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Raycom Promotes Myrtle Beach News Director to GM

miles wmbf croppedRaycom has named Sarah Miles VP & GM of Myrtle Beach, S.C. NBC affiliate WMBF.

Starting in January, she replaces Ted Fortenberry who was promoted to VP and GM of WLBT in Jackson, Miss.

“Sarah has been the architect of WMBF News’ aggressive multi-platform strategy and execution,” said Don Richards, Group VP of Raycom Media. ”The audience growth WMBF has earned through her extraordinary management of staff and resources has been remarkable. She is the natural choice to lead WMBF News forward as Vice President and General Manager”

Miles has been news director at WMBF since 2010. Before that, she was executive producer at Raycom’s WAVE in Louisville, Ky.. She started her career at WHOI in Peoria, Illinois.

WLBT Hires News Director from Arkansas Station

weeks wlbtRaycom’s Jackson, Miss. NBC affiliate WLBT has hired Hatton Weeks to be its news director.

Weeks has been news director at KAIT, Raycom’s Jonesboro, Ark. station, since 2008. He moves up 87 markets in the move.

Chris Conroy, KAIT VP and GM said of Weeks, “As a journalist and news director, Hatton’s longtime commitment to KAIT’s viewers is truly special. WLBT and the people of Mississippi are getting a top notch journalist and a strong leader.”

Weeks started at KAIT in 1996. He worked his way up to reporter and producer before leaving for KTHV in 1999. He came back to KAIT in 2006 as assistant news director after working as a Congressional staffer for US Congressman Marion Berry and later working at his family’s construction business.

WNCT Adds Two Meteorologists

FIRST ALERT TEAM PHOTOWNCT has added two meteorologists to its weather team.

Candice Boling (second from left) is the weekend meteorologist at the Greenville, N.C. CBS affiliate. She comes from WNKY in Bowling Green, Ky.

Pierce Legeion (far left) also joins WNCT as a reporter and meteorologist. He last worked at WDTV in Clarksburg, W.V.

The pair join chief meteorologist Jerry Jackson, morning meteorologist Dontae Jones and meteorologist David Sawyer.

Gina Morss Returns to WEEK

morss weekGina Morss returns to WEEK starting Monday, January 5.

Morss worked at the Peoria, Illinois NBC affiliate for 15 years. She will co-anchor the morning news with Garry Moore and Maddie Heidenreich.

“We are excited to have Gina return to full time work once again on WEEK,” said Mark DeSantis, president and GM of WEEK-WHOI-WAOE. “She never really left as she has been producing our Buddy Check Reports for WEEK all along. But I am truly happy to have Gina back where she belongs!”

Morss left WEEK in 2011 to be the Komen Memorial Peoria Affiliate’s Director of Development.

WLS Sports Anchor Apologizes for Suicide Reference

giangreco wls cut himWLS sports anchor Mark Giangreco has issued a statement about his reference to suicide in an over-the-shoulder graphic in last night’s story about the Chicago Bears.

Giancreco said, “My remarks were inappropriate, and I deeply regret and apologize for this incident. I will be issuing an on-air apology in this evening’s newscast.”

In a story that called for change with the hometown NFL team, the sports anchor for the ABC owned Chicago station used an OTS graphic with a picture of Jay Cutler above the line that read “Cut him or cut your wrists.”

KCEN AM Meteorologist Shot Multiple Times in Morning Shooting

crawford KCEN croppedPatrick Crawford, the morning meteorologist for Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN was shot multiple times in this morning’s parking lot shooting at the station.

>UPDATE: KECN reported at 3:20 p.m. police have taken a “person of interest in the shooting” into custody. We’ll have more updates as the story develops.

>UPDATE: KCEN reports at 5:11 p.m. Crawford is out of surgery and in stable condition. The station also reports, “The suspect hasn’t been located, but they took a suspect in custody and police say he’s not likely tied at all to the shooting.”

KCEN reports the Department of Public Safety said the shooting suspect exchanged words with Crawford before pulling out a semi-automatic handgun and firing.

The employee, Patrick Crawford, a morning show meteorologist at the station for the last two years, managed to drive away and flag down a construction worker, who called for help.

Police are still searching for the suspect, described as a white male, 30-35 years old, wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt and dark jeans. Wilson also said he has a receding hairline.

Crawford was taken to Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, where he was undergoing surgery late Wednesday morning, [DPS Trooper D.L.] Wilson said.

Crawford has worked at KCEN since September 2012.

KTLM Promotes EP to News Director

telemundo_304x200Miguelángel López has been promoted to news director of the Rio Grande Valley Telemundo station KTLM.

López was executive producer of Noticias Telemundo 40.

“We are excited for Miguelángel to take on this new role,” said KTLM president and GM Jose Flores. “Miguelángel’s vast broadcast and production experience, particularly in Spanish-language news, makes him a perfect fit to lead our local news team.”

Shooting Reported Near Texas Station

Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN reports “multiple police agencies” are looking for a suspect in a shooting near the station that happened this morning.

From the KCEN website:

The Department of Public Safety, Bruceville-Eddy police, and the Falls County Sheriff’s Office, among others, blocked off our parking lot with crime scene tape and patrolled the area with assault rifles.

Several officers walked through the building with a K-9, and cleared the station.

DPS troopers asked employees to gather in the front office as police investigated the area. That restriction was lifted around 10:15 a.m.

Employees have been told not to leave the building, but are now free to move around inside.

WLS Sports Anchor on Bears QB ‘Cut Him or Cut Your Wrists’

WLS sports anchor Mark Giangreco made it pretty obvious last night, he wants to see changes with the hometown NFL team after what will be a losing season.

giangreco wls cut him

While the sports anchor for the ABC owned Chicago station didn’t say anything about the suicide reference in the over-the-shoulder graphic, viewers have taken to twitter to express their outrage.

TVSpy has asked WLS for comment. We will update when we hear back.

[Deadspin via @WilcoMeThat]

Two Tampa Stations Among Four Local TV Investigations Honored With duPont Awards

4038v2239Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced 14 winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, including four for investigative reporting by local stations–and two were in the same market, Tampa-St. Petersburg.

ABC affiliate WFTS was honored for “Incapacitated: Florida’s Guardianship Program”, an investigation that exposed “rampant abuse and fraud” by court appointed guardians:

The reporters searched through records, spoke with family members and confronted some of the guardians with clear evidence of their misdeeds. As a result, this summer a new guardianship reform bill led to legislative changes to help protect others.

Tampa CBS affiliate WTSP received a duPont for “Short Yellows and the Red Light Fight”, an investigation that exposed how local governments “abused technology to cheat drivers:” Read more

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