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KCRA Adds to News Team and 10:00 PM Show

KCRA_3_NBC_ (1)Starting Monday, Sacramento NBC affiliate KCRA will broadcast a full hour on sister station KQCA at 10:00 p.m. The station has also added five to its news team.

“Based on the momentum and growth we’ve experienced in our 10pm newscast on My58, we believe our audience is looking for more news at 10 o’clock,” said KCRA 3 news director Lori Waldon. “I am excited about the new members joining our KCRA News Team and the depth they will bring to our storytelling and our newscasts.”

Rob Malcolm has been added as co-anchor of the KQCA 10:00 p.m. news alongside Kellie DeMarco. He will also report for KCRA. Malcolm comes from CTV in Toronto, Canada. He’s also worked at Global Television in Toronto, WNYW in New York and WDIV in Detroit. Read more

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Seattle’s KING Reportedly Set to Move Headquarters

KING logoThe Seattle Times reports Seattle NBC affiliate KING is “close to signing a long-term lease” to move the station’s headquarters to a new building near Safeco Field:

The television station is expected to occupy about 70,000 square feet on the first, second and third floors of Home Plate Center’s 158,000-square-foot North building, said Flinn Ferguson broker Brian Hayden, who’s not involved in the negotiations.

KING 5 envisions a studio on the first floor so passers-by could peek at its live broadcasts on game days, similar to how “Today” televises its shows in New York, Hayden said.

The newspaper says a final decision by station owner Gannett could come within the next month, with a move slated for 2015.

KFOR Meteorologist Apologizes for Comments About Muslims

Mike Morgan, KFOR meteorologist Mike Morgan apologized on-air for what he said was a comment that was, “a little insensitive.”

During its 6:00 p.m. show, the Oklahoma City NBC affiliate aired a report about Oklahoma City Muslims getting death threats and being afraid for their lives after Oklahoma state representative John Bennett (R) made comments against Islam. The story showed Muslims bowing in prayer. After the story, Morgan, who was on set with anchors Kevin Ogle and Meg Alexander said, “I’ll tell you how warped I am, I thought they were getting in the tornado safe position, because that’s just what I think about all the time.”

“Earlier today after that story I made a kind of off the cuff remark and some folks didn’t take that very well,” Morgan said during last night’s 10:00 p.m. newscast. “I did not mean to offend anybody with the remarks I made so we’ll kind of clear the air on that. A little insensitive perhaps…it was perceived. So I want to be very clear that I didn’t mean any ill will in that regard, whatsoever.”

>UPDATE: KFOR news director Carlton Houston told TVSpy, Morgan also apologized “directly to each viewer” who emailed about the comment. Houston added, “Last night, I reached out to the Executive Director of our local Council On American-Islamic Relations. It was a positive conversation and I made it clear that as a station, we are committed to covering these important stories with objectivity and sensitivity.

Bennett said Christians need to be wary of Muslims, because “The Quran clearly states that non-Muslims should be killed.”

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WDTN Anchor Leaves to Join Chamber of Commerce

holly*304xx889-1333-56-0Holly Samuels, a morning anchor at Dayton NBC affiliate WDTN, will leave the station to join the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce as director of marketing and communications.

The Dayton Business Journal reports Samuels will use her married name, Holly Allen, when she starts October first:

“Holly’s extensive background in public relations, journalism and business outreach gives her a unique skill set that will be an asset to the members of the chamber,” said Phil Parker, president and CEO of the chamber. “Marketing and communications is an essential function of the chamber and I’m excited to have Holly overseeing these efforts.”

Currently, Allen is co-anchor of 2 NEWS Today weekday mornings on WDTN/WBDT. Before joining the desk on 2 NEWS Today, she was a reporter and weekend anchor for the station.

Joe Rose to Retire from WTVJ

rose wtvjJoe Rose is retiring from Miami NBC owned station WTVJ at the end of the year.

“It’s time for me to slow down and get a decent night’s sleep!” Rose said in a statement posted to the station’s website.

In his first career, Rose played for the Miami Dolphins from 1980 until 1986 and is best known for grabbing the first touchdown pass thrown by NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino. He started at WTVJ in 1992.

“Joe has covered Super Bowls, the Heat’s NBA Championships, the Marlins’ World Series Championships, the Hurricanes’ National Championships and his beloved Miami Dolphins, all with his insightful and unique charm,” said Larry Olevitch, WTVJ president and GM. “We are grateful to Joe’s commitment to NBC 6 and our viewers and we will be sure to celebrate his tenure at the station later this year with a special send-off.”

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.

Katie Kim Leaving KRQE for Chicago’s WMAQ

Picture 4Reporter Katie Kim will join NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago next month, reports Chicago media reporter Robert Feder.

Kim heads to Chicago from CBS affiliate KRQE in Albuquerque, where she’s been a “special assignment” and investigative reporter since 2010:

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to live and work in such an amazing city!” Kim posted on Facebook, as she moves up from the No. 47 market to No. 3. On Twitter, she wrote: “After 4 incredible yrs in NM, I’m leaving humbled & grateful for a new job in Chicago. I’ll cherish my time here. Thank you for your trust.”

KYTV’s First Anchor, Jerry Higley, Dies at 92

Picture 7Back in 1953, Springfield NBC affiliate KYTV launched its very first newscast at 6 p.m., just over an hour after the station signed on the air. The anchor was Jerry Higley, who was a well-known radio broadcaster at the time. Higley died Monday at 92:

Higley was one of the first 20 employees hired by the Cox family in 1953 as the planning and construction of KYTV was underway. He was in the news department along with news director Dick Heinline, weathercaster and program director Carl Fox, sports anchor Don Payton, and 10 p.m. newscast anchor Dave Estes.

The station signed on at 4:47 p.m. on Oct. 1, 1953. Among the stories that Higley reported on the station’s first 6 p.m. newscast were ones about cobras that had escaped from a pet shop in Springfield, the drought in Missouri, and the marriage of Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts to Jacqueline Bouvier on Sept. 12 (news sometimes didn’t become as stale so soon back then as it does now).

Denver Anchor Sorry for Saying Monkey When Talking About Adrian Peterson

haarer peterson commentKUSA weekend morning anchor Ryan Haarer apologized Sunday morning after using the phrase “monkey see, monkey do” in reference to the Adrian Peterson child abuse allegations.

After Taylor Temby, a reporter for the Denver NBC affiliate, finished up a report about the Peterson case, she said an expert told her Peterson’s children would likely continue the cycle of discipline, since people often discipline their kids the same way they were disciplined. That’s when Haarer said, “You know Taylor, we hear about it. You know, Adrian Petersen’s dad, it happened to him and in turn he’s doing it to his kids, so it’s kind of a ‘monkey see, monkey do’ situation there.”

About 20 minutes later, Haarer told viewers, “I need to make an apology on air. Earlier in this newscast I made reference to Adrian Peterson in which some folks saw as a racial connotation. In no way, did I intend for it to happen that way. I realize that my words were wrong and I apologize.”

TVSpy asked KUSA for further comment. We will update when we hear back.

Heartland Media Buys Family Owned Station in Tupelo

wtva logoWTVA, the Tupelo, Miss. NBC and ABC affiliate which has been owned by the Spain family for 57 years, has been sold to Heartland Media.

“We are excited about the opportunity to continue the excellent television service that have been provided for the past 57 years by the Spain family,” Bob Prather, president and CEO of Heartland said in a statement.

Heartland owns WKTV, the NBC affiliate in Utica, NY, and ABC affiliates KEZI in Eugene, KDRV in Medford and KDKF in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Prather is the former president and CEO of Gray Television, Inc. According to the release, “Under Prather’s leadership, Gray undertook an aggressive growth strategy in building a 41 station group, with the largest station in Knoxville, Tennessee (market 51).”

Until the transaction is approved by the FCC, WTVA, Inc. will continue to run the station.

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