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Danielle Knox to Join WSVN

knox croppedDanielle Knox is joining Miami FOX affiliate WSVN as anchor and reporter, Gossip Extra’s Jose Lambiet reports.

“I’ve worked in Los Angeles and Atlanta and San Francisco, but there’s no place like Miami when it comes to news,” Knox told Gossip Extra. “I’m very excited. There’s nothing more invigorating than live news.”

Knox last worked as a host of Lifetime’s morning show, The Balancing Act. She has also worked at WGCL in Atlanta, WFOR and WTVJ in Miami, WVIT in Hartford, Ct , and KTVE in Monroe, LA.

FCC Approves Sinclair’s Allbritton Buy

sinclair_304The FCC has approved Sinclair Broadcast Group’s purchase of Allbritton Communications.

The sixteen page document released by the FCC also denied several petitions against the merger.

>UPDATE: William Lake, chief of the FCC Media Bureau released a statement outlining the terms of the deal. Which he wrote was approved “after the parties agreed to amend the proposal in three markets to comply with our ownership rules:

Consistent with DOJ review, Sinclair will divest the station in the Harrisburg market.

To comply with our local TV ownership rule, Sinclair will deliver the programming of stations in the Birmingham and Charleston markets via digital multicasting. This means that Sinclair will put the full programming of the stations on the digital signal of the stations it already owns. The licenses of the Allbritton stations that previously broadcast that programming will therefore be returned to the Commission. Most importantly, consumers will lose no programming currently available to them. Read more

Sinclair Announces Funding for Allbritton Purchase

sinclair_allbrittonSinclair Broadcast Group announced it has lined up the funding to buy Allbritton Communications.

In a press release, the station group announced Sinclair Television Group, a subsidiary, has closed its private offering of $550 million worth of senior unsecured notes due in 2024. Sinclair said it plans to use the money from the funds along with $400 million in loans, a revolving credit line and cash to pay for the deal.

Last July, Sinclair announced it was buying Allbritton for $985 million.

The station group reportedly cleared the last hurdle blocking approval of the deal last week by agreeing to a settlement with the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. As part of the deal, Sinclair agreed to sell Harrisburg, PA, ABC affiliate WHTM as soon as the purchase goes through.

Jake Milstein Named KIRO News Director

KIROJake Milstein has been promoted to news director at KIRO, Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate in Seattle. Milstein replaces Bob Jordan, who retired last month.

Since 2008, Milstein has been KIRO’s managing editor. Before that, he worked at WRC in Washington, D.C. and KCOY-KKFX in Santa Maria, Calif.

“I’m very pleased that we were able to tap KIRO-TV’s internal talent for this critical position. Under Jake’s leadership, we will continue to deliver exceptional daily newscasts to our viewers and position KIRO 7 Eyewitness News as the No. 1 digital content distributor for Seattle,” KIRO general manager Jay O’Connor said in a statement.

“I’m thrilled to be in this new role leading such a talented group of journalists, as we make KIRO 7 Eyewitness News the go to place for news on-air, on-line and on social media,” Milstein added.

Sportscaster Simone Eli Joins KPRC

simone eliSimone Eli started this week at KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, Mike McGuff reports. She will be the station’s weekend sports anchor and reporter.

Eli comes from WALA, the Fox affiliate in Mobile, where she has been a sports director and anchor since May 2013.

“We’re really excited that we got her out of Mobile and we think she will be a great asset,” KPRC senior executive producer Rick McFarland told McGuff. “Not only does she have great sportscasting experience, but I think people are going to be interested in watching her.”

Telemundo Arizona Adds Weekend Newscast

Telemundo_ArizonaKTAZ, the Telemundo owned station for Phoenix and Tucson, AZ, has added two hours of local weekend news to its lineup.

Starting Saturday, the station will air a live half hour of news at 4:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The shows will be anchored by Daniel Aguirre with Ivan Valenzuela anchoring sports.

“The investment in local news, resources, personnel and cutting-edge technology demonstrates our commitment to inform and serve the local Spanish-speaking community, which has been traditionally underserved with local news,” Araceli De León, president and regional general manager, Telemundo Southwest said in a statement.

Telemundo also said the station is building a new set and hiring “a dozen additional staff members to deliver local team coverage from breaking news events and live reports from multiple locations.”

On the Move, 7/24/14

Jennifer Ann Wilson joins KSTP in Minneapolis, where she will be a general assignment reporter. Wilson previously worked at WBAY in Green Bay.

Wilson is represented by Mort Meisner Associates.

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

Rick Sanchez Reveals Secrets of the Success of WSVN’s Iconic ‘Newsplex’

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According to a post on South Florida’s SFLTV, the iconic “Newsplex” set that has defined Miami station WSVN for decades, may be slated for a makeover:

The prevailing info we hear is that the revamp will be mostly cosmetic, similar to what Sunbeam did with its other station in Boston, WHDH, which just received a barely noticeable refresh with a darker red duratrans strip and some more monitors as backdrops on the second floor.

Sounds harmless enough. Until you hear this: “We’re kind of sad to report that there is a possibility the big wall of old CRT televisions, which have been there literally since the 1990s, will finally give way to big flat screens that will use software to simulate the tiny wall of TVs we’ve become used to seeing behind the anchors.”

Now hold on just one Newsplexing second. Nobody, and I mean nobody, should touch those monitors. They are the Newsplex. The multi-monitor news backdrop has been copied and copied, but have you ever noticed nothing quite looks like the original? We asked former WSVN anchor Rick Sanchez why the ‘Plex somehow can’t be copied. Read more

Nicolas Cage Makes WWL Studio Hollywood for a Day

cage on wwl setNew Orleans CBS affiliate WWL got a visit from film star Nicolas Cage in between the morning and noon news yesterday.

But he wasn’t there to talk, he was there to work. Cage was in town to shoot a movie set in the wake of the BP oil spill.

Houston CBS affiliate KHOU reports the director shot in New Orleans because he wanted to keep keep the film authentic.

But another important element for him was keeping things local. That included dozens of crew members in the studio and some familiar faces you’ll see in the film.“Like Wendell Pierce and Bryan Batt and a lot of the smaller roles are a lot of local actors, and about 90 percent of our crew are also Louisiana locals as well.” Read more

News Anchors Doing Commercials? An ‘Experiment’ at KTXL

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Remember that wall we used to talk about between the newsroom and the folks on the other side of the building who sell the advertising that keeps us employed? Perhaps you’ve noticed the wall seems a lot less solid these days. In an age of sponsored content, advertiser branding popping up on weather forecasts and sports reports, and news talent often raving about good service from airlines and restaurants on social media, why not have anchors do a few commercials, right?

At Sacramento station KTXL, news director Ed Chapuis tells TVSpy he recently approved the use of his two morning anchors, Bethany Crouch and Paul Robins, in commercial spots airing on the station. “While this is not the television industry norm, there are many examples within TV and Radio of anchors doing endorsements,” he said.

Chapuis uses the word “endorsements” because, he says, the anchors are exclusively putting their names and images behind products he says “they use and believe in”. Crouch appears in spots for Sacramento Infiniti, and Robins in an ad for “Good Feet”, featuring a local podiatrist.

“When we started this experiment, we took steps to address important journalistic concerns. The key is transparency and avoiding conflict of interest,” Chapuis told us. “We have made sure the anchors are not put in a position where they report on these companies.” Read more

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