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Archives: February 2014

TV Jobs: WTKR/WGNT, KATV, WCYB

This week, WTKR/WGNT is hiring a producer, as well as an anchor/reporter and photojournalist. Meanwhile, KATV needs a broadcast journalist, and WCYB is on the hunt for a news director. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Washington, D.C. FOX Station Gets in Character for Sunday’s Oscars

To get ready for Sunday’s Oscars, the Washington, D.C. FOX owned station WTTG said they “decided to take a closer look at five of those films — everything from the acting to the costumes!”

Which means they enlisted anchors and reporters to act out the scenes with varying degrees of success. Check it out.

Happy Pre-Oscar Friday everybody!

On the Move, 2/28/14

Irika Sargent is joining WFOR, the CBS owned station in Miami, as the primary anchor. Sargent previously worked as an anchor and reporter at KPRC in Houston.

Sargent is represented by Mort Meisner Associates.

To report a move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

Diane Cho Leaving KMBC

cho_kmbcDiane Cho is leaving Kansas City ABC affiliate KMBC.

A station spokesperson told TVSpy, Cho will be joining her fiance. Cho tells us she and her fiance, who also works in the TV, plan to stay in the industry and are fortunate enough to have other opportunities to explore.

Before coming to KMBC in February 2011, Cho worked at WJXT in Jacksonville, FL. Her last day is tomorrow.

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WKRC Adds Sheila Gray to Morning Team

gray_croppedCincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC has announced the addition of Sheila Gray to its morning news team.

Gray is a familiar face to Cincinnati viewers. She left Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX in August 2013 after turning down a contract offer and was named special correspondent for Sinclair Broadcasting one week later.

WKRC news director Kirk Varner said in a statement, “We are so pleased to have this opportunity to bring one of Cincinnati’s favorite morning anchors back home to become part of the market’s number one morning news team, right here at Local 12.”

Gray will co-anchor Good Morning Cincinnati from 4:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. with John Lomax. She will join Bob Herzog on the 7:00 a.m. show on MyTV affiliate WSTR.

Rob Munoz to Join Seattle’s KIRO

rob_munoz_WFTSRob Munoz is leaving Tampa’s WFTS for Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO.

Munoz started at WFTS last year as a reporter.

He began his career at KXXV in Waco, TX, and has also worked at KSNV in Las Vegas.

Morning traffic reporter Meredyth Censullo tweeted out her best wishes to Munoz. You can see it after the jump. Read more

Josh Eure Out as WHAS News Director Before He Started

eure_whasJosh Eure, who was scheduled to start Monday as news director for Gannett operated station WHAS will not be coming to the Louisville ABC affiliate after all.

WHAS GM Linda Danna told TVSpy, “Josh has decided to remain in Phoenix.”

>UPDATE: KPNX GM John Misner told TVSpy Eure will stay in his position as assistant ND at the Phoenix station.

In a TVSpy exclusive, Eure responded to reports of his legal troubles in Phoenix as publicized by subscription media site Newsblues who first reported today’s news.

“All of the charges brought against me were dismissed by the State of Arizona due to ‘No reasonable likelihood of conviction,.’ End of story,” wrote Eure. “Since the State itself has opted not to pursue its opportunity to ‘prove me guilty’ it is unconscionable that I should stand accused by a gossip media website.”

Eure was the assistant news director of Gannett’s Phoenix NBC affiliate KPNX before being named news director at WHAS.

Christopher Berg Joins Nexstar Broadcasting

nexstar logoChristopher Berg is joining Nexstar Broadcasting as the Director of Local Content Development — West. Berg will begin March 20 and report to Nexstar’s senior vice president for station operations Blake Russell.

Berg joins Nexstar from WFAA in Dallas, where he was the assistant news director. In his new role, he will work with Nexstar’s stations west of the Mississippi river to create local content for both on-air and digital platforms.

“His extensive broadcast industry knowledge and track record of showcasing innovative local content makes Chris the ideal candidate to support our company-wide initiative to expand our creation and development of original local content that can be shared on a regional or group-wide level,” Russell said in a statement.

With Berg’s hire, Jerry Walsh — who currently holds the role of director of local content development for all Nexstar’s stations — will shift his oversight to the Nexstar stations east of the Mississippi.

Tamara Leitner Joins WMAQ in Chicago

tamara leitnerTamara Leitner is joining WMAQ in Chicago as a member of the NBC-owned station’s investigative unit, Robert Feder reports.

Leitner most recently worked at WCBS, the CBS-owned station in New York City. Before that, she spent more than a decade at KPHO, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, where she won multiple awards for her investigative work. She is a former contestant on “Survivor.”

Leitner officially joins WMAQ next week, according to Feder.

NY1 Political Reporter Calls Spike Lee a Hypocrite for Gentrification Rant

Louis_Errol-534x300In his column in the New York Daily News, Errol Louis, political reporter for Time Warner Cable’s 24-hour news channel NY1, calls out famous filmmaker Spike Lee for comments Lee made recently about gentrification ruining his childhood neighborhood.

Lee, who grew up in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene, went on an extended expletive-filled rant about the gentrification of New York and asked the audience at a Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, “why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the south Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better?”

Louis took exception to Lee’s rant saying Lee, himself, has contributed to and benefited from the changes.

It’s the sacred right of every New Yorker to bewail, blame and bemoan the arrival of the folks who arrive in the neighborhood five minutes after we do, but somebody has to call bull on Lee’s complaints about gentrification. This is a man who has made epic contributions to the phenomenon he finds so troubling.

>RELATED: Spike Lee: My First Big Break

Start with Hatch House, Lee’s 9,000-square-foot palace on East 63rd Street — complete with internal courtyard — which he bought from artist Jasper Johns for $16 million in 2006 and recently put on the market with an asking price of $32 million. My friends in nearby Yorkville have been gnashing their teeth for years, complaining about how rents have risen to insane levels, thanks in part to owners buying and flipping high-end properties. Read more

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