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Nicole Comstock Joins KTXL in Sacramento

ComstockNicole Comstock has joined KTXL, the Fox affiliate in Sacramento, as a reporter.

Comstock comes from Eugene, Ore., where she was a reporter and weekend anchor at CBS affiliate KVAL. Comstock joined KVAL in 2012.

Before KVAL, Comstock worked at KPIC in Roseburg, Ore. and KGTV in San Diego.

KTXL Set to Expand Early Evening Newscasts

stefanie cruz ktxlSacramento Fox affiliate KTXL will add a 5 p.m. newscast next month, expanding its early evening news from 60 to 90 minutes.

The newscast, which will debut on November 4, will be anchored by Stefanie Cruz (pictured) and Eric Harryman, who currently anchor at 5:30, 6 and 10 p.m. KTXL says it will add resources and staffers related to the new newscast.

“It’s great that we’re able to add news gathering resources to get more content for our viewers as well as cover more stories in Northern California,”  vice president and general manager Jerry Del Core said in a statement. “FOX40 News will continue to provide a fresh and innovative approach to news, now in an expanded time slot that makes sense for our viewers.”

More from KTXL after the jump. Read more

Natalie Bomke Joins WFLD as Co-Anchor of ‘Good Day Chicago’

Natalie Bomke is joining WFLD, the Fox owned station in Chicago, as co-anchor of the morning newscast. Bomke replaces Kori Chambers, who recently left WFLD to join WPIX in New York City.

It is a move within Fox for Bomke, who has been the morning anchor at KRIV in Houston for the past three years. Prior to that, she worked at KTXL in Sacramento and WICD in Champaign, Ill. She began her career as a general assignment reporter at WICS in her hometown of Springfield, Ill.

News of Bomke’s hire was first reported by FTVLive.

A station spokesperson said Bomke’s first day will be September 30. She will anchor “Good Day Chicago” from 5 to 7 a.m. alongside Dawn Hasbrouck.

Ed Chapuis Joins KTXL as News Director

Ed Chapuis is joining Sacramento Fox affiliate KTXL as vice president and news director. His first official day at the station will be Monday.

It is a return to Sacramento for Chapuis, who spent more than a decade at NBC affiliate KCRA. Most recently, he was news director of KTVU, the Fox affiliate in San Francisco.

“His experience and tenure at #1 ranked stations in both the Bay Area and, more importantly, here in Sacramento will prove to be invaluable for our station,” KTXL general manager Jerry Del Core said in a statement.  “He will take FOX40 to new heights.”

Chapuis replaces Brandon Mercer, who left KTXL earlier this year. Read more in the official announcement after the jump. Read more

News Director Out at Sacramento FOX Affiliate

Brandon Mercer, news director for the Tribune owned Sacramento FOX affiliate KTXL, is no longer with the station.

Mercer wrote on his twitter feed, “Leaving one opportunity for another. Just need to figure out what it will be. I will always love @FOX40, the most amazing staff and GM.” He has also updated his facebook profile as “Former News Director at KTXL.”

Mercer started his career at KTTV in Los Angeles. He’s also worked at KOLD in Tucson, KPHO in Phoenix and former cable channel TechTV in San Francisco. He was an executive producer at KOVR in Sacramento before coming to KTXL.

One of the media blogs reporting Mercer’s resignation is The Desk, which edited by Matthew Keys. Keys is the former KTXL web producer who has plead not guilty to charges he helped the group Anonymous hack into the Tribune websites.

[FTVLive]

KTXL Reporter: ‘We Just Got Fire Retardant Dumped On Us’

A reporter and photographer from Sacramento Fox affiliate KTXL found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time while covering the California wildfires Thursday (video above).

“We just got fire retardant dumped on us. It’s good for fighting the blaze, not great for reporting in,” Ben Deci quipped, crouching down to protect himself.

The Tehama County fire spans 10 square miles and is only 10 percent contained, although it is burning in a remote area and is not currently a threat to any structures, according to the AP.

Video is after the jump. Read more

Former KTXL Web Producer Charged With Helping Anonymous Hack Tribune Sites

A former web producer at KTXL, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Sacramento, has been charged with helping the group Anoymous hack into Tribune websites. Matthew Keys, who is currently a social media editor at Reuters, is accused of providing credentials for the group to gain access to the KTXL computer server in 2010, according to the Tribune-owned Los Angeles Times:

The indictment says Keys provided members of the hacker group Anonymous with log-in credentials for a computer server belonging to KTXL FOX 40’s corporate parent, the Tribune Co.

According to the indictment, Keys identified himself on an Internet chat forum as a former Tribune Co. employee.

After providing log-in credentials, Keys allegedly encouraged the Anonymous members to disrupt the website.  According to the indictment, at least one of the computer hackers used the credentials provided by Keys to log into the Tribune Co. server, and ultimately that hacker made changes to the web version of a Los Angeles Times news feature.

Keys, who has been suspended by Reuters, is also a former producer at KGO in San Francisco. Last year, he broke the news that the ABC O&O would be canceling “7 Live,” an interactive local talk show.

Keys faces up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted. “I am fine. I found out the same way most of you did: From Twitter,” Keys tweeted Thursday evening. “Tonight I’m going to take a break. Tomorrow, business as usual.”

Terry McSweeney Joins KNTV From Rival KGO

After five years at KGO, the ABC O&O in San Francisco, Terry McSweeney is joining rival KNTV, the NBC O&O in the Bay Area.

At KNTV, McSweeney will anchor the weekend evening newscasts alongside Diane Dwyer. He will also work as a general assignment reporter during the week. McSweeney worked at KNTV as a general assignment reporter from 1987-95.

“Terry has distinguished himself as an enterprising reporter in this market and we’re excited to welcome him back to the KNTV newsroom as part of our anchor team,” KNTV vice president of news Jonathan Mitchell said in a statement.

McSweeney was also a weekend anchor and weekday reporter at KGO. He has also worked at KTXL in Sacramento, WPBF in Palm Beach, KSAZ in Phoenix and WTEN in Albany.

VIDEO: KTXL Anchor Dances Through the Break

KTXL morning anchor Tia Ewing was caught dancing on camera to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” between segments of the morning news.

Ewing, whose nickname at the Sacramento Fox affiliate is “Spicy,” posted the video to her YouTube page saying, “Having a little fun on the morning show. I mean, it is 4:30am.”

[TVGuide]

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