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Tom Cohen Named VP of Content at KCTS

KCTS logoTom Cohen is joining KCTS, the PBS station in Seattle, as vice president of content. He begins early next year.

“I am thrilled to join KCTS 9, a prestigious brand in our community,” Cohen said in a statement. “It’s clear to the television industry and the viewing public that the type, quality and delivery of media are undergoing massive change. There is no better time for locally owned and operated broad- and web-casters to consider this and innovate. I am eager to participate.”

Earlier in his career, Cohen worked at Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO for 16 years. Most recently, he has provided media, technology and marketing consulting for various companies, including Microsoft, where he worked until 2007.

More from KCTS after the jump. Read more

Layoffs at Sinclair Stations in Seattle, Portland

sinclair logoSinclair Broadcast Group has handed down a round of layoffs at its newly-acquired stations in Seattle and Portland, TVSpy has learned.

A source at Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO tells TVSpy that there were 10 layoffs in the station’s newsroom and close to 20 across all Sinclair’s properties in Seattle. They include satellite truck operators, editors, producers and radio reporters and editors.

The source describes the mood at KOMO as “a combination of sadness and nervousness,” noting that the newsroom is a “very tight-knit group” that has been through a lot, including the death of Kathi Goertzen, over the past two years. Staffers are said to be banding together to help laid-off employees find new jobs.

KOMO news director Holly Gauntt declined to comment. General manager Janene Drafs did not respond to an email from TVSpy.

In Portland, The Oregonian reports nine people were laid off at ABC affiliate KATU, including “three editors, a writer, a producer, two truck operators and two folks who work with KATU’s web operation, including an executive producer.”

More details? Email us: tvspy@mediabistro.com.

Seattle Choral Group Honors Former KOMO Anchor Eric Slocum


Seattle based choral group The Esoterics recently debuted a new work that uses the poetry of former KOMO radio and TV anchor Eric Slocum.

The anchor for the Seattle ABC Affiliate, who was described as a friend of The Esoterics on the choral group’s website, had planned to work with a composer to set his words to music. After Slocum’s suicide in February 2012, composer Eric Banks got permission to make Slocum’s work “into a 20-minute stream-of-consciousness meditation – on life, its struggles, and the hereafter.”

According to The Esoterics, “Banks then gave this piece a title that borrows from the final image of Slocum’s poetry – from within a symphony of butterflies – I am among them.”

The group marked “Suicide Prevention Month” by asking each composer who wrote for this most recent series of concerts to use verses written by poets who have committed suicide.

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VIDEO: KOMO’s Keith Eldridge Reports From Inside an Adult Entertainment Shop

File this under unique stand-up locations: KOMO’s Keith Eldridge reported Thursday from inside an adult entertainment shop in Seattle (video above).

The store, “Lovers,” was the site of a recent burglary. A man broke into the store and stole a mannequin, which broke in half while he dragged it to the door. The same man allegedly broke into the store again later that night — wearing the wig from the mannequin — to steal clothes and other items.

Eldridge finished his report inside the store, using the mannequins as props. “The folks here are surprised that the suspect didn’t come back trying to get the lower half of the mannequin he stole,” he said. “He just took off with some cheap lingerie.”

Washington State Supreme Court Hears KOMO Case on Police Dashcam Videos

A legal battle between KOMO and the Seattle Police Department over access to police dashcam videos has reached the Washington State Supreme Court. The Seattle ABC affiliate reported on the case Tuesday:

The arguments before the Supreme Court are the last step in a years-long effort by KOMO to use police videos as a means of checking officer behavior. KOMO first requested a database and copies of Seattle police dashcam videos in 2010 during a Problem Solvers investigation about excessive force and biased policing.

In spite of numerous requests, the department told KOMO that the video records — the way the station asked for them — didn’t exist. After more than a year, the city did provide KOMO with a database, but then refused to supply the dashcam videos, saying there was a three-year exemption under the law.

“This is about every single citizen in the state of Washington and their right to have access to the videos that the police have, and their right to hold police accountable,” [KOMO news director Holly] Gauntt said.

KOMO reports the Supreme Court bypassed the appeals court and took the case directly, which can be done when the court believes there is “substantial public importance.” A decision is expected in three to six months.

Watch KOMO’s report after the jump. Read more

Ray Lane Says Goodbye to Seattle’s KOMO

After five years at KOMO, Ray Lane is leaving the Seattle ABC affiliate to become the spokesperson for Puget Sound Energy.

“It’s a very good move for me, but I’ve got to tell you, it is very tough to leave today,” Lane said on the morning newscast Friday (video above). “I work with some great people, especially on the morning shift, from the people up here, to the people I work with out in the field, the photographers, and there are so many people behind the scenes that work in the newsroom.”

Sinclair Broadcast Group to Acquire Fisher Communications for $373M

Sinclair Broadcast Group is buying Fisher Communications for $373.3 million, the two companies announced Thursday.

Fisher owns 20 television stations in eight markets, reaching 3.9% of U.S. TV households (full list is after the jump). The transaction also includes three radio stations in Seattle. As part of the terms of the agreement, Fisher will provide “certain operating services” for three TV stations in Eugene, Ore. –  KMTR, KMCB and KTCW — after the transaction is approved by the FCC.

TVNewsCheck reports Sinclair won a bidding war with LIN Media for the station group “in a deal finalized in the wee hours of Tuesday night.”

“Sinclair is the largest independent TV broadcaster in the country, and we believe its commitment to the industry — along with its greater scale and sizable resources — will provide our stations, team members and business partners with new opportunities to flourish,” Fisher president and CEO Colleen B. Brown said in a statement. Read more

Jim Clayton Named Interim GM at WGHP

Jim Clayton has been named interim president and general manager at WGHP, Local TV’s Fox affiliate in Greensboro, N.C., according to TVNewsCheck.

Clayton stepped down as general manager of KOMO in Seattle last year. Prior to his six years in Seattle, Clayton helmed WNYW, the Fox O&O in New York City.

Clayton temporarily replaces Karen Adams, who was recently named VP-GM of WJZY and WMYT, Fox’s anticipated duopoly in Charlotte.

WSU to Name Building in Honor of Former KOMO Anchor Kathi Goertzen

Washington State University has announced plans to name a building at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication after former KOMO anchor Kathi Goertzen, who died last year from complications of brain tumors.

Goertzen graduated from WSU in 1980 and joined KOMO later that year. The building will be known as the Kathi Goertzen Communication Addition and will become home to Murrow College’s nightly newscast, which Goertzen worked for while she was a student.

“We recognize the unique perseverance, hard work and dedication that Kathi demonstrated throughout her professional career and in her personal life,” WSU president Elson S. Floyd said in a statement. “Kathi will forever be remembered as the truest of Cougs whose life is an inspiration to WSU’s alumni, friends and students for years to come.”

Seattle Broadcasters Sue To Keep Retrans Rates Private

The corporate owners of several Seattle stations have sued Click Cable TV to keep the terms of their retransmission agreements with the Tacoma city-owned cable company away from the Tacoma News Tribune.

The broadcasters have said disclosure of the terms would undermine their negotiating positions with the cable company and would eventually result in consumers paying more to watch their stations.

The Bellingham Herald reported the issue over whether the records are public or private came up after Click Cable and Fisher owned station KOMO settled a contentious dispute over retransmission fees.  After the agreement was reached, the News Tribune asked for details, including just how much the new fees were. Read more

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