Happy Friday from Jimmy Fallon and a team of anchors at NBC affiliates recruited to deliver the all-too-rare good news:
WPTZ, the NBC affiliate in Plattsburgh, New York, has said farewell to morning meteorologist Hayley LaPointe and reporter/anchor Bridget Shanahan. The station posted a sendoff photo on its Facebook page, noting that LaPointe is staying in the family–moving to Hearst sister station WMUR in Manchester, NH.
Shanahan is headed cross country to be closer to family, and to join another station that has yet to be named.
Both LaPointe and Shanahan had their last day at WPTZ Thursday.
On 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
“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.
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.
RIP Don Pardo. A voice that meant so much. http://t.co/X4q9TeHVbO
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) August 19, 2014
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.”
“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.”
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, 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
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.
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