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What Are Local Stations Covering?

You may have noticed this infographic comparing what stories stations affiliated with the big four networks are doing in the first five minutes of their 6:00 p.m. newscasts. As a disclaimer, some stations don’t have 6:00 p.m. news so we go with whichever comes closest.

We plan on posting this every Tuesday to show what’s happening on the Monday night show, eventually hitting every market in the US.

TVSpy would love to write up your market. If you want to be included sooner rather than later, let us know.

Also, we’d appreciate any inside info on markets you pitch us. For example, we noticed while three of the Palm Springs stations are owned by the same company the only redundancy between them were some of the anchors and the pacing. We didn’t expect that and we’d love to know why.

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Palm Springs CBS Affiliate Apologizes for Broadcasting ‘Private’ Conversation

The news director at Palm Springs CBS affiliate CBS Local2 has apologized to viewers on the station’s website after an open mic broadcast snippets of a conversation between station anchors during CBS News’ coverage of the Navy Yard shootings.

Earlier tonight during the national newscast on our partner station CBS Local 2, a technical malfunction broadcast part of a private conversation. Some people heard it, but only heard part of the conversation. We sincerely apologize if we offended any of you.

Sincerely,
Bob Smith, News Director

Smith told TVSpy, the conversation viewers heard was about a report on a Peyton Manning versus Eli Manning story. “One of our anchors thought the tone of the report did not match the subject matter — considering the fact 13 people died in Washington, DC and the utter devastation caused by the flooding in Colorado,” said Smith. “Unfortunately some viewers only heard part of the conversation and took offense.” Read more

Phil Blauer Promoted to Weekend Anchor at KFMB

Phil Blauer has been promoted to weekend evening anchor at KFMB, the CBS-affiliate in San Diego.

Blauer joined KFMB as a weekday general assignment and investigative reporter in 1998. Prior to that, he spent 15 years as the main anchor at KESQ in Palm Springs. Blauer will co-anchor the KFMB weekend newscasts at 5, 6:30 and 11 p.m. with Marcella Lee.

Blauer replaces Craig McKee, who joined Milwaukee’s WISN in March.

WSB Reporter Manuel Bojorquez Joins CBS News

Manuel Bojorquez, a general assignment reporter at WSB in Atlanta, is joining CBS News.

Bojorquez has worked at the Atlanta ABC-affiliate since 2006. In 2011, he won the NATAS Southeast Emmy for Live Reporting. While he was a general assignment reporter at KNXV in Phoenix, he won two Associated Press Awards for live reporting of Arizona wildfires.

Bojorquez began his television career at KESQ in Palm Springs. He will be a Dallas-based correspondent for CBS News.

Six Weeks After Being Laid Off, Jenifer Daniels Rejoins KPSP as Morning Anchor

Jenifer Daniels, a former KPSP meteorologist and reporter who was laid off when the station merged with KESQ earlier this year, is returning to the Palm Springs CBS-affiliate.

Daniels said she was contacted after two KPSP anchors, Todd Piro and Stella Inger, accepted jobs at other stations. Piro joined WVIT in Hartford and Inger joined KTVK in Phoenix.

“It confirms to me what they’ve been saying all along — that they really do believe in the CBS 2 and the KPSP branding,” Daniels, who has been collecting unemployment for six weeks, told the Desert Sun. “When they could’ve hired outside, they went back to the people who, unfortunately, like me, who didn’t make the cut.”

Daniels will anchor the station’s morning newscast beginning Monday.

Anchor Celina Avila Joins KESQ From KVIA

Celina Avila is joining KESQ, the ABC-affiliate in Palm Springs, as morning and evening anchor. Her first day will be January 3.

“I’m excited about getting home early to spend time with my boys and continuing to enjoy Southern California,” Avila wrote on Facebook.

Avila joins KESQ from KVIA, the ABC-affiliate in El Paso. Prior to joining KIVA, Avila worked at KTSM, the NBC-affiliate in El Paso, for three years. [h/t NewsBlues]

Mike Bothwell Named News Director At WTOV

Mike Bothwell is taking over in January as news director at WTOV, the NBC-affiliate in the Ohio Valley.

Since 2009, Bothwell has been the director of content and converage at WPXI, the NBC-affiliate in Pittsburgh. Both WPXI and WTOV are owned by Cox Enterprises.

“This is by far an amazing place to work with such hard-working and wonderful people,” Bothwell told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’m happy to stay with the company.”

Before joining WPXI, Bothwell was the news director at KTVZ in Bend, OR, and assistant news director at KESQ in Palm Desert. He has also worked at WTXF in Philadelphia and KDKA in Pittsburgh.

KHOU Hires Lisa Hernandez Away From KABC

After losing Lucy Noland to Los Angeles’ KNBC this summer, KHOU has hired veteran SoCal anchor Lisa Hernandez as her replacement, according to mikemcguff.com.

A California native, Hernandez currently works as a weekend morning co-anchor and general assignment reporter for KABC.

“I am ridiculously lucky,” Hernandez told mikemcguff.com about her new job. “Not only am I joining an amazing news team, I’m moving to an amazing city!”

Before joining KABC in 2004, Hernandez worked as a producer at KESQ in Palm Springs and as a reporter for News 14, a 24-hour cable news channel in North Carolina.  She is expected to anchor KHOU’s 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Gulf-California Exec Bob Allen Set to End 51-Year Career in Broadcasting

Bob Allen is stepping aside as executive vice president and general manager at Gulf-California Broadcasting Company, which operates four TV stations–KESQ, KDFX, KCWQ, and KUNA–in the Coachella Valley.

Gulf-California, a subsidiary of the News-Press & Gazette Company, recently announced that Allen would be retiring in June.

Allen, who joined Gulf-California in January of 2000, will be handing the reins to Mike Stutz, currently the corporate director of news for News-Press & Gazette.

“I congratulate Bob Allen on his retirement knowing he will be a hard act to follow,” Mr. Stutz said. “I am humbled and honored to be offered this opportunity to manage such a great group of stations.” Read more

Returning to Palm Springs, Elizabeth Beaubien Joins KMIR as Evening Anchor

After departing KESQ in 2009, Elizabeth Beaubien is set to return to the Palm Springs area as an evening anchor for NBC-affiliate KMIR.

Beaubien was an anchor for KESQ from 2004 to 2009, during which time the ABC-affiliate was honored with local Emmys for its 5 p.m. newscast.  After leaving the station amid a series of newsroom shakeups, Beaubien landed at KNOE in Monroe, LA, where she’s been anchoring the station’s 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts.

“We are excited to have Elizabeth Beaubien joining our KMIR6 team,” said news director Kate Glover, in announcing the move. “She is a fantastic anchor who already has a sizeable following here.”

Beaubien will anchor KMIR’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Gino LaMont. Read more