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Katherine Amenta to Join WPXI as Morning Anchor

WPXI has announced Katherine Amenta will co-anchor the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate’s morning news alongside current anchor Joe Arena starting in August.

“Katherine is going to be a fantastic addition to the morning team,” said WPXI news director Mike Oliveira in a statement. “In addition to being a strong anchor and journalist, she’s the type of person who will have a positive effect on our newsroom and our community.”

Amenta comes from WJLA in Washington, D.C. She has also worked for WMDT in Salisbury, MD.

“I am joining an amazing team,” said Amenta. “I’m very lucky to have so many family and friends nearby. I already have Pirates fever and can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds!”

Sportscaster Ryan Recker Joins WTAE

Ryan Recker is joining WTAE as the morning sports anchor and reporter, the Pittsburgh ABC affiliate announced this afternoon. He begins July 18.

Recker, a Pittsburgh native, comes from KVOA in Tucson, where he has been the sports director for six years. He has also worked at WTOV in Stubenville, Ohio.

“When Ryan first visited us he made an immediate connection with our newsroom, especially the morning team. WTAE is happy to see a home-grown storyteller come back to Pittsburgh in this role,” news director Justin Antoniotti said in a statement.

Janelle Hall Named Noon Anchor at WTAE

Janelle Hall has been named anchor of the 12 p.m. newscast at WTAE, the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh.

“An accomplished journalist and skilled live broadcaster, Janelle is a great fit for the Noon newscast. In addition to her professional background Janelle has a proven relationship with Pittsburgh news viewers,” WTAE GM Charles W. Wolfertz III said in a statement.

Hall joined WTAE in 2004 as a reporter. She moved to weekend morning anchor in 2007 and moved to weekdays as the traffic and breaking news anchor for the morning newscast last year. She will continue in that role as she adds the noon newscast to her responsibilities.

Hall replaces Sally Wiggin, who is taking over as host of “WTAE Chronicle.”

Jennifer Abney No Longer With WPXI

WPXI morning anchor Jennifer Abney is no longer with the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate.

WPXI vice president and general manager Ray Carter confirmed Abney’s departure, telling TVSpy, “She was a real spark plug in our newsroom. We’ll miss her energy and professionalism.”

According to a TVEyes search, Abney was last on-air Tuesday, June 25. There’s no word on where Abney is headed. She had been with the station for almost five years and had also worked in Mobile, AL, and Wilmington, NC.

“Behind the scenes, she made everyone feel a part of the morning team,” news director Mike Oliveira told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We wish her nothing but the best going forward.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sally Wiggin Leaving WTAE Anchor Desk

WTAE has announced noon anchor Sally Wiggin will transition from the anchor desk to hosting “WTAE Chronicle.”

“Stations have to think of the future and they want me to be a part of that and that’s validating,” Wiggin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “When you get to this age, you want to be challenged because it’s good for your brain. This will challenge me in a way reading a TelePrompTer was not.”

“WATE Chronicle” is an ongoing series of news specials featuring in-depth reporting about Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. Wiggin will continue to report for the Pittsburgh ABC affiliate and will anchor “WTAE Black & Gold Primetime,” the station’s pre-game show for its Pittsburgh Steelers’ games.

“Sally embodies one of the most significant careers in Pittsburgh journalism,” said WTAE president and general manager Charles W. Wolfertz III. “In her over 33 years of service to Pittsburgh on WTAE she has become a household name. She is a born story teller and WTAE is well served to have her professionalism and experience on a station priority as important as Chronicle.”

Wiggin started at WTAE in 1980. She has been an anchor at the station for over 32 years.

WTAE Adds Investigative Reporter

WTAE has announced the hiring of Bofta Yimam as an investigative reporter.

“Bofta is dedicated to uncovering the untold stories that can have a deep impact on people’s lives,” said Justin Antoniotti, news director for the Pittsburgh ABC affiliate. “She embodies the high standards of WTAE Channel 4 Action News and our commitment to our viewers.”

Yimam comes to WTAE from Memphis FOX owned station WHBQ where she was a general assignment reporter.

She told viewers on her Memphis facebook page, “I’ve accepted a position as an Investigative Reporter at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh. I’m excited to join the award-winning Investigative unit! I’ve had an amazing time in Memphis and leaving the bluff city is bittersweet! Thanks to everyone for the wonderful memories! My last day at FOX13 is June 14.”

Charles Wolfertz Named President and General Manager of WTAE

Charles Wolfertz has been named president and general manager of WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh. His appointment is effective June 1.

Wolfertz has been general sales manager at WTAE since March 2012. He previously worked for Belo as sales manager at WHAS in Louisville and WFAA in Dallas.

“Chuck is a next-generation media executive with a successful record of local television management experience,” David J. Barrett, Hearst Television chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “He has played a major role in the station’s sales and customer service initiatives in the Pittsburgh market, and is the ideal leader to continue to build upon the great legacy of WTAE.”

Wolfertz succeeds Michael Hayes, who was promoted to senior vice president and group head of Hearst Television.

Michael Hayes Named SVP of Hearst Television

Michael J. Hayes has been named senior vice president and group head of Hearst Television.

Hayes comes from WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, where he has been president and general manager since 2011. Before that, he spent eight years as general manager of WYFF, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Greenville, S.C.

“In every step of his career with Hearst Television he’s been a high performer, and we are delighted that he’ll be joining our talented management team in New York to work with our stations and help us compete at an even higher level in the years ahead,” Hearst Television CEO David J. Barrett said in a statement.

Hayes’ promotion is effective June 1. His replacement at WTAE will be named at a later date.

Reporter Joe Holden to Join WPXI

After eight years at WBRE in Scranton, Joe Holden is joining WPXI in Pittsburgh, according to the Times Leader.

Holden, a member of WBRE’s investigative team, will sign off from the station on June 27. He begins in Pittsburgh July 1.

“I like talking with people. I love telling their stories, and I really have a special place in my heart for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area. … There’s something really unique about this place, and that’s what’s kept me here nearly eight years,” Holden told the Times Leader.

Pittsburgh Watches the Most Live Television, Study Finds

According to a study of average daily viewing habits among adults 25-54 during the February sweep, Pittsburgh residents watched more live television than any other Nielsen market. St. Louis was tops for time-shifted viewing, according to MediaPost:

Pittsburghers in the segment watched an average of nearly five-and-a-half hours of live TV a day. The figure was five hours and 23 minutes in St. Louis, while Baltimore, Philadelphia and Detroit all had averages of five hours and 15 minutes or higher.

In time-shifted viewing, Clevelanders in the demo watched an average of 52 minutes a day, with Sacramento residents at 49 minutes. Those in Charlotte and Dallas residents were both at 47 minutes each. Orlando residents watched an average of 45 minutes to finish out the top five.

San Francisco residents watched the least amount of live television, averaging 2 hours and 57 minutes daily. Minneapolis residents watched the least amount of time-shifted television.

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