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Loss of CBS Affiliation at WISH Costs LIN Millions

WISH_logoCBS announced earlier this month it would move its affiliation in Indianapolis from WISH to WTTV. That switch has resulted in a big loss–as much as $100 million–for WISH’s parent company, LIN Media, reports the Indianapolis Star.

The financial impact of CBS stripping its affiliation from WISH is so significant that it caused a re-valuation of the pending sale of the Indianapolis station’s owner LIN Media to Media General.

The two media companies said last week they amended their $1.6 billion merger in light of CBS’s Aug. 11 announcement that it will switch its Indianapolis affiliation from WISH to WTTV-4, owned by Tribune Broadcasting.

Former North Carolina Local Anchor Talks About Turning Viral Video Host

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A local TV news job can catapult talent in many different career directions, and for one former WCCB Charlotte anchor, that direction has gone viral.

Beth Troutman hosts “Right This Minute,” a viral video talk show airing on 161 stations across the country including HLN. She started out behind the camera working on TV classic “The West Wing,” later getting the political bug herself as a candidate for U.S. Congress. “That’s how I actually ended up in front of the camera; I ended up hosting  a morning show for the Fox affiliate in North Carolina,” Troutman told TVSpy in an interview. “The great thing is when you have experiences that you’re open to it kind of informs you as a human being and makes you comfortable in your own skin.”

Eric Land Out at WJXX-WTLV, Gannett Names Replacement

gannett_logoA Gannett spokesperson has confirmed with TVSpy, Eric Land, GM of its Jacksonville ABC and NBC affiliate WJXX-WTLV, is no longer with the station.

Gannett has named Land’s replacement. He’s Rob Mennie.

“Rob has been a trusted and important resource for Gannett Broadcasting for nearly two decades,” Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting said in a statement. “While Rob will continue to be a valuable member of the Broadcasting corporate team, his talent and experience make him the right person to lead WTLV/WJXX.”

Mennie comes to WTLV-WJXX from Gannett’s corporate office where he was SVP of news for the station group. He started working for Gannett 25 years ago as executive news producer of WXIA in Atlanta. He has also worked as VP of news for WUSA in Washington, D.C., news director at WDTN in Dayton, OH, and assistant news director at KPNX in Phoenix.

Land was named GM of WJXX-WTLV in August 2012.

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Tom Llamas Leaving WNBC

TomLlamasTom Llamas, an investigative reporter and anchor at WNBC who also works for NBC News as a fill-in anchor and correspondent, is leaving the NBC flagship. His last day is this Friday.

“It has been a pleasure to work with him all these years,” news director Susan Sullivan writes in a note, obtained by TVSpy. “Please join me in thanking Tom for his many contributions and wishing him well in his new venture.” We hear he’s network-bound.

Llamas’ agent Rick Ramage says Llamas’ next move will be announced in the coming days.

Llamas had a fast rise through NBC, starting as an associate producer at NBC and then MSNBC, working as a campaign embed during the 2004 elections, joining NBC’s WTVJ in Miami as a reporter in 2005, then returning to WNBC in 2008 as a reporter. Three years ago he was part of the re-launch of the 5pm newscast as co-anchor.

TunedIn first reported Llamas’ departure from WNBC.

KSAT Apologizes for Reporting One Rapper’s Arrest, Showing Picture of Another

San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT sent out a tweet about rapper Young Jeezy getting arrested after a shooting at a Wiz Khalifa concert. Trouble is, the station sent out a picture of rapper Birdman instead.

The San Antonio Express-News caught the mistake.

The station put up a statement on its website saying a “third party graphics provider” had a picture in its library that identified Birdman as Young Jeezy. A producer at the station used the photo by mistake. The station said it told the graphics company about the problem and apologized to viewers.

You can read the apology after the jump. Read more

Former WCBS Anchor Headed to Court Over Phone Calls

rob morrison wcbsA judge has cleared the way for former WCBS anchor Rob Morrison  to go to trial over allegations he harassed his estranged wife with more than 120 phone calls in one weekend, reports the New York Post.

While relaxing the protective order that Morrison’s wife, Ashley, a former “Moneywatch’’ anchor, has against her hubby, a Connecticut judge said Tuesday that Morrison will still have to stand trial over the alleged phone harassment.

Morrison has said he bombarded Ashley with the stream of calls over Memorial Day weekend only to try to talk to their young son, in accordance with their custody agreement.

Morrison was forced from his job in 2013 after his arrest on charges of choking his wife.

Ashley Yore Joins WFTS as Reporter

Ashley Yore has joined Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS as an MMJ and reporter.

Before working at WFTS, Yore worked at WSYX-WTTE in Columbus for three years. WSYX wished her well on twitter.

KTVT Anchor Tracy Kornet Leaving Station

Tracy-KornetTracy Kornet, an anchor/reporter and eight-year veteran of the CBS O&O KTVT, has decided to leave the Dallas station.

KTVT’s director of communications, Lori Conrad, confirmed the move to TVSpy today: ”She is moving to Nashville to be closer to her family,” Conrad explained.

Kornet arrived at the station in 2006. She previously worked at KNXV in Phoenix as a morning news anchor and host.

Kornet’s last day is September 5.

Kylie Dixon to Join WBRZ

dixon and friend wbrz_croppedWBRZ has announced Kylie Dixon as co-anchor of the Baton Rouge, LA, ABC affiliate’s morning news.

She will replace Whitney Vann, who announced in June, she was leaving 2une In, but staying with the station. She will join John Pastorek, Josh Eachus and Rebecca Buchanan beginning Friday.

“I know the station did a nation-wide search for that special someone who would be the perfect fit on 2une In,” Whitney Vann said in a statement. “Kylie is that person. I look forward to welcoming her on 2une In and introducing her to our loyal viewers.”

Dixon started her career at KXII in Sherman, TX, where he was morning co-anchor.

Cox Looking to Change Call Letters of Jacksonville Stations

WTEV-WAWS logo_304x200The Florida Times-Union reports Jacksonville, FL, CBS and FOX affiliate WTEV-WAWS is asking the FCC to change its call letters.

In a July 30 filing, station owners, Cox Media Group, asked the FCC to change WAWS to WFOX and WTEV to WJAX.

“These call letter changes are natural fits for our TV stations. It symbolizes our commitment to our local communities and showcases the rebirth of our two great stations,” [station GM Jim] Zerwekh said in an email Tuesday.

An FCC official in Washington, D.C. said call letter change requests are not unusual both for television and radio stations and the agency receives dozens of requests and grants changes every month.

Zerwekh said the change from WTEV to WJAX was aimed directly at clearly identifying with the local market. Read more

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