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Thema Ponton to Join Milwaukee ABC Station

PONTON-240x180---25223440Thema Ponton, anchor for Portland, ME, ABC affiliate WMTW, is headed to Milwaukee ABC affiliate WISN.

Ponton will anchor the weekend morning newscasts for WISN and will also report three days a week for the weekday morning news. Her first day will be Monday.

WISN general manager Jan Wade told TVSpy, “We are very excited to welcome Thema to our staff.”

Ponton started her career at WTXL in Tallahassee, FL. Before working at WMTW, Ponton worked at WBTW in Myrtle Beach, SC.  She has also worked at WPGH in Pittsburgh, KALB in Alexandria, LA.

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Portia Young Says Goodbye to WISN

After 10 years at WISN, Portia Young signed off from the Milwaukee ABC affiliate Sunday (video above).

Young shifted from weekday mornings to weekend mornings last month as part of a series of changes to the WISN anchor lineup.

“Portia resigned her position to pursue other opportunities,” WISN general manager Jan Wade told OnMilwaukee. “We thank her for her contributions to the station over the years and wish her success in her future.” Read more

Luke Sampe, Shelby Croft Leaving WISN

Meteorologist Luke Sampe and anchor-reporter Shelby Croft are leaving Milwaukee ABC affiliate WISN, TVSpy has confirmed.

Sampe, the station’s weekend evening meteorologist, is leaving Milwaukee for Green Bay, where he has accepted a chief meteorologist position. Croft, who anchors the weekend evening newscast and reports during the week, is leaving for a station in Columbus.

“We wish both Luke and Shelby well,” WISN general manager Jan Wade told TVSpy in an email.

WISN Partners with Website to Cover Hyper-Local News

WISN is going hyper-local.  The Milwaukee ABC affiliate has reached an agreement with local news website Patch.com.

“They do things we haven’t been doing — covering school boards and community news,” WISN president and general manager Jan Wade told the Milwaukee Business Journal.

According to the Business Journal, Patch has 15 correspondents in southeast Wisconsin covering news ranging from traffic accidents to local crime. Read more

WISN, KSTP Opt to Delay ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Start Time

ABC made a primetime programming switch this week, swapping “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Nightline.” Beginning Tuesday, Kimmel’s program began airing at 11:35pmET/10:35pmCT and Nightline will air at 12:35amET/11:35pmCT.

Some ABC affiliates, including WISN in Milwaukee and KSTP in Minneapolis, are opting to air Kimmel later than its scheduled broadcast time in favor of local newscasts. WISN general manager Jan Wade told the Milwaukee Business Journal that the success of the station’s hour-long 10 p.m. newscast is the reason for delaying Kimmel’s program.

“We don’t want to abandon something that’s a strength for us,” Wade said.

KSTP will expand its 10 p.m. newscast to an hour in the absence of “Nightline.” Kimmel will air at 11:00pmCT.

Know of any other markets where ABC affiliates are pushing Kimmel’s program back? Let us know: tvspy@mediabistro.com.

News Director Chris Gegg Jumps from Madison to Milwaukee’s WISN

Chris Gegg has been named news director for Hearst Television’s Milwaukee ABC affiliate, WISN.  Gegg succeeds Lori Waldon who left for Hearst’s KCRA-KQCA in Sacramento.

“Chris is a proven news leader with the right skills and experience to oversee our newsroom and take it to the next level,” said Jan Wade, president and general manager of WISN in a posting to the station’s website. “I am also delighted that he has Midwest roots, knows our state well, and values the most important people we serve — our viewers.”

Gegg comes from Madison’s WMTV where he is credited with successfully rebuilding and rebranding weather coverage in the Madison news market.  Previously he was executive producer at ABC affiliates WXYZ in Detroit and WKRN in Nashville, TN.

[Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

Lori Waldon Named News Director at KCRA-KQCA

WISN news director Lori Waldon is leaving Milwaukee for Sacramento, where she has been appointed news director at KCRA-KQCA.

The news was first reported by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

WISN and KCRA-KQCZ are all owned by Hearst. The move is a return to Sacramento for Waldon, who was assistant news director at KOVR-KMAX before joining WISN in 2006. In a statement announcing the move, WISN president Jan Wade praised Waldon’s “excellent job” as news director.

“Under her leadership we have earned numerous honors, done exceptional journalism, and provided the viewers of southeastern Wisconsin with high quality newscasts and reporting,” Wade said. “Lori has worked hard, and has earned this promotion to another of Hearst Television’s leading stations.” Read more

Hearst ABC-Affiliates Clean Up in Boston and Milwaukee

Boston’s WCVB and Milwaukee’s WISN, two Hearst-owned ABC-affiliates, continued their local ratings dominance in November.  Both WCVB and WISN won the sign-on to sign-off race in their respective markets during the February sweeps period.

In Boston, all of WCVB’s newscasts finished #1 for the 13th month in a row. As usual, the station’s 6 p.m. newscast was the most successful, averaging 236,000 total viewers. WCVB’s morning newscast, which expanded to 4:30 a.m. last August, drew 31,000 total viewers for the early bird half-hour.

In Milwaukee, WISN also saw success at 6 p.m. The station’s newscast had a 43% lead over second place WTMJ for the half-hour. WISN’s decision to expand its weekday 10 p.m. newscast to a full-hour in January has paid off with the station seeing a 29% increase in viewers for 10:30-11, compared to episodes of “Access Hollywood” that aired in the time slot last February.

“From the Packers and our Groundhog Day blizzard to the budget battle in Madison, February had no shortage of big stories,” said Jan Wade, WISN’s president and general manager.

Milwaukee’s WISN Prepares 1-Hour Newscast at 10 p.m.

Milwaukee’s WISN is set to expand its weekday evening newscast to one hour. The ABC-affiliate will launch its new hour-long 10 p.m. newscast on January 24th.

WISN, which has been running a 1-hour evening newscast on Sunday, is energized by strong sweeps ratings for its weekday 10 p.m. newscast. “Our November numbers are evidence the people of southeastern Wisconsin want additional coverage from the news team,” said Jan Wade, president and general manager of WISN.

Kathy Mykleby and Toya Washington will continue to anchor the 10 p.m. newscast as it extends to 11. They’ll be joined by chief meteorologist Mark Baden and sports anchor Dan Needles. Read more