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Attorney Wants $5 Million from WAVY in Defamation Case

wavy logoThe Virginian-Pilot reports a local attorney is suing WAVY for $5 million.

The attorney, Sterling Weaver, is representing himself in the defamation case against the Portsmouth, VA, NBC affiliate. Weaver claims the station “maligned him” while reporting about his arrest on an assault charge.

In a Feb. 6 newscast, WAVY reported that Weaver had been indicted on felony assault and misdemeanor sexual battery charges for an alleged incident involving a female deputy in a Portsmouth courtroom.

The deputy accused Weaver of inappropriately touching her.

During that report, WAVY also said it “did some digging into Weaver’s past” and discovered that he had been convicted of assault and sentenced to 30 days in jail for grabbing a prosecutor by the throat in 2006, according to the lawsuit.

The station, however, failed to report that Weaver appealed that case to a Circuit Court judge who dismissed it after Weaver remained on good behavior for a year, the suit says. He did not serve jail time in that case. Read more

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Aubrey Aquino Joins WAVY as ‘The Hampton Roads Show’ Co-Host

aubrey aquinoAubrey Aquino has joined WAVY, the NBC affiliate in Portsmouth, Va., as the co-host of “The Hampton Roads Show.” Aquino co-hosts the interactive lifestyle show alongside Chris Reckling.

“Exciting times are ahead on The Hampton Roads Show with our new co-host Aubrey Aquino,” executive producer Stephanie Cooke said in a statement. “With Aubrey’s unique background as a lifestyle and entertainment correspondent, she will be a terrific fit for the show and I know Hampton Roads will welcome her with open arms.”

Aquino most recently contributed to WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami. She has previously worked at stations in San Francisco and Phoenix.

WAVY Traffic Anchor Says She’s Leaving


WAVY traffic anchor Cheryl Tan told morning show viewers she’s leaving the station after 10 years.

Tan, who has also anchored and reported for the Hampton Roads NBC affiliate, said she was going concentrate on a business she’d started.

Before coming to WAVY, Tan worked in Richmond, VA, at WRIC. She started her career at WGXA in Macon, GA.

Melanie Woodrow Set to Join KTVU

Melanie Woodrow is leaving KCBS, the CBS-owned station in Los Angeles, for KTVU, the Fox affiliate in San Francisco. She announced the news on her Facebook page.

Woodrow has previously worked at WAVY, the NBC affiliate in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, and for the nationally-syndicated show “The Doctors.”

How Did NBC Affiliates Balance the Storm and the Olympics?

A massive winter storm made its way up the East Coast Wednesday night, presenting a challenge for NBC affiliates forced to balance covering the storm with NBC’s primetime coverage of the Sochi Olympics.

The NBC owned stations in the storm’s path –  WRC in Washington and WCAU in Philadelphia — aired the Olympics uninterrupted, as did NBC affiliates WCNC in Charlotte, WXIA in Atlanta, WNCN in Raleigh-Durham, WXII in Greensboro, N.C. and WSLS in Roanoke.

A handful of NBC affiliates — including WBAL in Baltimore, WAVY in Norfolk, WWBT in Richmond, WVTM in Birmingham and WYFF in Greenville, S.C. — included a lower-third banner with local closings and weather updates during all or part of NBC’s Olympic coverage.

(Pictured, L-R: WRC, WAVY, WXIA, WWBT)

Kathy Hostetter Named News Director at WTHR

Kathy Hostetter has been named news director at WTHR, Dispatch Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate in Indianapolis.

Hostetter, who was an executive producer at WTHR from 1998-2002, will begin in her new role on May 6. Since April 2010, she has been news director at WAVE in Louisville. She has also worked as news director at WISE in Fort Wayne, Ind. and WAVY in Portsmouth, Va.

“Kathy is a remarkable and highly-regarded news leader with years of experience in major markets. As a former Executive News Producer here at WTHR, her local experience is a tremendous asset,” WTHR GM John Cardenas said in a statement. “I am excited that she will be joining us.”

Hostetter replaces Keith Connors, who left WTHR when his contract expired last year.

Mike Lopez Named News Director at WEAU

Mike Lopez is the new news director at WEAU in Eau Claire, Wisc., the station confirmed to TVSpy.

Lopez joins the NBC affiliate from WVEC in Norfolk, where he was the assistant news director for seven years. He has also worked as an executive producer at WAVY in Norfolk and WISH in Indianapolis and as a producer at KRON in San Franscisco.

Lopez, who started earlier this month, replaces Eric Shepard.

Alveta Ewell to Retire After 25 Years at WAVY

After 25 years at WAVY, Alveta Ewell is retiring from the Hampton Roads NBC affiliate on February 26.

Ewell, who joined the station in 1989, announced the news of her retirement on Wednesday’s 6 p.m. newscast. “It’s opening up a whole new chapter in my life, which is a really awesome thing,” she said (video above).

David Culver Says Goodbye to WAVY

David Culver said goodbye to WAVY, the NBC affiliate in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, on Sunday (video above). As we told you last month, Culver is joining the Northern Virginia bureau at WRC, the NBC O&O in Washington, DC.

“I’m smart enough to say this is not goodbye,” Culver said. “Right now it’s just a moment for me to say thanks.”

 

WRC Sets Plans for Northern Virginia Bureau

Last month, WRC announced plans to open more bureaus in the Washington, DC area. Now, the NBC O&O is releasing more details on the station’s plans for a Northern Virginia bureau, which is set to be fully operational before the end of the year.

Julie Carey (right) who has worked at WRC for 20 years, will be the bureau chief. Carey will be joined by photographer Sean Casey, a lifelong resident of Northern Virginia who has worked at WRC for 15 years.

WRC has also hired a new reporter, David Culver (left), who will be exclusively assigned to the bureau. Culver joins the station on December 17 after four years at WAVY, the NBC affiliate in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

“With our team is fully in place, viewers will see that News4 is the best source for news from Northern Virginia,” WRC president and general manager Jackie Bradford said in a statement.  “We are even better positioned to tell big stories that affect the region as well as those in local communities that impact neighborhoods.” Read more

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