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Cori Coffin Joins KVUE as Morning Anchor

teamdaybreakCori Coffin has joined Austin ABC affiliate KVUE as a morning anchor. Coffin has been anchoring the station’s 5:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. newscasts with Bryan Mays, reports Austin media maven Gary Dinges:

Coffin comes to Austin after spending the past three years at KREX in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she also handled morning and midday anchor duties.
At KVUE, Coffin is currently filling in for anchor Yvonne Nava, who is on maternity leave after giving birth to her second son, Bodhi, late last month.
When Nava returns after the holidays, executive news director Frank Volpicella said Coffin will take over as anchor of KVUE’s 4:30 a.m. newscast, a spot vacated by Jessica Vess, who left recently to take a public relations job at Austin Community College.

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Austin’s Time Warner Cable News Includes Nude Photos in Traffic Tweet

kCZHBA8v_400x400Web managers, let’s go over this one more time, shall we? Check your links. If the photo you’re adding to your tweet includes nude men or perhaps a link to a porn site, delete and start over. For the second day in a row, somebody screwed up. Austin’s Time Warner Cable News sent out a tweet from the official @TWCNewsAustin account that included photos of nude men, according to media reporter Gary Dinges:

A Tweet sent at 5:19 p.m. said, “TRAFFIC: Your 5:12 p.m. update. Too many!” It also included four racy photos featuring four different men who were completely nude.

The post stayed up about 10 minutes before it was deleted.

A subsequent Tweet, sent at 5:21 p.m., said, “My Twitter account has been hacked.”

Reactions from @TWCNewsAustin followers were mixed. Several found the apparent hack humorous, while others expressed concern that the X-rated photos were allowed to remain up for an extended period of time.

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Austin Station KAKW Names Hugo Chavez Montes Co-Anchor

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Austin Univision affiliate KAKW has named Hugo Chavez Montes as evening co-anchor, reports Gary Dinges in the Austin Statesman.

Montes will join Regina Rodriguez on KAKW’s 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. weeknight newscasts. He previously served as an anchor and reporter for Grupo Televisa:

“Hugo has an amazing depth of experience on an international level, and I’m pleased to welcome him to our news team,” said Luis Patino, vice president and general manager for Univision Television Group. “He will bring a fresh perspective to our news program and I believe that his broadcast style will resonate with viewers in Austin.”

KEYE Says Goodbye to Longtime Employee

williams keyeIt’s not often one of the people working behind the scenes gets a write up when they leave a station.

Austin American-Statesman media writer Gary Dinges reports Sousa Williams is leaving Austin CBS affiliate KEYE after 19 years.

“Over the years she’s held a variety of roles, including 10 p.m. producer, executive producer, news operations manager and, most recently, new media manager overseeing the station’s website and social media accounts, among other things,” writes Dinges.

“There are so many unsung, hardworking journalists behind the scenes in a TV newsroom,” KEYE anchor Judy Maggio (pictured left) wrote on her facebook page. “I’ve worked side by side with Sousa Williams at 2 TV stations and she’s one of the best. We will miss you, Sousa. Happy Trails and enjoy your new adventure.”

Williams is heading to Connecticut to be with her girlfriend. Today is her last day.

KXAN Debuts Morning Newscast on KNVA

This morning, KXAN, the LIN Media owned Austin NBC affiliate, launched a morning show airing on the Austin CW affiliate KNVA.

While KXAN’s morning news currently goes from 4:30 a.m. until 7:00 a.m., the newscast on KNVA runs from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. and is anchored by the KXAN morning news team of Brian Sanders, Sally Hernandez, traffic reporter Amanda Dugan and meteorologist Mark Monstrola.

“We genuinely like each other,” Hernandez told the Austin American-Statesmans Gary Dinges. “It’s going to be nice to have this extra time together.”

“Our commitment to our audience is growing,” KXAN news director Chad Cross told TVSpy. “We know the busiest time of the morning for many of our viewers is 7:00 to 9:00.  It only makes sense we continue to provide valuable, local coverage of what’s happening each morning that could affect the start of your day.”