Archives: December 2011
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“What the viewers are seeing is a crawl that WFLA is putting across their channel saying we are in a dispute,” Verizon spokesman Bob Elk told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The station is urging viewers to contact Verizon and pledge loyalty to the station.
Media General is negotiating with Verizon for carriage of WFLA and WJAR, the NBC-affiliate in Providence. Elek said the parties “are continuing to negotiate in good faith,” noting, “rarely do these things end up with a channel actually leaving the air.”
Nearly three months after the E.W. Scripps company announced the acquisition of nine stations from The McGraw Hill Company, the purchase is complete.
The FCC approved the $212 million deal earlier this month. In a statement, McGraw-Hill chairman, president and CEO Harold McGraw III said he was pleased with the Scripps purchase.
“I thank the talented men and women of these stations for their valuable contributions to McGraw-Hill and know they are joining a respected media organization where they will continue delivering news, insights and entertainment,” he said.
Stations involved in the deal are ABC-affiliates KMGH in Denver, KGTV in San Diego, KERO in Bakersfield and WRTV in Indianapolis, as well as four Azteca America affiliates in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, San Diego and Bakersfield.
Edwards, who told TVSpy there are many details he won’t reveal “because there are many at an ever-leaner WISH TV I hold dear,” was fired halfway through his three-year contract because his high salary put “too much pressure” on the station’s budget, WISH insiders say.
“My dismissal is as mundane as money,” Edwards said.
Edwards, an award-winning investigative reporter at WISH, was aware of the risk his high salary posed and asked station management if he could interview elsewhere, WISH sources say. He was told he was “safe.”
In her 13 years as a general assignment and investigative reporter at WJBK, Amy Lange has seen her share of interesting stories. But Lange, who says “there’s not a better news town in the country” than Detroit, tells the Observer & Eccentric about her most memorable one:
“Everything went on hold” when the texting scandal of succeeding Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick broke. Lange covered the unfolding events closely, often going on “Kwame watches.”
“There were many cold days, sitting outside of the mansion,” she said. “And, standing outside of city hall, waiting for his vehicle to leave, just to see if we could get a comment.
“Kwame certainly is the most all-encompassing, longest and biggest story that I’ve had the privilege of covering.” Read more
Dick Anthony, a longtime news anchor who spent 23 years at KDAL in Duluth, died Monday. He was 92.
“He was an instritution,” Duluth historian Jim Heffernan said. “The original 6 o’clock news guy.”
In his long tenure at the station, he played several roles: reporter, producer and anchor. He kept busy with radio broadcasts in the morning and television broadcasts in the evening, his son Rick told the News Tribune. Read more
The subchannel, which currently is a live weather radar, will expand to broadcast CBS and MeTV programming, as well as new local newscasts, WBBJ programming operations manager Wayne Thing told the Jackson Sun.
The main channel will continue to broadcast half-hour newscasts at 11:30 a.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. On the CBS-affiliated subchannel, there will be additional newscasts at noon, 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
This week, WRNN has four openings available. The station is hiring a master control operator, an executive producer, a news booker and social media specialist for its Rye Brook, NY office. Meanwhile, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is looking for a video production specialist. Get the details on these gigs below, and find additional just-posted jobs on mediabistro.com.
- Master Control Operator WRNN (Rye Brook, NY)
- Executive Producer WRNN (Rye Brook, NY)
- News Booker WRNN (Rye Brook, NY)
- Social Media Specialist WRNN (Rye Brook, NY)
- Video Production Specialist University of Maryland University College (Hyattsville, MD)
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