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Matt King Named WCNC News Director

matt king wxiaMatt King has been named news director at Gannett’s Charlotte NBC affiliate WCNC.

King comes to Charlotte from WXIA in Atlanta where he was assistant news director. He has also worked at Gannett’s WUSA in Washington, D.C. and WTSP in Tampa.

He replaces Corrie Harding who left for NBC News in February.

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KPRC Names Rhonda Errer LaVelle News Director

kprc lavelleKPRC has named Rhonda Errer LaVelle as news director.

LaVelle had been acting news director at the Houston NBC affiliate since Deborah Collura was named GM of WCNC in Charlotte.

Before joining KPRC in March, LaVelle was an executive producer at WDIV in Detroit where she had worked for 16 years.

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Deborah Collura Named GM of WCNC

wcnc setDeborah Collura has been named general manager of WCNC, Gannett’s NBC affiliate in Charlotte. She will begin in her new role on June 2.

“Deborah’s passion for journalism, multi-media background and more than 30 years of experience make her an excellent selection to help WCNC continue its quest to provide award-winning news and community service to the greater Charlotte community,” Gannett Broadcasting EVP Peter Diaz said in a statement. “There is no doubt Deborah will be an outstanding leader for WCNC and a great addition to the Gannett Broadcasting team.”

Collura is a local news veteran who was most recently vice president of news for KPRC in Houston. In addition to her role at KPRC, she served as vice president of news for Post-Newsweek Stations, where she had oversight of the company’s six stations. She has previously been vice president of news for WDIV in Detroit and WTVJ in Miami.

WCNC’s previous general manager, Tim Morrisey, left after the station was acquired by Gannett.

Social Media Falsely Accused in Spread of KPRC’s Dead Bodies Report

It was a story with the type of intrigue that triggers thousands of retweets: last Tuesday, Houston’s KPRC tweeted that dozens of bodies had been found at a location in rural Texas.

Spurred on by tweets from @BreakingNews and @nytimes, the story bounced around the internet on Tuesday afternoon. But in the end the police, acting on a tip from a psychic, didn’t end up finding any bodies.

The speed at which the eventual non-story traveled around the world gave many pause as they considered the responsibilities that news outlets have in using their Twitter and Facebook accounts to share developing stories. “Even in this age of intense competition and instant reporting,” wrote NPR blogger Mark Memmott, “it’s important for news outlets to remember that they should stick to what they know, not what they think on stories like this.” Read more

WDIV Promotes Kim Voet to News Director

Kim Voet has been named news director at Detroit’s WDIV.

Voet has worked her way up the ranks of WDIV’s newsroom for the past 14 years. After working as a news producer, executive producer, and senior executive producer, Voet was appointed assistant news director of the NBC-affiliate at the end of 2009.

“Throughout her many years at Local 4, Kim has had a hand in every key initiative in our newsroom,” said Marla Drutz, WDIV’s vice president and general manager, in announcing the move.  “She has consistently demonstrated a passion for being the best in breaking news coverage, and has a great understanding of what is truly important to our community.”

The move comes after Deborah Collura, who spent several years as news director of Post Newsweek-owned WDIV, was promoted to vice president-managing director of news for Post Newsweek stations.

Deborah Collura to Oversee KPRC News Department

Deborah Collura has been promoted to vice president-managing director of news for Post Newsweek stations. Collura has been working as VP of news for the station group and now her duties have been expanded.

Collura, who previously served as news director for Detroit’s WDIV, has been working out of Post Newsweek’s Houston station KPRC and now she will manage the news department there.

“She is an experienced news leader that brings all the tangible and intangible elements to her role here at KPRC,” said Jerry Martin, KPRC’s vice president and general manager, in announcing the promotion.

KPRC Anchor Owen Conflenti Flips the Bird On-Air

With the advent of HD broadcasting and the increasing popularity of widescreen TVs, the TV news industry has had to make adjustments.  Stations have erected new, HD-optimized studios, photographers have had to learn new equipment, and anchors have had to change their makeup.

One seemingly unforeseen change associated with the wider aspect ratio, though, is that morning anchors can no longer secretly flip the bird during a newscast.

KPRC anchor Owen Conflenti found this out on Monday morning when his passing middle finger salute was captured within the wider frame.  Around 9:20 a.m., as Conflenti welcomed viewers back from a commercial break, he nonchalantly raised his middle finger in the direction of someone off-camera.  He continued on as if nothing had happened and for those watching the news update on a 4:3 screen, nothing appeared to have happened.

Several blogs picked up the incriminating 16:9 video and some have speculated that Conflenti had been suspended by the Houston NBC-affiliate.  Fortifying the suspension rumor was the fact that Conflenti was missing from Tuesday’s morning newscast. Read more