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It’s Official: WFAA Adds 4PM Newscast

Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA has confirmed with TVSpy they will be launching a 4:00 pm newscast September 9.

Jason Wheeler will be the initial anchor of the hour long show. He will be joined by weekend morning meteorologist Colleen Coyle.

While other outlets have been reporting this might happen, this marks the first time it’s been confirmed by the station.

WFAA news director Carolyn Mungo told TVSpy “This is a great team and we’re looking forward to being in the 4pm space.”

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Ron Oliveira Out at Austin’s KEYE

KEYE evening anchor Ron Oliveira will be leaving the Austin CBS affiliate Friday after station management declined to renew his contract, according to Austin360.

“I was informed that the corporate office in Baltimore decided not to renew my contract,” Oliveira said. “No reason was given. It took me by total surprise. I’m heartbroken because I love what I do.”

While Oliveira told Austin360 KEYE could take first place at 10:00 p.m. this sweeps period, weak ratings at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. news have plagued the station for years, he said, because of a weak afternoon lead in. Read more

Carla Wade Joins WFAA From KOCO

Carla Wade is joining WFAA in Dallas as a reporter and Sunday night anchor, according to Dallas media blogger Ed Bark.

Wade comes from Oklahoma City, where she spent three years at KOCO. She has also worked at WTVQ in Lexington, Ky. and KSWO in Lawton, Texas.

Beginning next month, Wade will anchor on Sunday nights alongside Jason Wheeler. She will also report four days a week.

KEYE Adding 5 p.m. Newscast to Schedule

KEYE is bringing back the 5 p.m. news.

The Austin CBS-affiliate announced this week that, three years after scrapping news in the time slot, it’s launching a half-hour newscast at 5 p.m.  Anchored by Ron Oliveira and Judy Maggio, with senior reporter Jason Wheeler and chief meteorologist Troy Kimmel, the newscast will debut on June 18th.

“The new 5 p.m. newscast will be a hard news product, bringing Central Texas viewers what they have asked for,” KEYE news director Suzanne Black said, announcing the schedule change. Read more

In Austin, KEYE Scraps Radio Simulcast in Favor of Brand-New Morning Show

After killing its morning newscast in 2009 and replacing it with a simulcast of a local radio show, Austin’s KEYE is set to launch a brand-new morning show this summer.

The CBS-affiliate is modeling the new program after its news and lifestyle show “We Are Austin Live,” which airs weekdays from 4 to 5 p.m. The station describes the new show as “upbeat” and “in-tune with what is happening in and around Austin.”

“We’ve learned how to do different things with ‘Austin Live’ and now we are bringing this energy and creativity to Austin Mornings,” said KEYE news director Suzanne Black about the new show, which will be called “We Are Austin Mornings.”

Erika Gonzalez (above), a multilingual reporter who has anchored newscasts for KEYE’s Telemundo subchannel, has been named host of the new show, with Jason Wheeler and Bettie Cross of “We Are Austin Live” regularly contributing segments.