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Sylvia Rincon Leaving KABB to Work at Local School District

Rincon_KABBKABB anchor and reporter Sylvia Rincon is leaving the San Antonio FOX affiliate.

Rincon told TVSpy she is leaving to work as director of communications at a local school district and added, “It’s  a great opportunity that I could not pass up.”

The San Antonio Express-News reports Rincon is the sixth anchor or reporter to leave the station since May.

In the last five months, five well-known news names have departed the local Fox affiliate. The biggest shocker was the sudden exit last month by chief anchorman Michael Valdes, who was a 20-year KABB veteran.

Now, No. 6 is on her way out the door, and I’m hearing rumblings of others who may follow suit.

KABB news director Blaise Labbe confirmed Rincon’s exit with TVSpy and told us the station has seen many staff leave because of “new job opportunities or personal reasons.”

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KENS Spent Sunday Morning in the Dark

San Antonio CBS affiliate KENS was off the air Sunday morning, denying viewers a chance to watch the CBS news round up shows and putting a scare into those who wanted to watch the NFL.

On facebook, KENS reporter Barry Davis told viewers scheduled maintenance hit a glitch and caused the outage.

The San Antonio Express-News reported viewers missed “CBS Sunday Morning,” “Texas Country Reporter,” and “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer.” A quick look at TVEyes, showed the station came back just in time to catch the men’s professional football match between the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Longtime Anchor Out at San Antonio Station

valdes kabb croppedMichael Valdes no longer works at KABB.

Blaise Labbe, news director for the San Antonio FOX affiliate, confirmed the news with TVSpy.

According to a cached version of his station bio, “Valdes is one of the original members on the FOX News at Nine team that made its debut in March of 1995. Hired as a reporter, Valdes was named the weekend anchor six months later. He was then promoted to weekday anchor in March of 2000.”

He started his career with KMID in Midland, Tex. in 1994.

KSAT Apologizes for Reporting One Rapper’s Arrest, Showing Picture of Another

San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT sent out a tweet about rapper Young Jeezy getting arrested after a shooting at a Wiz Khalifa concert. Trouble is, the station sent out a picture of rapper Birdman instead.

The San Antonio Express-News caught the mistake.

The station put up a statement on its website saying a “third party graphics provider” had a picture in its library that identified Birdman as Young Jeezy. A producer at the station used the photo by mistake. The station said it told the graphics company about the problem and apologized to viewers.

You can read the apology after the jump. Read more

Telemundo San Antonio Adds Audrey Savage as VP of Sales

savage san antonioKVDA, Telemundo San Antonio, has named Audrey Savage VP of Sales.

Savage, who starts next Monday, will be responsible for developing and implementing all local, national and digital sales strategies for the station.

“This is a very exciting time to be a part of the Telemundo Station Group family,” Savage said in a statement.

She most recently worked as the local sales manager for Telemundo 39 Dallas-Forth Worth. Between 2003 and 2012, she was the local and national sales manager for Univision and Telefutura in Dallas.

KABB Saying Goodbye to Anchor and Assistant News Director

garcia_keithKABB anchor Ted Garcia (left) and assistant news director James Keith (right) are leaving the Sinclair owned FOX affiliate.

Garcia, who is leaving for a job in talk radio in San Diego, CA, told the San Antonio Express-News, “I’ll miss my Fox family,” and added, “The opportunity I’m taking was too good to pass up.”

Keith confirmed with the Express-News, he was leaving KABB for a job as the chief communication officer at the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

He’s left the station once before. In 2010, when he was an anchor at KABB, he went to work for a local school district. He returned in 2011 as assistant news director.

“This is one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make,” Keith said. “Great things are happening at KABB and WOAI and I’ll miss everyone I work with.”

Garcia has worked at KABB since August 2010.  He has also worked at KSWO in Lawton, OK, KSAT in San Antonio, KFMB in San Diego and KTLA in Los Angeles.

Prissila Sánchez Joins KWEX in San Antonio

univision logoPrissila Sánchez has joined KWEX, the Univision-owned station in San Antonio, Media Moves reports. In her new role, she will be a weather anchor and videojournalist, as well as reporting entertainment and lifestyle stories for the 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Sánchez began her career in Monterrey, Mexico, where she was a weather anchor for TV Azteca’s morning newscast for four years. Her first day on the air at KWEX was Monday.

Jennifer Dodd Joins KENS as Assistant ND

kens logoJennifer Dodd is joining San Antonio CBS affiliate KENS as assistant news director, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Dodd is a former reporter for KSAT, the ABC affiliate in San Antonio. Most recently, she has been news director at the Victoria Television Group in Victoria, Texas, where she oversees operations for the ABC, Fox and Univision affiliates.

“My husband and I are thrilled to be moving back to the city we love,” Dodd said. “We met in San Antonio, my daughters were born there and many of our loved ones live there.”

‘Post-Newsweek’ Name Retired, Company Now ‘Graham Media Group’

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Post-Newsweek Stations announced today the company would now be known as Graham Media Group, effective immediately. The name change comes after the sale of The Washington Post to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The company owns five television stations, WJXT in Jacksonville, WDIV in Detroit, KPRC in Houston, KSAT in San Antonio, and WKMG in Orlando.

In a statement, Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group, said the new name was a better fit for the company:

“Much like our parent company, Graham Holdings, this new name better reflects the diversity of our creative and innovative company,” said Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group. “We provide our communities with the best local news, programming and critical information, delivered on-air, on-line and on-demand, via our television stations, websites and social media, as well as 90 news, weather and community-focused mobile apps. In addition, we have recently made a strategic investment in Storm Pins, a crowd-sourced, social weather and breaking news app that connects you to your community, and we continue to look for ways to expand our reach into local communities through innovative digital media and web-based communications.”

Miami station WPLG, previously a Post-Newsweek station, was sold this year to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway

San Antonio Station Declines to Identify Restaurant Found Storing Food in Bathroom

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When a customer shot cell phone video that appeared to show a San Antonio restaurant storing food in the men’s room, KENS seemed to have quite a story. The station described the video as “stomach-turning” and brought it to the city health department. The person who recorded the video also questioned restaurant employees, who can be heard on the video saying they have “storage issues” and that, out of necessity “we clean the restroom and we store the food.”

The story had it all–except, perhaps, the most important information to a local viewer. Which restaurant are we talking about? Amazingly, KENS never named the restaurant in their story, on the station’s website, nor after questions were raised about their failure to identify the business.

On the KENS website, the station says “the owner of the establishment took immediate action and fired the employee seen on the video and because of that KENS 5 has chosen not to name the establishment.” That explanation has not been good enough for viewers, who have ripped the station on Facebook–noting that the local Fox station, KABB, reported the story completely, protecting nobody.

“KENS 5 “Covered Up” the story by NOT Reporting the full story, shielding the identify of the owner and the restaurant. I thought news agencies were supposed to report all the facts. Can’t help but wonder if Andrew Weissman, the Owner of The Luxury Restaurant, knows people at KENS 5. Must be nice when a news agency like KENS 5’s “Got Your Back”. Way to go Fox 29 !!”

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