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Jeff Jeandheur Joins KPIX as Director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering

Jeff Jeandheur has been named director of broadcast operations and engineering for KPIX-KBCW, the CBS duopoly in San Francisco.

“Jeff brings us a solid combination of experience in news production and  digital broadcast operations.  He’s been a successful news photographer, director, operations manager and director of engineering – all in major markets.  We look forward to having him oversee our facilities and operations,” KPIX-KBCW president and general manager Bruno Cohen said in a statement.

Jeandheur comes from KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, where he was the director of engineering and production. During his 17 years at the station, he also worked as manager of news operations and manager of production and special projects. He has also worked at WFSB in Hartford, WMTW in Portland and WEWS in Cleveland.

WEWS Apologizes for Story About Charles Ramsey’s Past

WEWS, the Cleveland ABC affiliate that first interviewed Charles Ramsey, the neighbor who helped rescue the kidnapped Cleveland women, is apologizing to viewers for reporting on Ramsey’s criminal past.

TO OUR READERS & FOLLOWERS: We heard you. Wednesday night, we made a poor judgment call in posting a story about Charles Ramsey’s criminal record and how he’s since reformed. While the story was factually sound, the timing of it and publication of such information was not in good taste, and we regret it. Your comments prompted us to quickly remove the story from our website and Facebook page, but we know we can’t erase what we’ve already done. Ramsey is a hero for his actions, and we recognize that. Thank you so much for your feedback.

The station posted the apology on its Facebook page. As of this writing, 54,278 1,866 people had liked the post. But one commenter replied,

You realize that by posting this you’re basically telling all of Facebook that Charles Ramsey has a criminal background – Again.

[Broadcasting & Cable]

Ric Harris Named President and GM of WVIT

Ric Harris has been promoted to president and general manager of WVIT, the NBC-owned station in Hartford-New Haven.

Harris joined WVIT in March as vice president of sales. Prior to that, he spent two years at Accenture, where he was manager of communications, media and technology. From 2005-07, he was EVP and general manager of digital media and strategic marketing for the NBC-owned stations. Prior to that, he was VP-GM of WEWS in Cleveland.

“Ric Harris loves the local TV business and is committed to becoming a strong part of the communities in Connecticut we serve. He already knows what a great group of people we have at our station in Hartford, and as Vice President of Sales, has become an important addition to that team,” Valari Staab, president of the NBC Owned Stations, said in a statement. Read more

Kidnap Hero’s Interview Gets Taiwan Animation Treatment

We reported yesterday about Charles Ramsey‘s interview with Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS.

That interview with the man who helped free the first Cleveland kidnap victim has been making the social media rounds and has already been autotuned a few times. So it was only a matter of time until Taiwanese animation house Next Media Animation gave it their own special treatment. Watch and learn.

Kidnapping Hero to WEWS: ‘You Got to Have Some Pretty Big Testicles to Pull This Off, Bro’

America, meet Charles Ramsey.

Ramsey was interviewed live at around 7:20 p.m. by John Kosich, a reporter for the Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS, after he and another man freed Amanda Berry. Berry went missing ten years ago and her discovery turned up two more missing women — Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus — along with a small child. While Ramsey is being hailed as a hero for his actions, it’s his use of words that’s gaining an equal amount of attention.

Kosich told TVspy, “My main concern is he had just dropped a s*^t bomb on me during the taped part so I was admittedly ready to quickly pull the mic when we were live.” Kosich added, “I’ve learned over the years when you find someone like [him] just let them go and try to stay out of the way.” You can read the transcript of the interview posted on the WEWS site after the jump. Read more

Cleveland Stations Report on Rescue of Missing Ohio Women

Three Ohio women who went missing between 2000 and 2004 were found at a house in Cleveland Monday evening, prompting local stations to devote primetime programming to the breaking news.

WOIO‘s Ed Gallek was the first to report the news during the 6 p.m. newscast, at 6:23 p.m. Ramona Robinson and Denise Dufala anchored coverage for the CBS affiliate, which partially preempted “Evening News with Scott Pelley” for local coverage. Tiffany Tucker reported from the scene for WOIO.

NBC affiliate WKYC and Fox affiliate WJW both reported the news during their respective 7 p.m. newscasts. Robin Swoboda and Jim Donovan anchored on WKYC, which was first at 7 p.m. sharp, and Bill Martin anchored for WJW, which was next at 7:07 p.m.

ABC affiliate WEWS broke into “Let’s Ask America” with the news at 7:18 p.m. Chris Flanagan anchored, with Stephanie Ramirez and John Kosich, who nabbed one of the notable interviews of the night, reporting from the scene.

Cleveland Anchor Wilma Smith Leaving WJW

WJW anchor Wilma Smith is leaving the Cleveland Fox affiliate, she announced on Monday evening’s newscasts.

“I’ve loved every second I’ve worked here at Fox 8, and I’ve been in your homes for more than 20 years now, but I have decided that I want to spend more time with my gift from God, my husband Tom,” Smith said. “So I have decided to retire from the station at the end of May.”

Smith’s departure will cap off a 35-year career, all of it spent anchoring in Cleveland. She worked at ABC affiliate WEWS for 17 years before joining WJW in 1995.

“There are strong mixed emotions here, as you might imagine,” WJW general manager Greg Easterly told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Wilma is a big part of this station, but while we’re sorry to see her go, we’re happy she’s going out on a high note and for reasons we certainly all understand.” Read more

Ric Harris Joins WVIT as VP of Sales

Ric Harris has been named vice president of sales at WVIT, the NBC O&O in Hartford-New Haven.

Harris begins his new job on March 4. He is a former VP-GM and general sales manager of WEWS, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland. Most recently, Harris worked at Accenture, where he has been manager of communications, media and technology for the past two years.

“We are thrilled to welcome someone of Ric Harris’s caliber to our NBC Connecticut team and know he will be a great fit,” president and general manager David Doebler said in a statement. “Ric brings a wealth of experience and relationships to his new role that will enable him to hit the ground running, which is critically important with major events like the 2014 Olympic Games less than a year away.”

Former WEWS Reporter Tony Gaskins Dies of Heart Attack

Tony Gaskins, former reporter for Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS, died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack Sunday.

Gaskins, who was remembered by colleagues for his deep voice and the unique way in which he said the word ‘news’ in his sign-off, reported for WEWS from 1988 until 2006.

During the station’s 5:00 p.m. newscast and on its website, WEWS anchor Leon Bibb remembered Gaskins as the consummate reporter.

Tony was the kind of reporter every news director wants on the street.  He could dig for the facts of a breaking news story, get the story written, meet the deadline for the story, and present it on camera in a calm and professional manner. From 1988 to 2006, Tony covered ever manner of story in northeast Ohio. Read more

Local Meteorologists to Guess What America Thinks for Charity

Four meteorologists from local TV stations around the country will get the chance to raise up to $50,000 for charity by guessing what America thinks.

Amber Sullins, chief meteorologist for Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV, Mark Johnson, chief meteorologist for Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS, George Flickinger, meteorologist for Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH and Gary Lezak, chief meteorologist for Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB will duke it out on TV game show “Let’s Ask America” next Thursday, January 31.

“Let’s Ask America” is a televised game show with four contestants playing over Skype.  The contestants must predict how Americans answered questions like, “What did commuters say is the most difficult type of weather to drive in?” The show is produced by Scripps and Warner Bros. Telepictures and airs as a replacement for Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy in some markets. Read more

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