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Mark Pimentel Named VP/GM at WGCL

wgclAtlanta CBS affiliate WGCL has named Mark Pimentel vice president/general manager of the station. Pimentel was previously vice president/general manager at CBS affiliate KMOV in St. Louis, MO.

Paul Karpowicz, president, Local Media Group, announced Pimentel’s new gig in an internal memo obtained by TVSpy:

He has a proven track record of success in leading KMOV in ratings growth, taking the station from No. 3 to No. 1 in News in two years. He has also significantly increased spot and digital revenues… This new role at WGCL serves as an Atlanta homecoming for Mark as he spent his early career as Executive News Producer for WSB-TV and News Director of WXIA-TV. Please help me in welcoming Mark to the WGCL team.

Pimentel’s new position is effective immediately.

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WGCL Names Jim Kosek Chief Meteorologist

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Atlanta stations have lost three chief meteorologists this year alone, and WGCL is one of them. After Markina Brown‘s departure earlier this month, the CBS affiliate was once again on the lookout for a new weather anchor. Well, it looks like they’ve found Brown’s replacement.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution‘s Rodney Ho, Jim Kosek will replace Brown as chief meteorologist at the station. Kosek previously worked at Kansas City CBS affiliate KCTV for just five months. Prior to that, he was chief meteorologist at AccuWeather, where his wacky weather forecasts went viral.

WGCL news director Larry Perret announced the news in a memo to staff members yesterday.

Kosek’s first day is December 1.

Markina Brown Leaving WGCL

WGCL chief meteorologist Markina Brown is leaving the Atlanta CBS affiliate Friday.

In an exclusive, she told the Atlanta Journal Constitution‘s Rodney Ho, “I would like to thank the viewers in the greater Atlanta area for their support over the years, as well as the top brass at CBS 46 for the opportunity to work with a talented, successful weather and news team, who are dedicated to delivering quality broadcasts every night.”

The AJC writes Brown, who hasn’t said where she’s going, is the third chief meteorologist to leave Atlanta this year. Read more

Trey Fabacher Out at WGCL

WGCL_304WGCL is undergoing a change in direction. TVSpy just confirmed Trey Fabacher, GM of WGCL, has left the station. Meredith wouldn’t say when he left or why.

This comes on the heels of confirming that the Atlanta CBS affiliate has hired Larry Perret as news director to replace Lane Michaelsen who left the station in July.

Fabacher came to WGCL from WWJ in Detroit in September 2012. He has also worked at KSTW in Seattle and WCCO and KSTP in Minneapolis, Minn.

Larry Perret New WGCL News Director

WGCL_304Larry Perret has been named news director at Meredith owned CBS affiliate WGCL.

Perret comes to WGCL from Meredith’s KCTV-KSMO in Kansas City where he had been news director since October, 2013.

“I’m honored to be making the move within Meredith to Atlanta,” Perret said in a statement. “I’m really looking forward to working for a great company that is dedicated to taking CBS46 to new heights.”

Before working at KCTV-KSMO, he was news director at KTVX in Salt Lake City. He’s also worked as a producer for Entertainment Tonight and as a senior consultant for Frank N. Magid and Associates.

He has worked for Lin, Raycom, and Hubbard Broadcasting and has also held news management positions in a number of other top 20 markets, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston.

In a 1977 appearance on Tomorrow with Tom Snyder, Perret tells Snyder he started at NBC as a page. After the jump, you can see Perret tell Snyder he’s leaving NBC to work as an anchor in Cheyenne, WY. Read more

WGCL Brings Back Noon Newscast

connell wgclStarting Monday, Meredith owned CBS affiliate WGCL will once again air a Noon newscast.

The station stopped airing a Noon show in September 2011.

Anchor Jocelyn Connell announced the new show on her facebook page saying, “I have been blessed with the opportunity to anchor the show along with Meteorologist Jim Loznicka bringing you the weather. We’re excited and can’t wait to get started!”

[Atlanta Journal Constitution]

Lane Michaelsen No Longer with WGCL

WGCL_304WGCL news director Lane Michaelsen is no longer with the Atlanta CBS affiliate.

A Meredith spokesperson confirmed the news and wouldn’t say why or when he left but did say, “We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Michaelsen started at WGCL in April 2013. His first news director job was at KTHV in Little Rock, AR. He has also worked as VP of News for Gannett where he served as ND for WTSP in Tampa and WUSA in Washington, D.C. He also worked at WTVJ in Miami and WCPO in Cincinnati.

Stefan Chase Leaving WGCL After One Year

chase wgcl croppedStefan Chase, traffic reporter for Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL, is leaving the station.

A Meredith spokesperson told TVSpy Chase will be replaced by Harry Samler, otherwise known as “Pothole Harry.”

Chase came to WGCL in August 2013. Her last day is today.

Atlanta Anchor Apologizes for Saying ‘Colored Woman,’ Station Posts Edited Version of Video

Michelle Burdo, morning anchor for Meredith owned Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL, has apologized for using the term “colored woman” during Monday morning’s newscast.

Yesterday, Burdo had several African American women on set to demonstrate hair care tips for summertime when she said, “Let me tell you something. I’m not a colored woman but I have kinky hair just like her,” referencing a local hair care expert.

According to Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Burdo apologized on-air this morning saying, “Yesterday I made a pretty insensitive remark during one of our segments here on Better Mornings Atlanta. I apologize. Once again, I truly want to say from the bottom of my heart that I really am sorry about that comment. I made that in reference to my hair color but I used an inappropriate term.”

When TVSpy asked WGCL news director Lane Michaelsen why the station posted the segment on its website with Burdo’s “colored woman” reference edited out, Michaelsen said, “As Michelle mentioned in her apology she used an insensitive remark during the segment and that remark was removed when the video was posted.” See the station’s edited version after the jump. Read more

Atlanta Stations Cover CNN After Car Drives into Network’s Lobby

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CNN was the center of breaking news after a Mercedes crashed into the lobby of the network’s building in downtown Atlanta shortly after 4:00 a.m this morning.

All the local stations converged on the scene during their 5:00 a.m. newscasts showing the car with Florida plates already out of the lobby and ready to be pulled onto a flatbed. The only thing left by that time was to figure out the how and the why. Here’s how the stations reacted initially:

WGCL, the Meredith owned CBS affiliate, claimed to be first on the scene. Anchors Michelle Burdo and Frank Wiley teased the story off the top of the 5:00 a.m. news and went live to Rebecca Schramm at 5:03. She told viewers she heard from the security guards at the scene unconfirmed reports that the driver may have been drunk.

WSB, the ABC affiliate, did something interesting by teasing the story off the top the 5:00 a.m. show with video taken from instagram showing the car in the lobby. A couple of minutes later, the station went live to Liz Artz showing pretty much the same video everyone else was showing: the car on a side street being towed.

Artz said she had spoken to a taxi driver who told her he saw the whole thing. He said the car had driven up onto the sidewalk at the Omni Hotel next door, driven down the sidewalk and straight into the CNN building. She told viewers the taxi driver said he saw police taking the driver away.

WXIA, the NBC affiliate, used traffic reporter Crash Clark at 5:11 a.m. in studio to toss to video of the car still in the lobby. He promised more details to come.

WAGA, the FOX owned station, went at 5:32 a.m.. Good Day anchor Karen Graham tossed to Carolyn Ryan at the scene. Ryan reported a man and a woman had been in the car. She said the man was missing, but the woman, who they showed on camera, was still on scene. Ryan said the woman refused to speak to the station.

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