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WPTZ Adds New Digital Subchannel

wptz-google-plus-logoOn September 15, WPTZ will split its CW and MeTV Network broadcasts into two digital subchannels.

The Plattsburg-Burlington NBC affiliate said the new channel 5.3 will allow the station to expand the programming of both networks. The two have been sharing the broadcast day on subchannel 5.2 since March 2013.

According to WPTZ/WNNE President and General Manager Kyle Grimes, “providing three separate channels of diverse programming is a really exciting opportunity for our market. Whether it’s local news and weather, cutting edge drama and entertainment or classic comedy, we will have something for everyone.” Read more

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Dan Wilson Named WPTV News Director

wptv logoDan Wilson has been named news director of West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV.

“As you know, he has been our interim News Director for this past month,” WPTV station manager Lloyd Bucher said in a statement. “And he really hit the ground running earning respect from all corners of the building.”

Wilson came to WPTV from KNXV in Phoenix, AZ, where he had been assistant news director since 2008.

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WNBC Remembers Former Announcer and Voice of SNL, Don Pardo


Don Pardo, who many know today as the iconic voice of Saturday Night Live, died Monday in Arizona at the age of 96.

Pardo had worked for NBC since 1944. At New York NBC owned station WNBC, he was the announcer for Live at Five in the 1980s.

According to NBC, many of those featured on SNL said they didn’t feel like they’d made it until Pardo announced their name.

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Scripps’ Acquisition of WTMJ Presents Challenge to Milwaukee Newspaper

TMJThe pending acquisition of Milwaukee NBC affiliate WTMJ presents a challenge to the newspaper that gave the station its call letters, The Milwaukee Journal, now the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

As the Milwaukee Business Journal reports, Scripps has made digital a high priority, and that means targeting the Journal‘s lucrative online property, JSOnline:

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s JSOnline attracts the most visitors of the local-news websites in town, but JSOnline may get a major new competitor in Milwaukee as a result of WTMJ-TV’s pending move to E.W. Scripps Co., which is starting to build digital news sites for its television stations.

“We can’t just watch newspapers build a revenue stream,” Scripps CEO Rich Boehne told the Business Journal. “We are eager to roll out and leverage our digital products and investments across the attractive Journal markets.”

Former Miss Colorado Named AM Anchor at KOAA

cockrell koaaColorado Springs NBC affiliate KOAA has named Shellene Cockrell morning anchor.

The Gazette reports, Cockrell, who was Miss Colorado in 1994, will join Adam Atchison, Stephen Bowers and Joanna Wise on the morning anchor desk after Labor Day.

“Shellene’s diverse background includes news anchoring and reporting, college basketball play-by-play (both men’s and women’s), and leadership and media coaching,” KOAA news director Kelly Duffy told The Gazette. “She’s a multifaceted journalist with three Emmys under her belt.”

According to her LinkedIn page, Cockrell has been freelancing as a host and anchor since 2005. She has also worked at KWGN and news radio station KOA in Denver.

St. Louis Station Apologizes for Showing Home of Ferguson Police Officer

ksdkSt. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK has apologized after showing the home of the Ferguson police officer accused of shooting and killing Mike Brown.

Yesterday KSDK showed the video of the Ferguson Police Officer’s home in our 5 p.m. news but did not mention the address of the home. KSDK immediately felt using that video was a mistake and pulled the video of the home from future newscasts and from our web site. We have not used the video since then and do not intend to do so. We apologize to our audience, to the surrounding neighborhoods, to the greater St.Louis community and to the officer for our mistake.

Viewers have complained about it on facebook, questioning the station’s judgement, with some vowing to never watch the station again.

WMAQ Launches 11 a.m. Newscast, Shuffles Meteorologists

byron mirandaWMAQ, the NBC-owned station in Chicago, is making changes to its morning programming. Beginning September 8, the station will debut an hourlong 11 a.m. newscast that will replace the current half-hour noon newscast.

“A lot of news breaks during the day. Our expanded news at 11 am will allow us to even better serve our viewers with the latest news and weather information,” WMAQ vice president of news and station manager Frank Whittaker said in a statement.

Anchoring the 11 a.m. newscast will be Stefan Holt and Marion Brooks, alongside meteorologist Byron Miranda (pictured), who returns to WMAQ after more than a decade away. Most recently, he has worked as the weekend evening meteorologist at KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles.

In addition to Miranda’s hire, there are further changes to the station’s weather team: Robert Feder reports weekend meteorologist Cheryl Scott is leaving WMAQ when her contract is up next month. Scott is exploring options “to work as a meteorologist on a network or local level,” according to Feder. Read more

J.R. Davis Leaves KNWA to Work for Asa Hutchinson’s Campaign for Governor

Davis Goodbye KNWAJ.R. Davis said goodbye to Fayetteville, AR, NBC affiliate KNWA this morning.

Davis  told TVSpy, “I am going to work for Asa Hutchinson for Governor campaign as his communications director.”

For his on-set goodbye this morning, Davis had his wife on to publicly thank her for all the years of getting up early.

This is the second time Davis has left KNWA for politics. In 2010, he left after two years at the station, to work as communications director for Arkansas Congressman Steve Womack.

Indianapolis Star Columnist to Join WTHR

wthr_croppedWTHR has announced Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz is joining the Indianapolis NBC affiliate.

“Bob’s reputation and unique insight into Indiana sports at all levels will be a vital addition to our sports department, both online and on-air,” WTHR GM Larry Delia said in a statement.

The station said Kravitz will add his commentary to the station’s coverage of pro, college and high school sports during its newscasts. The station said he will also appear on the Pat McAfee Show and “additional projects in the works.”

“We are disappointed to see Bob leave the Star,” Ronnie Ramos, the Star‘s managing director of digital and sports said in a statement. “But realize the IndyStar’s stature as the top media outlet and strong commitment to grow and promote our talented staff will prompt competitors to come after some of our people.”

‘We’ve Gotta Go,’ Lightning Strikes During WESH Reporter’s Live Shot

WESH reporter Dave McDaniel was live on-air telling viewers of the Orlando NBC affiliate about a house that was hit by lightning when, the station says, another lightning strike came a little too close for comfort.

Watch the video. You can hear it, but can’t see it.

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