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Citing Weekend Numbers in NY, LA and Dallas, CBS Says Blackout Won’t Affect Ratings

With the CBS-Time Warner Cable dispute still underway, CBS is touting weekend ratings at its O&Os in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, saying the blackout “will not present an overall ratings hardship.”

From Friday to Sunday, the late local news averages for WCBS in New York, KCBS in Los Angeles and KTVT in Dallas were up +9% in Total Viewers and +13% in the A25-54 demographic compared to the same period last week. The Friday to Sunday primetime averages for the stations in the ad-friendly A25-54 demographic is identical to the same nights the prior week, according to CBS.

The blackout affects 3.2 million Time Warner customers across the three markets. Citing “strong ratings growth” this summer and traditionally low viewership during the month of August, CBS says the “overall financial impact” of the blackout will be “negligible.”

Read the release from CBS after the jump. Read more

Meteorologist Scott Padgett Set to Join KTVT

Meteorologist Scott Padgett is joining KTVT, the CBS O&O in Dallas, Uncle Barky’s Bytes reports.

Padgett, who has family in Texas, has worked as the weekend morning meteorologist at WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami, since 2008.

“It feels like I’m coming home,” he said in a statement. “I’m so excited that I’ll get to watch my nephews’ ball games and spend holidays with my folks.”

Padgett replaces Garry Seith, who left KTVT earlier this month. He begins on September 16.

Meteorologist Garry Seith Out at KTVT

Meteorologist Garry Seith has left KTVT, the CBS O&O in Dallas-Fort Worth.

A station spokesperson told Uncle Barky’s Bytes that Seith, the KTVT morning meteorologist, is “no longer with the station.” He joined KTVT in 2006 from KPLR in St. Louis.

The spokesperson said Jeff Jamison, who works on weekday afternoons, will fill in on the morning shift until Seith’s replacement is named.

Local Personalities to Guest Host ‘The Talk’

Personalities from local CBS stations will fill in as guest-hosts on “The Talk,” CBS’ daytime talk show, next week.

Angela Hill of WWL in New Orleans will fill in Monday. Kathy Orr of KYW in Philadelphia will appear Tuesday, Adrienne Bankert of KTVT in Dallas will be on Wednesday, Carolina Bermudez of WCBS-WLNY in New York City will be on Thursday and Pat Harvey of KCBS in Los Angeles will round out the week on Friday.

Sharon Osbourne is off Monday – Thursday next week.

Dallas Stations Live Overnight With Coverage of Fertilizer Plant Explosion

More than 100 people were injured during an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas Wednesday night.

ABC affiliate WFAA was the first of the Dallas stations to report the news at 8:47 p.m. The station began continuing coverage at 9:35 p.m. that lasted throughout the night. John McCaa anchored the first several hours, with Ron Corning taking over at 2 a.m. Todd Unger reported from West.

Fox O&O KDFW reported the news at the top of the 9 p.m. hour. Heather Hays and Steve Eagar anchored five and a half hours of wall-to-wall coverage, signing off at 2:30 a.m. Brandon Todd reported from West for KDFW.

KTVT was next at 9:46 p.m. with Karen Borta anchoring. The CBS O&O had continuing coverage from 9:55 p.m. to 2 a.m. with Borta and Jason Allen reporting from West.

NBC O&O KXAS reported the news at 9:48 p.m. Amanda Guerra and Brian Curtis anchored until 12:30 a.m., with Scott Gordon reporting from West.

Two Days, Two San Antonio Reporters Hired by KTVT

Add Brian New as the second San Antonio reporter hired by Dallas CBS O&O KTVT this week.

The investigative reporter for CBS affiliate KENS joins Mireya Villarreal-Gideon who was hired from San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI Monday.

“I am very excited to be joining a station that is committed to original investigative reporting as well as good story telling,”  New told TVSpy. “(news director) Adrienne Roark‘s commitment to investigative reporting is a big reason why I decided to join her news team”

New has been at KENS since 2007.  He previously worked as a reporter/anchor at Cheyenne, WY ABC affiliate KTWO, Amarillo ABC affiliate KVII and Omaha NBC affiliate WOWT.

A KTVT spokesperson told TVSpy New will begin working as a general assignment reporter on New Year’s Eve.

[unclebarky.com]

Mireya Villarreal-Gideon Jumps to KTVT

Mireya Villarreal-Gideon is making the jump from San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI to Dallas CBS O&O KTVT.

Villarreal-Gideon, who has been hired at KTVT as an investigative reporter, has been a member of WOAI’s “Trouble Shooters” investigative team since 2008.

She began her on-air career for NBC affiliate KGNS in Laredo, TX as a sports anchor/reporter.  Before working for WOAI, she was a general assignment reporter at ABC affiliate KRGV in Welasco, TX.

A KTVT spokesperson confirmed with TVSpy, Villarreal-Gideon’s first day at the station will be January 2.

[unclebarky.com]

Melissa Newton Leaving KTVT to Join Husband in Oklahoma City

Melissa Newton, reporter for KTVT, will be leaving the Dallas CBS O&O to join her husband in Oklahoma City.

“I will miss my colleagues from whom I have learned so much, and all of the amazing viewers who have made this experience a great one,” Newton told TVSpy.  “I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life.”

Newton posted the news and the reason for the move on her twitter account yesterday.  You can see a screen grab of the twitter post after the jump.

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Lisa Blegen Named Managing Editor at WFTV

There is a new managing editor at WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando. Lisa Blegen will join the station from KTVT, the CBS O&O in Dallas, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Blegen steps into the role formerly held by Matt Parcell, who was promoted to news director at the station last month. At KTVT, Blegen was the executive producer of investigations and special projects.

“We are extremely excited to bring in someone with Lisa’s great investigative and hard news experience,” Parcell said.

The move is a return to Florida for Blegen, who spent 13 years as an investigative and executive producer at WTVT in Tampa before moving to Dallas in 2010.

Jay Gormley Signing Off From KTVT After 15 Years

Veteran reporter Jay Gormley is leaving KTVT, Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports.

Gormley, who has been a nightside reporter since he joined the station in 1997, has accepted a job as the director of communications for Time Warner Cable in Dallas. He will sign off from KTVT, the CBS O&O, next Friday.

“It was such a great opportunity that I couldn’t pass on it,” Gormley told Bark. “I have nothing but glowing things to say about Channel 11 … I’m leaving on great terms. I’m leaving on a high.”

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