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Cincinnati’s WKRC Shuffles Anchor Teams

Wkrc_news_logoCincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC shuffled its anchor teams Wednesday, with new assignments for Paula Toti, Cammy Dierking, Curtis Jackson, Brad Johansen and new hire Sydney Benter.

The Cincinnati Enquirer breaks down the new lineups:

Toti, weekend anchor since 1997, will co-anchor the 4 p.m. weekday news starting Monday with Brad Johansen, who leaves sports after 18 years. They replace anchor Kit Andrews, who quit in July after 33 years.

The Johansen-Toti team gives Channel 12 two high-profile anchors in the competitive 4-5 p.m. time slot against Ellen DeGeneres’ “Ellen,” which moved to WLWT-TV (Channel 5) on Monday, and the premiere of the hybrid local/national “The NOW Cincinnati” newscast, hosted by Cincinnati native Julie Dolan on WCPO-TV (Channel 9).

In another change, viewers will see Channel 12′s primary anchor team – Rob Braun and Dierking – for the entire 5-6:30 p.m. evening news, and again at 11 p.m. as usual. Jackson had anchored at 5:30 p.m. with Andrews until she left.

More announcements could come from the station Thursday, including where anchor Curtis Jackson goes after the shuffle.

Todd Dykes Leaving Morning Anchor Desk at WLWT

Lisa-Cooney-and-Todd-DykesTodd Dykes, who has been a weekday morning anchor at Cincinnati NBC affiliate WLWT since 2008, will step away from the anchor desk later this month to lead the station’s investigative unit. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Mark Hayes, who left NBC owned KXAS in Dallas-Ft. Worth earlier this year, will replace Dykes:

Dykes’ departure means all four local TV stations have changed morning news personalities this year: Sheila Gray replaced WKRC-TV’s Tiffany Wilson in March; Larry Handley left WCPO-TV in July; and Jacki Jing abruptly vanished from WXIX-TV in August. Dykes’ change was posted on the station’s website Wednesday, the same day Channel 12 announced a big musical chairs for its 4, 5 and 10 p.m. anchors.

WTVD Kept Away from NFL Commissioner During Visit to Local High School

Mark Armstrong, sports director for ABC owned Raleigh-Durham, N.C. station WTVD, tried to get close to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today while the commissioner was visiting a local high school.

As Deadspin first reported, the story of what happened next played out in three tweets.

Armstrong clarified not all media was shooed away from Goodell. “It turns out that the local CBS affiliate’s prep sports web reporter was allowed to attend as well as a columnist, Luke DeCock, from the Raleigh News and Observer.” Read more

Streaming TV Site Wins One in FOX Lawsuit

homepageMMSV5As our sister site TVNewser reported, a judge has given a partial victory to TV archiving and streaming site TVEyes.

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled the site’s keyword search function falls under fair use doctrine after FOX sued the site last year.

A Fox News spokesperson says the network will fight on: “The Court expressly said that it required more information to decide whether TVEyes’ other features — including allowing video clips to be archived, downloaded, emailed, and shared via social media — were fair use.”

The Court has called for another hearing on that part of the case on October 3. Mediabistro sites TVNewser and TVSpy use TVEyes extensively.

On the Move, 9/10/14

Alison Morris joins WNYW in New York as a Business reporter and fill-in anchor for the  stations 5, 6 & 10pm newscasts. She last worked at WTIC in Hartford, Connecticut.

Courtney King joins the Big Ten Network as a social media correspondent on BTN Live & host of the Big Ten Blast from sports anchor/reporter at WITI in Milwaukee.

Harry Cicma adds anchoring duties within the NBC Sports family at Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia and continues as sports anchor at WNBC in New York.

Nick Giovanni becomes a business/consumer/sports & breaking news anchor and reporter for WUSA in Washington, DC. He was sports anchor and MMJ at KPRC in Houston.

David Wilkinson moves back to his hometown of Atlanta to join WXIA as a Sports anchor/reporter. He was a sports anchor/reporter at WBNS in Columbus, OH. Read more

Charlotte ND Returning to Houston, WWOR Station Manager to Help Out in Interim

wjzy-wmyt logo_304x200WJZY-WMYT news director Geoff Roth has announced he’s leaving the Charlotte FOX owned station and going back to KRIV in Houston.

A station spokesperson told TVSpy WWOR station manager Dianne Doctor will help out the newsroom while the station looks for a news director. Doctor will continue in her role as station manager of the New Jersey MyTV affiliate.

Roth came to Charlotte from FOX owned KRIV when FOX took over the Charlotte station in 2013. He is going back in the newly created position of managing editor.

He’s been news director at KSEE and KMPH in Fresno, Calif., WFTX in Fort Myers, Fla., KSWB in San Diego, Calif., KSTU in Salt Lake City, Utah, and WRIC in Richmond, Va.

WNYW Adds Business Reporter

morris wtic_304New York FOX owned station WNYW has added Alison Morris as the station’s business reporter.

Morris left WTIC in Hartford, Conn. in August. She has also worked at KDKA in Pittsburgh. She started her career at the Wall Street Journal Europe in Paris, France and has reported for CNBC Europe.

“I can’t wait to become FOX 5′s first business reporter and bring our viewers the latest on the economy, business climate and their money,” Morris said in a statement. “What we’re doing here is unique and to do it on a station I grew up watching is awesome.”

She starts Monday, September 22.

Raycom and DirecTV Say What They Really Think After Retrans Agreement

directv raycomAfter the retrans dispute between DirecTV and Raycom was settled Sunday, you’d think each company would forgive and forget, after all they’ll have to negotiate all over again one day. Instead, each company took a parting shot at the other on their company websites.

On Sunday, DirecTV posted:

“We thank all of our affected customers for their patience over these past several days and regret that Raycom and too many other broadcast stations are willing to resort to these contrived blackouts to antagonize the public rather than serve it,” said Dan York, chief content officer at DIRECTV.

“Broadcast station groups who ransom their content back into their communities at exorbitant fees deserve the scrutiny of the Federal Communications Commission and local Congressional representatives. Raycom’s intentional recent black outs of DISH, Cox and now DIRECTV customers creates an even greater sense of urgency for lawmakers to review and overhaul this anti-consumer retransmission consent process once and for all.”

Raycom later posted: Read more

So What Do You Do, Gaby Natale, Host of SuperLatina and President of AGANAR Media?

Gaby-Natale-2Gaby Natale’s rise to success is an inspirational tale, filled with international locations, plenty of gumption and a whole lot of perseverance. After leaving her native Argentina for Texas, Natale began her career in broadcast journalism as an anchor at Univision. After securing her green card, she left the company and pitched her own Spanish-language television show, SuperLatina, to a local network. To her surprise, they loved the idea.

Natale broadcast her first show out of a carpet storage closet in Odessa, Texas. Seven years later, SuperLatina is a six-time Emmy-nominated, nationally syndicated hit. Her production company, AGANAR Media, now has an impressive marketing arm with clients like Ford and Ebay. Here, Natale talks about her Argentine roots, her early life as a gypsy reporter and the secret behind SuperLatina’s success: Read more

WGCL Brings Back Noon Newscast

connell wgclStarting Monday, Meredith owned CBS affiliate WGCL will once again air a Noon newscast.

The station stopped airing a Noon show in September 2011.

Anchor Jocelyn Connell announced the new show on her facebook page saying, “I have been blessed with the opportunity to anchor the show along with Meteorologist Jim Loznicka bringing you the weather. We’re excited and can’t wait to get started!”

[Atlanta Journal Constitution]

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