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What Did They Cover in El Paso Last Night?

El Paso, TX, is nestled where Texas, New Mexico and Mexico meet.

Of the four network affiliated stations, NBC affiliate KTSM and CBS affiliate KDBC had the most similar newscasts. That’s because while KDBC may be owned by Sinclair, it’s operated by Communications Corporation, the owner of NBC affiliate KTSM.

And, if you’re looking for a different perspective on what’s going on at the border than what you’re seeing on the networks, watch an El Paso newscast to see how they cover it.

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Sinclair Purchases El Paso Building For KFOX and KDBC

sinclair logoSinclair Broadcast Group has purchased office space for two of its newly-acquired stations, KFOX and KDBC in El Paso.

The building, which used to be a theater, will undergo significant renovations before KFOX and KDBC move in. Sinclair plans to build news sets, satellite farms and sales and administration facilities for the stations.

“We are very excited about the merger, which we believe gives us an increased opportunity, and responsibility to serve our community,” KFOX general manager Kevin Hayes said in a statement. “To meet those needs, we plan on expanding the KDBC news team and leveraging the strength of KFOX to build two news teams in order to provide more comprehensive and superior news products.”

CCA To Shed its TV Stations

Broadcasting & Cable is reporting Communications Corporation of America is putting its stations up for sale. CCA either owns or has agreements with 25 television stations in Texas, Louisiana and Indiana.

Only four out of CCA’s 25 stations produce a local newscast, KTSM, the NBC affiliate for EL Paso, KETK, the NBC affiliate for Tyler, WVLA, the NBC affiliate for Baton Rouge, and KDBC, the EL Paso CBS affiliate.  The rest either air no news at all or rely on the four group stations who do to produce it for them.

The company emerged from bankruptcy in 2007 under the control of Silver Point Capital which also controls Granite Broadcasting Corporation.

Former El Paso Weathercaster Jim Gamble Dies

Jim Gamble, a former weathercaster for El Paso ABC-affiliate KVIA, died yesterday from pancreatic cancer. He was 60.

Gamble was a weathercaster in the El Paso market for 20 years. He spent 10 years at KVIA, five years at NBC-affiliate KTSM and five years at CBS-affiliate KDBC.

Roy Ortega, a former KVIA anchor, recalled meeting Gamble for the first time in the 1980s. “I was actually there when he walked into the newsroom for the very first time,” he told the El Paso Times. “He had an audition. He had a natural talent for being on the air.”

WVIT Adds Reporter Stephania Jimenez

Stephania Jimenez is joining WVIT.

The Connecticut NBC O&O announced today that Jimenez will join its news team as a reporter. Jimenez, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, comes to WVIT from KTSM-KDBC in El Paso, TX, where she worked as an anchor and reporter for the past year and a half.

“We are looking forward to introducing Stephania to our Connecticut viewers,” WVIT news director Mike St. Peter said, announcing the move. “Her strong producing and bilingual skills will enhance our story-telling to bring viewers even more compelling news coverage.” Read more