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KUTV Celebrates the End of Cancer Treatments for Morning Anchor Mary Nickles

Salt Lake City CBS-affiliate KUTV took a moment during the morning newscast today to celebrate anchor Mary Nickles (center), who just completed seven months of breast cancer treatment (video above).

Nickles had chemotherapy and 30 rounds of radiation over her seven months of treatment — and only missed five days of work along the way. Her co-anchor Ron Bird (right) and meteorologist Lindsay Storrs (left) presented her with cookies from a local bakery.

“You’ve been such an inspiration for this whole thing,” Storrs told Nickles. “Your attitude has been so great.”

Roland Steadham Out as KTVX Chief Meteorologist

Roland Steadham is out as chief meteorologist at KTVX, after two years with the Salt Lake City ABC-affiliate.

KTVX news director Larry Perret confirmed Steadham’s exit to TVSpy today, but did not go into detail about what led to the move.

According to NewsBlues, which first reported the veteran meteorologist’s departure, KTVX is set to pay out the final three months of Steadham’s contract.  Steadham joined KTVX in 2009 after serving as chief meteorologist at KUTV, Salt Lake City’s CBS-affiliate.

Perret is planning to introduce KTVX’s new weather chief later today. Read more

KUTV Reporter’s On-Camera Mammogram Results in Cancer Diagnosis

KUTV anchor-reporter Mary Nickles took cameras along as she went in for a recent mammogram to show viewers how quick and easy it is to get screened. While she stressed the importance of regular mammograms in her story, she didn’t realize at the time how important this one would be for her.

Nickles’s mammogram displayed a dense spot of tissue that doctors eventually diagnosed as a malignant tumor.

Nickles announced the diagnosis on her Facebook wall today, telling people that she recently had a successful lumpectomy and will soon undergo chemotherapy and radiation.

“I’m sharing to encourage more of you to get your screenings!” Nickles wrote. Read more

Sinclair Finalizes Acquisition of Four Points Stations

Sinclair Broadcast Group announced today that it has finalized the acquisition of Four Points Media’s stations for $200 million.

Sinclair announced the deal, which includes KUTV in Salt Lake City and KEYE in Austin, back in September and has been operating Four Points Media’s stations since October 1st.

The Baltimore-based company now officially owns KUTV (CBS) and KMYU (MNT) in Salt Lake City; KEYE (CBS) in Austin; WTVX (CW), WTCN-CA (MNT), and WWHB-CA (Azteca) in West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce; and WLWC (CW) in Providence.

Kent Crawford Upped To GM At Salt Lake City’s KUTV-KMYU

Kent Crawford has been promoted to general manager of Salt Lake City’s KUTV-KMYU, Sinclair Broadcasting announced today.

Crawford, who joined CBS-affiliate KUTV in 1982, is currently the station’s director of sales.

“KUTV has been home for me for almost 30 years,” he said in a statement.  ”It has a tradition of strong leadership and talented, dedicated employees who are key to the station’s success.”

Crawford replaces Steve Carlston, who was hired as president and general manager of KNBC in Los Angeles last month.

Steve Carlston Named President and GM of KNBC

Steve Carlston, who has been vice president and general manager of the Four Points Media duopoly KUTV-KMYU in Salt Lake City since 2009, will take over as president and general manager of NBC owned-and-operated KNBC in Los Angeles next month.

Carlston is credited with “increasing the ethnic diversity of the workforce” at KUTV-KMYU; his appointment is especially timely given the recent criticism of KNBC for the a string of demotions among Hispanic talent. Carlston’s predecessor, Craig Robinson, was named chief diversity officer for NBC Universal last month.

An Orange County native, Carlston counts an interview with former KNBC sports anchors Ross Porter and Tommy Hawkins during a “High School Game of the Week” segment as a favorite childhood memory. “I grew up watching NBC4 and am honored to join the rich tradition of the station to work alongside such high quality journalists and news professionals,” he said in a statement. Read more

Sinclair Acquires the Stations of Four Points Media, Including KUTV and KEYE

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which currently owns, operates, or services 58 stations in 35 markets, has inked an agreement to purchase the assets of Four Points Media.

The $200 million deal includes seven stations in four markets.

“We are very excited about the acquisition of the Four Points television stations and welcome their employees into Sinclair,” said David Smith, president and CEO of Sinclair.  “The stations, which are in prime middle-markets, are a perfect complement to our portfolio of assets and TV footprint.”

Full list of stations inside… Read more

KUTV Says Facebook Helped Propel Station to Salt Lake City Ratings Victory

At the beginning of February, KUTV‘s morning team announced that they would be competing in a “Facebook Faceoff,” a race featuring anchors Ron Bird and Mary Nickles, reporters Kelly Chapman and Casey Scott, and meteorologist Debbie Worthen to see who could rack up the most Likes on Facebook.

The “Facebook Faceoff” was part of an aggressive push by the Salt Lake City  CBS-affiliate to increase viewer engagement on Facebook, which would hopefully offer a ratings boost as KUTV tried to wrestle the crown from former powerhouse KSL during the February sweeps period.

It looks like KUTV’s Facebook campaign paid off.

“I think social media helped KUTV 2News win every newscast during February sweeps,” KUTV news director Jennifer Dahl told Lost Remote recently. “We have a strategy and it’s working.” Read more

In Salt Lake City, KUTV Beats KSL at 10 p.m., Completing Dramatic Turnaround

“KSL can’t automatically dominate the market anymore,” BYU communications professor Dale Cressman told The Salt Lake Tribune last December. “Things have changed.”

KSL‘s long reign atop Salt Lake City’s ratings heap came to a resounding end this sweeps period as upstart KUTV finished #1 in every major news time slot, including 10 p.m. which had been KSL’s last stronghold.

KUTV’s outright win at 10 p.m.–it tied KSL for #1 in November–is the final step in the CBS-affiliate’s dramatic transition from also-ran to ratings champ.  In February, all of KUTV’s newscasts finished in first.

“In all of broadcasting history–not just in the state of Utah–it’s one of the biggest ratings turnarounds,” boasted Steve Carlston, KUTV’s vice president and general manager.

KUTV’s Morning Team Locked in a ‘Facebook Faceoff’

The morning news team at Salt Lake City’s KUTV has devised an interesting way to gain fans on Facebook: this week they started a “Facebook Faceoff” in which anchors Ron Bird and Mary Nickles, reporters Kelly Chapman and Casey Scott, and meteorologist Debbie Worthen are pitted against one another in a race to garner the most Likes.

KUTV has been promoting the competition on the Facebook page of “2News This Morning” and has posted quirky videos (Bird’s is above) in which each person lobbies for a thumbs-up on Facebook.

So far, Worthen, whose Faceoff campaign is built on the universal likability of her bangs, is in the lead with a little over 4,800 Likes.

See all of the Facebook Faceoff videos inside… Read more

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