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Brandon Jones Set to Join WTOL in Toledo

Brandon Jones is joining Toledo CBS affiliate WTOL as a morning anchor and reporter. In a note to staffers obtained by TVSpy, news director CJ Hoyt said Jones will begin at WTOL August 12.

“He’ll get acclimated his first couple days and be on the air that week co-anchoring with Melissa Andrews … We’re very excited to have him on board!” Hoyt wrote.

Jones moves to Toledo from Greensboro, N.C., where he is a reporter at WGHP. He has previously worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KBTV in Beaumont, Texas and as an associate producer at WDIV in Detroit.

Al Jazeera America Announces Correspondents for Regional Bureaus

Al Jazeera America is adding five more correspondents from the local news landscape to its ranks. The network has announced the hires of Ash-har Quraishi, Heidi Zhou-Castro, Bisi Onile-EreNatasha Ghoneim and Jonathan Martin.

The three hires were revealed as the network, which is slated to launch next month, announced plans to open bureaus in 12 cities across the United States:  Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. With the exception of Zhou-Castro and Ghoneim, each of the correspondents will stay in the same market as they join Al Jazeera.

Quraishi, who will be Al Jazeera America’s Chicago correspondent, joins the network from WTTW, the PBS station in Chicago, where he was a reporter for the nightly newscast “Chicago Tonight” and a contributor to PBS “NewsHour.”

Zhou Castro joins Al Jazeera from YNN Austin, where she was the evening and weekend news anchor. She will be based in the network’s Dallas bureau.

Onile-Ere will be based in Detroit for Al Jazeera. She comes from WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit.  Read more

WDIV Adds Evrod Cassimy as Morning Anchor

Evrod Cassimy has been named morning anchor for Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV.

“Local 4 is known for its passion for journalistic excellence,” said Cassimy in a statement. “Detroit is a fascinating town and I can’t wait to be part of such an outstanding news organization and the Metro Detroit community.”

Cassimy will anchor from 4:30am to 7:00am weekdays alongside Rhonda Walker. His first day will be August 12.

He comes to WDIV from KCNC in Denver, CO. He’s also worked in Colorado Springs, CO, Madison, WI, Orlando, FL, and Richmond, VA.

WDIV Launches Local News and Talk Show

Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV is launching “Live in the D,” a local show about news, culture, entertainment and lifestyle, in August. The show will be anchored by morning anchor Guy Gordon and midday anchor Karen Drew.

“When we started conceiving this program, we didn’t have to look far to find the right people to host this next step in our daytime line-up. We are thrilled to have Guy and Karen as the face of our new show,” WDIV vice president and general manager Marla Drutz said in a statement.

WDIV says the show will “have the elements of a daytime newscast with additional guest-driven conversations and feature a core of contributors.” The first show is slated for August 12.

WDIV Reporter Released From Jail After Serving 3 Weeks For DUI

Veteran WDIV investigative reporter Kevin Dietz was released from jail Saturday after serving more than three weeks for DUI, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Dietz was jailed on April 18 under Michigan’s “super drunk” law, which increases the consequences for people convicted of driving with a blood alcohol content of .17% or higher. Dietz, who has worked at the Detroit NBC affiliate since 1993, was arrested February 12.

“I made a mistake for which I apologize to my family, WDIV and to the viewers,” Dietz said in a statement posted to the WDIV website. “I accept full responsibility and am taking the necessary steps to deal with this matter.”

“Kevin has been forthright and accepted full responsibility and expressed remorse.  He is taking appropriate steps to deal this situation and we believe that Kevin will continue to be an important contributor to WDIV now and in the future,” WDIV vice president and general manager Marla Drutz said.

Jamie Kaye Walters Joins WDIV as Creative Services and Programming Director

Jamie Kaye Walters is joining WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, as creative services and programming director.

In her new role, Walters will oversee branding, community engagement and programming initiatives for WDIV. She worked at the station from 1998-2007 as a producer in the entertainment and promotion departments. Since then, she has been the co-founder and executive producer of a creative production agency in Detroit.

“Jamie brings an entrepreneurial spirit and abiding passion for television back to where she got her start here at WDIV,” VP-GM Marla Drutz said in a statement. “She has the very enviable blend of experience, creativity, professionalism and a winning personality … We are delighted that she’s back.”

 

School Goes Into Lockdown After WDIV Photographer Attempts to Enter Building for Report on School Safety

An elementary school in West Bloomfield, Mich., was put on lockdown Monday after a photographer for Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV attempted to enter all the doors of the school for a report on school safety, according to West Bloomfield Patch:

[Superintendent Gerald] Hill said at Monday’s School Board meeting that Gretchko Elementary School’s Principal, Sally Drummond, called West Bloomfield Police about 11:30 a.m. after unsuccessfully confirming the photographer’s identification, after the reporter tried to get into the school.

“The doors were all locked and the person wasn’t able to get in,” Hill said. The photographer had tried to access every exterior door at the school, according to Hill, which alerted teachers to tell the principal. Then, Hill said, Drummond saw the photographer in the parking lot.

“The person in the parking lot shook her hand, congratulations, you have a very secure school,” Hill said. “He didn’t have a camera or any identification, but he told her he was a reporter from Channel 4 news doing a story.”

West Bloomfield Patch reports that the district later found out the photographer was testing security measures for a WDIV report. WDIV did not respond to TVSpy’s request for comment.

Legendary Detroit Weatherman Sonny Eliot Dies at 91

Sonny Eliot, the legendary Detroit weatherman whose career in television and radio spanned over 60 years has died.  He was 91.

Eliot was best known for his weather forecasts which were more performance than informational. Famous for combining words to describe the weather like “snog” for snow and fog, he will also be remembered for his one-liners like, “Its colder than a former wife’s hello.”

During World War II, Eliot was a B-24 bomber pilot who was shot down over Germany and spent 18 months in a prisoner of war camp.  Two years after the war ended, the Michigan Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame weatherman began his broadcasting career after performing a bit part in a local variety show produced by WWJ (now NBC affiliate WDIV).

In 1950, he got a job as a weathercaster for Detroit radio station WWJ, a job he kept until his retirement in 2010.

After the jump you can see the many video tributes to Eliot from the local TV stations.  Click here for a string of twitter postings from friends and colleagues of Eliot. Read more

VIDEO: Detroit’s WDIV Follows Saga of Raccoon with Jar Stuck on His Head

Last night during the 11 p.m. news WDIV, Detroit’s NBC affiliate began tracking the case of a raccoon with what looked like a mason jar stuck on its head.  The raccoon had climbed to the top of a utility pole in Southfield, a Detroit suburb, where WDIV’s “Nightcam” (reporter/cameraman Tim Pamplin) caught up to it.

“Look up there that poor little thing,” said Pamplin who was live at the scene.  “Its a raccoon with a, what looks like a plastic container on his head. He’s been doing everything he can to get it off all day long.  But to no avail.”

The station updated viewers throughout the night and morning as promised.  Finally just after 6:30 a.m. the critter, who was only known to viewers as Mister Raccoon, allowed bystanders to free him.  After the jump you can watch the final video update to the story.

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Investigative Reporter M.L. Elrick Joining WJBK

Pulitzer Prize-winning Detroit Free Press reporter M.L. Elrick is leaving the newspaper to join Detroit Fox O&O WJBK as an investigative reporter.

“Elrick’s passion for exposing wrongdoing and standing up for our community fits perfectly with FOX 2’s problem solver team mantra,” WJBK vice president and news director Dana Hahn said, announcing the hiring.  “His experience, knowledge, and passion for Detroit will enhance our already powerful investigative unit.”

Elrick shared a 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick‘s series of scandals. Read more

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