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Alan Mason Joins Bright House Networks as VP-GM of News and Local Programming

alan masonAlan Mason is joining Bright House Networks as vice president and general manager of news and local programming for Central Florida News 13, Bay News 9, Bright House Sports Network, Local On Demand and InfoMas. His appointment is effective December 30.

Mason comes from News 14 Carolina, Time Warner Cable’s 24-hour news network in North Carolina. He replaces Elliott Wiser, who was named president and general manager of WTSP in Tampa in July.

“Alan brings significant industry experience and a proven track record of leading highly effective stations operations while building award-winning local news and programming,” Bright House EVP Kevin Hyman said in a statement. “He is a strategic and innovative leader in the industry, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our leadership team.” [h/t Orlando Sentinel]

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Elliott Wiser Named President, GM of WTSP

Gannett Broadcasting has named Elliott Wiser president and general manager of WTSP, the CBS affiliate in Tampa-St. Petersburg.

Wiser comes to WTSP from Bright House Networks, where he was corporate vice president of local programming. He is a former vice president and general manager of Bay News 9 in Tampa.

“Elliott’s record of success in multimedia broadcasting and business, plus his deep connections in the Tampa area, will be a huge asset to WTSP,” Gannett Broadcasting EVP Lynn Beall said in announcing the hire. “We’re confident in his ability to strengthen the WTSP brand and help position it as the leading local news organization in the Tampa market.”

Wiser succeeds Ken Tonning, who is retiring after 38 years with Gannett.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to lead WTSP,” Wiser said. “With remarkable investigations, unwavering dedication to the community and an award-winning staff, they are tremendous advocates for the people of Tampa and poised to become the go-to destination for local news and information.”

Scott McDonnell Joins KMBC in Kansas City

Scott McDonnell is the newest reporter at KMBC, the ABC affiliate in Kansas City.

“Scott is a very strong reporter who wants the big story,” news director Sherrie Brown said in a statement. “I know our viewers will like him personally and respect him professionally. He is laser focused on doing what reporters should do; tell stories that are compelling and relevant to our viewers.”

McDonnell previously worked at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando and Bay News 9 in Tampa. He has worked at WSEE in Erie, Pa., WSHM in Springfield, Mass. and WFSB in Hartford. He begins at KMBC on March 4.

Melissa Sogegian Beckman Joins WFLA in Tampa

Melissa Sogegian Beckman is the newest general assignment reporter at WFLA, the NBC affiliate in Tampa.

Beckman spent five years as a general assignment reporter at Bay News 9 in Tampa. She left in 2011 to work in South Korea, where she taught English at a private academy in Seoul for a year.

Beckman grew up in Fort Lauderdale and graduated from the University of Florida. She got married last week.

Former WGGB Anchor Paul Mueller Resurfaces in Tampa with Bay News 9

Paul Mueller, who has been battling alcoholism since abruptly resigning from WGGB last April, has gotten another chance.

On Monday, Mueller started a job as a reporter for Bay News 9, the local cable news station in Tampa.

“God has opened a door and I am thoroughly and humbly grateful,” Mueller wrote in a recent post on his Facebook page.

The new job comes just days after Mueller celebrated one year of sobriety. Read more

Rick Jacobs Upped to News Director at KGW

Station veteran Rick Jacobs has been promoted to news director at KGW.

Jacobs has served as assistant news director at the Portland NBC-affiliate for over a decade.

KGW president and general manager DJ Wilson confirmed the promotion to TVSpy this week.  An official announcement is expected soon.

Jacobs succeeds Rod Gramer, who left KGW this summer after 13 years as the station’s news director to become vice president and general manager at Bay News 9 in Tampa.  Before joining KGW, Jacobs worked as a producer at Portland CBS-affiliate KOIN.  He has been KGW’s acting news director for the past few months.

Casey Anthony Juror Tells Local Reporters ‘We Had a Lot of Reasonable Doubt’

“We had a lot of reasonable doubt,” Russell Huekler, an alternate juror in the Casey Anthony trial, told a group of local reporters on Tuesday evening following the not guilty verdict.

“They didn’t show us the evidence good enough for a conviction,” he said, recalling the prosecution’s case against Anthony.

News crews were waiting in Huekler’s front lawn when police dropped him off at his St. Petersburg home on Tuesday. The impromptu press conference included crews from Orlando’s WOFL and Tampa’s WFLA, Bay News 9, and WTVT. (WTVT’s video is above).

Veteran News Director Named VP-GM of Bay News 9

Rod Gramer, a veteran journalist who most recently served as executive news director at KGW in Portland, OR, has been named vice president and general manager of Bay News 9, the 24-hour Tampa Bay news channel owned by Bright House Networks.

“Rod runs one of the best local news shops in the country,” said Elliott Wiser, Bright House’s vice president of local programming, referring to KGW, which won five regional Edward R. Murrow Awards this year. “He is highly regarded in the business and we are excited to have him join our team.”

Gramer began his career with the Idaho Statesman in Boise and eventually went on to become executive news director of Boise’s KTVB, a position that he held for 10 years before landing at KGW.

He is set to join Bay News 9 on July 11th.

Close to Jumping Off Bridge, Suicidal Man Calls Veteran Tampa Anchor Al Ruechel

Bay News 9 typically doesn’t cover suicides that occur from Tampa Bay’s Sunshine Skyway Bridge but the 24-hour news station was faced with unusual circumstances last Friday when a man threatening to jump off the famous bridge called veteran Bay News 9 anchor Al Ruechel.

Just moments before he was going to jump, Carl Kuttler III decided to call Ruechel, according to Bay News 9.

Ruechel, who has been a fixture on Tampa TV for the past two decades, stayed on the phone with Kuttler while the station called 9-1-1. Police arrived at the scene just as he jumped.

“When these kind of things happen, you think you can control it and do something about it. You’re going to say a word that’s going to stop it,” Ruechel said. “Sometimes it’s doesn’t happen that way. And we’re just sad for the family.”

Veteran Anchor Al Ruechel Issues On-Air Apology Following Mic Gaffe

An off-hand comment made by veteran anchor Al Ruechel was inadvertently included during Bay News 9‘s coverage of a press conference held by Goliath Davis, a city official whose recent firing sparked controversy in St. Petersburg.

As the local cable news station cut away from the press conference, Ruechel was heard describing area activist Omali Yeshitela, who was preparing to speak, as “a loaded gun.”

Ruechel appeared later to issue an apology to viewers. “We here at Bay News 9 would like to apologize for a comment that you might have heard on the air earlier,” Ruechel said. “A microphone was mistakenly left on following a news conference and I inappropriately and unprofessionally expressed an opinion that was wholly my own and does not — does not reflect the opinion of Bay News 9. I sincerely apologize for this personal error, and I do humbly ask for your forgiveness.” Read more