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San Antonio Station Retracts Stories After Attorney Sues for Defamation

San Antonio CBS affiliate KENS has retracted two stories and apologized for “inaccurate” reports after accusing a San Antonio lawyer of being unprofessional and unethical.

In an I-Team report by former reporter Joe Conger, the station reported Jon Christian “Chris” Amberson had stolen land and mineral rights from a local couple. Amberson sued the station for defamation over the reports and was looking for “at least $1 million in actual damages and $5 million in punitive damages.”

“The statements we reported about Mr. Amberson’s potential improper handling of the Harms’ case have not proven to be true,”  KENS anchor Sarah Lucero said in an apology the station aired during the Monday 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts. “We apologize to Mr. Amberson for the inaccurate and incomplete presentation the I-Team reports represented about him.”

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WOAI’s Evy Ramos Shares Her Adoption Story

Evy Ramos, an evening anchor at San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI, shared her personal adoption story on yesterday’s episode of “San Antonio Living.”

Ramos revealed that she got pregnant during high school and gave her son up for adoption. She explained a bit more about her experience here:

November is National Adoption Month. I try my best to share my story about the beauty of adoption. Placing my child for adoption was the hardest thing I have ever done. But there is no doubt in my mind it was the best decision for him. He is being raised by two wonderful parents and has a great older brother. I hope anyone going through an unplanned pregnancy will consider adoption as an option.

Ramos goes into more detail about the adoption process and what her relationship is like with her (now 14-year-old) son in the video above.

After 18 Years in Local TV News, Departing Anchor Says ‘Quite Honestly, I’m Tired’

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In an interview with the San Antonio Current, Sylvia Rincon admits eighteen years in local TV news is exhausting. “Well, quite honestly, I’m tired,” she said. “It’s a demanding job being a television reporter.”

After twelve years at San Antonio Fox affiliate KABB, Rincon has changed course–taking a communications job for a local school district. “This is a big change, [but] for our generation, I think it’s not unusual to have two or three big careers.”

If Rincon does ultimately decide to have a third big career, there’s a chance it will be politics. “I’ve talked about running for City Council or commissioner,” Rincon says. “It’s no secret.”

Telemundo’s KVDA Adds 4:30 PM Newscast

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KVDA, the Telemundo station in San Antonio, has added a 4:30 p.m. newscast to its current 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. lineup.

According to MySanAntonio.comAlex Hernandez will anchor “Noticias 60 Telemundo,” along with meteorologist Lilian Perez and sports anchor Jonathan Solarte. The half-hour show will focus on issues affecting the Spanish-speaking community in the Alamo City.

“Spanish language viewers want and need more news, weather and live local programming,” Manuel Martinez, president of Telemundo Station Group, said in a statement. “We have a responsibility to provide them with the information they need to help them lead better lives.”

“Noticias 60 Telemundo” debuted on Monday.

Lawyer Sues San Antonio Station for Defamation and Libel

kens logo_304x200A San Antonio attorney is suing CBS affiliate KENS for libel and defamation.

The San Antonio Express-News reports, Jon Christian Amberson is looking for “at least $1 million in actual damages and $5 million in punitive damages” from the station.

In a statement, Amberson said “Without any facts whatsoever to support their storyline, KENS-TV. . .misrepresented numerous statements and claims attacking my honesty, integrity and professional work, all in an effort to fabricate a scandal to drive their TV news ratings.” Read more

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.”

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.

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