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Dallas Stations Live Overnight With Coverage of Fertilizer Plant Explosion

More than 100 people were injured during an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas Wednesday night.

ABC affiliate WFAA was the first of the Dallas stations to report the news at 8:47 p.m. The station began continuing coverage at 9:35 p.m. that lasted throughout the night. John McCaa anchored the first several hours, with Ron Corning taking over at 2 a.m. Todd Unger reported from West.

Fox O&O KDFW reported the news at the top of the 9 p.m. hour. Heather Hays and Steve Eagar anchored five and a half hours of wall-to-wall coverage, signing off at 2:30 a.m. Brandon Todd reported from West for KDFW.

KTVT was next at 9:46 p.m. with Karen Borta anchoring. The CBS O&O had continuing coverage from 9:55 p.m. to 2 a.m. with Borta and Jason Allen reporting from West.

NBC O&O KXAS reported the news at 9:48 p.m. Amanda Guerra and Brian Curtis anchored until 12:30 a.m., with Scott Gordon reporting from West.

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CBS O&O Anchors to fill in for Julie Chen on “The Talk”

KYW anchor Susan Barnett (left) is one of five CBS O&O anchors who’ll be guest co-hosting CBS’s “The Talk” this week. She’ll be in on Friday.

On Monday, Pat Harvey from KCBS in Los Angeles will be in; Karen Borta from KTVT in Dallas-Fort Worth joins the show Tuesday; on Wednesday, Lisa Hughes from WBZ in Boston sits in and on Thursday former MSNBC/NBC anchor Kristine Johnson from WCBS in New York will co-host.

All the anchors will be sitting in for Julie Chen who’s on vacation this week. “The Talk” airs weekdays on CBS at 2pmET/1pmCT.

CBS-Affiliate KTVT Boasts February Wins at Both 6 and 10 p.m.

CBS-affiliate KTVT won the nighttime news race in Dallas-Fort Worth with both its 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts finishing first in total viewers for the February sweeps period. This is the first time that both the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts finished #1 in their respective time slots during a sweeps period.

KTVT was able to fend off longtime rival WFAA in both time periods, averaging 198,160 viewers at 6 and 237,550 viewers at 10. Both averages show significant increases from the previous year. The 10 p.m. newscast was up 22,620 viewers compared to February 2010 and 6 p.m. saw an increase of 56,970.

During the month, KTVT benefited from CBS’s strong primetime lineup while also receiving a boost from two former WFAA luminaries. Anchor Tracy Rowlett and meteorologist Troy Dungan, who both spent decades with WFAA before retiring recently, appeared in special segments with KTVT anchor Karen Borta during the week of February 14th.

KTVT’s 10 p.m. newscast also beat WFAA’s in adults 25-54. Read more

In Dallas, KTVT Plans to Use Two WFAA Luminaries as Sweeps Fodder

KTVT is using a unique strategy in its 10 p.m. ratings battle against WFAA. The CBS-affiliate is set to feature two popular former WFAA staffers during the February sweeps period.

Anchor Tracy Rowlett (far right) and meteorologist Troy Dungan (right) will be profiled in their retirement years by KTVT anchor Karen Borta, according to Dallas media blog Uncle Barky’s Bytes. The special segments are set to air during the week of February 14th.

Dungan, 74, spent over 30 years with WFAA, serving as the station’s chief meteorologist before retiring in 2007.

Rowlett, 74, became WFAA’s marquee anchor in 1975, teaming with Iola Johnson to anchor the station’s highly rated 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. He jumped to KTVT in 1999 and eventually retired in 2008. Read more