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What Are Local Stations Covering?

You may have noticed this infographic comparing what stories stations affiliated with the big four networks are doing in the first five minutes of their 6:00 p.m. newscasts. As a disclaimer, some stations don’t have 6:00 p.m. news so we go with whichever comes closest.

We plan on posting this every Tuesday to show what’s happening on the Monday night show, eventually hitting every market in the US.

TVSpy would love to write up your market. If you want to be included sooner rather than later, let us know.

Also, we’d appreciate any inside info on markets you pitch us. For example, we noticed while three of the Palm Springs stations are owned by the same company the only redundancy between them were some of the anchors and the pacing. We didn’t expect that and we’d love to know why.

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Journal Broadcast Group Closes Sale of KMIR, KPSE

journal broadcast group logoJournal Broadcast Group has closed the sale of two Palm Springs stations, NBC affiliate KMIR and MyNetworkTV affiliate KPSE, to OTA Broadcasting for $17 million in cash.

OTA Broadcasting, which is backed by Dell CEO Michael Dell, has been “buying up independent stations with an eye toward selling the spectrum back to the government in the FCC’s planned incentive auction,” according to a TVNewsCheck report when the sale was announced.

OTA, based in Fairfax, Va., expands their portfolio to 10 stations with the acquisition.

OTA Broadcasting to Buy Two Palm Springs Stations

kmir_kspe_304OTA Broadcasting is buying Palm Springs, CA, stations KMIR and KPSE.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to TVNewscheck, “OTA Broadcasting, backed by billionaire computer retailer Michael Dell, has been buying up independent stations with an eye toward selling the spectrum back to the government in the FCC’s planned incentive auction.”

“From what we understand, Michael is a very forward-looking guy,” Craig Marrs, general manager for the Palm Springs NBC and MyNetworkTV affiliates told MyDesert.com. “The company is made up of people who are interested in the next generation of digital products yet at the same time are excited about acquiring the operation here in Palm Springs.” Read more

Palm Springs CBS Affiliate Apologizes for Broadcasting ‘Private’ Conversation

The news director at Palm Springs CBS affiliate CBS Local2 has apologized to viewers on the station’s website after an open mic broadcast snippets of a conversation between station anchors during CBS News’ coverage of the Navy Yard shootings.

Earlier tonight during the national newscast on our partner station CBS Local 2, a technical malfunction broadcast part of a private conversation. Some people heard it, but only heard part of the conversation. We sincerely apologize if we offended any of you.

Sincerely,
Bob Smith, News Director

Smith told TVSpy, the conversation viewers heard was about a report on a Peyton Manning versus Eli Manning story. “One of our anchors thought the tone of the report did not match the subject matter — considering the fact 13 people died in Washington, DC and the utter devastation caused by the flooding in Colorado,” said Smith. “Unfortunately some viewers only heard part of the conversation and took offense.” Read more

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.

David Reese Named News Director at KMIR

David Reese has been named news director at KMIR-KPSE, Journal Broadcast’s NBC and MyNetworkTV affiliates in Palm Springs, Calif.

Reese joins KMIR after 15 years at KNBC in Los Angeles, where he began as the nightside desk manager. Most recently, he was the assignment manager. Before joining KNBC, Reese worked as a freelance assignment editor and field producer for KCBS in Los Angeles and the CBS News Los Angeles bureau.

“David’s many years of experience as a southern California news executive will help take the news on KMIR / KPSE to the next level. We are extremely pleased he has agreed to join our team as we work together to make the Coachella Valley a better place to live,” KMIR General Manager Craig Marrs said in a statement.

Six Weeks After Being Laid Off, Jenifer Daniels Rejoins KPSP as Morning Anchor

Jenifer Daniels, a former KPSP meteorologist and reporter who was laid off when the station merged with KESQ earlier this year, is returning to the Palm Springs CBS-affiliate.

Daniels said she was contacted after two KPSP anchors, Todd Piro and Stella Inger, accepted jobs at other stations. Piro joined WVIT in Hartford and Inger joined KTVK in Phoenix.

“It confirms to me what they’ve been saying all along — that they really do believe in the CBS 2 and the KPSP branding,” Daniels, who has been collecting unemployment for six weeks, told the Desert Sun. “When they could’ve hired outside, they went back to the people who, unfortunately, like me, who didn’t make the cut.”

Daniels will anchor the station’s morning newscast beginning Monday.

Anchor Stella Inger Joining KTVK From KPSP

KPSP morning anchor Stella Inger has been hired at KTVK, the independent station in Phoenix.

Inger was the morning anchor at Palm Springs CBS-affiliate KPSP, and she will serve in the same role at KTVK.

“I love the mornings because I’m able to show my personality more and have a great time while still bringing the viewers the news,” Inger told the Desert Sun. “Waking up with people — I love it.”

Inger has worked at KPSP since 2008. Her last day at the station will be February 29, and she will begin at KTVK in mid-March.

Craig Marrs Named GM at Palm Springs’ KMIR-KPSE

Craig Marrs has been named vice president and general manager at KMIR-KPSE, Journal Broadcast Group’s Palm Springs duopoly.

Marss joins KMIR-KPSE from KTEN, the NBC-affiliate in Sherman, TX, where he has been general manager since 2009.

“He’s passionate about the media business, arrives with a wealth of experience in our business and is focused on great content and customer service,” Journal Broadcast Group’s EVP of television and radio operations Jim Prather said in a statement.

Marrs replaces Jim Thomas, who has been interim vice president and general manager since Raul Rodriguez left for Univision San Francisco in December.

KPSP and KESQ Merge Operations in Palm Springs

CBS-affiliate KPSP is merging news operations with ABC-affiliate KESQ in Palm Springs, the two stations announced today. The merger is effective immediately.

In announcing the merger, KPSP owner James Houston said the station was a “labor of love” for his wife, Jackie Lee Houston, who died in September.

“With her passing, we have now made the difficult decision to find a new owner for our television operation,” he said. “While a number of options were carefully considered, a merger with the Bradley family, owners of Gulf-California (KESQ-TV) was ultimately chosen as the best opportunity.”

Gulf-California Broadcast company also owns three more stations in the market: Fox-affiliate KDFX, CW-affiliate KCWQ and Telemundo-affiliate KUNA. All four stations are headquartered in the same facilities in Palm Desert. Read more

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