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KTVT Names New Evening Anchor

Yesterday, longtime KTVT evening anchor Karen Borta told the newsroom she was moving to the morning shift. Today, the CBS owned Dallas station says Borta’s replacement will be Kaley O’Kelley.

The station said O’Kelley will join Doug Dunbar at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. starting in late January.

O’Kelley comes from KTVK in Phoenix where she has been a morning news anchor and reporter since 2009. Before KTVK, she worked at KNXV in Phoenix. She’s also worked in San Diego, Santa Barbara and Yuma, Ariz.

“Kaley has the rare ability to connect with just about everyone,” said VP of news Mike Garber.Viewers will immediately sense her passion for the community, her strong journalistic skills and her enthusiasm for delivering the news. She has some big shoes to fill, but we are confident that the Dallas-Fort Worth community will soon embrace Kaley and her unique style.”

Good Day New York Bests Network Morning Shows in 2014

GDNY logoGood Day New York is the little morning show that could among adults 18-49, according to recent ratings info.

GDNY is hosted by Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto and airs from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. on New York FOX owned station WNYW. So far in 2014, the show is #1 among adults 18-49 with a 1.035 rating, beating out NBC’s Today Show (.917) and ABC’s Good Morning America (.825).

For November, the show came from a third place finish in 2013 with a .945 rating behind GMA (1.407) and Today (1.148), to beat both network shows with a 1.026 in Adults 18-49. GMA had a .979 rating, while Today had a .975.

Byron Harmon, WNYW news director told TVSpy, in a video interview that will air early in January, “That’s been a tremendous boost to the morale. But I also think it’s validation of the hard work of the team we put together and, of course, the amazing chemistry that Greg and Rosanna have.”

Donna Rapado Out at WGCL

rapado WGCL croppedDonna Rapado no longer works at Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL.

A Meredith spokesperson confirmed the news, but wouldn’t comment further. Newsblues reports his tipsters say the weekend anchor has returned to South Florida.

Rapado started at WGCL in November 2013.

San Diego Investigative Journalist to Retire After 33 Years

JW August KGTVJ.W. August is retiring after 33 years at San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV.

“Nobody shines a spotlight on waste and corruption like J.W. August,” said KGTV VP and GM Jeff Block. “TV investigative teams across the country have been following his lead for years, and it has been a privilege having him as a co-worker.”

August, who leaves the station at the end of the year, started as the weekend assignment editor. He’s worked as a writer, a producer, and the senior producer for special projects and consumer investigations before heading up the I-Team.

The cornerstone of Team10 – Southern California’s longest serving investigative broadcast unit – August has been recognized nationally for his investigative reporting by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), the National Press Club, and more.

In 2006, the National Society of Professional Journalists awarded J.W. their respected Sunshine Award for his efforts on behalf of open government, one of more than 130 prestigious journalism awards with which he has been kindly honored.

Media General’s Merger with LIN Complete

media general_304x200Media General says its “business combination” with LIN Media has closed, which means the two are now one company.

“We are pleased to have finalized the merger transaction that delivers numerous strategic and financial benefits, including a strong balance sheet, significant free cash flow, enhanced scale and a diverse geographic footprint that will provide important opportunities to continue growing our business,” said Media General’s president and CEO, Vincent L. Sadusky. “We look forward to a smooth integration, capitalizing on our new, combined strength and achieving our synergy goals.”

The merger was approved by the FCC Last week.

Sadusky, the former head of LIN and new head of the merged company, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he plans on keeping the company headquarters in Richmond.

He and other top executives will be mobile and spend a lot of time traveling to the company’s offices and TV stations around the nation, he said. The combined company will have 71 stations in 48 markets, reaching 27.5 million, or 23 percent, of U.S. television households. Read more

Meteorologist Jason Adams Joining WCPO

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Meteorologist Jason Adams is heading to Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO, where he’ll join co-anchors Chris RivaKathrine Nero and traffic reporter Adam Marshall on ”Good Morning Tri-State,” airing weekend mornings.

“Jason is a great addition to an already strong weather team,” said Alex Bongiorno, WCPO news director. “Our viewers rely on 9 First Warning Weather for accurate, breaking weather information. Jason is a great fit for the Tri-State.”

Adams comes from NBC affiliate WEYI in Flint, Mich., where he was morning meteorologist for the past two years.

His first day at WCPO is December 20.

WAVY EP Named News Director at Media General’s Myrtle Beach Station

Dana Brown Ritter has been named news director for Myrtle Beach, S.C. CBS affiliate WBTW.

It’s a move inside Media General for Ritter who comes from WAVY in Portsmouth, Va. where she was EP. She’s also worked at CBN News, Hearst TV, WTAE in Pittsburgh, Pa. an WSLS in Roanoke, Va.

“We are lucky to land someone of Dana’s talent and experience internally from the newly combined Media General Stations Group,” WBTW Regional VP and GM Randy Ingram told SCNow.

Sketch Released in Hunt for Gunman in KCEN Meteorologist’s Shooting

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The Texas Department of Public Safety released a sketch Thursday of the man they believe shot Patrick Crawford, meteorologist at Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN. The shooting, which happened outside the station’s studios Wednesday, left KCEN employees shaken.

According to a KCEN report, Crawford remains hospitalized:

“So far he is on target if not moving ahead of schedule,” said Dr. Matthew Davis at a new conference Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Davis said Patrick was a little bit sleepy but happy and has had very pleasant interactions with nurses and staff.

TV Jobs: KIRO, KCCI, WFXT

This week, KIRO is hiring a managing editor, and KCCI needs a creative services director. Meanwhile, WFXT is seeking a director of news technology, as well as a managing editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Longtime Dallas Anchor Gets Choked Up Telling Newsroom She’s Moving to Mornings

Karen Borta has been the evening anchor at Dallas CBS owned station KTVT since she started at the station in 1995. Today, she told her colleagues in the newsroom she was moving to the morning shift.

While talking about the January 12 move, Borta got choked up in an unironic, genuine sort of way while talking about being able to spend more time with her family.

“I’m going to love, love, love, being able to go home at 11:30 and to be that mom who can pick up kids, and go to games, and have dinner with my family.” She said before the tears started to come. She added, “I’m going to suck up every minute that I can with my family while I have those years left.”

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