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WBRZ Debuts New Set


Baton Rouge ABC affiliate WBRZ just revealed a new set designed by the Devlin Design Group.

The set features an 80 inch touchscreen, a social media pod and storytelling wall, and backlit LED walls that change color. Devlin said the design allows the anchors to move and interact in a way “never before seen in the Baton Rouge market.”

“Pictures, graphics and maps can be programmed into multiple video walls to allow our anchors help viewers understand important stories,” said WBRZ news director Chuck Bark. “The news set is both versatile and dynamic. Most importantly for our viewers, it means watching news will never be the same.”

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Louisiana Station to Air School Kids Reciting Pledge of Allegiance

wbrz_304x200Starting Monday, WBRZ, the Baton Rouge, La. ABC affiliate, will air a daily sponsored segment featuring local public and private school classrooms reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

The segment, called The Pledge of Allegiance will air before the 6:00 a.m. hour of the morning news. The station says it’s a way to “to promote educational values and national pride.”

WBRZ director, Jake Manship said in a statement,“WBRZ has been locally owned for 59 years and proud to contribute to our community in many ways, including this new special project supporting educational values in our community schools.”

The feature will be sponsored by a local medical clinic.

Kylie Dixon to Join WBRZ

dixon and friend wbrz_croppedWBRZ has announced Kylie Dixon as co-anchor of the Baton Rouge, LA, ABC affiliate’s morning news.

She will replace Whitney Vann, who announced in June, she was leaving 2une In, but staying with the station. She will join John Pastorek, Josh Eachus and Rebecca Buchanan beginning Friday.

“I know the station did a nation-wide search for that special someone who would be the perfect fit on 2une In,” Whitney Vann said in a statement. “Kylie is that person. I look forward to welcoming her on 2une In and introducing her to our loyal viewers.”

Dixon started her career at KXII in Sherman, TX, where he was morning co-anchor.

Whitney Vann Leaving WBRZ Morning Show

whitney vannWhitney Vann, the morning anchor at WBRZ, is leaving the Baton Rouge ABC affiliate’s morning newscast. The New Orleans Times-Picayune has details:

Vann said she holds the title as the longest-running anchor of a news program in Baton Rouge. She has appeared on “2une In” for 17 years. Vann did not offer many details about the new endeavor, but said it would lead to “new and exciting, fun adventures.” Prompted by a co-anchor, Vann also admitted it would lead to at least some programming for other WBRZ shows.

“It has been my honor and privilege and a lot of joy to get your mornings going with news, important information and some laughter along the way,” Vann said during the segment. “But 17 years of getting up in the middle of the night is exhausting. It’s time to get a little more sleep and pack on some challenges I’ve always wanted.”

Adrian Pittman ‘No Longer With WBRZ’ After Theft Arrest

adrian pittman wbrzAdrian Pittman is out at WBRZ after he was arrested for theft, the Baton Rouge ABC affiliate reported on its 10 p.m. newscast Thursday.

“Gonzales police say a former WBRZ reporter is accused of theft from a store in Ascension Parish. Adrian Pittman is accused of putting the value of returned merchandise onto a gift card while working at the store,” Sylvia Weatherspoon said on the newscast. “There may be additional charges as investigators review a number of transactions. Again, Pittman is no longer with WBRZ.”

>UPDATE: Pittman sent TVSpy a letter showing the charges have been dismissed after he successfully completed the DA’s Pre-Trial Intervention Program.

Pittman joined WBRZ in May 2012.

WBRZ Anchor Rosa Flores Joins CNN

Rosa Flores is leaving Baton Rouge ABC affiliate WBRZ to be a correspondent and substitute anchor at CNN. She will be based in New York City.

“To be able to report for the premiere newsgathering operation in the world has been a dream ever since I covered my first story. I am honored and excited to be joining CNN and work with the best in our profession,” Flores said in a statement. “I look forward to being able to tell stories on a national level. I can’t wait to get started.”

Before joining WBRZ in 2012, Flores worked at WDSU in New Orleans, KHOU in Houston and KWTV in Oklahoma City. She starts at CNN in July.

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KENS Executive News Director Kurt Davis Joins CBS News

KENS executive news director Kurt Davis is joining CBS News as vice president of news services.

Davis has worked at the San Antonio CBS affiliate for 10 years. In his new role, he will oversee CBS News’ satellite newsgathering organization, which provides news and information to the network’s 200 affiliates.

Davis has also worked as manager of coverage and content at WSB in Atlanta and as news director at WDSU in New Orleans. He has also worked at KDFW in Dallas, WSET in Lynchburg, Va., KATV in Little Rock and WBRZ in Baton Rouge, La.

During the Holidays, Local Stations Give Back

WGNO reporter Kenny Lopez says his favorite part of the holidays is “12 Days of Giving,” a series of reports that follow him as he performs random acts of kindness around the New Orleans community.

“My producers joke with me that this can be my schtick,” Lopez told TVSpy. “They say this is my thing now. I would love to do it every single Christmas.”

WGNO’s “12 Days of Giving” is one of many examples of local stations increasing charitable efforts around the holidays. There are toy drives and coat drives, telethons, visits to local hospitals. And there are more unique initiatives: KELO, the CBS affiliate in Sioux Falls, teamed up with a local radio station to sponsor “Drive Thru Difference Day,” encouraging people stopping at local drive-thrus to buy coffee or a meal for the person in line behind them.

WJAR kicked off its “Season of Giving” campaign to benefit the Make-a-Wish foundation with a telethon earlier this month. The Providence NBC affiliate raised $12,000 — which included a $5,000 donation from the station (pictured)  — and more than one million unused airline miles for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“It felt like it was a perfect fit for the Christmas holiday season,” WJAR news director Chris Lanni told TVSpy. “It worked really well for us as a station to give back during this time to a cause that specifically helps children.” Read more