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Ahead of Announcement, Jeb Bush Talked 2016 With WPLG

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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush shook up the Republican side of the 2016 presidential race with a tweet Tuesday morning, saying he had decided to “actively explore the possibility” of running. The announcement sent politicos into a flurry of speculation and analysis about what a Bush campaign might look like, and how it might fare. Miami ABC affiliate WPLG political reporters Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg got a hint, talking to Bush Saturday for Sunday’s “This Week in South Florida.”

Asked directly about making an announcement, Bush said “this is a really serious, life-changing decision, and I’m going to take my time.” Asked what his criteria would be on making the final decision–which Bush said would come early next year–Bush said “it’s personal. Do I have what it takes to go through this campaign and be capable of leading this country? That’s a humbling thought if you’re really serious about it.”

Watch the full interview, after the jump. Read more

Tribune Expands Role for Philadelphia Station GM

TribuneNew304Tribune Broadcasting named Vince Giannini senior vice president and GM of its Philadelphia MyNetworkTV WPHL and Washington. D.C. CW affiliate WDCW.

Giannini has been GM of WPHL since 2003 and acting GM of WDCW since August.

“I look forward to the opportunity to have a positive impact at both PHL17 and DCW50,” said Giannini. “The excellent staff at PHL17 has made this increased responsibility possible. Over the past four months I have had the pleasure of working firsthand with the talented group of professionals at DCW50. We are all eager and ready to take the station to the next level.”

Giannini was station manager of Tribune’s New York CW affiliate WPIX from 2001 to 2003. Before that, he was director of finance and administration at KTLA in Los Angeles from 1993 to 2001 and worked at Tribune’s Chicago station WGN from 1990 to 1993.

Courtney Kabot Joins WGME as Morning Anchor/Reporter

WGME, the CBS affiliate in Portland, Maine, has named Courtney Kabot reporter and co-anchor of “Good Day Maine.” Kabot will join Jana Barnello, Jeff Peterson and meteorologist Craig Miller at the anchor desk, weekdays from 4:30-7:00 a.m.

Kabot previously worked at NBC affiliate WPTZ in Plattsburgh, N.Y., where she was the morning anchor and health reporter.

Kabot made her “Good Day Maine” debut yesterday.

Nexstar Spends Millions on WOI Makeover

woi croppedNexstar owned Des Moines ABC affiliate WOI just got a million dollar makeover.

The station says starting January 5, viewers can expect to see new branding, a full high-definition broadcast airing from a new state-of-the-art facility and some new anchors.

“It’s no secret that the station has struggled over the years for multiple reasons, and we’re ready to bulldoze that image,” WOI news director April Samp told The Des Moines Register. “If people give us a chance, I think they’ll be pleasantly surprised.”

Among the changes viewers will see will be a new anchor line up. Jack Miller will anchor the weekday evening 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts. He comes from News 13 in Orlando, Fla. Stephanie Angleson will move from her morning anchor slot to join Miller as co-anchor alongside longtime chief meteorologist Brad Edwards and new sports director Jon Schaeffer.

The station has re-named its morning show Good Morning Iowa which will feature anchors Sabrina Ahmed and new anchor Elias Johnson, who comes from Reno’s KRNV. They will be joined by the station’s chief political correspondent Amanda Krenz.

Samp told TVSpy, the station got a complete overhaul after Nexstar brought her in along with new GM Jon Skorburg. She said the station group wanted WOI to become a “leading news station in Central Iowa.” Read more

WESH Promotes Meredith McDonough

mcdonough weshMeredith McDonough has been named evening anchor for Orlando NBC affiliate WESH.

McDonough started at WESH in 2011 as the weekend anchor before being moved to weekday mornings in 2012.

“Meredith is an incredible anchor and journalist, and I am very pleased that she will become an integral part of the evening broadcasts,” said WESH news director Kirsten Wolff.

Hal Boedeker of the Orlando Sentinel reports McDonough replaces Martha Sugalski who left in July.

The station soon will announce the addition of another evening anchor to the mix, WESH General Manager Jim Carter said.

WTNH Meteorologist Leaves Station

Erika Martin told viewers goodbye on the WTNH Friday night 6:00 p.m. news.

Friday on her facebook page, she said, in part, “Well CT, this is it…My very last forecast for News 8!!!” She added, “I am going to follow my dreams and grow as a meteorologist. I’ll be posting my new station and new opportunities in the upcoming days.”

The Hartford Courant reports “There had been rumors for weeks that  she was leaving the station but she had declined to comment. No word on who her replacement will be yet.”

Martin had worked at the Hartford-New Haven ABC affiliate since 2012.

Cheryl Scott Joins WLS

scott wls croppedCheryl Scott has joined Chicago ABC owned station WLS as meteorologist.

Scott will work alongside current WLS meteorologists Jerry Taft, Tracy Butler, Mike Caplan and Phil Schwarz as a fill-in on various newscasts.

“I’m excited to join ABC 7 Eyewitness News and their respected and dedicated weather team,” said Scott. “I am truly thankful for the opportunity to continue my career in Chicago, a city I have come to know and love, and now call home!”

The news was first reported by Robert Feder. Scott started as the morning and evening weekend meteorologist at Chicago NBC owned station WMAQ in September 2011.

Nexstar Names New GM for WFXR

WFXR_WWCWJoseph McNamara has been named VP & GM of Nexstar-owned WFXR-WWCW in Roanoke-Lynchburg, Virginia.

McNamara was president and GM of KHON in Honolulu,Hawaii from 2006 until 2013. He was at WBNG in Binghamton, NY for 24 years, working his way up through the sales department before being named GM in 1994.

“In this role, I will leverage the management experience and relationships built over my career to grow the operations and generate results while providing superior service to clients, advertisers, and local viewers,” said McNamara. “I am excited to work with the Roanoke team as we seek to deliver additional compelling local news and entertainment programming, as well as effective, multi-platform marketing solutions.”

Nexstar bought WFXR from Grant Company in 2013.

On the Move, 12/15/14

Charlie Langton was promoted to Weekend Anchor and Legal Reporter at WJBK, the FOX O&O in Detroit. Charlie joined WJBK in 2007 and will continue to work Morning Drive on CBS Radio O&O WWJ News Radio 950 in Detroit as a legal analyst.

Langton is represented by Mort Meisner Associates.

To report a move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move”

Jimmy Kimmel Pokes Fun at Storm Coverage by California Stations

Last week, Jimmy Kimmel skewered California news stations’ coverage of the recent rainstorms soaking the once-dry Golden State.

Kimmel showed a supercut of anchors from around the state reminding viewers they need the rain.

[FTVLive]

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