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Archives: November 2012

Sandra Richards Out as KRIS News Director

TVSPy has been told longtime KRIS news director Sandra Richards is out at the Corpus Christi NBC affiliate.

Tipsters tell TVSpy Richards was let go after a visit by Cordillera Communications executives who blamed poor ratings for her dismissal.

TVSpy has also been told Hollis Grizzard will be the interim news director for the station.  Grizzard is currently a senior strategist for Audience Research and Development, LLC in Fort Worth, TX, which bills itself as,”The Premier Local Media Company.”

Multiple attempts by TVSpy to reach general manager Tim Noble for comment have been unsuccessful.

[newsblues.com]

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WGN News Director Explains How Staged Plane Crash Was Mistaken for Actual News

WGN news director Greg Caputo has some explaining to do after the CW affiliate’s Friday morning newscast, when anchors Robin Baumgarten and Larry Potash spent several minutes reporting on a staged plane crash as if it were breaking news. Caputo talks about the incident with the Chicago Tribune, which like WGN is owned by Tribune Co.:

Channel 9 news director Greg Caputo said the station’s helicopter “was close by and was the first news helicopter to arrive on the scene. Based on police radio traffic, several officers in the area were similarly alarmed that there was a plane crash.  We contacted Chicago police, Chicago fire, and the FAA seeking information.  All of those public agencies said they had no knowledge of a plane crash.  But none of them said that it was a scene from a movie.

“Our previous experience with movies and TV shows filming in Chicago is that they inform the community that something is happening,” he added. “Since we had no such advisory, our news team began to describe the scene they could see from our helicopter shot.  Other major stations in Chicago were on network news at that time.”  Read more

General Manager Les Vann Leaving WKRC

The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting Les Vann, general manager for CBS affiliate WKRC has announced his plans to leave the Newport owned station once its officially sold to Sinclair Broadcast Group.

According to the Enquirer, Van, who came to WKRC with Newport in 2008, told staffers,

“With the sale of Local 12 nearly complete I wanted to let you all know I will be leaving the station when the transaction is closed, which is scheduled to be this weekend. Working with each of you has been a pleasure and a privilege. I have learned so much from you!!!

“Your skills and passion for what you do helps set this station apart. Your accomplishments at Local 12 make this one of the best TV stations in the country. Being a small part of its rich history is something for which I will always take great pride…. Best and THANK YOU ALL for everything.”

WKRC is part of the station sell-off by Newport Television’s owner, Providence Equity Partners, which announced in March its intentions to shed all of Newport’s 56 stations.

Brian Bracco Named General Manager of KSHB

Brian Bracco has been named vice president and general manager of Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB and sister station KMCI in Lawrence, KS.  Bracco comes to the Scripps owned station from Hearst Television where he was vice president of news for the station group.

“Brian Bracco will provide strong leadership at KSHB,” said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of television for Scripps. “He is vastly qualified to motivate and inspire his staff to become the go-to source for news and investigations in the market. He also will lead the charge for creative sales solutions for current and future customers.”

Before working for Hearst, Bracco had been news director for KMBC in Kansas City.  He also worked previously at local stations in Wichita, KS, Columbus, OH, and Birmingham, AL.

[Broadcasting & Cable]

WNBC Reporter Spends the Night in Breezy Point Neighborhood Still Without Power, Heat After Sandy

WNBC reporter Jonathan Vigliotti spent the night with a family in Breezy Point, Queens, where a large portion of the residents are still without power, heat or running water a month after Hurricane Sandy (video above).

Vigliotti bunked with a couple and their dog, who have been sleeping in sleeping bags, using lanterns for light and flushing their toilets with bottled water. Many homes in the Breezy Point neighborhood were destroyed when a fire ripped through the town during the Hurricane, but Vigliotti reports the residents still have a positive attitude.

“They realize they have lost so much, but they are fortunate, they say,” he said.

KSAZ’s Alexis Vance Chooses Family Over TV

Alexis Vance said goodbye to KSAZ, the FOX O&O in Phoenix, to take care of her five-year-old daughter.

Vance had a chance to say thanks to the KSAZ news team before they danced her off “Gangnam Style” in the Friday Dance Break segment.  You can watch the video of her goodbye and subsequent dance party after the jump.

“Last day and last dance,” said Vance surrounded by the morning news team.  “But thank you guys for five wonderful years. Five wonderful years.  It’s been so, so, such a special time.  Such a special time.”

Vance joined KSAZ in 2007 as a reporter for the morning and noon shows.  She previously worked in El Paso, TX and Rapid City, South Dakota. Read more

WGN Reports Chicago Plane Crash, Staged for TV Show Shoot, as Breaking News

Chicago CW affiliate WGN spent a few minutes during Friday’s morning newscast in breaking news mode, reporting on a small plane that had crashed on King Drive in Chicago. The only problem: the plane crash was actually being staged for the filming of a television show and was not breaking news at all.

After spending a few minutes ad-libbing the aerial shot of the crash — “can you imagine, you’re driving down King Drive and a plane just comes down in the middle of the road?” Robin Baumgarten said — the two anchors paused briefly as they were informed via IFB that the station had been fooled (video above).

“We are just getting word that this is being shot as part of a TV show,” Larry Potash said. Read more

John Humphries Named General Manager at WGAL

John Humphries has been named president and general manager at WGAL, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Lancaster, Pa.

Humphries comes from WYFF, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Greenville, S.C., where he has been director of sales since 2006. He succeeds Paul Quinn, who announced his retirement in September.

“John brings a diverse background in news, multiplatform sales, and management to his new role at the helm of the leading TV station in the Lancaster-Harrisburg market,” Hearst Television president and CEO David J. Barrett said in a statement. “He has the experience and vision to help build upon the outstanding legacy of Paul Quinn and the WGAL team.” Read more

Anchor Melissa Mahan Signs Off From KOAT

Melissa Mahan signed off Friday from KOAT, the ABC affiliate in Albuquerque.

“Thank you New Mexico for all the memories!” Mahan wrote on Facebook. “Today is bittersweet and I will always treasure my time here.”

Mahan, who joined the station in 2008, co-anchors the morning newscast. She has previously worked at WLNE in Providence, KJCT in Grand Junction and KTVE in Monroe.

No word yet on where she is headed. [h/t NewsBlues]

 

Reporter George Colli Leaving Hartford’s WTIC

After being unable to agree on the terms of a new contract, George Colli is parting ways with WTIC, The Laurel reports.

Colli, a Connecticut native, joined the Hartford Fox affiliate as a general assignment reporter in 2010.

“I had a great experience at Fox CT and I’ll be forever grateful to [News Director] Coleen Marren and [General Manager] Rich Graziano for giving me this opportunity and the same to all the great people who work there and have become friends,” Colli told The Laurel.

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