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WAVY Announces Weekday Evening Anchor Moves

WAVY, the NBC affiliate for Hampton Roads, VA, has announced changes to its weekday evening anchor lineup.

Nicole Livas (pictured left) joins Tom Schaad for the 6:00 p.m. and and 11:00 p.m. news, filling the co-anchor chair left vacant by the retirement of Alveta Ewell in February.  Livas and Schaad will continue to anchor the 5:00 p.m. news on WAVY and the 10:00 p.m. news on FOX affiliate WVBT.

“Our new anchor lineup continues our commitment to bringing high quality journalism to our audience every day,” said WAVY news director Jim Gilchriest in a statement. “Nicole, Tom, Stephanie, and Anita, as well as Chief Meteorologist Don Slater and Sports Director Bruce Rader anchor an experienced team of journalists in the WAVY newsroom who are dedicated to finding and presenting important, relevant, and compelling news and information that Hampton Roads viewers have come to expect from 10 On Your Side.” Read more

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Local Anchors at the White House: The Tours, The ‘Exclusive’ Interviews, and Bo

Anchors from nine stations were in Washington, DC yesterday for a local press blitz that included interviews with President Obama and unprecedented access to the White House.

Most of the stations, which were largely located in swing states, billed the Presidential interview as an “exclusive.” Norfolk’s WAVY went one step further: anchors in the studio tossed to live shots with Tom Schaad by calling him “the only local anchor in the nation’s capital today.”

The biggest star for the visitors, however, wasn’t on the schedule: first dog Bo Obama trotted out to the South Lawn unannounced. “That’s the only time I saw things get really ugly with the reporters,” KGW‘s Tracy Barry (pictured) said. “They were practically pushing each other out of the way to get to the dog.”

Watch the reports filed from the White House, after the jump. Read more

White House Opens Doors to 9 Local Anchors

The White House is welcoming nine anchors today for a local round of press that will include interviews with President Obama and comprehensive behind-the-scenes access to the White House.

In addition to their “brief” individual interviews with the President, the participating anchors will broadcast evening newscasts (during sweeps-month, as Politico’s Mike Allen points out) from the South Lawn of the White House, on special risers built for the occasion. The anchors will also have lunch with David Plouffe, interview a White House staffer from the station’s home market and get an on-camera tour of the building with a curator. Finally, they will ask one question each of Jay Carney at the daily press briefing.

The latest local push is significantly more involved than past interviews Obama has done on the local level, which have been limited to seven-minute sit-downs with the President on one predetermined topic. Read more

After 2 Hours of Breaking News Coverage, WAVY Misses Money Shot of Black Bear

WAVY, an NBC-affiliate serving southeastern Virginia, went into breathless breaking news mode on Friday evening after a black bear was spotted roaming a neighborhood in Virginia Beach.  WAVY provided nearly two hours of live coverage on Friday, even preempting NBC’s “Nightly News,” to report on developments with the bear, who spent the time quietly perched in a tree.

Reporter Andy Fox, along with photographer Walter Hildebrand, covered the movement of the bear, which was first spotted by a local resident around 11 p.m. on Thursday, throughout the day Friday as the saga eventually came to an end during primetime.

After fruitlessly waiting for police officers to move in on the bear during the 6 o’clock hour, WAVY went to the regularly scheduled “Entertainment Tonight” at 7:00. Police ended up shooting the bear with a tranquilizer dart around 7:15, and then WAVY broke in at 8:30 as officials worked to lower the bear’s comatose body from the tree.

After all the coverage, though, WAVY missed the money shot. Read more