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KNXV Promotes EP to Assistant News Director

knxv logo_304x200Jamie Ioos has been named assistant news director at KNXV.

Pat Costello, news director at the Phoenix ABC affiliate, told TVSpy Ioos was executive producer of the 10:00 p.m. and was made interim assistant ND after Dan Wilson left to become interim and eventually news director at WPTV in West Palm Beach.

Before coming to KNXV, Ioos was news director at KOB in Albuquerque. Before that she had worked as a news consultant, a news director at KVBC (now KSNV) in Las Vegas and an executive producer at WFXT in Boston.

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Christopher Sign Promoted to Weekday Morning Anchor at KNXV

KNXV weekend anchor Christopher Sign has been promoted to weekday morning anchor by the Phoenix ABC affiliate.

Anita Helt, KNXV VP & GM, tweeted out the news over the weekend.

KNXV morning meteorologist Iris Hermosillo wrote on her facebook page, “I’ve been lucky enough to build a genuine friendship with this guy over the past year and a half as we helped develop ABC15 Weekend Mornings. Now I’m beyond thrilled that we’ll get to continue working together each day as Christopher Sign ABC 15 also joins the ABC15 Morning crew M-F.” Read more

KNXV Bakes Cookies While Phoenix Swelters

cookies knxvKNXV chief meteorologist Amber Sullins has forecast a high of 114 for the airport, which would make it the hottest day of the year there.

Maybe we’re posting this because we’re hungry, but the Phoenix ABC affiliate is trying a sweeter, hopefully yummier take on the old hot weather gag of frying an egg to show what hot looks like.

Someone at the station put some cookie dough on a sheet and placed it in direct sunlight on the station’s patio. They want to see how long it takes for the cookies to bake. The baking started at 10:45 a.m. Phoenix time. You can even watch it happen live. Click here to watch on webcam.

KNXV promises to show off the cookies during tonight’s newscast. Maybe we’ll check in later to see how they taste. Regardless, take Ron Burgundy’s advice and don’t chase them down with milk. It’s a bad choice on a hot day.

KNXV Moves One Anchor, Adds Two and Subtracts an Assistant ND

knxv logo_304x200Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV is making moves in front of and behind the camera.

The Scripps owned station is adding Danielle Lerner and Nick Ciletti as anchors while assistant news director Dan Wilson is heading to West Palm Beach to take over as interim news director for Scripps’ NBC affiliate WPTV.

KNXV news director Pat Costello told TVSpy Lerner will join the station in mid-September replacing Stephanie Hockridge on weekends. Hockridge has already moved to weekday co-anchor on the 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. after the station expanded its 6:00 p.m. show to an hour.  The station is adding Ciletti as co-anchor to the previously solo anchored weekend morning shows.

WPTV told TVSpy, “We are fortunate to have Dan as our Interim News Director. He has solid news experience and is an outstanding newsroom leader. We are in the process of speaking to candidates for the full-time news director position and the job is currently posted on our website.”

Lerner comes to KNXV from KVOA in Tucson where she is a morning anchor. Ciletti comes to KNXV from WBBH in Fort Myers, FL.

Two Scripps Stations Premiere New Style of News Show

the now kmghE.W. Scripps says it’s “redefining the afternoon news” with a show called The NOW.

The show will debut on Denver ABC affiliate KMGH and Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB starting today at 4:00 p.m.. The station group said it covers what’s trending on social media and “invites the audience to join the conversation across traditional and digital media platforms” and is not a newscast.

“I believe The NOW will set the pace for the type of programming that audiences on multiple platforms crave,” Brian Lawlor, SVP of Scripps television, said in a statement. “These audiences want to know what’s happening right now, give their own take on those events, and share their thoughts with their own social media networks.”

Denver’s version of The Now will be anchored by Lionel Bienvenu while the KSHB show will feature digital reporter Deb Tuff. Read more

Sheriff’s Department Resorts to Publicly Shaming Phoenix Station for Inaccurate Reports

knxv logo_304x200A Sheriff’s Department in the Phoenix market has resorted to publicly shaming ABC affiliate KNXV for what it says is a string of inaccurate reports.

The most recent incident happened Wednesday when KNXV reported on Twitter three people had been taken to the hospital after two helicopters had collided near Phoenix. It was actually a single vehicle rollover involving three different air ambulances taking the injured to local hospitals.

Following the gaffe, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu issued a statement on the department’s website, “If there isn’t enough drama for the evening news, don’t worry ABC15 will make up more.”

Last month, KNXV ran a report about a man who they said had been banned from Walmart for ad matching, a practice where Walmart matches the lowest price found in advertised products. But, according to the Sheriff’s Department “A simply [sic] check with the Sheriff’s Office would have shown that the “ad match victim” portrayed by ABC15 News was in fact cited and released for one count of Disorderly Conduct and one count of Threatening and Intimidating.”

Tim Gaffney, public information officer for the Sheriff’s department told TVSpy his department has tried multiple times to address the issue with KNXV management and parent company Scripps. He said all attempts have been ignored.

Gaffney said the inaccurate reporting and lack of response from the station and its parent company have forced the department to attempt public shaming in order to bring about a change. Read more

Adam Slinger Joins WSYX-WTTE as Weekend Morning Co-Anchor

Adam Slinger has joined WSYX-WTTE, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s ABC and Fox affiliates in Columbus, as the weekend morning anchor.

It is a return to the stations for Slinger, who worked as a nightside reporter before joining KNXV in Phoenix in 2011. At WSYX-WTTE, he anchors the weekend morning newscasts, which launched last weekend, alongside Maria Durant and meteorologist Phil Kelley.

“I’m thrilled to return to Columbus and ABC6/Fox28,” Slinger told TVSpy in an email. “Our lives are here. Ohio is home. There’s no place like it. The GOOD DAY COLUMBUS brand is one of the most recognizable in the market, and getting to be part of the weekend edition’s launch is incredibly exciting.”

Phoenix Stations Remember Journalists Killed in 2007 Helicopter Accident

Phoenix stations took time this weekend to mark the six year anniversary of a helicopter crash that killed four local journalists.

July 27, 2007, the helicopters for ABC affiliate KNXV and independent station KTVK collided while covering a police chase. KNXV’s Craig Smith and Rick Krolak and KTVK’s Scott Bowerbank and Jim Cox were all killed when the helicopters went down in Steele Indian School Park.

“On July 27th will always be a difficult time for us, but something we are determined not to let die,” Jim Cox’s father Alan Cox told FOX owned station KSAZ. “This memorial in the park is just fantastic and the folks who put this together should be commended. We thank them very, very much.”

The Cox family has created the James Alan Cox foundation for Student Photographers. Click here to learn more. Watch the coverage from the two stations affected after after the jump. Read more

KNXV Called Racist For Where They Got Zimmerman Trial Reaction

Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV is getting called out by viewers and the local media over where it chose to look for reaction to this weekend’s George Zimmerman verdict.

The night the verdict was announced, KNXV reporter Sara Goldenberg went to Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles restaurant in downtown Phoenix to ask patrons for their thoughts on the verdict.

Shortly after the piece aired, Phoenix Business Journal editor Ilana Lowery tweeted, “As a journalist, I’m appalled @abc15phx went to Lolo’s in Phoenix to get reaction to #ZimmermanVerdict. Why a chicken and waffle restaurant?” Read more

Eight Stations Nominated for News & Documentary Emmys

Eight local stations have been nominated for News and Documentary Emmys, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today. WBZ, WMAQ and WNBC were nominated for Outstanding Regional News Story in the Spot News category, and KING, KNXV, WABC, WTTG and WXYZ in Detroit were nominated for Outstanding Regional News Story in the Investigative Reporting category.

For Spot News, Boston CBS O&O WBZ was nominated for its coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn; NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago was nominated for coverage of the Chicago NATO protests; and NBC-owned WNBC in New York City was nominated for coverage of the shooting near the Empire State Building.

In the Investigative Reporting category, Seattle NBC affiliate KING was nominated for “Their Crime, Your Dime;” Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV was nominated for “Sheriff’s School of Abuse;” New York ABC O&O WABC was nominated for “Mace in Your Face?”; Washington, DC Fox O&O WTTG was nominated for “UDC;” and Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ was nominated for “Corruption in the County.”

The full list of nominees is after the jump. Read more

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