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.
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Vicente Arenas is joining CBS News as a Miami-based correspondent next month.
Arenas will officially begin at CBS on March 17.
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.
Starting 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.
The show is expected to be a replacement for the short-lived Katie Couric talk show Katie.
“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
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.
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.
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
“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]