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KHOU’s Ron Trevino Arrested For DUI

ron trevinoKHOU anchor Ron Trevino was arrested Tuesday night for DUI, the Houston CBS affiliate reports on its website.

“We are aware of the circumstances surrounding the arrest and are grateful that neither Ron nor any others were injured in this incident,” the station said in a statement online. “…KHOU supports Ron as he goes through the legal process.”

It is the first offense for Trevino, who anchors the morning newscasts at KHOU, according to the Houston Chronicle. He was released on a $500 bond and will next appear in court on March 19.

Katie McCall Signs Off From KTRK

katie mccallKatie McCall has left KTRK, Houston media reporter Mike McGuff reports.

McCall, who worked as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter during her five years at the ABC owned station, is leaving for a “higher-profile anchoring gig,” according to McGuff.

McCall has previously worked for WSMV in Nashville, KGUN in Tucson and WBBM in Chicago.

Vicente Arenas Joins CBS News From KHOU

vicente arenasVicente Arenas is joining CBS News as a Miami-based correspondent next month.

Arenas joins the network from KHOU, the CBS affiliate in Houston, where he has been a weekend anchor and reporter since 2003. Before that, Arenas worked at WOAI in San Antonio and KTRK in Houston.

Arenas will officially begin at CBS on March 17.

Shots Fired in KTRK Parking Lot

KTRK LOGOShots were fired this morning in the parking lot of KTRK, the ABC owned station in Houston, media blogger Mike McGuff reports:

A Houston Police Department spokesperson told mikemcguff.com it happened around 5:40am. Police say a witness saw a person point and fire a weapon into the parking lot.

Five vehicles in the parking lot were damaged as a result with several having windows shot out. At least some of the event was captured on surveillance cameras. A police investigation is underway.

There were no reports of injuries. The incident comes just a week after a man pointed a gun at a KTRK crew and told them to get off his property. The man was charged with aggravated assault.

KRIV Adds Maria Corrales as MMJ

kriv logoHouston FOX owned station KRIV has announced the addition of Maria Corrales as multimedia journalist for the 5:00 p.m. weekday show.

KRIV VP and news director Bob Morford said in a statement, “Maria’s experience as both a journalist and a government relations expert will expand the depth of our coverage on critical issues in our community, especially in the area of public health. We look forward to her contributions to our team.”

Corrales, who will also work on the weekend shows, comes to KRIV from KXLN in Houston where she was a news reporter and producer. She has also worked for Telemundo Houston and KTRK in Houston.

She joins the station Monday February 24.

Man Charged With Aggravated Assault After Pointing Gun at KTRK Crew

A Huffman, TX, man has been charged with aggravated assault after pointing a gun at a KTRK reporter Demond Fernandez and his cameraman and telling them, “Get off of my property. I don’t know who in the (expletive) you all think you are.”

The crew for the Houston ABC owned station was at the home of Harry Allen Ricketts to get his reaction to facing charges he allegedly molested a five-year-old girl.

Ricketts wasn’t happy to see us at all. We wanted to talk to Ricketts since a 45-year-old longtime sex offender with the same name has a listed address right next door to the man. The DA’s office say the younger Ricketts is now serving a 40-year prison sentence linked to the 2010 murder of Becky Hamilton, a Lake Houston marina worker.

Within moments of the elderly man answering the door, he immediately grabbed a gun and pointed it toward me and my photographer.

“We’re leaving. We’re leaving,” we said.

Rob Wu Joins KRIV From WXII

Rob-Wu-jpgRob Wu has joined KRIV, the Fox owned station in Houston, Mike McGuff reports.

Wu comes to Houston from Winston-Salem, where he has been a general assignment reporter at WXII, the Hearst-owned NBC affiliate. Prior to that, he worked at YNN, the 24-hour cable channel in upstate New York. He has also hosted a show on ImaginAsianTV and worked at the AT&T Technology Channel, according to McGuff.

Four ABC Owned Stations Pick Up Rachael Ray Show

ray show_croppedStarting this Fall, CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray show will air on seven of eight ABC owned stations.

The show will make the switch from CBS owned stations in Los Angeles (KCAL) and San Francisco (KBCW) to ABC Owned stations KABC and KGO. In Chicago, the show will move from Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago (WGN) to ABC owned station WLS and in Houston it will switch from Titan Broadcasting’s KUBE to ABC owned station KTRK.

Rachael Ray currently airs on ABC owned stations WABC in New York, WPVI in Philadelphia and WTVD in Raleigh-Durham.

The show is expected to be a replacement for the short-lived Katie Couric talk show Katie.

[Broadcasting & Cable]

KPRC Reporter Mary Benton Takes Medical Leave of Absence

mary bentonMary Benton is taking a leave of absence from KPRC as she prepares to undergo surgery, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

The veteran reporter will be off the air for four to six weeks after her upcoming surgery to treat anemia, she tells McGuff.

“This means I will miss February ratings and, as I mark my 20th anniversary with Channel 2 this year, I hate to be away from our viewers and important stories in our community,” Benton said. “I look forward to getting back on my feet and back to reporting for Channel 2.”

Former KHOU News Director Dick John Dies

john_khou_croppedDick John, news director and anchor for Houston CBS affiliate KHOU from 1968 to 1975, has died.

According to the Houston Chronicle, John died in his sleep Tuesday. He was 84.

He was known for hiring future network news stars like Jessica Savitch and Linda Ellerbee among others.

John was a member of a group of station alumni. His son wrote on the group’s facebook page, “He loved you all and now is with the love of his life Ramona, his dogs, and those that have gone before. I can also say that as a father he was the best.”

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