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WMTV Hires Carlos Tucker, Hobie Artigue

WMTV, the NBC-affiliate in Madison, has hired Carlos Tucker (pictured) and Hobie Artigue.

Tucker, a meteorologist, began at the station last week. He joins WMTV from Weather Central, where he has worked for two years. Prior to that, he worked at WBNS in Columbus and KLBK in Lubbock, TX.

Artigue joins the station in mid-July as weekend sports anchor. He is currently the weekend sports anchor at KTVE, the NBC-affiliate in Monroe, LA.

WISC Takes Over Production Of WMSN’s 9 p.m. News

In Madison, the start of a new year has brought changes to the 9 p.m. newscast on Fox-affiliate WMSN: the  program, previously produced by ABC-affiliate WKOW, is now produced by CBS-affiliate WISC.

The changes took effect on January 1. WKOW has been producing WMSN’s 35-minute 9 p.m. newscast since 1999.

WMSN general manager Kerry Johnson told the Wisconsin State Journal that the swap was “a business decision.”

WMSN is using the opportunity for a staff expansion, the State Journal reports. Three people have already been hired: anchor Michelle Carolla, who was formerly an anchor at WBTW, a news producer, and a yet-to-be identified sports anchor.

WREX Anchor Dani Maxwell Joining WKOW

Dani Maxwell, the evening anchor and assistant news director at WREX in Rockford, is leaving the station for an anchor position at WKOW in Madison.

Maxwell, who co-anchored the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts with Eric Wilson, signed off from WREX last week after 10 years. Starting today, 10 p.m. anchor Katie Nilsson will add the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts to her duties.

Starting January 18, Maxwell will be an anchor and reporter at WKOW. Both WKOW and WREX are owned by Quincy Newspapers.

“We’re sorry to see Dani go, but at least she is staying with the company,” WREX vice president and general manager John Chadwick told the Rockford-Register Star.

Tom Bier Upped to GM at Madison’s WISC

Tom Bier, who has been at Madison CBS-affiliate WISC for 37 years, has been named vice president and general manager at the station.

Bier, a Wisconsin native, has been the vice president and station manager since 1998. Prior to that, he spent 23 years as news director.

“Having watched Channel Three while growing up, it’s an honor to be asked to take on this challenge,” he said in a statement. “The station has always been a leader and I look forward in this new capacity to working with the staff, which has kept us in this position over the years.”

Bier has been the acting general manager since September, when David Sanks resigned.

Madison’s WISC Juggles Evening Anchor Lineup

WISC, the CBS-affiliate in Madison, is making some changes to the evening talent lineup to allow veteran anchor Susan Siman (pictured) more time with her family.

Effective today, Siman, who currently anchors the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts with Mark Koehn, will hand over the 6 p.m. reigns to Sarah Carlson and Eric Franke. Siman will contribute to the newscast as a reporter, and she and Koehn will continue to anchor the 5 p.m. newscast.

“Sometimes, you have to make minor adjustments in your life to make everything else work,” Siman, who has a son in middle school, said in a statement. “That’s what I’m doing.”

Carlson and Franke will continue to anchor the 10 p.m. broadcast. “I’m thrilled we could find a solution that works for Susan, Sarah and our viewers,” news director Colin Benedict said.

Madison’s WISC Debuts Local News Channel on Roku Digital Video Player

As viewers increasingly watch web-based video on their TVs, WISC has struck a forward-thinking partnership with Roku, the maker of digital video boxes that bring web content to your living room TV.

WISC, a CBS-affiliate in Madison, WI, is becoming the first station in the country to debut a local news channel on the Roku platform, giving viewers the opportunity to watch the station’s news coverage on their TVs at any time of the day.

“For years TV stations have been posting their video on the web and now their web video is easily available on TV sets,” said Anthony Wood, Roku’s founder and CEO.

Wisconsin Budget Battle Leads to Advertising Windfall for Local Stations

The Wisconsin budget battle has provided an unanticipated stimulus for stations throughout the state.  According to a new report, roughly $1.9 million has been spent by those for and against the governor’s budget proposal.

Here’s the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Opponents of Gov. Walker’s plan had spent an estimated $1,031,500 statewide, while supporters of his plan had spent an estimated $831,000, according to CMAG, the ad-tracking firm that monitors political advertising around the country.

The ad war is being waged not just in Milwaukee (the state’s biggest media market) and Madison (the state capital and scene of the protests) but in the state’s other TV markets of Green Bay, La Crosse/Eau Claire and Wausau/Rhinelander. More…

Facing Protests at the Capital, Wisconsin Governor Sits Down with WISC’s Sarah Carlson

“I understand the passion and intensity,” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker told WISC anchor Sarah Carlson in an exclusive interview on Wednesday (video above).

Walker has been facing large-scale demonstrations in Madison this week, including a “sick-out” by teachers, as public workers protest his administration’s attempt to limit the collective bargaining rights of government unions.

“When you’re threatening the political existence of a handful of leaders out there, they’re the ones most threatened by this,” Walker told Carlson, “they’re going to push this but in the end we think what we’re asking for is still pretty modest.”

Madison’s WISC Catches Up with Its Former Sports Anchor Curt Menefee at the Super Bowl

“This is a long way away from where I came from,” Fox Sports NFL host Curt Menefee told WISC’s Mark Koehn last week, reflecting on his time as a weekend sports anchor for the Madison CBS-affiliate.

Menefee worked for WISC in the late 80s before moving on to New York Fox-affiliate WNYW and eventually becoming the host of “Fox NFL Sunday.” WISC caught up with Menefee as he prepared to anchor Fox’s Super Bowl coverage on Sunday.

WISC Anchor Sarah Carlson Suffers On-Air Seizure, Again

WISC anchor Sarah Carlson, who recently underwent brain surgery to combat the recurrence of epileptic seizures, suffered what a appeared to be a mild seizure on-air yesterday evening.

At the beginning of WISC‘s 6 p.m. newscast on Tuesday, Carlson was delivering the news that Wisconsin would join other states in a lawsuit against President Obama’s health care overhaul.  Towards the end of the report, the veteran anchor begins to slur her words and for a moment her speech becomes unintelligible.

Miraculously, though, Carlson is able to finish.  When the camera cuts to Carlson’s co-anchor Susan Siman, a moment of surprise registers on her face before she plows ahead with the newscast’s next segment. Carlson left the newscast following the incident and Siman finished it solo.

“She’s okay,” Colin Benedict, WISC’s news director, assured the Wisconsin State Journal following the on-air episode.  Benedict says that he expects Carlson to continue anchoring the CBS-affiliate’s evening newscasts.

Carlson momentarily stepped away from TV in 2009 following a serious seizure that she suffered on-air while working for Madison NBC-affiliate WMTV.  She joined WISC in December after having surgery to remove a non-cancerous tumor from her brain.  At the time, Carlson reported that her life was nearly seizure free. Read more

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