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Seattle’s KING Reportedly Set to Move Headquarters

KING logoThe Seattle Times reports Seattle NBC affiliate KING is “close to signing a long-term lease” to move the station’s headquarters to a new building near Safeco Field:

The television station is expected to occupy about 70,000 square feet on the first, second and third floors of Home Plate Center’s 158,000-square-foot North building, said Flinn Ferguson broker Brian Hayden, who’s not involved in the negotiations.

KING 5 envisions a studio on the first floor so passers-by could peek at its live broadcasts on game days, similar to how “Today” televises its shows in New York, Hayden said.

The newspaper says a final decision by station owner Gannett could come within the next month, with a move slated for 2015.

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Portland Reporter Moves North to Seattle

cassuto twitterDan Cassuto is joining Seattle NBC affiliate KING on Monday.

According to Cassuto’s agent Rick Gevers, Mark Ginther, KING news director, told staffers, “Dan is a unique and gifted storyteller.”

Cassuto comes to KING from KATU in Portland where he had been a reporter for two years. He has also worked at WRAL in Raleigh, N.C., WKOW in Madison, Wisc. and WBBH in Fort Myers, Fla.

Brian Monahan Leaving Seattle’s KIRO for WSB in Atlanta

web_bio_monahanBrian Monahan, meteorologist at Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO, is leaving the station for Atlanta, where he’ll join Cox sister station WSB. “Finishing up my last morning on KIRO7, and my co-workers sent me off with a signed 12th man flag (of course!),” Monahan posted to Facebook. “I’ll miss these guys a lot as I head to Atlanta!”

Monahan joined KIRO from yet another Cox station, WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando. Monahan followed Bob Jordan from Orlando to Seattle, making the move in 2012.

Jesse Jones Jumping Stations in Seattle

jones kiroConsumer reporter Jesse Jones is leaving Seattle NBC affiliate KING for CBS affiliate KIRO.

“After nine years I am moving on from KING-TV,” Jones wrote on his facebook page. “I want to thank the station for its support of my family and the Get Jesse franchise.”

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports, Jones grew up in Tacoma and led Montana State University to a national title in 1984 as a fullback.

Using a broadcaster’s talents, and a won’t-be-stopped style borrowed from his gridiron position, Jones blew threw dishonest Puget Sound-area businesses and made “Get Jesse” a consistently interesting feature on the evening news.

King said on his facebook page he starts at KIRO in October, but because of his contract, he can’t appear on-air until April.

Jake Milstein Named KIRO News Director

KIROJake Milstein has been promoted to news director at KIRO, Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate in Seattle. Milstein replaces Bob Jordan, who retired last month.

Since 2008, Milstein has been KIRO’s managing editor. Before that, he worked at WRC in Washington, D.C. and KCOY-KKFX in Santa Maria, Calif.

“I’m very pleased that we were able to tap KIRO-TV’s internal talent for this critical position. Under Jake’s leadership, we will continue to deliver exceptional daily newscasts to our viewers and position KIRO 7 Eyewitness News as the No. 1 digital content distributor for Seattle,” KIRO general manager Jay O’Connor said in a statement.

“I’m thrilled to be in this new role leading such a talented group of journalists, as we make KIRO 7 Eyewitness News the go to place for news on-air, on-line and on social media,” Milstein added.

KCPQ Launching 11 p.m. Newscast

kcpq logoKCPQ, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Seattle, is launching an 11 p.m. newscast this summer. The newscast will air Sunday through Thursday, anchored by David Rose and Marni Hughes with chief meteorologist Walter Kelly and sports director Aaron Levine.

“Q13 FOX News is looking forward to providing a new choice for viewers who want news at 11pm. This newscast will focus on concise reporting of the most important local news and accurate weather forecasting delivered by a team you enjoy spending time with,” KCPQ news director Erica Hill said in a statement.

The newscast will debut August 17.

‘Just One More Morning Meeting’

After TV news jobs that have taken him from coast to coast, and many stops in between, KIRO-TV news boss Bob Jordan‘s last day has arrived. Jordan announced last month that he’s retiring after 45 years in TV news.

Washington State Supreme Court Sides With KOMO on Dashcam Video Access

komo dashcam videoThe Washington State Supreme Court has sided with Seattle’s KOMO in a lengthy legal battle between the ABC affiliate and the Seattle Police Department over access to police dashcam videos.

In the opinion, which was filed today, the court concludes that two out of three of reporter Tracy Vedder‘s public records requests should have been granted.

KOMO sued for access to the dashcam videos in 2011, the same year the Department of Justice was investigating the Seattle Police Department for use of excessive force. The investigation concluded the SPD “engaged in a pattern of excessive force in violation of the Constitution and federal law.”

In a statement to TVSpy, KOMO news director Holly Gauntt said the station is pleased with the outcome of the court battle:

We’re ecstatic about this win, not just for KOMO but for all media across Washington and quite frankly for the citizens of our state. … It was blatantly unfair and unethical for the police department to try and keep potentially incriminating videos out of the public’s view.  It was even more damming when you consider that the department consistently uses dashcam videos in its court cases against citizens and yet doesn’t allow citizens to access the videos when they feel they’ve been unjustly treated by police.

Honestly, it’s our obligation to hold public officials and entities accountable and to advocate for our viewers. I believe we’ve really succeeded in doing that and it feels great.

First Female Local TV News Anchor to Stop Anchoring After 42 Years


Jean Enersen is stepping away from the KING anchor desk on Friday.

Enersen has anchored for 42 of her 46 years at the Seattle NBC affiliate. According to The Seattle Times, her nickname is “The Franchise.” She is the first female local news anchor in the US.

Wednesday, Enersen told viewers, “I’m not leaving you, again. I’m refocusing at KING. I’m lucky. I’m healthy. I’m happy.” While she won’t anchor anymore, she will work on projects like KING’s HealthLink.

“This decision won’t come as a surprise to those who know me well,” Enersen said, “I’ve been passionate about health for a long time. Not just mine, but the health of my family and our community.”

Enersen will also continue working on KING 5 specials including Northwest Newsmakers, political coverage and major news events. She will also continue to serve and support the community which has been her lifelong home.  Those cause-driven organizations that have long benefitted from her commitment and passion will be able to count on her continued advocacy in the future. Read more

Jim Rose Promoted to Station Manager of KING

KING logoKING director of sales Jim Rose has been promoted to VP and station manager of the Seattle NBC affiliate.

Rose will report to Ray Heacox, president and GM of KING-KONG.

“We have several major priorities and projects that need increased focus and I can think of no better leader to help us continue as the dominant media company in Seattle than Jim” Heacox said in a statement.

Rose started at KING in 2000. Previously he worked for KTVX in Salt Lake City and was a research manager for Blair TV in New York. He started his career as promotion coordinator with WPLJ-FM in New York.

As part of the move, director of local sales Jason Xydis will replace Rose as director of sales. Xydis has worked in the KING sales department since 1998.

[Bellevue Business Journal]

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