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Three Weeks After Losing ND Job, Dan Dennison Leaves WDBJ

After being replaced as news director at WDBJ last month and moving to the role of features reporter, Dan Dennison has called it quits at the Roanoke, VA, CBS affiliate.

WDBJ president and general manager Jeff Marks told The Roanoke Times, “Dan changed his mind about the reporting role and has elected to move on. We are all grateful to him for the work he did to elevate the production and content of our newscasts.”

Dennison, who was replaced as news director by Kelly Zuber on July 31, didn’t reveal why he left the station when he told The Times, “I’m proud of the accomplishments made by the WDBJ7 team during my tenure at the station. This includes many product improvements, as evidenced by consistent ratings growth, and recently in recognition from broadcast industry peers, in the form of three regional Emmy Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award for overall news excellence.”

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Mega Millions Jackpot Is Worth $640 Million, But What’s the Value to Stations Airing the Drawing?

While the record Mega Millions jackpot (now up to $640 million) makes for a compelling news story for local stations, what is the value of airing the actual drawing?

For decades, lottery drawings have been a fixture on local stations but interest in live TV drawings has waned in recent years as people increasingly go online to check the winning numbers or scan their tickets at the local convenience store.

“There was a time way back when you could look at the ratings and see a bump,” WCVB general manger Bill Fine told TVSpy this week, talking about the significance of a station airing lottery drawings. “It’s just not that way anymore.” Read more