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Randy McIlwain Set to Join KNBC

Veteran reporter Randy McIlwain is trading one NBC-owned station for another as he joins KNBC in Los Angeles from KXAS in Dallas:

Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports McIlwain will sign off from KXAS on June 20 and start at KNBC on July 7.

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Ellen Bryan Joins KXAS From WTVQ

ellen bryanEllen Bryan is joining KXAS, the NBC-owned station in Dallas, media blogger Ed Bark reports.

Bryan moves to Dallas from Lexington, Ky., where she was a weekend anchor and reporter at ABC affiliate WTVQ. She was Miss Ohio in 2011 and competed in the 2012 Miss America pageant.

Bryan will be a reporter for KXAS’ early-morning newscasts, according to her bio, which was posted last week.

KXAS Fights Political Ad Featuring ‘Extensive Use of a Copyrighted KXAS Report’

dan branch political adKXAS, the NBC-owned station in Dallas, is disputing the use of its footage in a political ad for Dan Branch, who is running for Attorney General of Texas. The NBC legal department has sent a letter to the campaign requesting to stop the ad, which “features extensive use of a copyrighted KXAS report and includes the voice and likeness KXAS anchor Bianca Castro,” from airing:

In fact, with the exception of two seconds of music at the beginning, the entire audio track of the commercial consists of the KXAS report. This use has been made without permission of KXAS or Ms. Castro, and the manner in which this material is used and the extent of the material taken inaccurately suggests that KXAS and Ms. Castro have consented to its use an agree with the position espoused by the commercial. Aside from the copyright issues, this is use of the voice of Ms. Castro and the KXAS logo exploits her and the journalistic credibility of KXAS.

KXAS objects to any use of its journalists and our copyrighted material that suggests to the public that we or our journalists are taking sides with any individual or organization involved in a political campaign or dispute, and we request that your organization respect that concern. Accordingly, we request that you immediately cease any further dissemination of the commercial consisting almost entirely of the KXAS report.

KXAS Reporter Gets Stuck in the Mud

KXASJeff Smith got stuck in the mud this weekend while he was reporting on low lake levels for the NBC-owned station in Dallas.

Smith was eventually rescued by his photographer, Kevin Williams, but not before he did a live report from the knee-deep mud. “I knew that the mud was deep, I had mud boots on,” Smith said afterwards. “I knew it was probably pretty thick, but I had no idea it was that deep and that thick. I got stuck the moment I jumped off.” Watch:

Kendra Lyn Says Goodbye to KXAS

kendra lynKendra Lyn signed off from KXAS, the NBC owned station in Dallas, on Friday. Lyn, a general assignment reporter, is relocating to Orlando, where she previously worked at WESH.

Lyn told Dallas media blogger Ed Bark that a new job opportunity for her husband coincided with the end of her contract at KXAS. “We’re relocating for his job, and we miss the friends, family and ties we have in Florida,” Lyn told Bark. “I’ll definitely pursue available television opportunities in Orlando.”

Lyn joined the NBC owned station in 2012. She has also worked at stations in Green Bay and Rochester, Minn.

Mark Hayes Says Goodbye to KXAS

mark hayes kxasEarly morning anchor Mark Hayes has left KXAS, the NBC owned station in Dallas-Fort Worth.

“After careful consideration and discussion with NBC5 management, we have mutually decided to part ways and end my tenure as co-anchor of NBC5 Today,” Hayes told Dallas media blogger Ed Bark. “…I’ve enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to play a major role at such a well-respected news operation and thank the viewers for their support. I’m grateful to (vice president of news) Susan Tully and all the managers at NBC5 for the opportunity and look forward to continuing my career in television news.”

Hayes joined KXAS last year after ten years at WAGA, the Fox owned station in Atlanta. Bark points out his bio has already been stripped from the station’s website.

Omar Villafranca Joins CBS News From KXAS

omar villafrancaOmar Villafranca is joining CBS News as a Dallas-based correspondent for news services, the Network’s 24-hour television newsgathering service for the network’s affiliates. He will begin in his new role January 13.

Villafranca joins CBS from KXAS, the NBC owned station in Dallas, where he has been a reporter since 2008. He previously worked at KOTV in Tulsa and KSWO in Lawton, Okla.

“It’s been a great six years at NBC5. I’d like to thank (vice president of news) Susan Tully for hiring me, and everyone else for putting up with me,” Villafranca told Dallas media blogger Ed Bark. “I was lucky to work with so many great managers, editors, reporters, producers and photojournalists.”

Meteorologist Steve MacLaughlin Joins WTAE

Meteorologist Steve MacLaughlin is joining WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh. He begins October 1 as the station’s morning and noon meteorologist.

MacLaughlin comes from WTNH in Hartford-New Haven, where he has worked since 2011. He has also worked at WPIX in New York City, KXAS in Dallas and WPHL in Philadelphia, as well as at The Weather Channel.

“From tropical storms to full-blown Nor’easters, Steve has tracked a wide variety of weather events,” WTAE president and general manager Charles W. Wolfertz III said in a statement. “His impressive experience forecasting storms will serve Pittsburghers well during severe weather.”

More from WTAE after the jump. Read more

KYW, WVUE Win Edward R. Murrow Awards For Overall Excellence

Philadelphia CBS O&O KYW and New Orleans Fox affiliate WVUE are the 2013 recipients of RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards for overall excellence.

“We are very humbled and honored to be recognized for our body of work in 2012,” WVUE news director Mikel Schaefer told TVSpy. “This is a reflection of the hard work and dedication our entire staff has day in and day out, whether covering Hurricane Isaac, investigating corruption or our unique culture.”

In the breaking news category, WNBC in New York City won for coverage of Hurricane Sandy and WHEC in Rochester won for coverage of the four firefighters shot at a house fire in Webster. In the continuning coverage category, KXAS in Dallas won for “Driven to Distraction,” a nine-month series on Texas police officers who crashed while typing on mobile dashboard computers, and KXRM in Colorado Springs won for coverage of the Waldo Canyon fire.

Murrow Awards for best newscast go to KUSA in Denver and KSPR in Springfield, Mo. Awards for best feature reporting go to KARE in Minneapolis and KHQ in Spokane, and WFAA in Dallas and CTV in Vancouver Island were honored for best investigative reporting.

A full list of the winners is after the jump. Read more

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.

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