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Archives: May 2014

Ginger Gadsden to Join WKMG in Orlando

gadsden wkmgWKMG in Orlando has announced Ginger Gadsden will join the Orlando CBS affiliate as evening anchor

“Ginger Gadsden will be a terrific addition to our early evening newscasts,” WKMG VP and GM Skip Valet said in a statement. “Ginger is a compelling storyteller and an accomplished Journalist. Like her Co-Anchors Matt Austin and Lisa Bell, Ginger is passionate about the News.”

The station said she will co-anchor the 5:30 p.m. show with Matt Austin and solo the 7:00 p.m.

Gadsden last worked at WTSP in St. Petersburg, FL. where she signed off in June 2013 after seven years there. She starts at WKMG June 16.

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TV Jobs: KABC, WOFL, WPBF

This week, KABC is hiring a morning news producer, as well as an account executive. WOFL needs a meteorologist, and WPBF is on the hunt for a promotions producer/editor/videographer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Allbritton Says it Expects Sinclair Deal to be Approved After Recent Changes

sinclair_allbrittonThe recent news that Sinclair plans on surrendering the licenses to three ABC affiliates currently owned by Allbritton to comply with FCC regulations over joint sales agreements may have left some wondering if the deal with Allbritton was in jeopardy.

But Allbritton’s SVP of legal strategic affairs and general counsel Jerry Fritz told TVSpy by email the deal is still on and is expected to close by June or July.

Fritz told us, “All incidents of common ownership and control of stations in the three markets where Allbritton and Sinclair have stations will be eliminated.”

He said Sinclair plans to sell either ABC affiliate WHTM or CBS affiliate WHP in Harrisburg, PA, to an independent third party buyer and said Sinclair’s plan to give up the licenses to WCFT-WJSU in Birmingham and WCIV in Charleston will eliminate any all common control of those stations.

Fritz also tried to reassure the viewers and the employees of WCFT-WJSU and WCIV by saying, “[T]he public will not be deprived of the programming as that will be carried on Sinclair’s existing stations.” And echoed Sinclair’s assertion that it intends to air ABC network shows, syndicated programming and local programming on MyNetworkTV affiliates WABM in Birmingham and WMMP in Charleston. “It will be seamless to the viewers in those markets and the studios and personnel will remain the same,”

He ended by saying, “We fully expect the deal to be approved with these changes.”

Catherine Hawley to Join WMAR

hawley_wmar croppedWMAR has announced Catherine Hawley will join the Baltimore ABC affiliate as a reporter and multimedia journalist.

“We are really excited to have Catherine join the ABC2 team” Kelly Groft, WMAR news director, said in a statement. “It’s been in the works for several weeks and we can’t wait for Baltimore viewers to get to know her!”

Before coming to WMAR Hawley worked at WFMZ in Allentown, PA. She has also worked at WRIC in Richmond, VA, and WTVH in Syracuse, NY. She starts Monday.

Anne Dwyer Announces Retirement from WTVT

Good Day Tampa Bay anchor Anne Dwyer announced her retirement from WTVT this morning.

“Anne Dwyer has been a morning news icon in Tampa for decades,” John Hoffman, news director for the Tampa FOX owned station, said in a statement. “Mornings in Tampa Bay will not be the same without her. She is the utmost professional and we will miss her.”

Saying one of the reasons she was retiring was because she out of hairspray, Dwyer told viewers, “It was not an easy decision. It’s time for me to sleep in, get some much needed rest, and tackle the numerous home improvement projects I have put off way too long.”

She started at WTVT in 1986. Her last day will be June 18.

KTVK ‘Chopperguy’ Leaving Station

Bruce_HaffnerBruce Haffner, chopper pilot and reporter for KTVK, has announced he is leaving the Phoenix independent station.

“I’ve been at Channel 3 my whole career and they’ve given me an incredible opportunity to do what I’ve done for the past 20 years,” Haffner told The Arizona Republic. “They’ve spent a lot of money on me and put me where I’m at right now. I owe them my career.”

According to The Republic, the lease between Haffner’s company Chopperguy, the station and the helicopter’s sponsor is expiring.

“I’m totally loyal to Channel 3,” Haffner said. “I never thought about going anywhere, but now that I own a million-dollar helicopter, I have to go where the work is.”

Haffner started at KTVK as a photographer in 1984 and became the station’s chopper pilot in 1995.

Alex Rozier Joins KING From KHQ

After three years at KHQ in Spokane, Alex Rozier is joining KING in Seattle. He made the announcement on Twitter:

Station Stokes Meteorologist’s Greatest Fear After She Get Case of Hiccups On Air

WHSV meteorologist Aubrey Urbanowicz had a case of the hiccups during her forecast this morning. But that wasn’t the worst thing that happened to her.

After a large hiccup Urbanowicz said, “I’m going to end up on YouTube. I just have this big fear of ending up on YouTube today.”

Well guess what Aubrey, the good folks at the Harrisonburg, VA, ABC affiliate were there to make your fears come true! The station posted the video on facebook and asked viewers to help spread the news, “Let’s make Meteorologist Aubrey Urbanowicz a YouTube hit. LIKE this if you watched!”

Urbanowicz took it in stride though, commenting, “All I could do was laugh… welcome to live TV!!”

On the Move, 5/30/14

Vincent Mondano joins WPIX in New York City as an account executive. He comes from TeleRep, where he was an account executive responsible for 11 stations in 10 markets.

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

KOMO Commentator Ken Schram Dies


Ken Schram, former KOMO reporter and commentator has died.

According to the Seattle ABC affiliate, Schram had been fighting an internal infection.

Schram was known at the station for being “brash and opinionated.” KOMO news director Holly Gauntt told The Seattle Times, “Ken was a journalist cut from the old-school, hard-as-nails cloth, but he had a heart of gold.”

He worked at both KOMO TV and radio for 35 years until his retirement 2 years ago. He was 66 years old.

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