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Augusta Reporter Cited for Disorderly Conduct

Mike-MillerMike Miller, weekend  anchor and investigative reporter for Augusta, Ga. ABC affiliate WJBF was arrested Friday night.

The station reported the arrest on its website saying:

WJBF reporter and anchor, Mike Miller, has been cited by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office for disorderly conduct.  The incident happened Friday evening at the Country Club.  Mike has been released on his own recognizance.

Augusta crime said Miller was arrested for “being intoxicated and grabbing a deputy’s taser.”

A quick check of TVEyes shows Miller, who has worked at WJBF since June 2012, didn’t anchor this weekend’s newscasts. TVSpy has asked Miller for comment. We will update when we hear back.

Kevin Fries Named WCJB News Director

WCJB Logo BroadcastKevin Fries has been named news director for Gainesville, Fla. ABC affiliate WCJB.

WCJB GM Carolyn Barrett told TVSpy Fries starts next Monday December 22.

Fries was assistant news director for WBRZ in Baton Rouge, La. He’s also worked at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando. He replaces Andrea Clenney who left the station in October to be news director at WLTZ in Columbus, Ga.

NBC Owned Stations Announces Upgraded Apps

nbc ots_304NBC Owned Television Stations group says it has upgraded its news apps.

The apps give users the ability to read a news article while watching the video that goes to the story at the same time. The apps also have an interactive radar function allowing the user to track the path of an incoming storm. Users can also watch video from the app on a smart TV through the apps screencast function.

“We’re proud of what our team has created and are excited to see how our audiences use the new features we built for them,” said Lora LeSage, SVP of Digital Media for NBC Owned Stations.

Meteorologist John Dissauer Leaving Colorado Springs for Indianapolis

3e3c6f6Meteorologist John Dissauer is leaving NBC affiliate KOAA in Colorado Springs for soon-to-be CBS affiliate WTTV in Indianapolis.

Dissauer announced the news on Facebook and Twitter on Friday, writing:

BREAKING NEWS: Excited to announce I will be the weekend evening meteorologist for the new CBS 4 in Indianapolis. Newscasts begin January 1. After 15 years away from the Hoosier state I’m moving back home.

Prior to joining KOAA, Dissauer worked as a digital marketing product analyst at Scottrade, and formed his own meteorological consulting company called Sky Strategies LLC. His last meteorologist position before KOAA was at Indianapolis FOX affiliate WXIN in 2011.

Roanoke Anchor Leaving Local TV News

mcnew wsls croppedWSLS anchor and medical reporter, Karen McNew is leaving television to work in communications at a health clinic.

Roanoke.com reports McNew “will become the ‘health reporter for Carilion Clinic,’ as she put it.”

“Today, there are so many different avenues for storytelling, and people can gather information immediately whenever they want it online,” McNew said in a telephone interview. “There are some amazing stories out there to tell about what Carilion is doing.”

McNew’s last day on air will be Dec. 30, when she anchors Channel 10’s 6 p.m. newscast. She starts her new job Jan. 5.

“I am so excited, I can’t stand it,” she said.

McNew started at WSLS in 1998. She started her career at WVVA in Bluefield, W.V.

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Detroit’s Iconic Anchor, Bill Bonds, Dies at 82

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In Detroit, there were news anchors, and then there was Bill Bonds. “People automatically thought Bonds when they thought news,” Amyre Makupson, a former anchor at WKBD, told the Detroit Free Press. “Whether you liked him or not, whether you liked his opinions or not, he made news not boring.”

Bonds, who anchored at WXYZ from the mid-1960′s through the 1990′s, died of a heart attack Saturday. The station aired extensive coverage of Bonds’ life and career Saturday night.

Former WXYZ general manager Jeanne Findlater told the Free Press managing Bonds was a “nonstop job…It was as frustrating an experience as I ever had. It was, in equal measure, a rewarding experience.” As the newspaper recalled, Bonds’ private life was as well-known as his work on TV:
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WKBW Catches Police Officer Beating Man on Camera

WKBW3A photographer at Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW caught a police officer beating a man in a popular bar district early on Thanksgiving morning. The video has just been released, and it’s causing quite a stir.

In it, you can see Officer Corey Krug confront a man who was apparently about to get into a fight. The confrontation quickly turned physical, with Krug slamming the man onto the hood of a car, pushing him to the pavement and repeatedly hitting him with his baton, yelling at him to ‘Get up!’ That’s when other officers rushed to the scene, warning Krug that he was being filmed (by a WKBW photographer, who was following police officers on the job that day). Krug eventually let the man walk away. He was not arrested.

WKBW showed the tape to Buffalo Police commissioner Dan Derenda and Krug was suspended indefinitely without pay.

You can watch the video here.

WNBC’s Annual Holiday Sing-Along Scrubbed

2012SINGALONGA little bad weather on Tuesday and a re-scheduling snafu has pulled the plug on NBC-owned WNBC’s annual holiday sing-along, where news talent and staff gather in Rockefeller Center and sing Christmas carols. As our sister site FishbowlNY learned, viewers in New York will have to make do this year with a “best of” sing-along from years past:

An NBC spokesperson gave FishbowlNY the following statement about the cancellation:

Due to necessary repair work on the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink on Dec. 10th (our scheduled back up date), there was no available time to reschedule it. We are still planning to air the Sing-Along. We will resurrect the perennial favorite, Deck the Halls, from a previous year. Air date is expected to be Saturday, December 13.

Charlie Langton Promoted to Weekend Morning Anchor at WJBK

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WJBK, the FOX owned station in Detroit, has named Charlie Langton weekend morning anchor. Langton will join Amy Andrews and Taryn Asher on the anchor desk.

Langton will continue to co-host the public affairs show, “Let It Rip,” and provide legal analysis on various weekday newscasts. Langton replaces Jay Towers, who now anchors weekdays from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m.

“Charlie brings a unique energy to his legal analysis, anchoring and street reporting. He has deep connections within this community and we are thrilled to bring him aboard as a full time member of the FOX 2 news team,” said vice president and news director Kevin Roseborough.

Langton joined WJBK in 2007 as a legal analyst and is a practicing lawyer. Prior to WJBK, he worked at WYUR-AM as a political-legal talk show host.

Jennifer Leigh to Replace Gayle Sierens at Tampa’s WFLA

6191888_GTampa NBC affiliate WFLA announced last night that anchor Jennifer Leigh would replace a Tampa Bay local news legend, Gayle Sierens, who has been with the station since 1977. Leigh will assume the role of 11 p.m. anchor in January–though Sierens is off for the rest of the year, so Leigh effectively has taken the role already. She’ll replace Sierens at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. next May.

Leigh told the Tampa Bay Times it’s a humbling promotion:

“It’s still pretty surreal,” Leigh, 42, said. “I’m just really, really honored.”

For the past two and a half years, Leigh has anchored WFLA-Ch. 8′s 7 p.m. news show. She began her career with WFLA in 1993. A fifth-generation Floridian, she grew up in Lakeland and studied mass communications at the University of South Florida.

She said taking over for her mentor is a dream come true.

“It’s not all about me getting a promotion I’ve dreamed of, but filling the shoes of someone that is so beloved in this community,” Leigh said. “The magnitude of that is not lost on me.”

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