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Katie McCall Signs Off From KTRK

katie mccallKatie McCall has left KTRK, Houston media reporter Mike McGuff reports.

McCall, who worked as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter during her five years at the ABC owned station, is leaving for a “higher-profile anchoring gig,” according to McGuff.

McCall has previously worked for WSMV in Nashville, KGUN in Tucson and WBBM in Chicago.

Vicente Arenas Joins CBS News From KHOU

vicente arenasVicente Arenas is joining CBS News as a Miami-based correspondent next month.

Arenas joins the network from KHOU, the CBS affiliate in Houston, where he has been a weekend anchor and reporter since 2003. Before that, Arenas worked at WOAI in San Antonio and KTRK in Houston.

Arenas will officially begin at CBS on March 17.

Man Charged With Aggravated Assault After Pointing Gun at KTRK Crew

A Huffman, TX, man has been charged with aggravated assault after pointing a gun at a KTRK reporter Demond Fernandez and his cameraman and telling them, “Get off of my property. I don’t know who in the (expletive) you all think you are.”

The crew for the Houston ABC owned station was at the home of Harry Allen Ricketts to get his reaction to facing charges he allegedly molested a five-year-old girl.

Ricketts wasn’t happy to see us at all. We wanted to talk to Ricketts since a 45-year-old longtime sex offender with the same name has a listed address right next door to the man. The DA’s office say the younger Ricketts is now serving a 40-year prison sentence linked to the 2010 murder of Becky Hamilton, a Lake Houston marina worker.

Within moments of the elderly man answering the door, he immediately grabbed a gun and pointed it toward me and my photographer.

“We’re leaving. We’re leaving,” we said.

Four ABC Owned Stations Pick Up Rachael Ray Show

ray show_croppedStarting this Fall, CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray show will air on seven of eight ABC owned stations.

The show will make the switch from CBS owned stations in Los Angeles (KCAL) and San Francisco (KBCW) to ABC Owned stations KABC and KGO. In Chicago, the show will move from Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago (WGN) to ABC owned station WLS and in Houston it will switch from Titan Broadcasting’s KUBE to ABC owned station KTRK.

Rachael Ray currently airs on ABC owned stations WABC in New York, WPVI in Philadelphia and WTVD in Raleigh-Durham.

The show is expected to be a replacement for the short-lived Katie Couric talk show Katie.

[Broadcasting & Cable]

Debra O’Connell Promoted to President of ABC National Sales for Owned Stations

oconnell_abcownedsalesDebra O’Connell has been promoted to president of ABC National Sales, succeeding John Watkins who announced his retirement in November.

“Debra is a fantastic executive, a great collaborator, and the perfect choice to head NTVS,” Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC Owned Television Stations Group said in a statement. “Her many years with ABC and her excellent reputation within the advertising industry, as well as her vision for the future of the division, are a huge asset for our company.”

O’Connell will be responsible for national advertising sales for WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WLS in Chicago, WPVI in Philadelphia, KGO in San Francisco, KTRK in Houston, WTVD in Raleigh-Durham and KFSN in Fresno. She will also oversee national sales for the “Live Well Network” and ABC Regional Sports & Entertainment. Read more

Chris Stipes Shifts to Weekends at KRIV

Chris Stipes is moving from weekday mornings to weekend evenings at KRIV, the Fox owned station in Houston. He announced the news Saturday on his Facebook page.

Houston media blogger Mike McGuff notes that the change means Stipes will now work the same days as his wife, Elissa Rivas, who is the weekend morning anchor for rival KTRK.

Former Houston Anchor Alan Hemberger Dies

hemberger_ktrkAlan Hemberger, former anchor for Houston ABC owned station KTRK, was found dead at his home in Massachusetts over the weekend.

According to KTRK, he was found after family members asked authorities to check on him when they couldn’t reach him.

Hemberger anchored the 5:00 p.m. news for nine years starting in 1989.

KTRK said in a statement, “Alan’s friends and former co-workers at KTRK-TV are saddened by his passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.”

The cause of death hasn’t been determined. He was 65.

Disney Reportedly Thinking About Selling Local Stations

walt_disney_304 The New York Post is reporting the Walt Disney Company is looking into selling its eight owned and operated stations.

With station groups like Sinclair Broadcasting buying up local stations left and right, local affiliates are quickly becoming the new hot property. The Post said the move could be worth billions.

In July, Tribune paid $2.73 billion for 19 stations owned by Local TV, while Sinclair paid $985 million for seven Allbritton-owned stations. Earlier, Gannett bought Belo and its 20 stations for $1.5 billion.

There has been a wave of consolidation as companies buy up TV stations to reap the rising “retransmission” fees cable companies and other distributors cough up for the right to carry broadcast signals.

The more stations a company owns, the more leverage it has when it enters negotiations with pay-TV providers such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

In September, CBS president and CEO Les Moonves told analysts that the local station business is better than ever. Read more

Chicago Station Plans Return to ‘Eyewitness News’ Brand

wls_304Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports ABC owned Chicago station WLS will once again brand itself as “Eyewitness News.”

Feder said the “Eyewitness News” name ran from 1969 until 1996 on WLS. Today, WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, KTRK in Houston and WTVD in Raleigh-Durham use the brand.

WLS general manager John Idler told Feder, “The reality is ['Eyewitness News'] still has a very strong identity with this station — even though it was dropped a number of years ago. It’s still very important to our viewers, and they associate it with ABC 7. That’s principally why we’re bringing it back.”

Idler emphasized that the goal isn’t to go retro. “The execution of this is going to be very contemporary,” he said. “It is not going to be a look back to ‘Eyewitness News.’ It is going to be a look forward to what ‘Eyewitness News’ means to viewers today.” Read more

Foti Kallergis Set to Join KTRK in Houston

foti kallergisFoti Kallergis is joining KTRK in Houston as a reporter.  He begins at the ABC O&O on September 30.

It is a return to Texas television for Kallergis, who has previously worked at KVUE and KTBC in Austin. He left KTBC in 2012 to help run his family business.

“I always dreamed of reporting in my hometown, so this is a major career accomplishment. It’s also a full-circle moment because I started my TV News career at Ch.13 as an intern,” Kallergis wrote on Facebook. “I feel honored and blessed to have this opportunity, and I can’t wait to serve my hometown.” [h/t Mike McGuff]

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