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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.

Morning Anchor Shauna Khorrami Out at KLAS

After just eight months as morning co-anchor at KLAS, Shauna Khorrami is out at the Las Vegas CBS affiliate, the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.

Khorrami and co-anchor Cale Ramaker debuted in July. They were hired to replace Dayna Roselli, who was fired from KLAS. Station management said they were “not satisfied” with the ratings for the morning newscast.

According to Review Journal‘s Norm Clarke, Khorrami’s “work habits” could be to blame for her sudden departure:

Meantime, Khorrami’s work habits were causing consternation in the newsroom, according to sources.

On occasion, she was known to show up shortly before the show started at 4 a.m. She tested the producers’ patience, one source said, when, “during breaking news, she would be singing show tunes at her desk.”

The station sent Khorrami and Ramaker to “$1,000-a-day anchor school” for a week and launched an expensive promotional campaign to boost the morning newscast. There has been no significant ratings growth for the program, Clarke reports.

Craig Hume Joins KSNV as News Director

Craig Hume is joining KSNV, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas, as news director. Hume joins the station from Harrisburg, Pa., where he has been the news director at WHP-WLYH since 2009.

“The power of News 3 is built on a reputation for excellence in journalism and deep roots in the community. I look forward to helping expand News 3′s high-quality local news coverage in new time periods,” Hume said in a statement.

Hume replaces Bob Stoldal, who will be “spending more time on his corporate responsibilities” as executive vice president of news, according to Rick Gevers & Associates. Intermoutain West Communications, KSNV’s parent company, is expanding local news programming in both Las Vegas and at KRNV in Reno, and Stoldal will oversee the expansion.

“Craig brings with him experience in developing local news operations as well as a good knowledge of Las Vegas,” Stoldal said in a statement.

Lisa Remillard Signs Off From KTNV

Morning and midday anchor Lisa Remillard said an on-air goodbye to viewers and her colleagues this morning on Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV.

Remillard told TVSpy, “It has been a wonderful 4.5 years in Vegas and I have loved my coworkers and the wonderful people of Las Vegas.”

“It’s been a morning of fighting back tears,” said Beth Fisher with co-anchor Casey Smith, meteorologist Mike Tsolinas and traffic reporter Micah Manalo in the final segment of the station’s 6:00 a.m. newscast. After all the anchors said their farewells, Manalo added “It’s going to be different here in the studio.” Read more

KNBC Adds Multimedia Reporter Hetty Chang

Hetty Chang is joining KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles, as a multimedia reporter covering the Los Angeles South Bay.

Until December 2011, Chang was a reporter at KSNV, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas. She has also worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KRNV in Reno. It is a return to Los Angeles for Chang, who began her career as a producer and reporter for “L.A. Cityview.”

Chang was the first digital media fellow recipient under a pilot program between KNBC and the Asian American Journalists Association in 2011. She will report for the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts starting next month.

Weekend Anchor Chris Saldana Leaving KLAS

Chris Saldana, the weekend anchor at KLAS, has announced his exit from the Las Vegas CBS affiliate.

Saldana, who joined KLAS in 2004, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that his decision to leave was because the station denied him vacation time to be with his ailing father over the holidays. Saldana was also passed over for a promotion when weekday anchor Gary Waddell retired earlier this year, he said.

“It was my decision,” Saldana said.  “I love what I do but was no longer happy where I was doing it at.”

KLAS news director Ron Comings told the Review-Journal that he is “sorry to see him leave and wish him great success in whatever he chooses to do.”

Meredith Announces New GMs in Las Vegas and Kansas City

Meredith Local Media Group has announced changes to the general manager position at two of its stations.

Darrin McDonald will move from vice president and general manager of Las Vegas Fox affiliate KVVU to vice president and general manager of the Kansas City duopoly KCTV-KSMO.  Taking McDonald’s place in Las Vegas will be Todd Brown, who was promoted from general sales manager at KVVU.  McDonald fills the vacancy left by the departure of Robert Totsch in October.

“Darrin has been a great leader at KVVU and will use his skills and expertise to build upon our presence in the Kansas City market,” said Paul Karpowicz, president of the Local Media Group.  “Todd is well poised to be successful as he steps into his new role at KVVU, and will be an asset to our group’s leadership team.” Read more

Former Las Vegas Meteorologist John Fredericks Dies at 57

John Fredericks, a former meteorologist at KSNV in Las Vegas, died Friday after a short stay in hospice care. He was 57.

Fredericks was diagnosed cirrhosis in June, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He battled alcoholism and depression during much of his career, leaving KSNV (then KVBC) four years ago because the station barred him from going on the air with his beloved dog, Jordan, after an alleged biting incident.

“He led a tortured life,” Fredericks’ former KSNV co-worker Dana Wagner told the Review-Journal.

In 2010, Fredericks filed a lawsuit against CBS affiliate KLAS and investigative reporter George Knapp, seeking to prevent the station from reporting any stories related to him. Fredericks had been briefly involved with a woman who had gone to Knapp with the details of their bad breakup, which included a temporary restraining order against Fredericks.

KSNV reported his death Friday, saying “a member of the News 3 family has passed away.” Watch the report after the jump. Read more

Rentrak Signs KLAS as its 200th TV Station

The audience tracking and measuring service, Rentrak, announced it has signed a multi-year contract with Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS.  KLAS joins cross-town NBC affiliate KSNV as the second station in the market to subscribe to the StationView Essentials service offered by Rentrak.

“Rentrak provides a bigger picture of our viewers and their buying habits,” said Emily Neilson, President and General Manager of KLAS. “With this information, we can help our clients maximize their marketing dollars with more precise targeting.”

According to Broadcasting & Cable, most TV stations who subscribe to Rentrak continue to receive Nielsen ratings.

“As the 200th station to subscribe to Rentrak, the signing of KLAS marks a major achievement for the Rentrak’s local currency adoption,” said Cathy Hetzel, corporate president and president of advanced media and information at Rentrak. “We’re pleased to welcome KLAS into the growing family of clients.”

KSNV In Las Vegas May Be Sorry Election is Over

KSNV, the NBC affiliate for Las Vegas, may be sorry to see the election end, according to a report by Bloomberg Businessweek.

The report said Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group estimated the presidential campaign alone will spend at least $1 billion on TV ads this year.  For KSNV, that meant 80 percent of its ad inventory was campaign related.

From Oct. 1 to Oct. 21, more ads aired there than in any other market except Denver, according to the Wesleyan Media Project. Democrats ran 4,551 of the spots vs. 3,506 by Republicans. Since the start of 2012, no other station in the U.S. has run more ads than KSNV, according to CMAG. The station has broadcast 20,282 political spots so far this year. “What did we used to do with our time?” asks (KSNV vice president and general manager Lisa) Howfield. Read more

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