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New Role For Kyle Dyer at Denver’s KUSA

KyleDyerKyle Dyer is leaving the morning newscast at KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver. In her new role, which begins in July, Dyer will continue toanchor the 11 a.m. and noon newscasts and provide taped pieces for the morning newscast, the Denver Post reports:

“We offered her (a contract) to stay on fulltime,” News Director Patti Dennis said. “She wanted to renew her contract but in a different role, citing family obligations. She’ll no longer have to come in at 3 a.m.”

Her daughters are now 11 and 9, Dyer said, with increasing homework and after-school activities. “It’s hard to be present. It’s something I’ve thought about the last couple of years.” Additionally, she’s been keeping “these weird hours” since December 1993, even before she landed at KUSA.

The adjustment “will be just as weird for viewers” as it will be for her, Dyer said. But she reminds those who have had morning coffee with her for nearly two decades, “I’ll be there on tape.”

Watch video of Dyer’s announcement after the jump. Read more

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KUSA News Director Patti Dennis on Her New Role at Gannett

PattiDennisKUSA news director Patti Dennis, who recently expanded her role with Gannett, talks to the Denver Post about the transition period at the Denver NBC affiliate:

During the transition — perhaps until the end of the year — she will spend three days a week as news director, two days recruiting. Dennis — and everyone in the building — is certain that, whenever the next big news event breaks, she’ll be in the mix. “I don’t know that I could stay away.”

Control is her “Linus blanket,” she allowed. Will she come unglued when she’s not in charge during a future big story?

“We’ll all find that out together,” Assistant News Director Tim Ryan said. No successor has been named, leading to much speculation. She’ll be a tough act to follow, having bridged analog and digital eras so winningly. “Succeeding Patti will be like succeeding John Elway,” said one contender.

KUSA News Director Patti Dennis Gets Expanded Role with Gannett

dennis_kusa_croppedPatti Dennis, VP of news at Denver NBC affiliate KUSA, has been given a role in choosing who works for the station’s parent company Gannett.

“In her new role, Patti will work directly with our stations to help recruit both on and off air candidates,” Rob Mennie, Gannett Broadcasting’s SVP of news, said in an email sent to staffers. “She will create an online database of potential employees and work with a small team of people in order to find the best and brightest for our properties.”

Mennie added Dennis will be less involved in day to day operations of KUSA but will keep her title.

Dennis told The Denver Post via email, “I am working on the new assignment as well as working with the newsroom in Denver for a while.”

[The Denver Post]

KUSA Adds Whitney Wild As Reporter

wild_wjla_croppedWhitney Wild is joining Denver NBC affiliate KUSA.

Wild told TVSpy she starts Monday, March 24 as a general assignment reporter and added, “I’m greatly looking forward to joining KUSA.”

Wild comes to KUSA from WJLA in Washington, D.C. where she started in 2011.

Denver Station’s Website Hacked

kusa_olympic logoDenver NBC affiliate KUSA had its website hacked.

Patti Dennis KUSA’s VP of news told TVSpy, “The photo gallery section of our website was hacked on Tuesday evening.  We immediately noticed the changes and worked quickly to shutdown that portion of our site.”

Dennis also told us the problem with the website’s security has been fixed

Last night anchor Kyle Clark told viewers, “Our apologies to everyone who stopped by 9News.com tonight and saw the obscene images posted by someone who got on to our website. We got them down in short order and we have temporarily removed our photo galleries while we scrub out the filth. It is a delightful world we live in. Again, our apologies for that.”

Amelia Earhart Flying Away from KUSA

earhart_kusa_croppedAmelia Earhart, traffic reporter for KUSA, will leave the Denver NBC affiliate when her contract is up in April.

Earhart, who is no relation to the famous missing aviator, has scheduled an around-the-world flight in June in honor of her namesake.

“It was good timing ahead of the around-the-world flight,” Earhart told The Denver Post’s Joan Ostrow.

She told viewers on her facebook page, “It’s now time to go all in with my career in aviation, inspiration, and the Fly With Amelia Foundation. Now through June, my focus will be on flight training, planning, and preparation for the around the world flight.” Earhart added her last day will be April 11 and she plans to come back on a fill-in basis.

According to Ostrow, KUSA news director Patti Dennis has been aware of Earhart’s plan since late last year and already has someone in mind to take her place, though no one was named. Dennis told Ostrow, “She’s going full bore into the Fly With Amelia Foundation. She wants to devote herself to aviation.”

KDVR News Director on Decision to Air KUSA Dog Bite Footage: ‘The Other Stations are Wimps’

Shortly after a dog bit KUSA anchor Kyle Dyer on-air last week, the station’s news director, Patti Dennis, called up every news director in Denver and implored them not to air footage of the bite.

Dennis told TVSpy last week that she urged her fellow news directors to “show respect” because the video was “traumatic to people at KUSA.”

Despite Dennis’s pleading, one news director, KDVR‘s Ed Kosowski, decided to go ahead and air the footage. Read more

Owner of Dog Who Bit KUSA Anchor Speaks Out in KDVR Interview

The owner of the dog who bit KUSA anchor Kyle Dyer last week recently sat down for an exclusive interview with rival station KDVR and complained that the high-profile nature of the incident is keeping his dog detained at the Denver Animal Shelter longer than he should be.

Max, the 85-pound Argentine Mastiff who bit Dyer during KUSA’s morning show last Wednesday, is currently under a 10-day quarantine at the shelter.

“I feel personally because it is a high profile case that…wheels are turning in the background that we don’t see,” Max’s owner, Michael Robinson, told KDVR reporter Justin Joseph. Read more

KUSA News Director Does Her Best to Block Video of Kyle Dyer Dog Bite

Calling it “traumatic to people at KUSA,” news director Patti Dennis has done her best to ensure that viewers don’t see the video of KUSA anchor Kyle Dyer being bitten by a dog during the station’s morning show Wednesday.

Dennis told TVSpy this week that, following the on-air incident, she contacted the news directors of every station in Denver, imploring them not to air footage of the bite.

While it appears most stations respected Dennis’s request, at least one, Fox-affiliate KDVR, aired footage of the bite.

In addition to trying to keep the video off the air, Dennis attempted to keep the video off the internet this week. Read more

KUSA’s Kyle Dyer Released From Hospital Following Dog Bite

KUSA morning anchor Kyle Dyer was released from the hospital on Thursday afternoon after undergoing reconstructive surgery for injuries she received when a dog bit her during the station’s morning show on Wednesday.

“Kyle is in good spirits, despite not being able to talk due to her injuries,” KUSA reported on Thursday. “She is, however, scurrily writing down messages and tapping away on an iPad to make sure everyone knows how appreciative she is of their love and support. She is up and walking around, which the doctors say will help in her recovery process.”

News director Patti Dennis says that Dyer will return to work once she is recovered, whenever that will be.

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