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KFOR Plans to Build New Digital Facility

KFOR BLDG announceOklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR has announced plans to build a “new, state-of-the-art weather, news and digital information center.”

The Tribune owned station said it expects to break ground on the new facility, which is still in the planning stages, in January.

In a statement, KFOR president and GM Wes Milbourn said “This is a direct response to the new demands of our viewers and online readers. Our goal is to design the new KFOR-TV/KAUT-TV  headquarters with an eye to the future.”

The station said the next step is for architects and and surveyors to check out the building’s 10-acre site.

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News Director Mary Ann Eckstein Out at KFOR

News director Mary Ann Eckstein is leaving Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR. Eckstein has been with the station, serving on both theKFOR news and sales team, for 33 years.

“I will miss KFOR and everyone in the news department. They are like family to me,” Eckstein said in a statement.

“Mary Ann’s departure leaves a void in the newsroom. But the team she assembled won’t miss a beat during this leadership change. Mary Ann leaves a well staffed and talented news team that knows what it takes to be number one,” general manager Wes Milbourn said.

The station has also named Mark Martin general sales manager. [h/t TVNewsCheck]

KFOR Apologizes for Controversial Facebook Post

Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR has apologized to viewers for a facebook post asking them to weigh-in on a subject many consider taboo.

The original post, which has since been removed, showed a picture of a man suspected of a sexual relationship with a teen and read, “Another coach is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a teen. This softball coach is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl. If it was consensual, do you think it should be illegal since the girl was underage?”

The viewer response was a mixture of debate over the topic and disgust with the station for broaching the subject.  The station later posted an apology that read, “KFOR regrets that a station employee exercised poor judgment in an effort to generate discussion on a very important issue. The station apologizes to anyone offended by the post.

KFOR station manager Wes Milbourn did not respond to TVSpy’s attempts for comment. You can see a screen grab of the original post, two viewer responses and the station apology after the jump. Read more

Leadership Change for KFOR

Jim Boyer, president and general manager of KFOR, the Oklahoma City NBC affiliate, will be retiring at the end of the year.   Station manager Wes Milbourn has been tapped to succeed Boyer as general manager

“My decision was sealed when one day I realized that, without noticing, I had crossed the mortality line from “He died too soon” to “He lived a full life,”  Boyer told TVSpy.  “Whatever fullness I have left, I’m not going to spend sitting behind a desk.”

Boyer added, “Over the next few weeks Wes will settle into his new job and office.  I’ll be available to help with the transition and take on some separate projects for the company. At the end of the year, I’ll be done.”

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