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Evy Ramos Signs Off From KGPE

evy ramosEvy Ramos has signed off from KGPE in Fresno. Ramos, who anchors the CBS affiliate’s 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, joined the station in 2009.

“Today is my last day at CBS47. It has been a wonderful 5 years and I have loved every minute of my time here,” Ramos wrote on Facebook. “Thank you all for being a part of my life.”

Ramos has previously worked for KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, and KMPH, the Fox affiliate in Fresno.

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Nexstar Fresno Stations to Debut New Studios

kgpe_kseeViewers of Nexstar’s Fresno stations KSEE and KGPE will notice the stations have a new look beginning this weekend.

CBS affiliate KGPE will reveal its new studio Sunday while NBC affiliate KSEE will debut its new look at the end of the month.

The two stations were put under one roof by owner Nexstar after the station group bought both stations last year.

“Our expectations have always been to operate our stations at the highest level but there is a new level of resources and investment,” KSEE-KGPE general manager Matt Rosenfeld told the Fresno Bee. “That’s been the leading complaint and frustration among employees at both stations. There wasn’t a huge influx of investment at all. Now, when we are done, there will be nothing to complain about. It’s the most state-of-the-art group of stations in the Nexstar Group.” Read more

Two Anchors in Two Days, Sidlow Follows Prado Out KSEE’s Door

Faith Sidlow (pictured left), KSEE morning anchor, has been fired one day after Noon anchor Pamela Prado (pictured right) was let go, reports The Fresno Bee.

“It wasn’t a shock,” Sidlow told The Bee. “I had a pretty good idea over the last few months that I could be let go.”

Sidlow had been with the Nexstar owned Fresno NBC affiliate for 28 years. She also teaches journalism at Fresno State and said she does not plan to look for a job in other markets.

Prado, who was let go Monday, told The Bee she felt blindsided, “I anchored yesterday’s noon show and ended it by saying what I say everyday, ‘Thanks for joining me and I’ll see you tomorrow.’” She added, “I would have loved to have had the opportunity to say good-bye to my co-workers and viewers who have allowed me to come into their homes for almost 10 years.” Read more

Mike Scott to Retire After 30 Years at KGPE

Mike Scott will retire from KGPE next week, just a few days shy of his 30th anniversary with the station, according to the Fresno Bee.

Scott anchors the noon newscast for the Fresno CBS affiliate. He is also a features reporter for the morning newscast and a movie critic.

“I had a great 30 years here and loved that people let me come into their homes,” Scott told the Fresno Bee. “I always loved hearing that some people grew up with me.”

Nexstar Broadcasting recently purchased KGPE and plans to operate it as a duopoly with KSEE, the NBC affiliate in Fresno.

Nexstar Putting Both Fresno Stations Under One Roof

Nexstar’s Fresno NBC affiliate KSEE will soon have a new housemate. The station group plans to move its newly acquired CBS affiliate KGPE into the building of its newly acquired NBC affiliate KSEE in a consolidation move similar to what they’ve done in other markets.

Matt Rosenfeld, president and general manager of both KSEE and KGPE, told TVSpy, plans are to give both stations a new newsroom, new studios, new sets and high definition by the end of the year. “That’s something we would have not been able to do without Nexstar. Individually, we could not have gone HD,” Rosenfeld told the Fresno Bee. “We will co-locate — my new favorite word — into this building once the build-out is completed.”

According to the Bee, the stations will continue to share reporters but will maintain separate anchor staffs. But what hasn’t been addressed is what happens to the studio staff of both stations after the move. KSEE employees are represented by IBEW and SAG/AFTRA, while KGPE’s employees are non-union. Rosenfeld did not rule out the possibility of layoffs with either the Bee or TVSpy, Read more

Nexstar Broadcasting to Create Duopolies in Fresno, Bakersfield

Nexstar Broadcasting has completed its acquisition of three California stations from Newport Television: NBC affiliate KGET and Telemundo affiliate KKEY in Bakersfield and CBS affiliate KGPE in Fresno.

The $34.5 million transaction will create duopolies for Nexstar in both Fresno and Bakersfield, Calif. Nexstar announced plans to acquire NBC affiliate KSEE in Fresno last month.

“This transaction is consistent with our acquisition criteria as it further diversifies our operations, creates new duopoly markets and is financially accretive,” Nexstar president and CEO Perry A. Sook said in a statement.

Nexstar Acquires Stations in California, Vermont

Nexstar Broadcasting has entered into definitive agreements to acquire three California stations from Newport Television and two Vermont stations from Smith Media, LLC.

Nexstar will pay Newport $35.4 million for KGPE, the CBS affiliate in Fresno; KGET, the NBC-CW affiliate in Bakersfield; and KKEY, the low-powered Telemundo affiliate in Bakersfield. In Vermont, Nexstar will join with Mission Broadcasting to acquire WFFF and WVNY, the Fox and ABC affiliates in Burlington, for $17.1 million.

“These transactions are consistent with our criteria for acquisitions that further strategically diversify our operations, create or present opportunities for virtual duopoly markets and which are financially accretive,” Nexstar chairman Perry Sook said in a statement.

WFXG General Manager Barry Barth to Retire

WFXG vice president and general manager Barry Barth will retire at the end of the year after more than 50 years in the television business.

Barth has been VP-GM of WFXG, Raycom’s Fox affiliate in Augusta, since 2003. He has also worked as VP-GM of KREM in Spokane and KGPE in Fresno. He began his career as a switchboard operator and runner at WNDU in South Bend when he was 15. His son, Kevin Barth, is the vice president and director of sales at WCBS, the CBS O&O in New York City.

“Barry has worked tirelessly on behalf of Raycom and for the people of the Greater Augusta Area,” Leon Long, Raycom’s senior vice president of television, said in a statement. “We wish him well as he begins the next chapter in his life.”  Read more

VIDEO: ‘Friendly’ Cat Attacks Fresno Morning Anchor

Fresno CBS-affiliate KGPE had a representative from a local animal shelter onto its morning show Tuesday and she brought along a cat who did not respond well to anchor Jenny Toste.

Toste was holding the cat in her arms, listening to the shelter representative talk about how friendly it was, when the animal began to swipe at her face. As Toste attempted to regain control of the cat after the warning shot, it launched into a full-blown attack (video after the jump). Read more

Alicia Coates, Steve McCarron Leave KGPE in Fresno

Anchor Alicia Coates (pictured) and reporter Steve McCarron have left Fresno CBS-affiliate KGPE, the Fresno Bee reports.

Coates, the weekend anchor, has left KGPE to join KFMB, the CBS-affiliate in San Diego. Coates, who joined KGPE in 2009, will be a reporter and fill-in anchor at KFMB.

Also gone is McCarron, who has joined KPTV, the Fox-affiliate in Portland. McCarron had been a reporter and producer at KGPE for five years.

The Fresno Bee reports the station is currently searching for replacements. For now, Lemor Abrams will report for KGPE on a freelance basis. Abrams was most recently a freelance reporter at rival KMPH.