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Shannon Moss Out at WMTW

The Portland Press Herald reports morning anchor Shannon Moss has been let go from Portland, ME, ABC affiliate WMTW.

“It’s a fickle business,” Moss told the Press Herald. “I was told I was a fierce journalist with a great work ethic, but that viewers weren’t responding to me.”

She said she knew her contract had expired, but was surprised when told by station management on Tuesday that it would be her last day. She said she had no “ill feelings” for WMTW and wishes “the best” for her former colleagues.

WMTW president and general manager David Abel told TVSpy, the station doesn’t comment on personnel matters.

Moss had been an anchor at the station since 2007. She worked at the Portland NBC affiliate WCSH before coming to WMTW.

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Man Assaults Reporter Over Racist Obama Sign

A man accused of displaying a racist sign targeting President Obama was arrested this week and charged with assault for an incident involving WGME reporter Steve Roldan.

Roldan was working on a story about the sign, which refers to Obama as the “N” word, for the Portland, ME CBS-affiliate when he came face-to-face with the man allegedly responsible for it. After a brief exchange, the man began grabbing at Roldan’s microphone and shoving him. Read more

VIDEO: New England Anchor Reports Celtics Playoff Game Ended in Tie

The Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat in overtime on Sunday night, evening their best-of-seven NBA Eastern Conference Championship series at 2-2.

But when anchor Meghan Torjussen of WMTW in Portland, ME went to do the sports update during the station’s 11 p.m. newscast Sunday, the game had apparently just ended regulation so Torjussen reported that the contest had ended in a tie (video above).

WMTW had a chance to correct the sports report following a commercial break, but that didn’t happen.  [Via Deadspin]

WMTW Promotes Hearst Veteran Amy Beveridge to News Director

WMTW, an ABC-affiliate serving southern Maine, has promoted newsroom veteran Amy Beveridge to news director.

Beveridge has served as assistant news director at WMTW for the past three years and has been a part of the Hearst organization for nearly a decade, first as a producer for WPBF in West Palm Beach and later with Baltimore’s WBAL, before moving to Maine in 2008.

“I am pleased to see Amy promoted to her new position,” said WMTW president and general manager Dave Abel in a press release. “Her ideas, passion and dedication to News, our station and Hearst Television are strong.”

A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Beveridge began her TV career with NECN. She is replacing George Matz, who left WMTW in May after six years leading the newsroom to join Kansas City duopoly KMBC-KCWE as assistant news director.

In June, Beveridge and WMTW celebrated a national Edward R. Murrow award for the best small market newscast in the country.

George Matz Leaving News Director Post in Portland to Become Assistant ND in Kansas City

George Matz, who has led the newsroom of WMTW in Portland, ME for the past six years, is set to join Kansas City duopoly KMBC-KCWE as assistant news director.

“I’ve worked with George over the years and I’m very excited to have someone with his experience be part of this management team,” said Sherrie Brown, KMBC’s news director, in making the announcement.

The move represents another shift within the Hearst organization for Matz, who has been a part of the broadcasting group for over twelve years. Before joining WMTW, Matz served as assistant news director and operations manager for Milwaukee’s WISN.

“KMBC is one of the most well respected stations in the country,” Matz said. “I’m looking forward to working with such a talented news team.”

Matz’s first day with KMBC-KCWE is scheduled for May 2nd.

Gannett Picks Steve Carter to Lead WCSH

Steve Carter has been named president and general manager of Gannett’s WCSH in Portland, ME.

Carter, who was previously vice president of marketing and promotion at Gannett’s Denver duopoloy KUSA-KTVD, succeeds Steve Thaxton, who left WCSH earlier this month to become president and GM of Cincinnati’s WCPO.

“Steve Carter has an enormous amount of knowledge and experience in local broadcasting,” said Dave Lougee, president of Gannett, in making the announcement. “There is no doubt that Steve will be an outstanding leader for WCSH.”

Carter had been with KUSA for 19 years, where he held several different positions in marketing and promotion. After Gannett acquired KTVD in 2006, Carter was named VP of marketing and promotion for the newly formed duopoly.

In Portland, Morning Anchor Erin Ovalle Jumps to Crosstown Rival

In Portland, Maine, anchor Erin Ovalle is jumping from CBS-affiliate WGME to join crosstown rival WMTW, a Hearst-owned ABC-affiliate.

Ovalle joined WGME at the end of 2008 and had been anchoring the station’s morning newscast.  She will hold a similar position with WMTW, co-anchoring “News 8 This Morning” with Shannon Moss.

Although Ovalle has made stops in Traverse City, MI and Pensacola, FL, she began her broadcasting career in the northeast.  She grew in Southern New Hampshire and, while attending Gordon College in Wenham, MA, she interned at WMUR in Manchester, NH.

Ovalle’s WMTW is set for January 12. In making the announcement, the WMTW described Ovalle’s last stop only as “another TV station in Portland.”