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Casey Smith Out at KTNV

Smith_Casey_newTVSpy has confirmed, KTNV morning anchor Casey Smith no longer works at the Las Vegas ABC affiliate.

Smith’s bio has been removed from the station website. A quick check of TVEyes showed Smith hadn’t been on the air since last Wednesday’s morning show.

He’s also worked at KSBW in Salinas-Monterey and KTWO in Casper, Wyo.

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FCC Fines Journal for Airing Car Ads as ‘Special Reports’ on KTNV

ktnv croppedThe Federal Communications Commission today announced its Enforcement Bureau has fined Journal Broadcast Corp., owner Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV, $115,000 for violating the Commission’s Sponsorship Identification Rule.

According to the FCC, KTNV aired “Special Reports” in 2009 that were actually paid ads for car dealers without disclosing the reports were paid for.

“Broadcasters are not allowed to deceive the public by presenting commercial announcements or other paid programming in the guise of news or editorial content,” Travis LeBlanc, chief of the FCC Enforcement Bureau said. “Transparency is especially crucial in a situation like this one where a pseudo news report invites viewers to rely on their perception of the station’s independence and objectivity when, in fact, the message has been bought and paid for by an undisclosed third party.” Read more

Joe Poss Named VP, GM of WTMJ

wtmj logoJoe Poss has been named vice president and general manager of WTMJ, the NBC affiliate in Milwaukee. His appointment is effective February 17.

It is a move within Journal Broadcast Group for Poss, who has been general manager of WGBA-WACY in Green Bay since 2011. Before that, he was the station’s general sales manager for six years. He has also worked in sales at KTNV in Las Vegas, WSVN in Miami and KMSP in Minneapolis.

“With his successful background in broadcast leadership and media sales, and his great rapport with clients and colleagues, Joe will be a welcome addition to the TODAY’S TMJ4 team,” Debbie Turner, executive vice president of television for Journal Broadcast Group, said in a statement. “We are excited for the enthusiasm and expertise he will bring to the Milwaukee television market.”

Poss replaces Steve Wexler, who was named executive vice president of radio for Journal Broadcast Group next month. More in the official release after the jump. Read more

KTNV Surprises Staff, Moves Up Debut of News to Compete with KSNV

KTNV general manager Jim Prather has confirmed with TVSpy, that staffers at the Las Vegas ABC affiliate were told yesterday the station was going to start airing a full hour of news at 3:00 p.m beginning Monday.

The station currently airs a half hour of news at 3:30 p.m. Prather told TVSpy the decision to add the half hour was made more than a year ago when they decided then to stop running “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” at 3:00 p.m. But, “When KSNV announced [its] 3pm start next Monday, we moved up our timeline and will start Monday as well.” Prather added, “We had planned to make the transition on 9/16/13.”

A check of TVEyes showed the station started promoting the switch this morning.

The 3:00 pm. newscast debuting Monday and will be anchored by Rikki Cheese and Brian Scofield.

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Erin Barnett, Marco Villarreal Named Morning Co-Anchors at WVLT

Erin Barnett and Marco Villarreal have been named morning co-anchors at WVLT, the CBS affiliate in Knoxville, Tenn.

Barnett joins the station from WSLS in Roanoke, Va., where she was a general assignment reporter. Villarreal most recently worked as a general assignment reporter at KTNV in Las Vegas. They replace Bob Yarbrough and Michele Silva, who signed off from WVLT Friday.

Allie Spillyards, who moves to weekdays from the weekend anchor desk, will handle the headlines and breaking news. Heather Haley will continue as the weekday morning meteorologist.

Watch a promo for the new morning show after the jump. Read more

Jessica Janner Promoted to Anchor at KTNV

After a year as a reporter at Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV, Jessica Janner is moving to the anchor desk.

Janner will join the morning newscast alongside anchors Beth Fisher and Casey Smith, meteorologist Mike Tsolinas and traffic reporter Micah Manalo. She will also co-anchor the 11 a.m. newscast alongside Smith.

“I’m truly excited to join the team on Good Morning Las Vegas. It’s my goal to help add to its exceptional energy, sincere community impact and reliable information,” Janner said in a statement. “I consider the valley my home and share in KTNV’s endeavor to make it a ‘better place to live.’”

Before joining KNTV, Janner worked at KAMR-KCIT in Amarillo, Texas.

Lisa Remillard Signs Off From KTNV

Morning and midday anchor Lisa Remillard said an on-air goodbye to viewers and her colleagues this morning on Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV.

Remillard told TVSpy, “It has been a wonderful 4.5 years in Vegas and I have loved my coworkers and the wonderful people of Las Vegas.”

“It’s been a morning of fighting back tears,” said Beth Fisher with co-anchor Casey Smith, meteorologist Mike Tsolinas and traffic reporter Micah Manalo in the final segment of the station’s 6:00 a.m. newscast. After all the anchors said their farewells, Manalo added “It’s going to be different here in the studio.” Read more

Rikki Cheese Returns to KTNV Anchor Desk

Rikki Cheese has been tapped to anchor the 3:30 p.m. newscast on KTNV, the ABC-affiliate in Las Vegas.

Cheese has been with KTNV since 2003. Three years ago, she left the morning anchor desk and returned to full-time reporting after being arrested for DUI, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

“Rikki’s knowledge of Las Vegas is second to none,” news director Karin Movesian said in a statement. “It was an easy decision to make.”

Cheese will begin as Steve Wolford‘s co-anchor on the 3:30 p.m. newscast on August 27.

Beth Fisher Joins KNTV Morning Newscast

After taking a few years off to raise her children, Beth Fisher is returning to Las Vegas local television.

Beginning next month, Fisher will join the morning newscast on KTNV, the ABC-affiliate, alongside Lisa Remillard and Casey Smith. Fisher was previously an anchor at KSNV, the NBC-affiliate.

“My kids are school-aged now, so my husband and I felt I could return to a job I love, serving a community we love. I am grateful to be working for a company that supports and values my role as wife and mother,” Fisher said in a statement.

Evening Anchor Nina Radetich Leaving KTNV

Evening anchor Nina Radetich is leaving KTNV next month to pursue new opportunities and spend more time with her family, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my professional life, whatever it may be, and really looking forward to more time with my family,” Radetich said. “My husband and son are the world to me, and being the best wife and mom I can be will always be my top priority.”

Radetich, who joined KNTV in 2007,  anchors the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts at the Las Vegas ABC-affiliate. After her departure, weekend anchor Tricia Kean will move into the weekday evening anchor position alongside Steve Wolford.

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