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Former Phoenix Anchor Bill Close Dies at 91

Bill Close, a longtime anchor at KSAZ (then KOOL) in Phoenix, died Sunday at 91.

Close, who KSAZ calls “the Walter Cronkite of Phoenix,” was best known for an on-air incident in 1982 when a gunman entered the KOOL studios and held Close and his camera man, Louie Villa, hostage for five hours. Close negotiated with the gunman and read a “rambling” statement from him. The gunman eventually surrendered.

Watch KSAZ’s look back at his life after the jump. Read more

Terry McSweeney Joins KNTV From Rival KGO

After five years at KGO, the ABC O&O in San Francisco, Terry McSweeney is joining rival KNTV, the NBC O&O in the Bay Area.

At KNTV, McSweeney will anchor the weekend evening newscasts alongside Diane Dwyer. He will also work as a general assignment reporter during the week. McSweeney worked at KNTV as a general assignment reporter from 1987-95.

“Terry has distinguished himself as an enterprising reporter in this market and we’re excited to welcome him back to the KNTV newsroom as part of our anchor team,” KNTV vice president of news Jonathan Mitchell said in a statement.

McSweeney was also a weekend anchor and weekday reporter at KGO. He has also worked at KTXL in Sacramento, WPBF in Palm Beach, KSAZ in Phoenix and WTEN in Albany.

FOX Television Stations Commit to ‘TMZ Live’

FOX Television Stations has announced “TMZ Live,” a one hour show that takes viewers inside the TMZ newsroom, will now air on all of its FOX stations.

FOX has been slowly adding the show to its station group since March 2012.  After a test run in the Los Angeles market on KTTV, it soon expanded into Phoenix (KSAZ), Boston (WFXT) Chicago (WFLD), Dallas (KDFW), Detroit (WJBK) and Minneapolis (KMSP). Beginning next Fall, FOX will air the show on its remaining stations including New York (WNYW), Philadelphia (WTXF), Washington, D.C (WTTG), Atlanta (WAGA), Houston (KRIV), Tampa (WTVT) and Orlando (WOFL).

“The distribution roll-out of “TMZ Live” is as unconventional and unique as the show itself,” said Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “This slow approach has translated into a strong and loyal daily audience, time period increases and younger demos.  It’s also created a demand in the markets where the series does not yet air.” Read more

KSAZ’s Alexis Vance Chooses Family Over TV

Alexis Vance said goodbye to KSAZ, the FOX O&O in Phoenix, to take care of her five-year-old daughter.

Vance had a chance to say thanks to the KSAZ news team before they danced her off “Gangnam Style” in the Friday Dance Break segment.  You can watch the video of her goodbye and subsequent dance party after the jump.

“Last day and last dance,” said Vance surrounded by the morning news team.  “But thank you guys for five wonderful years. Five wonderful years.  It’s been so, so, such a special time.  Such a special time.”

Vance joined KSAZ in 2007 as a reporter for the morning and noon shows.  She previously worked in El Paso, TX and Rapid City, South Dakota. Read more

KSAZ Stops Covering Car Chase Moments Before Suspect Shoots Himself

Fox O&O KSAZ was the only local station to cover a high-speed police chase in Phoenix Friday afternoon. The station’s coverage ended at 12:28pmMT, just four minutes before the suspect exited the vehicle and shot himself in the head.

The chase went on for nearly an hour. KSAZ covered it during the noon newscast, which is anchored by Kristin Anderson and Ron Hoon. Coverage included a lower-third graphic that warned, “Live coverage may contain images not suitable for all viewers.”

Fox News, which was using aerial coverage from KSAZ during “Studio B with Shepard Smith,” aired the suicide, followed by a lengthy apology.

Fox O&Os Launch Partnership with AccuWeather

Broadcasting & Cable reports on a new partnership between Fox Television Stations and AccuWeather that will launch this summer:

Fox said its stations “will offer their local viewers a 24/7 live streaming video weather channel provided by AccuWeather,” while jointly produced and branded content will extend across “virtually all of the stations’ media platforms,” including mobile.

“Weather is one of the most important services our stations provide to their communities and has long been a major focus for FTS,” said Ron Stitt, the group’s vice president of digital media and internet operations. Read more

KSAZ’s UFO Mystery ‘Solved’

The mystery behind the big flash of light that appeared in the sky during a KSAZ traffic update last Thursday morning has been solved.

The KSAZ news team was initially unable to determine the origin of the flash, which appeared on a live traffic camera, but now, after some sleuthing by reporter Miriam Garcia, the Fox O&O has determined that the orb of light was caused by an electrical breaker.

Garcia interviewed a woman who witnessed the breaker malfunction, which occured at 5:10 a.m. on Thursday. Video inside… Read more

Mysterious Light Appears in KSAZ Live Shot, 15 Years After UFO Visited Phoenix

As KSAZ‘s Andrea Robinson delivered a traffic update Thursday morning, a mysterious orb of bright light appeared in a live shot of a Phoenix highway.

The flash of light, reminiscent of an explosion, comes just days before the 15th anniversary of the famous “Phoenix Lights” incident, in which a series of lights were observed in the skies over Arizona.

KSAZ checked with local utilities companies to see if perhaps a transformer had blown, but there were no reports of such an explosion.

The station has asked viewers to share any information they may have about the flash on Facebook and Twitter. So far, there is no evidence that the flash was caused by visitors from outer space (there is also no evidence that is was not caused by aliens). Video inside… Read more

Mike Lewis Named VP-GM of KTBC in Austin

Mike Lewis has been named vice president and general manage of KTBC, the Fox O&O in Austin. His appointment is effective immediately.

Lewis joins KTBC from another Fox O&O, KRIV in Houston, where he has been the vice president and general sales manager for four years.

“Mike has done a stellar job in leading our Houston sales team,” Fox Television stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a statement. “His extensive knowledge of the broadcast industry and strategic approach to our business make him the ideal choice as we look to maintain and grow KTBC’s position in the Austin market.”

Lewis replaces Mark Rodman, who joined Fox O&O KSAZ in Phoenix as general manager last month.

Weather Anchor Kristy Siefkin Joins KSAZ in Phoenix

Kristy Siefkin has joined Fox owned-and-operated KSAZ in Phoenix as a weather anchor.

Siefkin, who will contribute to the 5, 9 and 10 p.m. weekend newscasts, joins KSAZ after only nine months at KPIX in San Francisco, where she split her time between forecasting and general reporting.

Prior to that, she worked at KRON, also in San Francisco. Her first day at KSAZ will be January 7.

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