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Archives: April 2012

WNBC’s Janice Huff Bids Farewell to ‘Today’

WNBC chief meteorologist Janice Huff bid farewell to the “Today” show on Sunday, after 16 years of forecasting the weather on the show’s weekend broadcasts (video above).

She will continue to deliver the weather on WNBC’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts (she’ll just be a little more well-rested).

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Katie Jeffries Joining WJXX-WTLV in Jacksonville

Katie Jeffries is joining WJXX-WTLV, the Gannett duopoly in Jacksonville, as a general assignment reporter, TVSpy has learned.

Jeffries makes the move from WCTI, the ABC-affiliate in Greenville, NC. She was hired as the Greenville bureau chief in April 2010 and was promoted to weekend morning anchor in May 2011. Prior to joining WCTI, she worked at WHIZ, the NBC-affiliate in Zanesville, OH.

Jeffries’ job was posted on the WCTI website this morning. A job listing for a weekend meteorologist was also posted; station sources tell TVSpy that Dominic Brown is bound for Norfolk, VA.

Ozzie Martinez Promoted to Assistant News Director at WNBC in New York City

Ozzie Martinez has been promoted to assistant news director at WNBC, the NBC O&O in New York City.

Martinez has been senior daypart manager at WNBC since 2008. He has overseen major breaking news events and the re-launch of the noon and 5 p.m. newscasts.

Prior to joining WNBC, Martinez was the nighttime executive producer for WFOR, the CBS O&O in Miami. He began his career at Miami Fox-affiliate WSVN, where he began as a video tape operator and eventually held the roles of associate producer, senior producer and executive producer.

KSL and KCSG Expand Content Partnership

KSL, the NBC-affiliate in Salt Lake City, and KCSG, the MyNetworkTV-affiliate in Cedar City, have announced an expansion of their partnership.

KCSG will rebroadcast KSL’s 6 p.m. newscast at 7 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. newscast at 9 p.m. KCSG also broadcasts KSL weather reports nine times daily.

“KSL is thrilled to partner with KCSG and we look forward to providing additional content, utilizing the combined resources of KCSG and KSL for southern Utah viewers,” Tanya Vea, KSL’s vice president of news and cross platform development, said in a statement.

Arkansas Native Laura Huckabee Joins KHBS-KHOG as Morning Meteorologist

Laura Huckabee, an Arkansas native and cousin of Mike Huckabee, is joining KHBS-KHOG in Fort Smith-Fayetteville, where she’ll anchor the Hearst station’s weekday morning newscast.

Huckabee has over two decades of forecasting experience, including ten years at WGCL in Atlanta.

“Laura understands weather is the most important element in our morning newscast,” said Brian Sather, KHBS-KHOG’s president and general manager, announcing the move. “I’m confident from day one viewers will enjoy her comfortable delivery and informative local forecasts.” Read more

Master Control Operator Opens Fire at WTWO

Ken Bolinger, a master control operator who was recently fired by WTWO in Terre Haute, IN, was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly opened fire at the station around 4 a.m. Saturday.

Bolinger, 24, was taken into custody Saturday afternoon after police responded to reports of gunfire at the station. According to his Facebook page, Bolinger, who goes by his middle name Trey, worked as master control operator at WTWO from June 21, 2011 to March 26, 2012.

He was apparently terminated from his job for bringing a gun to work. Read more

Mark Joyella Hired as Weekend Anchor at WFTV

Mark Joyella has been hired as the weekend morning anchor at WFTV in Orlando, news director Bob Jordan told TVSpy today.

Joyella joins WFTV from CNN, where he is a digital producer for “Erin Burnett OutFront.” He has previously worked as a reporter for WNYW and WPIX in New York City, WPLG in Miami and WFTS in Tampa.

Joyella, who will also be a weekday reporter at WFTV, begins at the station in June. He replaces Jamie Holmes, who will be taking over as WFTV’s weekday morning anchor.

The move reunites Joyella with his former boss. Jordan was the news director of WFTS in 1994 when Joyella was hired as a reporter.

Jim Farrell Celebrates 30th Anniversary at WINK

Jim Farrell, the chief meteorologist at WINK, is celebrating his 30th anniversary with the Fort Myers CBS-affiliate this month.

Farrell spent ten years at WBBH, the NBC-affiliate in Fort Myers, before joining WINK in April 1992. He is the meteorologist for the station’s weekday newscasts at 5, 6, 7 and 11 p.m.

He told the News-Press that the biggest change to the industry in 30 years has been technology.

“When I started in 1982, we used magnetic H’s and L’s (for “highs” and “lows”),” Farrell said. “Today, we have computer graphics, models and Doppler radar. The on-air presentation and the forecast accuracy have improved greatly.”

After 4 Years at WJZ, Weijia Jiang Joining WCBS

Weijia Jiang will join New York City CBS O&O WCBS in June, the Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik reports.

Jiang has been a general assignment reporter at Baltimore CBS O&O WJZ since 2008. Her last day at the station will be May 31.

She will be replaced at WJZ by Rochelle Ritchie, who makes the move to Baltimore from WPTV in West Palm Beach. Ritchie, a multimedia journalist, will begin at WJZ on June 11, according to the Sun.

VIDEO: KSDK Reporter Goes on Awkward Date with Cardinals Slugger

Julie Tristan, the host of KSDK’s “Show Me St. Louis,” has gained a following among smart-alecky sports bloggers after her recent on-air “date” with St. Louis Cardinals slugger David Freese. Tristan rode the Mr. Freeze roller coaster at Six Flags with Mr. Freese, who she introduced as “my new boyfriend.”

Deadspin described the flirty fluff piece as “the last gasp of local news reporting” (video above).

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