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General Manager Holly Steuart Exits WHP

WHP‘s Holly Steuart is the latest general manager to exit a newly-owned Sinclair station, according to Broadcasting & Cable.

Sinclair officially took ownership of six stations from Newport Television on Monday. General managers at WKRC in Cincinnati and WOAI in San Antonio both departed on Friday, before the ownership change took place.

“They said they wouldn’t go forward with me, that they were bringing a new person in,” Steuart told B&C. Read more

Sinclair, Newport Television Close Seven-Station Deal

Sinclair Broadcasting officially takes the reins today at six stations it acquired from Newport Television: WKRC in Cincinnati, WOAI in San Antonio, WHP in Harrisburg-Lancaster, WPMI and WJTC in Mobile and KSAS in Wichita.

Sinclair has already made management changes at at least two of its newly-acquired stations, WKRC in Cincinnati and WOAI in San Antonio. Broadcasting & Cable reports that WOAI general manager Jackie Rutledge worked her last day at the station on Friday, the same day Les Vann announced his WKRC exit.

Sinclair has also announced the acquisition of WHAM, the ABC affiliate in Rochester, from Newport Television for $54 million, bringing the total amount paid at closing to $459.7 million.

B&C reports John Seabers will be the new general manager at WOAI. Seabers is a former general manager of KABB-KMYS, Sinclair’s San Antonio duopoly. In January, he was promoted to group manager at the company.

Cox Media Group Selling, Adding Stations

In an effort to focus on larger markets, Cox Media Group has announced that it is selling four of the stations it currently owns and buying four stations from Newport Television.

The stations being sold are KFOX in El Paso, WJAC in Johnstown, PA, KRXI in Reno and WTOV in Stubenville, OH.

The stations Cox is buying from Newport Television are WAWS and WTEV in Jacksonville and KOKI and KMYT in Tulsa.

“This simplified structure will enable CMG to capitalize on continued growth and synergies, while retaining its size financially,” president Doug Franklin said in a statement.  Read more

WHP Transitions to HD with New Studio

WHP, the CBS-affiliate in Harrisburg, PA, has made the switch to high definition and unveiled a brand-new set.

The new space, designed by Devlin Design Group, features an expansive video wall consisting of six 50-inch monitors that can either display one image or a series of images.

“Viewer feedback has been wonderful,” WHP vice president and general manager Holly Steuart said of the station’s new HD look. Read more

Newport Strikes New Retrans Deal with Verizon, Ending Blackout

Newport Television and Verizon reached a new retrans agreement over the weekend, just in time for FiOS subscribers in Albany to watch the Giants-Packers game on Sunday afternoon.

Unable to reach a new deal with Verizon last week, Newport pulled three of its stations from the fiber optic cable system: WSYR in Syracuse, WXXA in Albany, and WHP in Harrisburg.

“We appreciate our viewers’ patience and understanding during this situation,” Newport said in a statement posted on the stations’ websites on Sunday, announcing the new deal.

Terms of the deal have not been released.

Newport Television Stations Blacked Out on Verizon as Carriage Deal Expires

The Newport Television-owned stations in Syracuse, Harrisburg, and Albany have been pulled from Verizon FiOS as the company was unable to reach a new retrans agreement with the cable provider before yesterday’s midnight deadline.

According to Newport executive Michael DiPasquale, the company has been “working diligently to reach a resolution in this matter.”

Newport’s previous retrans agreement with Verizon expired at 11:59 p.m. last night, leaving FiOS customers without WSYR in Syracuse, WXXA in Albany, and WHP in Harrisburg. Read more

Newport-Owned Stations May Go Dark on Verizon

Three stations owned by Newport TelevisionWSYR in Syracuse, WXXA in Albany, and WHP in Harrisburg–may be dropped from Verizon FiOS tonight as the station group stares down a deadline for retrans negotiations with the cable provider.

Newport’s current retrans contract with Verizon FiOS expires at midnight, tonight.

“We are currently working to reach a new agreement with Verizon FiOS TV,” reads a statement posted on the websites of Newport-owned stations affected by the negotiations. “However based on the current status of those discussions, we do not believe Verizon FiOS TV will be carrying [Newport stations after January 12th.”

Newport, which was founded in 2007, owns dozens of stations across the country but only three of its stations are carried on Verizon’s fiber optic cable service.

Carlisle, PA Mayor Kirk Wilson Will Resign For WHP Reporting Job

After 26 years as mayor of Carlisle, PA, Kirk Wilson announced today that he will resign in order to join Harrisburg’s WHP as a reporter.

“He is a popular mayor and a life-long resident of the area,” WHP vice president and general manager Holly Steuart said in a statement. “He really understands the people and issues that impact our daily lives.”

Before becoming mayor in 1985, Wilson had a career in radio and television news, including a reporting job at WHP beginning in 1978. His second stint at the station will start on January 4.

“Over the years, I have become knowledgeable in the operation of state government and local communities,” Wilson said. “I believe this is invaluable in bringing the news to viewers in this region with new insight.”

In Harrisburg, WPMT Expands Evening News

Starting January 9, WPMT will add a 6 p.m. newscast to the programming lineup, the Harrisburg Fox-affiliate announced today.

“At Fox43 News, we are all about choice,” WPMT news director Chris Holden said in a statement. “We want to give viewers the choice to get the news when it fits their schedule.”

The station currently has a 6:30 p.m. newscast anchored by Evan Forrester and Heather Warner. The pair will also anchor the 6 p.m. newscast when it debuts next year.

The new newscast will compete in the 6 p.m. hour with NBC-affiliate WGAL, CBS-affiliate WHP and ABC-affiliate WHTM, each of which broadcasts news in that timeslot.

Reporter Ben Russell Joins KXAS in Dallas

Ben Russell starts today as a general assignment reporter at KXAS, the NBC owned-and-operated station in Dallas-Fort Worth.

“When it comes to dynamic live shots, Ben had one of the best resume tapes I’ve seen in a while,” KXAS news director Susan Tully wrote in an email to staffers obtained by Uncle Barky’s Bytes. “He reports on the late news … and finds a way to make a story, even a ‘non-visual nothing is happening behind me story,’ become good live television.”

Russell joins KXAS from WHP, the CBS-affiliate in Harrisburg, PA. He has been a reporter there for five years.

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