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CBS Switching Affiliates in Indianapolis

CBSEyeCBS has announced it is switching affiliates — from WISH to WTTV — in the Indianapolis market. WTTV, currently the CW affiliate in Indianapolis, will be the CBS affiliate beginning January 1, 2015.

WTTV is the sister station to WXIN, the market’s Fox affiliate. Tribune has owned WTTV since 2002. It has been a CW affiliate since 2006; prior to that, it was an affiliate of The WB and, earlier, UPN. WTTV was the second station to go on the air in the market, in 1949, and was an NBC and ABC affiliate throughout the 1950s.

As part of the shift, Tribune will move the CW to digital channel 4.2, leaving WISH as an independent station as of January 1. WISH had been the CBS station in Indianapolis since 1956. Tribune already has plans to produce local newscasts for the new CBS affiliate. WXIN resources will likely be tapped to get the new WTTV newscasts on the air. Right now, WXIN produces 10.5 hours of news every day.

wttvTribune also announced it has renewed existing agreements with its other CBS affiliates: WREG in Memphis, WHNT in Huntsville, Ala., KFSM in Fort Smith, Ark., and WTVR in Richmond. CBS has also renewed its affiliation agreement with WTKR in Norfolk, which it operates under a shared service agreement.

“This comprehensive agreement further expands our strong partnership with CBS and allows us to provide an array of outstanding programming, including leading live sports, news and entertainment,” Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert said in a statement. “Through WTTV’s new affiliation, we look forward to significantly enhancing our sports offerings, local news coverage and commitment to the community.”

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Elise Morgan Says Goodbye to WHNT


WHNT anchor Elise Morgan has announced she’s leaving the Huntsville, AL, CBS affiliate to be closer to her mother who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

“As a journalist, I’m reminded every day how short life is. But when your parent is facing an illness, it brings it even closer to home,” Morgan wrote on the station’s website. “After 7 ½ years away from my family in Texas, it became clear it’s time to go home and cherish every moment I have with all my loved ones.”

Morgan came to WHNT in 2006. She had previously worked at stations in Dallas-Fort Worth and Waco, TX.

Bill Shory Named News Director at WAVE

Bill Shory has been named news director at Louisville NBC affiliate WAVE, Rick Gevers & Associates reports.

Shory moves to Louisville from Knoxville, where he spent eight years as news director for NBC affiliate WBIR. He has most recently been the director of production for Jupiter Entertainment. Shory has also worked at WCCO in Minneaplis, WHNT in Huntsville, WCNC in Charlotte and WBMA in Birmingham.

He replaces Kathy Hostetter, who was named news director at WTHR in Indianapolis.

CNN’s Candy Crowley Talks to WHNT About Moderating the Next Presidential Debate

Tonight’s Vice Presidential debate will be moderated by ABC’s Martha Raddatz, but next up is CNN’s Candy Crowley, who will moderate a town-hall style Presidential debate Tuesday night at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Crowley was interviewed Thursday morning by WHNT, the CBS affiliate in Huntsville, Ala. (video above).  “I think it’s just a decision that comes organically,” Crowley told Michelle Stark. “Like, ‘We’ve heard this talking point now way too many times, we need to move on,’ and ‘Hey, this is interesting. Let’s let it breathe.’”

Reporter Christine Killimayer Leaving WHNT

Christine Killimayer is leaving WHNT after two years at the CBS-affiliate in Hunstville, AL.

Killimayer’s final day at WHNT is today. She has accepted a position in media services at Teledyne Brown in Huntsville.

She began at the station as a sports anchor and reporter in 2010, later shifting to report on the morning newscast. Before joining WHNT, she worked as a multimedia sports journalist for the Greenspun Corporation and as a sports anchor and reporter at KTKA in Topeka.

WHNT Offering Viewers Money to Be Meteorologist’s Facebook Friend

Just in case his extensive coverage of tornadoes sweeping through Alabama wasn’t enough to entice viewers to Like WHNT chief meteorologist Jason Simpson on Facebook, the Huntsville CBS-affiliate is now offering $519 to be his friend.

WHNT, channel 19, has posted a big promotion on Simpson’s Facebook page, offering viewers a chance to win an American Express gift card if they Like the veteran meteorologist.

This is certainly not the first instance of local stations offering prizes in an effort to boost Facebook connections, but it is the only time in recent memory where a dollar figure for friendship was placed so closely to someone’s head. Read more

Dan Satterfield Joins WBOC as Chief Meteorologist

Dan Satterfield is joining WBOC, the CBS-affiliate in Salisbury, MD, as chief meteorologist, dcrtv.com reports.

Satterfield was formerly the chief meteorologist at WHNT in Huntsville. He left in December after 17 years with the station to explore new opportunities.

The veteran meteorologist has more than 30 years of experience on the air. He will join Brian Keane and John Trout on the WBOC weather team.

WHNT Hires Jason Simpson as Chief Meteorologist

Jason Simpson has been named WHNT‘s new chief meteorologist.

The Huntsville CBS-affiliate announced today that Simpson, who currently serves as the morning meteorologist at ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, will become the station’s lead weathercaster.

“Jason is an exceptional broadcast meteorologist and has outstanding severe weather tracking skills,” WHNT president and general manager Stan Pylant said, in announcing the move.  “We had a tremendous amount of interest from a lot of qualified candidates from all over the country.  In the end, the right person was right here in our own backyard.”

Simpson replaces Dan Satterfield, who recently departed WHNT after 17 years as chief meteorologist to “explore new opportunities.” Read more

Dan Satterfield Set To Leave WHNT After 17 Years

Dan Satterfield is leaving his post as chief meteorologist at Huntsville CBS-affiliate WHNT after 17 years.

Satterfield, who is the meteorologist on the weeknight evening newscasts, told station management he wanted to explore new opportunities earlier this year, according to The Huntsville Times. His last day will be December 2.

Stan Pylant, the president and general manager at WHNT, said in a statement the station has conducted an extensive search for Satterfield’s replacement, and expects to make an announcement in the near future.

Station Groups Team Up For Weekend Irene Coverage

Broadcasting & Cable has an interesting look today at coastal station groups teaming up to share resources and personnel for Hurricane Irene coverage. Local news outlets are operating on leaner budgets than ever, B&C points out, so helping hands from sister stations are appreciated, and even necessary, for effective reporting. And for some, coming to the aid of another station is returning a favor:

It’s a similar story in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, where Virginia Beach, and perhaps other communities, is gearing up for a roundhouse punch. WTKR Norfolk President/General Manager Jeff Hoffman says he’s heard from most every GM in the Local TV group, asking how they can help. That includes WHNT Huntsville President/General Manager Stan Pylant, who received all manner of assistance within the group when his region was devastated by a tornado earlier this year. Read more

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