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Meteorologist Britta Merwin Joins KPRC

britta merwinMeteorologist Britta Merwin is joining KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Merwin most recently worked at KCRA, the NBC affiliate in Sacramento. Before that, she worked at NBC Weather Plus, CNBC, KNSD in San Diego and News 12 New Jersey.

At KPRC, Merwin replaces Idolina Peralez, who is “taking her career in a different direction,” according to McGuff.

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What Are Local Stations Covering?

It looks like stations in the California Capitol are talking about rain and a plane crash in the Sierras in the first five minutes of their newscasts.

News Director Stanton Tang Leaving WZZM

wzzm logoStanton Tang is stepping down from his post as news director of WZZM in Grand Rapids, Mich., to be closer to his family out West, mlive.com reports.

WZZM president and general manager Janet Mason told mlive.com that Tang will stay with the station for the next few months. “We’ve agreed on a timeline that gives him time to finalize his plans and the station time to find our next news director,” Mason said.

Tang has been the ABC affiliate’s news director since 2009. He joined WZZM as an executive producer in 2005. Prior to that, he worked at KLAS in Las Vegas, KCRA in Sacramento and KPNX in Phoenix.

Sacramento Stations Help Philippines Typhoon Victims

KCRA-TyphoonSacramento NBC affiliate KCRA and MyNewtorkTV affiliate KQCA along with the Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross are raising money for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

“The devastation in the Philippines is overwhelming. Hour by hour, our viewers are seeing the tragic pictures of that battered region and they want to help,” said KCRA 3 news director Lori Waldon in a statement. “We are happy to provide a way for our viewers to help the typhoon victims. There is such incredible generosity in our community.”

The stations are hosting live cut-ins throughout the day today asking viewers for donations. The cut-ins started at 6:00 a.m. and will run until 7:00 p.m. As of the Noon news, the effort had raised $208,474.

You can donate by calling 1-800-513-3333 or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.  During the drive only cash donations will be accepted, no relief goods or supplies at this time.

Ed Chapuis Joins KTXL as News Director

Ed Chapuis is joining Sacramento Fox affiliate KTXL as vice president and news director. His first official day at the station will be Monday.

It is a return to Sacramento for Chapuis, who spent more than a decade at NBC affiliate KCRA. Most recently, he was news director of KTVU, the Fox affiliate in San Francisco.

“His experience and tenure at #1 ranked stations in both the Bay Area and, more importantly, here in Sacramento will prove to be invaluable for our station,” KTXL general manager Jerry Del Core said in a statement.  “He will take FOX40 to new heights.”

Chapuis replaces Brandon Mercer, who left KTXL earlier this year. Read more in the official announcement after the jump. Read more

News Director Cameryn Beck Joining KTVK From KOVR

Cameryn Beck is leaving KOVR-KMAX to join KTVK in Phoenix as news director, Rick Gevers & Associates reports.

Beck has been news director at the CBS duopoly in Sacramento since she was promoted from executive producer in 2008. She has previously worked for KCRA, the NBC affiliate in Sacramento.

At KTVK, Belo’s independent station in Phoenix, Beck replaces Brad Remington, who announced last fall he is moving to Denver to be closer to his wife.

Audrey Asistio Joins KOVR as Morning Anchor

Audrey Asistio is the new morning anchor at KOVR, the CBS O&O in Sacramento.

Asistio, a Bay Area native, joins KOVR from KSEE in Fresno, where she has been a reporter and anchor for two years. She has previously worked at KHSL-KNVN in Chico as well as KIMA in Yakima.

“We’re happy to have a California native with Audrey’s experience join our morning team.  She will bring a great deal of energy to our morning news,” KOVR news director Cameryn Beck said in a statement. “Combined with meteorologist Laura Skirde, I believe we will give viewers a fresh new reason to wake up with CBS13.”

Asistio replaces Lisa Gonzales, who left KOVR for rival KCRA in December.

Judge Rules For KCRA in Privacy Lawsuit Over Slain Sheriff’s Dashcam Footage

A Yolo County, CA, judge denied claims by a victims’ advocacy group that KCRA violated the privacy of slain Yolo County Sheriff’s deputy Tony Diaz’s family when it aired the dashcam video showing his shooting, reports The Sacramento Bee. Find a link to the video after the jump.

Nina Salarno Ashford, the Crime Victims United attorney representing the deputy’s family, maintained the Yolo courts gave the Sacramento NBC affiliate the video without the Diaz family’s knowledge and the station then aired portions of the video not used in court, thus violating the family’s privacy.

Salarno Ashford argued for a protective order stopping viewing of the dashboard camera video that captured the shooting, citing privacy provisions in what is known as Marsy’s Law that are designed to protect the privacy of crime victims and their families. Read more

Kevin Oliver Set to Join KCRA in Sacramento

Kevin Oliver is joining KCRA, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Sacramento, on December 10.

Oliver is a California native who has worked at WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando, for the past nine years.

“I’m beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to work for KCRA, such a highly regarded news organization, and to be back home in California,” Oliver said in a statement.

“Kevin is a great fit for KCRA,” news director Lori Waldon added. “He’s smart, aggressive, highly competitive and curious. Kevin will find great stories for us.”

Local Stations on Both Coasts Announce Plans to Raise Money for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Philadelphia’s KYW and Sacramento’s KCRA have both separately announced plans to provide disaster relief for those affected by Hurricane Sandy through the American Red Cross.

In Philadelphia, CBS O&O KYW will air cut-ins at the top of every hour and in newscasts from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow.  KYW’s Susan Barnett, Chris May, Pat Ciarrocchi, Ukee Washington and Erika von Tiehl, along with personalities from CW Philadelphia and the local CBS owned radio stations will staff a phone bank to take pledges for the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Response Fund.

In Sacramento, NBC affiliate KCRA will air live cut-ins asking for donations during regular programming and newscasts from 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Viewers in Sacramento can donate by calling 1-800-513-3333 or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.  Philadelphia viewers can call 1-877-KYW3-ASK (1-877-599-3275) or also texti the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.

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