“We’re excited to have Dan join our station and lead our award-winning news team,” VP-GM Bill Ritchhart said in a statement. “Dan brings a wealth of large market experience that can take our news room to the next level.”
According to KUSI news director Steve Cohen, Eldridge is the first assistant news director for the station.
Eldridge has been news director at WAVE in Louisville, KY, WROC in Rochester, NY and WDSI in Chattanooga, TN. According to his Linkedin page, he was director of media and public relations at Platinum Funding Group before coming to KUSI.
In response to the growing speculation that the Arizona Governor punched (Tucson Citizen, The Atlantic Wire), slugged (Huffington Post, Jim Romenesko), took a swing (Yahoo! News) or tapped the reporter for the Phoenix independent station, KTVK posted the raw video of the interview for all to see.
In the raw video, Welch asked the Governor whether she believed humans are responsible for global warming or not. Then after stumbling through an answer, the Governor began walking away. She then turned back with a bemused look on her face, tapped the KTVK reporter and asked, “Where in the hell did that come from?” You can form your own opinion of whether it was a punch, tap or slug by viewing the raw video after the jump.
Beginning Monday, Gibson will anchor KTVK’s 6 p.m. newscast alongside Fields Moseley, and solo anchor the station’s 10 p.m. news.
“Can’t wait 2 work w/u!” Gibson tweeted to Moseley on Wednesday.
As part of KTVK’s evening shuffle, Moseley and Carey Pena will move from 10 p.m. to co-anchor the station’s hour-long 9 p.m. newscast. Pena will also host “Politics Unplugged,” KTVK’s weekly public affairs show. Read more
Welch will oversee the station’s political coverage and co-host “Politics Unplugged,” the station’s political affairs show. He joins KTVK from the Arizona Guardian, where he was owner and editor. He has been a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” for the past several years.
After a series of missteps and false starts, Detroit independent station WADL has decided to scrap its 9 p.m. newscast.
“WADL is moving in a new direction, and the news programming will not be a part of its new format,” CEO Kevin Adell announced this week. “I want to personally thank everyone who helped us test the ‘News@9′ segment.”
In January, WADL launched a 9 p.m. newscast produced in partnership with Journal Register Newspapers and began building out a local news operation. But the station’s shot at local news quickly became mired in controversy and in-fighting. Read more
After a tumultuous couple of weeks in which the station abruptly fired its president and news director, WADL announced today that Joelle Lukasiewicz, wife of station owner Kevin Adell, had been named news director.
Lukasiewicz, who once worked as a reporter at Detroit’s WXYZ and WDIV, currently hosts WADL’s “Motor City Movie Night,” which airs every Saturday.
A WADL spokesperson told TVSpy today that the station considered “a lot of people” for the job but Lukasiewicz was chosen because she has “a strong connection” to the market. Read more
In a recent post on his personal blog, Stevens provides a detailed account of his dealings with WADL, the station’s temporary president Kevin O’Brien, the station’s owner Kevin Adell, and the station’s GM Matt Uhl.
Stevens says he was so concerned about his safety on the day of his termination that he had his wife secretly videotape his meeting with station management, “just in case they decided to recreate the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.” Read more
After firing consultant Kevin O’Brien last week, WADL issued a press release stating only that the former Meredith executive had violated “numerous corporate policies.” Now a clearer picture of O’Brien’s termination is starting to development.
NewsBlues recently obtained a copy of the letter WADL sent to O’Brien, outlining his dismissal.
Referring to O’Brien as the “temporary president of Adell Broadcasting” (WADL’s owner), the letter states that an internal investigation uncovered O’Brien “using company equipment in an effort to obtain a deal with the San Jose Sharks.” Read more