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In Philadelphia, Different Approaches to Chopper Coverage

The Philadelphia Daily News takes a look at the different approaches to aerial coverage for the market’s local stations. The piece examines local news service (LNS) agreements, which allow stations to pool helicopter resources. In Philly, NBC O&O WCAU used to share a helicopter with Fox O&O WTXF, an agreement that expired last year:

“We believe we should look to differentiate ourselves from other television stations in the market,” [WCAU vice president of news Anzio] Williams said. “It was hard to differentiate ourselves when we were using the same pictures.”

He added, “We wanted to make sure that everything we do is better. And by getting SKYFORCE 10, we now have the opportunity to have closer images, and we can take viewers where we want to. We wanted to have the best possible tool we could put in the air.”

[...] Williams’ competition says it isn’t particularly impressed by SKYFORCE 10. Jim Driscoll, Fox 29′s vice president/news director, doesn’t think that the strategy is forward-thinking. Read more

Former Orlando Anchor Jacqueline London Lands at WCAU

Former Orlando anchor Jacqueline London is joining WCAU, the NBC-owned station in Philadelphia.

London spent 10 years at Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG before her departure in 2010. She will begin later this month as an anchor and reporter at WCAU.

“Jacqueline is a skilled journalist and an engaging anchor, and we look forward to welcoming her to the NBC10 team,” WCAU vice president of news Anzio Williams said in announcing the hire.

Anchor Aditi Roy Leaving Philly’s WCAU

WCAU weekend morning anchor Aditi Roy is leaving Philadelphia for the West Coast, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

It will be a return to West Coast for Roy, who spent several months in 2011 filling in as a correspondent for the NBC News Los Angeles bureau. She reportedly has a new job lined up, but no word yet where.

Roy joined the NBC O&O in 2002. PhillyChitChat cites her recent engagement as the reason behind her departure.

Anchor Dawn Timmeney Out at Philadelphia’s WCAU

Anchor Dawn Timmeney has left WCAU in Philadelphia, a spokesperson for the NBC O&O confirmed to TVSpy.

WCAU news director Anzio Williams announced the news to staffers in an memo obtained by The 24/7 Newsroom.

“In her 12 years at NBC10 Dawn Timmeney has worn many hats in different dayparts,” Williams wrote after Timmeney’s last newscast Friday. “Please join me in wishing Dawn the very best as she moves forward.”

Timmeney joined WCAU in 2001 as an anchor and reporter. She most recently anchored the 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. newscasts, as well as working as a health and general assignment reporter.

Nefertiti Jáquez to Join WCAU From KPRC

After almost three years at KPRC in Houston, Nefertiti Jáquez is leaving for WCAU in Philadelphia, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

It’s a return to Philly for Jáquez, who spent three years as a reporter at WTXF before joining KPRC in 2010. Her last day in Houston will be December 31.

“I have recently decided to pursue my career goals closer to home, and my family,” Jáquez told McGuff. “I will be leaving at the end of the year. I am truly leaving here with mixed feelings; happy about the next step in my life, but sad to be leaving such a great city and community.”

Meteorologist Brittney Shipp Joins WCAU

Meteorologist Brittney Shipp will join WCAU, the NBC O&O in Philadelphia, early next year.

Shipp moves to Philadelphia from Phoenix, where she has been a weekend meteorologist and special assignment reporter at KTVK for five years. She began her career at KYMA, the NBC affiliate in Yuma, Ariz.

“Providing our viewers with the best possible weather information is always one of our main goals. Brittney’s exceptional skills, along with her warmth and enthusiasm, will be a great addition to our team,” WCAU vice president of news Anzio Williams said in a statement.

Evening Anchor Tim Lake Out at WCAU in Philly

After 20 years at WCAU, Tim Lake anchored his final broadcast Friday. The Phildelphia NBC O&O did not renew his contract, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

News director Anzio Williams sent an email to WCAU staffers shortly before midnight Friday night thanking Lake for “his many years of service as a reporter and anchor at NBC10.”

“Today was Tim’s last day,” the email, which was obtained by the Inquirer, reads. “We wish him well in the future. A search for a new anchor is underway.”

Lake’s departure was not acknowledged on the broadcast. He had anchored the stations 6 and 11 p.m. newscast with Renee Chenault-Fattah since 2001.

Daralene Jones Will Join WCAU From WFTV

Daralene Jones is joining WCAU, the NBC O&O in Philadelphia, in January.

“Daralene is an engaging and dynamic reporter,” WCAU vice president of news Anzio Williams said in a statement. “She’ll be an important part of our daily mission to deliver the best breaking news stories and information to our viewers.”

Jones will move to Philadelphia from Orlando, where she has been a general assignment reporter for ABC affiliate WFTV since 2007. She has also worked at WREG in Memphis, WCIA in Champaign and WICS in Springfield.

Local Stations Pitch in For Hurricane Sandy Relief

In the wake of the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy local TV stations, station groups and networks are pitching in to help out those affected.  Here’s the roundup of who is doing what so far:

TODAY:

>WPVI, Philadelphia’s ABC O&O will air “Helping Our Neighbors: Surviving Sandy”, a live telethon from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for those who would like to donate to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund.

According to TVNewser, “In addition to American Red Cross volunteers, special guests will be stopping by to lend their support to the telethon. The long list of guests includes Mayor Michael Nutter, Pat Croce, Vince Papale, Top Chef Kevin Sbraga, celebrity chef Michael Schulson, radio personality Nicole Michalik, Temple Basketball Coach Fran Dunphy, Flyers Head Coach Peter Laviolette, several of the Sixers star players, WMMR-FM’s Pierre Robert, Olympic Gold Medalist Carli Lloyd and many more familiar faces.”

>KNBC, the Los Angeles NBC owned station has teamed up with the American Red Cross for the ‘NBC4 Sandy Relief’ telethon.  The telethon runs until 7 p.m. tonight.  Viewers are encouraged to call: (866) 658-1903 and make a donation of any amount. Read more

East Coast Stations Deliver Extended Hurricane Coverage as Sandy Marches On

Stations in major markets across the East Coast chose to preempt, or partially preempt, network morning shows Monday to remain in extended local coverage of Hurricane Sandy.

In New York City, where the subways and buses have been shut down since Sunday night, the local stations all began live storm coverage at 4amET. NBC O&O WNBC went to “Today” at 7 a.m. and returned to local programming at 7:30 a.m. WCBS aired only the first hour of “CBS This Morning,” and WABC aired “Good Morning America” in its entirety.

In Philadelphia, KYW joined “CBS This Morning” a few minutes after 7 a.m. and continued its local newscast on CW affiliate WPSG. WCAU aired the first half hour of “Today” and returned to local coverage at 7:30 a.m., and WPVI aired “Good Morning America.” Read more

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