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Nexstar Fresno Stations to Debut New Studios

kgpe_kseeViewers of Nexstar’s Fresno stations KSEE and KGPE will notice the stations have a new look beginning this weekend.

CBS affiliate KGPE will reveal its new studio Sunday while NBC affiliate KSEE will debut its new look at the end of the month.

The two stations were put under one roof by owner Nexstar after the station group bought both stations last year.

“Our expectations have always been to operate our stations at the highest level but there is a new level of resources and investment,” KSEE-KGPE general manager Matt Rosenfeld told the Fresno Bee. “That’s been the leading complaint and frustration among employees at both stations. There wasn’t a huge influx of investment at all. Now, when we are done, there will be nothing to complain about. It’s the most state-of-the-art group of stations in the Nexstar Group.” Read more

Fresno Newscast Director Dies After Short Illness

Larry Howland, newscast director for KMPH, died over the weekend after what the station said was a short illness.

The Fresno FOX affiliate posted the story on its website and announced the news on its 10:00 p.m. show. Howland started at KMPH in 1976 in the Production Department. He was named director in 1983. He directed the 10:00 p.m. news and was one of two directors for the station’s syndicated programming.

Mr. Howland was respected and admired by his peers.  He was nearly unflappable in the face of the unexpected events and stress that accompany live TV newscasts, and his co-workers and teammates in his KMPH News family loved him for his kind and generous heart which he regularly and openly shared with everyone around him.

“Larry was the consummate professional,” Jack Peck, president and general manager of KMPH said in a statement. “He performed his craft with the utmost professionalism and skill. He will be sorely missed.”

Howland is survived by his wife and daughter. The family is planning a memorial service but has not announced a date.

Two Anchors in Two Days, Sidlow Follows Prado Out KSEE’s Door

Faith Sidlow (pictured left), KSEE morning anchor, has been fired one day after Noon anchor Pamela Prado (pictured right) was let go, reports The Fresno Bee.

“It wasn’t a shock,” Sidlow told The Bee. “I had a pretty good idea over the last few months that I could be let go.”

Sidlow had been with the Nexstar owned Fresno NBC affiliate for 28 years. She also teaches journalism at Fresno State and said she does not plan to look for a job in other markets.

Prado, who was let go Monday, told The Bee she felt blindsided, “I anchored yesterday’s noon show and ended it by saying what I say everyday, ‘Thanks for joining me and I’ll see you tomorrow.’” She added, “I would have loved to have had the opportunity to say good-bye to my co-workers and viewers who have allowed me to come into their homes for almost 10 years.” Read more

Pamela Prado Parts Ways With KSEE in Fresno

Pamela Prado has signed off from KSEE, the NBC affiliate in Fresno.

“After nearly ten years, we have decided to part ways. Thank you to all of you loyal viewers and friends. It was a pleasure coming into your home each day,” Prado wrote Monday on Facebook.

Prado, who says she will remain in the area to “pursue other opportunities,” was the anchor of KSEE’s noon newscast and a social media reporter for the morning newscast. She joined the station in December 2003.

Mike Scott to Retire After 30 Years at KGPE

Mike Scott will retire from KGPE next week, just a few days shy of his 30th anniversary with the station, according to the Fresno Bee.

Scott anchors the noon newscast for the Fresno CBS affiliate. He is also a features reporter for the morning newscast and a movie critic.

“I had a great 30 years here and loved that people let me come into their homes,” Scott told the Fresno Bee. “I always loved hearing that some people grew up with me.”

Nexstar Broadcasting recently purchased KGPE and plans to operate it as a duopoly with KSEE, the NBC affiliate in Fresno.

Nexstar Putting Both Fresno Stations Under One Roof

Nexstar’s Fresno NBC affiliate KSEE will soon have a new housemate. The station group plans to move its newly acquired CBS affiliate KGPE into the building of its newly acquired NBC affiliate KSEE in a consolidation move similar to what they’ve done in other markets.

Matt Rosenfeld, president and general manager of both KSEE and KGPE, told TVSpy, plans are to give both stations a new newsroom, new studios, new sets and high definition by the end of the year. “That’s something we would have not been able to do without Nexstar. Individually, we could not have gone HD,” Rosenfeld told the Fresno Bee. “We will co-locate — my new favorite word — into this building once the build-out is completed.”

According to the Bee, the stations will continue to share reporters but will maintain separate anchor staffs. But what hasn’t been addressed is what happens to the studio staff of both stations after the move. KSEE employees are represented by IBEW and SAG/AFTRA, while KGPE’s employees are non-union. Rosenfeld did not rule out the possibility of layoffs with either the Bee or TVSpy, Read more

Amanda Perez Joins KPRC From KFSN

Amanda Perez is joining Houston NBC affiliate KPRC as a reporter, according to Houston media blogger Mike McGuff.

Perez has been a reporter and weekend anchor at KFSN, the ABC O&O in Fresno, since 2006. “It has been an absolute honor to work with the members of the Action News team, who strive to produce the best newscast in the Valley every single day,” Perez wrote on Facebook. “You can’t ask for better coworkers.”

Perez has previously worked at KPRC as an editor. According to McGuff, she begins in her new role on April 8.

KFSN’s Liz Harrison Drawing Attention for What She’s Missing

Six months and one wig after returning to the anchor desk since beating breast cancer, Liz Harrison, anchor for the Fresno ABC owned station KFSN, is showing off her new short haircut.

“The reaction to my hair has been overwhelmingly positive,” Harrison told the Fresno Bee. “Most people are aware that I have been through cancer treatment and are happy to see that I am healthy and have given up the wig. There are those that haven’t been following my journey and have written in to say they like my new ‘short haircut.’ So either way, it’s been great.”

Harrison, who had been wearing a wig while her grew back after treatment for her double mastectomy, debuted her short hair Friday, March 8 on the 11:00 p.m. news.

On her facebook page, she said goodbye to the wig she nicknamed “Sasha” saying “”Sasha,” you have been good to me, but it’s time we parted ways. Tomorrow I will leave you at home. Be good up there on the shelf :-) ” You can see a picture of the wig after the jump.

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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.

ABC Station Group Executive Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Jeff Jordan, the director of safety and broadcast compliance for the ABC owned television stations, was arrested last week, according to KFSN, the ABC O&O in Fresno. He is accused of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Jordan, who is based in Fresno and also serves as chief engineer of ABC’s Living Well Network, was arrested at KFSN on March 7. He was the subject of an investigation from the Central California Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, according to Fresno Fox affiliate KMPH:

Investigators from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, agents from the Department of Homeland Security and investigators from the Clovis Police Department found numerous computers and other media storage devices inside of Jordan’s home.

Jordan, 56, was booked into the Fresno County Jail.

According to jail records, he made bond at 1:30 a.m. on March 8.

A spokesperson for the ABC Station Group declined to comment on the arrest.

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