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Former Anchor Settles Lawsuit Against Station, Starts Job as College Recruiter

eric wilson_wrexFormer anchor Eric Wilson, who left Rockford NBC affiliate WREX after 19 years, has taken a new job as a student recruiter for Rock Valley College. He announced the news on his Facebook page, where he said “it’s been a long, tough 7 months”, but he’s not necessarily looking to return to TV news:

I’ve been asked more times than I can count over the last 7 months, “When are you getting back on television?” I can honestly say that I don’t think it will be very soon. There are too many things about the job and the industry in general that bother me. And in some cases “bother” may be too mild of a word. There are issues of integrity and ethics that I see every day. I’m not sure I want to be a part of it. I never say never, but my heart isn’t in it now. I had amazing experiences as a TV reporter and anchor, but that job never defined me. I don’t need television to make me feel good about myself.

The Rockford Register Star, meanwhile, reports Wilson’s lawsuit against his former station has been settled:

Wilson had filed a lawsuit in Winnebago County court against WREX after being fired Jan. 29 following 19 years at the station. Court documents show that “all matters in the controversy have been compromised and settled.” No further details were available.

WBZ Makes Expected Anchor Moves

wbz logo copyYesterday, we reported the GM of Boston CBS owned station WBZ said more changes were coming when he announced the addition of two anchors to the morning news.

Today, WBZ revealed those changes: Starting Monday, Lisa Hughes and David Wade will co-anchor the 5:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts while Paula Ebben and Jonathan Elias will co-anchor the 6:00 p.m. on WBZ and the WBZ News at Ten on WSBK.

Chief meteorologist Eric Fisher, who will stay on at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. in addition to the WBZ News at Ten on WSBK.

“We are very fortunate that the entire WBZ-TV anchor team has great experience, a track record for outstanding journalism, strong local ties, and unmatched commitment to public service,” Mark Lund, president and GM of WBZ said in a statement. “These anchor assignments give us even more opportunities for the WBZ-TV news team to create the best content in the market, produce more investigative and enterprise reports, and continue to be the market’s #1 choice for news on the stories that matter most to our community.”

Last week, 6:00 p.m. anchor Jack Williams announced he was leaving the anchor desk.

WCPO’s Clyde Gray Not Retiring, He Says, But ‘Re-Wiring’

clydegrayheadshotWCPO anchor Clyde Gray steps down Friday, ending 33 years in Cincinnati television. But Gray wants to make one thing very clear, as he tells the Cincinnati Enquirer: he’s not retiring. He’s re-wiring.

Gray will devote his energy to Clyde Gray and Associates Public Relations Strategies, the agency he announced in February 2011 to the surprise of his Channel 9 bosses. At their request, he immediately “dialed back on my involvement to an investor,” he said. Four years later, he doesn’t even have an office.

“It’s small. It’s low-key. My job is to grow that business,” he said.

Since announcing his departure on June, some African-Americans have expressed disappointment to him that he won’t be on TV, “based on the feeling that I’m some sort of role model,” he said. “I understand some people see my transition as a loss, but this change is about an opportunity for me, and re-inventing myself, and re-wiring.”

WLWT Remembers News Operations Manager David Rosch

WLWT-1David Roscha 17-year veteran of NBC affiliate WLWT, passed away from cancer on Friday. He was a program director, production manager and most recently, a news operations manager at the Cincinnati station.

WLWT posted a special video tribute to Rosch on its site and on its Facebook page, where messages of condolence poured in. The station’s site won’t allow embedding, but click here to watch a touching tribute to a beloved co-worker, husband, father and friend.

LIN Fills GM Roles in Indianapolis and Savannah

linmedia_304x200LIN Media has named Les Vann president and GM of CBS affiliate WISH and MyTV affiliate WNDY in Indianapolis. The station group also named Steve Doerr acting GM of WJCL in Savannah.

Doerr replaces Vann, who was the president and GM of the Savannah, GA, LIN owned ABC affiliate.

“Les has done a terrific job in Savannah, rebuilding and launching a new brand, transforming its news department and strengthening the station’s commitment to localism,”Jay Howell, LIN Media’s VP of Television said in a statement. “He brings a unique skill set to WISH-­‐TV and WNDY-­‐TV that will be very important to these stations’ growth and development.”

CBS recently announced it is switching its CBS affiliation from LIN Media’s WISH to Tribune’s WTTV, starting January 2015.

Before working for LIN, Vann had been GM of WKRC in Cincinnati and had managed stations in Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, South Carolina and New York. Doerr comes to LIN after working as VP and group manager, Northeast Region for Smith Media.

Sinclair CEO in Dispute with Maryland Farmer Over Leased Land and Destroyed Crops

Sinclair BroadcastAccording to The Baltimore Sun, Sinclair CEO David Smith is caught up in a tussle over 95 acres of Maryland farm land he is leasing out.

Stephen Pieper, the farmer who leases Smith’s land, is mad because he said Smith hired someone to plow under about $1000,000 worth of Pieper’s corn crop. Smith’s lawyer said in a lawsuit, Pieper was trespassing when he planted the crop and damaged the soil.

“All he wants is his farm,” said Francis R. Laws, Smith’s attorney. “He wants to enjoy the use of the property that he bought.”

Pieper, 62, said that in more than 30 years of farming from about 50 landlords, farms have been developed and changed hands, but he has never seen a crop destroyed.

“This is devastating to me,” Pieper said after watching the crop fall on July 20, when he tried to head off the tractor hired by Smith. “This crop would have been harvested in 75 days. It’s sickening.” Read more

Ed Kosowski Leaving KDVR

KDVR-LogoEd Kosowski is leaving Denver FOX and CW affiliate KDVR-KWGN.

“It’s been a great three year run,” Kosowski told TVSpy. Saying he still had some professional goals he’d like to achieve, he said he’s leaving when his contract is up next week.

Kosowski said he’s most proud of changing the culture during his three years at KDVR, adding “I’m really proud of the talented and diverse team, on-air and behind scenes.”

Before coming to KDVR in July of 2011, Kosowski worked at CNBC for six years. He started his career at WLS in Chicago and has worked as news director at KGO in San Francisco and WHDH in Boston. He has also worked at WRC in Washington, D.C., WTVJ in Miami.

After the jump, you can read the note KDVR  president and GM Peter Maroney sent to staffers to announce Kosowski’s departure. Read more

Sarah Brodhead Leaving WXMI

Sarah-Brodhead1MLive.com reports that after seven years at FOX affiliate WXMISarah Brodhead has decided to leave the Grand Rapids station. The morning anchor announced the news on her Facebook page.

“It’s just time for a change,” Brodhead said. “You won’t see me on TV anymore, but I hope I see you around because I’m staying in Grand Rapids.”

Brodhead joined the station in February 2008. Before that, she was an anchor and reporter at KREX in Grand Junction, Colo.

Her last day is September 19.

Mireya Garcia Joins KOKH

garcia kokhMireya Garcia has joined Oklahoma City FOX affiliate KOKH as an investigative reporter.

Garcia worked KRDO in Colorado Springs as an anchor and reporter from 2009 until 2013. Most recently, she was working as a freelance travel reporter.

She told TVSpy she started at KOKH last Monday.

Meteorologist Changes at WDSU in New Orleans

wdsu weatherWDSU viewers will notice a couple of changes to the station’s weekday morning and afternoon shows today.

Jonathan Shelley, news director for the New Orleans NBC affiliate, told TVSpy, morning meteorologist Jay Galle is moving to a day shift and will anchor the 4:00 p.m. news. He will also come in early or stay late when team coverage is needed, produce web content and handle weather updates from mid-morning through early afternoon.

Weekend morning meteorologist Damon Singleton will replace Galle on the weekday morning show.

Shelley said the station hasn’t made any announcements regarding the weekend morning meteorologist.

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