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Archives: January 2012

WCVB’s ‘Chronicle’ Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The Boston Globe profiles “Chronicle,” a daily news magazine on Boston ABC-affiliate WCVB, as the show marks its 30th year on the air. The program — which WCVB president and general manager calls “the little local show that can” — stands out as a more detailed look at the city’s news among the “fast, urgent world of Boston television”:

Tucked in a separate newsroom within WCVB, a whiteboard highlights the various “Chronicle’’ story assignments for the next few weeks; one that was on the board last week was called “Luxe for Less.’’ The feature will show Boston consumers where they can find high-end bargains at restaurants and designer showrooms. Another upcoming story will whisk viewers to the Bahamas for a winter escape.

“We shoot a little more, we take a little more time to edit, we really try to do a mini-documentary every night,’’ said Chris Stirling, the show’s executive producer.

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WICS Reporter Katie Heinz: Viewer Support Has ‘Given Me Strength’ After Car Accident

WICS reporter Katie Heinz recently underwent back surgery as she continues to recover from injuries sustained during a car accident last year.

Heinz said in a statement that she has been “undergoing extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation.”

“Your thoughts, prayers and many acts of kindness have meant so much and have given me the strength to tackle that extra step during therapy,” Heinz said. “Though it may take awhile, I look forward to the day I can return to the Springfield community and my WICS family.”

Heinz was driving a station vehicle in December when she was rear-ended in Springfield, IL. The impact propelled her car into the oncoming lane of traffic, where it was struck again.

KPSP and KESQ Merge Operations in Palm Springs

CBS-affiliate KPSP is merging news operations with ABC-affiliate KESQ in Palm Springs, the two stations announced today. The merger is effective immediately.

In announcing the merger, KPSP owner James Houston said the station was a “labor of love” for his wife, Jackie Lee Houston, who died in September.

“With her passing, we have now made the difficult decision to find a new owner for our television operation,” he said. “While a number of options were carefully considered, a merger with the Bradley family, owners of Gulf-California (KESQ-TV) was ultimately chosen as the best opportunity.”

Gulf-California Broadcast company also owns three more stations in the market: Fox-affiliate KDFX, CW-affiliate KCWQ and Telemundo-affiliate KUNA. All four stations are headquartered in the same facilities in Palm Desert. Read more

KTHV Experiences Technical Difficulties with Spelling

Does spelling count as a “technical difficulty”?  Little Rock CBS-affiliate KTHV apparently had some problems today.

Cleveland’s WKYC Hires Meteorologist Marcus Walter

Marcus Walter is joining WKYC, the NBC-affiliate in Cleveland, as a meteorologist.

Walter joins WKYC from ABC News, where he is currently the weather producer for “Good Morning America” meteorologist Sam Champion. The station reported the hire on the “WKYC Director’s Cut” blog.

He replaces A.J. Colby, who was let go from WKYC in April of last year but continued to work at the station on a freelance basis until October.  Walter’s first day will be February 13.

KOLD Set to Take Over KMSB Newscasts Tomorrow

As the result of a recently struck shared services agreement in Tucson, CBS-affiliate KOLD will take over production of newscasts on Fox-affiliate KMSB beginning tomorrow, February 1st.

KOLD has already rebranded its website “Tucson News Now” to reflect the joint news operation and, starting tomorrow, the station will produce a one-hour 9 p.m. newscast on KMSB, as well as a new, two-hour weekday morning show that will run from 7 to 9 a.m.

The 9 p.m. newscast will be anchored by Scott Kilbury during the week and Chris Holmstrom on the weekends.  Kilbury currently anchors KOLD’s 4 p.m. newscast, alongside Heather Rowe, and Holmstrom has been a reporter with the station since August. Read more

Veteran Sportscaster Jim Henderson Bidding Farewell to WWL: ‘The Business Has Gotten Tougher’

When he announced his plans to retire as WWL sports director earlier this month, Jim Henderson said that he would retire following a Super Bowl appearance this year by his beloved Saints.

With the Saints out of Sunday’s Super Bowl game, Henderson is bidding farewell to WWL today.

Henderson, who has been with the CBS-affiliate since 1978, will work the station’s 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts this evening, before heading off into semi-retirement (he will continue working as the Saints play-by-play radio announcer).

WWL will honor Henderson tonight, taking a look back at his long tenure at the station. Read more

Known for Slurred Newscast, Anchor Annie Stensrud Charged with DWI

Annie Stensrud, the KEYC anchor who became a viral sensation after slurring her way through a newscast in early December, has been formally charged with drunk driving, following her arrest on December 21st.

Stensrud is facing one gross misdemeanor charge of Driving While Impaired as well as two misdemeanor DWI charges, according to KEYC.

The Mankato Free Press reports that a urine test administered just over an hour after Stensrud was arrested registered a blood-alcohol level of .31, nearly four times the legal limit.

Stensrud, who has not appeared on KEYC since the slurred newscast, was arrested just before noon on the 21st after police received an anonymous tip that a woman was driving drunk through Mankato. Read more

On the Move, 1/31/12

Nathalie Basha joins WDTN in Dayton, as the host of “Living Dayton.”

Peter Daut joins Charlotte ABC-affiliate WSOC as the weekday morning and midday anchor. Most recently, Daut worked as a reporter at KXAS in Dallas.

Jackie Bruno joins New England Cable News (NECN) as the weekend anchor and lifestyle reporter. Bruno comes to NECN from WWLP in Springfield, MA.

Darren Haynes joins WHDH in Boston as a sports reporter and fill-in anchor from KABB in San Antonio.

All of the journalists mentioned here are represented by Ken Lindner, Karen Wang-Lavelle, Rob Jordan, Melissa Van Fleet, Kristin Allen, Lexi Strumor, and Jill Walter of Ken Lindner & Associates.

If you would like to report a new move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

After 8 Years as GM, Ardyth Diercks Out at WTVJ

After eight years as president and general manager of WTVJ in Miami, Ardyth Diercks has left the NBC O&O.

“Earlier this year, Ardyth Diercks left NBC 6 Miami to explore other professional and personal ventures,” an NBC spokesperson told TVSpy. “We’re grateful for her service over the last eight years and wish her the best in all her future endeavors.”

A job posting for WTVJ’s president and general manager was added to the NBC Universal website on January 13.

Prior to joining WTVJ in 2003, Diercks served as president and general manager of WUSA in Washington, DC, KSDK in St. Louis and KVUE in Austin. She began her career in local television, which has spanned more than 25 years, at KUSA in Denver.

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