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CBS Boss: ‘We Are Now at War with Time Warner Cable’

Both their corporate logos include the oculus, but CBS and Time Warner Cable are not seeing eye to eye this morning. In fact, after CBS-owned stations were pulled from TWC systems briefly overnight, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves said, “We are now at war” with the cable giant.

But after about 15 minutes, after lobbying by CBS, the stations were back on. In all, seven stations including WCBS and WLNY in New York, KCBS and KCAL in Los Angeles and KTVT and KTXA in Dallas/Ft. Worth, are affected.

The new deadline for a deal is Friday at 5pmET.

Time Warner Cable is also in a dogfight with Journal Broadcast group. Five Journal stations, including WTMJ in Milwaukee, WGBA and WACY in Green Bay, KMTV in Omaha, and KMIR and KPSE in Palm Springs have been off Time Warner Cable since last Thursday.

The president of the Wisconsin State Senate, Michael Ellis has sent a letter to, calling on Time Warner CEO Glenn Britt demanding the stations be put back.

Time Warner customers “are no longer receiving the product they are paying for through your service,” Ellis wrote to Britt.

In Omaha, KMTV Adding 4 p.m. Newscast

KMTV will debut a 4 p.m. newscast in September, the Omaha CBS affiliate announced today.

It was not immediately clear who will anchor the half-hour newscast or what else will shift in KMTV’s programming schedule. The station currently airs “Dr. Phil” at 4 p.m. and has newscasts anchored by Jennifer Griswold and Craig Nigrelli at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.

“Expanding the local news options by adding a 4 p.m. newscast will help the KMTV Action 3 News team better serve viewers in the Omaha area,” news director Joe Spadea said in a statement.

KETV To Renovate Historic Building and Move Downtown

KETV has announced plans to buy the historic Burlington Station in downtown Omaha and turn it into the station’s new home by 2015.

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Ariel Roblin, president of the Omaha ABC affiliate. “It really goes back to the people who watch us every day, the people we serve every day, the people we think about every day. That’s the reason we get to do this, so you know we have to do it right.”

Originally built in 1898, Burlington closed the station and leased it to Amtrak in 1971. Amtrak abandoned the building in 1974 after railroad traffic declined. The station posted a photo gallery of the old railroad station to its website. Click here to view. Read more

Meteorologist Jim Flowers Joins KMTV


The Jim Flowers era at Journal owned Omaha,NE, CBS affiliate KMTV has begun. Monday night, Flowers will debut on the station’s 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

“We have been working hard over the past year to improve our KMTV Newscasts,” Chris Sehring, KMTV vice president and general manager told TVSpy. “With a new News Director, new News and Sports anchors, and a slew of new reporters and support staff, adding someone with Jim Flowers’ outstanding reputation to our team is incredibly exciting for both our Journal team and, more importantly, our viewers.”

The station wrapped up a countdown it began on its facebook page by adding Flowers’ picture with the caption, “Jim Flowers now on KMTV” early Saturday morning.  Read more

Meteorologists Mike LaPoint, Cheryl Lemke Join WOWT

Meteorologists Mike LaPoint and Cheryl Lemke have joined WOWT, the NBC affiliate in Omaha.

LaPoint comes to WOWT from WPXI in Pittsburgh, where worked for five years. He will be WOWT’s chief meteorologist, replacing Jim Flowers, who left the station in December.

Lemke joins WOWT from WSBT in South Bend, where she has worked since 2010. Prior to that, Lemke spent 22 years at The Weather Channel. In her new role at WOWT, she will focus on special projects for the station and its weather-related digital channel.

“We know that the most important coverage for you and your family is tracking, alerting and accurately forecasting local weather where you live to help you plan your day every day,” the station said in announcing the hires.

Meteorologist Jim Flowers Out at WOWT

Meteorologist Jim Flowers will not have his contract renewed when it expires next week.  WOWT, the NBC affiliate for Omaha, NE, announced the move on its facebook page saying,

“WOWT has informed Jim Flowers that it does not intend to enter into a new agreement for his services when his current agreement expires on December 31, 2012. WOWT appreciates Jim’s contributions to WOWT and thanks him for his many years of service.

Flowers’ whereabouts have been the subject of speculation around Omaha and as far South as Lincoln for the last few weeks. On Christmas Eve, the Omaha World-Herald joked,

“WOWT will be tracking Santa’s whereabouts. After WOWT finds Santa, perhaps it can find Jim Flowers.”

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VIDEO: Bat Flies Through KETV Newsroom

The news team at KETV got an early Halloween fright when a wayward bat flew through the newsroom and studio this weekend.

In the video (watch after the jump), employees of the Omaha ABC affiliate try out various implements to wrangle the bat, even calling in the professionals. The bat was eventually subdued with a well-placed box top. Video of the incident inside… Read more

Chase Williams Leaves Dallas for Omaha

Chase Williams takes over as Sports Director at Journal Broadcast Group station KMTV (CBS) Action 3 News in Omaha. Williams joins from KDAF (CW) in Dallas where he was sports anchor. “Our local sports teams are part of the fabric of everyday life in Nebraska, and Chase brings a wealth of experience covering college and professional teams,” says Joe Spadea, KMTV’s news director. After a couple radio stints, Williams landed in Lubbock at KJTV-FOX 34. He joined KDAF a little over a year ago.

KETV’s Adrian Whitsett Returns to Air Following DUI, Asks Viewers for Forgiveness

“I made a mistake, a huge mistake, and it nearly cost me everything,” KETV anchor-reporter Adrian Whitsett said in a recent interview with the station’s senior anchor, Rob McCartney, speaking about his DUI conviction.

After an unpaid leave of absence following his arrest in January, Whitsett returned to work last month and returned to the air this week. The Omaha ABC-affiliate cleared the way for his on-air return by airing a story on Sunday in which Whitsett asks viewers for forgiveness. Read more

WOWT Offers Charity Donation in Morning Team’s Facebook Challenge

WOWT‘s morning team is now locked in a competition for the most Facebook Likes.  Whoever has the most new Likes by Friday, April 27th, will get $100 to donate to the charity of their choice.

Anchors Jim Siedlecki and Serese Cole, reporter Jodi Baker, and meteorologist Rusty Lord are competing for the charitable prize using promo videos, which have been uploaded to YouTube.  Cole, who joined the station last summer, may have the upper hand considering that her video (above) features Nebraska icon Tom Osborne.

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