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Virginia State Senator Asks Hampton Roads Stations to Stop Airing Attack Ad

Virginia state senator John Miller is lobbying to get three stations in the Hampton Roads area to stop airing an attack ad against him.

The ad (pictured) is a $50,715 buy from the state Republican party that began airing this week on CBS-affiliate WTKR, NBC-affiliate WAVY and Cox Cable, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

The Miller campaign says the ad, which claims Miller was hired by Orion Air Group after he voted on a bill that would give them tax breaks, are inaccurate and part of a “desperate smear” campaign. As of Friday morning, the ad remained on the air on all three stations. Read more

In Norfolk, WVEC Debuts New Set For Newscasts

WVEC, the ABC affiliate in Norfolk, is broadcasting newscasts this week from a brand-new set.

The station debuted the new set last week. The old set was constructed in 1990 and underwent several updates since then, most recently in 2008. Read more

Starting Next Week, WAVY Morning Newscast Will Begin at 4:30 a.m.

Morning show staffers at WAVY, the NBC-affiliate in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, will have to set their alarms a little earlier next week when the station shifts its morning newscast to a 4:30 a.m. start time.

“More and more viewers are waking up early to begin their day in Hampton Roads,” WAVY general manager Doug Davis said. “WAVY News 10 Today now begins at 4:30 a.m. every weekday to bring viewers the latest overnight news and all the weather and traffic they need for the day ahead.”

The newscast will feature the same talent: co-anchors Kerri Furey and Don Roberts, meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler and traffic reporter Cheryl Tan. The expanded morning show will compete with a 4:30 a.m. newscast on ABC-affilate WVEC.

In Hampton Roads, 25% Of Local News Stories Focus on Crime, Old Dominion Study Says

An Old Dominion University study found that, at least in one local news market, crime pays. An analysis four stations in Hampton Roads, Virginia shows that 25.7 percent of stories focus on crime in some form.

For the study, Old Dominion analyzed 1,132 stories from the weekday evening newscasts on the four major network-affiliated stations in the Hampton Roads, Virginia market: CBS-affiliate WTKR, NBC-affiliate WAVY, ABC-affiliate WVEC and Fox-affiliate WVBT. The stories were all from January 3-31 of this year, a time period chosen because it has no major political events that could skew the results of the study.

Crime reports were divided into three categories: violent crime, white-collar crime and general crime. Of the three, general crime was the highest, with 149 stories; violent crime was next, with 125, followed by white-collar crime with 17. Read more

WVEC’s Sandra Parker to Anchor Mornings, Again

Anchor Sandra Parker, who has been at Norfolk ABC-affiliate WVEC for 21 years, is moving back to the morning show beginning tomorrow.

Parker — who currently anchors the noon newscast on WVEC — has also served as the 5 p.m. anchor and the weekend anchor in her tenure at the station.

“We understand the importance of this time period, which is why we were the first local station to go live at 4:30 a.m. almost a year ago, and moving Sandra back to mornings is another way to continue improving this newscast,” WVEC president and general manager Tod Smith said in a statement.

Parker will join current anchors LaSalle Blanks and Vanessa Coria and meteorologist Craig Moeller on the newscast, which airs from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. She will continue to anchor the noon newscast.

WVEC’s Footage of Looters During Hurricane Irene Leads Virginia Beach Police to Arrest

Two men in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia are in custody after a WVEC camera crew caught them looting a neighbor’s house during Hurricane Irene.

According to the station’s website, police in Virginia Beach said that Patrick McGuire, 29, and Charles Andrews IV, 22, stole alcohol and iPod speakers from an empty house just a few blocks from theirs shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday. WVEC’s camera crew, in the area to report on a small tornado that had touched down nearby, caught the men on camera (watch the video, above). Read more

Station Groups Team Up For Weekend Irene Coverage

Broadcasting & Cable has an interesting look today at coastal station groups teaming up to share resources and personnel for Hurricane Irene coverage. Local news outlets are operating on leaner budgets than ever, B&C points out, so helping hands from sister stations are appreciated, and even necessary, for effective reporting. And for some, coming to the aid of another station is returning a favor:

It’s a similar story in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, where Virginia Beach, and perhaps other communities, is gearing up for a roundhouse punch. WTKR Norfolk President/General Manager Jeff Hoffman says he’s heard from most every GM in the Local TV group, asking how they can help. That includes WHNT Huntsville President/General Manager Stan Pylant, who received all manner of assistance within the group when his region was devastated by a tornado earlier this year. Read more

WTKR Rips WAVY Reporter on Facebook: ‘This Guy Gives All Reporters a Bad Name’

WTKR took to its Facebook page on Wednesday to criticize the “arrogance” of Andy Fox, a popular reporter with rival station WAVY.

Fox, who HamptonRoads.com calls “the most boisterous reporter in the region,” has been investigating safety issues surrounding Norfolk’s new light rail system this week. And, according to WTKR, he committed “a major no-no on the light rail tracks while reporting on people committing major no-no’s on the light rail tracks.”

The CBS-affiliate posted a photo (above, right) of Fox, microphone in hand, standing in the middle of the light rail tracks–the same place where a number of crashes have occurred as local residents ignored signs imploring them to stay off the tracks.

“This guy gives all reporters a bad name when he acts like the rules don’t apply to him,” WTKR wrote on Facebook about the photo. “Tell his bosses that arrogance is not OK with you. Vote with your remote at 5 o’clock.” Read more

Longtime WVEC Anchor Jim Kincaid Dies

Longtime WVEC anchor Jim Kincaid died Sunday at his home after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 76.

After working as a correspondent for ABC News, Kincaid signed with WVEC in 1978 and was a staple of the ABC-affiliate’s newscasts for the next 18 years.

“Kincaid became an icon in Hampton Roads media,” WVEC recounted in a recent post about his life, “and was also known for closing WVEC newscasts with a personal thought.”

The station caught up with Kincaid recently (video inside)… Read more

Jim Gilchriest Set to Become News Director of WAVY-WVBT

Jim Gilchriest, who has served as news director for Belo’s KTVB since 2007, is set to join WAVY-WVBT, a LIN Media duopoly serving the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

A WAVY-WVBT official confirmed the move to TVSpy, saying that there would be an official announcement in mid-July when Gilchriest joins the station.

During his time in Boise, Gilchriest led KTVB to several top honors, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in 2010.

He is replacing April Samp, who left WAVY-WVBT in May after serving as news director for less than a year. Read more

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