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Dan Schillinger Named WQOW News Director

schillinger_kwwlDan Schillinger is joining WQOW as news director, according to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier.

He has been news director for the Quincy Newspapers’ NBC affiliate KWWL since 2011. The move to the Eau Claire ABC affiliate keeps Schillinger within Quincy Newspapers.

“He brought a lot of experience to our newsroom which is helpful to some of our younger reporters,” Jim McKernan, KWWL station vice president and general manager told the Courier. “We’re grateful for Dan’s leadership.”

Schillinger came to KWWL from WJBF in Augusta, GA where he was director of news operations. He starts at WQOW in June.

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Lindsey Hayes Says Goodbye to La Crosse Viewers

Lindsey Hayes said a tearful and sometimes funny goodbye to viewers and co-workers on the La Crosse, WI, ABC affiliate WXOW this morning.

The Daybreak co-anchor, who is leaving to join FOX Sports Detroit, expressed her love of rotisserie chicken, hunting and dancing. She then rolled a goodbye video where she talked about the time spent at WXOW, “I have met lifelong friends, great contacts, told hundreds of stories about local people doing extraordinary things, caught a lot of fish, hiked dozens of trails, and my hairstyle has transformed too (Thank goodness)! ha.”

Hayes started at WXOW in April 2010 as a multimedia journalist. Before coming to LaCrosse, she freelance for FOX Sports North and the Big Ten Network.com as a sideline reporter and color commentator for the University of Minnesota women’s basketball and hockey games.

Mike Lopez Named News Director at WEAU

Mike Lopez is the new news director at WEAU in Eau Claire, Wisc., the station confirmed to TVSpy.

Lopez joins the NBC affiliate from WVEC in Norfolk, where he was the assistant news director for seven years. He has also worked as an executive producer at WAVY in Norfolk and WISH in Indianapolis and as a producer at KRON in San Franscisco.

Lopez, who started earlier this month, replaces Eric Shepard.

Dish Network Pulls Plug on Grant Stations Over Retrans Deal

Dish Network subscribers won’t be able watch their favorite shows on stations owned by Grant Communications until the two settle their dispute over retransmission fees.

On Saturday February 16, Grant’s four FOX affiliates, WZDX in Huntsville, AL, WFXR, Roanoke,VA, KLJB in Quad Cities and WLAX-WEUX in La Crosse, WI, as well as two CW stations and one MyNetworkTV station went dark as part of the dispute.

WZDX, the FOX affiliate in Huntsville posted a statement about the dispute on its website saying,

Contrary to what you may have been told or read, FOX 54 has asked Dish to pay rates comparable to those being paid by your local cable systems now. That is fair and equitable, as already determined by the marketplace. We understand the public’s frustration with this situation, and we remain committed to reaching a solution with Dish without disrupting FOX 54′s programming. Read more

Did Jennifer Livingston’s On-Air Editorial Cross a Line?

TVNewsCheck takes a look at some of the ethical questions raised by WKBT anchor Jennifer Livingston‘s on-air response to a viewer who wrote her a critical email about her weight:

“I understand her anger and that we should not be intimidated or bullied by cyber commentators. I also think her intervention sparked good discussion about obesity and how people react to obese people,” says the University of Wisconsin’s Stephen Ward, who heads the Madison campus’s Center for Journalism Ethics.

“That said, I am still uncomfortable when journalists use their power and access to media for their own ends — whatever ends they may be, good or bad,” Ward says. “In particular, I am uncomfortable with using a newscast as the forum for such a personal intervention.”

The piece also features an interview with WKBT news director Anne Paape, who defends Livingston’s editorial: Read more

VIDEO: Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Livingston Shoot WKBT Promo

Jennifer Livingston, the WKBT anchor whose direct on-air response to a viewer who criticized her weight went viral last week, is a guest on “Ellen” Tuesday.

During the show’s taping, Ellen DeGeneres told Livingston she wanted to shoot a promo for the WKBT morning newscast, which Livingston anchors with meteorologist Bill Graul (video above).

“I like you very, very much. I really do,” DeGeneres told Livingston. “I just think more people should watch you. I’m sure that a lot of people do watch you, but I want more people to watch you. So I thought we should do a promo together for your show.” Read more

Ron Livingston Proud of His Bullied Sister

Ron Livingston, best known for his roles in “Office Space” and “Band of Brothers”, said he’s “extremely proud” of his sister Jennifer Livingston.   Jennifer, an anchor for WKBT in La Crosse, WI, recently called out a viewer who criticized her weight during her morning newscast.

According to People, Ron Livingston said, “My sister Jennifer … brings an exceptional dedication to her job, her family, and her community, and has been a role model of mine for many, many years,”

The email Jennifer Livingston received said in part, “Surely you don’t consider yourself a suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular. Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain.”

Kenneth Krause, Author of Email Criticizing Jennifer Livingston’s Weight, Responds to WKBT Editorial

Kenneth Krause‘s critical email to Jennifer Livingston about her weight sparked a national controversy when the WKBT anchor delivered a forceful on-air editorial admonishing Krause for his bullying. Krause responded to Livingston’s editorial in a statement to WKBT Tuesday afternoon (video above).

“Given this country’s present epidemic of obesity and the many truly horrible diseases related thereto, and considering Jennifer Livingston’s fortuitous position in the community, I hope she will finally take advantage of a rare and golden opportunity to influence the health and psychological well-being of Coulee Region by transforming herself for all of her viewers to see over the next year, and, to that end, I would be absolutely pleased to offer Jennifer any advice or support she would be willing to accept,” Krause’s statement reads.

WKBT also reported Tuesday night on the community response to Livingston’s editorial. Watch after the jump. Read more

Following On-Air Editorial on Her Weight, Jennifer Livingston Appears on Network Morning Shows

Just a day after Jennifer Livingston delivered a gutsy on-air editorial responding to a viewer complaint about her weight, the WKBT anchor told her story on the three network morning shows.

“This was a personal attack,” Livingston said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” (video above). “Calling me obese is one thing. Calling me a bad role model to our community that I’ve worked at for 15 years, and especially young girls when I have three girls, was a low blow. I thought it was uncalled for, and I wanted to call him out on it.”

Livingston, who is the sister of actor Ron Livingston, appeared on “GMA” with her husband, WKBT evening anchor Mike Thompson, and on NBC’s “Today” and “CBS This Morning” solo. Watch the other two appearances after the jump… Read more

VIDEO: WKBT Anchor Jennifer Livingston’s On-Air Response to Viewer Complaint About Her Weight

WKBT anchor Jennifer Livingston took a moment during Tuesday’s morning newscast to directly address a recent email she received from a viewer complaining about her weight (video above).

“I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition has not improved for many years,” the email reads. “Surely you don’t consider yourself a suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular. Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain.”

“To the person who wrote me that letter — do you think I don’t know that? That your cruel words are pointing out something that I don’t see?” Livingston asked in response. “You don’t know me. You are not a friend of mine. You are not a part of my family. And you have admitted that you don’t watch this show. So you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside. And I am much more than a number on the scale.” Read more

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