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Amanda Evans Leaving News 13 to Care for Husband

amanda evansNews 13 reporter Amanda Evans is leaving the station to care for her husband who is fighting cancer.

“This is the hardest and easiest decision at the same time,” Evans told Orlando Sentinel media writer Hal Boedeker. “Balancing doctor’s appointments, chemo and working full time just wasn’t working.”

Boedeker reports Evans’ husband, Joe Clark, had surgery in October after being diagnosed with colon cancer. The cancer returned in February. Read more

Possible Human Remains Found in Rubble of Old KNTV Building, Arson Suspect Arrested

kntv fire_304A homeless San Jose man has been charged with arson and first degree burglary for allegedly starting the fire that destroyed the former home of San Francisco Bay Area station KNTV.

Stillman Pfeffer has been charged with using a liquid accelerant to start the fire.

The abandoned building has recently been used as an encampment by the city’s homeless. The San Jose Mercury News also reports possible human remains have been detected in the rubble.

Pfeffer was arraigned Wednesday and did not enter a plea. He is being held without bail while dogs trained to detect human remains are deployed by the San Jose Fire Department to examine the charred structure.

About 1:30 Wednesday, one of the dogs alerted handlers of a possible hit in the rubble. A short time later a second dog had a hit in the same location. The pile of debris was then partially excavated and the dogs were brought back again in the early evening. Again, they detected something, but officials said they would have to do a deeper excavation Thursday morning.

San Jose Fire Capt. Cleo Doss said that while they couldn’t confirm remains were under the debris, the dogs used are generally quite reliable. Read more

US Government to Argue Against Aereo at Supreme Court Hearing

aereo antennaeThe U.S. Supreme Court has granted a request from the Deputy Solicitor General’s to appear during tomorrow’s Aereo hearing in support of the broadcasters, Deadline reports:

The high court has decided to let the Solicitor General’s office participate in the one-hour oral arguments session between Aereo and the broadcasters Tuesday in Washington D.C. “Motion of the Deputy Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument GRANTED,” said the SCOTUS yesterday. The granting of the motion comes more than a month and a half after the federal government’s top legal office filed a brief supporting the broadcasters in their showdown with the Barry Diller-backed streaming service.

Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia continued to make his case this weekend in a series of interviews with The New York Times and CNN’s Brian Stelter. “The question is, do they want to be broadcasters? If you want to be a broadcaster, you are required to program in public interest in convenience free to air,” Kanojia told Stelter. “Anybody with an antenna can pick it up. I don’t understand why the location of the antenna changes that equation in any which way, shape or form.” Watch after the jump.

We’ll be breaking down the arguments in the Aereo case at the TVNewser Show next Tuesday. Click here for more information and to register.

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Frisky Rabbits Steal the Spotlight on WBIR Morning Show

WBIR_bunnyloveKnoxville, TN, NBC affiliate WBIR had some rabbits on its morning news set Friday to get people in the Easter mood.

Instead it was the bunnies who got in the mood, the mood for some lovin’.

“They can’t do that up here,” said anchor Russell Biven who asked co-anchor Moira Kaye to stop the rabbits from, well, being rabbits.

The rabbit love helped the team segue to a bit about a WBIR photojournalist’s new baby.

When they came back to camera, one rabbit was gone and Biven told viewers, “We will announce the third rabbit’s name in nine months.” Watch the video after the jump. Read more

TV Jobs: PMCM, News 12 Networks, KQED

This week, PMCM is hiring a public affairs/news manager, while News 12 Networks needs a social media producer. KQED is seeking an executive editor of news, and WAVY/WVBT is on the hunt for a traffic reporter. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Kirk Montgomery Leaving Denver to Anchor in Michigan

Kirk Montgomery will head to Lansing, MI, to anchor the 4:00 p.m. news for NBC affiliate WILX in May.

Montgomery recently announced he was leaving KUSA. The Denver Post reports he was not offered a new contract.

He started at KUSA in 2001.

A Day in the Life of NY1′s Pat Kiernan

Business Insider takes a look at a day in the life of Pat Kiernan, who has anchored the morning newscast on Time Warner Cable News NY1 since 1997. His day begins shortly after 3 a.m. and doesn’t end until around 6 p.m.:

After Climbing Mount Everest, WABC’s Diana Williams Reports on Avalanche From Katmandu

After climbing Mount Everest earlier this week, WABC anchor Diana Williams — who is now in Katmandu — is reporting on the massive avalanche for the ABC-owned station. The avalanche that swept the slopes has left 12 Sherpa guides dead and four more missing.

“It’s a terrible tragedy and I just feel for everybody who is up there,” she said. “It hurts everybody when something like this happens — all of the climbers are feeling it I know right now, and I know the Sherpa up there are just very devastated by this.” Watch:

WSLS GM Leaving Station for Personal Reasons

wsls roanokeWSLS VP and GM Leesa Wilcher is leaving the Roanoke NBC affiliate in May.

“Due to personal reasons I am leaving WSLS and returning to the TriCities,” Wilcher told The Roanoke Times. “It has been an exciting time for me these past three years.”

Before coming to WSLS in 2011, Wilcher worked at Media General’s WJHL in Johnson City, TN.

WSLS took in a record $6.6 million in political spending in 2012, when more than $27 million was spent in the Roanoke-Lynchburg market during the 2012 presidential campaign. Channel 10’s take still trailed WDBJ-TV (Channel 7) and WSET-TV (Channel 13). The station’s evening newscasts usually finished third in the Nielsen ratings during Wilcher’s tenure, which is where Channel 10 has ranked consistently since the late 1990s.

Little Rock Sports Anchor Sues Gannett for Discrimination

edwards kthvMark C. Nelson, known on-air as Mark Edwards, is suing Gannett Co. and Little Rock CBS affiliate KTHV for discrimination.

According to the lawsuit posted on Courthouse News Service, Gannett, “has a corporate custom, policy, pattern, practice and procedure of not promoting African-Americans to director and leadership positions and utilizing a ‘one-and-done policy’ that disparately impacts African-American employed within the company.”

Edwards says Gannett manipulated focus groups and used “other means and methods” to “achieve its discriminatory goals and objectives.”

Edwards’ bio has been removed from the KTHV website.

The sports anchor said he started at KTHV in 2003 editing and doing production as the “number three” sports guy. When he had the opportunity to leave for an on-air job in Cleveland, Edwards said GM Larry Audas asked him to stay and promised him a promotion and that he would be on a “fast track” to the sports director position.

The complaint continues: “After remaining in employment for several years with the defendant, in approximately May 2012, Wes Moore, a white sports anchor and director, left Channel 11. Plaintiff was in an optimum position to take over as the anchor and sports director with the attendant advertising, marketing, promotion and raise-in-pay that accompanies such advancement within the company. However, rather than offer this opportunity to plaintiff, instead, Channel 11 hired a white male with less sports broadcasting experience from another station in July-August of 2012. For reasons never explained to plaintiff, defendant did not provide plaintiff with an offer to be promoted, marketed or further advanced with the defendant as sports director, or anchor as was promised and represented by him.” Read more

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