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Phoenix Station KTVK Expands Newscasts to 57 Hours a Week

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Phoenix independent station KTVK will expand its weekend morning and evening newscasts, beginning in September. “Good Morning Arizona” will get an earlier start on weekends, moving up an hour to 6 a.m., according to the Phoenix Business Journal:

“Arizonans are early risers. They are ready to conquer their day when the sun comes up,” said Cameryn Beck, executive news director for Channel 3. “Why not start the day with them and provide them the local news coverage they are wanting before they head out the door?”

The station will also add a half hour to its weekend evening newscast, which will begin earlier, at 4 p.m. The moves bring the indie’s total commitment to local news to 57 hours a week.

Telemundo Arizona Adds Weekend Newscast

Telemundo_ArizonaKTAZ, the Telemundo owned station for Phoenix and Tucson, AZ, has added two hours of local weekend news to its lineup.

Starting Saturday, the station will air a live half hour of news at 4:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The shows will be anchored by Daniel Aguirre with Ivan Valenzuela anchoring sports.

“The investment in local news, resources, personnel and cutting-edge technology demonstrates our commitment to inform and serve the local Spanish-speaking community, which has been traditionally underserved with local news,” Araceli De León, president and regional general manager, Telemundo Southwest said in a statement.

Telemundo also said the station is building a new set and hiring “a dozen additional staff members to deliver local team coverage from breaking news events and live reports from multiple locations.”

KNXV Bakes Cookies While Phoenix Swelters

cookies knxvKNXV chief meteorologist Amber Sullins has forecast a high of 114 for the airport, which would make it the hottest day of the year there.

Maybe we’re posting this because we’re hungry, but the Phoenix ABC affiliate is trying a sweeter, hopefully yummier take on the old hot weather gag of frying an egg to show what hot looks like.

Someone at the station put some cookie dough on a sheet and placed it in direct sunlight on the station’s patio. They want to see how long it takes for the cookies to bake. The baking started at 10:45 a.m. Phoenix time. You can even watch it happen live. Click here to watch on webcam.

KNXV promises to show off the cookies during tonight’s newscast. Maybe we’ll check in later to see how they taste. Regardless, take Ron Burgundy’s advice and don’t chase them down with milk. It’s a bad choice on a hot day.

KNXV Moves One Anchor, Adds Two and Subtracts an Assistant ND

knxv logo_304x200Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV is making moves in front of and behind the camera.

The Scripps owned station is adding Danielle Lerner and Nick Ciletti as anchors while assistant news director Dan Wilson is heading to West Palm Beach to take over as interim news director for Scripps’ NBC affiliate WPTV.

KNXV news director Pat Costello told TVSpy Lerner will join the station in mid-September replacing Stephanie Hockridge on weekends. Hockridge has already moved to weekday co-anchor on the 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. after the station expanded its 6:00 p.m. show to an hour.  The station is adding Ciletti as co-anchor to the previously solo anchored weekend morning shows.

WPTV told TVSpy, “We are fortunate to have Dan as our Interim News Director. He has solid news experience and is an outstanding newsroom leader. We are in the process of speaking to candidates for the full-time news director position and the job is currently posted on our website.”

Lerner comes to KNXV from KVOA in Tucson where she is a morning anchor. Ciletti comes to KNXV from WBBH in Fort Myers, FL.

Phoenix Reporter Caught in Middle of Dust Storm During Live Report


Jaime Cerreta gave viewers an up close and personal look at what it’s like to stand in the middle of a dust storm Thursday.

The reporter for Phoenix independent station KTVK was interviewing two storm chasers in Chandler, AZ, when the dust storm overtook both her and her photographer.

“This is an Arizona monsoon folks!” said Cerreta.

The storm stuck around for a few hours, knocking out power to thousands.

Arizona PBS Moves to ASU’s Cronkite School

WArizona PBS, the public television based at Arizona State University, will officially become part of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication July 1.

Arizona PBS, which includes three TV channels and azpbs.org, had been part of ASU’s Office of Public Affairs. With the transfer, the school intends to use the station as a “teaching hospital,” according to ASU.

“A leading journalism school joining forces with one of the nation’s largest PBS stations at a university known globally for its leadership in innovation is a powerful and potentially game-changing combination,” ASU president Michael M. Crow said in a statement. “We will be able to serve Arizonans on new levels while providing a national testing ground for new approaches to digital storytelling, audience engagement and revenue models to help serve a news industry that needs to rapidly adapt in the fast-changing digital world.”

Gannett Completes Sale of Phoenix Stations to Meredith

meredith logo_304x200Gannett and Sander Media today announced they have completed the sale of Phoenix, AZ, independent station KTVK and CW affiliate KASW to Meredith Corporation.

The total sale price of the sale announced in December including KMOV in St. Louis was $407.5 in cash. The KMOV deal closed in February.

Meredith chairman and CEO Stephen M. Lacy, said in a statement, “These are high performing stations and will add to our already strong cash flow. We will increase our presence in the large and growing Phoenix market, where we also own KPHO-TV, the CBS affiliate.”

According to Meredith both it and SagamoreHill have “voluntarily agreed to divest KASW through a cash sale, swap transaction or combination thereof.”

Meredith announced Wednesday it was buying WGGB in Springfield, MA, from Gormally Broadcasting for $53.8 million.

KTVK ‘Chopperguy’ Leaving Station

Bruce_HaffnerBruce Haffner, chopper pilot and reporter for KTVK, has announced he is leaving the Phoenix independent station.

“I’ve been at Channel 3 my whole career and they’ve given me an incredible opportunity to do what I’ve done for the past 20 years,” Haffner told The Arizona Republic. “They’ve spent a lot of money on me and put me where I’m at right now. I owe them my career.”

According to The Republic, the lease between Haffner’s company Chopperguy, the station and the helicopter’s sponsor is expiring.

“I’m totally loyal to Channel 3,” Haffner said. “I never thought about going anywhere, but now that I own a million-dollar helicopter, I have to go where the work is.”

Haffner started at KTVK as a photographer in 1984 and became the station’s chopper pilot in 1995.

KSAZ Expands Weekend Newscasts

ksaz logoKSAZ, the Fox owned station in Phoenix, is expanding weekend newscasts later this month.

Beginning April 26, the station will add an hour to its Saturday morning newscast, which will now air from 6-9 a.m. The following day, KSAZ will debut a brand-new Sunday morning newscast that will air from 6-8 a.m. Both newscasts will be anchored by Ty Brennan and Kristen Keogh.

Phoenix Anchor Injured in September Crash Back at Work

covington on air kpnxKim Covington, (pictured center) anchor for Phoenix NBC affiliate KPNX, is back at work after a crash in September sent her to the hospital.

Covington and photographer Mike Falvo were traveling in a station vehicle when it was hit by an SUV that ran a stop sign. Their news van then rolled into oncoming traffic where it was hit by another vehicle. Covington was sent to the hospital while Falvo was treated at the scene and released.

“Returning to work today following the accident 6 months ago was emotionally exhausting but felt great seeing my 12 News family again,” Covington wrote on her facebook page.

KPNX GM John Misner told TVSpy “there were lots of smiles and tears when Kim walked back into the newsroom after her absence.”

Misner also said Covington will appear on “EVB Live” today for an on-air welcome.

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