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Brian Shactman Named NECN Morning Anchor

shactman croppedBrian Shactman has joined New England Cable News as anchor of The Morning Show.

Shactman will co-anchor the two hour morning show alongside Bridget Blythe.

“With New England roots, stellar journalism credentials and a passion for storytelling, Brian Shactman will be a huge asset to NECN and we’re thrilled to introduce him to our viewers,” said Mike St. Peter, SVP and GM of NECN.

This is a move within NBC Universal for Shactman. He last worked as anchor for MSNBC morning show Way Too Early. Shactman was also a contributor to Morning Joe. Before that, he anchored at CNBC and has also worked at Hartford NBC owned station WVIT and at ESPN.

Melanie Sanders Leaves WNCN

Melanie-SandersMelanie Sanders, an evening anchor at NBC affiliate WNCN, has decided to leave the Raleigh- Durham station.

FTVLive reports Sanders was demoted after the station gave three other evening co-anchor spots to Sharon Tazewell. Sanders and Pam Saulsby, who was recently fired, had previously held those positions. Sanders claims she was up for all three anchor spots, but the station gave her a low-ball offer and she declined.

Sanders writes on her Facebook page:

So many wonderful memories! After 11 years at WNCN, this Friday I will say goodbye. I will forever be grateful for the lifelong friends I have made here and the amazing experiences. Covering the Stanley Cup Championship, allowing Howard Stern to humiliate me by making me sing “Row Row Row Your Boat, and just the day to day newsroom chatter…I will cherish it all.  But when I was offered a contract to anchor the three evening newscasts, I decided the terms were not attractive enough for me to be away from my family every evening. So I’m looking forward to the next exciting chapter in my life. I’ll keep you posted.

Sanders’ last day is Friday.

Ryan Nobles Leaves WWBT for CNN Newsource

ryanfbRyan Nobles, a reporter and anchor at Richmond NBC affiliate WWBT, has been named a national correspondent for CNN Newsource. Nobles has been with WWBT since 2007, focusing on politics and investigative reporting:

Nobles has been ranked by The Washington Post as one of the “Best State Based Political Reporters” in 2009 and 2013; and on POLITICO’s “50 to Watch” list in 2011.

“Ryan is a relentless political and news journalist,” said Crum. “His experience will complement CNN Newsource and its offerings for its more than 800 affiliates.”

TV Writer: Pittsburgh Weather Coverage ‘Feels Like Showboating, Not Public Service’

Picture 3It happens in every market: the weather turns nasty, the weather team cuts in on prime time, and the phones in the newsroom light up with irritated viewers. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette TV writer Rob Owen says often, those cut-ins seem “like showboating and an opportunity to promote the station’s weather brand more than…a sincere effort at public service.”

Owen turned to Pittsburgh NBC affiliate WPXI‘s news director Mike Oliveira, who defended his station’s coverage:

“Sometimes weather events affect only part of our large viewing area. If there’s a severe thunderstorm storm warning in Butler County, it might be sunny in Washington County. The weather alert may feel like a nuisance to some of our viewers, but we’re always going to err on the side of safety.

“We have an entire book of protocols for how to handle weather warnings on television, online and on social media. The severity of the threat and the content on air both play a role in the protocol. For example, when a show with a lot of on-air text like ‘Jeopardy!’ is on, we’ll switch from a warning map on air to a less-invasive crawl. When we’re in a prime-time drama, we try to cover up commercials instead of a key part of the show.”

Missouri Reporter Becomes History Museum’s ‘Journalist in Residence’

Picture 2Few reporters have covered the Ozarks like Ed Fillmer. An archive of Fillmore’s stories at Springfield, Missouri NBC affiliate KYTV boasts that “(he) traveled down just about every road in the Ozarks, seeking stories no one else told.”

Now, that archive of stories from the 1980s and 1990′s will be preserved at Springfield’s History Museum on the Square–and Fillmer will be picking up the camera again, as “journalist in residence”:

“The stories of our neighbors that Ed has captured over the years will be great sources of information and historic background in the future,” History Museum executive director John Sellars said in a news release. “We are so excited to have someone like Ed to help us preserve the history of this place we call home.”

“Ed’s award winning legacy of chronicling the unique and unusual in the Ozarks lives on at KY3 and in our storytelling,” said Scott Brady, KY3 news director. “We are delighted this collaboration with Ed Fillmer and The History Museum on the Square will ensure that these historic glimpses of our lives will enjoy a kind of immortality.”

WGAL’s Jere Gish Becomes ‘American Ninja News Anchor’

Picture 4Jere Gish, news anchor at Harrisburg NBC affiliate WGAL, is a fan of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” a competition that puts athletes through an intense obstacle course. Gish, eager to earn the title “American Ninja News Anchor,” teamed up with one of the show’s contestants to give the obstacle course a try.

Gish cleared the cliffhanger wall, the floating boards and the salmon ladder. Then, he met his match in the “warped wall”:

“You’re got to be fearless,” Chris said. “You have to lean back, which is terrifying, because it’s a 14-foot wall, you’re running up pretty high, you lean back, your steps are running with the wall, then at the end you’ve got to pop and really reach for the top.”

(Jere was able to make up it the 12-foot wall as a warmup, but came up short on the 14-foot wall, where he pulled a calf muscle.)

And that’s the way my day ended, with an injury. Time to head back to the safety of my couch.

Anchor Brian Heap Joins KCRA

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Anchor Brian Heap has joined Sacramento NBC affiliate KCRA as a weekend anchor and reporter. Heap, a California native, was introduced to viewers with a short on-set interview Friday.

Heap joins co-anchor Kathy Park on the weekend anchor desk.

Heap arrives from KWCH, the CBS affiliate in Wichita. He said farewell to viewers there earlier this month.

Broadcasters Warn Lawmakers Over Concerns About STAVRA

broadcastersThe Hill reports, representatives of ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates wrote to the Senate Commerce Committee to warn that despite the loss of “Local Choice” from the bill, STAVRA still has elements that “would undermine free access … to high quality national network and local broadcast television programming.”

In particular, the stations are concerned about changes made to the system for beaming broadcast channels onto people’s cable and satellite packages, known as “retransmission consent” agreements.

The bill, they wrote, “asserts unprecedented extension of [Federal Communications Commission] regulatory authority over private marketplace negotiations” and unfairly singles out broadcast companies for new limits. Read more

Portland Reporter Moves North to Seattle

cassuto twitterDan Cassuto is joining Seattle NBC affiliate KING on Monday.

According to Cassuto’s agent Rick Gevers, Mark Ginther, KING news director, told staffers, “Dan is a unique and gifted storyteller.”

Cassuto comes to KING from KATU in Portland where he had been a reporter for two years. He has also worked at WRAL in Raleigh, N.C., WKOW in Madison, Wisc. and WBBH in Fort Myers, Fla.

Power Outage Knocks WPTZ Off the Air

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 10.17.14 AMA power outage knocked Plattsburgh, New York NBC affiliate WPTZ off the air during its morning news Thursday, leaving morning anchors with flashlights in a darkened studio. Anchor David Schneider tweeted “Power is out .. If we get enough juice back perhaps we could broadcast by lantern light.”

In one photo tweeted with the hashtag “#lanterncast”, meteorologist John Hickey is seen preparing the forecast by battery-powered lantern. See it, after the jump.
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