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Sibila Vargas Joins WNBC From KCBS

Sibila Vargas is joining WNBC, the NBC owned station in New York, as co-anchor of the noon and 6 p.m. newscasts. Vargas will anchor the noon alongside Rob Schmitt and the 6 p.m. alongside Chuck Scarborough.

Vargas moves to her native New York from Los Angeles, where she has been the early morning anchor at CBS owned KCBS since 2010. She will begin at WNBC in mid-October.

“We are pleased to have Sibila join the team and bring her strong reporting skills home to New York,” WNBC vice president of news Susan Sullivan said in a statement.

Vargas began her career at WPIX, the CW affiliate in New York City. She has worked as an anchor, producer and correspondent at CNN, as well as as an anchor at KRIV in Houston.

The announcement from WNBC is after the jump. Read more

Citing Weekend Numbers in NY, LA and Dallas, CBS Says Blackout Won’t Affect Ratings

With the CBS-Time Warner Cable dispute still underway, CBS is touting weekend ratings at its O&Os in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, saying the blackout “will not present an overall ratings hardship.”

From Friday to Sunday, the late local news averages for WCBS in New York, KCBS in Los Angeles and KTVT in Dallas were up +9% in Total Viewers and +13% in the A25-54 demographic compared to the same period last week. The Friday to Sunday primetime averages for the stations in the ad-friendly A25-54 demographic is identical to the same nights the prior week, according to CBS.

The blackout affects 3.2 million Time Warner customers across the three markets. Citing “strong ratings growth” this summer and traditionally low viewership during the month of August, CBS says the “overall financial impact” of the blackout will be “negligible.”

Read the release from CBS after the jump. Read more

Meteorologist Pamela Wright Joins WYFF

Pamela Wright is joining WYFF, Hearst Television’s NBC affiliate in Greenville, S.C., as the weekend morning meteorologist.

“Pamela rounds out a weather team that is second to none in our area,” news director Bruce Barkley said in a statement. “As a meteorologist, she brings experience covering hurricanes and severe weather. Pamela is also someone who knows the social media community in our region and she is anxious to interact with that audience, as well.”

Wright began her career at WCSC in Charleston, S.C. and has worked at WLUK in Green Bay, WFOR and WSVN in Miami and KCBS in Los Angeles. She was most recently vice president of media relations at Sensible City in Asheville, N.C.

Rob Schmitt Joins WNBC as Noon Anchor

Rob Schmitt is joining WNBC, the NBC owned station in New York City, as noon anchor and a general assignment reporter. Schmitt moves to New York after two years in Los Angeles, where he was the weekend anchor for CBS O&O KCBS.

Schmitt will take over for Tom Llamas on the noon newscast beginning July 15. Llamas will continue to co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscast alongside Shiba Russell, as well as take on an expanded role with the station’s investigative team.

“We are pleased to have Rob join the team and bring his reporting skills to the New York market,” WNBC vice president of news Susan Sullivan said in a statement.

California Stations Cover High Court Decisions on Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court of the United States handed down two decisions on gay marriage this morning, a ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and another on California’s Proposition 8. In San Francisco and Los Angeles, local stations had continuing coverage of the rulings.

In Los Angeles, ABC O&O KABC, NBC O&O KNBC and CBS O&O KCBS all broadcast national special reports. Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchored on NBC, George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC and Norah O’Donnell anchored on CBS. CW affiliate KTLA and Fox O&O KTTV stayed with local coverage, with Frank Buckley and Jessica Holmes anchoring on KTLA and Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone anchoring on KTTV.

In San Francisco, NBC O&O KNTV and CBS O&O KPIX broadcast the national special reports. ABC O&O KGO, Fox affiliate KTVU and MyNetworkTV affiliate KRON had local coverage of the two decisions. Kristen Sze and Eric Thomas anchored on KGO, Tori Campbell and Dave Clark anchored on KTVU and Mark Danon anchored on KRON.

The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage act and dismissed the appeal on Proposition 8, clearing the way for gay marriage in California.

LA Helicopter Reporter Comes Out as Transgender

Bob Tur, a Los Angeles helicopter reporter who covered the LA race riots and the O.J. Simpson chase, has come out as transgender.

Tur is the creator of Los Angeles News Service, which was the first news service to use a helicopter in a major city for coverage of live breaking news. She was the only reporter to capture footage of the attack on Reginald Denny during the L.A. race riots in 1992 and the first to locate and televise the O.J. Simpson freeway chase in 1994.

In an interview with KCBS, one of her former stations, Tur said she is undergoing hormone replacement therapy to fully transform from male to female. She will change her name from Robert to Zoey.

“People thought I was brave doing rescues, they thought I was brave doing news, flying helicopters,” Tur said. “Brave is being yourself. That’s brave. And for the first time in my life, I’m being brave.”

Tur’s daughter, Katy Tur, is a correspondent for NBC News in New York. Tur told KNX radio that his kids “were in a state of shock.”

“They have been going through this mourning process. Bob Tur has got to die,” she said. “And that’s going to happen within the next three or four months. There’s a mourning process, but they’ve been very, very supportive.”

Watch Tur’s interview with KCBS after the jump. Read more

Local Personalities to Guest Host ‘The Talk’

Personalities from local CBS stations will fill in as guest-hosts on “The Talk,” CBS’ daytime talk show, next week.

Angela Hill of WWL in New Orleans will fill in Monday. Kathy Orr of KYW in Philadelphia will appear Tuesday, Adrienne Bankert of KTVT in Dallas will be on Wednesday, Carolina Bermudez of WCBS-WLNY in New York City will be on Thursday and Pat Harvey of KCBS in Los Angeles will round out the week on Friday.

Sharon Osbourne is off Monday – Thursday next week.

KCBS Anchors Appear on ‘The Price is Right’

Paul Magers and Pat Harvey, anchors for Los Angeles CBS owned station KCBS, acted as hosts for CBS game show “The Price is Right” Friday during the show’s showcase segment where contestants guess the value of presented prizes and win if, “the price is right.”

“Put your reporting caps on because we’ve got the scoop on a local candy shop here in Hollywood,” said Harvey as she announced a two night stay in Hollywood plus a year’s supply of candy. “Pack your bags because we’re sending you on a remote assignment at a luxury spa right outside of LA in Cabazon,” said Magers, who set up the trip along with a Mini Cooper convertible.

In the end, a contestant named Leroy was the winning guesser. He chose the prizes offered by Magers and Harvey, beating out the other guy who was guessing the total cost of a trip to Arizona’s Lake Powell Resort along with beach gear and a Bayliner ski boat.

KCBS declined to comment for the story.

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David Reese Named News Director at KMIR

David Reese has been named news director at KMIR-KPSE, Journal Broadcast’s NBC and MyNetworkTV affiliates in Palm Springs, Calif.

Reese joins KMIR after 15 years at KNBC in Los Angeles, where he began as the nightside desk manager. Most recently, he was the assignment manager. Before joining KNBC, Reese worked as a freelance assignment editor and field producer for KCBS in Los Angeles and the CBS News Los Angeles bureau.

“David’s many years of experience as a southern California news executive will help take the news on KMIR / KPSE to the next level. We are extremely pleased he has agreed to join our team as we work together to make the Coachella Valley a better place to live,” KMIR General Manager Craig Marrs said in a statement.

Carter Evans Named CBS News Correspondent

Carter Evans has been named a Los Angeles-based correspondent at CBS News, TVNewser reports.

Evans has been working as a freelance correspondent for the network and for KCBS, the CBS O&O in Los Angeles, in recent months. Earlier this month, he was caught in the crossfire of the Christopher Dorner shootout in Big Bear.

In a memo to staffers announcing the news, CBS News president David Rhodes cited Evans’ reporting on the Dorner story, noting “he always seems to be working when no one else is around.”

Evans is married to former KTTV entertainment reporter Courtney Friel.

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