Wilhot’s co-anchor, John Becker, surprised her with a tribute video during a newscast last week (video above). “I’m speechless, I really am,” Wilhot said after seeing the video. “To see all those faces from the past, and the present and certainly the future. I’m a blessed person.”
“I’m extremely excited about moving to Knoxville and joining the winning team (with a heart) at WBIR,” Moreno tweeted recently, referring to the station’s “Straight from the Heart” slogan.
Moreno comes to WBIR from KENS in San Antonio, where she worked as assistant news director. Before KENS, Moreno spent nine years at KRIV in Houston, producing a number of the Fox station’s newscasts.
“In his eight years as news director, Bill led the newsroom through great ratings successes, sweeping industry changes, heartfelt community tributes and tough investigative projects,” Granju wrote. “Through it all, he was a wonderful boss.” Read more
Neither Shory nor the station has elaborated on his departure.
“The only thing I would like to say is that I am not with the station any longer, but am very proud of what we have accomplished over the last eight years,” Shory told the Knoxville News Sentinel recently. “I’m exploring some other opportunities and talking to a lot of folks.” Read more
Rogero, who was declared the first female mayor of Knoxville earlier this month, announced today that she had appointed Starke senior director of communications.
Before joining WVLT, Starke worked as a reporter for WJLA in D.C.
In announcing the appointment, Rogero said that Starke brings “an understanding of what the media needs to cover city government.”
This is not WATE’s first time in the 10 p.m. timeslot. The station formerly produced the evening news for WTNZ, the Knoxville Fox affiliate. That arrangement was terminated in March, when WTNZ announced a new partnership with WBIR, the NBC affiliate.
“We’re glad to be back in the 10 p.m. time slot,” WATE news director Jamie Foster said in a press release. “A lot of viewers have asked if we’re going to do a 10 p.m. news again. We know they’ll be excited as we are.”
WATE will switch to high definition for the broadcasts in the fall. The new broadcast will air seven days a week, with Kristen Farley anchoring on weeknights.
“The feedback that you’re giving us right now will guide us as we continue to improve our look,” writes Shory. “After all, this isn’t about what we want… it’s about what you want.”
Earlier this month, Raycom Media-owned WTNZ announced that WBIR, which is owned by Gannett, would begin producing its newscasts as part of the station’s strategy to cost-effectively expand its local news programming and eventually begin broadcasting in HD.
WTNZ’s 10 p.m. newscast will expand to an hour in “late May or early June,” WBIR news director Bill Shory told the Knoxville News Sentinel. At that point, Beth Haynes, who currently hosts WBIR’s 4 p.m. news and lifestyle show, will rotate in with Wilhoit and Becker at 10 p.m.
The other elements of the partnership–HD broadcasting and a new, two-hour morning newscast–are set to launch by the end of June.
Knoxville’s WVLT has named a replacement for Steve Crabtree, who announced in January that he was leaving his vice president of news post. WVLT, which goes by the name Volunteer TV, announced this week that it has hired Lena Sadiwskyj to oversee its news operations.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to join the Volunteer TV management team, and to work with the outstanding group of professionals in the newsroom,” Sadiwskyj said. And “as a country music fan who loves college sports, I’m happy to wear the orange and white and make Knoxville home.”
Previously, Sadiwskyj held the news director position at Tucson’s KGUN for three and a half years before departing in 2009 amid sinking ratings. She has most recently been working as editor-in-chief of Taptu, a personalized news platform for iPhone and Android.
Her first day with the station will be April 4th.
Under the agreement, WBIR will expand its 10 p.m. weekday newscast to a full hour while also debuting a new morning newscast from 7-9:00 a.m. The new morning show will be the only local newscast airing in Knoxville during that time period.
“The new agreement with WBIR gives us more options,” said John Hayes, WTNZ’s vice president and general manager. “Partnering with the largest news producer in the market creates a win-win for everyone.”
WBIR expects to begin producing WTNZ’s 10 p.m. newscast this month with the full-hour expansion and the new morning show launching later in the spring. Corresponding with the agreement, WBIR announced that it will begin producing all of its newscasts, as well as WTNZ’s, in HD.