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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.

Colleen McCarty Chooses Law Over TV

Colleen McCarty, investigative reporter for Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS, is leaving broadcasting to focus on a law career.

“I love KLAS-TV and am very proud of the work I have produced with my I-team colleagues,” said McCarty, who told TVSpy she is leaving the station in September to begin a new job at the Las Vegas law firm of Gordon & Silver. “The transition is very bittersweet.”

McCarty said going to law school had been a life-long dream. “I hope to combine my two skill sets to work to protect the rights of journalists and to preserve the First Amendment.  I love journalism too much to leave it entirely.”

McCarty joined KLAS in 2004. She started her career in Pocatello, ID, and has also worked at KVVU in Las Vegas, KSTP in Minneapolis, MN, and as a producer for “Cold Case Files” on the A&E network.

KLAS Reporter Faces Discipline After Failing to Disclose Ties to Church She Reported On

KLAS reporter Sharie Harvin is facing disciplinary action at the Las Vegas CBS affiliate after failing to disclose her ties to a church featured in one of her reports.

KLAS news director Ron Comings told TVSpy that Harvin was assigned a reaction story to yesterday’s Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage. After contacting more than 10 religious leaders for the story, Harvin told Comings that she was unable to find one willing to participate in the report except her own pastor at the Nehemiah Ministries Christian Church.

Comings signed off on the decision to quote Harvin’s pastor without knowing that Harvin helps the church with publicity and is listed on the website as Nehemiah Ministries’ director of public relations. The report did not mention Harvin’s involvement with the church.

“I think we probably wouldn’t have done it if we had known her role there. One thing’s for certain, we would have and should have put a disclaimer on it,” Comings said. “The credibility of the news department is at stake at something like this, and integrity is extremely important to us.”

Comings said Harvin is “subject to discipline” but declined to comment on specifics.

The online version of the story will be updated to reflect Harvin’s role at the Nehemiah Ministries Christian Church, Comings said.

>Update: a tipster points out that Harvin has reported on the Nehmiah Ministries on at least two other occasions. See the reports here and here.

Watch the report after the jump. Read more

KSNV Adds 7 p.m. Newscast, Shuffles Fall Anchor Lineup

KSNV will debut a 7 p.m. newscast and shuffle its anchor lineup this fall, the Las Vegas NBC affiliate announced today.

The 7 p.m. newscast will be anchored by Jim Synder and Jessica Moore, who currently anchor the 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts. The pair will continue to anchor the 5 p.m. newscast.

In place of Synder and Moore at 11 p.m., Reed Cowan, who currently anchors at 4 p.m., will add the 11 p.m. newscast to his schedule. He will anchor alongside Mackenzie Warren, who is currently a KSNV reporter.

Weekend evening anchor Gerard Ramalho will move to weekdays, anchoring the 6 p.m. newscast alongside Marie Mortera. On weekends, Krystal Allen moves from mornings to evenings. Michelle Velez will be the new weekend morning anchor.

“These are very exciting times at News 3 as KSNV prepares to launch the only 7:00 p.m. newscast in southern Nevada,” VP-GM Lisa Howfield said in a statement. “We are genuinely thrilled to expand our news operation to cover all the important stories with a team of dedicated journalists in the field and at the anchor desk.”

“Ralston Reports,” which currently airs at 7:30 p.m., will shift an hour earlier to 6:30 p.m.

The full anchor lineup is in KSNV’s press release after the jump. Read more

Matt DeLucia Joins WCAU From KVUU

Matt DeLucia is joining WCAU, the NBC-owned station in Philadelphia, next month.

DeLucia comes to Philly from Las Vegas, where he has been a reporter and fill-in anchor at KVVU since 2009. While he was there, he won three Pacific Southwest Emmy awards for journalistic enterprise, team coverage and news writing.

“Matt is an enterprising, hard-working journalist,” WCAU vice president of news Anzio Williams said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to welcome him back to the area as part of the NBC10 family.”

Jessica Janner Promoted to Anchor at KTNV

After a year as a reporter at Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV, Jessica Janner is moving to the anchor desk.

Janner will join the morning newscast alongside anchors Beth Fisher and Casey Smith, meteorologist Mike Tsolinas and traffic reporter Micah Manalo. She will also co-anchor the 11 a.m. newscast alongside Smith.

“I’m truly excited to join the team on Good Morning Las Vegas. It’s my goal to help add to its exceptional energy, sincere community impact and reliable information,” Janner said in a statement. “I consider the valley my home and share in KTNV’s endeavor to make it a ‘better place to live.’”

Before joining KNTV, Janner worked at KAMR-KCIT in Amarillo, Texas.

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