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Jacksonville Anchor Reportedly Fired Gets Promoted

Kelton PRCOX Media Group has announced Paige Kelton will move off the anchor desk and into the role special projects manager for WTEV-WAWS.

Jim Zerwekh, VP and GM of WTEV-WAWS, told TVSpy, Tenikka Smith-Hughes will replace Kelton on the anchor desk in early September. Smith-Hughes is joining the station from WSOC in Charlotte.

“Paige has been a dedicated employee of CBS47/ FOX30 for many years,” Zerwekh said in a statement. “I am extremely happy she is transitioning to our management team. Paige’s unique skill set and community contacts are valuable assets to CBS47/FOX30 Action News.”

In May, Kelton was reported to be one of the five anchors let go by the Jacksonville station.

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KGO Names Ama Daetz Evening Anchor

amadaetz_160x200Ama Daetz has been named co-anchor of the 4:00, 6:00, 9:00 and 11:00 pm. newscasts for San Francisco ABC owned station KGO.

“Ama made it a homecoming to the Bay Area when she joined ABC7 News in October 2011 as weekend evening anchor and night-side reporter,” KGO news director Tracey Watkowski said in an email to staffers obtained by TVSpy. “She has done a terrific job as an anchor and reporter covering some big national news stories.”

Daetz replaces Carolyn Johnson, who left the station in April for KNBC in Los Angeles.

St. Louis Station Apologizes for Showing Home of Ferguson Police Officer

ksdkSt. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK has apologized after showing the home of the Ferguson police officer accused of shooting and killing Mike Brown.

Yesterday KSDK showed the video of the Ferguson Police Officer’s home in our 5 p.m. news but did not mention the address of the home. KSDK immediately felt using that video was a mistake and pulled the video of the home from future newscasts and from our web site. We have not used the video since then and do not intend to do so. We apologize to our audience, to the surrounding neighborhoods, to the greater St.Louis community and to the officer for our mistake.

Viewers have complained about it on facebook, questioning the station’s judgement, with some vowing to never watch the station again.

Scott Dean Joins WWAY as Chief Meteorologist

ScottDean2Scott Dean has joined WWAY, the ABC affiliate in Wilmington, N.C., as chief meteorologist. Dean joins the station after seven years at WTVD, the ABC-owned station in Raleigh-Durham.

Dean replaces Jerry Jackson, who is joining WNCT in Greenville, N.C. as chief meteorologist.

“It was important to us to find an experienced meteorologist who understands the kind of weather we get here in the Cape Fear,” WWAY news director Kevin Wuzzardo said in a statement. “When we got Scott’s application, we knew instantly he was who we were looking for. We are very excited that even while losing a veteran member of our team in Jerry, we immediately gain in Scott the most experienced meteorologist in the Wilmington market.”

Dean will appear on the 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on WWAY and the 10 p.m. newscast on the Wilmington CW affiliate, which is a subchannel of WWAY.

WMAQ Launches 11 a.m. Newscast, Shuffles Meteorologists

byron mirandaWMAQ, the NBC-owned station in Chicago, is making changes to its morning programming. Beginning September 8, the station will debut an hourlong 11 a.m. newscast that will replace the current half-hour noon newscast.

“A lot of news breaks during the day. Our expanded news at 11 am will allow us to even better serve our viewers with the latest news and weather information,” WMAQ vice president of news and station manager Frank Whittaker said in a statement.

Anchoring the 11 a.m. newscast will be Stefan Holt and Marion Brooks, alongside meteorologist Byron Miranda (pictured), who returns to WMAQ after more than a decade away. Most recently, he has worked as the weekend evening meteorologist at KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles.

In addition to Miranda’s hire, there are further changes to the station’s weather team: Robert Feder reports weekend meteorologist Cheryl Scott is leaving WMAQ when her contract is up next month. Scott is exploring options “to work as a meteorologist on a network or local level,” according to Feder. Read more

Logan Byrnes Reportedly Out at WTIC

byrnes wticThe Hartford Courant reports, Logan Byrnes, morning anchor for Hartford FOX affiliate WTIC, is no longer with the station.

“As much as I would have loved to have continued to deliver the morning news, and as happy as I was with my current contract terms, unfortunately  renewal negotiations were unsuccessful,” he wrote in a prepared statement . “I take great pride in having helped launch the FoxCT Morning News seven years ago when it began as a two-hour weekday newscast from 6 to 8 a.m.”

Byrnes came to WTIC in 2008, from Inside Edition where he was a correspondent. His bio has been removed from the station website and a check of TVEyes showed Byrnes did not anchor this morning’s show.

TVSpy asked Tribune for comment. We will update when we hear back.

On the Move, 8/15/14

Anne McNamara has been named national host of The Now, an E.W. Scripps syndicated show. She comes from WAVY in Norfolk, Va.

Stacey Bell joins WNBC in New York as a weekend evening anchor. She previously worked at News 12 Long Island.

Yetta Gibson has been named host of The Now on KNXV in Phoenix. She comes from KTVK in Phoenix.

Monique Griego joins KPNX in Phoenix as a morning anchor/reporter. She previously worked at WJZ in Baltimore. Read more

J.R. Davis Leaves KNWA to Work for Asa Hutchinson’s Campaign for Governor

Davis Goodbye KNWAJ.R. Davis said goodbye to Fayetteville, AR, NBC affiliate KNWA this morning.

Davis  told TVSpy, “I am going to work for Asa Hutchinson for Governor campaign as his communications director.”

For his on-set goodbye this morning, Davis had his wife on to publicly thank her for all the years of getting up early.

This is the second time Davis has left KNWA for politics. In 2010, he left after two years at the station, to work as communications director for Arkansas Congressman Steve Womack.

Indianapolis Star Columnist to Join WTHR

wthr_croppedWTHR has announced Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz is joining the Indianapolis NBC affiliate.

“Bob’s reputation and unique insight into Indiana sports at all levels will be a vital addition to our sports department, both online and on-air,” WTHR GM Larry Delia said in a statement.

The station said Kravitz will add his commentary to the station’s coverage of pro, college and high school sports during its newscasts. The station said he will also appear on the Pat McAfee Show and “additional projects in the works.”

“We are disappointed to see Bob leave the Star,” Ronnie Ramos, the Star‘s managing director of digital and sports said in a statement. “But realize the IndyStar’s stature as the top media outlet and strong commitment to grow and promote our talented staff will prompt competitors to come after some of our people.”

Kacie McDonnell Says Goodbye to WTXF

Traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell announced on today’s “Good Day Philadelphia” that she’s leaving WTXF. According to a report on Philly.com, McDonnell will be moving to Kansas City to be closer to her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Aaron Murray. Watch her tearful goodbye above.

And here’s a statement from McDonnell (via tweet): Read more

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