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Meredith Acquires KMOV, KTVK and KASW From Gannett

meredith_1Meredith Corporation will buy three stations in two markets — KMOV in St. Louis and KTVK-KASW in Phoenix — from Gannett Co. for $407.5 million in cash.

News of the sale comes just a week after the Department of Justice said Gannett had to sell KMOV in order to proceed with its acquisition of Belo Corp. Gannett says the sale satisfies the obligations, and that the close of the Gannett-Belo merger is “expected promptly.”

KSAW, the CW affiliate in Phoenix, will subsequently be purchased from Meredith by SagamoreHill. Meredith, which owns KPHO in Phoenix, will provide “certain services” for the station, according to a press release.

“Meredith is a highly respected multi-media company which shares our commitment to outstanding local journalism, and we are confident that these stations will be in good hands,” Gannett CEO Gracia Martore said in a statement.

More from Gannett after the jump. Read more

Phoenix Station Promotes Assistant News Director

wood_kphoMeredith owned CBS affiliate KPHO has promoted assistant news director Leona Wood to news director.

Wood has worked at the Phoenix, AZ, station for seven years. She started at KPHO as senior executive producer and was once news director at KXLY in Spokane, WA. She also worked at KTVK in Phoenix as executive producer.

She replaces Michelle Donaldson who left KPHO in August for KOB in Albuquerque, NM.

In Phoenix, KSAZ Debuts Upgraded News Set

KSAZ, the Fox O&O in Phoenix, recently debuted a new high-definition set designed by Devlin Design Group (photos below). The set was designed to give anchors the ability to move freely around the set to several “story telling venues.”

“It makes for a great deal of satisfaction and pride when a client takes one of our sets to the edge of the envelope, KSAZ has redefined that edge!” Devlin Design creative director Dan Devlin said in a statement.

Anchor and Reporter Injured After SUV Hits Phoenix News Van

Phoenix police are investigating a crash that injured KPNX anchor and reporter Kim Covington and photojournalist Mike Falvo yesterday.

According to the NBC affiliate, investigators say an SUV failed to yield at a stop sign and hit the news van the two were traveling in. Their van then rolled into oncoming traffic where it was hit by another vehicle.

Covington and the driver of the third vehicle were taken to a local hospital while Falvo was treated and released at the scene. The station told viewers on its facebook page, “We are relieved to report that they are both OK.” Read more

WATCH: Phoenix Anchor Conjugates ‘C’ Word

Chalk this one up to an honest mistake that gets picked up on a slow afternoon.

This happened on Phoenix FOX owned station KSAZ during last night’s 9:00 p.m. news. While reporting about police in Tempe, AZ, shooting a man after they say he lunged at them with a box cutter, anchor Kari Lake had trouble with the word cutter and invented a new form of potty mouth, the conjugated “C” word.

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Phoenix Reporter Rescues Stranded Motorist

KTVK reporter Steve Ryan helped a stranded motorist to safety after flash floods made some streets around Phoenix, AZ, unsafe to drive on.

The reporter for the Phoenix independent station told viewers he was conducting interviews when he heard screams for help coming from a car stopped in the middle of a flooded street. Ryan said the driver tried to make her way out of her car by herself, but he waded in and carried her to drier land. Ryan assured viewers it was more treacherous than it looked on video and he had cables to help steady him while he walked through the ankle deep water.

“It’s a team effort out here, Carey” Ryan told anchor Carey Peña. “When someone’s panicking we help out.”

After the rescue, the unidentified woman Ryan carried told him, “I just kinda freaked out. I thought I was going to drown.” When Ryan assured her she didn’t drown, she replied, “Right.” You can watch video of the rescue after the jump. Read more

Phoenix Stations Remember Journalists Killed in 2007 Helicopter Accident

Phoenix stations took time this weekend to mark the six year anniversary of a helicopter crash that killed four local journalists.

July 27, 2007, the helicopters for ABC affiliate KNXV and independent station KTVK collided while covering a police chase. KNXV’s Craig Smith and Rick Krolak and KTVK’s Scott Bowerbank and Jim Cox were all killed when the helicopters went down in Steele Indian School Park.

“On July 27th will always be a difficult time for us, but something we are determined not to let die,” Jim Cox’s father Alan Cox told FOX owned station KSAZ. “This memorial in the park is just fantastic and the folks who put this together should be commended. We thank them very, very much.”

The Cox family has created the James Alan Cox foundation for Student Photographers. Click here to learn more. Watch the coverage from the two stations affected after after the jump. Read more

KNXV Called Racist For Where They Got Zimmerman Trial Reaction

Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV is getting called out by viewers and the local media over where it chose to look for reaction to this weekend’s George Zimmerman verdict.

The night the verdict was announced, KNXV reporter Sara Goldenberg went to Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles restaurant in downtown Phoenix to ask patrons for their thoughts on the verdict.

Shortly after the piece aired, Phoenix Business Journal editor Ilana Lowery tweeted, “As a journalist, I’m appalled @abc15phx went to Lolo’s in Phoenix to get reaction to #ZimmermanVerdict. Why a chicken and waffle restaurant?” Read more

Meteorologist Laura Thomas Joins KNXV

Laura Thomas has joined KNXV, the ABC affiliate in Phoenix, as a meteorologist and multimedia journalist.

Thomas comes from KDAF in Dallas, where she has been the morning meteorologist since 2011. She has previously worked at KLBK and KJTV, both in Lubbock, Texas.

Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports that Thomas will be the weekend meteorologist at KNXV.

VIDEO: Phoenix Anchor Gets Hit With Water Balloons During Morning Newscast

File this one under “predictable.” During a segment on the KPNX morning newscast that involved kids running around with water balloons, Doug Meehan got soaked by a few elementary school children with impressively good aim (video above).

Meehan, alongside Emma Jade and meteorologist James Quiñones, were outside doing a segment on an upcoming charity race in Phoenix where children from the local community keep runners cool with water guns and water balloons. As the interview finished up, Jade asked them if they were going to use the rest of water balloons. Unsurprisingly, they responded by pelting Meehan, with one hitting him directly on the back of the head.

“Don’t worry. It’s all polyester,” Quiñones said of Meehan’s suit. “Just beat it off him.”

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