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San Diego Investigative Journalist to Retire After 33 Years

JW August KGTVJ.W. August is retiring after 33 years at San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV.

“Nobody shines a spotlight on waste and corruption like J.W. August,” said KGTV VP and GM Jeff Block. “TV investigative teams across the country have been following his lead for years, and it has been a privilege having him as a co-worker.”

August, who leaves the station at the end of the year, started as the weekend assignment editor. He’s worked as a writer, a producer, and the senior producer for special projects and consumer investigations before heading up the I-Team.

The cornerstone of Team10 – Southern California’s longest serving investigative broadcast unit – August has been recognized nationally for his investigative reporting by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), the National Press Club, and more.

In 2006, the National Society of Professional Journalists awarded J.W. their respected Sunshine Award for his efforts on behalf of open government, one of more than 130 prestigious journalism awards with which he has been kindly honored.

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San Diego News Crew Finds Lost Toddler

A lost San Diego toddler was reunited with his mother after he was spotted by a KGTV news crew.

Reporter Marie Coronel said she and her photographer were setting up a live shot in the Barrio Logan neighborhood when they saw the toddler, put him in their live truck and called police. The cops found his parents after a door-to-door search.

Joel Davis Named KGTV Station Manager

JoelDavisSan Diego’s KGTV is giving Joel Davis a promotion. The former news director has now been named station manager of the ABC affiliate.

“Joel has been at my side for more than five years, working hand in hand, and 10News has seen some tremendous successes in that time,” KGTV general manager Jeff Block said in a statement. “He is uniquely qualified for this position, and I look forward to Joel taking on day-to-day operations here at ABC10.”

“I am excited and humbled to be offered this new opportunity here at ABC10,” Davis said.  “I am so very proud of the great work our journalists and managers have done over the past five years, and the entire 10News team shares in my success!”

Prior to joining KGTV, Davis was managing editor at ABC affiliate WFTV in Orlando.

His new position is effective Monday.

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.

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.

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