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Philadelphia NBC Station Names New News Director

Anzio Williams left KCRA in Sacramento last month after five years as the station’s news director to pursue “bigger and better things.”  And he got just that as NBC O&O WCAU in Philadelphia today introduced him as its new vice president of news.

“I’m so proud to be part of the hardest working news team in Philadelphia,” Williams said in a statement.  “This is a great news town, and I cannot wait be a part of this community.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Anzio to our leadership team,” said WCAU president and general manager Eric Lerner, announcing the hiring.  “He has a distinguished record of accomplishments as a news manager and as a proven leader. He is a great addition to our team.” Read more

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Assistant News Director Dave Parker Out at WCAU

Assistant news director Dave Parker is leaving WCAU, a spokesperson for the NBC O&O confirmed to TVSpy.

Parker’s departure comes two weeks after Chris Blackman stepped down as news director, saying he and recently-named general manager Eric Lerner came to the “mutual conclusion that it’s time for new leadership in the newsroom.”

Parker has been the assistant news director at WCAU since 2002. His last day will be June 19.

“I want nothing but the best for NBC 10 and wish much success to Eric and his team,” Parker wrote in an email to staffers obtained by the 247Newsroom. “I will miss seeing all of you. Simply put, goodbye and I love you guys.”

Chris Blackman Out as WCAU News Director

Chris Blackman is leaving his news director post at WCAU, after more than a decade with the Philadelphia NBC station.

“I have a bit of news,” Blackman announced in an email to staff on Wednesday. “Eric and I have come to the mutual conclusion that it’s time for new leadership in the newsroom–time for new ideas and a fresh perspective on what we do. So after 11 years at NBC10 I will be moving on to see what other adventures life has to offer.”

Following Blackman’s announcement to WCAU staff, president and general manager Eric Lerner followed up to say that being a news director, especially in a major market, “is the most difficult job in the building.” Read more

As WCAU Chief Meteorologist Recovers From Double Bypass, Station Plans Series on Heart Health

WCAU chief meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz is resting in a Philadelphia hospital after undergoing double bypass heart surgery this morning.

“Glenn is recuperating well and is in good spirits,” WCAU news director Chris Blackman said. “He feels fortunate that he recognized the signs of potential trouble. We’re all keeping him in our thoughts and wish him a speedy recovery.”

As Schwartz spends the next several weeks recuperating, the NBC station plans to run a series of special segments about heart health. Read more

Meteorologist Sheena Parveen Joins WCAU

Meteorologist Sheena Parveen, who left WTVT in Tampa last month, is joining WCAU in Philadelphia, the station announced today.

Parveen will contribute weather reporting to newscasts at 11 a.m. and 4, 5 and 6 p.m. She will start at the NBC O&O later this month.

“Our viewers will quickly connect with the passion and energy she brings to weather reporting,” WCAU vice president of news Chris Blackman said in a statement.

Before joining WTVT, Parveen was a meteorologist and reporter at WCTV, the CBS-affiliate in Tallahassee.

WCAU Teams Up With foursquare, Offering Reporters a New Platform for Delivering Information

WCAU, the NBC owned-and-operated station in Philadelphia, has partnered with social media company foursquare to provide reporters with another platform for delivering real-time information as they cover a story.

“Local news is truly driven by location and the act of checking-in further connects our audience to the news we deliver each day,” WCAU vice president of news Chris Blackman said in a statement. “Our foursquare partnership enables us to engage viewers across the Delaware Valley with real-time news updates on the most talked about and important local stories and to enhance the feedback and perspective we get from them.”

WCAU will select one story each day and assign a reporter to check-in using foursquare when they arrive at their field location. The reporter will use the technology to provide multiple updates throughout the day. WCAU plans to experiment with further functionality, including featuring multiple news events on the foursquare platform, as the partnership goes on. Viewers will also have access to news tips at popular check-in locations and landmarks around Philadelphia.

WCAU Hires Social Media Editor to Oversee Reporting Across New Platforms

Philadelphia’s WCAU has hired Lou Dubois to as the station social media editor and strategist, NBC announced yesterday.

The NBC O&O selected Dubois, who is currently the senior editor of “Social Media Today,” to oversee the usage of social media tools to find leads and monitor and report news. “To say that we believe strongly in social media is an understatement,” Chris Blackman, VP of news at WCAU, said.”It allows us to connect with our viewers like never before.”

Local stations are increasingly finding new platforms for news-gathering and interacting with viewers — stations are building smartphone apps, urging viewers to share photos via Twitter and even slyly creating Google+ pages.