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KCPQ Will Pay More to Stay With FOX

TribuneMedia_CMYK_pri_LrgTypeTribune Media just signed an affiliation agreement with 21st Century FOX to keep Seattle’s KCPQ on as a FOX affiliate until July 2018.

According to the Tribune press release, “As part of the agreement, FOX has withdrawn its previously delivered termination notice and has agreed that the affiliation will no longer be subject to early termination prior to July 2018.”

The renewal comes at a price, though. Tribune revealed it’s paying FOX more for the privilege of being an affiliate. “As part of the extended affiliation agreement Tribune has agreed, as of January 1, 2015, to pay additional programming fees to FOX for the prime time and sports content provided by the network. Including this additional programming fee, Tribune expects that, for the term of the agreement, KCPQ will deliver profitability in excess of its previously disclosed 2013 annual EBITDA of $13 million.”

FOX previously sent Tribune a notice saying it would pull KCPQ’s affiliation on January 17, 2015. FOX recently bought Bellingham station KBCB, leading to speculation FOX was looking for some leverage in its negotiations with Tribune.

“KCPQ is an outstanding station driven by the high-quality local news, entertainment and sports programming offered by the station and its continued affiliation with FOX,” Larry Wert, president of Tribune Broadcasting said in a statement. “This extension serves the community of Seattle, and reinforces the vibrancy of our station group.”

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KCPQ Launching 11 p.m. Newscast

kcpq logoKCPQ, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Seattle, is launching an 11 p.m. newscast this summer. The newscast will air Sunday through Thursday, anchored by David Rose and Marni Hughes with chief meteorologist Walter Kelly and sports director Aaron Levine.

“Q13 FOX News is looking forward to providing a new choice for viewers who want news at 11pm. This newscast will focus on concise reporting of the most important local news and accurate weather forecasting delivered by a team you enjoy spending time with,” KCPQ news director Erica Hill said in a statement.

The newscast will debut August 17.

Seattle Morning News Team Helps Ducklings Find Water

KCPQ ducks herdA mama duck and her seven ducklings were stuck the KCPQ parking lot across the street from Seattle’s Lake Union.

So the FOX affiliate’s morning team of Bill Wixey, Brien Blakely and M.J. McDermott did their part to help guide the raft across Westlake Avenue and into the lake’s wet embrace.

After the eight web-footed friends were safe, the KCPQ team high-fived each other for saving some ducks and basically capturing cuteness on video. Watch the video after the jump. Read more

Seattle Sportcaster Wears Nasal Strip in Support of Kentucky Derby Winner

levine cchrome kcpqAaron Levine, sports director for Seattle FOX affiliate KCPQ, showed his support for California Chrome, the racehorse vying to win the first triple crown since 1978.

Before officials at Belmont Park said the winner of the Kentucky Derby and last weekend’s Preakness Stakes can wear a nasal strip in their race, Levine took to the airwaves to give his opinion about the initial decision not to allow the horse to wear the strip.

Levine’s protest probably had no influence in the ruling being overturned. According to CNN it was more likely New York State Gaming Commission Equine Medical Director Scott E. Palmer who told Belmont officials, “Equine nasal strips do not enhance equine performance nor do they pose a risk to equine health or safety and as such do not need to be regulated,”

Levine ended his commentary by saying, “Then again I don’t think it improves my performance as an anchor.” Watch the video after the jump. Read more

KCPQ Welcomes Liz Dueweke From Rival KOMO

Seattle Fox affiliate KCPQ is welcoming a new morning anchor, Liz Dueweke, this week. The station has debuted a series of funny promos welcoming Dueweke, who joins the station from rival KOMO:

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Liz Rocca Named Assistant ND at KCPQ

Liz RoccaLiz Rocca is joining KCPQ, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Seattle, as assistant news director. In her new role, which begins April 8, Rocca will also serve as assistant news director for sister station KZJO, the MyNetworkTV affiliate.

Rocca comes to KCPQ from rival KOMO, the ABC affiliate in Seattle, where she was the managing editor. Before that, she served as the executive producer of KOMO’s investigative team.

“Liz’s local knowledge, tremendous leadership, dedication to important, enterprise, local content make her perfectly suited for this position. I am thrilled to have such an accomplished investigative journalist join our leadership team,” KCPQ news director Erica Hill said in a statement.

Seattle Reporter Unaware He’s Live, Says Nothing Offensive

yawzinski_kcpq_baseballTom Yazwinski, reporter for Seattle FOX affiliate KCPQ, ably demonstrated the importance of talking about safe subjects like baseball instead of politics or religion while one is at work.

When anchors Bill Wixey and Kaci Atchison tossed to Yazwinski for his live tease on the station’s morning news, Yazwinski said, “I’d be happy man,” as if talking to someone off camera. “Rangers, to me, are a sinking ship.”

TVSpy guesses he only offended Seattle’s Texas Rangers fans. Watch the video after the jump. Read more

Travis Mayfield Joins KCPQ

travis mayfieldTravis Mayfield has joined Seattle Fox affiliate KCPQ as the director of audience engagement. In his new role, he will oversee the station’s social media and digital strategy.

Mayfield joins KCPQ after 7 years at Fisher Communications, the former parent company of Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO. He worked as a television and radio reporter and was eventually promoted to community network manager, executive producer and director of digital social strategy for the Fisher Interactive Network.

Before Fisher, Mayfield worked at stations in Yakima and Spokane. He began his career at NBC’s “Today” show.

There’s a ‘One’ in 12th Man: KCPQ Shuts Rivals Out of Super Bowl Rally

Wilson_KCPQFor all of Seattle’s talk of the importance of the 12th man in the Seahawks Super Bowl win, only one man, or station, was allowed to cover the entire Seahawks victory event yesterday.

The celebration started out with a parade, which all the stations covered live. But as soon as the parade entered CenturyLink Field around 2:00 p.m., only FOX affiliate KCPQ stayed in live coverage.

According to KCPQ GM Pam Pearson all the other Seattle stations were welcome to cover the rally “but only the partners were allowed to broadcast it LIVE.” And by “partners” Pearson meant the Tribune owned FOX affiliate.

KOMO news director Holly Gauntt told TVSpy the ABC affiliate was getting calls from puzzled viewers when it broke away shortly before 2:00 p.m. Bob Jordan, news director CBS affiliate KIRO said several viewers asked why the station was ending its coverage of the celebration early.

Even the Governor’s office got involved. Jaime Smith, director of media relations for Washington Governor Jay Inslee, told TVSpy Inslee’s office reached out to the Seahawks because they wanted as many people as possible to watch the celebration. But in the end she said they left it up to the Seahawks to decide. Read more

Seattle Stations Celebrate Super Bowl Victory

Stations in Seattle had extended local coverage of the Seahawks’ victory in Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday. Fox affiliate KCPQ had the most comprehensive local coverage, piggybacking on Fox’s broadcast of the game. After the national postgame coverage, David Rose and Marni Hughes anchored from 7:22 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. They were joined by Matt Lorch, sports director Aaron Levine from MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, and several reporters in Seattle covering the local celebrations.

CBS affiliate KIRO reported the news of the Seahawks victory during its regularly-scheduled 6:30 p.m. newscast. Monique Ming Laven anchored until 7:30 p.m. and the station was back on the air from 9 to 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. to midnight. Chris Francis reported from MetLife Stadium for KIRO.

NBC affiliate KING broke in to regularly scheduled programming at 7:26 p.m. with Dennis Bounds and Lori Matsukawa anchoring. Drew Mikkelsen joined them from MetLife Stadium. KING stayed on the air until 8 p.m. and was back at 10 p.m. for more coverage of the victory celebrations in Seattle.

ABC affiliate KOMO had a brief report about the Seahawks’ win at 7:46 p.m. Dan Lewis and Mary Nam anchored from 10 to 11:30 p.m. Eric Johnson, Mike Ferreri and Jon Humbert reported from MetLife Stadium.

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