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Jeff Jeandheur Joins KPIX as Director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering

Jeff Jeandheur has been named director of broadcast operations and engineering for KPIX-KBCW, the CBS duopoly in San Francisco.

“Jeff brings us a solid combination of experience in news production and  digital broadcast operations.  He’s been a successful news photographer, director, operations manager and director of engineering – all in major markets.  We look forward to having him oversee our facilities and operations,” KPIX-KBCW president and general manager Bruno Cohen said in a statement.

Jeandheur comes from KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, where he was the director of engineering and production. During his 17 years at the station, he also worked as manager of news operations and manager of production and special projects. He has also worked at WFSB in Hartford, WMTW in Portland and WEWS in Cleveland.

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Chris Flynn Named VP, Director of Sales at KPIX-KBCW

Chris Flynn has been named vice president and director of sales for KPIX-KBCW, the CBS duopoly in San Fransisco.

It is a return to KPIX-KBCW for Flynn, who worked at the stations from 1999-2006. He has most recently worked as general sales manager at KOFY, the independent station in San Francisco.

“Chris is a proven winner with great experience and established relationships in this market.  He is also a talented manager and inventive marketing executive.  We are elated that Chris is returning to our stations,” KPIX-KBCW general manager Bruno Cohen said in a statement.

Flynn succeeds Dan Ackerman, who last month was named senior vice president for business strategy and ad innovation at the CBS Television stations.

CBS Appoints New GMs in San Francisco and Chicago: Bruno Cohen to KPIX, Marty Wilke to WBBM

CBS announced two new general managers at its O&Os this morning: Bruno Cohen (pictured) will join KPIX in San Francisco, and Marty Wilke will join WBBM in Chicago.

Cohen replaces Ron Longinotti, whose departure was first reported yesterday by San Francisco media blogger Rich Leiberman. In a statement, CBS said Longinotti is “leaving the company to pursue other endeavors.”

Cohen has been the general manager at WBBM since 2008. He is a Bay Area native who was president and general manager of KOVR-KMAX, the CBS duopoly in Sacramento, for three years before moving to Chicago. In his new role, he will also oversee CBS-owned CW affiliates KBCW in San Francisco and KSTW in Seattle. Read more

Bill Kurtis, Walter Jacobson Stepping Down From WBBM Anchor Desk Next Year

WBBM evening anchor team Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson announced today that they will leave the 6 p.m. newscast in March of next year.

The pair, who gathered with colleagues to celebrate the second anniversary of their return to the Chicago CBS O&O, will hand the 6 p.m. newscast over to Rob Johnson and Kate Sullivan, who currently anchor the 5 and 10 p.m. newscast.

Kurtis and Jacobson anchored at 10 p.m. from 1973-82. It is not clear whether the pair will retire; Kurtis said he plans to focus on his other businesses.  Read more

WBBM Launches Weekend Morning Newscasts

Chicago CBS O&O WBBM is bringing back weekend morning newscasts, Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder reports.

“It’s an important time period that serves a lot of news viewers,” WBBM president-GM Bruno Cohen told Feder. “We reluctantly left it several years ago for financial reasons and we’re glad to restore the service.”

Beginning September 22, Marissa Bailey (pictured) will anchor the hourlong newscast, which will air at 8 a.m. on Saturdays and at 7 a.m. on Sundays. Bailey will be joined by meteorologist Ed Curran and freelance reporter Courtney Gousman.

Anchor Steve Bartelstein Cut Loose at WBBM

Steve Bartelstein, a veteran anchor in major markets like New York and Chicago, has been suddenly released from his contract after 10 months at WBBM.

Bartelstein’s last day on the Chicago CBS O&O was Friday, according to Time Out Chicago‘s Robert Feder. His bio was removed from the station’s website over the weekend after his final morning broadcast with co-anchor Susan Carlson on Friday.

Bartelstein’s departure from WBBM is the latest in a long string of dramatic exits from different stations. In 2007, he was fired from New York’s WABC after sleeping through a newscast he was slated to anchor.

Six months later, he landed at WCBS in New York. While at WCBS, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and continued as a weekend anchor throughout his treatment and recovery. He abruptly quit in 2009 after claiming that WCBS accidentally mailed his paycheck, which he needed to pay his medical expenses, to his home, instead of leaving it at the station for him to pick up as he normally did.

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Chicago Anchors Scrubbed from Controversial Video for Departing Mayor

After Chicago media reporter Robert Feder blasted a handful of local news personalities for appearing in a farewell video dedicated to longtime mayor  Richard M. Daley, WBBM, whose veteran anchor duo of Walter Jacobson and Bill Kurtis appeared in the video, is defending its staffers, saying that the producers of the video, an area furniture retailer, did not seek appropriate permission to use footage of the station’s on-air talent.

“The station did consent to having a few of its employees participate in what was described to us as a farewell video that would be given directly to Mayor Daley when he steps down after 22 years in office next week,” said Bruno Cohen, president and general manager of WBBM, in a statement.

Along with Jacobson and Kurtis, WBBM’s Rob Johnson and Ryan Baker appeared in the video, much of which was filmed in conjunction with a farewell party for the departing mayor and featured a handful of local celebrities.

After initially defending its inclusion of local anchors in the video, Walter E. Smithe, a major local advertiser, apologized and has since edited the WBBM staffers out of the video, as well as anchor Bob Sirott of WFLD. Read more