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Louisville High School Students Find Local Stations Report A Lot on Crime

louisville_stationsA yearly study of Louisville TV stations by students at a local High school found local Louisville TV stations spent more time reporting on crime than any other story.

For the study, journalism students at the duPont Manual High School in Louisville, KY, watched twenty hours of WAVE (NBC) WHAS (ABC), WLKY (CBS) and WDRB (FOX) and also read the “A” section of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Then they wrote down what stories they saw and tabulated the results.

The study found 40.5% of the reporting was on crime. Social issues and human interest came in second, taking up 18.5% of the reporting.

The station leading the crime reporting was WLKY which devoted 52% of its time to crime, up from 37% a year ago. By comparison, runner-up WHAS reported crime 49% of the time compared to last place finisher WDRB which reported on crime 31% of the time. Read more

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Bill Shory Named News Director at WAVE

Bill Shory has been named news director at Louisville NBC affiliate WAVE, Rick Gevers & Associates reports.

Shory moves to Louisville from Knoxville, where he spent eight years as news director for NBC affiliate WBIR. He has most recently been the director of production for Jupiter Entertainment. Shory has also worked at WCCO in Minneaplis, WHNT in Huntsville, WCNC in Charlotte and WBMA in Birmingham.

He replaces Kathy Hostetter, who was named news director at WTHR in Indianapolis.

Christy Moreno Named News Director at WBIR

Christy Moreno has been named news director at WBIR in Knoxville, replacing Bill Shory, who abruptly left the NBC-affiliate in March.

“I’m extremely excited about moving to Knoxville and joining the winning team (with a heart) at WBIR,” Moreno tweeted recently, referring to the station’s “Straight from the Heart” slogan.

Moreno comes to WBIR from KENS in San Antonio, where she worked as assistant news director.  Before KENS, Moreno spent nine years at KRIV in Houston, producing a number of the Fox station’s newscasts.

WBIR Staffers Come to Defense of Former News Director Bill Shory

Although Bill Shory has declined to go on the record about his departure from WBIR, current and former staffers of the Knoxville NBC-affiliate are speaking out on his behalf.

In a recent blog post, Katie Granju, a former online producer at WBIR, compiled statements from a handful of people who worked closely with Shory during his tenure as the station’s news director.

“In his eight years as news director, Bill led the newsroom through great ratings successes, sweeping industry changes, heartfelt community tributes and tough investigative projects,” Granju wrote.  “Through it all, he was a wonderful boss.” Read more

News Director Bill Shory Departs WBIR Amid Reports of ‘Hostile Work Environment’

Bill Shory, who has been WBIR‘s news director for the past eight years, has left the Knoxville NBC-affiliate amid reports that he had “created a hostile work environment.”

Neither Shory nor the station has elaborated on his departure.

“The only thing I would like to say is that I am not with the station any longer, but am very proud of what we have accomplished over the last eight years,” Shory told the Knoxville News Sentinel recently.  “I’m exploring some other opportunities and talking to a lot of folks.” Read more

Knoxville’s WBIR Introduces New HD Set

Knoxville’s WBIR transitioned to HD recently and here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the NBC-affiliate’s gleaming new set, with anchor John Becker acting as tour guide.

The station has received plenty of viewer feedback since unveiling the new set and news director Bill Shory responded to the letters and online comments this week in a blog post.

“The feedback that you’re giving us right now will guide us as we continue to improve our look,” writes Shory. “After all, this isn’t about what we want… it’s about what you want.”

Knoxville’s WBIR and WTNZ Begin First Phase of Production Partnership

The first stage of the recently announced partnership between Knoxville NBC-affiliate WBIR and Fox-affiliate WTNZ begins this week.

Earlier this month, Raycom Media-owned WTNZ announced that WBIR, which is owned by Gannett, would begin producing its newscasts as part of the station’s strategy to cost-effectively expand its local news programming and eventually begin broadcasting in HD.

WTNZ is debuting its new, WBIR-produced 10 p.m. newscast today anchored by Robin Wilhoit and John Becker (right), who will continue helming WBIR’s 11 p.m. newscast as well.

WTNZ’s 10 p.m. newscast will expand to an hour in “late May or early June,” WBIR news director Bill Shory told the Knoxville News Sentinel. At that point, Beth Haynes, who currently hosts WBIR’s 4 p.m. news and lifestyle show, will rotate in with Wilhoit and Becker at 10 p.m.

The other elements of the partnership–HD broadcasting and a new, two-hour morning newscast–are set to launch by the end of June.