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Philadelphia Stations to Share News Content

wpvi_wuvpPhiladelphia’s ABC owned station WPVI and Univision station WUVP have announced they’re partnering on news content integration.

As part of the deal, WUVP will launch a live local 11:00p.m. news starting December 26. The two stations will also cross promote newscasts and share news content.

“This partnership will strengthen our news gathering capabilities within the Latino community,” said Bernie Prazenica, president and general manager at WPVI.  “Univision is the premiere Spanish language television brand in America, and we’re excited to share news resources with them.”

The Univision press release said the partnership is “an expansion of Univision’s ongoing efforts with ABC to share news content, already underway in two of the largest Hispanic markets such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. In some markets both stations work on investigative stories while in others they work on a daily basis on news stories and on gubernatorial debates.”

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Rob Jennings to Retire After 36 Years at WPVI

After 36 years at WPVI, Rob Jennings will retire from the Philadelphia ABC O&O in July.

“Rob has played a huge role in the success of Action News and 6abc for decades,” WPVI president and general manager Bernie Prazenica said in a statement. “I can’t thank him enough for all that he has done. His talent and professionalism are unsurpassed in broadcast journalism. We will miss him as a colleague and a friend and wish him everything good in retirement.”

Jennings joined the station in 1977. He is the station’s weekend evening anchor.

“I can’t emphasize enough how grateful I am to have been able to do what I love to do  tell stories  for 36 years, with the greatest television station,” Jennings said. “My wife and I have been planning to retire for some time now. And now is the time to start our new adventure together.”

WPVI Takes Over 10pm Newscast On WPHL

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Philadelphia’s WPVI will soon begin producing the 10pm newscast for Tribune owned WPHL 17. WPHL, the MyNetworkTV affiliate, is currently in an agreement with NBC-owned station WCAU to produce their 10 pm news.

Adam Joseph, meteorologist for the ABC O&O, first posted about the move on his Facebook page. “BIG NEWS!!!!! Action News will begin a 10pm newscast on PHL17 September 15th,” wrote Joseph.  “Your 4pm team will anchor the 10pm newscast along with yours truly giving the forecast.”

WPVI President and General Manager, Bernie Prazenica, in a press release said, “We are thrilled to bring Action News to the prime time audience and we’re delighted to be on a respected station like PHL17.”

Joseph, along with anchors Brian Taff and Shirleen Allicot and sportscaster Ducis Rodgers will  debut Action News at 10 on PHL17 on September 15.

Tom Davis Promoted to News Director at WPVI

Longtime assistant news director Tom Davis has been named vice president and news director at WPVI.

Davis, who has been the ABC O&O’s assistant ND since 2004, takes over for Carla Carpenter.  After 14 years leading the WPVI newsroom, Carpenter recently left the station to become senior vice president of digital media for ABC owned stations.

“Tom’s promotion is well deserved,” WPVI president and general manager Bernie Prazenica said, in announcing the move.  “He has distinguished himself as a top flight news manager over two decades, and is uniquely qualified to lead Action News into the future on television, online, and on all mobile platforms.” Read more

WPVI Launching Newscast to Replace ‘Oprah’

Philadelphia’s WPVI is filling Oprah‘s soon-to-be-departed 4 p.m. timeslot with a new, one-hour newscast.

“We’ve been building to this date for almost a year now, and we’re ready,” said Bernie Prazenica, WPVI’s president and general manager, promising that the 4 p.m. “Action News” newscast would be more interactive.

The 4 p.m. show will be manned by anchors Brian Taff, Shirleen Allicot, Alicia Vitarelli and meteorologist Adam Joseph.

The newscast will feature a mix of hard news and lifestyle coverage through a lineup of franchise segments including “Facebook Flash,” part of WPVI’s push to interact with viewers through social media. The new show will debut on May 26th.