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Kenny Plotnik to Lead NECN Newsroom

necn logoNew England Cable News has named Kenny Plotnik VP of News.

“Kenny Plotnik is among the most experienced news leaders in the country and we’re excited to welcome him to the NECN team,” Mike St. Peter, SVP and GM of NECN said in a statement.

Plotnik last worked as VP of news at WABC in New York. Before working at WABC, he was at WPVI in Philadelphia for ten years, working as assignment manager and senior producer of special projects. He starts in his new position October 6.

NECN is the largest 24-hour regional news network in the country and is owned by NBC Universal.

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Camille Edwards Named VP of News at WABC

Camille Edwards has been named VP of News at New York City ABC O&O WABC, taking over for Kenny Plotnik who left the station in May.

Edwards most recently served as Vice President of News at NBC-owned WRC-TV. Before that she was News Director at NBC’s WMAQ in Chicago from 2003-2008.

WABC GM Dave Davis says Edwards’s “proven commitment to excellence in local TV news, along with her innovative work expanding news content to new-media platforms, made her the ideal choice for the top news post at WABC-TV.”

Earlier in her career Edwards held positions at ABC O&Os in Philadelphia and Chicago. She started as a producer at stations in Toledo, Baltimore and Chicago.

WABC News Director Stepping Down

In a staff email with the subject “A New Chapter,” Kenny Plotnik announced this morning that he would be stepping down as news director at WABC, a position he has held for the past decade.

“For more than half my life, I’ve called our company my home away from home,” Plotnik wrote in the email, referring to the ABC station group.  “First in Buffalo, then a decade in Philadelphia followed by 25 years at the greatest station in the country, WABC…I have been honored and proud to have led our News Department to countless ratings victories and recognition as an example of the highest standards of journalism in the business.”

Plotnik, who began at WABC as the 11 p.m. executive producer in June 1987 before working his way up to news director, wrote in the email that, after “a lot of thought,” he’s decided to look “elsewhere for career challenges.” Read more

Anchor Shakeup at WABC, as Station Launches Post-’Oprah’ 4pm Newscast

As WABC prepares for its post-Oprah life, the ABC flagship is making anchor changes to its late night newscast as well.

In an email obtained by TVSpy, VP & news director Kenny Plotnik announced 11pm co-anchor Liz Cho (right) will be the co-anchor of the new “Eyewitness News…First at 4″ alongside David Novarro.

Sade Baderinwa, who currently co-anchors the 5pm with Diana Williams will now add 11pm duties next to Bill Ritter.

Cho continues at 6pm with Ritter.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Liz’s credentials and rapport with our viewers to tackle this important new assignment,” writes Plotnick. “And it will be exciting to watch David assume this new level of responsibility in his home town.”

Novarro returned to WABC last year after a stint in Chicago where he anchored at WFLD Fox Chicago. He’d spent 14 years at WABC in his first go-round.

Plotnick’s memo after the jump… Read more

Spurned by Chicago’s WFLD, Amy Freeze Set to Join New York’s WABC

Amy Freeze, who was recently squeezed out as chief meteorologist of Chicago’s WFLD, is set to join New York’s WABC as a weekend weathercaster, effectively replacing the embattled Heidi Jones.

WABC is expected to announce the move this week, according to sources.

WFLD decided not to renew Freeze’s contract in February as the Fox O&O added meteorologist Bill Bellis from Phoenix’s KNXV and Tammie Souza returned to the station after a stint in Tampa.

After leaving WFLD, Freeze said that she was “disappointed” by the station’s “unexpected” decision not renew her deal, saying that she would have liked to stay in Chicago.

As Chicago media reporter Robert Feder points out, though: “Vindication doesn’t get much sweeter than getting hired by the No. 1 station in the No. 1 market.” Read more