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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.

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ABC’s David Muir Brings ‘Made in America’ to WPVI

ABC’s David Muir brought his “Made in America” series on the road yesterday, hosting an event at the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce with WPVI anchor Brian Taff.

Muir, the weekend anchor of “ABC World News,” joined Taff, who anchors the 4 p.m. newscast on the ABC O&O, to talk about the series, which showcases American manufacturing and the ordinary things that can be done to create jobs in the U.S.

Muir and Taff talked about two Pennsylvania-based companies — Nth Solutions and Sun and Earth — that are expanding their workforces. Read more

Local Anchors at the White House: The Tours, The ‘Exclusive’ Interviews, and Bo

Anchors from nine stations were in Washington, DC yesterday for a local press blitz that included interviews with President Obama and unprecedented access to the White House.

Most of the stations, which were largely located in swing states, billed the Presidential interview as an “exclusive.” Norfolk’s WAVY went one step further: anchors in the studio tossed to live shots with Tom Schaad by calling him “the only local anchor in the nation’s capital today.”

The biggest star for the visitors, however, wasn’t on the schedule: first dog Bo Obama trotted out to the South Lawn unannounced. “That’s the only time I saw things get really ugly with the reporters,” KGW‘s Tracy Barry (pictured) said. “They were practically pushing each other out of the way to get to the dog.”

Watch the reports filed from the White House, after the jump. Read more

White House Opens Doors to 9 Local Anchors

The White House is welcoming nine anchors today for a local round of press that will include interviews with President Obama and comprehensive behind-the-scenes access to the White House.

In addition to their “brief” individual interviews with the President, the participating anchors will broadcast evening newscasts (during sweeps-month, as Politico’s Mike Allen points out) from the South Lawn of the White House, on special risers built for the occasion. The anchors will also have lunch with David Plouffe, interview a White House staffer from the station’s home market and get an on-camera tour of the building with a curator. Finally, they will ask one question each of Jay Carney at the daily press briefing.

The latest local push is significantly more involved than past interviews Obama has done on the local level, which have been limited to seven-minute sit-downs with the President on one predetermined topic. 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.

On the Move, 1/27/11

Brian Taff, reporter for WPVI in Philadelphia has been promoted to be the station’s 4:00 co-anchor.  Prior to WPVI, Brian was the host and moderator of “Capital Tonight” as well as anchor and reporter at Capital News 9 in Albany, NY.

Rosemary Orozco has recently joined KTVU in San Francisco as weekend meteorologist.  She’s a California native and was previously the morning meteorologist at KTXL in Sacramento.

Iain Page, who recently joined KPRC in Houston, has already been promoted to the noon and 4:00 weekday slot.  Prior to KPRC Iain was a host for The Golf Channel, as well as ESPN, and a former lawyer for the SEC.

Lisa Spooner is the new morning anchor at WFTX in Ft Myers.  Lisa spent the last four years as a main and morning anchor at KYTX in Tyler, TX.

Keli Fulton was recently named noon anchor and reporter for WPTV in West Palm Beach.  She is very excited to focus on news full time. She moves to West Palm from WDSU in New Orleans where she worked as a news and sports anchor/reporter.
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