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Nexstar Buying Las Vegas Station KLAS for $145 Million

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Nexstar Broadcasting Group has announced that it’s buying Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS from Landmark Media Enterprises for $145 million.

According to TVNewsCheck, Nexstar’s purchase will expand the company’s reach to 110 stations, serving 58 markets in 23 states. That’s 18% of all U.S. households.

“Under Nexstar’s ownership we intend to build on KLAS’s rich tradition of local programming and local community involvement,” Nexstar Broadcasting Group president-CEO Perry A. Sook said in a statement. “Las Vegas represents a natural complement to our existing operations in the Southwestern region of the United States. KLAS-TV is presently operated by a single station owner, therefore financial results under Nexstar’s ownership will benefit from our scale, expense synergies and proven operating management disciplines.”

The acquisition has to be approved by the FCC and is expected to close in the first half of 2015.

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Dancing Kid Takes Center Stage During KLAS Live Shot

Patranya Bhoolsuwan, a reporter at Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS, was doing a live shot from a new shopping center called Downtown Summerlin Thursday night when someone else totally stole her thunder. Among the group of cheering tweens in the background was one fierce diva who stole the show. Check out his sassy moves above.

Bhoolsuwan acknowledged the kid’s sweet moves when she tweeted the following:

The diva has yet to be identified.

Tedd Florendo Returns to Las Vegas

florendoMeteorologist Tedd Florendo has returned to Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS.

“We are very excited about Tedd rejoining the 8 News Now team,” Ron Comings, KLAS news director said in a statement. “He has developed close relationships with our community, our news team and with our viewing audience, which prompted his return.”

Florendo left the station in 2013 to work at WCAU in Philadelphia. He comes back to KLAS as the weekday evening meteorologist, replacing Darren Miller who, the station said, is leaving to “pursue other opportunities.”

Las Vegas Reporter Heading to Columbus, OH

baca klas croppedNathan Baca is leaving Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS.

“On to Columbus! After 4 years working for 8 News Now, I am proud to join the WBNS-10TV – Columbus, Ohio investigative team this August,” Baca wrote on his facebook page.

Before joining KLAS in February 2010, Baca started his career as a full time reporter at KESQ in Palm Springs. He told TVSpy he was promoted to the KLAS I-Team in October 2011.

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Brian Loftus Moves to KLAS Anchor Desk

loftus klas croppedBrian Loftus has been named co-anchor of the KLAS morning news.

For the past five years, Loftus has been the traffic reporter for the Las Vegas CBS station. He joins anchor Kirsten Joyce and weather anchor Sherry Swensk.

“I know he’ll do a great job from the anchor desk,” KLAS news director Ron Comings said in a statement. “He loves the morning newscast and he enjoys bringing some fun and humor to the program, which is why so many of his fans wanted to see Brian in this new position.”

Loftus has followed an unconventional career track. He went into broadcasting in 2002 after starting as a middle and high school teacher and coach. He switched from radio to television in 2006. He then got a job as a feature reporter for KMPH in Fresno.

Cale Ramaker Out at KLAS

ramaker klasCale Ramaker, anchor for Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS, is on his way out at the station.

KLAS news director Ron Comings told TVSpy Ramaker is still an employee until his contract runs out. Comings added, “However, he is free to pursue other opportunities.”

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Ramaker’s departure was announced in a short email last week. “Effective immediately, Cale Ramaker will no longer co-anchor the morning newscast on 8 News Now. We appreciate Cale’s efforts here. He is a good journalist and a solid anchor and I wish him the best as he seeks a new opportunity.”

Ramaker was hired in 2012 along with Shauna Khorrami as part of a new morning team. He had worked at WOFL in Orlando for seven years until his contract wasn’t renewed. Khorrami left KLAS in March last year.

Investigative Reporter Glen Meek Joins KLAS

KLAS-304Glen Meek has joined KLAS, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, as an investigative reporter.

Meek has previously worked at an investigative reporter at several local stations, including the ABC and NBC affiliates in Las Vegas. Most recently, he was a criminal defense investigator for the federal public defender in Las Vegas.

“We know what a great investigative reporter Glen is because we competed against him for stories for many years. He is a serious journalist who knows our town, doesn’t back down, and is going to be a formidable addition to our I-Team,” chief investigative reporter George Knapp said in a statement.

News Director Stanton Tang Leaving WZZM

wzzm logoStanton Tang is stepping down from his post as news director of WZZM in Grand Rapids, Mich., to be closer to his family out West, mlive.com reports.

WZZM president and general manager Janet Mason told mlive.com that Tang will stay with the station for the next few months. “We’ve agreed on a timeline that gives him time to finalize his plans and the station time to find our next news director,” Mason said.

Tang has been the ABC affiliate’s news director since 2009. He joined WZZM as an executive producer in 2005. Prior to that, he worked at KLAS in Las Vegas, KCRA in Sacramento and KPNX in Phoenix.

Colleagues Mourn the Loss of Former NPPA Photographer of the Year Keven Strehle

Friends of Keven Strehle are mourning the loss of the award winning photojournalist after he died in a motorcycle accident August 9.

Among his many accomplishments, Strehle won 22 Emmy awards, 16 National Telly Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award and was named National Press Photographers Association “Photographer of the Year” in 1999. He was founder of SMG productions, worked on Olympic games broadcasts, and had worked as a photojournalist for KING in Seattle, KLAS in Las Vegas, and WCHS and WSAZ in Charleston, WV.

John Stofflet, anchor and reporter for Madison, WI, NBC affiliate WMTV, worked with Strehle at KING in Seattle and told TVSpy, “Keven was a tremendous storyteller, with enormous pride in his craft. Keven was not only a tremendous photojournalist, but a mentor to many in the business who looked up to his accomplishments and his work.” Read more

Colleen McCarty Chooses Law Over TV

Colleen McCarty, investigative reporter for Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS, is leaving broadcasting to focus on a law career.

“I love KLAS-TV and am very proud of the work I have produced with my I-team colleagues,” said McCarty, who told TVSpy she is leaving the station in September to begin a new job at the Las Vegas law firm of Gordon & Silver. “The transition is very bittersweet.”

McCarty said going to law school had been a life-long dream. “I hope to combine my two skill sets to work to protect the rights of journalists and to preserve the First Amendment.  I love journalism too much to leave it entirely.”

McCarty joined KLAS in 2004. She started her career in Pocatello, ID, and has also worked at KVVU in Las Vegas, KSTP in Minneapolis, MN, and as a producer for “Cold Case Files” on the A&E network.

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