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Fiona Gorostiza Joining KSAT to Host Local Lifestyle Show

gorostiza_kdfwSix months after leaving KDFW, Fiona Gorostiza is joining San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT as the host of a new local lifestyle show, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

“It feels so good to be able to return to Texas, and to fulfill my dream of hosting a new program for such a powerful station,” ” Gorostiza said. The Express-News has details on the show, which will debut this fall:

… Two things instantly set KSAT’s “SA Live” apart: It will air in the afternoon, and it will come live from a downtown location — The Buckhorn saloon and museum on Houston Street — rather than a studio.

“The vibrancy at The Buckhorn really lends itself to the type of program we want to produce,” KSAT general manager Phil Lane said.

“SA Live,” described as a variety, game, interview and entertainment show rolled into one, will air at 1 p.m. Katie Couric‘s syndicated “Katie” will be dropped from KSAT’s 2 p.m. hour so ABC’s “General Hospital,” which currently airs at 1 p.m., can slide into that slot.

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What Katie Couric Tells Journalists Who Want to Break in to TV News

Katie Couric‘s life in TV news has included stops at WRC in Washington and WTVJ in Miami. Her current transition from syndicated daytime talk show host to global news anchor for Yahoo News, is just another turning point for the journalist best known for her years as co-anchor of the “Today” show. In the newest episode of My First Big Break, Couric tells us that while timing and luck have been on her side, she has one man to thank for her big break:

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Aereo CEO: ‘The Technology We’ve Built is Tremendously Valuable to a lot of People’

With five days to go until the Supreme Court takes up the Aereo case, CEO Chet Kanojia sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Yahoo’s Katie Couric.

“It would be a tragic outcome for a company that had the courage to step up,” Kanojia said about the potential of a Supreme Court loss. “But it is what it is. I think we’ll figure out something or if not, if there’s no viable business, then we’ll probably go out of business. I do know that the technology we’ve built is tremendously valuable to a lot of people.” Watch:

Kanojia also talked about Aereo’s target audience: “People who are consuming a lot of content online, renting movies and Netflix and things like that — what they miss is access to broadcast TV, which happens to be morning television, which happens to be news, which happens to be big reality show events, watercooler type things. And for that, they’re tied to the bundle. Which is the big fight in the Aereo debate.” Watch after the jump. Read more

WSB Replacing ‘Katie’ With ‘Dr. Oz’

katie syndicatedAtlanta ABC affiliate WSB will replace “Katie” with “The Dr. Oz Show” next fall, Access Atlanta reports. “Katie” will come to an end in June as Katie Couric transitions into her new role as global anchor for Yahoo!.

Mehmet Oz‘s show will move to WSB from WAGA, the Fox owned station in Atlanta. Fox has not yet announced what will replace “The Dr. Oz Show,” Access Atlanta reports.

With its move to WSB, “The Dr. Oz Show” will have aired on three stations in the Atlanta market: it first debuted on NBC affiliate WXIA in 2009, then moved to WAGA in 2011.

What’s Next For ‘Katie’?

Broadcasting & Cable’s Michael Malone talks to local stations about “Katie” as the first season wraps. Although some stations are pleased with the show’s performance, local partners mostly say Katie Couric‘s talk show “did not meet ratings expectations,” Malone reports, and some stations are weighing their options for next season:

“The results have not been as strong as we would’ve liked,” says Emily Barr, former WLS Chicago general manager who now heads up the Post-Newsweek group. “We hope there’s some changing and tweaking to improve the connection with the audience.”

Station veterans say they are surprised that there’s not been talk of renewals at this point, especially with the future ironed out in recent weeks for Dr. Oz, Wendy Williams and Steve Harvey. “Everyone has their dates to the prom, or they’re not going to the prom,” says one GM airing Katie who asked to be unnamed. “Except one.”

[...] Katie‘s local partners are at least considering their options, if not acting on them. “You always explore what else might be on the horizon,” says Barr. “In some markets, maybe it’s something local.”

Mark Zinni, Matt Lauer and the Tweet Heard ‘Round the World

As our sister site TVNewser has been reporting, there has been a media pile-on about the future of NBC’s “Today” — and specifically co-host Matt Lauer — this week. On Tuesday, an executive producer at Cleveland Fox affiliate WJW asked weekend anchor Mark Zinni, who interned at “Today” in 1997, for his take on the situation.

Zinni responded that Lauer was “not so nice” to him while he was there. The producer, Darren Sweeney, tweeted the quote, using Lauer’s twitter handle. And that’s where the snowball effect began. On Wednesday, Lauer responded:

Thursday, Zinni appeared on WJW to address the situation (video here). Zinni also set the record straight on WJW’s website, saying he’s not disgruntled:

If you know me, you probably know that I don’t take myself too seriously. So, my answer was more of a joke about being young and naive during my time at Today, but I added that he wasn’t nice to me.

I didn’t slam the guy, I just made an honest comment.

[...] Bottom line, I was shocked Matt Lauer even bothered with me and, really, he remembers me? I’m flattered.

I’m not disgruntled (thanks, BuzzFeed!) but I am someone who’s happy to be working at the best station in my hometown with wonderful people. By the way, Katie [Couric] and Ann [Curry] were great, but now I start my day with FOX 8 News in the Morning.

Denver Reporter Gets Colonoscopy On-Air to Raise Awareness About Colon Cancer


KUSA entertainment reporter and anchor Kirk Montgomery recently took a cue from Katie Couric.

Montgomery submitted himself to a colonoscopy and brought the Denver NBC affiliate’s cameras along to document the procedure.

Montgomery told TVSpy, “I’m just grateful that I might have been able to save someones life, let alone my own by being so public about a very private and uncomfortable topic for so many people.”

The story took viewers through the procedure and, using footage from the endoscope, showed doctors snaring and removing a polyp. “For those of you watching in high definition I apologize,” Montgomery said. The polyp was later discovered to be cancerous. Read more

Katie Couric Talks Te’o Interview on WABC

After Katie Couric‘s much-anticipated interview with Manti Te’o aired in New York this afternoon, the “Katie” host dropped by ABC O&O WABC.

“I don’t think he was complicit in the hoax,” Couric told David Novarro and Lori Stokes. “I don’t think he and the guy got together and said, ‘hey, let’s pretend like I have this online girlfriend’ … I don’t think that’s the case. I think that he didn’t really make an effort to refute some of the things that were being said.”

Couric was also interviewed Thursday morning on KTRK, the ABC O&O in Houston. Watch Couric’s WABC interview after the jump. Read more

Katie Couric Makes Her Daytime Debut

After more than a year of planning and promoting, Katie Couric‘s syndicated talk show, “Katie,” debuts this afternoon.

“Katie” will air at 3 p.m. in all but two of the top 10 markets. The exceptions are Dallas and Washington, DC,  where ABC affiliates WFAA and WJLA will run “Katie” in the 4 p.m. timeslot, which was vacated by daytime fixture Oprah Winfrey last June.

The eight ABC O&Os — WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WLS in Chicago, WPVI in Philadelphia, KGO in San Francisco, KTRK in Houston, WTVD in Raleigh-Durham and KFSN in Fresno — are sticking with a commitment to local newscasts, some of which launched in the wake of Winfrey’s departure, in the 4 p.m. time slot.

WNBC Moves New York Live to Midday

As TV stations across the country prepare to debut the new Fall syndicated shows — from the likes of Katie Couric, Jeff Probst, and Steve Harvey — other shows are being shifted. In New York, WNBC which will air the Probst and Harvey hours, will be moving the locally-produced New York Live from 3pm to 12:30pm, and cutting it in half. In the process, longtime anchor Jane Hanson will be leaving WNBC, again. Hanson (left) tells FishbowlNY, “It just didn’t work for me for a number of different reasons. One of them is financially. There wasn’t the same kind of pay involved. I just could not afford to take that job.”

Hanson and the show’s EP Amy Rosenblum are launching a new company called The Media Masters which aims to train and coach the next crop of TV hosts.

It was thought New York Live would be canceled this Fall, but the shift to 12:30 keeps it on the WNBC schedule. The show started as LX New York and originally aired at 5pm. When WNBC brought back the 5pm news in June 2011, the lifestyle show shifted to 3pm.

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