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KGTV Adds Creative Services Director

KGTV_10_logoStan Melton has been announced as the creative services director for San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV and Azteca San Diego.

“Stan brings to San Diego nearly 20 years of highly effective television marketing and creative branding experience,” Jeff Block, VP & GM of KGTV said in a statement. “An award-winning writer/producer/director in his own right, his track record leading creative teams to messaging and ratings successes is enviable, and we are pleased and proud to have Stan joining our executive team.”

Melton comes to KGTV on June 2 from Brown Bag Creative in the Washington, D.C. area. He has also worked at WJLA, NewsChannel 8 and POLITICO in Washington, D.C., KENS in San Antonio, TX, WFAA and KXAS in Dallas and KOCO in Oklahoma City, OK.

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Two San Diego Stations Own Up to Airing Fake Shark Photo After Warning Viewers of Danger

Two San Diego stations warned viewers last month about a great white shark swimming close to shore. In their stories, both ABC affiliate KGTV and CBS affiliate KFMB used a photo that appeared to show a 15 foot shark with its dorsal fin out of the water swimming near Point Loma. Trouble is, the photo was fake.

KGTV spoke to Will Phillips, who said he took a picture of a dolphin. He said a friend of his made it into a shark.

iMediaEthics reports the photo was originally published by the Shark Research Committee, a non-profit scientific research organization. After the stations picked it up, Phillips told them all it was fake.

Both KGTV and KFMB have aired retractions and have posted stories about the hoax on their websites. Watch KGTV’s retraction and interview with Phillips after the jump. Read more

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.

Chris Murphy Named Co-Anchor of WTXF Early Morning Newscast

Chris Murphy is joining WTXF, the Fox O&O in Philadelphia, as co-anchor of the early morning newscast. In his new role, he will helm “Good Day Philadelphia” from 4:25 to 6 a.m.

“Chris is the perfect addition to our dynamic morning team, whose energy, chemistry and camaraderie is unmatched. His personality is contagious and we can’t wait to introduce him to our loyal ‘Good Day Philadelphia’ viewers,” WTXF vice president and news director Jim Driscoll said in a statement.

Murphy comes to Philly from San Diego, where he was most recently a weekend anchor and reporter for KGTV. He has also worked at KNSD in San Diego, KGW and KPTV in Portland, Ore., KRON in San Francisco, KTVN in Reno and KIEM in Eureka, Calif.

More from Fox after the jump. Read more

Anchor Kaushal Patel Says Goodbye to KGTV

After three years at KGTV, anchor Kaushal Patel has left the San Diego ABC affiliate.

KGTV general manager Jeff Block told TVSpy Patel’s contract was up. He said he does not know where she is going next.

Patel anchored the morning and midday newscasts alongside Bill Griffith. Virginia Cha was named morning and midday co-anchor after Patel’s departure.

Before joining KGTV, Patel worked at CNN, KTVT-KTXA in Dallas, KOLD in Tucson and KYMA in Yuma, Ariz.

HLN Anchor Virginia Cha Joining KGTV in San Diego

Virginia Cha, an Atlanta-based anchor at HLN, has left the network to join KGTV, the ABC-affiliate in San Diego.

Cha will start at KGTV this week and make her on-air debut on Monday, December 5, news director Joel Davis confirmed to TVSpy.

Cha joined HLN in 2005 from NBC News, where she was a New York-based correspondent. Prior to joining NBC, Cha was an anchor and chief medical correspondent for WBZ, the CBS owned-and-operated station in Boston. She began her career at WFSB, the CBS-affiliate in Hartford.

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.

McGraw-Hill Reports 10.2% Boost in First Quarter

McGraw-Hill announced today that its first quarter broadcasting revenue was up 10.2% compared to the same period last year.

The company, which owns four ABC-affiliates across the country including Denver’s KMGH and San Diego’s KGTV, brought in $20.6 million during the first quarter and is attributing the boost to growth in automotive advertising and an increase in retransmission revenue.

“A promising year is off to a solid start,” said Harold McGraw III, chairman, president and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies, in announcing the financial results.

Retrans money and advertising growth helped McGraw-Hill offset a decline in political advertising from the previous year. As well, McGraw-Hill, with only ABC-affiliates in its stable, avoided the declines in revenue recently reported by such station owners as Media General and Gannett, whose NBC-affiliates had the Olympics last year and CBS-affils had the Super Bowl.

KGTV Sports Director Nearly Run Over by SUV During Live March Madness Report

“Not the best way to welcome out of state media to Tucson for the NCAA tournament,” noted anchor Scott Kilbury of Tucson’s KOLD last night.

While KGTV sports director Ben Higgins was reporting live in Tucson about the performance of hometown team San Diego State in their NCAA tournament game when a large, white SUV began reversing in his direction.

The SUV quickly closed ground on Higgins, who was aloof to the oncoming vehicle as he reported on San Diego State’s victory. Luckily his photographer jumped in at the nick of time and waved to the driver to stop (video above). Read more

Border Protection Official Tells San Diego’s KGTV that ‘Weapons of Mass Effect’ Have Been Found in U.S.

In an interview last week, an officer with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Department told KGTV reporter Mitch Blacher that “weapons of mass effect” had been found in the San Diego area (video above).

Al Hallor, San Diego’s assistant port director, answered “Yes” when Blacher asked him if “weapons of mass effect” had been found within U.S. borders. Hallor was quickly cut off by a government publicist before he could get more specific, though.

While Hallor later stated that such weapons had not been found at the port of San Diego, he did say “our partner agencies have caught items like that.” Read more