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Rob Youngblood Joins Portland’s KATU

Rob Youngblood was introduced as the new morning anchor at KATU in Portland, Ore. yesterday. Youngblood is a former television actor who has previously anchored at WCSC in Charleston and WISH in Indianapolis.

[h/t NewsBlues]

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WMTW Adds David Charns as Reporter

David Charns will be joining Portland, ME, ABC affiliate WMTW.

Charns told TVSpy he will start as a general assignment reporter next Monday. He announced he was leaving WPTZ in Burlington, VT, on twitter.

Before coming to WPTZ in 2011, Charns was a writer at WHDH in Boston.

KGW Selling Helicopter, Will Share with FOX Affiliate

kgw_chopperPortland NBC affiliate KGW is selling its news helicopter.

News director Richard Jacobs confirmed with TVSpy, the station chopper is listed for sale on a site a tipster sent us. Check it out by clicking here.

He said the station had entered into a shared helicopter agreement with FOX affiliate KPTV, but went quiet when we asked for more details about the agreement and wouldn’t say what was going to happen to KGW’s helicopter pilot.

A spokesperson for the company selling the helicopter told TVSpy the chopper was first listed in the Fall and is going for $1,250,000.

TVSpy has asked KGW’s parent company Gannett and KPTV for more info. We will update when we hear back.

Maine Station Marks 60 Years On Air

wcsh_60years_newsteamSixty years ago today, Portland, ME, NBC affiliate WCSH aired its first broadcast.

December 20, 1953, Maine Governor Burton Cross joined station executives Bill Rines and Jack Atwood in dedicating the new station broadcasting from the Congress Square Hotel, which is where the letters CSH come from.

It was the third station in Portland at the time. But its the only one of the first three still broadcasting.

The station said it will be celebrating the anniversary over the coming weeks and months. Click here to view a picture gallery on the station website.

Settlement Reached in Anchor’s Suit Against Sinclair’s Portland Station

raffertyFormer Portland, ME, anchor Doug Rafferty has reached a settlement in the lawsuit he filed in February against CBS affiliate WGME and its parent company Sinclair Broadcasting, according to the Kennebec Journal

Rafferty, who currently serves as a spokesman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, had been with the station for 13 years before suffering a stroke on air in January 2006.

“In 2007, General Manager Terry Cole and News Director Robert Atkinson told Mr. Rafferty that the station was removing him from ‘the chair.’ In other words, the station was removing Mr. Rafferty from his anchor position,” says the seven-page complaint in the lawsuit. “When Mr. Rafferty was replaced as anchor, he was 55 years old. His replacement was in his early 40s.”

The Kennebec Journal reports the settlement was reached “by mutual agreement.” Terms of the settlement were not available. Read more

Layoffs at Sinclair Stations in Seattle, Portland

sinclair logoSinclair Broadcast Group has handed down a round of layoffs at its newly-acquired stations in Seattle and Portland, TVSpy has learned.

A source at Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO tells TVSpy that there were 10 layoffs in the station’s newsroom and close to 20 across all Sinclair’s properties in Seattle. They include satellite truck operators, editors, producers and radio reporters and editors.

The source describes the mood at KOMO as “a combination of sadness and nervousness,” noting that the newsroom is a “very tight-knit group” that has been through a lot, including the death of Kathi Goertzen, over the past two years. Staffers are said to be banding together to help laid-off employees find new jobs.

KOMO news director Holly Gauntt declined to comment. General manager Janene Drafs did not respond to an email from TVSpy.

In Portland, The Oregonian reports nine people were laid off at ABC affiliate KATU, including “three editors, a writer, a producer, two truck operators and two folks who work with KATU’s web operation, including an executive producer.”

More details? Email us: tvspy@mediabistro.com.

Meteorologist A.J. Burnett Joins WCSH

aj burnettMeteorologist A.J. Burnett is joining WCSH, the NBC affiliate in Portland, Maine. Burnett begins October 11.

“I’m thrilled to be able to work in an area as challenging, weather wise, as Maine, and excited to work with a weather staff with such vast knowledge and experience. But perhaps the best part for me, personally, is that I get to stay right here in New England – it’s where I grew up and call ‘home,’” Burnett told TVSpy.

Burnett has worked at both WFXT and WCVB, the Fox and ABC affiliate in Boston. He has also been a freelance meteorologist at WMUR in Manchester and New England Cable News.

Shannon Moss Returns to Portland Television With Self-Produced Interview Show

Former Portland, Maine anchor Shannon Moss, who was dropped by WMTW in June, is returning to television next month with a self-produced interview show, according to the Portland Press Herald.

The half hour show, “Split Screen with Shannon Moss,” is produced, hosted and funded entirely by the former anchor. It will air twice a month and be shown on Portland CW affiliate WPXT and MyNetworkTV affiliate WPME, as well as streamed online.

“No question her popularity is a factor. When I heard she was interested in doing this show, I knew we had to find a way to make it happen,” WPXT-WPME general manager Tom Mac Arthur told the Press Herald. “With her experience and contacts, she’ll have a lot of interesting people on.”

Scheduled guests include former Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and snowboarder Seth Wescott.

WMTW To Add News at 5:00 p.m.

On September 9, Portland, ME, ABC affiliate WMTW will begin airing an hour-long newscast at 5:00 p.m.

“We’re thrilled that WMTW is growing each year and across so much of our programming and platforms.” said WMTW general manager Dave Abel. “By strengthening our product we will reward our longtime watchers with more local weather and news while attracting a growing audience seeking something new and fresh.”

The 5:00 p.m. show will be anchored by Tracy Sabol and meteorologist Roger Griswold. Abel told the Portland Press Herald he will soon announce the addition of a male co-anchor for both the 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. newscasts.

“Dr. Phil” will move from 5:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to take the place of the canceled “Ricki Lake Show.”

Maine Radio Station Apologizes for ‘Hottest’ TV Newswoman Contest

Maine radio station WDEA has changed a recent listener poll from “Who is The Hottest TV Newswoman in Maine” to “Who is Your Favorite TV Newswoman in Maine?

WDEA posted an apology on the contest page, “First, let’s start by saying that we love all of these beautiful ladies! Now, let us say something else. It seems we offended a few of you out there with our use of the word “Hottest” to describe these lovely and talented journalists. It was not our intent to offend, so we’ve changed it to “Favorite.” Sorry about that.”

The contest includes Carolyn Callahan, Jackie De Tore and Adrienne Di Piazza from WABI, Nicole Gerber and Lindsey Mills from Bangor ABC and FOX affiliate WVII-WFVX and Melissa Kim and Jackie Ward from Bangor and Portland NBC affiliates WLBZ and WCSH. Read more

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