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Tribune Expands Role for Philadelphia Station GM

TribuneNew304Tribune Broadcasting named Vince Giannini senior vice president and GM of its Philadelphia MyNetworkTV WPHL and Washington. D.C. CW affiliate WDCW.

Giannini has been GM of WPHL since 2003 and acting GM of WDCW since August.

“I look forward to the opportunity to have a positive impact at both PHL17 and DCW50,” said Giannini. “The excellent staff at PHL17 has made this increased responsibility possible. Over the past four months I have had the pleasure of working firsthand with the talented group of professionals at DCW50. We are all eager and ready to take the station to the next level.”

Giannini was station manager of Tribune’s New York CW affiliate WPIX from 2001 to 2003. Before that, he was director of finance and administration at KTLA in Los Angeles from 1993 to 2001 and worked at Tribune’s Chicago station WGN from 1990 to 1993.

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Jennifer Rigby Named WXIA News Director

wxiaJennifer Rigby has been named news director of the Atlanta NBC and MyNetworkTV affiliates WXIA-WATL.

Rigby comes to WXIA from The Weather Channel where she was VP of Live Programming. Before working for TWC, she was a senior consultant at Smith Geiger and had worked as news director at Cox Media stations in Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Dayton.

“We’re thrilled that Jennifer is joining the Networks of 11Alive and Gannett,” John Deushane, president and GM, said in a statement. “Her unique, yet integrated, leadership at the station, network, and digital level combined with her broad range of consultative expertise makes her the perfect candidate to lead our ever expanding content offerings.”

She starts Monday, November 24.

KRON Ready to Move in With KGO Next Week

San Francisco MyNetworkTV station KRON is showing off its new office space on the station website.

As we reported earlier, Media General owned KRON is moving in with ABC owned KGO. KRON said it plans to make the move into the third floor of 900 Front street the weekend of November 14 and 15th. KGO occupies the first and second floors.

Despite rumors that this move is the start of some ownership/shared services move by the two station groups, an internal memo obtained by TVSpy shows the realities presented by such a move: parking, security and signage. In other words, KGO and KRON employees are more worried about where they’ll park and if staffers from the rival stations will be nosing around while they’re working.

The answer? Some KGO employees will have to make room for the new tenants by giving up their parking. Those given spaces when the former third floor tenants moved out will most likely be first to go. The memo also said KRON and KGO will stay separate through new security key cards and/badge readers and KRON will get a new sign on the Front Street side of the building. Note to KRON, most of the foot and car traffic is on the other side of the building facing The Embarcadero, which is the main artery between AT&T Park and the tourist mecca of Fisherman’s Wharf.

See the entire memo after the jump. Read more

Chicago Radio Star Ends One TV Show, May End Up with More

mancow500Chicago radio host Mancow is ending the simulcast of his radio show on FOX owned Chicago MyNetworkTV affiliate WPWR today.

While that may not seem like a big deal to most of our readers, the move may signal a bigger role for the controversial radio host on a larger TV stage.

TVSpy hears from sources inside WFLD, the Chicago FOX owned station may be developing other projects with the Chicago based radio host, one of which may be a movie review show. We also hear FOX Television Stations may be interested in looking at a broader role for Mancow in the station group.

FOX says WPWR will air programming such as “Right This Minute” in the slot left vacant by the Mancow Radio Show.

Sinclair Fills GM Roles in Mobile-Pensacola and Birmingham

Sinclair BroadcastIts been a busy week for Sinclair Broadcast Group. Today it announced J.C. Lowe has been named GM of Mobile-Pensacola ABC affiliate WEAR and MyTV affiliate WFGX. The group also tapped GM of Birmingham ABC affiliate WBMA, Mike Murphy, to replace Lowe as GM of CW affiliate WTTO and MyTV affiliate WABM. Murphy will also oversee WDBB which is a simulcast operated by Sinclair under a local marketing agreement. He will stay on as GM of WBMA.

“I look forward to J.C. overseeing our stations in Pensacola. He has done a terrific job in Birmingham, and we are confident that he can continue our leadership position in Pensacola,” Steve Marks co-chief operating officer of Sinclair’s Television Group said in a statement. “Mike is a natural choice to assume oversight of the stations J.C. managed and to broaden his responsibilities in Birmingham.”

Since 2007, Lowe has been working as GM of Sinclair’s Birmingham stations. Before that, he was the GSM of KAUT in Oklahoma City. He has also worked as GM and GSM of KEYE in Austin.

Murphy has been the GM of former Allbritton station WBMA since 2004. He was GSM there from 2002 until 2004. He has also worked at WSMV in Nashville in various sales roles.

Honolulu Stations in Hurricane Mode as Twin Storms Approach Hawaii

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Stations in Hawaii are in extended coverage mode today, as the islands prepare for a pair of storms–beginning later today with Hurricane Iselle, believed to be the worst storm to hit Hawaii in 22 years:

A hurricane that beat the odds is poised to roar across Hawaii on Thursday, blasting the island paradise with heavy rains, damaging winds and hammering surf.

Hurricane Iselle is forecast to become the first hurricane to smash into the islands in more than two decades. A couple of days later, Hurricane Julio could be the second one.

Forecasters had expected Iselle to fall prey to the long trip across the Pacific and the region’s strong upper air flow that is capable of breaking up some of the mightiest storms. But Iselle was unrelenting, so the run on bottled water, milk and toilet paper is in full swing.

Full coverage details from all stations after the jump.
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‘Chasing New Jersey’ Recognized by NJ General Assembly for 200th Broadcast

wwor_304Chasing New Jersey, the news show for FOX owned MyNetworkTV affiliate WWOR, has been recognized by the New Jersey General Assembly for its 200th show.

Chasing New Jersey is renowned for its dedication to covering public events and breaking stories across the Garden State,” said the proclamation. “The strength, quality and success of journalism in New Jersey depend, in great measure, upon outstanding news and public affairs organizations, as exemplified by Chasing New Jersey.”

According to the FOX release, Chasing New Jersey is a news show “focusing on all things New Jersey, from interviews with local politicians and residents, to the issues driving conversations in the state.” It started airing in July 2013.

Quincy Buys Three Stations from Granite, One From Malara

quincyQuincy Newspapers has announced it is adding nine stations in four markets by buying five stations outright and agreeing to provide operating services to four more.

From Granite Broadcasting, Quincy will buy NBC affiliate WEEK in Peoria, IL, NBC/MyTV affiliate KBJR and its satellite KRII in Duluth, MN/Superior, WI, and CBS/CW affiliate WBNG in Binghamton, NY. Quincy is buying ABC/CW affiliate WPTA in Ft. Wayne, IN, from Malara Broadcasting.

Quincy will also provide operating services to Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s ABC/CW affiliate WHOI and Four Seasons Broadcasting’s WAOE in Peoria, IL, as well as SagamoreHill Broadcasting’s newly acquired stations NBC/MyTV affiliate WISE in Ft. Wayne, IN, and CBS/CW affiliate KDLH in Duluth, MN. Read more

KRON Moving into KGO Building

kronSan Francisco Bay Area MyNetworkTV station KRON has announced it will soon share a building with ABC owned station KGO.

Media General, which owns KRON, said it will sublease space from KGO for its operations. The station said it will remain independent with separate broadcasting facilities. No staffing changes are expected in the move.

“We see this move as an excellent opportunity to invest in KRON’s future and its ability to even better serve the San Francisco market with outstanding local news,” said  George Mahoney president and CEO of Media General. “The new space will provide a separate studio for our use that is a significant upgrade from our current studio, and we will configure other space to meet our specific needs. The new space will enable our employees to collaborate more effectively as well as enhance their ability to serve our viewers and advertisers.”

KGO has its studios and control rooms on the first floor. Its newsroom and offices are on the second floor. An ABC spokesperson told TVSpy KRON will occupy the third floor of the building.

It’s Official! Scripps Buying Granite Stations in Buffalo and Detroit

scripps logo_304x200E.W. Scripps has announced it really is buying Buffalo ABC Affiliate WKBW from Granite Broadcasting.

The station group announced it’s buying WKBW along with Detroit MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYD for $110 million in cash.

Rumors of the Buffalo sale have been swirling since Alan Pergament of The Buffalo News reported Scripps executives had toured the Buffalo station in December.

“These stations in Detroit and Buffalo will contribute strong cash flow to our core business, expand our reach in one of our best markets, and expand our TV footprint in partnership with ABC,” Rich Boehne, Scripps chairman, president and CEO said in a statement. Read more

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