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Melinda Davenport Joins WISN in Milwaukee

melinda davenport wisnMelinda Davenport is joining WISN, the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, as the breaking news anchor for the morning newscast.

“Melinda understands our mission to bring viewers relevant information that impacts their daily lives,” news director Chris Gegg said in a statement. “The ability to clearly deliver breaking news information in our constantly updating world takes experience and talent, and Melinda brings both. She will be a great addition to our morning team.”

It is a move within Hearst for Davenport, who has worked at WMUR in Manchester, N.H., since 2011. She most recently anchored the station’s weekday noon newscast and weekend evening newscasts.

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New Hampshire’s WBIN Ends Newscasts

New Hampshire’s WBIN has ended its sole newscast, shutting down the news operation at the independent station. The Concord Monitor has details:

The weeknight news program on WBIN was broadcast Friday, but did not return Monday night. The station’s spring program lineup went into effect this week and does not include a news program.

A WBIN official declined to comment yesterday on the end of the 10 p.m. newscast. “There are strategic decisions regarding programming that we don’t discuss,” said Periklis Karoutas, the company’s vice president of political affairs and public relations.

Only one of WBIN’s three reporters is still employed at the station, Karoutas said.

Meteorologist Al Kaprielian will continue to report on the weather for WBIN, according to the Concord Monitor. The station is now airing “OMG! Insider” at 10 p.m. weeknights.

Shelley Walcott to Join WMUR as Anchor

WTMJ reporter and weekend anchor Shelley Walcott has announced she will be leaving the Milwaukee NBC affiliate for WMUR in New Hampshire.

Walcott announced the move to the Manchester ABC affiliate on her twitter page saying, “Hi all: Wanted to announce I am leaving TMJ4 at the end of next week. Have accepted a main anchor job in New Hampshire. Bittersweet day!”

Steve Wexler, executive vice president of the Journal Broadcast Group told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, “Shelley is a very talented anchor and reporter, we’re going to miss her, but we are also very excited for her. She’ll be the main anchor on her new station and closer to her family.” Read more

Boston Anchor’s Son to Report for Rival Station

After two years at WMUR in Manchester, reporter Adam Harding is joining WHDH in Boston.

Harding’s father, Ed Harding, is the primary anchor at WCVB, a rival Boston station of WHDH. He grew up in the area and graduated from Emerson College in Boston. His first day at NBC-affiliated WHDH is Wednesday.

“Saying a fond farewell to New Hampshire and WMUR,” Harding wrote on Twitter. “I’ve enjoyed my years here immensely.”

Nick Spinetto, Lindsay Liepman Leaving WINK

WINK husband and wife team Nick Spinetto and Lindsay Liepman are leaving the Fort Myers CBS-affiliate.

Spinetto, a general assignment reporter at the station, is moving to Manchester ABC-affiliate WMUR as a reporter. “Thank you for all the support and sharing your stories with me over the past 6 years,” he wrote on Twitter. “It’s been an incredible experience.”

Liepman, the noon anchor, is expected to stay at WINK through mid-September before joining him in New Hampshire, according to the News-Press. The couple have both worked at the station for six years.

WMUR Adds Evening Newscast, Names New ‘Chronicle’ Hosts

WMUR, the ABC-affiliate in Manchester, will launch a 10 p.m. newscast next month.

The newscast, which will debut on March 5, will be anchored by Tom Griffith and Tiffany Eddy. Chief meteorologist Mike Haddad and sports director Jamie Staton will also contribute.

Griffith and Eddy currently helm “New Hampshire Chronicle,” WMUR’s daily newsmagazine. As they transition to the 10 p.m. newscast, Erin Fehlau and Sean McDonald will take over as “Chronicle” hosts.

“Tom and Tiffany launched ‘Chronicle’ 10 years ago and have done a fabulous job!” WMUR said in a statement. “We want to thank them for all their wonderful shows.”

Betsy Braun Named Program Director At Hearst Stations in Boston, Manchester

Betsy Braun has been named program director for two Hearst-owned ABC-affiliates: WCVB in Boston and WMUR in Manchester.

Braun is a former vice president of programming at NBC Universal Television. She joins WCVB and WMUR from Braun Media & Marketing, a firm that specializes in digital marketing and PR campaigns for small businesses on the East Coast.

In announcing her hire, WCVB president and general manager Ben Fine said her “extensive experience in television programming will be a tremendous asset to the two stations.”

In addition to her role overseeing programming for both stations, Braun will also manage media relations for WCVB. Her first day is January 12.

SUV Crashes Into WMUR’s Portsmouth Bureau

Two people were hospitalized this weekend after a Chevy Tahoe careened into an office building in New Hampshire that houses WMUR‘s Portsmouth bureau.

Portsmouth police said the two hospitalized — the male driver and a female passenger — did not appear to be wearing seatbelts.

“We’re not quite sure what happened with the driver, but apparently, he lost control and crashed into the building,” Lt. Mark Newport said. Read more

Herman Cain Tears Up for WMUR When Talking About His Wife

Making his first trip to New Hampshire since being accused of sexual harassment, Herman Cain teared up for WMUR‘s cameras when talking about his wife (video above).

The ABC-affiliate was taping Cain for an upcoming special on the Republican president candidates.

After 2 Years of Planning, WMUR Will Launch 10 p.m. Newscast in January

Beginning in January, Manchester’s WMUR will produce a 10 p.m. weekday newscast for the station’s digital subchannel, a Me-TV affiliate.

Plans for the newscast have been in development since 2010, according to the station. In a statement, WMUR president and general manager Jeff Bartlett said the goal is to give viewers a choice between a local newscast on the subchannel and the entertainment programming that airs at 10 p.m. on the main channel, which is the Manchester ABC-affiliate.

Anchors will be Tom Griffith and Tiffany Eddy. They will be joined by chief meteorologist Mike Haddad and sports director Jamie Staton.