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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.

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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]

Seattle Morning News Team Helps Ducklings Find Water

KCPQ ducks herdA mama duck and her seven ducklings were stuck the KCPQ parking lot across the street from Seattle’s Lake Union.

So the FOX affiliate’s morning team of Bill Wixey, Brien Blakely and M.J. McDermott did their part to help guide the raft across Westlake Avenue and into the lake’s wet embrace.

After the eight web-footed friends were safe, the KCPQ team high-fived each other for saving some ducks and basically capturing cuteness on video. Watch the video after the jump. Read more

Alex Rozier Joins KING From KHQ

After three years at KHQ in Spokane, Alex Rozier is joining KING in Seattle. He made the announcement on Twitter:

KOMO Commentator Ken Schram Dies


Ken Schram, former KOMO reporter and commentator has died.

According to the Seattle ABC affiliate, Schram had been fighting an internal infection.

Schram was known at the station for being “brash and opinionated.” KOMO news director Holly Gauntt told The Seattle Times, “Ken was a journalist cut from the old-school, hard-as-nails cloth, but he had a heart of gold.”

He worked at both KOMO TV and radio for 35 years until his retirement 2 years ago. He was 66 years old.

KOMO News Director: Sinclair Management ‘a Breath of Fresh Air’

sinclair logoKOMO news director Holly Gauntt talks to TVNewsCheck about how Sinclair Broadcast Group, which acquired the ABC affiliate last year, has made an investments in the news division with the goal of dethroning ratings leader KING:

Gauntt, who’s been at KOMO for seven years, says staffers were wary of Sinclair, which has a bad rep in newsrooms for cutting staffs and airing right-wing slanted news. And Sinclair did layoff a reported 18 KOMO staffers including editors, satellite-truck operators, writers and producers, a move that got them slammed in the local press.

But Gauntt says many of those cuts were long in coming, due largely to Fisher being heavy on unnecessary personnel. “You don’t want to lose people, but at the same time this station had never made changes that came with technology,” she says.

At the same time, Gauntt says, Sinclair asked her what she needed “to be the No. 1 station in the market.” They responded, building the station’s first new set in 15 years and buying loads of equipment including three cellular bonded units, a satellite truck, new computers and five cars. Read more

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