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Archives: August 2013

WJLA Meteorologist Jacqui Jeras to Undergo Double Mastectomy

Jacqui Jeras, meteorologist for Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA announced she’s taking time off from work to undergo a preventative double mastectomy.

Jeras’ co-anchors Jummy Olabanji and Scott Thuman wished her well at the end of this morning’s 6:00 a.m. newscast. “We’re all going to be thinking about you and we wish you the best,” said Thuman. “And we know everything’s going to be just fine.”

She told viewers on her facebook page,

“Dear facebook family, as you may have heard, I am taking some time off for my health after today’s show. I am having surgery next week. My health is great, but I want to keep it that way, so I am having a preventive double mastectomy. I have a strong family history of breast cancer including my sister who is battling the disease right now. My mom is a survivor, so are my Aunts and my Grandmother lost the battle. We don’t have BRCA1 or BRCA2, but we have something they haven’t figured out yet. I expect to be gone about a month and will post here when I can about my progress. Thanks for your support and prayers. Please remember to do your monthly self exams and mammograms and remind your loved ones to do the same.

Jeras has been at WJLA since last September. She came to WJLA from CNN where she had worked for 13 years.

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TV Jobs: WNBC, WEEK, WISH

This week, WNBC is hiring a freelance news promotion producer, while WEEK needs a news director/content manager. WISH is seeking a photographer, and WKYC is on the hunt for a business manager. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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CNN Correspondent Lisa Sylvester Joins WPXI

After nine years at CNN, Lisa Sylvester is joining WPXI, Cox Media’s NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh.

Sylvester officially joins the station in October. She will co-anchor the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, as well as the 10 p.m. newscast on Pittsburgh Fox affiliate WPGH, alongside David Johnson. She replaces Darieth Chisolm, who is leaving the station to spend more time with her family.

“We’re lucky to find such a perfect fit for our newsroom,” WPXI news director Mike Oliveira said. “Lisa is not only a great journalist, but a great person. I know she’s ready to work hard and invest in this station and this city. I know our viewers will recognize and appreciate that.”

At CNN, Sylvester was the cut-in anchor and correspondent for “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” Before that, she worked at ABC News. More from WPXI after the jump. Read more

Julio Vaqueiro to Join KVEA in Los Angeles

Julio Vaqueiro will join Los Angeles Telemundo station KVEA as a morning anchor.

Vaquero, who will co-anchor the morning show with Dunia Elvir, comes to KVEA from the Telemundo Mexico City Bureau where he was a correspondent for “Al Rojo Vivo.”

Before coming to Telemundo in 2011, Vaquero wrote, reported and anchored for Efecto TV in Mexico.

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Q2 Earnings: Tribune Broadcasting Revenue Falls 20%

Tribune Co. reported $260 million in broadcast revenues for the second quarter of 2013, down -20% from $327 million in the year-ago quarter. The decline includes $41 million in one-time copyright royalties paid to WGN, Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago, in 2012.

Advertising revenue also declined $17 million in the quarter, primarily at WGN and WPIX, the CW affiliate in New York City. Tribune says WPIX continues to be impacted by the Cablevision blackout last year and WGN’s performance has been impacted by lower sports revenue. Retransmission and carriage fees were up 15% for the quarter.

“While our second quarter financial results reflect many of the same challenges faced by the other companies in our sector, we have made substantial progress strategically repositioning Tribune for long term growth,” Tribune president and CEO Peter Liguori said in a statement.

Simon Shaykhet Joining WXYZ in Detroit

Simon Shaykhet is joining WXYZ, the ABC affiliate in Detroit, on September 9.

The Detroit native has previously worked at rival WJBK and WSYM in Lansing. Most recently, he was the  spokesperson and public affairs specialist for the Detroit field office of the FBI.

“I am thrilled to once again bring you the stories that make a difference,” Shaykhet said in a statement. “Taking action and fighting for your rights is something that I look forward to doing each and every day in my reporting.  I am honored to be able to stand up for Metro Detroiters and continue to serve the community I call home.”

WPXI Expands Noon News

Starting Monday, WPXI Noon news will be a half hour longer, ending at 1:00 p.m.

Mike Oliveira, news director for the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate, told TVSpy, “I’m excited for our team to get going on it and be the first in this time slot.”

The expanded show will still be anchored by Peggy Finnegan, Joe Arena and meteorologist Kevin Benson.

“The Doctors” which aired at 12:30 p.m. moves to 1:00 p.m., the fourth hour of “Today” now airs at 2:00 p.m. while “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” goes away.

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Fired Reporter Sues KAKE For Defamation, Breach of Contract

Two months after he was fired from KAKE, Jared Cerullo has filed a defamation and breach of contract lawsuit against the Wichita ABC affiliate. According to the Wichita Business Journal, Cerullo is seeking more than $75,000 in damages in the suit, which names KAKE parent company Gray Television and news director Michael Sipes.

Cerullo parted ways with the station in June after reporting the defendant in a story he had been covering pleaded guilty to murder. In fact, the defendant pleaded not guilty and waived his right to a hearing, sending the case to trial. Cerullo, who also tweeted the false information, corrected himself later in the newscast, but was terminated a day later for “gross negligence,” according to the defamation suit.

In a statement to the Wichita Business Journal, Cerullo said: “What happened was truly unfortunate for both myself and the good people who work at KAKE. I believe the petition speaks for itself, and I am anxious for a Wichita jury to hear the facts of the case.”

KYW Reporter Quits to Travel the World

KYW reporter Oren Liebermann is leaving the Philadelphia CBS owned station to take an around-the-world trip with his wife Cassie Kramer.

“It’s a big world, and we haven’t seen enough of it yet,” Liebermann told the Philadelphia Daily News.

The pair, who have been married for a year, plan to travel to Italy, France, Spain, Ireland, Hungary, Kenya, Israel, Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Peru, Chile and Argentina.

Liebermann has worked at KYW since September 2010. He told the Daily News he was most excited about seeing China, though he said he’s having trouble getting in since he’s a journalist.

You can follow the trip on their blog, 42ndclass.com.

Sheila Gray to Join Sinclair Broadcasting as Special Correspondent

Sheila Gray, the anchor who left Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX last Friday, was announced today as a special correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Gray will be reporting for all Sinclair’s news stations but will be based at WKEF and WRGT, the ABC and FOX affiliates for Dayton, OH, where she will also contribute breaking news coverage.

“I am very happy to have this opportunity,” said Gray in a statement. “I am looking forward to working with several colleagues I have known for many years, and becoming part of the Sinclair Broadcasting family.”

Jon Lawhead, group manager for Sinclair Broadcast Group who brought Gray to Cincinnati in 1999, said “I’ve known Sheila for years and have always had great admiration for her both personally and professionally. She brings so much skill and credibility and really connects with viewers and the community. We’re delighted that she’s joining us.”

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