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Archives: May 2013

Bill Felling Named Executive Director of News Services at CBS News

CBS News has promoted Bill Felling to executive director of news services. Felling will oversee newsgathering for CBS affiliates across the country.

Felling, who joined CBS News in 1992, was most recently the network’s national editor, a position he has held since 1995. Before joining CBS, he was the 11 p.m. anchor and primary political correspondent for WCAX, the CBS affiliate in Burlingham, Vt.

He will report to Kurt Davis, who was recently named vice president of news services.

More from CBS after the jump. Read more

Local Personalities to Guest Host ‘The Talk’

Personalities from local CBS stations will fill in as guest-hosts on “The Talk,” CBS’ daytime talk show, next week.

Angela Hill of WWL in New Orleans will fill in Monday. Kathy Orr of KYW in Philadelphia will appear Tuesday, Adrienne Bankert of KTVT in Dallas will be on Wednesday, Carolina Bermudez of WCBS-WLNY in New York City will be on Thursday and Pat Harvey of KCBS in Los Angeles will round out the week on Friday.

Sharon Osbourne is off Monday – Thursday next week.

Larry Conners Files Age Discrimination Suit Against KMOV

Larry Conners has made good on his threat to pursue legal action against Belo Corp. and St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV. In documents obtained by TVSpy, Conners has filed an age discrimination complaint with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and EEOC.

In the complaint, Conners alleges the station retaliated against him after a dispute over his salary resulted in arbitration last year:

Beginning in December 2010, I have complained to KMOV management about the disparity in pay between me and my previous co-prime anchor, Vickie Newton, an African-American female; I claimed that I received less compensation than Newton because of my race and gender. Ultimately, my complaints resulted in arbitration against KMOV and Belo. Since that arbitration concluded in April 2012, I have been treated differently by KMOV.

Conners says general manager Mark Pimentel and news director Sean McLaughlin removed him from all but one of the evening newscasts, effectively demoting him from his position of primary anchor. He also alleges “other news staff with less news experience was sent out into the field to cover major breaking news stories.” Conners says he was given a two-year contract while other, younger staffers received three-year contracts.

Conners also says KMOV’s response to his claims that the IRS targeted him after a tense interview with President Obama was a result of the salary dispute: Read more

Damaged Richmond Antenna Could Be ‘Months’ Away From Repair

Repairs on an antenna that serves three stations in Richmond have been delayed, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

The company charged with repairing the antenna, which was damaged in March, is going out of business. The antenna serves over-the-air viewers of PBS affiliate WCVW, ABC affiliate WRIC and Fox affiliate WRLH. After the weather-related damage, the equipment was replaced with a temporary antenna that has a shorter range than the original, and some over-the-air viewers are still unable to watch the three stations.

“There’s no easy fix,” WRLH general manager Steve Genett told the Times-Dispatch. “We don’t have a good timeline. … We could be months away from a real fix.”

KMSP Vice President of News Bill Dallman Joins Fox Sports 1

Bill Dallman has been named vice president and news director at Fox Sports 1, the sports network slated to launch in August. It is a move within Fox for Dallman, who has been vice president and news director at Minneapolis Fox O&O KMSP since 2006.

“Bill is a tremendous addition to the news group and we are very excited to have someone with his expertise involved with FOX Sports 1,” senior vice president of news Rick Jaffe said in a statement.  “Bill is not only a great news man, but a creative thinker who will bring a different perspective to traditional sports coverage.”

Dallman begins at Fox Sports 1 in July. In his new role, he will work with affiliates and Fox regional sports networks to manage newsgathering, as well as overseeing “Fox Sports Live,” the news, opinion and highlight show that will air weeknights at 11pmET.

“I’m thrilled to be joining FOX Sports 1 team and I’m ready to bring viewers a unique, dynamic and fun sports highlights and opinion show in FOX SPORTS LIVE,” Dallman said. “My extensive background in news, matched with my knowledge and love of sports, is the perfect fit for a 24/7 sports/news operation.”

KMSP managing news editor Marian Davey will serve as the station’s acting news director until Dallman’s replacement is named.

Dan Mannarino to Anchor Weekends for WPIX

Dan Mannarino will move to weekend anchor for the Tribune owned New York CW affiliate WPIX.

A spokesperson for WPIX confirmed he will anchor alongside Kaity Tong starting this Saturday, adding for now, the move is for the Summer.

Mannarino tweeted out an article from “Tuned In” announcing the move as well as posting it to his facebook page. After getting congratulations from meteorologist Craig Allen, Mannarino tweeted back, “@CraigAllenWx very excited. Thank you, Craig! Can’t wait to Join you and @KaityTong

Mannarino currently reports for the WPIX morning news. He joined the station in September 2011. Before coming to WPIX, he worked at NY1 News and Verizon FiOs 1.

Nexstar Re-Brands WPTY in Memphis, Announces New Anchors

Nexstar Broadcasting has announced it will re-launch WPTY, the ABC affiliate for Memphis, TN, as WATN LOCAL 24 this Saturday June 1.

Ardyth Diercks, vice president and general manager for Nexstar’s Memphis and Jackson operations, said in a statement, “This is a very exciting time for Nexstar and our Mid-South station operations, as launching WATN LOCAL 24 reflects our deep commitment to serve our local community and advertising partners, while delivering the most relevant, compelling and informative local news that touches the daily lives of our viewers.”

The new brand will feature a new community web portal and HD news broadcasts. Earlier this month, Nexstar revealed its new Memphis broadcast facility housing its three Tennessee stations, WPTY (WATN), Memphis CW affiliate WLMT and Jackson FOX affiliate WJKT. Read more

Rosemary Connors Named Weekend Morning Anchor at WCAU

Rosemary Connors has been promoted to weekend morning anchor at WCAU, the NBC owned station in Philadelphia.

Conners joined the station in 2009 as a general assignment reporter. She will continue to report during the week in her new role.

“Rosemary’s depth of experience as a journalist makes her the perfect choice for the anchor desk,” WCAU vice president of news Anzio Williams said in a statement.

Conners replaces Aditi Roy, who left WCAU in February.

After 27 Years at WJXX-WTLV, Sportscaster Dan Hicken Joins Rival Jacksonville Station

After 27 years at WJXX-WTLV in Jacksonville, Dan Hicken is joining rival WTEV-WAWS.

“This opportunity was a no-brainer. They’ve got the Jaguars, they have SEC football and they have a strong presence in the high school sports scene,” Hicken told the Florida Times-Union. “They’re committed to local sports, and that’s what I want to do, and that’s who I am.”

Because of a six-month non-compete clause in his contract, Hicken will begin his on-air reporting duties at WTEV-WAWS, the CBS and Fox affiliates, in November.

“We’ll all miss him,” WJXX-WTLV general manager Eric Land said. “And hopefully we will be able to see his career take a new step that is fulfilling for him and his family.”

As Hicken joins the sports team at WTEV-WAWS, Brent Martineau is promoted to sports director, effective immedately.

“Brent has done a tremendous job for us and has won multiple awards for his efforts,” general manager Jim Zerwekh said. “He’s spearheaded our coverage of not just the Jaguars but with a lot of the other sports that we cover.”

Watch WJXX-WTLV’s tribune to Hicken after the jump. Read more

WFTV in Orlando Adding 4 p.m. Newscast

Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV is adding a 4 p.m. newscast next month, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports.

The newscast will replace “The Dr. Oz Show,” which will shift an hour earlier to 3 p.m. on weekdays. Steve Harvey’s program, which airs at 3 p.m., will move to the 9 a.m. timeslot, replacing Jeff Probst‘s canceled talk show.

The half-hour newscast will be anchored by Bob Opsahl (pictured) and Martie Salt, with meteorologist Tom Terry. It debuts on June 10.

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