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Fisher Broadcasting to Buy KMTR, Create Duopoly

Fisher Broadcasting has agreed to purchase the Eugene, OR, NBC affiliate, KMTR, from Newport Television for $8.5 million.

The deal will make Fisher the owner of both the NBC affiliate (KMTR) and the CBS affiliate (KVAL) in the Eugene market and also includes a shared services agreement with Roberts Media.

Newport has been selling off its stations since Providence Equity Partners, the private investment firm that owns Newport Television, announced its plan in March to sell off Newport’s 56 stations.

The deal is pending FCC approval.

Meteorologist Seth Wayne Joining KOMO From KVAL

KVAL chief meteorologist Seth Wayne is leaving the ABC-affiliate in Eugene, OR for KOMO, the ABC-affiliate in Seattle.

“I came back to Oregon three years ago, and I’ve said it would take an amazing opportunity for me to leave again,” Wayne said yesterday on KVAL’s evening newscast.  “Well, today I’m announcing word of a promotion,  a true dream job.”

Wayne will replace Paul Deanno, who is leaving KOMO for KPIX, on the weekday morning newscast. His last day at KVAL is August 17.

KITV Traffic Anchor Yasmin Dar Moves to KVAL

Yasmin Dar has been hired as the newest anchor at KVAL, the CBS-affiliate in Eugene, OR.

Dar is the traffic anchor at KITV, the ABC-affiliate in Honolulu. According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, KVAL news director Sean Flanagan saw Dar on KITV while he was vacationing in Hawaii.

“We believe that Yasmin will bring a unique dynamic to our newscast that will resonate with our viewers,” he said in a memo to KVAL staff.

Dar’s last day at KITV will be August 17. She will anchor the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts at KVAL starting August 30.

Anchor Jennifer Winters Leaving KVAL After 17 Years

Today is anchor Jennifer Winters‘ final day at KVAL.

Winters has worked as an anchor and reporter at the Eugene CBS-affiliate since 1994. The station reported this week that Winters is leaving for a marketing job at a local engineering firm.

“Feeling a bit of gratitude overload here as my current and former news colleague[s] bid me goodbye,” Winters tweeted recently. “Thanks guys!!”

Before moving to Eugene, Winters worked as a reporter at KPTV in Portland. Read more

Anchor Positions Elminated at KPIC, KCBY in Oregon

A round of cuts at Fisher Broadcasting will force KPIC anchor Dan Bain (pictured) and KCBY anchor Tim Novotny to sign off from their respective stations on March 9, according to the Douglas County News-Review.

Both Oregon stations — KPIC in Roseburg and  KCBY in Coos Bay — are satellite stations of KVAL, the CBS-affiliate in Eugene. Bain and Novotny present five-minute local updates each night packaged within the KVAL newscasts. Beginning March 9, staffers at the satellite stations will submit stories to KVAL, which will fold the reports into normal broadcasts using in-house anchors.

Bain, who is also the news director at KPIC, has anchored the evening updates for the station for 20 years. He will receive a severance package that has not been made public, according to the News-Review. Read more

KVAL Anchor to Take Over KCBY Evening News

The KCBY evening news will be anchored by David Walker from the KVAL studios, beginning March 12th, as longtime KCBY reporter and anchor Tim Novotny departs the station.

Both KCBY and KVAL are owned by Fisher Communications.  KVAL is a CBS-affiliate based in Eugene, and KCBY operates as a satellite station in Coos Bay.

Walker was the news director at KCBY before becoming an anchor at KVAL in 1999.  Novotny succeeded Walker as KCBY’s news director and has anchored the station’s local news for the past decade. Read more

First-Ever Nationwide EAS Test Proves Need for Nationwide EAS Test

The Emergency Alert System was tested nationwide on Wednesday, giving the federal government its first opportunity to assess the system’s reliability. And, yeah, good thing they tested it out.

As the test hit stations across the country at 2:00 p.m. EST, it seemed like the number of markets reporting problems outnumbered the places where the alert went off without a hitch.

Problems occurred in New York, Los Angeles, D.C., Denver, Tampa, Chattanooga, Greensboro, and the entire state of Oregon. Read more

How Did 27 Stations End Up With Identical Scripts For a Story About Conan O’Brien?

Conan O’Brien poked fun at content-sharing in local news this week, showing a clip on his show of several anchors repeating the same phrase — “push the envelope” — while reporting on the late night host’s plans to officiate a same-sex wedding on his show.

The original source of the copy was CBS Newspath, according to staffers at two stations featured in the clip. Although “Conan” only showed 18 stations, a search of TVEyes.com reveals that 27 stations reported the story using identical wording (a full list, including markets and affiliations, is after the jump.)

The script was tease copy for Monday’s “Eye on Entertainment” package, filed by CBS Newspath correspondent Sandra Hughes. The full version reads: “Conan O’Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. And British songstress Adele seems to have pushed her voice too far. CBS’ Sandra Hughes has those stories and more, in your Monday morning ‘Eye on Entertainment.’”

South Bend’s WSBT, which was featured in the Conan clip, addressed the situation on the 6 a.m. newscast this morning, calling it the “dark secret” of the news business. Read more

Longtime KVAL Anchor Shelley Kurtz Speaks Out About ‘Being Fired’

Shelley Kurtz, who ended a 28-year run with KVAL in September, is now speaking out about her unceremonious departure from the Eugene CBS-affiliate.

In a recent interview with The Register-Guard, Kurtz, 56, makes clear that her early retirement was KVAL’s decision.

“They wanted to throw me a party, this big ‘Shelley Kurtz retrospective,’” Kurtz told The Register-Guard. “I said, ‘No. I’m being fired. I don’t want a big party that makes you guys look good. What you’re doing isn’t right.’” Read more

Husband of KVAL Anchor Shelley Kurtz Announces Her Departure in Eugene Newspaper

Shelley Kurtz, who has been the primary anchor at Eugene, OR’s KVAL for nearly 30 years, has been cut loose at the CBS affiliate — according to a letter to the editor written by her husband and published in Sunday’s Eugene Register-Guard.

“I’m sorry the KVAL management no longer feels you are an asset to our community and is letting you go,” Ron Jack, Kurtz’s husband, wrote. “But at least on Sept. 15 both of us can sleep in until it’s time to wake our kids for school.”

Jack, who wrote the letter because he wanted “to say thank you to a woman who has provided me with my news for the past 29 years,” named the newscasts Kurtz has been a part of — 5 a.m., 6 a.m., noon, 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. — and said his wife has “done them all, and was there with that smile and that larger-than-life sense of enthusiasm.” Read more

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