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Viewers Not Happy With What They See After Yuma Stations Put Under One Roof

npg_304The plan to put all the Yuma, Ariz. market stations owned or operated by News-Press & Gazette under one roof has not gone as smoothly as planned.

According to the Yuma Sun, viewers started noticing signal problems after NBC affiliate KYMA, CBS affiliate KSWT, FOX, ABC, CW and Telemundo affiliate KECY were consolidated as part of a shared services agreement between Blackhawk Broadcasting and NP&G in July.

About six weeks ago, and “without any warning whatsoever, stations 11 and 13… started pixelating, started cutting programs and commercials in the middle of the program, having un-synchronous video and audio, and literally having frozen video with audio underneath,” Frederic B. Brown told the Yuma Sun recently.

George Lopez, chief engineer for the stations said it’s complicated.

“One of the things that made it a little more difficult is NBC requires us to have their own satellite equipment. CBS also was a little challenging, because KSWT was operated remotely from a place in Texas. So all the receiving equipment for the network was in Texas at the time. We took some of the equipment and shipped it cross country, but in the meantime, we had to operate on a semi-temporary basis. We just now are getting over that hump – getting the equipment from CBS, and putting it up.”

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One Station Group Makes Big Move in a Small Market

npg logoNews-Press & Gazette is now the only game in town for TV viewers in the Yuma, AZ-El Centro, CA, market.

NPG has agreed to a sharing agreement with Blackhawk Broadcasting to operate both NBC affiliate KYMA and CBS affiliate KSWT.

NPG owns KECY and KESE the CW, ABC, FOX and Telemundo affiliates in that market (DMA #166).

Mike Meara, EVP and COO at NPG Broadcasting, told TVSpy, “Due to the economic challenges facing Yuma/El Centro, and similar markets our size, this agreement will allow us to share resources in News, Engineering, Operations and Promotions that will result in a stronger operation that will be able serve the Yuma/El Centro area with a more robust news gathering operation and deeper commitment to Community Service.” Read more

Steve Nunez Joins KSWT as News Director

Steve Nunez has joined KSWT as news director.

Nunez confirmed with TVSpy he started at the Yuma, AZ, CBS affiliate last week.

The former KGUN morning anchor was let go from the Tucson ABC affiliate in September after one year on the desk.  He began his career with KGUN as an intern in 1993.

Bill Cummings Signs on as News Director at WICU-WSEE

Bill Cummings will join WICU-WSEE as news director, according to the Rick Gevers blog.

Cummings, who will replace current news director Lisa Adams, comes from KSWT, in Yuma, AZ, after less than a year at the CBS affiliate.

Adams, who is stepping down as news director at the Erie NBC-CBS affiliate, will stay on as anchor.  She has been at WICU for more than thirty years and was named news director of the Lilly Broadcasting owned duopoly a year and a half ago.

Cummings formerly worked in Tucson, Evansville, IN, Huntington, WV, and Tri-Cities, TN.