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KSBW Names Brittany Nielsen Weekday Morning Anchor

nielsen cropped ksbwKSBW has named Brittany Nielsen weekday morning anchor.

Nielsen started at the Salinas-Monterey, Calif. NBC affiliate in 2007 as a reporter and was promoted to weekend anchor in 2010.

“We consider it an honor to serve the California Central Coast community in delivering the best, most comprehensive news coverage for our local viewers,” KSBW president and GM, Joseph W. Heston said in a statement. “We also take great pride in seeing Brittany, a Watsonville native, succeed in her new role.”

She joins anchor Dale Julin, meteorologist Lee Solomon and traffic reporter Michele Allen next Wednesday.

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Anchor Jasmine Viel Leaving KION

jasmine-viel-jpgAnchor Jasmine Viel has announced her departure from Salinas-Monterey, California CBS affiliate KION. After seven years, her last day is today. She writes in a farewell post on the station’s website:

I will be moving down to be with my husband Marc Cota-Robles in Los Angeles as I continue to pursue this crazy and rewarding broadcast journalism career that I am so passionate about.

I have been so lucky and honored to have been a part of many great experiences here on the Central Coast and the warm welcome I received from day one.

It has been a privilege to have been able to share so many people’s stories. From my time as a field reporter and working my way up to the evening anchor position, I have been allowed to grow with all of your support. It’s been quite the journey.

It is hard to say goodbye, especially to those talented and compassionate friends and fellow journalists who work with me in the newsroom and all those who I have had to say goodbye to over the years, but I know I will be checking in with them. As I hope you will continue to check in with me.

KSBW Adds Jillian O’Brien as Assistant News Director

ksbw_croppedJillian O’Brien will join KSBW as assistant news director later this month.

O’Brien comes to the Hearst owned Salinas-Monterey NBC affiliate from CNN Headline News where she was senior producer.

“Jillian’s return to the Central Coast is a ‘perfect storm’ personally and professionally,” Lawton Dodd, KSBW news director said in a statement. “A return to family, home and hearth here on the Central Coast, bolstered by a passion for journalism and the legacy of community leadership that is KSBW.”

She first worked at KSBW from in 2002 to 2005 as a line producer, leaving to work for KRON in San Francisco. She moved to the CNN Abu Dhabi bureau in 2009 and won a Peabody Award for coverage of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. She returned to the US earlier this year.

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News-Press & Gazette Buys Three California Stations

npg logoNews Press & Gazette Company has announced the purchase of Salinas-Monterey, CA, stations KION (CBS) and KMUV (Telemundo) along with San Luis Obispo-Santa Barbara-Santa Maria, CA, FOX affiliate KKFX from Cowles Media.

Cowles and News Press & Gazette have also entered into a shared services agreement for KCOY, the Santa Maria CBS affiliate. Under the terms NPGCo will provide news, back office, engineering and sales support services while Cowles will provide general management, programming and sales management services.

The transactions are expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013 and are subject to FCC approval.

Jon K. Brent Promoted to Evening Anchor in Salinas

Just three months after joining KION-KCBA-KCOY-KKFX in Salinas, weekend anchor Jon K. Brent is being promoted to weekdays.

Brent will anchor the 6 p.m. newscast for KION-KCOY and the 10:30 p.m. newscast for KCBA-KKFX. He joins husband-and-wife anchor team Marc Cota-Robles and Jasmine Viel and meteorologist Norm Hoffman on the newscasts.

“In the few short months here, Jon has shown his talent in the anchor chair and we know this addition to weekdays will give us more flexibility and bench strength to the already strong trio of Jasmine, Marc and Norm,” news director Traciann Zeravica said in a statement.

Brent begins in his new role next week. The stations have already begun a search for a new weekend anchor.

Jon K. Brent Joins KION-KCBA-KCOY in Salinas

Jon K. Brent has joined KION-KCBA-KCOY in Salinas, CA.

Brent’s most recent job in the television business was an anchor and reporter at KSEE in Fresno, where he worked for six years before being laid off in 2010. Prior to that, he worked at KBTX in College Station and at KCRA in Sacramento.

Brent makes the move to Salinas from Fresno, where he remained after leaving KSEE.

“What a natural professional progression for me to move from my native Central Valley to the Central Coast,” Brent told TVSpy. “The issues are similar in a state that faces tremendous difficulties. On the other hand these markets are destination locations for many tourists and aids that additional area of service that I’m looking forward to being a part of. Couldn’t be happier with the move!”