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Ken Jobe Out as News Director at Memphis FOX Station

whbq_logoKen Jobe is out as news director at Cox owned Memphis FOX affiliate WHBQ.

Yesterday, we reported the station had a new GM. Today we confirmed that news director Ken Jobe no longer works at the station.

A Cox spokesperson told TVSpy, Cox is looking for a news director to replace Jobe.

Jobe started his career in Nashville. He has also worked at WCBS in New York and WCPO in Cincinnati. He started at WHBQ in 2003.

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Cox Names New GM for Memphis Station

whbq_logoThe Memphis FOX station that recently went from FOX to Cox ownership has a new GM. Paul Briggs was named by Cox Media Group as VP and GM of WHBQ effective immediately.

Briggs was the general sales manager at Cox’s Charlotte, N.C. ABC affiliate WSOC.

“We are thrilled that we can tap such phenomenal internal talent like Paul for this important leadership position at one of our newest TV brands,” Cox EVP of Television Jane Williams said in a statement. “Paul will play a pivotal role in leading the professionals at WHBQ-TV and to continue informing, inspiring, entertaining and improving the Memphis community.”

Briggs replaces former GM John Koski.

Cox Names GSM for Memphis Station

whbq_logoCox Media Group is still sorting out the leadership at its recently acquired stations.

Today the station group announced Michelle Woods has been named general sales manager of WHBQ in Memphis. Woods comes to the FOX affiliate from former Cox station KTVU in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“I’m thrilled to join the WHBQ FOX 13 family,” Woods said in a statement. “This is a talented sales team deep-rooted in the community.  I look forward to continuing our success by building strong relationships, motivating talent and providing a work place that thrives on growth.”

Woods started her career at KTVU as an account executive in 2004. She worked her way up to national sales manager before being named local sales manager.

Lauren Johnson Moving to Philly From Orlando

Lauren JohnsonLauren Johnson is joining WTXF, the Fox-owned station in Philadelphia. Johnson will be hosting the station’s weekend morning newscasts when they launch this fall.

It is a move within Fox for Johnson, who is a weekend anchor for “Good Day Orlando” on WOFL. She was previously the morning co-anchor on WHBQ, the Fox-owned station in Memphis. She started her television career in 2003 at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando.

Fox Stations Expand Newscasts in Several Markets, Including LA, Atlanta and Philly

fox logoFox Television Stations is adding newscasts in several major markets this year. Newly-announced expansions are at KTTV in Los Angeles, WAGA in Atlanta, KMSP in Minneapolis, WJZY in Charlotte, WTXF in Philadelphia, KTBC in Austin and WHBQ in Memphis (which Fox will give up control of later this year).

Fox had previously announced additional newscasts at WTTG in Washington and KSAZ in Phoenix.

“Uninformed critics say big companies are cutting local news,” Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a statement. “However, the opposite is true at FOX. We are expanding in a big way.”

A full list of the planned expansions is after the jump. Read more

Fox and Cox Swap Stations in San Francisco, Boston, Memphis

cox media fox logosFox Television Stations and Cox Media Group have announced they are swapping stations in three markets: Fox will get Fox affiliate KTVU and independent KICU in San Francisco, and Cox will get Fox-owned WHBQ in Memphis and WFXT in Boston. After the deal closes, WHBQ and WFXT will remain Fox affiliates.

“The addition of KTVU and KICU to our portfolio of owned-and-operated stations provides us with a compelling growth opportunity in a top-10 market,” CEO of Fox Television Stations Jack Abernethy said in a statement. “Our stations group will benefit from both the strong demographics of the Bay area market as well as the alignment with our package of sports rights. I’d like to also take this opportunity to acknowledge the talented Boston and Memphis teams for the great work they do. We are confident they will be in good hands with our partners at Cox.”

“This is the first time we have had a media presence in Boston and Memphis, and CMG is excited about the prospects that WFXT-TV and WHBQ-TV bring to our business,” Cox Media Group president Bill Hoffman said. “These new stations fit nicely into CMG’s broadcast portfolio, and we look forward to having a great news presence in these two markets and competing hard with the fine local broadcasters who already reside there.”

More in the release after the jump. Read more

Carjacking Suspect Clears His Name Live on ‘Good Morning Memphis’

A man wanted for stabbing a woman during a carjacking and taking her two kids approached WHBQ reporter Brooke Thomas while she was reporting the story live.

The man, Derric Fifer, told the reporter for the Memphis FOX owned station he didn’t commit the crime. “It’s a mistake they have my name,” Fifer told Thomas. “Somebody gonna get sued because I ain’t do nothing,” he added later.

In a follow up later in the day, Thomas told viewers police converged on the live shot but not before Fifer got away. Police later told Thomas Fifer was no longer a suspect. See that video after the jump. Read more

WMAR Responds to Mythical Hashtag War Declared by YouTube Stars

WMAR has responded to the hashtag war declared by former cable TV stars and current YouTube personalities Rhett and Link over the use of the twitter hashtag #GMM.

The two were using the hashtag for their show Good Mythical Morning until they discovered it was also being used by Memphis FOX owned station WHBQ and Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR for their shows Good Morning Memphis and Good Morning Maryland.

In the declaration of their two front hashtag war against WHBQ and WMAR, they offered their terms of surrender: Relinquish the use of #GMM via verbal declaration and Rhett and Link would give them a custom jingle for their shows.

While WHBQ simply changed its hashtag to #FOX13GMM, WMAR sent TVSpy a link to its video response. The station is letting it be known it will not surrender so easily. They, too, have demands. You can see Rhett and Link’s declaration and WMAR’s demands after the jump. Read more

WPTY Meteorologist Mark Walden Dies at 38

Mark Walden, the chief meteorologist at WPTY in Memphis, died over the weekend from “apparent natural causes,” according to the station. He was 38.

“Our ABC 24 family is deeply saddened by the passing of chief meteorologist Mark Walden. He was highly respected among his colleagues and served this community as a gifted meteorologist and through his generous work with local charities. He touched our lives and will be greatly missed,” WPTY VP-GM Ardyth Dierks said in a statement.

Walden joined the ABC affiliate in 1999. WPTY described him as “as a gifted meteorologist with a passion for weather, and keeping our community safe and informed.”

The station reported the news of Walden’s death on the WPTY website Sunday morning. Rival stations WHBQ, WMC and WREG reported the news on the Sunday evening newscasts.

“Our family thanks everyone in the Mid-South for their condolences and kind words,” Walden’s wife, Jackquelynne Walden, said. “Mark really loved his viewers. He never met a stranger. And we’re grateful for all the prayers and support.”

Watch WPTY’s tribute to Walden after the jump. Read more

Fox O&Os Launch Partnership with AccuWeather

Broadcasting & Cable reports on a new partnership between Fox Television Stations and AccuWeather that will launch this summer:

Fox said its stations “will offer their local viewers a 24/7 live streaming video weather channel provided by AccuWeather,” while jointly produced and branded content will extend across “virtually all of the stations’ media platforms,” including mobile.

“Weather is one of the most important services our stations provide to their communities and has long been a major focus for FTS,” said Ron Stitt, the group’s vice president of digital media and internet operations. Read more

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