This week, KWQC is hiring a morning meteorologist, while WTVG needs a news producer. WCMH is seeking a newscast producer, and WTKR/WGNT is on the hunt for a reporter. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.
- Morning Meteorologist KWQC (Davenport, IA)
- News Producer WTVG (Toledo, OH)
- Newscast Producer WCMH (Columbus, OH)
- Reporter WTKR/WGNT (Norfolk, VA)
- Social Media Strategist WHYY (Philadelphia, PA)
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TVSpy knows every station has a Fred McClure who deserves a “thank you” for doing what they do best, working hard, making others look good.
5NEWS is 61 years old – Fred McClure has been here for 45 of those years. Well deserved retirement today for Fred! pic.twitter.com/s9K5h7dEsM
— Joe Pennington (@5NEWSJoe) September 12, 2014
News director Rick Bagley told TVSpy, McClure has worked as an editor, a photographer, a newscast producer, a special projects producer, assignment manager and news director.
“Fred is the kind of employee every manager wants in their shop,” Bagley told staffers. “There is nothing he can’t or won’t do.”
Bagley added, “Fred also quietly does the dirty dishes in the break room, takes out the election night pizza boxes and kills the occasional newsroom mouse. Fred’s retirement is our loss. Congratulations Fred. Best wishes on a new chapter of life and a well-deserved vacation.”
“Kenny Plotnik is among the most experienced news leaders in the country and we’re excited to welcome him to the NECN team,” Mike St. Peter, SVP and GM of NECN said in a statement.
Plotnik last worked as VP of news at WABC in New York. Before working at WABC, he was at WPVI in Philadelphia for ten years, working as assignment manager and senior producer of special projects. He starts in his new position October 6.
NECN is the largest 24-hour regional news network in the country and is owned by NBC Universal.
Anchor Jasmine Viel has announced her departure from Salinas-Monterey, California CBS affiliate KION. After seven years, her last day is today. She writes in a farewell post on the station’s website:
I will be moving down to be with my husband Marc Cota-Robles in Los Angeles as I continue to pursue this crazy and rewarding broadcast journalism career that I am so passionate about.
I have been so lucky and honored to have been a part of many great experiences here on the Central Coast and the warm welcome I received from day one.
It has been a privilege to have been able to share so many people’s stories. From my time as a field reporter and working my way up to the evening anchor position, I have been allowed to grow with all of your support. It’s been quite the journey.
It is hard to say goodbye, especially to those talented and compassionate friends and fellow journalists who work with me in the newsroom and all those who I have had to say goodbye to over the years, but I know I will be checking in with them. As I hope you will continue to check in with me.
Big thanks to the SF Fire Dept for adding ‘drone recovery’ to their list of reasons for being awesome. pic.twitter.com/kl70sghslI
— Eddie Codel (@ekai) July 3, 2014
All across America, drones are crashing into trees and rooftops. The $500-plus dollar skytoys are frequently flying away from their owners, landing in lakes and marshes and urban neighborhoods, never to be found again. Lost drone posters line residential neighborhoods like the missing dog fliers of yore.
Have you seen America’s drones? “People complain about ‘flyaways’ on the forums all the time,” one drone owner tells Valleywag. Flyaways happen when drones either lose contact with its remote or simply fly away inexplicably, with the failsafe, which is supposed to return the drone “home” in case of failure, also malfunctioning. Read more
Nielsen has released its DMA rankings for 2014-2015.
Compared with last year’s numbers, the top ten markets saw an increase in TV Homes.
While there were no changes in rank among the top ten, 46 markets gained viewers while 52 lost them.
Phoenix and Detroit swapped spots, with Phoenix moving up to 11 while Detroit dropped to 12. Tampa-St. Petersburg swapped places with Seattle at number 13 and 14.
Click here to find your market.
Saying it was time to share some news with “family”, WCIA anchor Dave Benton took time at the end of his newscast on the Champaign, Illinois CBS affiliate to talk about his health. “I’ve found out a few weeks ago, my brain cancer is back,” he said, alongside anchor Jennifer Roscoe.
Last year, Benton underwent brain surgery with the hopes of emerging cancer free. He says now, the cancer is inoperable:
“I’ve learned more about what the future holds. This new tumor is too big for surgery or radiation. I’ve decided to do an antibody treatment and some chemo to try to slow its growth. That’s my best option. That being said, doctors say I have anywhere from four-to-six months before things turn bad. I’m dedicated to keep working. I’ll be here bringing you the news as long as I am able. I’m grateful for the outpouring of support, prayers and cards. It’s meant the world to me. It’s changed my life.”
Perret comes to WGCL from Meredith’s KCTV-KSMO in Kansas City where he had been news director since October, 2013.
“I’m honored to be making the move within Meredith to Atlanta,” Perret said in a statement. “I’m really looking forward to working for a great company that is dedicated to taking CBS46 to new heights.”
Before working at KCTV-KSMO, he was news director at KTVX in Salt Lake City. He’s also worked as a producer for Entertainment Tonight and as a senior consultant for Frank N. Magid and Associates.
He has worked for Lin, Raycom, and Hubbard Broadcasting and has also held news management positions in a number of other top 20 markets, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston.
In a 1977 appearance on Tomorrow with Tom Snyder, Perret tells Snyder he started at NBC as a page. After the jump, you can see Perret tell Snyder he’s leaving NBC to work as an anchor in Cheyenne, WY. Read more