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Archives: August 2010

Fresno’s KSEE Unveils New Studio, Graphics

The Fresno Bee

KSEE New Studio Matt Rosenfeld has been planning a major upgrade of the KSEE (Channel 24.1) newscast since he took over as general manager just more than year ago. That planning gave way to construction three months ago and the result is a revamped look.

Rosenfeld won’t say the exact cost of the upgrades, but it was more than six figures. The biggest chunk was the purchase of three new studio cameras.

Rosenfeld and news director Chris Manson say good planning and a lot of staff support meant the changes could be made within a tight budget. More…

Veteran TV Anchor Making Radio Comeback

Fort Myers News-Press

Jim McLaughlin Former WINK-TV main anchorman Jim McLaughlin is returning to the fold in September when he takes a position with the new WINK News Radio.

Starting Sept. 13, McLaughlin will anchor the 3 to 6 p.m. news on the new all-news radio station. WINK News Radio is found on 1200 AM and 1460 AM.

The job came about after McLaughlin took a group of college students to the WINK studios. It was his first time back in five years and while his old friends Lois Thome and Jim Farrell were talking with the students, McLaughlin got talking with the station manager. More…

In Chicago, Web Writers Join Newsroom Peers in WGAE

Chicago Tribune

WGAE logo Writer-producers for Chicago’s WBBM-Ch. 2 Web site have voted to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East, the same union that represents other writers in the CBS station’s newsroom.

The WGAE said the four people who work exclusively on content for are the first news writer-producers working solely on Internet content to join the Guild. CBS News radio and TV writers long have been members of the union best known for representing movie and TV scribes.

“We are proud to be the first Web news writers and Web producers to join the Guild, but I’m sure we wont be the last,” Michael Ramsey, one of those at WBBM to vote unanimously Thursday for Guild representation, said in the Guild’s announcement. More…

Florida DOT Scolds Orlando Stations for Accident Coverage

Orlando Sentinel

Truck Accident
The Florida Department of Transportation watched television coverage of an I-4 accident Friday morning–and didn’t like what it saw.

Steve Olson, a spokesman for the department’s District 5, issued a release cautioning the stations. He sympathized with the station’s difficulties in covering such stories–Olson used to report for WFTV-Ch. 9–but he reminded reporters and their bosses about the dangers.

Olson wrote: “Please keep your distance from the travel lanes, especially on the Interstates. Please don’t have lights shining toward oncoming traffic. Please dont be a distraction.” More…

D.C.’s WJLA Pushing Morning Newscast to 4:30

The Washington Post

WJLA Logo Months after three local Washington stations debuted 4:30 a.m. newscasts, WJLA is joining the super-early news party, the ABC affiliate announced Thursday.

“Good Morning Washington” will start at 4:30 a.m. beginning Monday, with “GMW” newscaster Alison Starling in the anchor seat.

“Basically, we want to serve the early risers,” station manager Bill Lord said. “When you look at how many people are awake and watching television that time of day, it is shocking.” More…

Huntsville Stations Locked in Race to 4:30 Start

The Huntsville Times

Keith Lowhorne The morning television wars/soap opera are heating up and getting a little crazy.

On Aug. 22, WAAY-TV news director Keith Lowhorne announced that Channel 31 would move up its 5 a.m. newscast to 4:30. Now, one week later, both WAFF-TV Channel 48 and WHNT-TV Channel 19 have announced they are also moving their newscasts up to 4:30.

In fact, an official from one of the stations noted in e-mail: “If you’re keeping score … here are the start dates for each station’s new 4:30 a.m.: WHNT, Aug. 30; WAAY, Sept. 13; WAFF, mid-October.” So, actually, Channel 19 was beating Channel 31 to the early-morning punch. More…

Popular Charlotte Meterologist Dies

Charlotte Observer

Ray Boylan Ray Boylan, whose folksy forecasts on Charlotte TV belied a meteorology background grounded in scouting hurricanes for the U.S. Navy, died Thursday in Palm Coast, Fla.

Boylan, who celebrated his 76th birthday two weeks ago, had been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and had been on liquid oxygen.

During his 11 years at WSOC (Channel 9), Boylan was perhaps best known for his work during Hurricane Hugo, which smashed into Charlotte in September 1989. More…

Westin Announces Leadership Changes at ABC News


David Westin ABC News President David Westin sent a memo to staff, obtained by TVNewser, earlier today outlining the new/altered management responsibilities for leadership at the network.

While most of the changes add responsibilities for various senior staffers, some are shifting their roles, including “Nightline” EP James Goldston who will now oversee “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” as well.

The announcements are a part of the restructuring of the news division that Westin began instituting earlier this year. More…

Anderson Cooper Sees Promise on Katrina Anniversary

The Huffington Post

Anderson Cooper, New Orleans Driving along a New Orleans road, Anderson Cooper estimated that this was his 30th trip to the city since Hurricane Katrina hit five years ago. The catastrophe was a formative event for many in the media, and Cooper’s impassioned, outraged reporting about the government’s mishandling of the crisis shot him to greater prominence than ever before.

Since then, the CNN anchor has kept his focus on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He spent eight straight weeks in the region during the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Now, with the fifth anniversary of Katrina coming on Sunday, Cooper has returned. More…

Following National Trend, Philly’s KYW Sets 4:30am Start


KYW Logo KYW, CBS Television’s owned-and-operated TV station in Philadelphia is the third big-market station this week to announce it would start its early morning newscast a half-hour earlier.

Beginning Monday, Sept. 6, Eyewitness News This Morning will air 4:30 a.m. on KYW and then continue from 7 to 9 a.m. on WPSG-TV, the company’s CW affiliate in the market.

Newscasts across the country have been airing earlier and earlier, a far cry from Feb. 1981 when KYW launched Philadelphia’s first early morning newscast at 6:30 a.m. More…