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LIN Media and CBS Renew Affiliation Agreements in Ten Markets

linmedia_304x200LIN Media announced today it has signed a “comprehensive, long-term” agreement to renew affiliation agreements with CBS in 10 markets.

The agreement includes WIAT in Birmingham, AL, WIVB in Buffalo, NY, KRQE, KBIM and KREZ in Albuquerque, NM, WPRI in Providence, RI, WANE in Fort Wayne, IN, WTHI in Terre Haute, IN, KIMT in Mason City, IA, KOIN in Portland, OR, WKBN in Youngstown, OH and WLFI in Lafayette, IN.

“We are pleased to have reached long-­term agreements with CBS,” Vincent L. Sadusky, president and CEO of LIN Media said in a statement. “Our stations are important assets to our local communities and these new agreements ensure that LIN Media and CBS will continue to serve local viewers with high-­‐quality network programming.”

LIN recently lost the CBS affiliation at its Indianapolis station WISH, the Indianapolis Star reported, LIN stands to lose as much as $100 million after its proposed deal with Media General was revalued after the loss.

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Meteorologist Jessica McLaughlin Joins WKBW

Meteorologist Jessica McLaughlin is joining Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW, Alan Pergament of The Buffalo News reports.

“We felt an additional meteorologist with credentials was necessary to be able to more effectively and credibly serve our viewers,” WKBW general manager Mike Nurse told Pergament.

According to her online bio, McLaughlin interned at WKBW in 2006. From 2007 to 2010, she worked as an on-air meteorologist at KIMT in Mason City, Iowa.

LIN Media Announces Executive Promotions: New GMs in Providence, Dayton

LIN Media has announced three promotions within the company’s executive ranks. Jay Howell has been promoted to vice president of regional television, Patrick Wholey has been named president and general manager of WPRI-WNAC in Providence, and Joseph Abouzeid has been named president and general manager of WDTN-WBDT in Dayton.

Howell previously was the president and general manager of WPRI-WNAC. In his new role as vice president of regional television, he will oversee those stations as well as WWLP in Springfield, WAVY-WVBT in Norfolk, WIVB-WNLO in Buffalo, WDTN-WBDT in Dayton, KIMT in Mason City and KSNT in Topeka.

“Jay did an outstanding job as General Manager, building revenue and profit performance through the growth of audiences both on-air and online, staff development and relationships with clients and viewers in the local community,” LIN Media EVP Scott Blumenthal said in a statement. Read more

LIN Agrees to Buy New Vision Stations for $342M

LIN Media today announced that it has agreed to purchase 13 stations from New Vision Television for $330.4 million and the assumption of $12 million of debt.

New Vision’s 13 network affiliated stations are located in eight markets across the country, including Birmingham, Honolulu, and Portland, OR.

On its website, New Vision Television describes itself as “the future of local TV” but the deal, which is expected to close by the end of the year, means that there will be little future for the company.

“This is a bittersweet development,” New Vision CEO Jason Elkin said today in a statement.  “The decision to sell to LIN Media was not an easy one, but we negotiated a fair price and so decided that now is the right time for me and others at New Vision to begin to look at new opportunities.” Read more

KGAN Reports on Former News Director’s Continued Investigation into Disappearance of Local Anchor

Cedar Rapids CBS-affiliate KGAN recently reported on some renewed interest in the disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit, who began her broadcasting career with the station.

Huisentruit disappeared in 1995, a short time before she was expected to arrive for work as a morning anchor for KIMT in Mason City.

“Investigators believe she was kidnapped, but they’ve never named a suspect, or found her body,” KGAN reporter Alice Barr told viewers on Thursday.  “Now some renewed interest in the case has her family and friends more dedicated than ever to finding justice for Jodi.” Read more

WDAF Meteorologist Don Harman Dies From Apparent Suicide

Don Harman, the longtime morning meteorologist at WDAF in Kansas City, died yesterday. He was 41.

Sources say Harman’s death was a suicide, although the station has not yet announced an official cause of death. The 12-year veteran of the station was on the air as recently as yesterday.

Before WDAF’s Karli Ritter delivered the weather report on this morning’s newscast, anchors Mark Alford and Loren Halifax read a statement similar to what the station posted on Facebook early this morning. Read more

Longtime Anchor Tapped to Lead KIMT Newsroom

Jaime Copley, who has spent 12 years as an anchor and reporter for KIMT, has been named news director of the New Vision-owned CBS-affiliate, which covers North Central Iowa and Southeastern Minnesota.

A local girl who graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, Copley said in a video announcement that it has always been her goal to manage the newsroom at KIMT (video above).

She will continue to occasionally appear in front of the camera as an anchor and reporter.

On the Move, 6/1/11

Meteorologist Ava Marie, who has worked for AccuWeather.com since 2009, joins Baltimore NBC-affiliate WBAL.

Veteran journalist Mario Diaz joins WPIX as a general assignment reporter. Diaz recently worked as an anchor for WTSP in Tampa.

Raquel Hellman joins KIMT in Mason City, IA as a reporter. She is a Burnsville, MN native and graduate of St. Cloud State University.

Former KAAL Anchor Beth Bednar Writes Book about Disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit

Longtime KAAL anchor Beth Bednar has written a new book about a former colleague of her’s, KIMT anchor Jodi Huisentruit, who disappeared in 1995.

“This case still haunts the entire TV industry as well as her family and friends,” Bednar told the Mason City Globe Gazette.

In discussing her motivation for writing the book, titled  “Dead Air: The Disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit,” Bednar said that she felt an affinity for Huisentruit since the two worked in the same market and she also experienced the fear of traveling to and from work alone late at night or in the early morning.

Huisentruit disappeared while on her way to work for KIMT’s morning newscast.  “I’ve walked in her shoes,” Bednar said.

The book is being released at the end of April.

HLN Profiles Missing KIMT Anchor Jodi Huisentruit

HLN’s “Nancy Grace: America’s Missing” profiled the case of missing KIMT anchor Jodi Huisentruit on Wednesday as part of the show’s effort to find 50 missing people in 50 days (video above).

Huisentruit, a morning anchor for the Mason City CBS-affiliate, went missing on June 27, 1995, shortly after she spoke to her producer on the phone. The producer had called Huisentruit to wake her up and the 27-year-old anchor said that she would be in to the station in 20 minutes.  She never showed up.

“It’s nice that the case is in the lime light and that we keep getting the attention,” Mason City Police Department Lieutenant Frank Sterns told KIMT about the program, “hopefully someday somebody’s gonna see it, maybe they’ve missed this or maybe when they see this since it’s been so long they’ll finally say, ‘Ah, I just can’t live with it anymore,’ and come forward.”

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