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KPRC Apologizes to Formula One Fans for not Airing Monaco Grand Prix

KPRC‘s decision to go with local news instead of the Monaco Grand Prix Sunday morning angered viewers enough to prompt general manager Jerry Martin to post an apology on the Houston NBC affiliate’s website.

“I wanted to let you know that we heard from many Formula One fans this weekend regarding our decision to air our local news in lieu of the Monaco Grand Prix. We will reevaluate the decision for next year’s race,” said Martin. “Our rationale for not airing the race was based on KPRC being a “news comes first” local television station, which includes holiday weekends.”

Martin explained the station had data showing viewers in the Houston market aren’t known for watching motor sports. “I know this rationale does little to assuage your emotions regarding this matter since you are fans of F1, however, I do understand what it means to be a fan of racing,” added Martin before promising to reassess how the station handles the broadcast next year. This year’s race was the most watched Formula One race on US TV in six years. Read more

Bill Spencer ‘Thrilled’ to Join Houston’s KPRC

Bill Spencer has joined Houston NBC affiliate KPRC as a member of its investigative team.

“I’m thrilled to be here.” Spencer told TVspy. “My first story is an investigative piece on Monday night at 10:00 p.m.”

In January, Spencer left Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ after 16 years. According to Deadline Detroit, his contract wasn’t renewed. “Being out of work was terrifying for me,” said Spencer who started at KPRC yesterday. “I’ve never been through that before.”

The investigative reporter admits it’s tough to start over in a new market. He’s already fielding story ideas through twitter, “If you have been the victim of a home burglary recently. I’d like to talk to you.” Read more

Houston Stations Cover Lone Star Stabbing

Houston stations have been in wall-to-wall coverage of a stabbing at Lone Star College that happened this morning around 11:20amCT. At least 15 people were injured in the incident.

KPRC‘s Andy Cerota first reported the news at 11:38 a.m. KTRK‘s Melanie Lawson was next at 11:45 a.m. KRIV and KHOU both reported the news at the top of their respective noon newscasts, with Melissa Wilson anchoring on KRIV and Ron Trevino and Katherine Whaley anchoring on KHOU.

The stations dispatched reporters to the Cypress-based college campus as coverage continued. Phil Archer and Phillip Mena reported from the scene for NBC affiliate KPRC, with Joel Eisenbaum reporting from Houston’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Miya Shay and Kevin Quinn reported from Lone Star College for ABC O&O KTRK. Isiah Carey reported from the scene for Fox O&O KRIV, and Malani Basu and Jeremy Desel covered the incident for CBS affiliate KHOU.

Sports Anchor Kyle Montgomery Out at KPRC

Sports anchor Kyle Montgomery has left Houston NBC affiliate KPRC, media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Montgomery joined KPRC in June 2012 from Raycom Sports’ ACC network, where he had worked since 2011. He previously worked at NBA TV and Turner Sports, as well as at WSFA in Montgomery, Ala. and WDAM in Hattiesburg, Miss.

According to McGuff, Montgomery’s bio was stripped from the KPRC website on April 1. According to TVEyes, his last appearance on the station was March 31.

Amanda Perez Joins KPRC From KFSN

Amanda Perez is joining Houston NBC affiliate KPRC as a reporter, according to Houston media blogger Mike McGuff.

Perez has been a reporter and weekend anchor at KFSN, the ABC O&O in Fresno, since 2006. “It has been an absolute honor to work with the members of the Action News team, who strive to produce the best newscast in the Valley every single day,” Perez wrote on Facebook. “You can’t ask for better coworkers.”

Perez has previously worked at KPRC as an editor. According to McGuff, she begins in her new role on April 8.

‘Kapooyah! Kapooyah!’ Houston Woman Energetically Describes Hailstorm to KPRC

KPRC found a local woman well-versed in onomatopoeia to talk about the size and sound of the hail that fell during a storm that recently hit the Houston area.

“Man! Those jokers were big,” Brookshire resident Michelle Clark told the Houston NBC affiliate. “Size of a quarter, doggone.”

She then described the sound of the hail to reporter Mary Lee by exclaiming, “It said, ‘Kapooyah! Kapooyah!’” Clark then told Lee she ran to the restroom before calling her mother to see if she was all right.

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Iain Page Joins WTXF in Philadelphia

After two years at KPRC in Houston, Iain Page is joining WTXF in Philadelphia.

Beginning February 18, Page will join the Fox O&O as co-anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast alongside Kerry Barrett. He will also contribute to the 10 p.m. newscast as a reporter.

“Iain’s unique background, having worked in various broadcasting roles and as an attorney, will serve our viewers well. This, along with his strong reporting experience and ability to tell a compelling story, will bring a valuable perspective to our newscasts,” WTXF VP-GM Dennis Bianchi said in a statement.

Page takes over for Thomas Drayton at the 5 p.m. anchor desk. Drayton will continue to co-anchor WTXF’s 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts with Barrett.

After Three Decades with ABC, Chris Bury Shifts Focus to Local News

After more than thirty years with ABC News – much of it based out of Chicago for Nightline and World News — correspondent Chris Bury is looking to the future. Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder reports that after leaving the network last year, Bury has been “waiting out” his contract, finally making him an official free agent today.

First up is hosting a weekly public affairs show, In the Loop, for City Colleges of Chicago public station WYCC.  Interestingly, he’ll rotate anchor duties with another former ABC’er, reporter Barbara Pinto.

Also on the horizon: producing content via the newly-lunched Burcat Media Group, established with his wife Catherine Catalane, an anchor at Chicago’s WBBM-AM.

Another possibility is anchoring for a Windy City station. “That would be great,” Bury says. “Chicago is a great city where people still care about news. Most of the stations here are at least trying to do a solid job. It’s not the crap you see in Los Angeles or New York.”

Bury is a South Side native who worked in local news at KPRC in Houston, WTMJ in Milwaukee, and at St. Louis’ KTVI.

At Least 2 Shot at Lone Star College in Houston

At least two people were shot at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas shortly around 12:30pmCT Tuesday afternoon.

NBC affiliate KPRC and CBS affiliate KHOU both reported the news at 12:36 p.m. KPRC interrupted “The Ricki Lake Show” and KHOU broke into “The Bold and the Beautiful.” ABC O&O KTRK reported the news at at 12:39 p.m., interrupting “The Chew,” and Fox O&O KRIV was next, breaking into “Dish Nation” at 12:46 p.m.

KPRC is an affiliate of both NBC and CNN, which led to their coverage being used — sometimes simultaneously — on both MSNBC and CNN (screengrabs from 2:29pmET):

Houston Police Arrest Man For Stalking KPRC Traffic Anchor Jennifer Reyna

Houston police have arrested a man accused of stalking KPRC traffic anchor Jennifer Reyna, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Christopher Olson was arrested Wednesday in his apartment. His bail was set at $80,000. Olson, who has been trailing Reyna since September and has tried to approach her in the station parking lot, violated a 2007 court order that prohibited him from having contact with her.

In 2007, Olson drove his car through the front doors of the station twice, causing $5,000 worth of damage.

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