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It’s Official: WFAA Adds 4PM Newscast

Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA has confirmed with TVSpy they will be launching a 4:00 pm newscast September 9.

Jason Wheeler will be the initial anchor of the hour long show. He will be joined by weekend morning meteorologist Colleen Coyle.

While other outlets have been reporting this might happen, this marks the first time it’s been confirmed by the station.

WFAA news director Carolyn Mungo told TVSpy “This is a great team and we’re looking forward to being in the 4pm space.”

Jonathan Betz, Morgan Fogarty, Del Walters Joining Al Jazeera America

Jonathan Betz, Morgan Fogarty and Del Walters are leaving local news to join Al Jazeera America, the network announced today.

Betz, Fogarty and Walters, along with Richelle Carey, who joins the network from HLN, will be anchors based in New York City. Al Jazeera America is slated for an August launch.

“This talented and trusted group of on-air talent is a further indication of the quality and depth of journalism experience that Al Jazeera America is attracting,” AJAM senior executive producer for news and special projects Bob Wheelock said in a statement. “Their previous work across the United States will help to ensure that our daily newscasts include objective reporting on the stories from around the block and around the globe that have a real impact on each American’s lives.”

Betz joins AJAM from WFAA in Dallas, where he has worked as a field reporter and fill-in anchor since 2004. Fogerty previously worked at WCCB in Charlotte, where she has worked for 10 years, most recently as anchor of the 10 p.m. newscast. Walters joins the network from WTOP News Radio. Until 2010, he was an anchor and senior investigative reporter at WJLA in Washington, D.C.

TVNewser has more on the hires.

KYW, WVUE Win Edward R. Murrow Awards For Overall Excellence

Philadelphia CBS O&O KYW and New Orleans Fox affiliate WVUE are the 2013 recipients of RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards for overall excellence.

“We are very humbled and honored to be recognized for our body of work in 2012,” WVUE news director Mikel Schaefer told TVSpy. “This is a reflection of the hard work and dedication our entire staff has day in and day out, whether covering Hurricane Isaac, investigating corruption or our unique culture.”

In the breaking news category, WNBC in New York City won for coverage of Hurricane Sandy and WHEC in Rochester won for coverage of the four firefighters shot at a house fire in Webster. In the continuning coverage category, KXAS in Dallas won for “Driven to Distraction,” a nine-month series on Texas police officers who crashed while typing on mobile dashboard computers, and KXRM in Colorado Springs won for coverage of the Waldo Canyon fire.

Murrow Awards for best newscast go to KUSA in Denver and KSPR in Springfield, Mo. Awards for best feature reporting go to KARE in Minneapolis and KHQ in Spokane, and WFAA in Dallas and CTV in Vancouver Island were honored for best investigative reporting.

A full list of the winners is after the jump. Read more

Jonathan Betz Leaving Dallas for New York City

WFAA reporter Jonathan Betz is leaving Dallas for New York City, he announced on Facebook Thursday.

“I can’t say exactly where I’ll be working yet, but I’ll still be doing the news,” Betz wrote, according to Dallas media blogger Ed Bark. “It’s a great opportunity, and I’m extremely excited.”

Betz joined WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas, in 2008. He has also worked at KHBS-KHOG in Fayetteville and WWL in New Orleans.

Charles Wolfertz Named President and General Manager of WTAE

Charles Wolfertz has been named president and general manager of WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh. His appointment is effective June 1.

Wolfertz has been general sales manager at WTAE since March 2012. He previously worked for Belo as sales manager at WHAS in Louisville and WFAA in Dallas.

“Chuck is a next-generation media executive with a successful record of local television management experience,” David J. Barrett, Hearst Television chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “He has played a major role in the station’s sales and customer service initiatives in the Pittsburgh market, and is the ideal leader to continue to build upon the great legacy of WTAE.”

Wolfertz succeeds Michael Hayes, who was promoted to senior vice president and group head of Hearst Television.

Dallas Stations Live Overnight With Coverage of Fertilizer Plant Explosion

More than 100 people were injured during an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas Wednesday night.

ABC affiliate WFAA was the first of the Dallas stations to report the news at 8:47 p.m. The station began continuing coverage at 9:35 p.m. that lasted throughout the night. John McCaa anchored the first several hours, with Ron Corning taking over at 2 a.m. Todd Unger reported from West.

Fox O&O KDFW reported the news at the top of the 9 p.m. hour. Heather Hays and Steve Eagar anchored five and a half hours of wall-to-wall coverage, signing off at 2:30 a.m. Brandon Todd reported from West for KDFW.

KTVT was next at 9:46 p.m. with Karen Borta anchoring. The CBS O&O had continuing coverage from 9:55 p.m. to 2 a.m. with Borta and Jason Allen reporting from West.

NBC O&O KXAS reported the news at 9:48 p.m. Amanda Guerra and Brian Curtis anchored until 12:30 a.m., with Scott Gordon reporting from West.

KMOV, WFAA Win IRE Awards

KMOV in St. Louis and WFAA in Dallas-Fort Worth have won 2012 Investigative Reporters & Editors Awards.

KMOV’s Craig Cheatham and Jim Thomas won the IRE Award in the small Broadcast/Video category for “War Zone: The Destruction of an All-American City,” an hourlong documentary about political corruption in East St. Louis, Ill. Cheatham’s “dogged reporting and hard-hitting questions appear to get inside the minds of hardened politicos who admit to him their wrongdoing,” the judges wrote. The CBS affiliate’s report resulted in the resignation of a police chief and pending criminal charges and investigations.

WFAA’s Brett Shipp, Billy Bryant and Jason Trahan won in the medium Broadcast/Video category for “Unfair Game,” an examination of Texas high school coaches and administrators helping students illegally transfer school districts to put together top athletic teams. Shipp “used an inventive combination of social media and dogged reporting to show how high school athletics had been transformed into a business in which the best players were lured away from their neighborhood schools and sometimes across state lines,” the judges wrote. One coach was fired as result of the ABC affiliate’s report.

Poll Results: WFAA Promo ‘The Talk’ Is Creepy

We’ve tallied up the results from our poll about the WFAA promo featuring morning anchor Ron Corning after he’s given two elementary age school children the talk about the birds and the bees.

By an overwhelming margin, most of you thought the promo was creepy with “I think it’s creepy but effective” splitting the vote, but still putting the spot squarely in the “creepy” category.

Here’s the current tally:

45.37%  – I think it’s creepy

22.8% – I think it’s effective

20.9% – I think it’s creepy but effective

10.93% – Other

Some of the readers who voted “other” left comments showing their outrage “This is why viewers don’t watch local news” and “Everyone associated should be fired.” While one voter said, “eh, it’s alright… much ado about not much.”

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Poll: Does WFAA Promo About ‘Birds and the Bees’ Go Too Far?

Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA recently began airing a promo spot titled “The Talk” starring morning anchor Ron Corning as part of a campaign that may test the boundaries of taste.

The spot shows Corning sitting on the edge of a bed in a child’s room talking to two elementary school age kids.  He holds a male and a female doll while saying, “Um. Yeah.  That is where babies come from. Any questions?” While the kids stare open mouthed at Corning, the dad pokes his head in the door and asks, “Is it over?”

According to the station, there are five spots under the theme of “Count on Ron” taking “a farcical look at what you can count on your local anchor for.” Click here to view the campaign.

So we want to know what you think. Is this promo effective marketing or is it just plain creepy? Cast your vote below.

[unclebarky.com]

Brad Watson Signing Off From WFAA

After 34 years at WFAA, Brad Watson has announced his departure from the Dallas-Fort Worth ABC affiliate.

Watson, who is a political reporter and anchor of the weekly “Inside Texas Politics,” announced on Twitter that he has accepted a job as the director of communications for Texas-based Luminant Power.

“There is no better job in local TV news than being a reporter at WFAA and informing the people of this great state. It has been an honor,” Watson tweeted Monday.

In 2011, Watson made national headlines during an interview with President Obama when the President chided the veteran reporter to “let me finish my answers next time we do an interview.”

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