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Christy Moreno Named News Director at WBIR

Christy Moreno has been named news director at WBIR in Knoxville, replacing Bill Shory, who abruptly left the NBC-affiliate in March.

“I’m extremely excited about moving to Knoxville and joining the winning team (with a heart) at WBIR,” Moreno tweeted recently, referring to the station’s “Straight from the Heart” slogan.

Moreno comes to WBIR from KENS in San Antonio, where she worked as assistant news director.  Before KENS, Moreno spent nine years at KRIV in Houston, producing a number of the Fox station’s newscasts.

Reporter Mark Schnyder Leaving KMOV to Join His Wife in Dallas

Earlier this year, KTVI anchor-reporter Teresa Woodard landed a job at WFAA in Dallas. The move meant that she would be working in her hometown, but it also meant that she would be leaving her husband, KMOV reporter Mark Schnyder, behind in St. Louis.

Now the couple has found a way to once again work in the same market.

Schnyder, a Houston native, has lined up a job as a freelance reporter at Dallas NBC-affiliate KXAS.

“Rarely do two married reporters get jobs in the same market at the same time,” Schnyder told mikemcguff.com this week. “Somehow we have managed this challenge and there’s a very strong chance this will be our last move in TV. Dallas is home and it’s a big market…what more could we ask for?” Read more

WBIR Staffers Come to Defense of Former News Director Bill Shory

Although Bill Shory has declined to go on the record about his departure from WBIR, current and former staffers of the Knoxville NBC-affiliate are speaking out on his behalf.

In a recent blog post, Katie Granju, a former online producer at WBIR, compiled statements from a handful of people who worked closely with Shory during his tenure as the station’s news director.

“In his eight years as news director, Bill led the newsroom through great ratings successes, sweeping industry changes, heartfelt community tributes and tough investigative projects,” Granju wrote.  “Through it all, he was a wonderful boss.” Read more

News Director Bill Shory Departs WBIR Amid Reports of ‘Hostile Work Environment’

Bill Shory, who has been WBIR‘s news director for the past eight years, has left the Knoxville NBC-affiliate amid reports that he had “created a hostile work environment.”

Neither Shory nor the station has elaborated on his departure.

“The only thing I would like to say is that I am not with the station any longer, but am very proud of what we have accomplished over the last eight years,” Shory told the Knoxville News Sentinel recently.  “I’m exploring some other opportunities and talking to a lot of folks.” Read more

WATE and WBXX Team Up For New 10 p.m. Newscast in Knoxville

ABC affiliate WATE and CW affiliate WBXX announced a new partnership to produce a 10 p.m. nightly newscast in Knoxville market. The new show will be 35 minutes long and will begin in early August.

This is not WATE’s first time in the 10 p.m. timeslot. The station formerly produced the evening news for WTNZ, the Knoxville Fox affiliate. That arrangement was terminated in March, when WTNZ announced a new partnership with WBIR, the NBC affiliate.

“We’re glad to be back in the 10 p.m. time slot,” WATE news director Jamie Foster said in a press release. “A lot of viewers have asked if we’re going to do a 10 p.m. news again. We know they’ll be excited as we are.”

WATE will switch to high definition for the broadcasts in the fall. The new broadcast will air seven days a week, with Kristen Farley anchoring on weeknights.

Knoxville’s WBIR Introduces New HD Set

Knoxville’s WBIR transitioned to HD recently and here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the NBC-affiliate’s gleaming new set, with anchor John Becker acting as tour guide.

The station has received plenty of viewer feedback since unveiling the new set and news director Bill Shory responded to the letters and online comments this week in a blog post.

“The feedback that you’re giving us right now will guide us as we continue to improve our look,” writes Shory. “After all, this isn’t about what we want… it’s about what you want.”

Knoxville’s WBIR and WTNZ Begin First Phase of Production Partnership

The first stage of the recently announced partnership between Knoxville NBC-affiliate WBIR and Fox-affiliate WTNZ begins this week.

Earlier this month, Raycom Media-owned WTNZ announced that WBIR, which is owned by Gannett, would begin producing its newscasts as part of the station’s strategy to cost-effectively expand its local news programming and eventually begin broadcasting in HD.

WTNZ is debuting its new, WBIR-produced 10 p.m. newscast today anchored by Robin Wilhoit and John Becker (right), who will continue helming WBIR’s 11 p.m. newscast as well.

WTNZ’s 10 p.m. newscast will expand to an hour in “late May or early June,” WBIR news director Bill Shory told the Knoxville News Sentinel. At that point, Beth Haynes, who currently hosts WBIR’s 4 p.m. news and lifestyle show, will rotate in with Wilhoit and Becker at 10 p.m.

The other elements of the partnership–HD broadcasting and a new, two-hour morning newscast–are set to launch by the end of June.

In Knoxville, WBIR Agrees to Produce WTNZ’s Expanding News Lineup

In a new partnership, Knoxville NBC-affiliate WBIR will begin producing newscasts for Fox-affiliate WTNZ.

Under the agreement, WBIR will expand its 10 p.m. weekday newscast to a full hour while also debuting a new morning newscast from 7-9:00 a.m. The new morning show will be the only local newscast airing in Knoxville during that time period.

“The new agreement with WBIR gives us more options,” said John Hayes, WTNZ’s vice president and general manager. “Partnering with the largest news producer in the market creates a win-win for everyone.”

WBIR expects to begin producing WTNZ’s 10 p.m. newscast this month with the full-hour expansion and the new morning show launching later in the spring. Corresponding with the agreement, WBIR announced that it will begin producing all of its newscasts, as well as WTNZ’s, in HD.

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