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Meteorologist Britta Merwin Joins KPRC

britta merwinMeteorologist Britta Merwin is joining KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Merwin most recently worked at KCRA, the NBC affiliate in Sacramento. Before that, she worked at NBC Weather Plus, CNBC, KNSD in San Diego and News 12 New Jersey.

At KPRC, Merwin replaces Idolina Peralez, who is “taking her career in a different direction,” according to McGuff.

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NBC Owned Stations Send Team to Sochi

nbc sochi 2014The NBC owned stations has sent a team of 25 anchors, reporters, photographers and producers to Sochi to cover the Winter Olympics, which kick off on NBC tomorrow.

The team, who have dedicated locations in both Olympic Park and additional live shot locations in the mountains, will report daily across the 10 NBC owned stations. WNBC‘s Bruce Beck, KNSD‘s Steve Luke, KNTV‘s Janelle Wang and WRC‘s Alexander Prudovsky, who was raised in Russia and will serve as a translator, are all reporting from the Games.

“The outstanding work of our colleagues at the Olympic Games has always been one of the most successful collaborations between our stations,” Valari Staab, president of the station group, said in a statement. “With a dedicated group working together in Sochi, we will provide a localized perspective on a global event, personalizing the Games in a meaningful way for our viewers at home.”

More from NBC after the jump. Read more

KNSD Set to Move Studios, Offices by 2016

KNSD_NBCSanDiego_buildingNBC owned KNSD is planning a move out of its downtown San Diego headquarters by the end of 2016, City News Service reports.

“KNSD will not be renewing our lease at 225 Broadway when it expires in 2021,” general manager Richard Kelley said in a statement. “Because of the inevitability of the move, we are accelerating our plans to find a new location that provides our employees with affordable amenities and an improved workspace, along with an updated, more versatile facility for news.”

KNSD has been located in its current studios since 2001. Employees are scheduled to receive more details on the move at a meeting today, according to City News Service.

Jacqueline Crea Joins KHOU

jacqueline creaJacqueline Crea is joining Houston CBS affiliate KHOU as a general assignment reporter, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Crea comes from KTSM, the NBC affiliate in El Paso, where she is a multimedia journalist. She has previously worked at KNSD, the NBC owned station in San Diego.

Crea begins at KHOU next month, McGuff reports.

Don Shafer Joins XETV as News Director

Don Shafer has been named news director at San Diego CW affiliate XETV, San Diego U-T reports.

Shafer moves to San Diego from Peoria, where he was the news and multimedia content manager for NBC affiliate WEEK. Before that, he was the news and station operations manager for WEYI-WBSF, the NBC and CW affiliates in Flint, Mich. He has also worked at KNSD in San Diefo and KWGN in Denver.

Shafer begins today at XETV, replacing Jon Fischer, who parted ways with the station in June.

Christine Haas Joins KTBC as Evening Co-Anchor

KTBC, the Fox O&O in Austin, has named Christine Haas co-anchor of its weekday evening newscasts.

Haas begins in Austin on August 12. She will co-anchor the 5 and 9 p.m. newscasts alongside Mike Warren, replacing Loriana Hernandez, who is moving to the morning newscast.

“Christine is well-respected in this business, winning numerous awards for her reporting. She’s going to be a valuable member of our team and we look forward to her return to Austin,” KTBC vice president and news director Pam Vaught said in a statement.

Haas comes from KNSD in San Diego, where she anchored the 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. newscasts. She has also worked at KHOU in Houston, KVUE in Austin, KARE in Minneapolis, WTSP in Tampa, KTHV in Little Rock and KAMR in Amarillo, Texas.

KTBC’s official announcement is after the jump. Read more

KNSD Reporter Gets Stuck in Obstacle Course During Report on Alpha Warrior Challenge

The hazards of live television. During a live report on the Alpha Warrior Challenge, KNSD reporter Megan Tevrizian got herself stuck on the 30-foot high obstacle course (video above).

Tevrizian was quickly helped to safety by one of the course’s employees. “See you later. Happy Friday,” Tevrizian joked at the end of her report. “That’s it. Reporter participation is enough.”

Mari Payton Named Lead Investigative Reporter at KNSD

KNSD, the NBC-owned station in San Diego, will dedicate two additional full-time staffers to its investigative reporting unit. Mari Payton (pictured) will be the station’s lead investigative reporter and Wendy Fry will be the investigative producer.

Payton currently works on investigative pieces part-time in addition to her midday anchor duties and Fry currently works on the assignment desk. Payton will will be replaced on the 11 a.m. newscast by Christine Haas, who will be the midday anchor in addition to the 4 and 5 p.m. anchor.

“We expect this shift in duties for both Mari and Wendy to be a game-changer for the I-Team’s work and look forward to the positive impact they will make in the San Diego community,” KNSD vice president of news Greg Dawson.

Tania Ortega Joins KTBC From KCEN

Tania Ortega is joining KTBC, the Fox O&O in Austin, as a general assignment reporter for the morning newscast.

Ortega was most recently a reporter and producer for KCEN in Waco. She has also worked as a reporter, anchor and sales representative at KXXV in Waco. Her television career began as an intern for KNSD in San Diego.

“Tania’s energy combined with her extensive knowledge of Texas is great for our expanding reporter team on ‘Good Day Austin,’” KTBC vice president and news director Pam Vaught said in a statement.

It’s Official: Larry Wert Leaving WMAQ For Tribune

WMAQ general manager Larry Wert is leaving the NBC O&O for a top job at Tribune Co. Wert will be the president of local broadcasting,  overseeing strategy and opreations for 23 television stations and Chicago-based WGN Radio, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Wert will report to Peter Liguori, who stepped into the CEO role after the company emerged from bankruptcy last month.

“Our TV assets are an incredibly important part of the Tribune Co. We wanted to bring someone on board who had the breadth of experience, the depth of relationships and the energy to take innovations and get them across the goal line,” Ligouri said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “I just felt that we could take these local broadcast stations and really supercharge them behind Larry’s expertise and stewardship.”

Wert, a Chicago native, has been president and general manager of WMAQ since 1998. In 2008, he was named president of NBC Local Media’s central and western region, overseeing KNTV in San Francisco, KNBC in Los Angeles, KNSD in San Diego and KXAS in Dallas in addition to WMAQ. In 2011, NBC named Wert executive vice president of station initiatives for the NBC-owned stations.

“I grew up here, I spent most of my career here so I respect the great legacy of the Tribune co. I’m familiar with their great assets,” Wert told Broadcasting & Cable. “Their station footprint is significant in 36% of the country. I think there’s an opportunity right now to be part of its future in a very positive way.”

Rumors of Wert’s departure from WMAQ began last week. In his new job, he will remain based in Chicago.

>Update: NBC Owned Television Stations President Valari Staab has released a statement:

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for Larry to run a broadcast group and stay in his hometown of Chicago. I greatly appreciate his dedication and have truly enjoyed working with him over the last 18 months. I wish him the very best in his new role.

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