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KNBC Shakes Up Morning Newscast: Alycia Lane Out, Michelle Valles In

alycia lane_knbc First on TVSpy: KNBC, the NBC owned station in Los Angeles, is shaking up its morning newscast. Co-anchor Alycia Lane and traffic reporter Sean Murphy are out, a KNBC spokesperson confirms to TVSpy.

“Alycia Lane and Sean Murphy’s last day was today, October 16. We are grateful for the contributions they have both made to NBC4 and wish them the best in their future endeavors,” a station spokesperson told TVSpy.

Both Murphy and Lane joined KNBC after working at KYW, the CBS owned station in Philadelphia. Lane joined KNBC in 2009 and Murphy made the move in 2010.

During her five years in Philadelphia, Lane landed in the headlines for a highly-publicized tryst with co-anchor Larry Mendte and for her involvement in an altercation with a female New York City police officer. KYW released her from her contract in 2008, saying “it would be impossible for Alycia to continue to report the news as she, herself, has become the focus of so many news stories.”

She subsequently sued CBS and Mendte for defamation. Both cases were eventually dismissed.

Going forward, Michelle Valles will co-anchor the morning newscast with Michael Brownlee. Valles is currently KNBC’s weekend morning co-anchor.

Syma Chowdhry Goes Full-Time For KYW

ChowdryKYW has announced Syma Chowdhry has officially joined the station as a reporter.

Chowdhry has freelanced for the Philadelphia CBS owned station since March. She came to KYW from WWJ-WKBD in Detroit where she had been morning anchor. WWJ dropped its local news show in December 2012.

She started her career at News 14 Carolina in Raleigh, NC, in 2004. She has also worked at News 12 New Jersey.

KYW Names New Head of Broadcast Operations and Engineering

kywKYW has promoted Marc Musgrove to director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering for the Philadelphia CBS owned station and for CW affiliate WPSG. He replaces Rich Paleski who was named to the same position for New York’s WCBS-WLNY.

Musgrove has been the chief engineer for both stations since 2004. He is credited with leading the conversion to full time HD for both stations. He also headed the engineering design team for the build of the stations’ high definition television facility.

After starting his career in radio in 1987, Musgrove joined WUPL in New Orleans in 2001.

KYW Adds Investigative Reporter

Charlotte Huffman will join Philadelphia CBS owned station KYW as an investigative reporter.

Huffman announced the move on her twitter page,

Huffman joins KYW from WNCN in Raleigh-Durham, NC where she had been a reporter since 2010. Before working at WNCN, she worked at KETK in Tyler, TX.

Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Threatening KYW Meteorologist

A Lansdowne, Pa. man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for Twitter messages he sent to KYW meteorologist Kate Bilo (pictured) threatening to kill her in front of her son, according to the Philadelphia Daily News:

Justin Vernot, 30, made the threats against CBS3′s Kate Bilo through the Twitter account @ColdDeadEyes in February 2012, telling her that he knew her routine, was coming for her, and planned to kill her in front of her son.

The chilling messages were noted by U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond when he handed down a sentence that topped both federal guidelines and the term requested by the prosecutor. The sentence also focused heavily on conduct Vernot was not charged with, including messages he sent on the CaringBridge networking site to two children with potentially terminal illnesses.

Diamond said Vernot “intended to inflict severe distress” on those families and Bilo, rejecting the defense’s argument that Vernot’s actions were partially the product of a brain injury sustained during a drug-induced blackout.

KYW Reporter Quits to Travel the World

KYW reporter Oren Liebermann is leaving the Philadelphia CBS owned station to take an around-the-world trip with his wife Cassie Kramer.

“It’s a big world, and we haven’t seen enough of it yet,” Liebermann told the Philadelphia Daily News.

The pair, who have been married for a year, plan to travel to Italy, France, Spain, Ireland, Hungary, Kenya, Israel, Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Peru, Chile and Argentina.

Liebermann has worked at KYW since September 2010. He told the Daily News he was most excited about seeing China, though he said he’s having trouble getting in since he’s a journalist.

You can follow the trip on their blog, 42ndclass.com.

KYW Adds Jessica Dean as Anchor

KYW, the CBS owned station for Philadelphia, has announced the addition of Jessica Dean as weekday evening anchor.

She will join Chris May on the station’s 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news as well as the 10:00 pm. news on KYW’s sister station, CW affiliate WPSG. Dean replaces Susan Barnett, who left KYW in April after the station said she chose not to sign a new deal.

“We are excited to welcome Jessica to our news team,” KYW vice president and news director Susan Schiller said in a statement. “Her personal connection with both her viewers and her stories is a perfect fit for the legacy of Eyewitness News and the stations’ commitment to the community.  I know she, along with Chris, will lead our exceptional team of journalists to a new level of excellence.”

Dean comes to KYW from KARK in Little Rock, AR, where she was the evening news anchor. She has also worked at Little Rock’s KATV and at KNWA-KFTA in Fort Smith, AR.

KYW Adds Matt Rivers as Reporter

KYW has announced Matt Rivers will join the Philadelphia CBS owned station as a reporter.

Rivers comes to KYW from KSAT in San Antonio, TX. While reporting for the station on the violence in the Mexican border city or Reynosa, he was detained and later released by the Mexican military. He’s also worked at KTSM in El Paso, TX.

His first day will be Monday, August 12.

Ileana Diaz Joins KYW as Reporter

KYW has announced Ileana Diaz has joined the Philadelphia CBS owned station as a reporter.

Diaz comes to KYW from WNYW and WWOR in the New York market where she worked as a reporter for a year.

She has also worked for KGUN in Tucson, AZ, and KNDO in Yakima, WA.

Jericka Duncan Moving to CBS Newspath

KYW reporter Jericka Duncan is leaving the Philadelphia CBS owned station to work for CBS Newspath.

Duncan started at KYW in August 2010. Before coming to KYW, she worked at WIVB in Buffalo, NY. From 2005 until 2007, she worked at WETM in Elmira, NY.

A KYW spokesperson told TVSpy Duncan’s last day at KYW is today.

[philly.com]

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