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News Director Erik Schrader Out at WTNH

Erik Schrader has left Hartford-New Haven ABC affiliate WTNH, where he has been news director since 2011.

A station source tells TVSpy that Al Carl, who has been managing editor at WTNH since 2012, has been named news director, though it is not clear whether his appointment is temporary. Before joining WTNH, Carl worked as news director at KMTV in Omaha and as executive producer at KSHB in Kansas City.

The Laurel reports Schrader is moving to another LIN Media station as a general manager.

Neither Carl or a spokesperson for LIN Media responded to TVSpy’s request for comment.

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In Omaha, KMTV Adding 4 p.m. Newscast

KMTV will debut a 4 p.m. newscast in September, the Omaha CBS affiliate announced today.

It was not immediately clear who will anchor the half-hour newscast or what else will shift in KMTV’s programming schedule. The station currently airs “Dr. Phil” at 4 p.m. and has newscasts anchored by Jennifer Griswold and Craig Nigrelli at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.

“Expanding the local news options by adding a 4 p.m. newscast will help the KMTV Action 3 News team better serve viewers in the Omaha area,” news director Joe Spadea said in a statement.

Meteorologist Jim Flowers Joins KMTV


The Jim Flowers era at Journal owned Omaha,NE, CBS affiliate KMTV has begun. Monday night, Flowers will debut on the station’s 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

“We have been working hard over the past year to improve our KMTV Newscasts,” Chris Sehring, KMTV vice president and general manager told TVSpy. “With a new News Director, new News and Sports anchors, and a slew of new reporters and support staff, adding someone with Jim Flowers’ outstanding reputation to our team is incredibly exciting for both our Journal team and, more importantly, our viewers.”

The station wrapped up a countdown it began on its facebook page by adding Flowers’ picture with the caption, “Jim Flowers now on KMTV” early Saturday morning.  Read more

Detroit’s WXYZ Adds Ronnie Dahl, Andy Choi and Nima Shaffe

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ has added three new reporters: Ronnie Dahl (left), Andy Choi (center) and Nima Shaffe (right).

“We are incredibly proud of our award-winning staff at 7 Action News, and excited to add the journalistic talents of Ronnie, Andy and Nima to our team,” WXYZ VP-GM Ed Fernandez said in a statement.

Dahl comes from rival WJBK, Detroit’s Fox O&O. She previously worked at WXYZ as a special projects producer, as well as at WUPW in Toledo and WSYM in Lansing, Mich.

Choi, who will be a multimedia journalist at WXYZ, comes to Detroit from Madison, Wisc., where he was a reporter and anchor at WISC.

Shaffe joins the station from KCTV in Kansas City, where he has been a general assignment reporter for two years. He has also worked at KMTV in Omaha, KKTV in Colorado Springs and KQTV in St. Joseph, Mo.

Dahl has already begun in her new role at WXYZ. Choi and Shaffe begin in early April.

Jennifer Griswold Joins KMTV in Omaha from Minneapolis-St. Paul

Jennifer Griswold is joining Omaha’s CBS affiliate, KMTV as an anchor.

“We are thrilled to have Jennifer join the Action 3 News Team,” said KMTV news director Joe Spadea.  “Jennifer’s passion for news and reporting in the community make her an ideal fit for telling the stories that matter to the people of Omaha.”

Griswold comes to KMTV from KSTP in Minneapolis where she won a 2010 regional Emmy for Breaking News.

She previously worked for WISN in Milwaukee and WAOW in Wausau, WI.

KCAU Appoints Sports Director to News Anchor, Adds New Sports Director

After 24 years serving as KCAU‘s sports director, Tim Seaman (right) is sliding his chair over a bit to co-anchor the station’s nightly newscasts.

The Sioux City ABC-affiliate announced this week that Seaman would replace longtime anchor Larry Wentz on the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts. Wentz is currently recovery from liver transplant surgery.

With Seaman moving to news anchor, KCAU has tapped Travis Morgan, a veteran of the Sioux City market, as his successor on the sports desk. Read more

After Cutting Grammys Short, KMTV Now Airing Missed Performance During Newscasts

After cutting Sunday night’s Grammy telecast short, Omaha CBS-affiliate KMTV is airing the missed portion of the show during its newscasts today and apologizing to viewers for the mistake.

“Our station made a technical error and mistakenly switched to our local news last night before Paul McCartney‘s performance ended,” KMTV vice president and marketing manager Chris Sehring said in a statement that the station posted on its Facebook page today.  “It was entirely our fault–and I am very sorry that it happened.”

KMTV is airing the final part of McCartney’s performance, which the station downloaded from YouTube, during its noon, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts today. Read more

Viewers Outraged as KMTV Cuts Grammys Short

Viewers in Omaha were stunned on Sunday night when local CBS-affiliate KMTV cut from a high-octane performance by Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, and others, to a weather forecast by John Walsh.

As usually happens with primetime awards shows, Sunday night’s Grammy ceremony ran a few minutes over schedule.  But KMTV decided to run its late local newscast right at 10:30 anyway, abruptly cutting from guitar shredding to the weather outlook for Monday’s commute.

What made the programming shift especially odd was the fact that much of KMTV’s newscast was dedicated to coverage of the Grammys. Read more

KETV Reports on Anchor’s DUI

KETV has been forthcoming about the recent arrest of anchor Adrian Whitsett. The Omaha ABC-affiliate reported during its 10 p.m. newscast on Wednesday that Whitsett was arrested over the weekend and charged with driving under the influence, as well as driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

Whitsett, who anchors KETV’s 5 p.m newscast, is currently on “an extended leave of absence” from the station.

Omaha CBS-affiliate KMTV also reported on Whitsett’s arrest this week.

Whitsett joined KETV in 2008, shortly after he graduated from the University of Nebraska. According to the Omaha World-Herald, he was arrested around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday with a blood-alcohol level of .262.

Erika Summers Returning to KLKN After 3 Years

KMTV reporter Erika Summers is returning to the last station she worked at: KLKN, the ABC-affiliate in Lincoln, where she will be the morning and midday anchor.

“My last day at KMTV is Friday,” she told TVSpy in an email. “I sure will miss my co-workers here! But I am excited to head back to KLKN.”

The Nebraska native left KLKN for Omaha’s KMTV in 2008. In April, Summers suffered a broken wrist, among other injuries, in a car crash on her way to cover a story for the station. Read more

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