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Intermountain West Communications Owner Jim Rogers Dies

jim rogersJim Rogers, the owner of Intermountain West Communications, has died from cancer. Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV, one of the stations Rogers owned, reports he died Saturday evening.

In addition to KSNV, Intermountain West owns KTVH-KMTF in Helena, Mont., KRNV in Reno and KENV in Elko, Nev. He was a philanthropist and education advocate, according to KSNV’s obituary:

His commitment to improving higher education in Nevada led Rogers to accept appointment as interim chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education in May 2004. He led the system of state universities and colleges for five years at a salary of a dollar a year.

His passionate support of education also was evident as Rogers and his wife, Beverly, made substantial financial contributions to various colleges and universities. Their gift of $115 million to the University of Arizona, College of Law is the largest gift to the University of Arizona and the largest gift to any American law school. In November 1998, the Arizona Board of Regents renamed the law school The James E. Rogers College of Law. Rogers was listed as one of the top 12 philanthropists in the nation by Time magazine, having given or pledged more than $275 million to several campuses.

Watch KNSV’s tribute after the jump. Read more

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Station Group Owner Facing Second Cancer Battle

intermountain west logoJim Rogers, owner of Intermountain West Communications, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he is fighting cancer again but seemed more concerned about his employees than himself.

Intermountain West owns stations in Arizona, Idaho and Montana in addition to Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV.

“Just say this is my second go-round with cancer,” Rogers told the Review-Journal. Adding, “I assume I’ll come out of this all right. I did the last time.”

He revealed the development to his employees at a town hall-like meeting in the Channel 3 newsroom about a month ago.

“I think you owe your employees an explanation,” he said. “They needed to know. They needed to know for several reasons — first of all, just as a matter of knowing, and secondly, with what’s going to happen with the station.

“So I went in to say this is what I got but I can assure you that whatever happens, the station will not be put up for sale. That’s never been part of the plan and so they are rest assured that their jobs are intact,” he said. Read more

Sue Manteris Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against KSNV Before Anchoring the 6 p.m. News

Longtime KSNV anchor Sue Manteris filed a discrimination lawsuit against the station on Tuesday afternoon and then anchored the 6 p.m. newscast.

Manteris, who has been with the Las Vegas NBC-affiliate since 1989, is accusing station management of racial, age, and gender discrimination in response to KSNV’s decision not to renew her current contract, which expires on June 10th.

Manteris’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, singles out news director Bob Stoldal, who joined the station in 2009. The suit claims that Stoldal “has made a disproportionate number of personnel changes each strongly indicating a race, age and or gender bias.”

Manteris, who was born in India, has been the face of KSNV for decades but her role with the station has been diminished since Stoldal took control. Manteris anchored the 11 p.m. newscast before Stoldal joined the station but he quickly replaced her with a younger, white female anchor with little experience, according to the suit. Read more

KSNV Drops Entertainment Beat After Reporter Alicia Jacobs Became Tabloid Fodder

Entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs is out at Las Vegas’s KSNV.

The move comes just a week after Jacobs became TMZ fodder as her ex-boyfriend Vince Neil was charged with domestic violence and disorderly conduct stemming from a public confrontation with her at a local nightclub.

“She is not an employee of ours anymore,” KSNV owner Jim Rogers confirmed to the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week. Asked if Jacobs was fired, Rogers said that the departure “was mutual.”

According to Jacobs, the move was the result of KSNV’s desire to minimize its entertainment coverage. On Monday, she tweeted: “plz dnt b upset w/ KSNV, they R not covering Entertainment anymore, but they DID give me options.”

While sources say that the NBC-affiliate had wanted to get out of the entertainment game for quite some time, it’s hard not to see Jacobs’s much-publicized fight with Neil as the final straw.