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GM Out at KMGH in Denver

KMGH-TV_LogoThe Denver Post reports Byron Grandy, VP and GM of KMGH, has resigned from the Denver E.W. Scripps owned ABC affiliate.

Grandy was named VP and GM of KMGH in 2009 by then owner McGraw-Hill. He started at KMGH in December 2000 as news director. The Post credits Grandy’s management for the station’s many regional Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow Award and a Peabody.

Steve Wasserman, vice president and general manager of WPTV West Palm Beach (an NBC affiliate owned and operated by The E.W. Scripps Company) and divisional general manager for Scripps, is serving as interim general manager. Wasserman declined to comment on the reasons for or manner of Grandy’s departure but supplied a note to the staff:

I want to inform you that Byron Grandy has resigned as general manager of KMGH effective immediately and has left the company. Byron has made significant contributions to the station during his years here as news director and GM and the station is stronger as a result. Scripps wishes him well as he moves to the next stage of his career. Read more

On the Move, 9/30/2014

Sheinelle Jones joins NC as news anchor for Weekend Today. Sheinelle recently left WTXF in Philadelphia.

AJ Ross joins WABC in New York as an MMJ.  She leaves WKYC in Cleveland where she was a general assignment reporter

Whit Johnson is promoted to anchor the weekday morning news for KNBC in Los Angeles.  Whit has been the noon anchor and reporter for the station for the past two years.

Chris Cristi joins KNBC/Angel City Air in Los Angeles as an evening helicopter reporter.  Most recently, Chris was a freelance helicopter reporter for KCB-KCAL in Los Angeles.

Stephanie Stanton joins KTTV in Los Angeles as a freelance reporter.  Previously she was a freelance reporter for NBC News Channel. Read more

Kris Van Cleave Named Correspondent at CBS Newspath

Kris2CBS has announced that Kris Van Cleave will join the station as a correspondent for CBS Newspath, the network’s 24-hour television newsgathering service for CBS stations and broadcasters around the world.

Prior to this, Van Cleave had been a reporter and anchor for nearly eight years at ABC affiliate WJLA and local cable news network NewsChannel 8 in Washington, D.C. Before that, Van Cleave worked as a reporter at CW affiliate XETV in San Diego, Calif.

He will be based in New York City, and his appointment is effective immediately.

Brooke Smith Returns to Birmingham’s WVTM

BrookeSmithBrooke Smith has returned to Birmingham NBC affiliate WVTM as co-anchor of the station’s morning newscast. The Birmingham News reports Smith will be teamed with longtime WVTM anchor Ken Lass:

Smith, the runner-up on the 2002 season of “The Bachelor,” originally worked at NBC 13 from 2003 to 2010, starting as a morning traffic reporter and later hosting the daily talk show “Daytime Alabama.”

More recently, she anchored the morning news at CBS 42.

“I’m delighted to be coming home to Alabama’s 13 and to again be working with my friend Ken Lass,” Smith said in a media release from the station, which brands itself as Alabama’s 13.

Sinclair and ABC Sign Long-Term Affiliation Agreements in 13 Markets

Sinclair BroadcastSinclair Broadcast Group has announced it has signed long-term affiliation renewal agreements with ABC in 13 markets.

Three affiliations will expire on August 31, 2o19 while 11 will run until August 31, 2020. Sinclair owns 25 ABC affiliates, the most of any station group.

The stations being renewed are KOMO in Seattle, KATU in Portland, Ore., WHOI in Peoria, Ill., WLOS in Asheville, N.C., WCHS in Charleston, W.V., WTVC in Chattanooga, Tenn., WSYX in Columbus, Ohio, WKEF in Dayton, WXLV in Winston-Salem, N.C., WEAR in Pensacola, Fla., WICD in Champaign-Springfield, Ill., KDNL in St. Louis, Mo., and KHQA in Quincy, Ill.

“As expected, we will continue to pay ABC reasonable fees, which will be invested in high quality broadcast content that enhances the value of our stations,” said Sinclair’s EVP and general counsel, Barry Faber. “We are confident our net retransmission revenues will continue to grow as the retransmission consent market continues to mature and normalize, bringing broadcasters’ payments in line with their consistently dominant ratings among MVPD offerings and allowing Sinclair to realize the value of the programming offered by our stations and the networks with which we affiliate.”

Is ‘Shortsighted Cost-Cutting…Destroying Morale’ at Buffalo’s WIVB?

WIVB_LogoBuffalo News television critic Alan Pergament suggests Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB, a station known for its stability, is “cutting expenses, letting popular, behind-the-scenes staffers leave, losing young aggressive reporters and destroying morale.”

WIVB’s recent moves come as ABC affiliate WKBW has invested in new talent and revamped newscasts:

In the last two years, Channel 4’s on-air departures have included Diana Fairbanks, Amelia Segal, Anthony Congi, Bryan Shaw, part-timer Dr. Peter Ostrow and Joe Arena and soon will include Ed Drantch and Rachel Kingston.

LaSpina also let go three longtime, behind-the-scenes staffers this week, including an executive assistant who worked at Channel 4 or 38 years under nine general managers and station managers.

This isn’t to suggest that Channel 4 has become Channel 7 yet. Not by a long shot. It still has several strong veteran staffers. But it appears to be making some of the same shortsighted, cost-cutting mistakes as Channel 7’s former owner at a time it should be much more concerned about Channel 7 as a competitor.

Fired News 12 Anchor Apologizes, Says He Was Just the Messenger

piper_twitterMatt Pieper, the anchor for News12 The Bronx who was fired last week for insulting parents and welfare recipients, has taken to twitter to explain what happened.

On TwitLonger, Pieper wrote, “As a professional who has spent his entire career delivering the news, I understand the importance of sharing the facts. The situation that transpired on September 24th was extremely unfortunate and I feel the need to communicate what occurred and clear the air.”

Pieper didn’t know his mic was hot when he told reporter Amy Yensi, was reporting on the need for school crossing guards in certain areas of the Bronx, “And Dave wants you to also mention that parents do their f**king jobs and walk their little kids to school on their own and not rely on everyone else kind of like people rely on government assistance for their entire lives.”

Saying he is a “stalwart advocate for equality and diversity in the workplace,” Pieper writes “These were not my own thoughts or profanities. In relaying that information, I made a poor decision in my choice of words and for that I apologize. I could have communicated what I was asked to get across in a different manner and under the pressure of doing my job in real time I made a mistake.”

Read the entire message after the jump. Read more

Griffin Communications to Buy KSBI, Create Oklahoma City Duopoly

PrintGriffin Communications has announced it has reached an agreement to buy MyNetworkTV station KSBI from Family Broadcasting, LLC.

“We are excited to add KSBI to our group of companies,” said Griffin Communications chairman and CEO David Griffin. “Our goal will be to integrate KSBI with our current operations while looking for ways to improve KSBI’s programming.”

Griffin owns the Oklahoma City and Tulsa CBS affiliates KWTV and KOTV, along with Tulsa CW affiliate KQCW. The station group said the newest addition will help Griffin expand to Central and Western Oklahoma by creating a duopoly with KWTV.

We reported last week, KSBI stopped production of two of its shows and reportedly laid off staff.

Griffin added, “One of the many things we are excited about is that our viewers will not miss regular CBS and syndicated programming when we are in severe weather or continuous news coverage on News 9, because we will be able to move this programming over to KSBI.”

Changes in Denver AM Market

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Two morning news shows in Denver are going through transitions at the moment.

ABC affiliate KMGH recently debuted a new set, which Joanne Ostrow over at The Denver Post, didn’t much like:

The big, empty 7News set, a display of video technology on multiple screens, looks big and empty. When I walked around it in person, I hoped it would play better on camera. It doesn’t, and the anchors appear awkward moving from one spot to another. Does standing without an anchor chair add anything? It’s a distraction.

Meanwhile, NBC affiliate KUSA‘s team has been changing in recent months after the departure of longtime fan favorite Kyle Dyer. Ostrow explains what the rest of the team looks like today:

Work-horse Gary Shapiro attempts to hold things together with trooper Cheryl Preheim, while former cheerleader and dancer Corey Rose and well-traveled TV vet Marty Coniglio take turns…When you build a newsroom around big personalities rather than, say, content, it hurts when a popular anchor leaves.

The ratings for September 2014, however, show that KUSA remains at #1, despite the shuffling of anchors. The station’s ratings have decreased compared to previous years, particularly among younger viewers, while KMGH has made significant gains.

For viewers age 25-54, from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m., KUSA scored a 1.4 rating and 15.7 share. KMGH came in second with a 0.8 rating and 9 share. FOX affiliate KDVR came in third with a 0.5 rating, 6 share.

KCAL-KCBS Anchor Kent Shocknek Says Goodbye, Stars in Short Film

Kent Shocknek signed off from CBS owned KCBS-KCAL Friday night.

Shocknek worked in TV news for 36 years, 31 of those were in Los Angeles. Here’s his final goodbye:

Today we find out he is starring in a short film. The nine minute film is called “The Six O’Clock.” Shocknek plays “a man driven to perfection by his job.”

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