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Portland Reporter Suing Sinclair for Failing to Pay Overtime

sinclair_304Attorneys for former KATU investigative reporter Thom Jensen have filed a suit seeking class action status for a federal lawsuit saying Sinclair Broadcasting Group failed to pay overtime to news reporters at its stations in Oregon, reports The Register-Guard.

Jensen, who worked at the Portland ABC affiliate from October 2006 until December 2012, alleges he regularly worked between five to 10 hours of overtime each week without getting paid for it.

The lawsuit would include people who worked at KATU in Portland as well as those who worked at KMTR and KVAL in Eugene. Fisher Communications, which owned the stations before Sinclair announced it was buying the station group in April, is also named in the suit.

Also, the lawsuit claims Jensen has post-traumatic stress disorder and that the Portland station refused to accommodate his disability. The suit alleges Jensen was fired because of that disability and in retaliation for complaining about not receiving overtime pay.

Jensen claims the company created a stressful and difficult working environment that worsened his illness. Read more

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Seattle Weather Anchor Asks for Help Finding His Sister

Tim Joyce, weather anchor for Seattle FOX affiliate KCPQ, is asking residents in the city where he once worked to help find his sister Emily.

CBS affiliate KVAL and NBC affiliate KMTR, have posted the plea for help from their former weathercaster on their websites and on KMTR’s facebook page.

Joyce said his sister Emily Joyce left her home last Thursday night and visited a friend in Lane County near Lorane on Monday. But he became alarmed when he said he got texts from friends about her.

“We have a report that she was last seen on MONDAY at a house-sit in a rural area SW of Eugene,” Joyce posted on facebook. “According to my source she was also in good spirits as well. I find this highly promising news.”

He thinks she may driven her burgundy Toyota Tacoma pickup towards the Oregon coast. Joyce said she is 36-years-old and graduated this year from the University of Oregon with a degree in dance. You can see a poster with more details after the jump. Read more

After KMTR Layoffs, Matt Templeman and Renee McCullough Join Rival KEZI

Matt Templeman and Renee McCullough are joining KEZI, the ABC affiliate in Eugene, Ore., as evening co-anchors, The Register-Guard reports.

The pair, who have worked together for more than a decade, was laid off by rival KMTR, the NBC affiliate in Eugene. The station was acquired by Fisher Communications, which will operate KMTR and CBS affiliate KVAL as a duopoly.

“It’s my last night on KMTR and I’m saying goodbye tonight,” Templeman wrote on Facebook Thursday. “Don’t expect some lengthy, tearful ‘see you later…it’s not necessary, and I’m staying in the community.”

Mark Hatfield, vice president of news and programming for KEZI parent company Chambers Communications, told The Register-Guard that Templeman and McCullough are “outstanding news anchors.”

“There have been a lot of changes in this market recently, and we just want viewers to know that KEZI 9 News is, and will continue to be, committed to delivering the best local news, weather, and sports coverage anywhere in Western Oregon,” Hatfield said. “We’ve been connected to this community for over fifty years, and Matt and Renee will be a big part of the KEZI 9 News family moving forward.”

No word on what will happen to Brian Richardson and Jennifer Richardson, the husband-and-wife duo who currently anchor the evening newscasts. Templeman and McCullough are set to take over at the anchor desk beginning June 27.

>Update: The Richardsons will continue to anchor the 11 p.m. newscast in addition to providing live reports and breaking news coverage to the earlier evening newscasts. KEZI tells TVSpy the pair remains “an important part of the KEZI 9 News team, and their journalistic talents will continue to provide outstanding local news coverage to our viewers.”

Former Eugene Meteorologist Takes a Swing at Sinclair, the FCC and KMTR

Joseph Calbreath, retired meteorologist for Eugene, OR, NBC affiliate KMTR, is not being shy about giving viewers his take on Fisher Communications‘ acquisition of his former station and the layoffs that followed. In a facebook post riddled with misspellings and grammatical mistakes, Calbreath lets loose on everyone from the FCC to future owner Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

“Little did I know a couple of months ago when I picked the date of my retirement that it would coincided with the transfer of ownership that would result in 31 of my friends loosing their jobs in a blood bath type fashion.”

Calbreath retired from KMTR on May 31 after working there for almost 25 years. “Since this page is in my name and has nothing to do with my former employer, I will start changing the information I share here. I now for the first time in 30 year can have an opinion about things.” Read more

Advertisers Wary of KMTR After Reported Layoffs

What KMTR called “operational and organizational changes” earlier in the week, some employees of the Eugene, OR, NBC affiliate are now calling a “bloodbath,” The Register-Guard reports and it’s worrying station advertisers.

According to The Register-Guard, “Employees, former employees and advertisers said they have been told that 31 of the station’s approximately 50 workers received layoff notices after sale of the station to Seattle-based Fisher Communications closed on Monday, retroactive to June 1.”

KMTR was bought by Fisher Communications which will operate the station in tandem with its Eugene CBS affiliate KVAL under a shared services agreement with Roberts Media, LLC.

Donna Smith, president of the Adlib Advertising Agency told The Register-Guard, “We buy (advertising spots on) the evening and late night news. I’ve asked questions of them: ‘Whose news is going to be on? Is it going to be a replay of KVAL News? Are you going to hire cheaper (anchors)? Is the price going to go down? And what’s going to happen in four months when it’s all taken over by Sinclair?’ ” Read more

Layoffs Possible After Sale Of KMTR

With Fisher Communications taking over at KMTR in Eugene, Ore., “operational and staff” changes are on the way, the Register-Guard reports.

KMTR, previously owned by Newport Television, was purchased by Roberts Media, LLC and will be operated by Fisher Communications under a shared services agreement. Content sharing between KMTR and KVAL, Fisher’s CBS affiliate in Eugene, will begin next month.

KVAL-KMTR general manager Greg Raschio told the Register-Guard that management has held individual meetings with “virtually every employee.”

“Any operational and organizational changes that are made will be to gain efficiencies and eliminate (duplication),” Raschio said. “Out of respect for the individuals I’m not going to give you any numbers or names.”

Fisher Communications is in the process of being acquired by Sinclair Broadcast Group, which Raschio said may bring more changes to the station later this year.

Nexstar Names Kevin Kirkaldie Creative Services Director of Memphis, Jackson Stations

Kevin Kirkaldie has been named creative services director of three Nexstar Broadcasting stations in Tennessee: WPTY and WLMT in Memphis and WJKT in Jackson.

Kirkaldie comes from WWBT-WPUV, Raycom Media’s stations in Richmond, Va. He has been marketing and creative services director since 2011. Before that, he served in the same role at WSLS in Roanoke. He has also worked at WUSA in Washington D.C. and KMTR in Eugene, Ore.

“I look forward to bringing over 20 years of multi-media marketing and branding experience with me to the stations in Memphis/Jackson as we seek to deliver the most compelling local news, weather, and entertainment programming, expand our community involvement and grow our marketing solutions for our advertising partners,” Kirkaldie said in a statement.

Fisher Broadcasting to Buy KMTR, Create Duopoly

Fisher Broadcasting has agreed to purchase the Eugene, OR, NBC affiliate, KMTR, from Newport Television for $8.5 million.

The deal will make Fisher the owner of both the NBC affiliate (KMTR) and the CBS affiliate (KVAL) in the Eugene market and also includes a shared services agreement with Roberts Media.

Newport has been selling off its stations since Providence Equity Partners, the private investment firm that owns Newport Television, announced its plan in March to sell off Newport’s 56 stations.

The deal is pending FCC approval.

Anchor Jennifer Winters Leaving KVAL After 17 Years

Today is anchor Jennifer Winters‘ final day at KVAL.

Winters has worked as an anchor and reporter at the Eugene CBS-affiliate since 1994. The station reported this week that Winters is leaving for a marketing job at a local engineering firm.

“Feeling a bit of gratitude overload here as my current and former news colleague[s] bid me goodbye,” Winters tweeted recently. “Thanks guys!!”

Before moving to Eugene, Winters worked as a reporter at KPTV in Portland. Read more