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NBC Owned Stations Announces Upgraded Apps

nbc ots_304NBC Owned Television Stations group says it has upgraded its news apps.

The apps give users the ability to read a news article while watching the video that goes to the story at the same time. The apps also have an interactive radar function allowing the user to track the path of an incoming storm. Users can also watch video from the app on a smart TV through the apps screencast function.

“We’re proud of what our team has created and are excited to see how our audiences use the new features we built for them,” said Lora LeSage, SVP of Digital Media for NBC Owned Stations.

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Local Stations Ready for Next Step in Covering Sandy

TVNewsCheck has a story outlining the coverage efforts of local TV stations up and down the East Coast.

The article points out the amount of planning news directors needed in order to get ready to cover the storm and initial clean up.

“Everybody left home on Saturday prepared to be gone for five to seven days,” says Michele Butt, news director of Hearst’s NBC affiliate WBAL Baltimore. “You don’t stop covering the storm just because the sun comes out.”

Stations booked hotel rooms, stocked up on petty cash and food supplies and even supplied crews rope to tie down dishes on live trucks.

Throughout the day Monday, local TV news operations in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston ran non-stop storm tracking radar images and news tickers with emergency information and weather updates. Reporters, ma[n]y pulling 12-hour shifts, stood by coastlines and waterways from Ocean City, Md., to New England poised for potentially destructive surges. Read more

Mark Lund to Lead Boston’s WBZ-WSBK

Mark Lund has been named president and general manager of Boston’s CBS O&O, WBZ-WSBK.  Lund will succeed Ed Piette who is retiring after 43 years in local TV, six of those leading WBZ-WSBK.

In a statement posted to Broadcasting & Cable, Lund said, “I am honored to have this terrific opportunity to rejoin CBS and come back to the stations where I got my start and an area that my wife Amy, a Boston College grad, and I have long considered our home.”

Lund, who is the son of former CBS president Peter Lund, comes from NBC Owned Television Stations where he was executive vice president of sales.  He got his start in television working as an intern for WBZ in the early eighties.

Piette, whose last day is one week from Friday told B&C,

“The only hard part about my decision is saying goodbye to the incredibly talented and dedicated team we have in Boston. They have been terrific and I will be forever grateful for their support and friendship.”

[Broadcasting & Cable][TVNewsCheck]