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Bonten Stations to Air Series on Gun Violence

Bonten Media stations have scheduled a week-long series of special reports on gun violence that will air across all its stations beginning February 18.

“The Facts: Guns in America” will be presented in five reports, each produced by a reporter at a different Bonten station. The reports range in topic from an examination of the second amendment to a spotlight on gun violence and mental health.

“There is no topic that generates more heat and less light than guns,” Bonten Media CEO Randall Bongarten said in a statement. “We believe it is our responsibility to provide factual information so that our viewers can make their own judgments on critical issues like gun control.”

Reports will be presented by Wayne McCormick of KTXS in Abliene, Texas; Wes Goforth of WCTI in Greenville, N.C.; Steve Fetveit of KECI-KTVM in Missoula, Mont.; Kelli Saam of KRCR in Chico, Calif.; and Julie Newman of WCYB in Bristol, Va. See a full list of their topics after the jump. Read more

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Scott Levy Joins Elmira’s WETM as News Director

Scott Levy has joined WETM, the NBC affiliate for Elmira, NY, as News Director.

Levy replaces Scott Nichols, who left to lead Bonten Media Group’s Eastern North Carolina stations which include ABC affiliate WCTI and FOX affiliates WFXI in Morehead City and WYDO in Greenville.

Levy comes to Elmira from News12 Bronx-Brooklyn where he was the morning executive producer.  On his twitter page he posted a farewell to the New York City area, “Triborough Bridge.  Final Time.  For Now. #movingday #ElmiraBound”

Scott Nichols Named News Director of Bonten Media Group’s North Carolina Stations

Bonten Media Group has named Scott Nichols news director of its Eastern North Carolina news operations, which encompass WCTI, the ABC-affiliate in New Bern, and Fox-affiliates WFXI in Morehead City and WYDO in Greenville.

“I am excited to add a person of Scott Nichols journalistic character to lead the WCTI-TV and the Fox Eastern Carolina news operation,” said Lyle Schulze, vice president and general manager of Bonten Media Group’s Eastern North Carolina stations. Read more

WBBJ Taps Keith Baker as News Director

Keith Baker has been hired as news director at WBBJ, the ABC-affiliate in Jackson, TN. The move was confirmed to TVSpy by WCTI, where Baker is currently the assistant news director.

Baker joined WCTI last year from WFTS, the ABC-affiliate in Tampa, where he was an assignment editor. He has also worked at WPXI in Pittsburgh as an assignment editor and assignment manager.

He replaces Robert Davidson, who left the station to become news director for WCBI in Columbus, MS.

>Update: WBBJ has released an official announcement on Baker’s hire. He will start May 14 in Jackson, the town where his parents went to college and his uncle and grandmother have previously lived. Read more

Katie Jeffries Joining WJXX-WTLV in Jacksonville

Katie Jeffries is joining WJXX-WTLV, the Gannett duopoly in Jacksonville, as a general assignment reporter, TVSpy has learned.

Jeffries makes the move from WCTI, the ABC-affiliate in Greenville, NC. She was hired as the Greenville bureau chief in April 2010 and was promoted to weekend morning anchor in May 2011. Prior to joining WCTI, she worked at WHIZ, the NBC-affiliate in Zanesville, OH.

Jeffries’ job was posted on the WCTI website this morning. A job listing for a weekend meteorologist was also posted; station sources tell TVSpy that Dominic Brown is bound for Norfolk, VA.

Sports Anchor Drew Hinesley Joins WCTI from WCYB

Drew Hinesley has joined WCTI, the ABC-affiliate for Eastern North Carolina, as a sports anchor and reporter.

Hinesley was a sports reporter at WCYB in Bristol, VA, for just seven months before joining WCTI. Prior to that, he spent six years as a caddy on the LPGA tour.

Hinesley first appeared on WCTI Monday, delivering a report about Bubba Watson‘s victory at the Masters.

Jim McKernan Named KWWL General Manager

Jim McKernan has been named vice president and general manager of KWWL, the NBC-affiliate in Cedar Rapids. His first day will be February 27.

McKernan joins the station from Bonten Media Group, where he was a senior vice president, overseeing WCYB-WEMT in the Tri-Cities (Tennessee and Virginia) and WCTI in Greenville, NC.

According to Broadcasting & Cable, McKernan signed off from his post in an email, writing that he wishes “the fine people of Bonten Media Group much success going forward.”

Bonten Media, Time Warner Face Sunday Deadline In Carriage Dispute

The January 1 deadline is getting closer for Time Warner Cable and Bonten Media to negotiate a carriage agreement in Greenville, NC.

Several stations in the market are at risk: ABC-affiliate WCTI and Fox-affiliates WFXI-WYDO. Bonten owns WCTI and operates WFXI-WYDO under a joint service agreement.

“We are continuing to negotiate, and working hard to resolve this issue in a fair and timely manner,” Bonten CEO Randall Bongarten said in a statement today.

Verizon FiOs and Media General are also facing a January 1 deadline in retransmission negotiations.