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WTVR Reporter Suspended After DUI

Mark Holmberg, reporter and commentator for Richmond, VA, CBS affiliate WTVR has been suspended after being charged with driving under the influence Friday morning, The Richmond Times Dispatch reports.

WTVR anchor Lorenzo Hall told viewers of Holmberg’s arrest during Friday’s 5:00pm news. In his report, he quoted station general manager Stephen Hayes as saying, “We take these allegations very seriously and we are looking into the matter further.”

New King County Sheriff’s Department said Holmberg was arrested on Interstate 64 around 2:30 Friday morning. Holmberg told the Times Dispatch he had a blood alcohol level of .1. The legal limit in Virginia is .08.

The station said Holmberg is due in court next Tuesday, July 2. WTVR declined to comment on the story.

Damaged Richmond Antenna Could Be ‘Months’ Away From Repair

Repairs on an antenna that serves three stations in Richmond have been delayed, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

The company charged with repairing the antenna, which was damaged in March, is going out of business. The antenna serves over-the-air viewers of PBS affiliate WCVW, ABC affiliate WRIC and Fox affiliate WRLH. After the weather-related damage, the equipment was replaced with a temporary antenna that has a shorter range than the original, and some over-the-air viewers are still unable to watch the three stations.

“There’s no easy fix,” WRLH general manager Steve Genett told the Times-Dispatch. “We don’t have a good timeline. … We could be months away from a real fix.”

Antenna Problem Causes Signal Disruption at 3 Richmond Stations

An antenna problem has reduced the broadcast signal power for three Richmond stations: ABC affiliate WRIC, Fox affiliate WRLH and public television station WCVW.

The three stations share the antenna, which is located in Chesterfield County. Viewers who watch the station over the air have been unable to receive broadcasts since the beginning of the month, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

“The antenna exciter is broken and it’s not sending out the airwave signal properly,” WCVW VP-GM John Felton said.

Felton said repairs could take more than a month at significant cost, possibly in the $100,000 range.

Viki Regan Named VP-GM at WRIC in Richmond

Viki Regan has been named vice president and general manager of WRIC, Young Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate in Richmond.

Regan has worked as the VP-GM of WPBF in West Palm Beach and WEWS in Cleveland. She left WEWS in 2010 and has worked since then as a multimedia consultant, developing content, revenue and profit growth initiatives for television and mobile applications.

“We expect Young and WRIC will greatly benefit from her extraordinary station and social media leadership skills, demonstrated history of generating local news growth and proven ability to effectively program and monetize across platforms,” Young Broadcasting president Deborah McDermott said in a statement. Read more

Sam Brock Set to Join KNTV in San Francisco

Sam Brock will join KNTV, the NBC owned station in the San Francisco Bay Area, next week. In his new role as a reporter, he will lead the station’s “Reality Check” franchise, analyzing politics, public policy and community issues for accuracy and honesty.

“We’re excited to have Sam join our team and bring a unique franchise to the Bay Area,” said vice president of news, Jonathan Mitchell. “We strive to bring our viewers a smart, sophisticated news product and Sam is the kind of journalist that will fit in perfectly with our brand.” Read more

Bob Peterson, WRIC General Manager, Tapped as Young Broadcasting’s VP of Station Operations

Young Broadcasting has named Bob Peterson vice president of station operations. He will be based in Nashville for his new role, which is effective immediately.

It’s a corporate promotion for Peterson, who is currently general manager of Young Broadcasting’s WRIC in Richmond. He has held that position for eight years.

“Throughout his long tenure with the company, Bob has consistently exhibited the ability to visualize the big picture while successfully developing and implementing business plans that focus on content creation and revenue growth,” Young Broadcasting president Deborah McDermott said in a statement.

Anchor Julie Bragg Joining WTVR in Richmond

After a two-year hiatus from television, Julie Bragg will join WTVR this Summer, Richmond Magazine reports.

Bragg, who used to be an anchor for Richmond NBC-affiliate WWBT, will begin at CBS-affiliate WTVR on August 6 as the 5 and 5:30 p.m. co-anchor. She will be paired with Lorenzo Hall, who is currently a reporter and weekend anchor for the station.

“She loves the broadcasting business,” WTVR general manager Stephen Hayes said. “We believe that’s what she was meant to do.”

The 5 and 5:30 p.m. newscasts are currently anchored by Sam Brock and Stephanie Rochon. Beginning in August, Rochon will continue to anchor the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, while Brock will be a fill-in anchor and will work on other projects for the station, according to Richmond Magazine.

Former WWBT Anchor Gene Cox Joins Rival WRIC

Gene Cox is returning to Richmond local television this summer, Richmond Magazine reports.

Cox signed off from WWBT last year after 33 years at the NBC-affiliate. Since then, he has been sitting out a noncompete clause in his contract. He will begin at ABC-affiliate WRIC on a temporary basis beginning August 1.

“I’m laying myself out there,” he told Richmond Magazine. “It’s up to them, and it’s up to me. If it clicks, I’d like to stay.”

Cox will co-anchor the 5:30 p.m. newscast with Amy Lacey. He replaces Christina Feerick, who will remain at the anchor desk for the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. [h/t NewsBlues]

Weathercaster’s Apocalyptic Forecast Goes Viral After He Leaves Station

A strange video from WTVR popped up online recently in which weathercaster Aaron Justus delivers an apocalyptic forecast for the Richmond CBS-affiliate. In addition to a volcanic eruption and a super hurricane, Justus’s forecast includes Godzilla (video above).

So where’d the video come from? Read more

6 Twitter Tips For TV Reporters

Has promoting your station’s stories on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and (yep, even) LinkedIn turned your pages into boring RSS feeds? You’re not alone.

According to Robert Quiqley, journalism professor at University of Texas at Austin and former social media editor at the Austin American-Statesman, one of the biggest mistakes journos make is to “just push out their content without actually interacting with anybody… So, they are missing out on a huge opportunity to engage their audience, get sources, and get feedback on their stories.”

Instead, try giving viewers a peek inside your world with exclusive content or tidbits they wouldn’t get elsewhere. In Richmond, Virginia, WWBT reporter Rachel DePompa tweets links to news stories alongside “Here’s what I’m working on now” previews and the occasional personal post, like rooting for NHL Caps or offering her condolences on the anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting rampage.

Get remedies for five other common errors in The Biggest Mistakes Journalists Make in Social Media.

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