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Shooting Reported Near Texas Station

Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN reports “multiple police agencies” are looking for a suspect in a shooting near the station that happened this morning.

From the KCEN website:

The Department of Public Safety, Bruceville-Eddy police, and the Falls County Sheriff’s Office, among others, blocked off our parking lot with crime scene tape and patrolled the area with assault rifles.

Several officers walked through the building with a K-9, and cleared the station.

DPS troopers asked employees to gather in the front office as police investigated the area. That restriction was lifted around 10:15 a.m.

Employees have been told not to leave the building, but are now free to move around inside.

Two Tampa Stations Among Four Local TV Investigations Honored With duPont Awards

4038v2239Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced 14 winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, including four for investigative reporting by local stations–and two were in the same market, Tampa-St. Petersburg.

ABC affiliate WFTS was honored for “Incapacitated: Florida’s Guardianship Program”, an investigation that exposed “rampant abuse and fraud” by court appointed guardians:

The reporters searched through records, spoke with family members and confronted some of the guardians with clear evidence of their misdeeds. As a result, this summer a new guardianship reform bill led to legislative changes to help protect others.

Tampa CBS affiliate WTSP received a duPont for “Short Yellows and the Red Light Fight”, an investigation that exposed how local governments “abused technology to cheat drivers:” Read more

Meteorologist Justin Stapleton Joining KPRC

JustinStapleton1Houston NBC affiliate KPRC has announced the addition of meteorologist Justin Stapleton to its weather team. Stapleton comes from ABC affiliate KEZI in Eugene, Ore., where he was chief meteorologist.

“I’ve always had a fascination with hurricanes and tropical storms,” Stapleton told media blogger Mike McGuff. “That’s one of the draws to KPRC and Houston, an opportunity to forecast storms when they get into the Gulf and to be out in the field reporting when severe weather hits…”

Prior to KEZI, Stapleton worked at WCBI in Columbus, Miss., as a morning meteorologist.

He begins his new position at KPRC early next year.

WESH Promotes Meredith McDonough

mcdonough weshMeredith McDonough has been named evening anchor for Orlando NBC affiliate WESH.

McDonough started at WESH in 2011 as the weekend anchor before being moved to weekday mornings in 2012.

“Meredith is an incredible anchor and journalist, and I am very pleased that she will become an integral part of the evening broadcasts,” said WESH news director Kirsten Wolff.

Hal Boedeker of the Orlando Sentinel reports McDonough replaces Martha Sugalski who left in July.

The station soon will announce the addition of another evening anchor to the mix, WESH General Manager Jim Carter said.

Nexstar and NBC Sign Long-Term Affiliation Deal

nexstar_304Nexstar Broadcasting says it has signed a long-term affiliation deal with the NBC Television Network.

“We are delighted to extend our affiliation agreements with NBC in a manner that recognizes the value of NBC programming to our stations and the value that our stations bring to the NBC television network and our local viewers. NBC continues to have great momentum with a solid and successful lineup in all dayparts,” said Nexstar president and CEO Perry A. Sook about the deal covering 16 of Nextsar’s owned or operated stations. “With our stations also producing high quality, original, local news and other exclusive local programming, we are delivering great entertainment and information to viewers and an excellent platform for marketing solutions for local and national advertisers.”

NBC Owned Stations Announces Upgraded Apps

nbc ots_304NBC Owned Television Stations group says it has upgraded its news apps.

The apps give users the ability to read a news article while watching the video that goes to the story at the same time. The apps also have an interactive radar function allowing the user to track the path of an incoming storm. Users can also watch video from the app on a smart TV through the apps screencast function.

“We’re proud of what our team has created and are excited to see how our audiences use the new features we built for them,” said Lora LeSage, SVP of Digital Media for NBC Owned Stations.

Roanoke Anchor Leaving Local TV News

mcnew wsls croppedWSLS anchor and medical reporter, Karen McNew is leaving television to work in communications at a health clinic.

Roanoke.com reports McNew “will become the ‘health reporter for Carilion Clinic,’ as she put it.”

“Today, there are so many different avenues for storytelling, and people can gather information immediately whenever they want it online,” McNew said in a telephone interview. “There are some amazing stories out there to tell about what Carilion is doing.”

McNew’s last day on air will be Dec. 30, when she anchors Channel 10’s 6 p.m. newscast. She starts her new job Jan. 5.

“I am so excited, I can’t stand it,” she said.

McNew started at WSLS in 1998. She started her career at WVVA in Bluefield, W.V.

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WNBC’s Annual Holiday Sing-Along Scrubbed

2012SINGALONGA little bad weather on Tuesday and a re-scheduling snafu has pulled the plug on NBC-owned WNBC’s annual holiday sing-along, where news talent and staff gather in Rockefeller Center and sing Christmas carols. As our sister site FishbowlNY learned, viewers in New York will have to make do this year with a “best of” sing-along from years past:

An NBC spokesperson gave FishbowlNY the following statement about the cancellation:

Due to necessary repair work on the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink on Dec. 10th (our scheduled back up date), there was no available time to reschedule it. We are still planning to air the Sing-Along. We will resurrect the perennial favorite, Deck the Halls, from a previous year. Air date is expected to be Saturday, December 13.

Jennifer Leigh to Replace Gayle Sierens at Tampa’s WFLA

6191888_GTampa NBC affiliate WFLA announced last night that anchor Jennifer Leigh would replace a Tampa Bay local news legend, Gayle Sierens, who has been with the station since 1977. Leigh will assume the role of 11 p.m. anchor in January–though Sierens is off for the rest of the year, so Leigh effectively has taken the role already. She’ll replace Sierens at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. next May.

Leigh told the Tampa Bay Times it’s a humbling promotion:

“It’s still pretty surreal,” Leigh, 42, said. “I’m just really, really honored.”

For the past two and a half years, Leigh has anchored WFLA-Ch. 8′s 7 p.m. news show. She began her career with WFLA in 1993. A fifth-generation Floridian, she grew up in Lakeland and studied mass communications at the University of South Florida.

She said taking over for her mentor is a dream come true.

“It’s not all about me getting a promotion I’ve dreamed of, but filling the shoes of someone that is so beloved in this community,” Leigh said. “The magnitude of that is not lost on me.”

Meteorologist Jason Parrish Leaving TV News

Jason-Parrish1Jason Parrish has announced his departure from Clarksburg, W.Va.’s WBOY. Parrish, who joined the NBC affiliate in 2005, is currently chief meteorologist at the station.

In an interview with Connect Bridgeport, Parrish explained that he’s leaving the world of TV news to become a pharmaceutical representative at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, which will allow him to spend more time with his family.

“I know I’ll miss the people I work with because they’ve been so nice to be around. They’re good people,” Parrish told reporter Jeff Toquinto. “The benefit is that this will allow me to get more quality time with my family. When you get right down to it this move is about Nicki and our family. In the end, that’s all that matters. That’s what life is about and I’m ready to start a new chapter.”

Parrish’s last day at WBOY is December 19.

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