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John Christianson to Head Lilly Broadcasting’s Eastern Division

Lilly Broadcasting LogoJohn Christianson has been named executive vice president of Lilly Broadcasting’s Eastern Division and general manager of One Caribbean Television.

Christianson was replaced as GM of Toledo ABC affiliate WTVG by Peter Veto who was director of sales and national sales manager for both WTVG and WJRT as well as serving as GM of SJL Broadcasting’s WJRT.

“It’s been an honor to work at WTVG with the fantastic staff and management team, to continue the tradition of excellence in journalism and involvement in the community,” said Christianson in a statement.

Previously, Christianson worked as news director and later GM of WSEE in Erie, PA. He has also served as GM at WICU and WBEP in Erie and is credited for his involvement in creating and finding distribution for One Caribbean Television.

Sinclair Pulls WNWO from Buckeye Cable Over Retrans Fees

Toledo newspaper The Blade is reporting Sinclair Broadcast Group group told Buckeye CableSystem to pull the signal of its newly acquired NBC affiliate WNWO off the cable system after their previous retransmission consent contract expired at midnight Sunday.

In addition to the video above, Buckeye also posted an update on negotiations to its website. “Sinclair is demanding to be paid about 10 times more than what WNWO was receiving before the sale; far in excess of what leading Toledo stations receive, even though WNWO has nowhere near the viewership of the leading stations.”

Sinclair bought WNWO as part of its recent purchase of Barrington Broadcasting stations.

Buckeye is offering free digital antennas to its subscribers as one solution for watching NBC during the blackout.

Brandon Jones Set to Join WTOL in Toledo

Brandon Jones is joining Toledo CBS affiliate WTOL as a morning anchor and reporter. In a note to staffers obtained by TVSpy, news director CJ Hoyt said Jones will begin at WTOL August 12.

“He’ll get acclimated his first couple days and be on the air that week co-anchoring with Melissa Andrews … We’re very excited to have him on board!” Hoyt wrote.

Jones moves to Toledo from Greensboro, N.C., where he is a reporter at WGHP. He has previously worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KBTV in Beaumont, Texas and as an associate producer at WDIV in Detroit.

WNWO Adds Falconer as Morning Anchor

Annette Falconer has joined WNWO as its morning anchor.

Yesterday, on her facebook page, she promoted her first day on-air for the Toledo NBC affiliate, writing, “Alright…here we go! First day on air, tomorrow morning at 4:30 A.M.!!! Join us for the fun! :)

Falconer, who last worked at KLTV in Tyler, TX, replaces Abby Powell who left WNWO in May after nearly a year.

[The Toledo Blade]

Jim Blue Coming Back to Toledo as WNWO News Director and Anchor

WNWO has announced Jim Blue will join the Toledo NBC affiliate as news director and 6 p.m. anchor.

“I’m tremendously excited about rejoining WNWO at a time of incredible renewal at the station and in the community,” said Blue. “We’ve all sacrificed in recent years to achieve a new vitality in our economy and in our city. Now I hope to build upon WNWO’s recent successes and work to provide a fresh, independent journalistic voice in Toledo.”

Blue, who comes to the station from WFFT in Fort Wayne, IN, worked for WNWO once before from 2002 to 2008. Read more

VIDEO: Toledo Anchor Rescues Pitbull, Searches for Owner on Air

Angi Gonzalez, anchor for WNWO in Toledo, used her chicken dinner to rescue a stray pit bull found wandering outside the NBC affiliate’s studios.

In the report aired on WNWO and posted to the station’s website, Gonzalez can be seen feeding the dog and later carrying the stray pooch to her car.  The station is updating viewers on the dog’s condition and subsequent search for her owner on its facebook page, its website, and on air.

The station said the pooch is on hold until 6 p.m. tomorrow.  After that, the dog will be given a behavior evaluation and possibly put up for adoption. Read more

WTVG Adds Two Meteorologists and a Reporter

Toledo ABC affiliate WTVG has made three new hires, according to the Toledo Blade: Ross Ellet (left), Nichole Langley (center) and Daryl Kirkland-Morgan (right).

Ellet is a meteorologist who joined WTVG from the Ohio News Network, which shuttered earlier this year. Before that, he was a weekend meteorologist for KHBS-KHOG, Hearst Television’s duopoly in Fayetteville, Ark.

Langley, also a meteorologist, will serve as WTVG’s weekday traffic anchor and reporter and will also be an occasional weather anchor. She comes from KFBB in Great Falls, Mont., where she has been the morning meteorologist since 2010. Read more

Tina Shaerban Says Goodbye to Toledo’s WTOL

Tina Shaerban is signing off today from WTOL, the CBS-affiliate in Toledo, according to the Toledo Blade.

Shaerban, the morning traffic reporter at WTOL, has been with the station for two years. She has been anchoring the 9 a.m. newscast during Melissa Voetsch‘s medical leave. Shaerban is moving back to her hometown, Cleveland, with her family.

“She brings a natural joy with her to our newsroom every single day. It’s the kind of brightness and enthusiasm that’s not easy to find,” news director C.J. Hoyt said. Hoyt noted the station is searching for a replacement for an early August debut.

Susan Ross Wells Says Goodbye to WTVG

After 20 years at Toledo ABC-affiliate WTVG, Susan Ross Wells will anchor her final broadcast on July 30. She has taken a position as director of health care marketing at the University of Toledo.

“I feel like I’m ready for a new challenge. It feels like a new chapter for me, a new adventure,” Wells told the Toledo Blade. “I’m so proud of the work I’ve done here and that we’ve all done in this almost 20 years. I have met exciting people, told important stories, and am very proud.”

Wells joined WTVG in 1992 and has anchored several different newscasts during her tenure at the station. She currently anchors weekdays at 5:30 p.m. Read more

Meteorologist Kelly Heidbreder Joins WTVG in Toledo

Kelly Heidbreder has joined Toledo ABC-affiliate WTVG on an interim basis.

Heidbreder, who was most recently a reporter and meteorologist for rival WNWO, will work as a weekend meteorologist, according to the Toledo Blade.

“She is a candidate for the job to replace [meteorologist] Kristen Emery on mornings Saturday and Sunday,” executive news director Brian Trauring told the Blade. “We’re going to see how that goes. So far she’s off to a great start.”

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