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Ron Oliveira Out at Austin’s KEYE

KEYE evening anchor Ron Oliveira will be leaving the Austin CBS affiliate Friday after station management declined to renew his contract, according to Austin360.

“I was informed that the corporate office in Baltimore decided not to renew my contract,” Oliveira said. “No reason was given. It took me by total surprise. I’m heartbroken because I love what I do.”

While Oliveira told Austin360 KEYE could take first place at 10:00 p.m. this sweeps period, weak ratings at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. news have plagued the station for years, he said, because of a weak afternoon lead in. Read more

Chikage Windler Joins KEYE From WTHR

Chikage Windler, the weekend meteorologist at WTHR, is saying goodbye to the Indianapolis NBC affiliate. She is headed to Austin, where she will be chief meteorologist at CBS affiliate KEYE.

“It’s my last show here at WTHR-TV today at noon!” Windler wrote on Facebook Tuesday morning. “THANK YOU for watching and counting on me for your forecasts here! It’s been an honor.”

Windler begins at KEYE on March 4. She replaces Troy Kimmel, who resigned from KEYE in December. [via Indianapolis Business Journal]

Deeda Payton Leaving Oklahoma City for Austin

Oklahoma City Media blog, TheLostOgle, is reporting Deeda Payton has been hired by Austin CBS affiliate KEYE.

Payton, who currently works for KOKH, confirmed on her twitter page she was leaving the Oklahoma City FOX affiliate.  When asked by a viewer if she was leaving KOKH, Payton replied, “yes, Jan. 1.”  She followed that response up by saying, “I will miss OKC, but I’m excited for the new opportunity as well.”

Payton previously worked for KTEN in North Texas and Southeast Oklahoma as a producer and reporter.

‘I’m Not Going to Stand in Their Way’: Chief Meteorologist Troy Kimmel Leaving Sinclair’s KEYE

Troy Kimmel, chief meteorologist for Austin’s Sinclair owned station, KEYE, told Austin360 he’s leaving the CBS affiliate because he disagrees with how the station group wants to cover the weather.

“They just have a different weather philosophy and want to go a different direction,” Kimmel said. “I’m not going to stand in their way. They were very cool about it all. I wish them good luck.”

Sinclair, which purchased KEYE last year, came under fire in November for a pre-election special aired on its Columbus, Dayton and West Palm Beach stations that some called a partisan attack on President Obama. However, Scott Livingston, Sinclair’s vice president of news, defended the special saying, “No doubt it was hard-hitting, but it was fair.”

Kimmel, who has worked at KEYE twice before (1998-1999 and 2000-2003) will sign off from KEYE on Friday December 28.

News Director Suzanne Black Resigning from KEYE

Suzanne Black is resigning as news director at KEYE, the CBS-affiliate in Austin.

“I am leaving KEYE. It’s a decision I’ve been weighing for awhile,” she told Austin media blogger Jim McNabb. “As much as I love it here, it’s time to devote some attention to my boys. They’re only young once and I want to enjoy it.”

Black joined KEYE in 2005 as assistant news director and was promoted to news director the following year. Her last day at the station is July 26.

“I will miss the people of KEYE tremendously. They are hard-working, loving, passionate people,” Black said.

KEYE Adding 5 p.m. Newscast to Schedule

KEYE is bringing back the 5 p.m. news.

The Austin CBS-affiliate announced this week that, three years after scrapping news in the time slot, it’s launching a half-hour newscast at 5 p.m.  Anchored by Ron Oliveira and Judy Maggio, with senior reporter Jason Wheeler and chief meteorologist Troy Kimmel, the newscast will debut on June 18th.

“The new 5 p.m. newscast will be a hard news product, bringing Central Texas viewers what they have asked for,” KEYE news director Suzanne Black said, announcing the schedule change. Read more

News Director Dawn Dugle Departs KHBS-KHOG

Dawn Dugle is out as news director at KHBS-KHOG, after just over two years with the Hearst-owned station in Fort Smith-Fayetville.

KHBS-KHOG vice president and general manager Brian Sather confirmed Dugle’s departure with TVSpy but declined to elaborate on the nature of her exit.

Dugle was named ND at KHBS-KHOG at the beginning of 2010, after working as assistant ND for 18 months at WAPT, Hearst’s station in Jackson, MS.  Before WAPT, Dugle worked as an executive producer at KEYE in Austin and a news producer at WTVT in Tampa.

No word yet on who will replace Dugle at KHBS-KHOG.

Michelle Valles Joins KNBC as Weekend Anchor

Michelle Valles has been hired as weekend morning co-anchor at KNBC, the NBC O&O in Los Angeles.

Valles most recently lived in Austin, where she anchored on KXAN from 2003-08 and on KEYE from 2008-10. For the past two years, she has been acting, appearing in musicals and writing for a local magazine, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

“Her experience as a broadcast journalist, along with her energy, wit and creativity, will greatly contribute to our newscast,” KNBC president Steve Carlston said in a statement announcing Valles’ hire. Read more

Three Years After Leaving KABB, Cynthia Lee Rejoins Station as Weekend Anchor

KABB has re-hired Cynthia Lee as a reporter and weekend anchor, according to the San Antonio Business Journal.

Lee spent seven years anchoring the evening newscasts for the San Antonio Fox-affiliate. She left in 2009 and has spent the past three years producing segments on Fox Sports Southwest.

“KABB was very good to me the first time around,” Lee said. “I believe in the people and the product. It was a no brainer to go back and I can’t believe I even get my old desk.”

Lee will anchor the weekend evening newscasts with Ted Garcia when she rejoins the station on April 9. She replaces Mileka Lincoln, who joined Austin’s KEYE this week.

Mileka Lincoln, Hunter Ellis Replace Fred Cantu on KEYE Morning Newscast

With the arrival of anchor Mileka Lincoln, Austin’s KEYE is shaking up the morning newscast.

Lincoln was hired from KABB in San Antonio to be the morning anchor. She is paired with Hunter Ellis, who was promoted to the anchor desk from his previous job as a reporter for the KEYE 4 p.m. newscast.

Popular Austin anchor Fred Cantu, who has been filling in as the morning anchor since last year, will become a feature reporter for KEYE, according to the Austin American-Statesman. He will revive his weekly “Gadget Guy” reports that focus on technology trends. Read more

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