Before WXIA, Hall worked at WBIR, the NBC affiliate in Knoxville. [h/t Access Atlanta]
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Littleton comes from rival WVLT, the CBS and MyNetwork TV affiliate in Knoxville, where he was the vice president and general sales manager. Before joining WVLT, he worked at KUSA in Denver and WBIR in Knoxville.
“I am thrilled to have Dean lead WATE and become a part of the Young family,” Young Broadcasting president and CEO Deb McDermott said in a statement. “He is a well-respected and proven leader whose extraordinary sales and journalism skill set, broad managerial experience and extensive knowledge of the market mesh perfectly with our strategic goals.”
The official announcement is after the jump. Read more
Barnett joins the station from WSLS in Roanoke, Va., where she was a general assignment reporter. Villarreal most recently worked as a general assignment reporter at KTNV in Las Vegas. They replace Bob Yarbrough and Michele Silva, who signed off from WVLT Friday.
Watch a promo for the new morning show after the jump. Read more
“A lot of exciting things are happening here at Channel 8. One of them being that we’re finally going to be able to get some sleep,” Silva joked on their final broadcast.
Silva is transitioning to a behind-the-scenes position as WVLT director of promotions and community service. Yarbrough is planning to remain in the area and expand a radio news and sports network he launched six years ago. He said he is eager to spend more time with his two young daughters, which his schedule has made difficult.
Knoxville CBS affiliate WVLT is launching a weekend morning newscast later this month, the station confirmed to TVSpy.
The show will be the earliest locally-produced newscast in the Knoxville market.
Knoxville NBC affiliate WBIR brought back a few former news anchors for a “retro” 6 p.m. newscast earlier this week (video above).
The newscast was in honor of the 30th anniversary of WBIR’s “Straight From the Heart” brand. Edye Ellis, Bob Kesling and Moira Kaye joined Bill Williams, who is still a reporter for WBIR, at the anchor desk. Former weathercaster Margie Ison, battling throat cancer, was unable to appear for the broadcast in person.
Lockwood Broadcast Group announced Tuesday that it will acquire WMAK in Knoxville from Daystar Television. When the deal closes, the station will form a duopoly with WBXX, Lockwood’s CW affiliate in Eastern Tennessee.
Lockwood has applied to change the WMAK call letters to WKNX when the deal closes, which is expected to be in the first quarter of 2013 pending FCC approval.
“We’re excited about adding WKNX, ‘The Knox’ to our growing group of stations. This is a terrific opportunity to better serve the community and advertisers in Knoxville and maximize the wonderful resources in place at WBXX,” Lockwood president Dave Hanna said in a statement.
“I am excited for more time at the anchor desk, and the opportunity to report in a bigger market,” Izbicki told TVSpy. “WBIR has a great team and the warmer weather is an added bonus to the perfect career move. ”
Her first day on the job will be November 5.
Nair was born in Kerala, India and raised in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She moved to the U.S. twelve years ago to major in broadcast journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia.
“The kind of support I’ve gotten from my co-workers and the viewers here in East Tennessee is unbelievable,” Nair said in the Knoxville ABC affiliate’s story about her swearing in ceremony. “It’s been a long road and the process is tough. A lot of it is about luck and timing. I’ve been lucky to have had a lot of people who came into my life at just the right times.”
You can watch the video of Nair taking the Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. with 100 other immigrants after the jump.
Gardner joined WTVW in 2010. He survived a merge between two Evansville stations last year when Nexstar, which already owned WTVW, bought cross town ABC station WEHT.
He posted this farewell to his facebook page Friday:
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