘Pilgrim.’ May be Headed West.

During last night’s 10:00 p.m. news, Lexington, Ky. FOX affiliate WDKY told viewers police had arrested an inmate days after he escaped from a Kentucky prison.

The inmate’s accomplice is still on the loose. According to the station, he bears a striking resemblance to John Wayne from “True Grit.”


New Orleans FOX Affiliate Questions Campaign Ad Featuring Anchor

WVUE, the FOX affiliate for New Orleans, says it takes issue with a Senate candidate’s campaign ad.

The ad for Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D), who is being challenged by U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R), uses a clip from WVUE anchor John Snell to attack Cassidy by saying, “The congressman claimed to be two places at once.”

WVUE reports the full text of what Snell said on the Friday 10:00 p.m. broadcast was, “A former supervisor of Bill Cassidy came to his defense tonight over a controversy that the congressman claimed to be in two places at once.”

Just days before the runoff election, FOX 8 objects to what we believe is a misrepresentation in the ad, and we have formally asked the Landrieu campaign to pull the spot.

Landrieu’s campaign manager, Ryan Berni, defends the ad that’s running statewide, saying: “The ad is factual. Bill Cassidy is simply trying to distract voters from the fact that he took more than $100,000 in a taxpayer-funded salary for work he didn’t do. Louisianans deserve to know the truth.” Read more