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LIN Media and CBS Renew Affiliation Agreements in Ten Markets

linmedia_304x200LIN Media announced today it has signed a “comprehensive, long-term” agreement to renew affiliation agreements with CBS in 10 markets.

The agreement includes WIAT in Birmingham, AL, WIVB in Buffalo, NY, KRQE, KBIM and KREZ in Albuquerque, NM, WPRI in Providence, RI, WANE in Fort Wayne, IN, WTHI in Terre Haute, IN, KIMT in Mason City, IA, KOIN in Portland, OR, WKBN in Youngstown, OH and WLFI in Lafayette, IN.

“We are pleased to have reached long-­term agreements with CBS,” Vincent L. Sadusky, president and CEO of LIN Media said in a statement. “Our stations are important assets to our local communities and these new agreements ensure that LIN Media and CBS will continue to serve local viewers with high-­‐quality network programming.”

LIN recently lost the CBS affiliation at its Indianapolis station WISH, the Indianapolis Star reported, LIN stands to lose as much as $100 million after its proposed deal with Media General was revalued after the loss.

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Nicholas Ferreri Named Chief Meteorologist at WANE in Fort Wayne

nicholas ferreriNicholas Ferreri has been promoted to chief meteorologist at WANE, the CBS affiliate in Fort Wayne, Ind. He will begin September 30 on the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, according to the Fort Wayne Business Weekly.

“Nicholas has earned this promotion,” news director Ted Linn said. “Earned it through ready execution, calm delivery, virtually mistake-free performance, perfect work record, station-wide respect, balanced demeanor, exemplary team play and efficient organization.”

Ferreri, WANE’s weekend meteorologist, joined the station in 2010.  He replaces Jonathan Conder, who is leaving Fort Wayne for KOCO in Oklahoma City, Fort Wayne Business Weekly reports.

>Update: the full press release from WANE is after the jump. Read more

WANE Reporter Busted for DUI Avoids Jail Time

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazzette is reporting, WANE reporter Megan Reust, who was arrested on suspicion of DUI over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, has been handed a 180-day suspended jail sentence.

The reporter for the Fort Wayne, IN, CBS affiliate pleaded guilty to a Class B misdemeanor charge of reckless driving. She had been charged with two misdemeanor counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in addition to speeding, which is an infraction.

Court officials told the Journal Gazzette Reust’s license has not been suspended.

 

WANE Reporter Megan Reust Arrested For DUI

WANE reporter Megan Reust was arrested for DUI on Sunday morning. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has details:

A Fort Wayne police officer clocked Reust driving 57 mph in a 35-mph zone in the area of Hadley Road and Pointe Inverness Way about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

At least 30 minutes after the officer pulled her over, Reust’s blood-alcohol content registered at 0.09 percent. A second test within minutes of the first registered the same level, an affidavit said. The legal limit in Indiana is 0.08 percent.

Reust was booked into Allen County Lockup and posted $750 bond. Her license was ordered suspended, according to court records.

A spokesperson for WANE, the CBS affiliate in Fort Wayne, told the Journal Gazette that the station does not comment on personnel matters.

WANE Photographer Ron Harmeyer Dies at 68

WANE photographer Ron Harmeyer, who spent 48 years at the Fort Wayne CBS affiliate before retiring earlier this year, died recently. He was 68.

Harmeyer was inducted to the Indiana Associated Press Hall of Fame last year for his work as a photographer for the station. WANE remembered him in a recent tribute segment (video above).

“He always appreciated the opportunities this profession offered as well as the wonderful experiences it creates,” WKRG news director Mike Rausch, a former colleague of Harmeyer’s, wrote in a memo to WKRG staffers last week. “I hope there’s some ‘Ron’ in all of us.”

WANE Launches New Look in HD

WANE, the CBS affiliate for Fort Wayne, IN is now broadcasting to viewers in HD.

The LIN Media owned station launched its signal upgrade Monday and also delivered a new set and graphics package.  The set, designed by FX Design Group, shares elements with other LIN owned stations and makes use of limited space.

You can read more details about the set by clicking here.  You can see more photos and a video tour after the jump.

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WANE’s Ross Kinsey Leaving Sports Anchor Post

WANE‘s Ross Kinsey (pictured) will resign his post as weekend sports anchor today and transition to a full-time photographer at the station.

Kinsey was a photographer for five years at the Fort Wayne, IN CBS-affiliate before being named weekend sports anchor in 2008. He will still fill-in on the air occasionally, according to the station.

The new weekend sports anchor will be Joe Whelan, who joins WANE from KFYR in Bismarck, ND. He will debut April 7.

LIN Stations Restored For Mediacom Subscribers

After nearly six weeks, Mediacom customers have access to nine LIN Media-owned stations that have been dark while the two parties negotiate their retransmission agreement.

The stations were restored late Friday night after a deal was struck. Mediacom and LIN Media have been in ongoing negotiations since August 31, but terms of the final deal were not disclosed.

The stations affected were WALA-WFNA in Mobile, WOOD-WOTV in Grand Rapids, WANE in Fort Wayne, WLUK in Green Bay, WTHI in Terre Haute and WLFI in Layfayette, IN, and  WAVY and WVBT, both in in Norfolk, VA.

A Month Later, Little Progress in LIN-Mediacom Stalemate

Tomorrow marks one month since LIN-owned stations in seven markets went dark for Mediacom subscribers, and the stalemate is showing no signs of progress.

A uniform statement on the LIN-owned stations’ sites says negotiations are ongoing. “Unfortunately, we do not know if, or when, we will reach an agreement,” the statement, which has not been changed all month, reads. “In the meantime, we hope you will continue supporting local television and watch us through alternative means.”

According to Broadcasting & Cable, Mediacom sent a letter to the FCC this week, asking their help in preventing blackouts during retransmission disputes. The FCC has previously claimed they have no authority regarding the issue. Read more

LIN Stations Go Dark for Mediacom Subscribers

As of 5 p.m.ET yesterday night, LIN Media-owned stations went dark for customers who have Mediacom Cable service, as the two parties failed to renegotiate a retransmission agreement.

“Without fair and equitable treatment, local TV stations will not be able to continue to provide top quality news, sports, entertainment, and other local programming that is most important to you,” a statement on the LIN Media website reads.

The stations affected are WALA-WFNA in Mobile, WOOD-WOTV in Grand Rapids, WANE in Fort Wayne, WLUK in Green Bay, WTHI in Terre Haute and WLFI in Layfayette, IN. LIN-owned stations WAVY and WVBT — both in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia — will remain on the air for another week, the result of a contract extension granted to Mediacom so affected viewers can still receive local news coverage of Hurricane Irene’s aftermath.  Read more

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