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Posts Tagged ‘Hawaii News Now’

FCC Defends Controversial Honolulu Triopoly but Says It’s ‘Clearly at Odds’ with Rules

The FCC’s Media Bureau defended the legality of a controversial shared services agreement involving three stations in Honolulu when it rejected a complaint last week from a local media watchdog group.

Media Council Hawaii filed a complaint in 2009 concerning the then-newly formed virtual triopoly of KHNL, KFVE, and KGMB.  Raycom Media, owner of KHNL and KFVE, had struck a deal with MCG Capital, owner of KGMB, to form an entity, now known as “Hawaii News Now,” that would effectively be run by Raycom.  As part of the complex deal, Raycom traded programming and control of MyNetworkTV-affiliate KFVE with MCG for that of CBS-affiliate KGMB–a move that basically made Raycom the owner of Honolulu’s NBC and CBS stations. Read more

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Hawaii’s First TV Anchor Returns to KGMB

Wayne Collins, then a news director for a local radio station, became Hawaii’s first TV anchor when he appeared on KGMB‘s debut newscast in 1953. The Honolulu CBS-affiliate began running a 15-minute daily newscast and Collins was responsible for nearly everything–so much so that he never worked off of a written script, preferring instead to report the news from memory.

Collins, who left broadcasting in 1966 and moved away from Hawaii in 1972, returned to the old KGMB studio recently and Hawaii News Now was there for the tour (video above).

Anchor Shawn Ching Returns to TV News, Joining Honolulu’s Hawaii News Now

Shawn Ching is returning to TV news.  The former KITV anchor and sports director is leaving his second career as a lawyer to join Honolulu’s Hawaii News Now.

“Shawn has a storied broadcast career that spans two decades,” Hawaii News Now, a shared news operation of KGMB, KFVE, and KHNL, said in announcing the move. “Having Shawn join Hawaii News Now is a game-changing moment for us.”

Ching spent 13 years at Honolulu ABC-affiliate KITV, where he anchored the station’s 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts and also served as sports director.

After receiving his law degree, Ching became an attorney for Kobayashi, Sugita & Goda before joining King, Nakamura & Chun-Hoon, where he specialized in labor law and commercial litigation.

Ching will co-anchor Hawaii News Now’s 5 and 5:30 p.m. newscasts with Stephanie Lum.