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WNWO Adds Laura Emerson as Anchor

emerson wnwoLaura Emerson is returning to Toledo as an anchor for Sinclair owned NBC affiliate WNWO.

The Blade reports Emerson will co-anchor the 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. shows with Jim Blue.

Emerson was an anchor at WUPW-TV, Channel 36, for 16 years, before she left in January, 2012, to co-anchor the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts at NBC affiliate WPSD-TV in Paducah, Ky, a market that stretches into western Missouri, southern Illinois, and the northern edge of Tennessee, and is slightly smaller than the Toledo-area market.

“She brings a familiar face to our viewers,” said Nicole Hahn, who was recently promoted to WNWO’s news director position. “She has a vast knowledge of the area, and she will bring leadership and experience to our team.

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Seven Months Later, Sinclair’s WNWO Back on Buckeye Cable

sinclair_buckeyeThe seven month long retrans dispute between Block Communications owned Buckeye Cable and Sinclair owned Toledo NBC affiliate WNWO has been resolved.

At times, the tensions in the dispute went public with Buckeye depicting Sinclair as the Grinch in an ad in Block owned newspaper, The Blade. Sinclair countered by calling Buckeye’s tactics “juvenile” and “silly antics.”

Sinclair released a statement that said in part, “In addition to customary terms and conditions, the agreement provides for Buckeye to pay a signing bonus to WNWO-TV, which is in an amount that more than covers the legal fees incurred as a result of a complaint filed by Buckeye at the Federal Communications Commission alleging that Sinclair had failed to negotiate in good faith.”

While The Blade reported, “Both parties also agreed to withdraw the complaints they had filed against each other with the FCC.”

Chris Topf Named VP-GM Of Tribune’s WPMT

Tribune Broadcasting Chris TopfTribune Broadcasting has named Chris Topf vice president and general manager of WPMT, the Fox affiliate in Harrisburg, Pa. It is a move within Tribune for Topf, who was most recently general manager of Toledo NBC affiliate WNWO.

“Chris has a successful history managing a television station and brings a strong background in revenue development in the broadcast television business. He will be a great asset for WPMT and a great addition to Tribune Broadcasting,” Tribune Broadcasting COO Kathy Clements said in a statement.

Before WNWO, Topf was the vice president of sales for Barrington Broadcasting in Illinois, overseeing stations in 13 markets.

WNWO’s New Management Team Wants Employees to ‘Walk With a New Swagger’

sinclair_304In April, we reported that Sinclair Broadcasting had moved five managers from WPTA in Fort Wayne, IN, to Toledo NBC affiliate WNWO.

John Nizamis, who took over for Chris Topf as GM at WNWO, told the The Toledo Free Press, the newcomers are here to do more than take WNWO out of the ratings cellar.

“It would be far too ambitious to say that we want to knock (Channels) 13 or 11 off the throne,” Nizamis said.  “As long as we’re fighting the good fight, we’re going to be in good shape here.  It goes beyond the ratings.  First of all, it is a business.  If we can increase ratings, we have an opportunity to increase revenue.

I’m trying to establish a new morale.  I want them to walk with a new swagger.  We want to be relevant.  This is a good product in a good market.” Read more

Firefighters Come Back After Seeing Fire They Put Out Flare Up Again on Live TV

Tony Geftos, reporter for WTVG in Toledo, was on scene reporting about a man who had jumped out of his window to escape a fire he said was set by an intruder who had also assaulted him.

Firefighters put that fire out then left the scene. A few hours later, while Geftos was talking about the initial fire during the Toledo ABC affiliate’s morning show, the flames came back.

Geftos told viewers later he dropped his mic,”banged on doors and yelled fire.” Normally, that would be the story itself if firefighters hadn’t told Geftos they saw the fire on TV and came back to put the flames out one more time.

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Sinclair Makes Management Changes at Toledo Station

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcasting has installed a new management team at its Toledo NBC affiliate WNWO “as part of its plan to beef up the station’s position in the marketplace.”

According to Toledo paper The Blade, Sinclair brought in five managers from WPTA in Fort Wayne, IN. WPTA is owned by Malara Broadcast Group.

Charity Freeman has been named general sales manager at WNWO. She previously was host of a WPTA-produced program called INsight.

Nicole Hahn, a producer at WPTA, has been named news director at WNWO, replacing Jim Blue, who is a Channel 24 co-anchor. Mr. Blue will continue to co-anchor the news at WNWO and become managing editor.

Sinclair has also created two new positions at Channel 24 that will be filled by former WPTA personnel. Read more

Sinclair Ends Retrans Negotiations with Buckeye Cable over WNWO Blackout

sinclair_buckeyeSinclair Broadcasting has announced the retransmission negotiations between its Toledo, OH, NBC affiliate WNWO and Buckeye Cable have ended without agreement.

“We apologize to Buckeye’s subscribers for the inconvenience this has caused,” Barry Faber, Sinclair’s chief negotiator said in a statement. “While we are aware that Buckeye has been providing its subscribers with a monthly credit of twenty-four cents ($0.24) as a result of the absence of WNWO, obviously this represents a mere fraction of the value of WNWO’s programming and is insulting not only to WNWO, but to Buckeye’s own subscribers.”

The very public fight began in December with the Block Communications’ owned Buckeye running ads about the blackout in its owned paper the The Blade. In one ad, Buckeye depicted Sinclair as a Grinch-like figure called “Sinclinch.” In another Buckeye called WNWO a “low-viewership, FREE, over-the-air station with inferior on-air news talent.”

Buckeye’s President and general manager Jeff Abbas said in an open letter on its website, “I want to assure our customers that we want to continue to carry WNWO, we are committed to negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement as quickly as possible, and we are willing to pay fair compensation for WNWO’s over-the-air signal on our system. We believe, however, that fair compensation should reflect WNWO’s value to our customers, compared to other Toledo stations.”

Melissa Voetsch Joins WTVG in Toledo

Melissa-VoetschMore than a year after health issues forced her to leave Toledo CBS affiliate WTOL, Melissa Voetsch has returned to the airwaves on rival WTVG. Voetch, who anchored the morning newscasts at WTOL, suffers from a heart condition.

“Melissa Voetsch joined 13abc this week on a temporary basis to help us with some staffing needs. She will be a general assignment reporter and we are delighted to have someone of her abilities on our team,” Brian Trauring, the ABC affiliate’s news director, told TVSpy.

The Toledo Blade reports Voetsch will be with WTVG for at least the next three months.

Chrys Peterson Signing Off From WTOL

chrys petersonChrys Peterson is saying goodbye to WTOL after 20 years at the Toledo CBS affiliate, the Toledo Blade reports.

Peterson, the weeknight evening anchor, is leaving the station to spend more time with her family. She will officially sign off on February 28.

“Chrys has been a fixture at WTOL and, more importantly, in this community for 20 years. I can’t begin to express how much she will be missed,” news director C.J. Hoyt told the Blade. “The good news is that she’ll remain a part of this community and a part of the many projects that are near to her heart and important to our viewers and WTOL, like Race for the Cure. It’s certainly going to be impossible to truly replace her, so we’ll talk more about that at a more appropriate time.”

Sinclair Calls Buckeye Cable’s Retrans Attack Ads ‘Silly Antics’

buckeye_sinclair_grinchBuckeye Cablesystem seems to be waging a very public battle against Sinclair Broadcasting in a fight over retrans fees for Sinclair’s NBC station WNWO.

The saga began when Sinclair pulled its newly acquired station off the Ohio based cable system last Sunday.

Buckeye, which is owned by Block Communications, started placing print ads in the Block-owned newspaper The Blade depicting Sinclair as the bad guy in the fight. (see the gallery of ads after the jump)

In one of the ads, Buckeye called WNWO a “low-viewership, FREE, over-the-air station with inferior on-air news talent.” In another, it painted Sinclair as a Grinch figure called “Sinclinch” and wrote, “The people of Metro Toledo like Christmas a lot, But the Sinclinch of Hunt Valley Maryland does not.” Sinclair is based in Hunt Valley, MD

Sinclair EVP and general counsel Barry Faber told TVSpy The Blade refused to allow his station group to buy space in order to give its side of the story.

Calling the tactics employed by Buckeye “juvenile” and “silly antics,” Faber told TVSpy the retrans fight is simple. He said it’s a business deal where one company doesn’t want to pay what another company is asking for. Read more

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