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Omar Villafranca Joins CBS News From KXAS

omar villafrancaOmar Villafranca is joining CBS News as a Dallas-based correspondent for news services, the Network’s 24-hour television newsgathering service for the network’s affiliates. He will begin in his new role January 13.

Villafranca joins CBS from KXAS, the NBC owned station in Dallas, where he has been a reporter since 2008. He previously worked at KOTV in Tulsa and KSWO in Lawton, Okla.

“It’s been a great six years at NBC5. I’d like to thank (vice president of news) Susan Tully for hiring me, and everyone else for putting up with me,” Villafranca told Dallas media blogger Ed Bark. “I was lucky to work with so many great managers, editors, reporters, producers and photojournalists.”

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Bob Schieffer Issues Challenge to Local Broadcasters at NAB

Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News, told attendees of the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas it’s up to local broadcasters to step into the role of local government watchdog with more newspapers folding, as reported by TVNewsCheck.

Schieffer was accepting the Distinguished Service Award from the NAB when he told the room, unless there is someone in the community, “that keeps an eye on local government, we are going to see corruption in this country in a way never seen before.”

“You cannot have a democracy unless people have that independently gathered version of events compared to what government is telling them,” Schieffer said. “More and more it’s going to be the broadcaster that is depended on for that accurate information.” Read more

A Look Back at ‘Cubes’ TV News Tours

The week before the new year begins is a good time to review what you’ve learned over the last year and to plot your course for the next 365 days. For MediabistroTV, 2012 gave us an interesting look at the present and possible future of TV news.

Former “CBS This Morning” anchor Erika Hill showed us around the CBS Broadcast Center in New York before she went to NBC’s “Today Show.” While “ABC World News” anchor, David Muir was gracious enough to give us a look at ABC News.

“Cubes” CBS News Behind-the-Scenes

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Brian Andrews Back at Miami’s WFOR

Brian Andrews is back at the station he left nearly four years ago, according to SFLTV.com.  Andrews will join the Miami CBS O&O WFOR on Monday as a reporter for the special projects unit.

Andrews has popped up on-air from time to time as a freelancer for both CBS News and WCBS in New York. He recently came back to pitch in during WFOR’s Hurricane Isaac coverage.

Andrews left WFOR in 2007 for Bogota, Colombia to start an English language newscast on RCN, the largest TV network in that country.

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KNBC Shuffles Morning and Noon Anchors, Expands Midday Newscast

KNBC, the NBC O&O in Los Angeles, has announced several changes to its morning and midday newscasts.

Michael Brownlee (pictured) moves from the noon newscast to the morning newscast, where he will co-anchor alongside Alycia Lane. Brownlee replaces Kathy Vara, who is shifting to weekend evening anchor at KNBC.

Replacing Brownlee at noon is Whit Johnson, who is joining KNBC from CBS News. Johnson will c0-anchor with Lucy Noland beginning in mid-September. The noon newscast will also expand to a full hour on weekdays.

“It’s part of NBC4’s culture to produce high-quality news content for Southern California’s unique audience,”  Todd Mokhtari, KNBC vice president of news, said in a statement.  “These changes reflect our priority to deliver on that tradition every day, every newscast.” Read more

Cubes: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of CBS News

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of CBS News. In this episode of mediabistroTV’s “Cubes,” Erica Hill, co-host of “CBS This Morning,” shows us around the CBS Broadcast Center.

Located on Manhattan’s west side, the building is home to the “CBS Evening News,” WCBS, the iconic CBS news desk, and the brand-new studio and newsroom of “CBS This Morning.”

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WCTV Airs Never Before Seen Interview with Mike Wallace Conducted by His Grandson, Now a Reporter

WCTV in Tallahassee aired a never before seen interview with CBS News legend Mike Wallace this week. The CBS-affiliate was able to land the exclusive video, which was shot six years ago, because the interview was conducted by Wallace’s grandson, Eames Yates, who now works as a reporter for the station.

Wallace is remarkably candid in the interview. At one point, he admits that he sacrificed his family for his career.

“I was more interested in my work than in my family,” Wallace tells his grandson. Video inside… Read more

Russ Mitchell On Joining WKYC: ‘The Power Of Local News Still Is Very Strong’

After Cleveland’s WKYC announced the hire of Russ Mitchell yesterday, the CBS News anchor talked with the Cleveland Plain-Dealer and shed some light on the decision to return to the local landscape. Mitchell, who will be managing editor in addition to anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, said he misses “the pulse of a local newsroom”:

“The pace of local news is relentless,” Mitchell said. “You’re putting on four to six newscasts a day, and at a network, we have the luxury, if you will, of not having that kind of relentless pace. I was in local television for 10 years before joining CBS. The business, of course, has changed dramatically in that time — major, major changes. But I do think that the power of local news still is very strong. It’s not what it was 30 years ago, but it does provide an incredible service to a community.”

CBS News’ Russ Mitchell Joining WKYC in Cleveland

CBS News anchor Russ Mitchell is joining WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland, as managing editor of evening news and lead anchor of the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, the Gannett-owned station announced today.

Mitchell said in a statement that he has “thoroughly enjoyed” his years at CBS, but was looking forward to “a unique opportunity to help create the next generation of local news in a great place and have a key role in in trying to make a difference in a wonderful community.”

Mitchell, who joined CBS in 1992, is the weekend anchor of “CBS Evening News” and “The Early Show.” His first day at WKYC will be January 16.

He replaces Romona Robinson, who left the station earlier this month after negotiations to extend her WKYC contract failed. General manager Brooke Spectorsky tells TVSpy Mitchell’s 6 and 11 p.m. co-anchor will be announced soon. Read more

Despite Scott Pelley’s On-Air Promise, Conclusion of Republican Debate Didn’t Air in South Carolina

Wrapping up the first hour of the CBS News-National Journal Republican presidential debate on Saturday, CBS moderator Scott Pelley told viewers that most stations would switch to regularly scheduled programming while CBS-affiliates on the west coast and South Carolina–where the debate was held–would continue airing the final half-hour.

But that didn’t end up happening for South Carolina stations–a slight that angered many viewers in a state that has gone Republican in the past eight presidential elections.

“Due to a miscommunication between CBS News and its affiliates regarding the conclusion of the debate, we were not able to bring you the final thirty minutes live,” WSPA vice president and general manager Bob Romine said in a post on the station’s website Monday, adding that the last half-hour did not air in any market in South Carolina. Read more

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