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Grand Forks Viewers Want Local Newscast and Anchor Back

wdaz_abcFargo ABC affiliate WDAY and Forum Communications are hearing from viewers angry about the decision to take over the production of the 5:00 p.m. newscast on sister station WDAZ in Grand Forks, ND.

One viewer started a petition at change.org which, as of this writing, is 156 signatures shy of its goal of 1,000. The petition calls for the station to bring back the Grand Forks version of the 5:00 p.m. news along with anchor Terry Dullum.

Fargo NBC and CBS affiliate KVLY and KXJB reports on its website:

A call today to WDAY/WDAZ General Manager Mari Ossenfort was not returned and WDAZ News Director Julie Moravchik has been told to not comment on the matter.

In a published interview Ossenfort defended the decision saying she believes the station should concentrate on producing more content instead of producing more shows. Ossenfort also claimed she has received some positive feedback on the change however most comments on WDAZ’s Facebook page regarding the switch has been overwhelmingly negative.

Former anchor Terry Dullum wrote on his blog Monday about the change that “The decision was not made by anyone in Grand Forks. Certainly, not by me.” He went on to say, “A long-time broadcaster said it best to me years ago. He said television will break your heart. Every time.” Read more

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Terry Dullum, Victor Correa Promoted at WDAZ

dullum correaWDAZ, the ABC affiliate in Grand Forks, N.D., has announced Terry Dullum (left) as the new 6 p.m. anchor and Victor Correa (right) as the new 10 p.m. anchor.

Dullum and Correa will both anchor alongside Stacie Van Dyke. They replace Rob Hudson, who resigned as the 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor in February.

“I looked out into my own newsroom and saw two of the greatest people I have ever worked with in the business and they are already right here at WDAZ,” news director Julie Moravchik said in a statement. “So it was a thrill to promote both Terry and Victor to the positions I feel they earned. I know they will continue to serve our community well and make the viewers proud.”

Dullum, a 39-year veteran of the station, will remain in his role as the 5 p.m. co-anchor. The changes go into effect April 14.

One Anchor Leaves Grand Forks Station, Another Gets Promoted

stacie-pic_wdazWDAZ has promoted Stacie Van Dyke to 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. anchor to replace Molly Thorvilson who leaves the station today.

“It’s hard to see Molly go, but I am proud to promote Stacie to the position,” said Julie Moravchik, news director for the Grand Forks, ND, ABC station. “She is a hard worker, a great person and an all around class act. She is the perfect fit for this job.”

“It’s bittersweet for me to say goodbye, but I think WDAZ’s decision to promote Stacie is a good one,” said Thorvilson, who told the the Grand Forks Herald she is leaving for her dream job working at a mountain resort in Montana.

Van Dyke currently anchors the station’s 5:00 p.m. news. She moves to her new position on Monday.

On the Move, 5/10/13

Kyle Mounce jumps 55 markets to WRTV in Indianapolis, IN, as meteorologist. Mounce comes from WPSD in Paducah, KY.

Beejal Patel has joined KKCO in Grand Junction, CO, as weekday morning anchor. Patel comes from Bloomberg News and First Business Network in Chicago.

Julie Moravchik takes over as News Director for WDAZ in Grand Forks, ND. She comes from Duluth-Superior magazine.

Mounce, Patel and Moravchik are represented by David Brunner of DB & Associates.

To report a new move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

Former KQDS Meteorologist Chris Snider Dies of Cancer

Chris Snider, the former meteorologist for Duluth FOX affiliate KQDS who was fighting an aggressive form of bone cancer, died Friday morning.

Snider’s sister Tabatha posted the news to the Support Chris Snider facebook page, “We lost Chris very early this morning. He fought a long battle with grace, humor, compassion and absolute dignity. I was and forever will be proud to say he is my brother. On behalf of my family we would like to personally thank everyone of you who donated or took the time to send a message or video of support.”

Snider worked for KQDS from 2008 until 2011 when he left to perform missionary work in the South.  He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma while living in Biloxi, MS. After learning the cancer was terminal, Snider returned home to Minnesota in January to live with his sister Tabatha. Read more