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After Four Years at KOMU, Blake Hanson Joins WDSU

Blake Hanson has joined WDSU, the NBC-affiliate in New Orleans.

Hanson comes from KOMU in Columbia, MO, where he has been a reporter, morning fill-in anchor and producer since 2008. During his time in Columbia, he also reported for Newsy.com and several local radio stations.

Hanson will be a reporter for WDSU’s morning newscast. His first day at the station is today.

KOMU Scales Back Interactivity on Google+ Newscast

KOMU‘s interactive newscast is moving to noon and scaling back on Google+ involvement from viewers beginning later this month.

Jennifer Reeves, the interactive director of the Columbia NBC-affiliate, told TVSpy the interactive newscast is not being cancelled, noting that the only changes are “the show’s time, name and format changes to boost its professionalism.”

“We’re scaling back on how we present interactivity in a way our audience is more wiling to accept,” Reeves said. “This is partly the challenge of bringing new delivery to a traditional space.” Read more

10 Local Stations Win SPJ Awards

Several local stations have won Sigma Delta Chi awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Awards were given to a small-market and large-market station in five categories — breaking news coverage, documentaries, feature reporting, investigative reporting and public service in television journalism.

Large market winners were WISH in Indianapolis, KLAS in Las Vegas, News 12 Westchester, KPHO in Phoenix and WIVB in Buffalo. Small market station winners were WGXA in Macon, GA, KOMU in Columbia, KCRG in Cedar Rapids, WVUE in New Orleans and WTWO in Terre Haute, IN.

A full list of local news winners is after the jump. Read more

Emily Spain Named Morning Anchor at KOMU

Beginning this Spring, Emily Spain will join Megan Murphy and Eric Aldrich on the KOMU morning newscast.

Spain will co-anchor from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., according to TVNewsCheck. She will start her new job on May 26 after her graduation from University of Missouri, which is the owner of the Columbia NBC-affiliate.

Spain has worked at KOMU as an assignment reporter, weathercaster and web editor since 2008.

KSHB, KFOR Air Controversial Political Ad After Other Stations Decline

At least two NBC-affiliates recently aired a controversial anti-abortion ad after dozens of stations across the country declined to run the commercial.

KSHB in Kansas City and KFOR in Oklahoma City both aired an ad from dubious presidential hopeful Randall Terry that includes graphic images of aborted fetuses.  A number of stations, most notably WMAQ in Chicago, declined to run the ad because they did not consider Terry to be a serious candidate (Terry is a lifelong conservative who is now running for president as a Democrat).

“Political discourse is crucial in an open and democratic society,” KSHB general manager Mike Vrabac said in a statement, explaining the station’s decision to air the commercial during its 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. Read more

KVLY-KXJB Hires Two Multimedia Journalists

Two new multimedia journalists will join KVLY-KXJB in Fargo next week: Tony Ullrich (pictured) and Robert Hahn, news director Griff Potter announced in a staff memo today.

Ullrich joins KVLY-KXJB from KOMU in Columbia, MO, where he has been a multimedia journalist, weekend anchor and live truck operator since 2008. He began his television career at KMEG, the CBS-affiliate in Sioux City, IA.

Hahn joins the Fargo duopoly from Bay News 9 in St. Petersburg, where he is an anchor and multimedia journalist. He has previously worked at KWGN in Cheyenne and WFXL in Albany, GA.

Kevin Gehl Joins WLNS As Weekend Sports Anchor

Kevin Gehl will join Lansing CBS-affiliate WLNS in November as the weekend sports anchor.

Since 2009, Gehl has been a reporter for Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area, a high school sports show that airs on San Francisco’s KOFY. From 2007 to 2009, he was a reporter and sports anchor at KOMU, the NBC-affiliate in Columbia, MO.

“I graduated from Mizzou and I’m thrilled to be heading back to the Midwest,” Gehl tells TVSpy in an email.

Gehl’s first assignment for WLNS will be in San Diego, where Michigan State and North Carolina will play a college basketball game aboard the U.S.S. Carl Vinson aircraft carrier on November 11. He will start on-set in Lansing the week of November 21.

KOMU Puts Local News on a Global Platform Using Google+ Hangouts

As local stations nationwide struggled with how to replace “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in their programming lineup, a new idea emerged at KOMU, the NBC-affiliate in Columbia, MO: a social-media driven newscast that would connect viewers from all over the world through “hangouts,” 10-person video chats on Google+.

“There is something magical about bringing people in from around the world in a singular space to discuss the day’s news,” KOMU’s Sarah Hill, who has anchored the 4 p.m. newscast since its debut on September 12, told TVSpy. “Globally, we are reducing the space between us.”

Hill pointed to a recent segment about Kenza Drider, who is running for president of France and targeting the country’s ban on Islamic face veils, as an example of the benefits from the hangout-style newscasts (watch video of the hangout segment inside). Read more

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