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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

Woman Found Dead After Husband Calls KOMO And Says He Killed Her

An overnight phone call to the KOMO assignment desk set off an extensive police search for a woman after her husband called the station and said he had killed her.

Sara Barrett, 42, was found dead at 6 a.m. Thursday, according to the Seattle ABC affiliate. Police were alerted to her disappearance on Wednesday night after her husband, Tony James Barrett, called the KOMO assignment desk Wednesday night.

According to the station, Barrett said: “I just killed my wife … I want you to put it on your Facebook.” He went on to say that authorities would find her “by tonight or tomorrow” and disconnected when the station asked if they could contact the police.

The station immediately notified the authorities, who launched a search for Sara Barrett. Tacoma police located her husband early Thursday morning and pursued him across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge at high speeds. The chase came to an end when police placed spike strips in the path of his vehicle.

Barrett was charged for attacking his wife in 2007, when he held a pillow over her face until she nearly suffocated. He served one day in jail and two years under the Department of Corrections supervision.

Watch KOMO’s report after the jump. Read more

Morning Anchor Peggy Bunker Leaving KOMO

Peggy Bunker is leaving Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO, according to a staff memo obtained by NewsBlues.

“Peggy has decided to spend some quality time with the twins and see where [her husband's] career takes their family before deciding on her next career move,” news director Holly Gauntt wrote. “Peggy has done what many of us have, she’s traveled the country getting experience and building her career. Her husband has been at her side, making the trek to bigger markets as her career took off. Now it’s Peggy’s turn to be at his side.”

Bunker is a former anchor of ABC’s “World News Now.” She joined KOMO in 2011.

NewsBlues reports that Bunker will be replaced by Liz Dueweke, the morning anchor at KOKH in Oklahoma City, beginning in April.

Chelsea Kopta Signs Off From Spokane’s KHQ

Chelsea Kopta, a reporter and digital journalist at KHQ, signs off from the Spokane NBC affiliate Friday.

“It is with mixed emotions — excitement and a heavy heart — that I announce my departure from KHQ,” Kopta wrote on Facebook recently. “After two incredible years in Spokane, I am heading to the Big Apple to continue my career as a reporter in New York City!”

Before joining KHQ, Kopta also worked at KOMO in Seattle and KEPR in Pasco, Wash.

Russ Bowen Joining Seattle’s KOMO

Russ Bowen has announced he is joining Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO as weekend co-anchor.

Bowen announced the news on his facebook page saying,

I’m so excited to finally be able to share some exciting news! I’m heading to Seattle. I’ll be the new weekend co-anchor for KOMO-TV. My last day at WLOS is Feb 8th and I leave for Seattle Feb 10th! I can’t thank you all enough for being such wonderful friends and viewers. Western North Carolina and everyone who lives here will always have a special place in my heart….

Bowen co-anchors the 10 pm. news for MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYA and reports daily for WLOS, the ABC affiliate for Asheville, NC.  He started working at the station in 2000 as bureau chief of the Western Carolina News Center. Before coming to WLOS, Bowen worked for WCTI in New Bern, NC.

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KOMO Cuts Commentator Ken Schram

KOMO commentator Ken Schram has been let go at the Seattle ABC affiliate.

“My position here at KOMO 4 News has been eliminated,” Schram wrote on Facebook Wednesday. “I’d be less than candid if I didn’t acknowledge how disappointed I am to have my 35+ year career at KOMO end this way. Still, it’s been a great run.”

Schram’s last “Schrammie” presentation will be Wednesday night, and his last daily commentary will be Monday. He also hosts a daily radio program every afternoon on KOMO Newsradio.

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