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Rick Boone Joins Baltimore’s WBFF

boone_wbff_croppedRick Boone has joined Baltimore FOX affiliate WBFF as a reporter.

This morning, Boone was welcomed by anchors Patrice Sanders and Tom Rodgers before he got to his first story.

“I’m actually a Maryland kid who’s come back home,” said Boone. “I’ll give you a little something you probably didn’t know. I even kinda dreamed about being on FOX 45 one day and here I am! How’d this happen?”

Boone comes to WBFF from XETV in San Diego where was a fill-in reporter and anchor. He’s also worked in Seattle, WA, Sacramento, CA, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, PA, Hagerstown, MD, Tallahassee, FL, Charlotte, NC, and Shreveport, LA.

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Executive Fights WBFF’s Attempt to Pull WTTG Signal From Her County

After WBFF, the Baltimore FOX affiliate, asked the FCC to stop the signal from WTTG, Washington, D.C.’s FOX owned station, from overlapping into three Maryland Counties, an executive from one of the affected counties is telling the FCC she wants her residents to keep getting both channels.

In July, WBFF asked the FCC to pull WTTG’s signal from three Maryland Counties where WBFF’s signal also broadcasts: Anne Arundel, Howard and Harford counties.

But Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman disagrees. “For nearly four decades, Anne Arundel County residents have had the benefit of both broadcast outlets,” said Neuman. “We don’t have a problem with WBFF-TV and believe it provides valuable programming to its many viewers. What poses a problem is the station’s attempt to bar its competition, and by extension, our residents’ ability to make their own programming choices.”

According to the Baltimore Sun, WBFF told the FCC that WTTG was no longer “significantly viewed” in the three counties.

TVSpy has asked for comment from both WBFF and FOX. We will update when we hear back.

image: Baltimore Business Journal

Comedian David Alan Grier Tells WBFF, ‘The Sequester Hit You Hard’

Comedian David Alan Grier was in Baltimore to promote his latest film, “Peeples.” He showed up on WBFF in a segment the FOX Baltimore morning show calls “Funny Fridays.”

After stopping the interview to tell them his name was misspelled, Grier said, “This is the raggediest TV studio I’ve ever been in in my life.”

“The sequester hit you hard,” he told the anchors after insulting the camera crew.  He then said, “I call this Criticism Fridays.” Watch the video by clicking here.  The station’s website does not allow embedding.

Sinclair to Add Mobile DTV in Nine Markets

Sinclair Broadcast Group has announced it will begin broadcasting mobile capable signals from ten of its stations in nine markets.

“The pace of technology makes it imperative for broadcasters to continue to lead in serving our communities,” said Mark Aitken, vice president of Advanced Technology for Sinclair and chairman of the ATSC A/153 MobileDTV standardization activity. “Broad adoption of MobileDTV, as a part of our local broadcast television offering, is the next step. We are confident our Network partners will see the value mobile simulcasting brings in building station and Network brands, audience share, and local television relevancy.”

Mobile DTV, as the service is called, allows viewers to watch their favorite local broadcast stations, for free, on portable devices like smart phones and tablets by adding a plug-in adapter. Read more

WBFF Hires Baltimore Veterans Marianne Banister, Tony Pagnotti

Marianne Banister, a longtime anchor at WBAL in Baltimore, is joining rival WBFF, according to The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik.

Bannister spent 16 years at NBC affiliate WBAL. The station declined to renew her contract in 2011. At Fox affiliate WBFF, Banister will anchor the weekend morning newscast slated to launch on January 19.

Zurawik also reports WBFF has hired Tony Pagnotti, a former meteorologist for ABC affiliate WMAR.

“We recognize outstanding talent and wanted both Marianne and Tony on our staff,” WBFF news director Mike Tomko told The Sun. “Their professionalism and long history in the market made for a perfect match here at Fox45.

Baltimore’s WBFF To Launch Weekend Morning News

Baltimore’s FOX affiliate, WBFF, plans to launch a weekend morning newscast beginning January 20, according to the Baltimore Sun.

WBFF General manager Bill Fanshawe told the Sun, “”We haven’t named any talent yet.  We will start the interviewing process shortly.”

The news will air from 6 to 8 a.m. Saturdays and fits itself around the FOX News broadcast Sundays with a 7 to 9 a.m. and 10 to 11 a.m. show.

In April, the station added a 5 p.m. newscast to its lineup.

Maryellen Pann Named Chief Meteorologist at WPMT

Maryellen Pann has been promoted to chief meteorologist at WPMT, the Fox affiliate in Harrisburg-Lancaster, Penn.

Pann has worked as a meteorologist at WPMT since 1990, when she began as the station’s weekend weathercaster. She handles the forecasts on the 6, 6:30, 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

Pann received her certificate in meteorology from Mississippi State University. She has also worked at WBFF in Baltimore and WMDT in Salisbury, Md. [TVNewsCheck]

New Orleans Meteorologists Jonathan Myers, Dawn Brown Headed to Baltimore

Husband-and-wife meteorologists Jonathan Myers and Dawn Brown are leaving New Orleans for Baltimore.

Myers will join WBFF, the Fox-affiliate in Baltimore, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. In New Orleans, Myers works at CBS-affiliated WWL and and Brown works at Fox-affiliate WVUE. The couple had their first child last month, and Brown will stay at home with him, at least temporarily.

“We love New Orleans. It was probably the most difficult decision we have ever made,” Myers told the Times-Picayune. “We love the people here. We love the support we’ve had. We love the city, and we may be back someday.”

KERO Names News Veteran Steve Weinstein GM

Steve Weinstein has been named general manager of KERO in Bakersfield, CA.

KERO was acquired by E.W. Scripps at the end of last year, and Weinstein has served as news director at KJRH, Scripps’ NBC-affiliate in Tulsa, since 2006.

“Steve has the ability to inspire quality journalism while addressing business opportunities in the vibrant market of Bakersfield,” Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of the Scripps television division.  “He is an award-winning video journalist who has strong business acumen, so he can effectively manage content issues while helping our sales executives devise customer-driven solutions on multiple platforms.” Read more

Sinclair Reaches Long-Term Affiliation Agreement with Fox

Sinclair Broadcast Group announced today that it has reached a new, long-term deal with Fox to renew the affiliation agreements for 19 stations that Sinclair owns and/or programs.

The new agreements go into effect at the beginning of next year and run through 2017.

“We are very pleased to have reached agreement to renew all of our affiliations with Fox Broadcasting, allowing us to continue as the largest Fox affiliate group,” Sinclair CEO David Smith said in a statement. Read more

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