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Don Hudson Comes Back to Salt Lake City

Don Hudson will return as co-anchor for the KTVX 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. news.

Hudson, who left the Nexstar owned Salt Lake City ABC affiliate for WHEC in Rochester, N.Y., in July 2012, said in a statement, “I have lived all over the country during my 24 years in television news, but coming back to work in Utah is like coming back home.”

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Hudson will join Kim Fischer, replacing current co-anchor Brent Hunsaker who is on assignment in Africa. Both Hudson and Fischer anchored the station’s 5:00 p.m. news before Hudson left for Rochester.

[24 Salt Lake]

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KTVX Changes 4:00 PM Anchor Team

Nexstar owned KTVX has announced an anchor team change on its 4:00pm news. In will be Nadia Crow (pictured left) and Brian Carlson (pictured right), out will be Kim Fischer and Brent Hunsaker.

Crow comes to the Salt Lake City ABC affiliate from KCRG in Cedar Rapids, IA, where she had been an anchor and reporter for three years.

“From the moment we saw them together, we knew we had a great team in the making,” said KTVX-KUCW news director George Severson. “Brian and Nadia compliment one another really well. They’re capable newscasters with heart and charm. I know viewers will trust them and welcome the pair into their homes each afternoon.”

Crow will also anchor for sister station CW affiliate KUCW‘s 9:00pm newscast. Currently, Carlson is an evening reporter for KTVX and a 9:00pm anchor for KUCW.

The station said Fischer and Hunsaker will “will focus on ABC 4 Utah News at 5, 6 and 10 P.M. as well as being contributors to the 4 P.M. and other newscasts.” Crow and Carlson will begin anchoring at 4:00pm this Thursday, June 27.

News Director Jon Fischer Out at XETV

XETV news director Jon Fischer has parted ways with the San Diego CW affiliate.

“I can confirm that Jon Fischer is no longer at XETV or associated with San Diego 6 News. I cannot comment on any of the details regarding his departure,” general manager Chuck Dunning told TVSpy in an email.

Fischer’s departure comes less than a year after he joined the station in August 2012. Before joining XETV, he worked at KTLA in Los Angeles, WFTC in Minneapolis, KTVX in Salt Lake City and KMIR in Palm Springs, Calif.

Broken Sprinkler Floods KTVX Studio

Newscasts at Salt Lake City ABC affiliate KTVX were temporarily moved this week after a broken sprinkler flooded the studio (video above).

“It was only one sprinkler near the front of our news studio — we had water damage to some of our news set and electrical gear,” KTVX news director George Severson told 24 Salt Lake.

The studio was repaired in time for the station’s 10 p.m. newscast Thursday.

Tom Bell Named News Director at KOVR

Tom Bell has been named news director at KOVR, the CBS O&O in Sacramento.

Bell moves to California from Texas, where he has been news director at WOAI in San Antonio since 2009. He is a former news director at KTVX in Salt Lake City and KPHO in Phoenix.

“Tom Bell is a veteran of more than 20 years in the local news industry and has an outstanding reputation as a leader who does an outstanding job of inspiring his colleagues to produce quality newscasts,” KOVR-KMAX VP-GM Kevin Walsh said in a statement. “I am very pleased to welcome him to Northern California and confident that he will do a terrific job of leading our news team to exciting new heights.”

Bell replaces Cameryn Beck, who recently left KOVR for KTVK in Phoenix.

KTVX-KUCW News Director, Assistant News Director Let Go

News director Larry Perret and assistant news director Leesa Dillon have been let go at KTVX-KUCW, Nexstar’s duopoly in Salt Lake City, TVSpy has learned.

“I wish them both the very best in their future endeavors,” KTVX-KUCW general manager Richard Doutre’Jones told TVSpy in an email.

The stations were purchased in July by Nexstar Broadcasting. In December, about 15 employees, including station manager Matt Jaquint, were laid off. Doutre’Jones took over as general manager last month.

Dillion and Perret had both worked at the station since May 2011.

Nexstar Cuts Staff at Salt Lake City’s KTVX and KUCW

Nexstar Broadcasting has laid off staffers at its newly acquired Salt Lake City stations KTVX (ABC) and KUCW (CW).

The Salt Lake City Tribune put the number laid off at 15.

“That’s probably a good guess,” said Dan Metcalf, KTVX’s now-former film critic and executive producer of online media to the Tribune. “I was No. 5 this morning, and there were others behind me.”

The Tribune also reports the station’s accounting, research and traffic departments had been eliminated and will be handled by other Nexstar sites.  A Nexstar spokesman also said they will be hiring a new station manager to replace Matt Jaquint.

“This is a reduction in force we’re making here,” Brian Jones, co-COO and executive vice president of Nexstar told the Tribune. “We’re going to operate the station at the highest level, and we will move forward.” Read more

In Austin, KXAN Shuffles Morning Anchors

Austin NBC affiliate KXAN is shuffling anchors for the morning newscasts, according to Gary Dinges at the Austin American-Statesman.

Brian Sanders (pictured), who currently anchors weekend mornings, is moving to weekdays. He replaces Robert Maxwell, who will move to sister station KNVA, Austin’s CW affiliate, as anchor of the 9 p.m. newscast. Maxwell joined KXAN in February from KTVX in Salt Lake City.

“I am excited to connect with our growing evening news audience,” Maxwell said in a statement. “I know there are many stories, both significant and relevant to Central Texans that we’ll be investigating in the coming months. And I’m proud to play a role in that process with the talented and dedicated team at KXAN and CW Austin.” Read more

Anchor Kim Johnson Joins KTVX From KLJB

Kim Johnson is the new weekend anchor at Salt Lake City ABC-affiliate KTVX.

Johnson joins the station from KLJB, the Fox-affiliate in the Quad Cities of eastern Iowa and west-central Illinois, where she is the primary anchor. Prior to joining KLJB in 2010, Johnson worked at WGBA in Green Bay and WDIO in Duluth.

Johnson will sign off from KLJB on July 26.

Nexstar to Acquire Newport Stations for $285M

Nexstar Broadcasting and Mission Broadcasting have announced plans to acquire 12 stations from Newport Television for $285.5 million.

In a statement, Nexstar said the acquisition “substantially broadens Nexstar’s local television broadcasting platform with stations that are geographically complementary to and diversify Nextar’s operating base.”

Nexstar will acquire 10 stations: KTVX and KUCW in Salt Lake City, WPTY and WLMT in Memphis, WYSR in Syracuse, WBGH and WIVT in Binghamton, NY, WETM in Elmira, NY, WJKT in Jackson, TN and WWTI in Watertown, NY. Mission Broadcasting will acquire KLRT and KASN in Little Rock.

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