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‘It’s All About the Kids’: Las Vegas Sports Anchor Leaving Station

KSNV sports anchor Kevin West has left the Las Vegas NBC affiliate.

“It’s a family move, all about the kids,” West told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Jason R. Latham Set to Join KIRO

jason r lathamKVVU assistant news director Jason R. Latham is leaving Las Vegas for a job at KIRO, the CBS affiliate in Seattle.

“I have accepted the Executive Producer position at KIRO-TV, a Cox Media Group station. My first day is April 15, which leaves very little time to say goodbye to Las Vegas, the place I’ve called home since 2001,” Latham wrote on his blog.

Latham has worked at KVVU since 2009 and has been the Fox affiliate’s assistant news director since 2012. Before that, he worked at KVBC (now KSNV), the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas.

Chris Saldaña Says Goodbye to KVVU

chris saldanaChris Saldaña has left Las Vegas Fox affiliate KVVU, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Saldana was working at the station on a temporary basis during February sweeps.

Before KVVU, Saldaña spent eight years at rival KLAS. He has also worked at KDBC in El Paso and KRGV in Welasco, Texas.

KVVU news director Adam Bradshaw told the Review-Journal Saldaña was offered a full-time position at the station, but declined it because  “he and his agent have some big plans for the future.”

Mackenzie Warren ‘Shocked’ She’s No Longer with KSNV

warren_ksnv_304Mackenzie Warren is no longer working for Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV.

Warren told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “This is my hometown. No longer being allowed to do what I love in the city that I love will be a painful adjustment. I’m shocked. Channel 3 gave me no reason for my termination. I thank this community for welcoming me into their homes over the years.”

Warren started working for KSNV as a reporter. Most recently she was co-anchor of the 3:00 p.m. news.

Before coming to KSNV Warren worked for KRNV, KSNV’s sister station in Reno.

Station Group Owner Facing Second Cancer Battle

intermountain west logoJim Rogers, owner of Intermountain West Communications, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he is fighting cancer again but seemed more concerned about his employees than himself.

Intermountain West owns stations in Arizona, Idaho and Montana in addition to Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV.

“Just say this is my second go-round with cancer,” Rogers told the Review-Journal. Adding, “I assume I’ll come out of this all right. I did the last time.”

He revealed the development to his employees at a town hall-like meeting in the Channel 3 newsroom about a month ago.

“I think you owe your employees an explanation,” he said. “They needed to know. They needed to know for several reasons — first of all, just as a matter of knowing, and secondly, with what’s going to happen with the station.

“So I went in to say this is what I got but I can assure you that whatever happens, the station will not be put up for sale. That’s never been part of the plan and so they are rest assured that their jobs are intact,” he said. Read more

Las Vegas FOX Affiliate Moves One Meteorologist Up and Another In

Las Vegas FOX affiliate KVVU has announced the promotion of Ted Pretty to chief meteorologist.

“For more than a decade meteorologist Ted Pretty has brightened your mornings as part of the FOX5 morning news team,” said news director Adam Bradshaw in a statement. “Tonight, Ted takes a major step in his career as he becomes the chief meteorologist for FOX5.”

Pretty joins John Huck and Olivia Fierro on the station’s 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. news.

Bradshaw also announced Cassandra Jones will take Pretty’s place on the station’s morning show. Read more

Zoo Owner Charged with Battery After Allegedly Attacking KSNV Reporter on Camera

ksnv_zooA Las Vegas zoo owner has been charged with battery after allegedly attacking KSNV reporter Amber Dixon while she was asking for an interview.

In the video of the incident [click here to view], Dixon and photographer Justin Michel go to the door of Pat Dingle, the owner of a local zoo that had recently been closed by the US Department of Agriculture. Dixon knocks on Dingle’s door. He opens it and shuts it.

The anchor who voiced the track said Dingle didn’t tell the crew to go away. But adds,”13 seconds pass in the dark until the door finally opens and Dingle’s fists are suddenly flying.” In the video you can hear Dingle tell the crew from the Las Vegas NBC affiliate to get out of his house after the scuffle.

>UPDATE: Dixon told TVSpy her left shoulder and the left side of her neck are sore after the incident, but otherwise she said she’s doing fine.

Police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer told the Las Vegas Sun, Dingle has been charged with misdemeanor battery.

[FTVLive]

KTNV Surprises Staff, Moves Up Debut of News to Compete with KSNV

KTNV general manager Jim Prather has confirmed with TVSpy, that staffers at the Las Vegas ABC affiliate were told yesterday the station was going to start airing a full hour of news at 3:00 p.m beginning Monday.

The station currently airs a half hour of news at 3:30 p.m. Prather told TVSpy the decision to add the half hour was made more than a year ago when they decided then to stop running “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” at 3:00 p.m. But, “When KSNV announced [its] 3pm start next Monday, we moved up our timeline and will start Monday as well.” Prather added, “We had planned to make the transition on 9/16/13.”

A check of TVEyes showed the station started promoting the switch this morning.

The 3:00 pm. newscast debuting Monday and will be anchored by Rikki Cheese and Brian Scofield.

[FTVLive]

KSNV Adding Another Hour of News

Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV is adding an hour of news at 3:00 p.m.

Jeff Gillan will begin anchoring the new newscast starting Monday.

The added hour of news shifts syndicated shows “The Doctors” and “Dr. Phil” one hour earlier. “The Doctors” will begin airing at 1:00 p.m. and “Dr. Phil” will air at 2:00 p.m. KSNV general manager Lisa Howfield told TVNewsCheck, “We have not forgotten the fans of “Days of Our Lives.” We have made arrangements with NBC and Sinclair Broadcast Group to broadcast “Days of our Lives” at its normal time 1 p.m. each day” on Sinclair’s CW affiliate KVCW.

In June, KSNV announced it was adding a 7:00 p.m. newscast.

Matt Finn Leaving KIMA for FOX Junior Reporter Program

Matt Finn has confirmed with TVSpy he is joining the FOX News Junior Reporter Program and will be based in Las Vegas.

“I’ve always admired Fox’s brand and all of its unmatched talent,” Finn told TVSpy. “My career goal has been to work for FOX, so I’m thrilled to join the number one network.”

From the FOX Junior Reporter website, “The Junior Reporters is a two-year training program that is made up of the best and brightest graduates from the FNCU Internship program and a vast pool of entry-level candidates from around the country who are just embarking on their careers in the multi-media news business.”

Finn, who begins the program in late August, is currently a reporter at Yakima, WA, CBS affiliate KIMA. Before coming to KIMA he was a producer at WBRE in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

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