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Brittany Pieper Joins KOMU From KSLA

Brittany Pieper is the new evening co-anchor at KOMU, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo.

Beginning March 4, Pieper will co-anchor with Angie Bailey for the 5 p.m. newscast and with Jim Riek for the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She and Riek will also anchor the 9 p.m. newscast on KOMU’s CW-affiliated digital subchannel.

Pieper comes from Shreveport, La., where she is an anchor and reporter covering education at KSLA. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and began her career as a student reporter and anchor at KOMU.

“We knew Brittany to be a terrific journalist when she worked with us before. So when the opportunity came to bring her back to work with us again, I jumped at the chance,” news director Stacey Woelfel said in a statement. “She has all the skills Mid-Missouri wants in a news anchor –intelligence, a passion for news and the ability to communicate in a way people will love.”

Jessica Crandall New KTBS Weekend Anchor

Jessica Crandall has joined KTBS, the Shreveport, LA, ABC affiliate, as weekend anchor and weekday reporter.

Crandall comes to KTBS from KIFI-KIDK in Idaho Falls, ID where she was an anchor and reporter.

She began working at KIFI in 2010. Previously she worked as a reporter and fill-in weather anchor for Park City Television, Park City, UT.

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Michelle White Lafitte Leaving Shreveport’s KTAL

Michelle White Lafitte is leaving the Shreveport, LA, NBC affiliate KTAL.

“Michelle White Lafitte has resigned her position at KTAL-TV,” KTAL vice president and general manager Mark McKay told TVSpy. “We appreciate the fine work she has done for us the past three years as well as her respected career in the Shreveport-Bossier-Texarkana television market. We wish her and her family all the best in the future.”

Rumors of the popular anchor being forced out at the station first came up in October after KTAL hired Jacque Jovic to replace her on the 10 pm. news.  The station then added to the confusion when Jovic debuted the same week White Lafitte started her vacation.  The station took to facebook to calm viewers who noticed the anchor was missing. Read more

KTBS Fires Rhonda Lee For Violating Social Media Policy. Lee: ‘I have yet to see this policy’

Former KTBS meteorologist Rhonda Lee, who was terminated at the Shreveport ABC affiliate last month for “repeated violations” of the station’s social media policy, is firing back at station management, claiming she was unaware such a policy existed.

In October, a viewer wrote on the station’s Facebook page: “the black lady that does the news is a very nice lady. the only thing is she needs to wear a wig or grow some more hair. im not sure if she is a cancer patient. but its still not something myself that i think looks good on tv.”

Lee posted a lengthy response to the viewer, which she provided to Journal-isms:

Hello Emmitt–I am the ‘black lady’ to which you are referring. I’m sorry you don’t like my ethnic hair. And no I don’t have cancer. I’m a non-smoking, 5’3, 121 lbs, 25 mile a week running, 37.5 year old woman, and I’m in perfectly healthy physical condition.

I am very proud of my African-American ancestry which includes my hair. For your edification: traditionally our hair doesn’t grow downward. It grows upward. Many Black women use strong straightening agents in order to achieve a more European grade of hair and that is their choice. However in my case I don’t find it necessary. I’m very proud of who I am and the standard of beauty I display. Read more

‘Where’s Michelle?’: KTAL Uses Facebook to Answer Rumors About Missing Anchor

A vacation, a new anchor, and a reshuffling of the existing anchor lineup caused a bit of confusion for viewers of KTAL in Shreveport, LA.

When the NBC affiliate recently welcomed Jacque Jovic from Cleveland’s WJW to its lineup, her arrival prompted a few anchor changes.  Longtime fan favorite Michelle White Lafitte, who anchored the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts was moved off the 10 p.m. and replaced by Jovic, leaving White Lafitte at 5 and 6 p.m. with co-anchor Nick LaFave.

The problem arose when Jovic started her anchor duties the same week White Lafitte took the week off .  Viewers noticed.  So the station took to its facebook page to let them know that Michelle White Lafitte was still an anchor at the station.

“Many of you have noticed our new anchor Jacque Jovic, who debuted on NBC 6 News this week,” the facebook post said.  “The feedback on her contribution to the newsroom has been great (which doesn’t surprise us) but it has brought up the question of ‘where’s Michelle?’”  The full posting, which you can view after the jump, goes on to explain the situation.

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Shreveport’s KTAL Expands On-Air Roster

Viewers of KTAL in Shreveport, LA will be seeing some new faces on the air in the coming weeks.

The NBC affiliate’s morning news team will add husband and wife anchors Dan and Jacque Jovic from WJW in Cleveland.  Jacque will also join veteran anchor Michelle White at 10 p.m.  You can get a glimpse of Dan in his WJW farewell video after the jump.

“In seven months we have gone from a two person morning show to what will be a five person show,” KTAL vice president and general manager Mark McKay told TVSpy.  “Additionally we will add a seasoned anchor to the desk while retaining Michele White at the station”

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Busted! KSLA Gets Back at Alleged On Air Scammer

KSLA, the CBS affiliate for Shreveport, LA thought it was doing a good deed Friday night when it aired the story of a family left homeless by Hurricane Isaac.  The story was prompted by an email from a good Samaritan looking to help the family get back on its feet.  According to the station website, the station soon discovered it may have been fooled.

After the story aired, KSLA News 12 received phone calls from viewers saying that the couple was known for scamming on innocent people and that they were not homeless. We met up with Maston to give him a chance to address the allegations.

Sasha Jones, the reporter on the story, quickly invited the couple to the station to answer the allegations.  The suspect and his wife showed up, sat down for an interview and were promptly arrested by Shreveport Police.  You can watch the video after the jump.

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Mark McKay Takes Over as VP-GM of KTAL

Mark McKay has been appointed vice president and general manager at KTAL, the NBC-affiliate in Shreveport, LA, Nexstar Broadcasting announced today.

McKay’s appointment is a move within Nexstar — he joins KTAL from KAMR-KCIT-KCPN in Amarillo, TX, where he has been vice president and general manager since 2004. The new position is a return to KTAL for McKay, who began his broadcasting career as an anchor at the station in 1980.

Nexstar COO Brian Jones called McKay “the ideal person” to lead KTAL.

“He has an impressive background in all aspects of our business, and a proven track-record of leading teams that delivered compelling and effective marketing solutions for local and national advertisers,” Jones said in a statement.

KQDS Anchor Nick LaFave Leaves Duluth for KTAL

KQDS evening anchor Nick LaFave will leave the Duluth station on August 2 to become a lead co-anchor at KTAL in Shreveport.

LaFave has been the main anchor at the Fox affiliate since the station launched in 2007.  His move to Shreveport is a jump of 57 markets. “He’s definitely moving on to bigger and better things, and I couldn’t be more happy for him,” KQDS news director Jason Vincent told The Duluth News Tribune.

LaFave is the last of the original anchors to remain at KQDS, but the station will continue to grow despite the turnover, LaFave wrote on his Facebook page.”FOX 21 has done nothing but increase in ratings and quality every single ratings period,” he wrote. “That’s because it’s a TEAM product, not dependent on any one person.”

LaFave will anchor the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. broadcasts at KTAL, which is the NBC affiliate in Shreveport, beginning August 10.

Chris Huston Named KTAL News Director

Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced today that Chris Huston had been chosen to lead the newsroom at KTAL, the company’s NBC-affiliate in Shreveport, LA.

“Chris brings proven news management experience and a wealth of knowledge to KTAL,” said Mark Cummings, KTAL’s vice president and general manager. “I  am very excited he is joining our team.”

Huston is set to become KTAL’s news director next month. He comes to KTAL, which serves Shreveport in addition to the Texarkana region along the Texas-Arkansas border, from KIDK in Idaho Falls, where he also served as news director.

“I think everyone in the ArkLaTex recognizes that NBC 6 has made tremendous strides in the last few years,” said Huston. “I’m honored that the management team here felt that I could play a role in moving the station to even greater success.  I’m excited to hit the ground running.”

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