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ABC Announces Affiliate in Puerto Rico

ABC LOGOThe ABC Television Network announced today it reached an agreement with Telecinco owned station WORA to be the new ABC affiliate in Puerto Rico.

ABC said its the first time the unincorporated US territory will see ABC programming broadcast on a full-power station. The press release announcing the move promised, “Viewers in Puerto Rico will be able to enjoy all of the ABC shows, sports, and news in full high definition.”

“Our goal is to position ABC as a leading network in this market, capturing the audience share it enjoys in other major US television markets,” Jose Vizcarrondo, president of Telecinco, Inc said. “ABC has a loyal following in Puerto Rico, and we will grow with wider distribution, high-quality HD network programming, relevant local content and an active presence in the community.”

WGN Celebrates ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ Just Like it Always Does

We turn our spyglass this morning to Chicago CW affiliate WGN. Every year the Tribune owned station celebrates September 19 with a visit from Long John Johnny Johnson. For those landlubbers among us, September 19 is also known as “International Talk Like a Pirate Day.”

This morning’s pun filled segment featured, who we’ve been told is, morning producer Jeff Hoover doing his best pirate schtick. After a nod to Chicago media writer Robert Feder, Hoover left because, as he said, “There’s a big sale at the farmer’s market. All the corn is a buck an ear.”

In case you want to see how far the bit has come, click here to see Hoover in 2012.

Portland Station Shows Viewers the Work Behind the Newscast

Portland, Maine’s WMTW showed viewers what happens behind the scenes at the ABC affiliate.

In a “Day in the Life“, the station said it takes 140 man hours to put together a 90 minute newscast.

“Things always go wrong live. It’s a matter of making things go smooth enough so if you’re sitting at home you have no idea that something massive has gone on behind the scenes, whether it’s we lose a live shot or an anchor turned to the wrong camera,” said 6:00 p.m. producer Alyssa Elias.

Telemundo Stations to Add Newscast and Staff

telemundo logoStarting Monday, November 3, Telemundo will launch a weekday 5:30 p.m. half-hour newscast in 14 markets.

The NBCUniversal owned station group also said it will hire nearly 30 employees to support the expanded news schedule.

“Today’s announcement marks a new era for the Telemundo Station Group and Spanish-language news,” Manuel Martinez, president of the Telemundo Station Group said in a statement. “All of our stations have a commitment to deliver the best local breaking news and  weather to our viewers and this expansion will help.”

The new newscast will debut at Telemundo stations in Los Angeles (KVEA), New York (WNJU), Miami (WSCV), Houston (KTMD), Dallas-Fort Worth (KXTX), Chicago (WSNS), SF Bay Area (KSTS), San Antonio (KVDA), Phoenix (KTAZ), Tucson (KHRR), McAllen (KTLM), Denver (KDEN), Philadelphia (WWSI) and Las Vegas (KBLR).

Weathercaster Stays On-Air for 33 Hours, Breaks World Record

norway tv2According to the BBC, Eli Kari Gjengedal now holds the world record for continuous weather presenting.

She broke the previous record of 24 hours on Norway’s TV2 by staying on for 33 hours. She was allowed to take a five minute break every 60 minutes on screen.

One of Gjengedal’s colleagues told the BBC, she planned to “go out for a beer” when she was done.

Click here to watch the untranslated version of Miss Gjengedal breaking the record on TV2.

WFAA Hires Managing Editor of The Dallas Morning News as Assistant ND

WFAA_304x200George Rodrigue, managing editor of The Dallas Morning News, has been named assistant news director for Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA.

WFAA news director Carolyn Mungo told TVSpy, Rodrigue will start at WFAA next Thursday.

Rodrigue originally started at The News in 1983. According to his LinkedIn page, before coming back to The News in 2004, he worked for Belo supervising print and broadcast journalists as VP of its Washington Bureau from 2001 until 2004. He had also worked at The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif. after first leaving The Dallas Morning News in 1998.

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Sick of ‘Sensational Stories’, Reporter Gives Up TV News to Become a Doctor

12619The hours are still lousy, but for James Lozada, a former reporter at Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV, the satisfaction of being a doctor is light years ahead of his time in TV news. “I found that sensational stories were favored over thought-provoking ones,” he told Kiplinger’s Pat Mertz Esswein. “I couldn’t see myself covering fires, murders and accidents decade after decade.”

Lozada, who’d often covered health stories, decided to leave Las Vegas in 2006. He went home to Texas and applied to med schools all over the country before landing at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Greensburg, Pa., near Pittsburgh. “I found that osteopathic schools are sometimes more accepting of applicants with nontraditional backgrounds such as mine. I graduated at the top of my class.”

Lozada’s saddled with the debt of his medical education–over $200,000–but he’s still confident he made the right career move to leave TV:

It’s…a very unstable gig, requiring you to move frequently to excel. When I left in 2006, the news environment was changing from traditional to new media, and it seemed like an uncertain time for journalism. Reporters around me were getting fired, and I wanted more stability.

Stephen Arnold Music Selling Original Documentary to Local Stations

At least 64 local stations across the country will be celebrating Black History Month in February 2015 with an original documentary called The Journey – 450 Years of the African-American Experience, created by Stephen Arnold Music’s new branding division, Sam2.

This is the first time the music production company is dipping its toe in original content, and it looks like it’s already paid off. With local stations more cash-strapped than ever, it’s no wonder they’re looking elsewhere for original content to boost their ratings. Could this be a trend for small stations in the future? Sam2′s syndication success suggests so.

The company originally created the documentary for the city of St. Augustine, Fla, since it focuses on the role that free African-Americans played in the founding of the city. The doc is now being syndicated to stations across the country. Some are airing it as a “special,” while others are using edited versions of it as part of their show. Stations also have the option of buying The Journey and giving it to local schools for free.

“We are extremely proud to present ‘The Journey – 450 Years of the African-American Experience’ as the first Sam2 production,” Chad Cook, vice president and creative director of Stephen Arnold Music, said in a statement. “This enlightening documentary perfectly embodies the promise of Sam2: provide stations with a unique resource to engage their viewers, and can connect with their community in powerful new ways.”

Gallup Poll: Trust in Mass Media Reporting Back at ‘All-Time Low’

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A recent Gallup poll shows American’s belief that newspapers, TV and radio report “the news fully, accurately, and fairly” is back at its previous all-time low of 40 percent.

Up until 2003, about half of Americans polled trusted what the the media was telling them. That trust took a big hit in 2004 and seemed to rebound in 2005, but instead has slowly eroded since then.

Even trust among Democrats, who traditionally have more confidence in the media than their counterparts, has dropped to a 14-year low of 54 percent. Republican and Independents, however, stand firm in their overall mistrust, with Republicans staying below the 40 percent mark since 2004 and Independents meeting them there in 2009. You can see that graphic after the jump. Read more

WDTN Anchor Leaves to Join Chamber of Commerce

holly*304xx889-1333-56-0Holly Samuels, a morning anchor at Dayton NBC affiliate WDTN, will leave the station to join the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce as director of marketing and communications.

The Dayton Business Journal reports Samuels will use her married name, Holly Allen, when she starts October first:

“Holly’s extensive background in public relations, journalism and business outreach gives her a unique skill set that will be an asset to the members of the chamber,” said Phil Parker, president and CEO of the chamber. “Marketing and communications is an essential function of the chamber and I’m excited to have Holly overseeing these efforts.”

Currently, Allen is co-anchor of 2 NEWS Today weekday mornings on WDTN/WBDT. Before joining the desk on 2 NEWS Today, she was a reporter and weekend anchor for the station.

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