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Starting Next Week, WAVY Morning Newscast Will Begin at 4:30 a.m.

Morning show staffers at WAVY, the NBC-affiliate in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, will have to set their alarms a little earlier next week when the station shifts its morning newscast to a 4:30 a.m. start time.

“More and more viewers are waking up early to begin their day in Hampton Roads,” WAVY general manager Doug Davis said. “WAVY News 10 Today now begins at 4:30 a.m. every weekday to bring viewers the latest overnight news and all the weather and traffic they need for the day ahead.”

The newscast will feature the same talent: co-anchors Kerri Furey and Don Roberts, meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler and traffic reporter Cheryl Tan. The expanded morning show will compete with a 4:30 a.m. newscast on ABC-affilate WVEC.

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.

In Hampton Roads, 25% Of Local News Stories Focus on Crime, Old Dominion Study Says

An Old Dominion University study found that, at least in one local news market, crime pays. An analysis four stations in Hampton Roads, Virginia shows that 25.7 percent of stories focus on crime in some form.

For the study, Old Dominion analyzed 1,132 stories from the weekday evening newscasts on the four major network-affiliated stations in the Hampton Roads, Virginia market: CBS-affiliate WTKR, NBC-affiliate WAVY, ABC-affiliate WVEC and Fox-affiliate WVBT. The stories were all from January 3-31 of this year, a time period chosen because it has no major political events that could skew the results of the study.

Crime reports were divided into three categories: violent crime, white-collar crime and general crime. Of the three, general crime was the highest, with 149 stories; violent crime was next, with 125, followed by white-collar crime with 17. Read more

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

WTKR Rips WAVY Reporter on Facebook: ‘This Guy Gives All Reporters a Bad Name’

WTKR took to its Facebook page on Wednesday to criticize the “arrogance” of Andy Fox, a popular reporter with rival station WAVY.

Fox, who HamptonRoads.com calls “the most boisterous reporter in the region,” has been investigating safety issues surrounding Norfolk’s new light rail system this week. And, according to WTKR, he committed “a major no-no on the light rail tracks while reporting on people committing major no-no’s on the light rail tracks.”

The CBS-affiliate posted a photo (above, right) of Fox, microphone in hand, standing in the middle of the light rail tracks–the same place where a number of crashes have occurred as local residents ignored signs imploring them to stay off the tracks.

“This guy gives all reporters a bad name when he acts like the rules don’t apply to him,” WTKR wrote on Facebook about the photo. “Tell his bosses that arrogance is not OK with you. Vote with your remote at 5 o’clock.” Read more

Jim Gilchriest Set to Become News Director of WAVY-WVBT

Jim Gilchriest, who has served as news director for Belo’s KTVB since 2007, is set to join WAVY-WVBT, a LIN Media duopoly serving the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

A WAVY-WVBT official confirmed the move to TVSpy, saying that there would be an official announcement in mid-July when Gilchriest joins the station.

During his time in Boise, Gilchriest led KTVB to several top honors, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in 2010.

He is replacing April Samp, who left WAVY-WVBT in May after serving as news director for less than a year. Read more

News Director Leaves WAVY After Less Than a Year

April Samp, who joined Norfolk’s WAVY less than a year ago, is leaving her post as news director of the LIN Media-owned station.

According to the Daily Press, Samp is departing WAVY to become the marketing director for Jackson’s International Auctioneers and Appraisers in Iowa.

Samp joined WAVY last July after working as news director for KGAN-KFXA in Cedar Rapids, IA.

“We wish her the best in this new endeavor,” WAVY general manager Doug Davis said. The station is currently searching for her replacement.

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

LIN Media Warns Viewers of Potential COX Blackout

LIN Media stations along the east coast are warning viewers of a potential blackout this week if their parent company cannot reach a new retrans agreement with COX Communications. LIN’s current carriage deal with COX expires at midnight on March 31st.

“Please know that we are working hard to reach a new agreement with COX so you will not lose your favorite programming,” reads a statement from LIN that has been posted on the websites of affected stations. “If we do not reach an agreement, by law, COX cannot carry our television stations on its cable system.”

LIN’s statement goes on to suggest that, in the event of a blackout, viewers switch to a competing pay-TV provider.

Here’s a list of the stations that could go dark this week… Read more

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