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Archives: September 2013

KTVB Set to Launch 4 p.m. Newscast

controlroom_304x200Boise NBC affiliate KTVB is launching a 4 p.m. weekday newscast.

“Our community relies on KTVB to keep them informed,” KTVB executive news director Kate Morris said in a statement.”…This newscast will be everything you would expect from Idaho’s top-rated news team, experience and expertise.”

The hourlong newscast will be anchored by Dee Sarton, who currently anchors at 5 and 6 p.m., and Carolyn Holly, who currently anchors at noon and 10 p.m. The pair will be joined by chief meteorologist Rick Lantz.

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No Complaints Over Radio Station’s ‘Hottest News Chicks in San Diego’ Contest

hottest_sandiegoSan Diego radio station Channel 933 has been running an online contest to crown the “Hottest News Chicks in San Diego.”

Already four rounds in, the contest is down to semi-finalists Heather Ford (pictured upper left) from FOX affiliate KSWB, last year’s winner KSWB meteorologist Aloha Taylor (pictured lower left), Sabrina Fein (lower right) meteorologist from CW affiliate XETV and Brandi Williams (upper right) from independent station KUSI.

The contrast is provided by Maine radio station WDEA which ran a similar contest called “Who is the Hottest Newswoman in Maine” in July based on the same concept. Pictures of reporters and anchors from various local stations were posted to the station’s website and radio station listeners and local TV viewers were invited to vote for their favorite.

WDEA was forced to post an apology on its page and change the name of the contest to “Who is Your Favorite Newswoman in Maine” after the news director and a reporter from WLBZ and WCSH condemned the contest as demeaning.

In San Diego? In its first year in 2011, the 933 DJ’s hosting the contest, Frankie V and “Geena the Latina,” appeared on NBC owned station KNSD to promote the contest. [see the video here] Last year, KSWB posted the poll on its facebook page and asked viewers to “Take a moment and vote for your favorite Fox 5 lady.”

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Ohio State Football Team Hugs Columbus Sports Anchor Who Recently Lost Daughter

After their 24-31 win against Big Ten Conference rival the Wisconsin Badgers, Buckeyes players and coaches gave Dom Tiberi, the WBNS sportscaster who recently returned to work after his daughter was killed in a car crash, a show of support that left the anchor for the CBS affiliate speechless.

One by one on their way back to the locker room, they stopped, reached out and embraced Tiberi. After it was all done, Tiberi said, “Whoah. That was amazing,” put his headset back on and let out a sigh.

[Deadspin]

Bob Sellers, Jennifer Waddell to Co-Anchor WZTV Morning Newscast

sellers and waddell Bob Sellers and Jennifer Waddell debuted today as the new morning co-anchors at WZTV, the Fox affiliate in Nashville. News director Bryan McGruder talks to The Tennessean about the revamped newscast, which has been developed since he took over at WZTV in February:

Bryan McGruder, news director at Fox 17 since February, pioneered the new show. He said that it would be more personality-driven, but with hard news, weather and traffic, plus an extra piece of news that the staff feels will prompt workplace conversation. He said “extra” could mean anything from a report of Bono’s impersonation of Bill Clinton to a story about how a dog saved a boy’s life.

“I don’t know if viewers have had much of a choice,” McGruder said. “If you watch (channels) 2, 4 and 5, it’s cookie-cutter, and when you watch us, you’ll get something extra and you’ll get it quickly.” Read more

Tribune SVP of Local Media Departs

SteveCharlierSteve Charlier, senior vice president of local media for Tribune Broadcasting has left the company.

Robert Feder reports Charlier is leaving to launch a multi-platform media company. “That means I can finally experiment with some of my ‘less than traditional ideas’ as an entrepreneur,” Charlier told Feder.

This is the second move within Tribune this month. Last week Larry Wert, who was named president of broadcast media for Tribune in February, appointed Steve Farber senior vice president of operations for the company.

Charlier started at Tribune in 2008 as SVP of news and operations. Before coming to Tribune, he was vice president and news director at KOVR and KMAX in Sacramento, CA.

Julio Vaqueiro Joins Telemundo Los Angeles

julio vaquieroJulio Vaqueiro has been named morning co-anchor at Telemundo Los Angeles. Vaqueiro will anchor alongside Dunia Elvir beginning October 1.

“Vaqueiro brings a depth of experience from his work covering international news. He will be an integral part of ‘Buenos Dias Los Angeles’ providing great news coverage to our Latino community,” Telemundo Los Angeles president and general manager Celia Chavez said in a statement.

Vaqueiro’s hire is timed with the expansion of the morning newscast, which will add an additional hour beginning next week. More from Telemundo Los Angeles after the jump. Read more

Miami Reporter on Tail End of Recovery From Cat Bite

gary_nelson_catWFOR reporter Gary Nelson is slowly recovering from a cat bite he got six weeks ago, according to GossipExtra.

“My cat Buckles, an indoor cat, got out one night and I went in the driveway to fetch him,” Nelson told GossipExtra. “And he wasn’t ready to come home. So he bit me right, perfectly into the joint.”

The veteran reporter for the CBS owned Miami affiliate has had a long road back after the cat bite including multiple surgeries, a couple of hospital stays, an antibiotic drip and hours of physical therapy.

“I just started being able to hold a pen,” said Nelson who said he expects to be back at work in a couple of weeks. “I’m anxious to get back.” Read more

Curtis McCloud to Join WWBT From WTVM

curtis mccloud Curtis McCloud is joining WWBT, the NBC affiliate in Richmond. McCloud, who has spent the past three years as a reporter at WTVM in Columbus, Ga., announced the news on his blog:

During my time at WTVM I have had the chance to better my skills, make some lifelong friends and be a member on the team of one of the stations I grew up watching. I want to thank all of you for inviting me into your homes (through television of course), sharing your stories and teaching me so much not just about myself but about life. I won’t say goodbye because Columbus, Georgia will always be my home.

Wichita Station Hires News Director from Dallas

killianDenise Killian has been named news director for LIN Media’s Wichita NBC affiliate KSNW, according to Rick Gevers.

Killian comes to KSNW from Dallas CW affiliate KDAF where she was the assistant news director.

Before working at KDAF, she was the news director at KWQC in the Quad Cities. She worked in Dallas earlier in her career as well as working in Nashville, TN, Corpus Christi and Temple, TX.

Gevers reports Killian fills the role vacated by Jason Kravarik who left the station to be the assistant news director at KOIN in Portland, OR, in January 2012.

KSNW added a new general manager in August. LIN Media completed its purchase of KSNW from New Vision last October.

KTBS Reporter Eric James ‘Placed on Administrative Leave’ After Arrest

eric cox mugshot_304x200KTBS anchor-reporter Eric James, also known as Eric Cox, was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with obscenity, which is a felony. The Shreveport ABC affiliate posted a brief report on its website about the arrest.

Rival station KSLA reports James “exposed himself and asked undercover agent to perform sexual favors.” Another man was also arrested in the incident.

“We have heard the report of his arrest. We are in the process of gathering more information and investigating the matter,” the station said in a statement. “In the meantime, Eric James has been placed on administrative leave.

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