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Casey Smith Out at KTNV

Smith_Casey_newTVSpy has confirmed, KTNV morning anchor Casey Smith no longer works at the Las Vegas ABC affiliate.

Smith’s bio has been removed from the station website. A quick check of TVEyes showed Smith hadn’t been on the air since last Wednesday’s morning show.

He’s also worked at KSBW in Salinas-Monterey and KTWO in Casper, Wyo.

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FCC Fines Journal for Airing Car Ads as ‘Special Reports’ on KTNV

ktnv croppedThe Federal Communications Commission today announced its Enforcement Bureau has fined Journal Broadcast Corp., owner Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV, $115,000 for violating the Commission’s Sponsorship Identification Rule.

According to the FCC, KTNV aired “Special Reports” in 2009 that were actually paid ads for car dealers without disclosing the reports were paid for.

“Broadcasters are not allowed to deceive the public by presenting commercial announcements or other paid programming in the guise of news or editorial content,” Travis LeBlanc, chief of the FCC Enforcement Bureau said. “Transparency is especially crucial in a situation like this one where a pseudo news report invites viewers to rely on their perception of the station’s independence and objectivity when, in fact, the message has been bought and paid for by an undisclosed third party.” Read more

Mark Neerman Named News Director at KSNV

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KSNV is welcoming Mark Neerman to its Las Vegas newsroom as news director. Neerman is replacing Craig Hume, who joined the station in 2013 from CBS affiliate WHP-WLYH in Harrisburg, Pa. Hume announced his departure from the NBC affiliate a few weeks ago, and explained to his staff that he would be moving back to his home in Los Angeles.

Neerman, who previously worked at Louisville, KY, ABC affiliate WHAS as news director, talked to FTVLive about what he’s been up to since then:

“I left WHAS to launch the start-up indarramedia.com. To the surprise of no one who knows me, I missed news. I couldn’t have been more impressed with Sinclair’s plans for the future.”

KSNV was recently bought by Sinclair for $120 million. This isn’t Neerman’s first time working in Sin City; he was previously news director at FOX affiliate KVVU.

‘It’s Been the Best 14 Years of My Career’: KSNV Cuts Nightly Politics Show

john-ralstonKSNV, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas, has announced it will no longer produce its nightly political talk show, “Ralston Reports”, which has covered Nevada politics for 14 years. “I don’t think anybody knew outside the station this was happening,” said Jon Ralston, the veteran political commentator who hosts the show:

“Ralston Reports” will air for the final time on Dec. 12,” Ralston said in an email newsletter Monday. “It’s been the best 14 years of my career, folks. Couldn’t have asked for a better partner than (producer) Dana Gentry. One door has closed; another will open soon.”

Ralston, known in Nevada political circles as a deeply sourced commentator, said in an interview that he will keep other parts of his work going after he loses the bully pulpit afforded by KSNV-TV, Channel 3.

“I’m still going to be around,” Ralston said. “I still have a website and an email newsletter I’m doing.”

The decision comes after Sinclair’s purchase of KSNV, which was announced in September.

Las Vegas News Director Leaving

ksnvCraig Hume has announced he is leaving Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV.

KSNV was recently purchased by Sinclair. In an email Hume sent to staffers, he said, “After the sale was announced, I wanted to stay to ensure a smooth transition into the Sinclair family. Sinclair is bringing new direction and new resources to take the station to the next level of success.”

As FTVLive first reported, Hume’s last day will be next Wednesday November 26.

He had worked at the station since May 2013.

Nexstar Buying Las Vegas Station KLAS for $145 Million

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Nexstar Broadcasting Group has announced that it’s buying Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS from Landmark Media Enterprises for $145 million.

According to TVNewsCheck, Nexstar’s purchase will expand the company’s reach to 110 stations, serving 58 markets in 23 states. That’s 18% of all U.S. households.

“Under Nexstar’s ownership we intend to build on KLAS’s rich tradition of local programming and local community involvement,” Nexstar Broadcasting Group president-CEO Perry A. Sook said in a statement. “Las Vegas represents a natural complement to our existing operations in the Southwestern region of the United States. KLAS-TV is presently operated by a single station owner, therefore financial results under Nexstar’s ownership will benefit from our scale, expense synergies and proven operating management disciplines.”

The acquisition has to be approved by the FCC and is expected to close in the first half of 2015.

Bob Stoldal Retires from KSNV


Bob Stoldal has retired from KSNV. Stoldal was executive vice president of News Operations at the Las Vegas NBC affiliate.

KSNV said US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said of Stoldal, “We tend to use the word legend too frequently. But it is an understatement to call Bob a Nevada legend. His passion for Nevada’s history is infectious. He cares about his state and his community and I wish him nothing but the best.”

Stoldal’s career in TV journalism spanned several decades. He made his mark in Las Vegas as news director and vice president of news at KLAS-Channel 8. He is a strong advocate of freedom of the press and open government.

Stoldal serves as secretary-treasurer of the Las Vegas Mob Museum and chairman of the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society and the Las Vegas Historical Preservation Commission. Read more

Dancing Kid Takes Center Stage During KLAS Live Shot

Patranya Bhoolsuwan, a reporter at Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS, was doing a live shot from a new shopping center called Downtown Summerlin Thursday night when someone else totally stole her thunder. Among the group of cheering tweens in the background was one fierce diva who stole the show. Check out his sassy moves above.

Bhoolsuwan acknowledged the kid’s sweet moves when she tweeted the following:

The diva has yet to be identified.

Sick of ‘Sensational Stories’, Reporter Gives Up TV News to Become a Doctor

12619The hours are still lousy, but for James Lozada, a former reporter at Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV, the satisfaction of being a doctor is light years ahead of his time in TV news. “I found that sensational stories were favored over thought-provoking ones,” he told Kiplinger’s Pat Mertz Esswein. “I couldn’t see myself covering fires, murders and accidents decade after decade.”

Lozada, who’d often covered health stories, decided to leave Las Vegas in 2006. He went home to Texas and applied to med schools all over the country before landing at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Greensburg, Pa., near Pittsburgh. “I found that osteopathic schools are sometimes more accepting of applicants with nontraditional backgrounds such as mine. I graduated at the top of my class.”

Lozada’s saddled with the debt of his medical education–over $200,000–but he’s still confident he made the right career move to leave TV:

It’s…a very unstable gig, requiring you to move frequently to excel. When I left in 2006, the news environment was changing from traditional to new media, and it seemed like an uncertain time for journalism. Reporters around me were getting fired, and I wanted more stability.

Sinclair Buys Las Vegas Station for $120 Million

Sinclair BroadcastSinclair Broadcast Group has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV for $120 million.

Since Sinclair already owns CW affiliate KVCW and MyNet affiliate KVMY in Las Vegas, the station group said it plans “to sell the FCC license and related assets (but not the programming) of one of the three stations in Las Vegas.” The NBC, CW and MyNet programming will then air on the remaining two stations. Sinclair didn’t provide any further details.

“We are pleased to add KSNV to our portfolio,” Steve Pruett, co-chief operating officer of  Sinclair’s TV group said in a statement. “With the addition of the station, our news footprint will cover all the major cities in the state of Nevada, allowing us to be a leading provider of local and regional news.”

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