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Archives: June 2012

Reporter Back On Air After Losing Her Smile

Mary King, a 25-year-old reporter with WIS in Columbia, SC, was knocked off the air earlier this month after the right side of her face suddenly became paralyzed.

King was on a plane at the Charlotte airport on June 1st, waiting to take off, when she realized that she couldn’t move the right side of her face. She alerted a flight attendant and after deboarding the plane, she headed to a nearby hospital, where she was eventually diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy, a relatively rare condition that causes facial paralysis. Read more

Philadelphia’s KYW Celebrates 80th Anniversary

KYW will celebrate 80 years on the air tomorrow. The Philadelphia CBS O&O signed on under its original call letters, W3XE, on June 28, 1932.

The station will do an anniversary salute tomorrow on “Talk Philly,” the lifestyle program that airs at noon. Ukee Washington, who is on medical leave after a hip replacement, will join co-host Pat Ciarrocchi from his physical therapy via remote.

“Although television stations are routinely focused on the here and now, it’s important to take a look back on milestones such as these and remember who we are,” KYW president-GM Jon Hitchcock said in a statement. “From the very first day, CBS 3 has been an innovator and community leader, something that is important to remember in the 21st Century.”

As Wildfire Rages, Colorado Springs Station Delivers Days of Nonstop Breaking News

As a massive wildfire extended its reach in Colorado Springs over the weekend, KKTV, the market’s CBS-affiliate, began providing nonstop coverage of the natural disaster.  And the station hasn’t stopped.

So far, as of this posting, KKTV, which is owned by Gray Television, has provided nearly 100 hours of continuous breaking news coverage and, with the fire doubling in size Tuesday night, there doesn’t appear to be a break in sight.

“When we first broke in just before 2 p.m. on Saturday, we had no plan as to how long we’d stay on,” KKTV news director Liz Haltiwanger told TVSpy today via email.  “We just knew our viewers needed clear information, live images, and weather forecasts right away.” Read more

WWL’s Sally-Ann Roberts: ‘I Am Just Amazed at the Outpouring of Affection Everywhere I Go’

WWL anchor Sally-Ann Roberts is preparing to donate bone marrow to her sister, “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, who was recently diagnosed with MDS. The Roberts sisters are working to raise awareness of the need for bone marrow donors, and the pair has received a lot of support along the way, Sally-Ann tells the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

I am just amazed at the outpouring of affection everywhere I go. People say to me, “Tell your sister I’m praying for her.” If I’ve heard that once, I’ve heard it 1,000 times in just the span of the news breaking about this. Just this past Sunday, I was at the National Association of Black Journalists gospel brunch and a woman came up to me and she told me, “My 16-year-old son is an MDS survivor. He had a bone marrow transplant and he’s doing well.” I just hugged her and thanked her for sharing. I’m just so very grateful for the good news that I’m hearing, that this tunnel does have light at the end of it.

B&C: NBC Affiliates Back Plan to Replace Ann Curry on ‘Today’

The rumor mill about talent changes on NBC’s “Today” continues to churn. The latest news, from The Hollywood Reporter, is that Ann Curry will remain at NBC in a “substantial” role after her exit from the program, a move which is supported by the NBC affiliates, Broadcasting & Cable‘s Michael Malone reports:

The NBC affiliates have heard nothing from the network about changes to frontline talent at the venerable franchise, and several station chiefs were reluctant to speak on the record, including affiliates board chairman Jordan Wertlieb, until things are official. But several say the problems at Today, which has famously seen its lead over ABC’s Good Morning America shrink in recent months, will continue until a change is made. They echo the oft-uttered charge that Curry and Matt Lauer lack chemistry, believe she does not successfully connect with female viewers, and say Curry is too rigid on the show’s frilly bits.

“The thing we look for in television is chemistry, chemistry, chemistry,” says one East Coast GM at an NBC station who asked to not be named.  Read more

Greg Kerr Joins KTBC as Morning Anchor

Greg Kerr will be KTBC‘s morning anchor beginning July 16, the Austin Fox O&O announced today.

Kerr joins KTBC from corporate cousin Fox Sports Southwest, where is a Dallas-based freelance anchor and reporter. Prior to that, he served as sports director and news anchor for WFMY in Greensboro for nine years. Kerr began his career at KTBC more than 20 years ago.

“I’ve traded my sports hat and enthusiastically move over to the news side and I couldn’t be more excited about re-establishing myself with FOX 7 and the Austin area community,” Kerr said in a statement. Read more

Former WFLD ND Carol Fowler: ‘Television News Needs to Figure Out How to Remain Relevant’

Carol Fowler, a former news director at three Chicago stations, left the television business in January. This week, she was named vice president of editorial at Viewpoints, a consumer-review website. She shares her thoughts on the future of local television with Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder:

The bottom line is television news needs to figure out how to remain relevant. People still want news put in context. They love compelling video. That’s the great part. In the short term, I believe it will take local stations starting to treat their online and mobile news platforms like they are the main business because that’s where the new customers are. Right now, in most stations, much of the staff is only vaguely aware of what content is posted on the station website, let alone on Twitter and Facebook. From staffing to resources to the sales model. Just do it.

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Donna Deegan Will Leave WLTV-WJXX to Focus on Breast Cancer Awareness

Donna Deegan, who has been an anchor at WLTV-WJXX in Jacksonville since 1988, has announced that she will leave the television business at the end of August.

Deegan, a three-time breast cancer survivor, said she will devote her time to philanthropic organizations dedicated to finding a cure for the disease. She is the founder and president of The Donna Foundation, which offers financial assistance to breast cancer patients.

“I’ve said all along we will end breast cancer right here in Jacksonville, and I believe that is true,” she said on last night’s newscast. “I feel incredibly blessed to be in good health and the time is right to pay that forward by completely immersing myself in the good work ahead.”

Video of Deegan’s announcement inside… Read more

Sports Director Wess Moore Says Goodbye to KTHV

Sports director Wess Moore is signing off from KTHV after eight years at the Little Rock CBS-affiliate (video above).

Moore, who joined KTHV in 2003 as a weekend sportscaster, has been the station’s sports director since 2009. He will be moving to radio as a sports anchor, he said on KHTV last night. [via Arkansas TV News]

KTAB Solicits Donations For ‘On the Road’ Tour

Abilene CBS-affiliate KTAB is asking viewers for donations to fund its annual “On the Road” tour, a week-long event where station talent and executives visit five different towns in Texas.

“We are asking if you could help by making a donation to help cover our cost,” vice president and general manager Eric Thomas writes on the station website. “From Talent fees, Satellite fees, Travel cost, Food expense, and Equipment rental the bills pile up.”

The tour takes place this week and is scheduled to stop in Colorado City, Ballinger, Clyde, Cross Plains and Haskell. There is a minimum goal to reach for each town, and donors will not be charged until the minimum is reached.

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