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Hena Daniels Off WFSB Anchor Desk

daniels wfsbWFSB anchor Hena Daniels is now, “working hard as part of the special projects unit at WFSB,” according to a Meredith spokesperson.

Meredith confirmed with TVSpy Daniels was no longer on the Hartford CBS affiliate’s 11:00 p.m. anchor desk adding, “She is working on two big components of their brand, On Your Side and the I-Team unit.”

Daniels returned to WFSB as weekend anchor in March 2012 after a couple of years with Meredith’s Atlanta station WGCL.

She was moved to the 11:00 p.m. weekday show alongside Dennis House in August 2012.

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Lauren Victory Joins Hartford’s WTIC

lauren victory_304x200Lauren Victory is joining WTIC, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Hartford-New Haven, as a general assignment reporter.

Victory moves to Hartford from WPTZ in Burlington, where she has been a video journalist and reporter since 2011. She has also worked at WICU in Chicago, WLNS in Lansing and WNEP in Scranton.

Victory, a Long Island native, has previously worked as a booker for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She began her career at WABC-AM in New York City. [h/t TVNewsCheck]

Chuck Carter Named Managing Editor at WPIX

wpix logoChuck Carter is joining WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City, as managing editor. He begins April 28 and will report to news director Mark Effron.

“Chuck is a seasoned broadcast news executive with a proven record of delivering ratings growth. I’m thrilled he is joining our team as we continue to develop PIX11 News,” Effron said in a statement.

Carter joins WPIX from WTIC, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Hartford. The move reunites him with general manager Rich Graziano, who joined WPIX from WTIC last year.

With the announcement of Carter’s hire, Amy Waldman and Sharon Van Zwieten are taking on new roles at WPIX. Waldman, who was named managing editor last year, will be the new senior executive producer for all newscasts. Van Zwieten, formerly the senior executive producer, will move into a news talent project management role, WPIX says.

More from WPIX after the jump. Read more

WTIC Marks 25th Anniversary of First Newscast

Hartford Fox affiliate WTIC aired its first newscast 25 years ago today. The station marked the occasion with a #throwbackthursday post on Facebook:

Yesterday, Chris Geiger was announced as the new vice president and general manager of WTIC, which is owned by Tribune.

Chris Geiger Named VP-GM of Tribune’s WTIC-WCCT

chris geigerTribune Broadcasting has named Chris Geiger vice president and general manager of WTIC and WCCT, the Fox and CW affiliates in Hartford-New Haven. Geiger’s appointment is effective April 28.

Geiger comes from Sinclair Broadcasting Group (formerly Barrington Broadcasting Group), where he was president of the company’s Syracuse media properties, including WSTM, WTVH, WSTQ and CNY Central Digital. Sinclair bought the stations from Barrington last year.

“Chris has extensive knowledge of all aspects of managing multiple television stations within a market. He has a successful track record of revenue growth and strong leadership skills and will be a great asset for Tribune’s stations in Hartford,” Tribune Broadcasting COO Lynda King said in a statement.

Geiger replaces Rich Graziano, who recently departed from WTIC-WCCT to become general manager of WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City.

72-Year-Old Al Terzi Leaving Anchor Desk

terzi_croppedVeteran Hartford newsman Al Terzi is planning on leaving the anchor chair on March 31.

According to the Hartford Courant the anchor for FOX affiliate WTIC isn’t retiring, “but rather scaling back on his on-air duties at the station.”

“I will continue to do my political show, the “Real Story,” Terzi told The Courant. “But I am getting off the daily anchor desk.”

He said he started thinking about slowing down when he and his wife began making plans for their 50th wedding anniversary. “She talked about a trip to Europe and cruise for three weeks and I said half-kiddingly, ‘maybe now is the time for me to step back from the day-to-day work.”

Terzi worked at Hartford-New Haven ABC affiliate WTNH for 14 years and CBS affiliate WFSB for 28 years before coming to WTIC in 2012.

Community Fights WFSB Plan for Doppler Radar Site

doppler radarThe Hartford Courant reports residents who live near WFSB‘s planned Doppler radar site fear the weather tracking system could be bad for their health.

The station wants to move its Doppler radar to Avon Mountain. An attorney for WFSB told The Courant WFSB has to move its current Doppler site because the building that houses it will be torn down in the fall.

According to a report from WFSB, the Doppler radar emits an electromagnetic radiation that is regulated by the federal government because of its potential impact on people’s health. That is what has residents worried, said Glenn Dowd, who lives near where the radar system would go

“It won’t help anyone’s health and it will have a clear impact on property values,” Dowd said. “I’m concerned but pretty much anyone in the near vicinity should be concerned too. WFSB was asked at the hearing how often systems like this are plopped down in the middle of a fairly densely developed residential area and they didn’t have an answer.” Read more

WFSB Employee Involved in Drone Incident Sues Police

WFSB_drone2The WFSB photographer being investigated for using a drone at the site of a Hartford Police investigation has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the department.

According to The Hartford Courant, the lawsuit, filed by Pedro Rivera, alleges Hartford Police violated the fourth amendment rights of the CBS affiliate’s employee after officers detained him, demanded he stop flying his drone and made him leave the area.

Rivera was flying his drone over the site of a fatal crash in which the bodies were still in the vehicle. WFSB has denied it owns or uses drones.

Lt. Brian Foley, commander of the department’s major crimes division, called Rivera’s employer and requested that he be disciplined, the lawsuit alleges. Rivera was suspended for a week without pay as a result and suffered economic loss, it claims. Rivera is employed as a photographer and an editor at WFSB, the lawsuit states. Read more

FAA Investigating Possible Drone Use by WFSB

wfsb_droneThe Hartford Courant reports CBS affiliate WFSB is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration after Hartford police say a station employee flew a drone with a camera attached over the scene of a fatal car crash.

The FAA prohibits the use of drones for commercial purposes.

Klarn DePalma, WFSB vice president and general manager, told The Courant WFSB doesn’t own or use drones.

“The person identified in the police report is a temporary, on-call employee of WFSB,” DePalma told The Courant. “However, he was not working for the station on the day of the incident. He was not assigned to shoot video of the crime scene by WFSB and has never been compensated for any drone video.”

The person operating it, Pedro Rivera, 29, told the officers that he works for WFSB, but was not working that day and that the drone was his personal property. He also said that he feeds video back to WFSB, the report says.

Hartford police told FOX affiliate WTIC the use of drones at crime scenes raises privacy issues along with issues of officer safety adding, “The presence of a drone at a crime scene for journalistic purposes is in violation of FAA regulations.” Read more

Matt Piacente Named VP of News at WVIT

wvit logoMatt Piacente has been named vice president of news at WVIT, the NBC owned station in Hartford-New Haven. His appointment is effective February 10.

Piacente comes from WMAQ, the NBC owned station in Chicago, where he has most recently worked as manager of news and content development. He previously held several roles, including executive producer of news and special projects.

“Matt’s robust experience overseeing breaking news, investigative reports, election coverage and severe weather make him a perfect fit to lead the NBC Connecticut news team,” WVIT general manager Ric Harris said in a statement. “Our viewers look to us to be Connecticut’s first and best choice for local news across all platforms and we are confident that Matt’s vision and leadership will provide viewers exactly what they are looking for from NBC Connecticut.”

Piacente replaces Mike St. Peter, who recently moved within NBC to New England Cable News. More from WVIT after the jump. Read more

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