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Ken Jobe Out as News Director at Memphis FOX Station

whbq_logoKen Jobe is out as news director at Cox owned Memphis FOX affiliate WHBQ.

Yesterday, we reported the station had a new GM. Today we confirmed that news director Ken Jobe no longer works at the station.

A Cox spokesperson told TVSpy, Cox is looking for a news director to replace Jobe.

Jobe started his career in Nashville. He has also worked at WCBS in New York and WCPO in Cincinnati. He started at WHBQ in 2003.


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Cox Names New GM for Memphis Station

whbq_logoThe Memphis FOX station that recently went from FOX to Cox ownership has a new GM. Paul Briggs was named by Cox Media Group as VP and GM of WHBQ effective immediately.

Briggs was the general sales manager at Cox’s Charlotte, N.C. ABC affiliate WSOC.

“We are thrilled that we can tap such phenomenal internal talent like Paul for this important leadership position at one of our newest TV brands,” Cox EVP of Television Jane Williams said in a statement. “Paul will play a pivotal role in leading the professionals at WHBQ-TV and to continue informing, inspiring, entertaining and improving the Memphis community.”

Briggs replaces former GM John Koski.

Cameron Harper Leaves WATN

cameron harper watnCameron Harper told his fans on facebook he has left Memphis ABC and CW affiliate WATN.

“I want to let you know this was my last day at Local 24,” Harper wrote on his facebook page. “Leaving is entirely my decision while I consider some interesting options.”

Harper’s bio has been removed from the station website.

Before coming to WATN in 2002, Harper was an anchor and investigative reporter at KNXV in Phoenix, Ariz. He’s also anchored at KGO in San Francisco and KTVT in Dallas.  From 1986 until 1995, he was an investigative reporter at KTVK in Phoenix

Cox Names GSM for Memphis Station

whbq_logoCox Media Group is still sorting out the leadership at its recently acquired stations.

Today the station group announced Michelle Woods has been named general sales manager of WHBQ in Memphis. Woods comes to the FOX affiliate from former Cox station KTVU in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“I’m thrilled to join the WHBQ FOX 13 family,” Woods said in a statement. “This is a talented sales team deep-rooted in the community.  I look forward to continuing our success by building strong relationships, motivating talent and providing a work place that thrives on growth.”

Woods started her career at KTVU as an account executive in 2004. She worked her way up to national sales manager before being named local sales manager.

Cox ‘Welcomes New TV Stations in Boston, Memphis’

cox_media_group_304Cox Media Group sent out a press release today welcoming the employees of its two newest stations and updating them on management changes.

Cox acquired WHBQ in Memphis and WFXT in Boston from FOX in exchange for KTVU in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In what is essentially a GM swap, KTVU GM Tom Raponi will follow the station group to Boston, becoming the new GM of WFXT. FOX announced yesterday WFXT GM Gregg Kelley will follow FOX to KTVU and replace Raponi. John Koski will stay on as GM of WHBQ.

“Countless hours of hard work have taken place over the last few months to prepare for today, and I want to thank everyone at Cox Media Group, in Boston and in Memphis who made today a reality,” Jane Williams, CMG’s EVP of Television said in a statement. “We look forward to supporting these new stations as they continue playing key roles in their communities; providing vital news, information and entertainment to their audiences; and offering targeted sales solutions to their clients.”

WREG Tweets Link to Porn Website Instead of Weather Update

WREG Porn Tweet

Memphis CBS affiliate WREG tried to give viewers more information about impending rain and storms by sending out a link to its online interactive radar. Instead, it sent out a link to a porn website. (see screen grab above)

UPDATE: A station spokesperson told TVSpy, “This morning an inappropriate tweet was sent out from the station’s account. We sincerely apologize, we have taken steps to investigate and to tighten security.”

The station has since deleted the tweet and sent out another tweet apologizing.

Marcus ‘Doc’ Holliday Promoted at WATN

Holliday watn croppedWATN has promoted Marcus “Doc” Holliday to sports director.

The former St. Louis Ram and Hamilton Tiger Cat started at the Memphis ABC affiliate in June 2011.

According to his bio page, “When he’s not out on the latest story, Marcus is spending time with his wife and children, and reading up on his favorite topic, quantum physics.”

Meteorologist Andrew Kozak Leaving KTUL

The KTUL news team celebrated meteorologist Andrew Kozak today with a Memphis-style BBQ send off. Kozak is leaving the ABC affiliate for NBC affiliate WMC in Memphis.

Kozak previously worked as a meteorologist at Tulsa’s Fox affiliate KOKI.

Today is his last day at the station.

President Obama Names WREG GM to Board of TVA

tva-logoPresident Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Ron Walter, president and GM of WREG in Memphis, to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Walter was one of several people the President said he intended to nominate to key administration posts.

“I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country,” President Obama said in a statement. “I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

The Tennessee Valley Authority provides electricity for 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average.  Established by Congress in 1933 to address a wide range of environmental, economic, and technological issues, including the delivery of low-cost electricity and the management of natural resources, TVA also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.

WMC’s Dave Brown Will Cut Hours, as Ron Childers Steps Up

Brown ChildersMemphis NBC affiliate WMC has begun the process of building a weather department that is not led by chief meteorologist Dave Brown. The 37-year-veteran announced Wednesday he would scale back his hours, and appear exclusively on the 6 p.m. news, starting in September:

“I have asked for a reduced schedule at WMC Action News 5,” he explained. “I am not retiring, but feel this is the proper time to begin a transition to fewer hours in the workplace. I have worked since the age of 10. I have enjoyed a 52 year career in broadcasting, including 37 years so far here at WMC. For many of those years I have worked a six-day week and have worked nights since 1973.”

He continued, “I have been blessed with the support of my employers, my co-workers and my family. I am also grateful for the tremendous support I have received from our viewers. Many of those viewers have asked me not to retire, so this is a compromise that will give me more time to enjoy activities that I have not been able to do. I am in good health and look forward to enjoying entertainment and sports events and to traveling more. I want to emphasize that this is completely at my request, and thank WMC for indulging me as I continue my career in this reduced schedule.”

The station has named Ron Childers managing meteorologist. He will anchor the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. Childers has worked mornings in Memphis for 25 years.
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