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WVUE General Manager Joe Cook to Retire

wvue_304WVUE president and general manager Joe Cook will retire from the New Orleans Fox affiliate on December 13, Broadcasting & Cable reports.

WVUE parent company Louisiana Media Company recently announced a shared services agreement with Raycom, which will provide operational services to WVUE beginning December 16. Cook will become president of Louisiana Media Company and plans to spend more time on his other interests, songwriting and real estate.

According to B&C, Sandy Breland, the general manager of Raycom’s WAFB-WBXH in Baton Rouge, will have oversight of WVUE once the shared services agreement begins.

Raycom to Operate New Orleans FOX affiliate

raycom_wvueWVUE has announced its parent company Louisiana Media Company has reached an agreement in principle to a shared services agreement with Raycom Media.

According to the station the SSA, “will allow Louisiana Media Company to “join hands” with the strongest regional television group in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, Raycom Media. The shared services agreement between WVUE Fox 8 and Raycom Media will permit Raycom Media to provide operational services for the station, under the ultimate control of Louisiana Media.”

The New Orleans FOX affiliate was rumored to have been sold in October when Raycom investor Retirement Systems of Alabama told its members in a newsletter Raycom was close to closing on the sale of WVUE for $55.6 million. At the time, WVUE told the New Orleans Times-Picayune, “There is no sale pending. The station is not for sale.” Read more

Meteorologist Derek Kevra Set to Join WJBK

derek kevraMeteorologist Derek Kevra is joining WJBK in Detroit, a spokesperson for the Fox O&O confirms to TVSpy. Kevra comes from WWL, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans.

Kevra, who joined WWL in 2009, is the noon and 5 p.m. meteorologist at the station. With his move to Detroit, he returns to the station where he began his television career as an intern. He has also worked at KDRV, the ABC affiliate in Medford, Ore.

Antwan Harris to Join WWL in New Orleans

harris_wrcbAntwan Harris, reporter and weekend anchor for NBC affiliate WRCB in Chattanooga, TN, is heading to New Orleans to work for CBS affiliate WWL.

WWL executive news director Bill Siegel told TVSpy Harris starts next week as a general assignment reporter.

Before coming to WRCB in 2009, Harris worked at WMGT in Macon, GA.

 

Raycom Rumored to Be Expanding with Purchase of New Orleans Station

raycom_logoThe Retirement Systems of Alabama, a group that lists Raycom Media as one of its biggest investments, told members in its latest newsletter the station group is ready to close on the purchase of New Orleans FOX affiliate WVUE for $55.6 million.

The good news for RSA members is spelled out in the newsletter, “Pending year-end approval by the FCC, the station would immediately increase in value by more than $12 million due to the re-transmission fees paid to Raycom compared to a single station owner.”

>UPDATE: The Times-Picayune reports Greg Bensel, a spokesman for the current owners of WVUE, told the paper, “There is no sale pending. The station is not for sale.”

The news was first reported on the website of rival NBC affiliate WDSU. Read more

Sportscaster Sharief Ishaq Joins WDSU

Sharief Ishaq has joined WDSU as a sports anchor and reporter. He will debut on the New Orleans NBC affiliate later this week.

“Sharief has spent his entire life in Louisiana, following the teams that inspire some of the most passionate fans in the world,” WDSU news director Jonathan Shelley said in a statement. “His knowledge of the New Orleans Saints, the New Orleans Pelicans, the LSU Tigers and other area teams shines through in his coverage.”

Ishaq comes from Baton Rouge, where he has been a sports reporter for WAFB for three years. He has also worked as a sports anchor and sports director at KALB in Alexandria, La.

More from WDSU after the jump. Read more

Sheba Turk to Anchor ‘The 504′ on WUPL

Sheba Turk will take over anchor duties on the WUPL interview show “The 504″ starting Monday.

The show, produced by CBS affiliate WWL, debuted in April after WWL announced it was no longer producing a 9:00 p.m. newscast for its sister station, the My NetworkTV affiliate WUPL.

Turk replaces the show’s first host. Melanie Hebert, who announced in July she was leaving the station. Read more

WWL Welcomes Thanh Truong Back as Anchor

Belo has announced Thanh Truong will return to its New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL as an anchor and reporter.

“Thanh is an excellent journalist and a gifted storyteller,” WWL news director Bill Siegel said in a statement. “He has a special connection with Southeast Louisiana and we are lucky to have him back at WWL-TV.”

Truong left NBC news last month after his contract wasn’t renewed. Based in Atlanta, he contributed to “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today,” and MSNBC. Before working at NBC, he worked at KUSA in Denver. He has also worked at WMAZ in Macon, GA, and WWNY in Watertown, NY.

Truong last worked at WWL from 2004 until 2006. He will anchor the Saturday evening news and will also report. His first day will be Wednesday, September 18.

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Melanie Hebert Says Goodbye to WWL

WWL anchor Melanie Hebert is leaving New Orleans to join her husband in Baton Rouge. The announcement, which she made on Facebook, comes a year to the day after she made her debut on the New Orleans CBS affiliate.

Hebert said she is looking forward to trying “something new, and a more family-friendly job”:

I have spent virtually all of my twenties and my early thirties in news during a significant decade for this industry and the way it operates. I’ve seen a dramatic shift in the way we communicate… and I embrace it and feel blessed to have had the experience I did in TV news for the past 11 years. I am so thankful for everyone who has been so supportive, and I know I will be able to use my broadcast journalism experience to continue to grow professionally and personally in the next phase of my life.

Hebert, who co-anchors WWL’s morning newscast, will officially sign off July 23.

New Orleans Stations Announce Newspaper Partnerships

New Orleans FOX affiliate WVUE and CBS affiliate WWL have announced separate partnerships with two different New Orleans newspapers.

WVUE is teaming up with NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune while WWL will partner with New Orleans paper, The Advocate.

Both agreements will add to the investigative and weather reporting and analysis for both stations and newspapers. WWL will also contribute sports reporting to The Advocate. While WVUE’s latest partnership with NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune includes breaking news coverage and entertainment reporting. Read more

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