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Archives: July 2012

Lori Waldon Named News Director at KCRA-KQCA

WISN news director Lori Waldon is leaving Milwaukee for Sacramento, where she has been appointed news director at KCRA-KQCA.

The news was first reported by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

WISN and KCRA-KQCZ are all owned by Hearst. The move is a return to Sacramento for Waldon, who was assistant news director at KOVR-KMAX before joining WISN in 2006. In a statement announcing the move, WISN president Jan Wade praised Waldon’s “excellent job” as news director.

“Under her leadership we have earned numerous honors, done exceptional journalism, and provided the viewers of southeastern Wisconsin with high quality newscasts and reporting,” Wade said. “Lori has worked hard, and has earned this promotion to another of Hearst Television’s leading stations.” Read more

Bob Peterson, WRIC General Manager, Tapped as Young Broadcasting’s VP of Station Operations

Young Broadcasting has named Bob Peterson vice president of station operations. He will be based in Nashville for his new role, which is effective immediately.

It’s a corporate promotion for Peterson, who is currently general manager of Young Broadcasting’s WRIC in Richmond. He has held that position for eight years.

“Throughout his long tenure with the company, Bob has consistently exhibited the ability to visualize the big picture while successfully developing and implementing business plans that focus on content creation and revenue growth,” Young Broadcasting president Deborah McDermott said in a statement.

Jeff Goldblatt Leaving Chicago’s WMAQ

Jeff Goldblatt is leaving Chicago NBC O&O WMAQ, according to Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder.

Goldblatt is a former Fox News Channel correspondent who left the network in 2008 to join WFLD, the Fox O&O in Chicago. He joined WMAQ as a freelance reporter and fill-in anchor in 2010.

“Jeff has been a big help over the last two years working on a part-time basis,” WMAQ’s station manager and VP of news Frank Whittaker wrote in a memo. “Along the way he has broken several stories for NBC 5. We thank him for all he’s done.”

Feder reports that Goldblatt is leaving to join a station in another market as a main anchor.

Portland, OR TV Ad Market Up 10% in Some Dayparts

MediaLife magazine looks at the Portland, OR media market (#22) and finds TV ad spending up 3% to 5% over a year ago, with much of the demand coming during newscasts.

News is by far the most in-demand in this election year, led by NBC affiliate KGW and Fox affiliate KPTV. In fact, five telecasts of KPTV’s 10 p.m. newscast were among the market’s top 17 programs among total viewers during the week ended July 22, according to Nielsen, a rare feat in most local people meter markets.

Camille Edwards Named VP of News at WABC

Camille Edwards has been named VP of News at New York City ABC O&O WABC, taking over for Kenny Plotnik who left the station in May.

Edwards most recently served as Vice President of News at NBC-owned WRC-TV. Before that she was News Director at NBC’s WMAQ in Chicago from 2003-2008.

WABC GM Dave Davis says Edwards’s “proven commitment to excellence in local TV news, along with her innovative work expanding news content to new-media platforms, made her the ideal choice for the top news post at WABC-TV.”

Earlier in her career Edwards held positions at ABC O&Os in Philadelphia and Chicago. She started as a producer at stations in Toledo, Baltimore and Chicago.

Political Ad Spending Up In Roanoke-Lynchburg

The Roanoke Times looks at political ad spending in the Roanoke-Lynchburg market, where political advertisers have allocated or spent $6.5 million on the four local stations there:

For proper context, consider this: In 2008, which was a record year for campaign spending in this market according to information provided by the stations, political advertising totaled nearly $5.6 million.

Welcome to the swing-state spending spree. “Virginia is white-hot,” said Leesa Wilcher, general manager of WSLS.

And few places have sizzled like the Roanoke-Lynchburg market, which has been ranked in MSNBC’s top 10 “hottest advertising markets” for three months.  Read more

Shield Media to Buy WXXA in Albany for $19.5M

Shield Media LLC has agreed to pay $19.5 million for WXXA, Newport Television’s Fox-affiliate in Albany.

Shield announced it intends to enter into a shared services agreement with Young Broadcasting, the owner of ABC-affiliate WTEN, in Albany.

Shield Media is owned by Sheldon Galloway, a longtime broadcasting veteran. This is the first broadcast acquisition by the company, but it is “actively pursuing other opportunities,” according to a statement. Read more

Mallory Peebles Says Goodbye to KEYC

Mallory Peebles signed off yesterday from KEYC, the CBS-affiliate in Mankato.

Peebles, the weekend evening anchor, wrote on Facebook that she is joining a station in Anchorage. She has been with KEYC since the beginning of the year. In honor of her last newscast, Peebles shared some of her favorite blooper moments (video above).

On the Move, 7/30/12

Doug Kezirian joins EPSN in Bristol, CT as a studio anchor and host. Previously, he was a sports anchor and reporter at KTNV in Las Vegas.

Keith Russell joins WRC in Washington from WPVI in Philadelphia. Russell will anchor the noon newscast at WRC.

Jan Jeffcoat has been named host of “The List,” a new daily national newsmagazine. Previously, she was anchor at WFLD in Chicago.

Journalists in this post are represented by Matthew Kingsley of 3 Kings Entertainment, LLC.

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

Anchor Jan Jeffcoat Leaving Chicago’s WFLD

Jan Jeffcoat is leaving Chicago’s WFLD after five years at the Fox O&O, she announced last week.

Jeffcoat, the station’s noon anchor, has accepted what she described as her “dream job.” She has been named co-host of “The List,” a nightly newsmagazine produced by Scripps. Her last day at WFLD was Friday.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Patrick Elwood, Jeffcoat’s co-anchor on the noon newscast, will anchor solo until a replacement is named. WFLD is examining both internal and external candidates, the Tribune reports.

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