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Christopher Ford Named WHEC News Director

ford_croppedChristopher Ford has been named news director for Rochester, NY, NBC affiliate WHEC.

“I am very excited to have Chris join our team,” Derek Dalton, WHEC vice president and general manager said in a statement. “His investigative background and passion to serve will be a real asset to our newsroom and our Rochester community.”

Dalton told TVSpy, Ford will start at WHEC in mid-January.

Before coming to WHEC, Ford was assistant news director at WTSP in Tampa, FL. He has also worked at WTMJ in Milwaukee and CLTV the 24-hour Chicago cable network.

[Rochester Business Journal]

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Scott Kilbury Moving from Arizona to New York

Scott Kilbury will be joining Rochester, NY, NBC affiliate WHEC as news anchor.

KOLD vice president and general manager Debbie Bush told TVSpy Kilbury’s last day with Tucson’s KOLD (CBS) and KMSB (FOX) was Tuesday.

“I would call Tucson home, but the irony is that from age 10-15 I lived in upstate New York,” Kilbury told the Tucson Weekly. “I’m talking to the news director and he’s telling me my mom taught at the same middle school he went to in Utica. There are all these weird connections. For the kids this is the perfect fit. But I’m going to really miss the great people in this community for all their love and support.”

Kilbury worked at KOLD for 12 years. In 2008, he made the switch from sports director to news anchor. He started his career at KPAX in Missoula, MT, and has worked at KOLN in Lincoln, NE. Read more

Sports Director Robin De Wind Signing Off From WHEC

WHEC sports director Robin De Wind is leaving the Rochester NBC affiliate, the Democrat and Chronicle reports. Her last day will be June 28.

“Channel 10 has been good to me, and I’ve worked very hard to be good for Channel 10,” De Wind said. “I don’t know yet what I’ll be doing after this. But everyone’s life has chapters, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the next chapter in my life holds.”

De Wind joined WHEC in 1997 and has worked as a medical reporter and news anchor. She made the switch to sports in 2008.

In other WHEC news, reporter Ray Levato has retired after 44 years at the station.

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

Patrick Taney Moving to Rochester’s WHEC

Patrick Taney, morning anchor for Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW, is moving 26 markets down and about seventy miles east to work for Rochester, NY, NBC affiliate WHEC.

Taney told TVSpy, he “decided against moving to another city further away at this point in my life despite other offers.” According to Buffalo News writer Alan Pergament, WKBW news director Polly Van Doren wrote in a memo to staff, the move will allow Taney to spend more time with his parents who live near Rochester.

Taney came to WKBW from WZVN in Fort Myers, FL. Before WZVN, he worked at WBBH also in Fort Myers, KHOG in Fort Smith-Fayetteville, AR, and Cable 13 in Leighton, PA. Taney said he will stay at WKBW until the station finds a replacement.

Rochester NBC Affiliate Apologizes After Airing Sensitive Episode of ‘Chicago Fire’

WHEC, the NBC affiliate in Rochester, has issued an apology after airing an episode of “Chicago Fire” that closely resembled the Christmas Eve shooting in neighboring Webster, N.Y.

The episode, which aired Wednesday evening, featured a scene that showed firefighters and ambulance workers being shot during the response to a 911 call. Derek Dalton, the station’s vice president and general manager, released a statement Thursday:

Last night, NBC, our network, ran an episode of Chicago Fire that many in our community felt was insensitive in light of the Christmas Eve tragedy.

We understand and regret the timing of this episode.  By no means did we, or NBC, intend any disrespect to the families or our community affected by the recent events in Webster.

All of us in the WHEC-TV family have a personal connection to our community and our firefighters.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and we will continue to cover this story with compassion and professionalism.

Michael Goldrick Named VP of News at WRC

Michael Goldrick is joining WRC, the NBC O&O in Washington, DC as vice president of news.

Since 2009, Goldrick has been news director at WPXI, the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh. At WRC, he steps into the role that has been vacant since Camille Edwards left for WABC in July.

“Mike is a proven news leader who knows how to be competitive,” WRC general manager Jackie Bradford said in a statement.  “I am very excited that our newsroom and our viewers will benefit from his experience, his creativity and his strategic thinking.”

Before joining WPXI, Goldrick held leadership roles at WHEC in Rochester, KOMO in Seattle, WSOC in Charlotte and KPRC in Houston. He will begin at WRC on November 26.

Anchor Don Hudson Joins WHEC From KTVX

Don Hudson will join Rochester NBC-affiliate WHEC as an anchor and reporter this fall.

Hudson is currently the 5 p.m. anchor at KTVX, the ABC-affiliate in Salt Lake City. He will begin in his new role in late September, according to the station. He replaces Rich Funke, who is retiring after 38 years at WHEC.

“Not only is Don a true professional but he is also a dedicated family man,” VP-GM Derek Dalton said. “His committment to family and community are the exact values that we look for here at News10NBC. Hie is passionate about getting to the heart of the story making him a perfect addition to our News10NBC family.”

After 38 Years at WHEC, Rich Funke to Retire

Rich Funke, the longtime evening anchor at WHEC in Rochester, will retire at the end of this year.

Funke, who joined the NBC-affiliate in 1974 as sports director, announced the news on the 6 p.m. newscast yesterday.

“I don’t know where the time has gone,” he said. “But I do know the time has come to step aside, move into the next phase of my life. My last day on the air will be sometime in December, but in the weeks and months ahead we’ll share some stories and revisit some people and places I’ll never forget.” Read more

Longtime WHEC Boss Arnold Klinsky Retires

Arnold Klinsky is bidding farewell to Rochester’s WHEC.

Klinsky, WHEC’s vice president and general manager, is retiring after 27 years with the station.

During his tenure with WHEC, he oversaw the station’s switch in network affiliation, from CBS to NBC. He also served as chair of the New York State Broadcasters Association.

Before joining WHEC, Klinsky served as news director and VP of operations at Hartford’s WVIT. He will be succeeded by Derek Dalton.