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Lawrence Karnow Reportedly Out at KPIX

karnow kpix croppedMeteorologist Lawrence Karnow no longer works at San Francisco CBS owned station KPIX.

San Francisco Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman reports Karnow was a victim of budget cuts at the station. His bio is no longer up on the station website.

Karnow started at KPIX in July 1997. Before coming to KPIX he was the morning weather anchor at KSBW in Salinas-Monterey, Calif.

>UPDATE: KPIX confirmed Karnow no longer works at the station.

Danielle Dozier to Join WXIN

Sunday morning, Danielle Dozier announced she was leaving Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO.

Yesterday afternoon, she revealed she was heading to Indianapolis FOX affiliate WXIN.

WXIN news director Kerri Cavanaugh told TVSpy Dozier starts Monday December 1.

Anchor Stephanie Maxwell Joins WSOC

Stephanie-MaxwellCharlotte ABC affiliate WSOC has hired Stephanie Maxwell as an anchor/reporter. Maxwell will co-anchor the station’s morning newscasts alongside Allison Latos.

For the last 5 years, Stephanie has been the primary evening anchor at WAPT in Jackson, Mississippi. Prior to that, she was a news anchor and reporter in Greenville, S.C. and New Bern, N.C., and she is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. She’s very excited to be coming back to the Carolinas.

“Stephanie is a hard working journalist with proven capabilities,” says Julie Szulczewski, News Director for WSOC/WAXN TV. VP and General Manager Joe Pomilla added “Stephanie’s enthusiasm is contagious. She will be a great addition to our morning team.”

Maxwell starts at WSOC in January.

WTVC Apologizes for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Tweet During Ferguson Coverage

While the rest of the country was watching what was happening with the Darren Wilson grand jury verdict in Ferguson, Mo., Chattanooga ABC affiliate WTVC seemed more concerned its viewers wouldn’t be able to watch Dancing with the Stars.

Buzzfeed had a screen shot of a tweet sent out by the station after it preempted regular programming to cover what was happening in Ferguson. The tweet read, “Don’t worry, Dancing with the Stars will be back soon after the special report. #Ferguson.”

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After viewers reportedly complained, WTVC tweeted two apologies.

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WGCL Names Jim Kosek Chief Meteorologist

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Atlanta stations have lost three chief meteorologists this year alone, and WGCL is one of them. After Markina Brown‘s departure earlier this month, the CBS affiliate was once again on the lookout for a new weather anchor. Well, it looks like they’ve found Brown’s replacement.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution‘s Rodney Ho, Jim Kosek will replace Brown as chief meteorologist at the station. Kosek previously worked at Kansas City CBS affiliate KCTV for just five months. Prior to that, he was chief meteorologist at AccuWeather, where his wacky weather forecasts went viral.

WGCL news director Larry Perret announced the news in a memo to staff members yesterday.

Kosek’s first day is December 1.

Gannett Adds Reinforcements to KSDK Ahead of Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 5.12.44 PMAs soon as it became clear the Ferguson grand jury had reached a decision, St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK launched into rolling team coverage. The station’s “team coverage” was significant, helped by an infusion over the last few weeks of additional staff from other Gannett stations.

Investigative reporter Brendan Keefe (pictured, right), of Gannett’s WXIA in Atlanta, appeared on KSDK Monday evening. He’s been working in St. Louis for three weeks.

In addition to WXIA, Gannett stations in Dallas, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Washington, DC sent a team of reporters, investigative reporters and web producers to boost KSDK’s reporting power ahead of the grand jury’s decision–and whatever may follow. The station has promoted the added forces on air as “a team of seasoned investigators.” Those journalists have filed stories for KSDK, for their home stations, and for Gannett-owned USAToday.

Iconic KTLA Tower Comes Down in LA

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For more than six decades, the KTLA call letters have loomed proudly over the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Van Ness Street in Los Angeles. On Monday, the tower came down. “When you are driving up or down the 101, you see that tower, you know where you are,” Eric Spillman, a longtime reporter at the LA independent station, told the Los Angeles Times. “To see it taken apart and moved, people are going to feel like something’s missing.”

The tower was forced from its perch to make way for a new 14-story office building, but the tower will be back–set to move back to its original location in Hollywood sometime in 2015.

Gannett Promotes Patti Dennis, Names Replacement from Knoxville Station

moreno kusaChristy Moreno has been named news director of Gannett’s Denver NBC affiliate KUSA.

Moreno was news director at Gannett’s Knoxville, Tenn. station WBIR. She replaces Patti Dennis, who was promoted to VP, news and talent development for Gannett.

“Christy’s strong leadership skills, record of success and innovative ideas are just what we need to continue serving as Colorado’s news leader,” Mark Cornetta, KUSA GM and Gannett SVP, said in a statement.

Moreno came to WBIR in 2012 from KENS, Gannett’s San Antonio station, where she was assistant news director. She has also worked at KRIV and KPRC in Houston and KAUZ in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Dave Lougee, President, Gannett Broadcasting, thanked Dennis for her work at KUSA, saying, “Patti’s contributions to 9NEWS are too numerous to count and her eye for talent is unmatched. Now we will be able to deploy her talents across a larger stage.”

St. Louis ABC Affiliate to Launch ‘Non-Traditional’ Newscast

KDNL_30_News_logoSinclair’s St. Louis ABC affiliate is giving local news another try.

KDNL is launching what it calls a “non-traditional newscast” starring local conservative radio host Jamie Allman, starting January 2015.

The show will air at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. nightly. In a press release, KDNL promised, “The newscast will be an informative, debate-driven format focusing on the topics of the day with guest commentators and a wide social media presence.”

“The goal is to go beyond the headlines and provide context and perspective of a particular issue,” said Sinclair Broadcast Group VP of news Scott Livingston. “We know that there is an appetite for a more in-depth conversation on the issues. We want to engage our viewing audience and get St. Louis talking.”

GM Tom Tipton told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the station would be hiring “a reporter and at least a dozen people in other roles.” Read more

Why Broadcasters Might Want to Reframe How They Look at Aereo

aereoIn a recent article, Time writes that Aereo’s spectacular failure actually exposed the broadcasting industry’s vulnerability: retransmission fees.

According to Time, which should know a thing or two about being disrupted, the winning side should buy up what Aereo was selling: inexpensively delivering content to consumers where they want, when they want it. Because, as the article warns, the day will soon come when consumers will stop paying high subscription fees to watch channels they don’t want.

What I have trouble moving past is that Aereo wasn’t really charging for content, as everything you could watch on the service was free anyway. It was charging for convenience — You could watch Aereo on a laptop or iPhone, and it gave customers access to a cloud-based DVR to store their favorite shows. It also made up for the fact that, here in building-packed New York City at least, the free, over-the-air broadcasts are often difficult to watch with a regular TV aerial. Most of the people I know who used Aereo here did so because they couldn’t get reliable signals from the broadcasters. In this sense, Aereo addressed a technical failure, too. With those factors combined, Aereo was certainly worth eight bucks a month.

The broadcast networks used the courts to pummel Aereo into submission, suing a potential industry disruptor out of existence. But instead of walking away smiling, those broadcasters should realize Aereo only foreshadowed a massive industry shakeup that will change everything about television. As more people cut the cord and switch to on-demand services like Netflix and HBO Go (with the latter soon to be available without a cable subscription), cable television will slowly die out — and take those lucrative retransmission fees with them as it goes. CBS, at least, sees the writing on the door: It’s launching an innovative subscription-based online service, from which it’ll likely make money off ads, too. More broadcasters should realize that cable TV is the past, not the future. And what better, bolder move to make than buying Aereo?

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