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What Are Local Stations Covering?

This time we look into what the stations in Bakersfield, CA, are covering.

Both CBS affiliate KBAK and FOX affiliate KBFX are owned by Sinclair Broadcasting with the two sharing anchors. NBC affiliate KGET took a bit of a chance Monday and did a full five minutes on a story none of the other stations covered in that time slot.

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Rentrak Signs Another Scripps Station

Rentrak Corporation announced it has signed Scripps Television owned KERO, the ABC affiliate in Bakersfield, CA to its multi-screen media measurement service.

“KERO-TV is excited to be working with Rentrak,” said Steve Weinstein general manager of KERO. “The ability to access demographic information on a daily basis (rather than just four times a year) is a significant advantage to us and our clients. KERO-TV is already using the information to impact our business in the Bakersfield DMA, and we look forward to more success in the future.”

Scripps initially signed up with Rentrak in August 2010 for its Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ. In October 2012 Scripps added its ABC affiliates in Baltimore (WMAR), Cincinnati (WCPO), Cleveland (WEWS), and its West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV.

Rentrak is a television ratings measurement service providing daily measurement of all national TV networks and local media markets in the United States. The service is the only fully integrated system of satellite, telco and cable TV viewing data available commercially.

New News Sets in Greenville, NC and Bakersfield, CA

Station owners and GMs continue to open their wallets for new news sets. The latest at Scripps-owned KERO-TV (ABC) in Bakersfield (upper left) and Media General-owned WNCT (CBS) in Greenville, NC (upper right).

NewscastStudio reports the KERO set is similar to Scripps’ KJRH-TV in Tulsa. KERO was one of the stations added to the Scripps portfolio when McGraw-Hill got out of the TV business late last year.

NewscastStudio says the new set at WNCT is designed around the stations new graphic look and “features a large anchor desk and working weather center.”

But it’s pretty clear that blues and browns are still the color of choice for TV news sets.

Troy Campbell to Join KERO in Bakersfield

Troy Campbell is joining KERO, the ABC-affiliate in Bakersfield, CA.

Campbell comes from KTSM, the NBC-affiliate in El Paso, where he was a multimedia journalist. The move is a return to California for Campbell, who graduated from California State University in Northridge in 2010.

At KERO, Campbell will anchor the 11 p.m. newscast and report for the earlier newscasts.

Carlos Correa Joins KERO From KRWG

Carlos Correa has joined KERO, the ABC-affiliate in Bakersfield, as a general assignment reporter, Media Moves reports.

Correa comes from KRWG, the PBS station in El Paso, where he has been a multimedia reporter and news director for the past two years. He has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KOLR-KSFX in Springfield, MO, and at KTVO in Ottumwa, IA.

He began his career as at WMAQ, the NBC O&O in Chicago, where he was an assignment desk editor and field producer.

KERO Names News Veteran Steve Weinstein GM

Steve Weinstein has been named general manager of KERO in Bakersfield, CA.

KERO was acquired by E.W. Scripps at the end of last year, and Weinstein has served as news director at KJRH, Scripps’ NBC-affiliate in Tulsa, since 2006.

“Steve has the ability to inspire quality journalism while addressing business opportunities in the vibrant market of Bakersfield,” Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of the Scripps television division.  “He is an award-winning video journalist who has strong business acumen, so he can effectively manage content issues while helping our sales executives devise customer-driven solutions on multiple platforms.” Read more

SJL Holdings Submits a Bid for McGraw-Hill’s WRTV

George Lilly‘s SJL Holdings  has entered an undisclosed bid to buy WRTV, the ABC affiliate in Indianapolis, from McGraw-Hill, TVNewsCheck reported today.

McGraw-Hill announced the sale of their four local television stations — WRTV, Denver’s KMGH, San Diego’s KGTV and Bakersfield’s KERO — last month. Lilly Broadcasting and SJL Holdings own a combined five local stations, including the Erie duopoly WICU-WSEE and WTVG in Toledo.

“We’re not interested in buying the group,” Lilly told TVNewsCheck. “We want to grow slowly. Indianapolis certainly fits our profile. Geographically, it fits with Toledo.”

WRTV has the fourth-rated news programming in Indianapolis, making the station a prime candidate for improvements in news operations and revenue. Lilly acknowledged the chances of his company acquiring WRTV are limited, noting that McGraw-Hill would likely prefer to sell the stations as a group.

KERO News Director Defends Stripper Story that Led to Firing of Chief Meteorologist

KERO news director Todd Karli is defending his station’s decision to air a story about successful local strippers during its 5 p.m. newscast, a move that ended in the firing of chief meteorologist Jack Church (right), a devout Christian who boycotted the newscast because of the story’s racy subject matter.

“We were very careful to approach the story, not as any kind of promotion for the business, but straightforward,” Karli told The Californian recently.

The story (which can be seen here) reported on how strip-clubs are one of the few local businesses that have not been hurt by the recent economic downturn. In explaining his decision to boycott KERO’s newscasts that day, Church said that he felt the story sent the wrong message to young women. Read more

Meteorologist Jack Church on Boycotting Newscast Over Racy Story: ‘I Did What I Needed to Do’

Jack Church, who recently left his post as chief meteorologist at KERO after criticizing the station’s decision to air a report on local strip clubs during its 5 p.m. newscast, has recently opened up about his departure to the Christian Post.

Church, a devout Christian who teaches classes on faith at his church, told the Post that he asked KERO not run the segment during its 5 p.m. newscast because he felt it was “totally inappropriate material” for the early evening time slot.

When KERO moved forward with the story, planning to air it at the start of sweeps, Church said that he wouldn’t be a part of the newscast. Read more

KERO Fires Chief Meteorologist After He Objected to Racy Strip Club Story

KERO‘s chief meteorologist Jack Church is no longer with the station and the veteran weathercaster says that he was fired after he objected to the ABC-affiliate’s airing of a story on local strip clubs.

Church, who appeared on KERO’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts, posted the following message on his Facebook wall on Thursday:

Lost my job w/KERO-TV. We were set to air story @ start of sweeps in 5pm news featuring strip clubs & how they’re doing well in down economy. I protested saying it was inappropriate material for local newscast. Based on my Chrisitan values I could not be to part of this newscast. I asked to have day off when it would air. They denied request, I did’nt appear they fired me 5 days later for breach of contract.

The story that Church objected to is presumably this one, which details how area strip clubs are still doing well in spite of the economic downturn.

KERO management was not immediately available for comment.