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Former New Orleans News Director Alec Gifford Dies at 85

Alec Gifford, a former news director at both WVUE and WDSU in New Orleans, died last week. He was 85.

Gifford joined WDSU, the New Orleans NBC affiliate, in 1955 after serving in the U.S. Navy. In 1966, he joined NBC News in New York, where he worked for one year before returning to New Orleans as news director, anchor and reporter at Fox affiliate WVUE. He returned to WDSU in 1980 and continued there until he retired in 2006.

“If today we enjoy a measure of respect and have earned the trust of our viewers, it is in large part due to the extraordinary work Alec Gifford did to establish WDSU as a news organization,” WDSU president and general manager Joel Vilmenay said in a statement. “We continue to honor Alec’s work every day in our effort to report stories with the same sense of dedication, integrity, talent and passion as Alec did.”

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WDSU Launches Hurricane App For New Orleans

WDSU is is gearing up for the heart of hurricane season in New Orleans by launching a new hurricane tracking app to provide smartphone users with comprehensive information on approaching storms.

The New Orleans NBC affiliate announced the launch of a free app, available for download on the Android or iPhone, called “Hurricane Central.” The software, created in partnership with Clio mobile, will give users the ability to track storms in real time, as well as providing a live stream of information from government agencies and area utilities. It will also include the Twitter feeds of WDSU meteorologists.

“We are proud to expand our suite of mobile apps to include a free application that allows our viewers and users to be well prepared for a hurricane and to manage an evacuation intelligently,” WDSU president and general manager Joel Vilmenay said.

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Bill Monroe, WDSU’s First-Ever News Director, Dies

Bill Monroe, a broadcast news pioneer who was WDSU‘s first-ever news director, died on Thursday morning at the age of 90.

Monroe is perhaps best known for his work on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where he served as the moderator from 1975 to 1984.

He began his journalism career in New Orleans after returning from World War II.  He started as a reporter for local newspaper the Item and then quickly moved on to oversee news operations at the city’s fledgling NBC-affiliate.

“We express our sympathies to the family of our colleague, Bill Monroe,” Joel Vilmenay, WDSU’s president and GM, said. “We are proud he served as our first news director and we strive every day to uphold the standard of journalistic excellence he established during his tenure with the station.” Read more