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Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne Joins KDVR From KIRO

chris halsneChris Halsne is joining KDVR, the Fox affiliate in Denver, as an investigative reporter. Halsne comes from KIRO, the CBS affiliate in Seattle, where he has worked for 14 years.

“Chris is a talented storyteller, skilled at generating high-impact stories. He has won many regional Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for outstanding journalism,” KDVR vice president of news Ed Kosowski wrote in a note to station staffers. “…Please welcome Chris when he arrives here Monday.”

Before KIRO, Halsne was the lead investigative reporter and special projects unit manager at KWTV, the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City. He has also worked at stations in Topeka, Joplin, Ft. Myers and Grand Rapids.

Former KIRO Traffic Anchor Develops an App to Curate Tweets for Live TV

hoganOur sister site Lost Remote talks with former KIRO traffic anchor Jenni Hogan, who left the station to develop an app that curates viewer tweets for live broadcasts:

TVinteract is Hogan’s creation for iPads that allows TV personalities the ability to pick their favorite fan tweets, and air them live on TV. How it works is a TV personality can look at their @mentions on the left side of the app screen, and drag the tweets they like over to the right and hit live. This automatically flags the tweet to the show’s director, who can then bring the tweet live to air through airplay or HDMI cable.

Lost Remote spoke with Hogan, who told us her love for social TV drove her to leave her traffic anchoring job in Seattle. “I made the decision my heart was with social media and social TV,” Hogan said. “I feel like I have this army on the rise supporting me.”

Former KIRO Anchor To Lead Washington State Republican Party

Susan Hutchison, a former anchor for Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO, has been elected the Washington State Republican Party Chair.

“People are tremendously excited about the future with me leading the party,” Hutchison told Seattle FOX affiliate KCPQ.  “They see a change, a dynamic change, and I hope that I can fulfill their hopes.” You can watch the interview after the jump.

Hutchison worked at KIRO as an anchor from 1981 until 2002. She sued KIRO in 2003 for age, race and gender discrimination after she said she was replaced by a younger Asian-American woman. The lawsuit was settled in 2005. Hutchison ran for King County Executive in 2009. Read more

Fox Reportedly Eyeing Stations in Seattle, St. Louis, San Francisco

With the acquisition of a Charlotte duopoly in the rearview mirror, Fox Television Stations is looking to purchase more stations, Variety reports:

The station arm of 21st Century Fox is sniffing around acquisition targets in several major markets, including Seattle, St. Louis and San Francisco. The push is part of a larger strategy to add to its station holdings in NFL markets, particularly markets with NFC teams, the conference for which Fox has a TV rights package. Fox at present has O&Os in 11 of the 16 NFC markets.

Industry sources say Fox is actively looking at stations in the Seattle market. [sic] where Tribune owns the existing Fox affiliate, KCPQ-TV. There’s speculation that Fox has its eye on Cox Enterprises-owned KIRO-TV, a CBS affiliate. But sources cautioned that Fox is “turning over a lot of rocks” right now in the market and hasn’t zeroed in on a specific acquisition target.

Presenting to investors earlier this month, Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy hinted that the station group was looking to add to its portfolio.

Alexis Smith Ready For KIRO Traffic Debut

Alexis Smith‘s first day on-air as KIRO morning traffic reporter was informally announced on twitter by meteorologist Brian Monahan.

Monahan tweeted a shot of Smith (pictured right) practicing for her Monday morning debut. “Well welcome @AlexisASmith to our team on Monday.. Rehearsing this morning! #goteam @KIRO7Seattle.”

KIRO news director Bob Jordan confirmed the move with TVSpy. Smith joined the Seattle CBS affiliate from Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA.

Reporter Henry Rosoff Joins KIRO From WITI

After three years at WITI in Milwaukee, Henry Rosoff is joining KIRO in Seattle, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Duane Dudek.

“I don’t want this to be seen as me fleeing Milwaukee,” Rosoff told Dudek. “I would have been happy to stay. Since the beginning, (WITI) put me on out front . . . in so many big stories. I would have had no fears about staying. It would have been the safe move.”

Rosoff starts today at CBS-affiliated KIRO, where he will be a general assignment reporter.

Seattle Broadcasters Sue To Keep Retrans Rates Private

The corporate owners of several Seattle stations have sued Click Cable TV to keep the terms of their retransmission agreements with the Tacoma city-owned cable company away from the Tacoma News Tribune.

The broadcasters have said disclosure of the terms would undermine their negotiating positions with the cable company and would eventually result in consumers paying more to watch their stations.

The Bellingham Herald reported the issue over whether the records are public or private came up after Click Cable and Fisher owned station KOMO settled a contentious dispute over retransmission fees.  After the agreement was reached, the News Tribune asked for details, including just how much the new fees were. Read more

VIDEO: KIRO Stars in ‘Downfall’ Meme

The long running internet meme based off the movie “Downfall” has turned its attention to local news.

For those unfamiliar with the set up, Hitler is with his generals and his staff in his bunker when something — an iPad, a soccer team losing, Justin Bieber, you name it, sets him off.

This time, Gary Horcher, reporter for Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO, is stuck in Enumclaw, WA without a working satellite truck. Will this be the meme where Hitler stays calm and lets everyone stick around instead of forcing his field staff to sweat it out alone while he rants away?  Doubtful.

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Jenni Hogan Leaving Seattle’s KIRO

Jenni Hogan, morning traffic anchor for KIRO in Seattle has announced she will be leaving the CBS affiliate on Friday.

Hogan posted the news to her blog, jennihogan.com under the heading, “2013 Let’s Make Dreams Happen!”

“It’s time for me to listen to my own advice,” Hogan said on her blog. “I’m going for it and it’s important to me that I share this news with all of you and bring you along for the ride. Friday, December 28th will be my last day on KIRO-TV and I’m excited about the future.” Read more

Chief Meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson Out at KIRO

Meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson has parted ways with Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO.

Stevenson, who had been KIRO’s chief meteorologist since 2008, announced the news last week on Twitter. “Dry stretch now begins for Rebecca at Kiro7 too,” she tweeted along with a graphic showing Seattle’s recent record lack of rainfall. “I’ll be here on Twitter, but not at Kiro.”

Stevenson also announced the news on her Facebook page last week, writing, “Moving On! Not quite sure where yet but it’s going to be good.” In the wake of her exit, a Facebook group called “We want Rebecca Stevenson back as Chief Meteorologist on Seattle TV” has been formed.

KIRO has yet to respond to TVSpy’s requests for comment.

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