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WWL Names Doug Mouton Sports Director, Adds Former NFL Player Darren Sharper as Analyst

WWL has named Doug Mouton sports director.  Mouton has worked as a reporter for the New Orleans CBS-affiliate since 2006, serving as the station’s Northshore Bureau Chief.

“Doug’s knowledge of sports, his contacts, and experience give our organization a great individual to lead our coverage in this area,” WWL news director Bill Siegel said, announcing the appointment.

Joining Mouton in the WWL sports department will be former Saints player Darren Sharper.  Sharper, who spent 15 years in the NFL and was a member of the Saints’ 2010 Super Bowl championship team, will provide weekly Saints analysis during the football season. Read more

WGNO Reporter Don Dubuc Joining Rival WWL

After 21 years at New Orleans ABC-affiliate WGNO, outdoors reporter Don Dubuc is joining rival WWL, the market’s CBS-affiliate, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Dubuc, who worked without a contract at WGNO, told the Times-Picayune the move is “a natural fit for several reasons.”

“I want to concentrate on the culture of fishing and hunting here,” he said. “It’s very much a part of our ingrained heritage and culture down here.”

Dubuc will make his WWL debut tomorrow. He will be joined for his first report on the 6 p.m. newscast by the reporter he is replacing: Frank Davis, who retired from WWL last year.

Former WGNO Anchor Jessica Holly Back on the Air in New Orleans

Jessica Holly, a former WGNO anchor who was cut loose from the New Orleans ABC-affiliate last year, has resurfaced at rival WVUE.

“She is working as a freelancer,” WVUE news director Mikel Schaefer told TVSpy via email.

Holly was one of seven people let go from WGNO during a round of layoffs in December.

Holly debuted on Fox-affiliate WVUE on Monday. She has been reporting on the evening newscasts this week.

5 Survival Tips For Working The Holiday Shift

It’s that time of year again: people everywhere are packing their bags and heading home for some much-needed holiday vacation time. Except, in many cases, for journalists. Across the country, producers, photographers, anchors and reporters are staying put, assigned to odd shifts because the news never stops. If you’re stuck with holiday duty this year, TVSpy has got you covered — we’ve compiled a survival guide with tips from people who have felt your pain. Read on for their suggestions.  Read more

Shifting Focus To Nontraditional Newscasts, WGNO Announces Layoffs

As part of a push to rebrand and revitalize newscasts struggling in the ratings, New Orleans ABC-affiliate WGNO has let go four on-air staffers and four station photographers.

Evening anchor Jessica Holly (pictured), reporters Christian Jennings and Glenn Boyd, and sports anchor Kristina Pink have all been cut loose at WGNO, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Four photographers have also been let go.

The station says it plans to expand the “News with a Twist” programming, which debuted earlier this year in the 6 p.m. timeslot, into the 5 p.m. hour. “News with a Twist,” which news director Rick Erbach calls “a great alternative if you’re tired of traditional news,” will also air in place of the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts on Saturday.

WGNO general manager John Cruse said the layoffs, which were announced in a staff meeting last Thursday, were because the “News with a Twist” model requires fewer staffers than a typical newscast. Read more

May Sweeps Scoreboard: New Orleans

“Certainly during May, we were driven in large part by the rising Mississippi river waters and flooding in the area,” said WWL anchor Mike Hoss, describing the latest sweeps period for the New Orleans market.

Here’s how stations fared in the Crescent City during May sweeps (change from May 2010 noted in parentheses)…

Household:

6:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 11 p.m.
WGNO (ABC) 0.7 (-22%) 2.4 (+72%) 1.6 (-12%) 3.1 (+25%)
WWL (CBS) 8.2 (-26%) 10.9 (-12%) 10.6 (-22%) 10.5 (-11%)
WDSU (NBC) 5.4 (+22%) 6.0 (+23%) 6.9 (+19%) 6.0 (+34%)
WVUE (Fox) 3.2 (+17%) 5.7 (-7%) N/A 8.0 (+14%)

Former New Orleans Anchor Portrays Corrupt Politician He Once Covered

David Simon, the creative force behind “The Wire” and “Treme,” has been known to cast locals in his community-centric shows and now he is giving longtime New Orleans anchor Michael Hill the unique opportunity to portray William Jefferson, a corrupt local politician whom Hill covered during his tenure at WGNO.

“It was odd playing someone I’d reported on extensively and interviewed,” Hill, who left WGNO last year, told The Times-Picayune in a recent interview. He went on to say:

How could I have ever thought I would be called on to play the man who became so infamous and the butt of every late-night comedian’s jokes. Not in a million years. But, it was fun. I got into character by drawing on what I had observed of the politician during the federal investigation and while he had sought another term in office. With his political world collapsing, he always seemed professional and unflappable and even unfazed by it all.

Larry Delia Named VP-GM of WXIN-WTTV

Tribune announced this week that Larry Delia has been named vice president and general manager of WXIN-WTTV, the company’s Indianapolis duopoly.

Delia has been part of Tribune Broadcasting since 2002. He worked as VP-GM of the company’s New Orleans duopoly, WGNO-WNOL, from 2002-08, and has held the same position at Harrisburg’s WPMT since ’08.

“Larry is a talented, innovative executive who has great experience managing television duopolies,” said Jerry Kersting, Tribune Broadcasting’s president, in announcing the promotion.

Delia, who said that he’s “really proud of the success we’ve enjoyed in Harrisburg,” began his career as an account executive and gradually climbed the ranks of the sales team at Hartford’s WTIC. He served as general manager of WVNY in Burlington, VT for four years before becoming a station boss with Tribune.

WVUE Set to Launch Noon Newscast, Giving Two New Orleans Veterans a Shot at Redemption

New Orleans’s WVUE is set to launch a new midday newscast anchored by Liz Reyes (right), who joined the Fox-affiliate last year after being dumped by rival station WGNO in 2009 following more than a decade with the station.

The hour-long noon newscast will debut on May 23rd, a fact that was announced to WVUE’s staff on Thursday, according to The Times-Picayune.

“We wanted to have a midday presence, to fill that news hole,” said Mikel Schaefer, WVUE’s news director, pointing out that the new newscast will bring the station’s daily news output to 7 1/2 hours.

Reyes isn’t the only person getting a chance for vindication in the market with the newscast. She will be joined by weathercaster Dawn Brown, who was cut by CBS-affiliate WWL in 2009.

WGNO Debuts Unconventional ‘News with a Twist’

“A show unlike any in the Crescent City,” LeBron “LBJ” Joseph said, in introducing the debut broadcast of WGNO‘s “News with a Twist.”

“We haven’t quite figured it out ourselves yet,” said LBJ’s co-host, Susan Roesgen. “It’s a little bit of this, a little bit of that; little bit of news, a little bit of commentary. Spicy, sassy, sweet–kind of like New Orleans is.”

The ABC-affiliate unveiled its new show on Monday with Joseph and Roesgen giving New Orleans a taste of what to expect every weekday at 6:00 p.m. While the setting and tenor are different than a conventional newscast, the pair still serve essentially as anchors, just with the studio desk swapped for an intensely decorated barroom.

What seems to set “News with a Twist” apart the most from other newscasts is that it compiles its news segments not necessarily according to what’s happening but according to what people are talking about. Read more

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