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Texas News Director Has an Opinion About Global Warming

barton ketkKETK anchor and news director Neal Barton wants you to know he thinks global warming is all hooey.

Barton gives his opinion on-air in a feature he calls, “Neal Barton’s POV.” In his Friday POV he attacked global warming by quoting a former NASA scientist Les Woodcock who thinks climate change is a scam used by big business to make money. KETK won’t allow embedding, so you’ll have to click here to watch the video.

Barton told viewers of the Tyler, TX, NBC affiliate “You won’t hear this in the mainstream media.” But Barton’s opinions seem to have come directly from an article about Woodcock in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

He left out one part, though. The article also said of Woodcock, “In spite of the seemingly overwhelming tide of scientific opinion on the matter, there are still some who steadfastly refuse to jump on the ‘global warming’ bandwagon.”

Barton has also taken to twitter to defend himself against a detractor.

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Ben Hill Joins WHNS From KFXK

Ben Hill - HeadshotBen Hill is joining WHNS, the Fox affiliate in Greenville, S.C., as weekday morning co-anchor.

It is a 70-market jump for Hill, who comes from KFXK, the Fox affiliate in Tyler, Texas, where he was the weekday morning anchor. Before that, he anchored the weekend evening newscasts on KFXK sister station KETK.

At WHNS, he will anchor from 5 to 9 a.m. alongside Lauren Elise. He begins in Greenville on October 3.

Jennifer Kielman Says Goodbye to KETK

Jennifer Kielman, the 6 and 10 p.m. anchor at KETK, has signed off from the NBC affiliate in Jacksonville, Texas.

Kielman, who battled breast cancer during her six years at the station, wrote on Facebook that she and her fiance “want to go on an adventure in life.”

“We’re going where the wind takes us after the wedding. Leaving KETK was my choice,” Kielman wrote. “And, it was a very hard choice. My health is on the upswing and it’s my time to go.”

Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports Kielman is not planning on leaving the television business and is currently looking for a new job.

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.

Reporter Crystal Kobza Joins KTRK in Houston

Crystal Kobza has joined KTRK, the ABC O&O in Houston, media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Kobza joins KTRK from KOB, the NBC-affiliate in Albuquerque, where she co-anchored the morning newscast. She has also worked at KETK in Tyler, TX and KMSS in Shreveport, according to McGuff.

Kobza’s will be a general assignment reporter for the station. Her first day on the air was last week.

New Campaign Rips TV Meteorologists for Denying Climate Change

As the AMS holds its annual meeting this week, a group of conservationists has launched a campaign pressuring TV meteorologists “to report the facts about climate change.”

Forecast the Facts is backed by three non-profit organizations and its goal is to hold meteorologists accountable on climate change.

“Scientists have been predicting for years that human-induced climate change would lead to a future of increasingly dangerous extreme weather events,” the campaign states. “But when most Americans tune into their local weather report, they won’t hear a peep about climate change. Why? Because the majority of TV meteorologists don’t believe in it.” Read more