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Archives: February 2013

WTEN-WXXA News Director Charged with DWI

The Albany Times Union is reporting David Ciliberti, news director for Albany’s FOX affiliate WXXA and ABC affiliate WTEN, has been charged with DWI after a policeman pulled him over for drifting out of his lane and running a red light. He was driving a station vehicle.

According to the Times Union, court records show Ciliberti refused a formal breath-alcohol test at the police station after police said he smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech and failed several field sobriety tests. Refusal to submit to a breath-alcohol test resulted in the automatic temporary suspension of his license and can result in having his license suspended for a year.

Ciliberti was charged with misdemeanor DWI and two traffic infractions. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court March 21. He will also face a hearing with the DMV for refusing the breath-alcohol test.

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TV Jobs: KTRK, KOMO, SNY

This week, KTRK is hiring a producer, and KOMO needs a senior producer. Meanwhile, SNY is seeking an editor, as well as a senior marketing manager. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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WGN Reporter Jae Miller Leaving for Government Job

Jae Miller, reporter for Chicago CW affiliate WGN and cable news channel CLTV, is leaving to become the spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Miller told Time Out Chicago‘s Robert Feder, “I am excited to embark upon this wonderful opportunity with IDOT. The agency continues to move forward with cutting-edge ideas and initiatives. I am thrilled to be able to apply the skills I obtained during my tenure in television news to this challenging role.”

Before joining CLTV in 2008, Miller worked at WDJT in Milwaukee and WHBF in Quad Cities. She began working full-time for WGN in 2009. Her first day with IDOT will be one week from Monday on March 11.

Tony Chiulli Joins NBC Owned Stations as SVP of National Sales For the East Coast

The NBC Owned Television stations have appointed Tony Chiulli as senior vice president of national sales for the East Coast. In his new role, Chiulli will oversee sales efforts in New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Atlanta.

It is a move within NBC for Chiulli, who has been the local sales manager at WNBC in New York for the past six years.

“I have worked closely with Tony for many years and am thrilled to promote him to this role leading national sales for the East Coast,” Frank Comerford, chief revenue officer for the NBC Owned Stations, said in a statement. “With his decades of experience, his leadership abilities and his proven success, I am confident he and [West Coast counterpart] Cathy Jones will together bring our national sales efforts to the next level.”

LIN Media Net Revenue Increases 76% in Q4

LIN Media announced net revenues increased to $196 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $111.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, an increase of 76% on the year-ago quarter.

Net political revenues rose to $45.5 million, compared to $23.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and $20 million during the same time period in 2008. Excluding political revenue, net revenues increased 39% to $150.7 million.

Local revenues, retransmission consent fees and television station web site revenues increased 45% to $101.4 million. Operating income increased 139% to $71.2 million.

Forbes ‘Surprised’ Local TV Pay is Low

The news is probably no surprise to anyone who works in local TV, but Forbes.com has included reporters and anchors on its list of “13 Surprisingly Low-Paying Jobs.”

According to the list, reporters in newspaper, radio, TV or other mediums, took in an average of $43,640 per year.  For the bottom 10 percent the number is closer to $20,000. While reporters in Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts averaged $71,450 and $64,080 respectively, those in Montana, Iowa and Idaho earned less than $29,500.

The survey also had a category they called “Radio and TV announcers” who earned an average of $40,510 a year. For those living and working in Wyoming, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Alabama and Kentucky, the average pay was less than $27,740. Those in the bottom 10 percent earned an average of $17,150.

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A ‘Good Day’ For WNYW: Morning Newscast Beats ‘Today’ Among Younger Viewers

Newly-reunited co-anchors Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly led WNYW to a big win during the just-finished February sweeps period: “Good Day New York” beat NBC’s “Today” among younger viewers in the New York DMA.

The win is the first for Fox O&O  in the 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. time slot since the introduction of Local People Meters in 2003.”Good Day” averaged 112,500 A25-54 viewers, compared to the “Today” show’s 102,700. “Good Day New York” also beat “Today” among A25-54 women by +21% for the sweeps period.

“Today” remains on top in Total Viewers, averaging 253,000 to “Good Day”‘s 190,000. The NBC morning show also was also on top in the 9 to 10 a.m. hour.

Pope Benedict XVI Bids Farewell to the Vatican

Shortly after 11amET/8amPT, Benedict XVI departed the Vatican for the last time as Pope. Local stations in the top five markets broadcast special coverage of his departure and flight to Castel Gandolfo, the Vatican’s vacation retreat.

ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas broadcast national coverage from their affiliated networks of the Pope’s final farewell.

Fox News Channel’s Rick Folbaum anchored a special report that was broadcast on the Fox O&Os. KTTV in Los Angeles incorporated coverage of the farewell address into the morning newscast, anchored by Steve Edwards, instead of taking the national report.

Without national coverage to broadcast, CW affiliates produced their own special reports. Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera anchored on WPIX in New York City, Frank Buckley and Michaela Pereira anchored on KTLA in Los Angeles, and Steve Sanders and Dina Bair anchored on WGN in Chicago.

Philly’s CW affiliate WPSG is owned by CBS and operated as a duopoly with KYW. KDAF, the CW affiliate in Dallas, had no special coverage of the Pope’s farewell.

Nima Shaffe to Join WXYZ in Detroit

Nima Shaffe will be leaving his hometown of Kansas City to join Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ.

Shaffe, who is currently a reporter for CBS affiliate KCTV, said in his station bio page he’s always thrilled his family gets to see him on air. “Every time I step in front of the camera, it’s a tribute to my parents,” said the Kansas City native. “Both of my parents were born and raised in Iran and later immigrated and gained U.S. citizenship. Kansas City became their second home. Every time I step in front of the camera, I tell myself, ‘This one’s for you Dad. This one’s for you Mom.”

He previously worked for KMTV in Omaha and KKTV in Colorado Springs, CO.

According to Bottom Line Communications, Shaffe will start at WXYZ two weeks from Monday on March 18.

Ron Oliveira Out at Austin’s KEYE

KEYE evening anchor Ron Oliveira will be leaving the Austin CBS affiliate Friday after station management declined to renew his contract, according to Austin360.

“I was informed that the corporate office in Baltimore decided not to renew my contract,” Oliveira said. “No reason was given. It took me by total surprise. I’m heartbroken because I love what I do.”

While Oliveira told Austin360 KEYE could take first place at 10:00 p.m. this sweeps period, weak ratings at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. news have plagued the station for years, he said, because of a weak afternoon lead in. Read more

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