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Archives: May 2012

TV Jobs: KHOU, KHBS/KHOG, WNBC

This week, KHOU is hiring a web/social media producer, while KHBS/KHOG is in need of a news director. WNBC is looking for a news promotion producer, and News 12 The Bronx is seeking a business manager. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Detroit Fire Official Removed From Office Following Run-In with WJBK Reporter

Detroit deputy fire commissioner Fred Wheeler has been removed from office following a physical altercation with WJBK reporter Charlie LeDuff on Tuesday.

Working on a story about filthy conditions at a number of Detroit fire houses, LeDuff approached Wheeler on the street and things instantly went south.

“You better get the fuck away from me,” Wheeler told LeDuff once he saw him.  When LeDuff stepped closer to ask a question, Wheeler slapped the microphone out of his hand. Read more

Steve Ammerman Announces Departure From WTEN

Morning anchor Steve Ammerman has announced that he will be signing off from WTEN, the ABC-affiliate in Albany, next week.

“The station has been wonderful and did everything they could to try and persuade me to stay, but I have decided to try something new,” Ammerman wrote on Facebook this morning. “I will be staying in the Albany area, and am looking forward to some exciting opportunities that have presented themselves to me.”

Ammerman, who has worked at WTEN since 1997, will say goodbye to the station on June 10.

Meteorologist Valerie Abati Saying Goodbye to WLWT

After four years at WLWT, meteorologist Valerie Abati will sign off from the Cincinnati NBC-affiliate this summer.

Abati is moving to California for personal reasons, according to a memo sent to WLWT staffers obtained by the Cincinnatti Enquirer. News director Stacy Owen said in the memo station management is “working with Valerie to explore every opportunity to keep her within the Hearst Television family.”

“While no final departure date has been set, she plans to be with WLWT through the summer,” Owen wrote. “We will share more once her plans become more firm. Please join us in thanking Valerie for four great years as part of the News 5 team and the Cincinnati community, and in wishing her much happiness moving forward.”

Traffic Reporter Elle Duncan Joins Atlanta’s WXIA

Elle Duncan has joined Atlanta NBC-affiliate WXIA as a morning traffic reporter, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Duncan has previously worked for several local radio stations in the area. She debuted today on the station’s 4:30 a.m. newscast, and will be full time beginning Monday, WXIA general manager John Deushane said.

She replaces Nick Vavas, who is returning to New York, the Journal-Constitution reports.

VIDEO: KABB Reporter Changes Charles Barkley’s Mind About San Antonio Women

Former NBA star and current NBA commentator Charles Barkley has made a habit of dissing San Antonio as he covers the Spurs for TNT, going so far as to regularly call the city’s women fat.

Barkley was in the Alamo City this week as the Spurs competed in the Western Conference Finals, and he was confronted by an excited group of local reporters when he made a public appearance with the city’s mayor.

Among the collected journalists, was KABB reporter Christina Coleman, who Barkley put his arm around and declared, “I like the women” (video above–around 0:54 mark).

Fox O&Os Launch Partnership with AccuWeather

Broadcasting & Cable reports on a new partnership between Fox Television Stations and AccuWeather that will launch this summer:

Fox said its stations “will offer their local viewers a 24/7 live streaming video weather channel provided by AccuWeather,” while jointly produced and branded content will extend across “virtually all of the stations’ media platforms,” including mobile.

“Weather is one of the most important services our stations provide to their communities and has long been a major focus for FTS,” said Ron Stitt, the group’s vice president of digital media and internet operations. Read more

Yetta Gibson Promoted to Evening Anchor at KTVK

Yetta Gibson, who has worked as a reporter and morning field anchor for KTVK since 2010, has been promoted to evening anchor at the Phoenix independent station.

Beginning Monday, Gibson will anchor KTVK’s 6 p.m. newscast alongside Fields Moseley, and solo anchor the station’s 10 p.m. news.

“Can’t wait 2 work w/u!” Gibson tweeted to Moseley on Wednesday.

As part of KTVK’s evening shuffle, Moseley and Carey Pena will move from 10 p.m. to co-anchor the station’s hour-long 9 p.m. newscast.  Pena will also host “Politics Unplugged,” KTVK’s weekly public affairs show. Read more

Evening Anchor Debra Daniel Signs Off From WSBT

After 18 years at WSBT, Debra Daniel signed off from the South Bend CBS-affiliate last week.

“It’s been so much fun,” Daniel said on her last newscast. “We’ve had hard times, hard work, trying times, but the best part about being here is the family.”

Daniel anchored the 5, 10 and 11 newscasts and reported on the “Your Health Matters” series for WSBT. TVSpy hears that her contract was not renewed; WSBT news director John Haferkamp has yet to respond to a request for comment.

Chris Blackman Out as WCAU News Director

Chris Blackman is leaving his news director post at WCAU, after more than a decade with the Philadelphia NBC station.

“I have a bit of news,” Blackman announced in an email to staff on Wednesday. “Eric and I have come to the mutual conclusion that it’s time for new leadership in the newsroom–time for new ideas and a fresh perspective on what we do. So after 11 years at NBC10 I will be moving on to see what other adventures life has to offer.”

Following Blackman’s announcement to WCAU staff, president and general manager Eric Lerner followed up to say that being a news director, especially in a major market, “is the most difficult job in the building.” Read more

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