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Local TV Broadcasting Companies Team Up. Look For New Way to Measure Audience

tv_304FOX Television Stations, Tribune Media and Univision are teaming up with Timeline Labs to launch what they’re calling a “broader based measurement tool that will accurately measure audiences across the entire spectrum of linear and digital platforms.”

The venture, called NewCoin LLC, will beta test in the Dallas, Texas market. The companies said they will look for input from the local ad community during development.

NewCoin uses Timeline Labs’ SaaS platform which is described as “enabling media companies and brands to analyze billions of social media messages daily in real-time, find and broadcast relevant newsworthy social trends and insights, and measure audience engagement.”

“We are glad to be partnering with Timeline Labs and expect that what works in Dallas will move to other local markets,” said Jack Abernethy, CEO of FOX Television Stations.

Kevin Cuddihy, president of Local Media, Univision Communications, Inc., added, “We know our Hispanic audiences are driving media use on linear and digital platforms and are pleased to work with Timeline Labs to develop a much needed tool to effectively capture total media consumption.”

WLS to Produce Newscast for WCIU

WLS LOGOChicago ABC owned station WLS is going to produce a 7:00 p.m. newscast airing on Weigel Broadcasting’s WCIU starting January 12, 2015.

The live hour long newscast will air Monday through Friday. WLS’ Hosea Sanders and Linda Yu, sports anchor Jim Rose and recently added meteorologist Cheryl Scott will anchor.

Bob Ramsey, EVP of Weigel Local Media said, “Adding local news to the schedule was a goal of ours. We are thrilled to partner with ABC 7 Eyewitness News, the market’s news leader, to provide this service to WCIU, The U’s viewers.”

The station also said Terrell Brown will replace Sanders on the morning news.

WSET GM Leaving for Job at University

WSET_2009_smallRandy Smith, GM of WSET is leaving local TV to be the EVP of Liberty University.

He told staffers of the Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va. ABC affiliate in an email today, his last day will be January 9, 2015.

“I can’t imagine anyone ever having been blessed with a better team that I have had,” Smith wrote in the email. “You are leaders in our industry, you have accomplished much, and you will continue to do so. I have so much to thank you for.”

Before coming to WSET in 1999, Smith was VP & GM of Lynchburg-Roanoke NBC affiliate WSLS. You can see the email Smith sent after the jump Read more

Concerned Residents Return FOX Houston Station’s Stolen Laptop

Two Houston residents found and returned a laptop that was stolen from a KRIV news truck.

The KRIV crew was covering a protest in Houston’s historic Freedmen’s town when someone broke the rear window of their news truck and took the laptop.

“I was very concerned about it,” Gladys House told KRIV reporter Randy Wallace. “Fox 26 has always been a supporter of our cause and our community.”

The two women put the word out on the street and found the two drug addicts who stole our lap top.

“I had to make something happen and I did,” Johnson said.

No one in the newsroom could believe what these two strong willed women did for us including our boss Bob Morford.

It was an act of kindness our boss hopes to someday return to the Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition.

WGNO Adds Meteorologist for Evening News

spencer wgno croppedMartha Spencer is set to join Tribune-owned New Orleans ABC affiliate WGNO.

Spencer will be the meteorologist for the station’s 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts starting February 2.

She comes from WBTW-WFXB in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and has also worked at WTVY in Dothan, Ala. and WJHG in Panama City, Fla.

Rick Erbach, news director at WGNO said,“Living in the Southeast, Martha has had plenty of experiences with tropical weather, severe weather, and flooding. She’s a serious student of weather forecasting.”

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.

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