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Reporter Audrey Barnes Set to Join WTTG

Audrey Barnes is joining WTTG as a general assignment reporter, the Washington, DC Fox O&O announced today.

The move is a return to WTTG for Barnes, who has contributed to the station on a freelance basis in the past. She has also worked as a morning anchor at WBAL in Baltimore and as a reporter at  WRC and WUSA, both in Washington, DC.

“Her depth of reporting experience and history in the DC market make her amply qualified to bring stories of interest to our viewers,” WTTG VP-GM Duffy Dyer said in a statement.

Barnes, who will report across all the station’s newscasts, will debut on March 26.

Hearst Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Hearst, which owns 29 TV stations across the country, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this week.

“This year marks an extraordinary milestone birthday for us,” Hearst CEO Frank A. Bennack, Jr., who has been with the company for 50 years, said in a recent letter to his colleagues.  “Hearst has now informed, inspired and entertained people for 125 years!”

Looking back at the company’s accomplishments, Bennack pointed out that “Hearst advanced TV’s progress forward when it connected viewers of WBAL in Baltimore to color TV as early as 1952.”

Hearst stations, including WBAL, are now running a banner atop their websites celebrating the company’s 125 years.

WBFF Adding Newscast to Crowded 5 p.m. Time Slot

Baltimore Fox-affiliate WBFF plans to add a 5 p.m. newscast to its schedule in April, entering the station into local news competition with WBAL, WJZ, and WMAR at that time slot.

The Baltimore Sun reports that WBFF’s new 5 o’clock newscast will be anchored by Jeff Barnd and Jennifer Gilbert, who currently anchor the station’s 5:30 p.m newscast.

“I’m going to change the lineup and run ‘Judge Judy’ from 4 to 5, and run the news from 5 to 5:30, and then, 5:30 to 6,” general manager Bill Fanshawe told the Sun.

After 32 Years at WRC, Anchor Joe Krebs to Retire

Longtime WRC anchor and reporter Joe Krebs announced today that he will retire on March 30, after 32 years at the D.C. station.

“I really feel like I’ve been living my dream for almost 42 years, including the last 32 years here at Channel 4. Being a news broadcaster is what I always wanted to be,” Krebs said, announcing his retirement.  “Now, I want to travel with my wife and spend more time with my kids and grandchild–soon to be grandchildren–and, quite frankly, just do whatever darn well I want to do.”

Krebs has spent the last 18 years anchoring WRC’s morning newscast, and the station has tapped Aaron Gilchrist as his a.m. successor.  Gilchrist will join Eun Yang at the morning anchor desk beginning April 2. Read more

WBAL Adding 10 p.m. Newscast on Subchannel

Baltimore NBC-affiliate WBAL is adding a new 10 p.m. weekday newscast on its digital subchannel, WBAL Plus.

Anchored by Kate Amara, the newscast will debut on March 5th.

“We want to provide an opportunity for news viewers to get our Live, Local, Latebreaking news, an hour earlier,” WBAL president and general manager Dan Joerres said, in announcing the new newscast. “It is our responsibility to offer viewers local news convenient to their schedules and this newscast does exactly that.”

Amara has been with Hearst-owned WBAL since 2005.  She currently reports from the station’s Washington bureau and serves as a D.C. correspondent for Hearst TV. Read more

WBAL’s Donna Hamilton Named 11 p.m. Co-Anchor

Starting next month, WBAL anchor Donna Hamilton will join Rod Daniels to anchor the 11 p.m. newscast, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Hamilton, who has been at the Baltimore NBC-affiliate since 1995, will continue to anchor the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts. Her first day anchoring all three programs will be February 5, which is the night of the Super Bowl.

WBAL general manager Dan Joerres told the Sun that the decision was made to “give Donna some extra exposure” with the strong lead-in programming from NBC.

Daniels has been anchoring the 11 p.m. newscast solo since the station cut longtime anchor Marianne Banister in July.

WTTG Alum Katherine Green Named SVP of HLN

Katherine Green, a local news veteran who served as news director of WTTG in Washington, DC and WBAL in Baltimore before joining CNN, has been named senior vice president at HLN.

Since 2008, Green has been based in Atlanta as the senior vice president of programming for CNN International.

She started her television career as a reporter at WTLV in Jacksonville and later moved behind the camera to producing. She’s been an EP at WFLA (NBC) in Tampa and news director at WBAL (NBC) in Baltimore. In 1998, Green made the jump to Fox owned-and-operated WTTG, where she served as news director for 10 years before joining CNN.

Read more at TVNewser

WBAL Lower-Third Leads To Unfortunate Labeling of Black Friday Video

WBAL, the NBC-affiliate in Baltimore, learned an important lesson about copy-editing lower-thirds during Black Friday coverage this weekend.

The above graphic, which was likely meant to read “Black Friday Holiday Shoppers,” was missing a very important word.

[h/t NewscastStudio]

WBAL’s Gerry Sandusky Takes Twitter Hate in Stride

Ever since former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of sex crimes against young boys earlier this month, WBAL sports director Gerry Sandusky has had to constantly tell people “‘Gerry’ with a ‘G.’”

As new details in the Jerry Sandusky case continue to emerge, Gerry has had to stick with this refrain, especially on Twitter. Read more

Because of His Name, WBAL Sports Director Gerry Sandusky Treads Carefully With Penn State Story

For WBAL sports director Gerry Sandusky, the current news cycle is a challenge for an unusual reason — his name.

Sandusky, who does the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on Baltimore’s NBC-affiliate, shares a name — although not a spelling — with Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach at Penn State who is accused of 40 counts of sexual abuse over a 15-year span.

“It’s a very delicate thing because first and foremost, this is a horrific story,” Gerry Sandusky told the Baltimore Sun. “If he is guilty of doing what he is alleged of having done, there are real victims that my heart goes out to.” Read more

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