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KGW Selling Helicopter, Will Share with FOX Affiliate

kgw_chopperPortland NBC affiliate KGW is selling its news helicopter.

News director Richard Jacobs confirmed with TVSpy, the station chopper is listed for sale on a site a tipster sent us. Check it out by clicking here.

He said the station had entered into a shared helicopter agreement with FOX affiliate KPTV, but went quiet when we asked for more details about the agreement and wouldn’t say what was going to happen to KGW’s helicopter pilot.

A spokesperson for the company selling the helicopter told TVSpy the chopper was first listed in the Fall and is going for $1,250,000.

TVSpy has asked KGW’s parent company Gannett and KPTV for more info. We will update when we hear back.

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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

KyAnn Lewis Named Senior Executive Producer at KNTV

KyAnn Lewis has been named senior executive producer at KNTV, the NBC owned station in San Francisco/San Jose/Oakland.

Lewis is a former news director at KIAH in Houston and WHNS in Greenville, S.C. She has also held management and producer positions at KPTV and KGW in Portland, Ore. Most recently, she was the executive producer of “The Daily Buzz,” a syndicated morning newscast in Orlando.

“We are thrilled to have someone with KyAnn’s experience join the NBC Bay Area news team,” KNTV vice president of news Jonathan Mitchell said in a statement. “Her talent and passion for local journalism make her a perfect fit with our news management team.”

Lewis will oversee the editorial, production and promotion components of the station’s evening newscasts. She will begin at KNTV on July 22.

Austin Morning Anchor Following Investigative Reporter Husband to Oregon

KTBC morning anchor Katherine Kisiel plans to follow her husband, investigative reporter Chris Willis, to his new job in Portland, OR, in a couple of weeks.

Last week we reported Willis, who used to work for Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, had been hired by Portland NBC affiliate KGW.  The station said he’ll start there in early July.

The Austin FOX owned station has plans for an on-air goodbye for Kisiel, though the date for that has not been set. Kisiel started her career as a reporter/anchor in Yuma, AZ. She’s also worked in Yakima, WA, and Tri-Cities, WA.

[Austin360.com]

Investigative Reporter Chris Willis Headed to Oregon

Chris Willis is headed to Portland, OR, NBC affiliate KGW.

KGW news director Richard Jacobs told TVSpy, Willis will start sometime in early July.

Earlier this week we told you about reports of Willis leaving Austin NBC affiliate KXAN. He had worked at the station since 1999, leaving the morning anchor desk in 2011 to become the station’s chief investigative reporter.

KGW Interviews Santa During Breaking News Coverage of Portland Mall Shooting

During breaking news coverage of a mall shooting in Portland Tuesday, KGW reporter Mike Benner interviewed the mall’s Santa Claus, who was seeing children at the time of the shooting (video above).

“Santa, what is going through your mind as this is happening?” Benner asked the man, who said he heard up to 16 shots before taking cover.

The interview didn’t impress one local news veteran, who emailed TVSpy: “Why is this reporter referring to this guy as Santa. He’s a guy in a suit. During breaking news of this magnitude, he’s not Santa.”

Frank Mungeam Promoted to Director of Digital Media at KGW

Frank Mungeam has been promoted to director of digital media at KGW, the NBC affiliate in Portland, Ore.

Mungeam has led KGW.com since joining the station in 2006. The website recently received a regional Emmy award for interactivity in Election Night coverage.

“Frank richly deserves this promotion to the director of digital media and becoming a member of our executive leadership team at the KGW Media Group,” KGW president and general manager DJ Wilson said in announcing the promotion. “Frank has been instrumental in developing and managing our digital strategy and our ever expanding portfolio of digital products.”

KGW Airs Fireworks Special Without Audio

Portland NBC-affiliate KGW aired a Fourth of July special Wednesday night that was perfect for those people who enjoy the sight of fireworks but can’t handle the loud noises.

Due to an apparent technical mishap, KGW aired its live, half-hour fireworks special with no audio. Not only were viewers unable to hear the boom of the fireworks, they also couldn’t hear anything that hosts Laurel Porter and Matt Zaffino were saying before and after the display.

KGW’s special, which ran from 10:00-10:30, cut into NBC’s coverage of the “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” in New York, which did have audio. Read more

Portland Stations Pulled From New Streaming Service

When streaming TV service Skitter launched in Portland in March, the company set itself apart from the Barry Diller-backed TV startup Aereo because it had existing carriage agreements with broadcasters.

Now it looks like those agreements aren’t holding up.

Multichannel News reports that the ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox affiliates in Portland demanded that their signals be pulled from Skitter while they review their retrans agreements with the company. And Skitter has complied. Read more

KGW Captures Attack on KOIN Photographer

Local news crews were at a Portland courthouse, covering a fatal hit-and-run case, when a man who had just been released from jail began harassing the photographers from KGW and KOIN.

When the KOIN photographer decided to call 9-1-1, the man tried to stomp on his camera.  As KGW’s camera rolled, the KOIN photog scuffled with the man and eventually tackled him to the ground, holding him there until police arrived (video inside). Read more

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