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KYW Adds Jan Carabeo as Reporter

jan carabeoPhiladelphia CBS owned station KYW has hired Jan Carabeo as a reporter.

Carabeo comes to KYW from WTIC in Hartford, CT. She has also worked at WSYR in Syracuse, NY and WIVT in Binghamton, NY.

A station spokesperson told TVSpy Carabeo starts Monday.

Snow Plow Nearly Takes out Philadelphia Reporter

Steve Keeley, reporter for Philadelphia FOX owned station WTXF, learned first hand how a snow plow works.

Keeley was wrapping up a live report about the need for local routes to be cleared, when four plows approached, as if on cue, and showed viewers the amount of force it takes to get the snow out of the middle of the road and onto the side of the road where Keeley was standing.

To his credit, Keeley stayed on his feet and finished his report.

KYW Launches Regularly Scheduled News Brief on Website

Philadelphia CBS owned station KYW is offering a short news brief available on the station’s website.

A station spokesperson told TVSpy, the “Digital Brief” is “for viewers who may have missed the evening news but are  looking for a quick recap of the local headlines in the evening.”

The video is posted every night at around 7:30 p.m. and is anchored by Jessica Dean.

KCBS in Los Angeles has a similar news brief that posts four times a day.

Sharrie Williams Joins WPVI From KTVT

sharrie williamsSharrie Williams is leaving KTVT in Dallas for WPVI in Phildelphia, Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports.

Williams has been a weekend anchor and weekday reporter at CBS-owned KTVT since 2011. At ABC-owned WPVI, she will anchor the 5 p.m. newscast and report on the 11 p.m. newscast.

Before KTVT, Williams worked at WFOR in Miami, WVTM in Birmingham and WBBJ in Jackson, Tenn.

WPVI Says Goodbye to its ‘ZooBalloon’

Philadelphia ABC owned station WPVI is saying goodbye to its floating billboard, the “Channel 6 ZooBalloon.”

The balloon fell victim to this winter’s increased snowfall. According to the station, it had been carrying an estimated five to ten tons of snow already and with more snow expected, the manufacturer told WPVI to deflate the balloon.

The station guesses around 228,000 zoo guests have flown in the balloon since its first flight in 2002.

This balloon is actually the second incarnation of the floating logo. The station said the balloons are expected to last from five to seven years. This latest one was approaching its seventh year.

Four ABC Owned Stations Pick Up Rachael Ray Show

ray show_croppedStarting this Fall, CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray show will air on seven of eight ABC owned stations.

The show will make the switch from CBS owned stations in Los Angeles (KCAL) and San Francisco (KBCW) to ABC Owned stations KABC and KGO. In Chicago, the show will move from Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago (WGN) to ABC owned station WLS and in Houston it will switch from Titan Broadcasting’s KUBE to ABC owned station KTRK.

Rachael Ray currently airs on ABC owned stations WABC in New York, WPVI in Philadelphia and WTVD in Raleigh-Durham.

The show is expected to be a replacement for the short-lived Katie Couric talk show Katie.

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WCAU, WWSI Will Relocate to New Comcast Skyscraper in Philly

comcast tower phillyComcast Corp. has announced the construction of a new skyscraper in Philadelphia that will be home to up to 4,000 employees, including the newsrooms and studios of NBC’s WCAU and Telemundo’s WWSI.

The 59-story Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will be located at 1800 Arch St. Construction is set to begin this summer and to be completed by the end of 2017.

WCAU’s relocation to the new building will be its first move in 62 years. WWSI, the Telemundo station recently acquired by NBC Universal, will also move into the building. Both stations are currently located on City Line Avenue in Bala Cynwyd.

“There won’t be any other television station like it in the country,” Comcast executive vice president David Cohen said in a statement.

WCAU Shuffles Morning, Evening Anchors

jones sikahemaChanges are afoot at WCAU, according to the Philadelphia Daily News: the NBC owned station in Philly has swapped its morning and evening anchors.

Keith Jones (pictured left) formerly the morning anchor, will move to evenings, anchoring the 5 p.m. newscast alongside Jacqueline London. Sports director Vai Sikahema (pictured right),who also anchored the 5 p.m. newscast, will move to the morning shift, anchoring from 4:30 to 7 a.m. with Tracy Davidson.

The Daily News also reports Steve Highsmith, a general assignment reporter who hosted “NBC 10 @Issue,” has left WCAU. The show will continue with a new host who has not yet been named.

Philadelphia Anchor’s Green Sweater Becomes Focus of Morning Show

When WTXF‘s Mike Jerrick declared today a Green and White Party day to honor the green of the Philadelphia Eagles and the white of the snow, he made himself the target of taunts (some might say the center of attention) when he wore the wrong shade of green.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter who was on set for an interview asked Jerrick, “You actually bought that?”

Philadelphia Stations to Share News Content

wpvi_wuvpPhiladelphia’s ABC owned station WPVI and Univision station WUVP have announced they’re partnering on news content integration.

As part of the deal, WUVP will launch a live local 11:00p.m. news starting December 26. The two stations will also cross promote newscasts and share news content.

“This partnership will strengthen our news gathering capabilities within the Latino community,” said Bernie Prazenica, president and general manager at WPVI.  “Univision is the premiere Spanish language television brand in America, and we’re excited to share news resources with them.”

The Univision press release said the partnership is “an expansion of Univision’s ongoing efforts with ABC to share news content, already underway in two of the largest Hispanic markets such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. In some markets both stations work on investigative stories while in others they work on a daily basis on news stories and on gubernatorial debates.”

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