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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

WCSH Meteorologist Keith Carson Joining The Weather Channel

WCSH meteorologist Keith Carson is leaving the Portland, Maine NBC affiliate for The Weather Channel.

“We are thrilled for him and very proud of the work he’s done in Maine to be moved up to the big leagues,” the station said in a statement.

Carson joined WCSH from WPTZ, the NBC affiliate in Plattsburgh, N.Y., in 2010. His last day in Portland will be July 29, and he will begin at The Weather Channel in August.

WMTW Crew Finds Missing Man While Reporting On Search

A 72-year-old Maine man who suffers from dementia had been missing for more than 14 hours before he walked up to a WMTW camera crew right after they did a live update on the effort to find him.

In the station’s video, Robert McDonough walked up behind Norm Karkos, anchor and reporter for the Portland, ME, ABC affiliate, at around 6:30 a.m. while Karkos was between live updates on the search.

“Well sometimes timing is everything Erin and Shannon,” Karkos told anchors Erin Ovalle and Shannon Moss in his next live shot. “And good news, and a happy ending. The gentleman behind us, you’re looking at, that is Robert McDonough.”

According to the station, the crew immediately called the Maine Warden Service after McDonough identified himself to Karkos. Wardens started searching for McDonough around 4:00 p.m. Monday. Click here to view the video. The WMTW website does not support embedding.

Former Anchor Sues WGME for Discrimination

Former news anchor Doug Rafferty is suing the Portland, ME, CBS affiliate WGME and its parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group for disability and age discrimination.

Rafferty had been an anchor at the station for 13 years before suffering a stroke on-air in 2006. According to the Portland Press Herald, Rafferty’s attorneys David Webbert and Matthew Keegan said Rafferty had fully recovered from the stroke by 2007.

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.”

Rafferty stayed on at the station doing some broadcast work and eventually assumed a role behind the scenes. At the time, he told the Maine Sun Journal, “Leaving the anchor desk is hard, but change and excitement are some things I’ve been looking for. The daily grind of turning out half-hour newscasts is not doing it for me.” He also told the Sun-Journal the decision had nothing to do with the stroke he suffered. Read more

Kathy Reynolds Joins WGME as News Director

Kathy Reynolds is joining WGME, the CBS affiliate in Portland, Maine, as news director. Reynolds comes from WEYI in Flint, where she has been the news director since June 2011.

“I’m pretty excited both personally and professionally speaking,” Reynolds told TVSpy. “My husband is the chief photographer at WPTZ in Burlington, Vermont. So this will put me closer to him and the many friends we have in Portland.”

“I have a great team here at WEYI and will miss them dearly,” Reynolds continued. “The goodbyes are hard but the my last day here is March 6.”

Reynolds begins at WGME on March 13.

WCSH Names Mike Redding News Director

WCSH and WLBZ, the Gannet owned NBC affiliates for Portland and Bangor, ME, have named Mike Redding as news director, according to the Bangor Daily News.

“We are very excited to have someone of Mike’s caliber leading our news organization into the future,” Steve Carter, president and general manager of WCSH and WLBZ, told the Daily News. “Mike is familiar with the NEWS CENTER brand, and his credentials will only strengthen our broadcast and digital positions in the market.”

Redding comes to WCSH-WBKZ from Gannet station WFMY in Greensboro, NC where he was executive producer. Read more

KGW Interviews Santa During Breaking News Coverage of Portland Mall Shooting

During breaking news coverage of a mall shooting in Portland Tuesday, KGW reporter Mike Benner interviewed the mall’s Santa Claus, who was seeing children at the time of the shooting (video above).

“Santa, what is going through your mind as this is happening?” Benner asked the man, who said he heard up to 16 shots before taking cover.

The interview didn’t impress one local news veteran, who emailed TVSpy: “Why is this reporter referring to this guy as Santa. He’s a guy in a suit. During breaking news of this magnitude, he’s not Santa.”

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