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LIN Media and CBS Renew Affiliation Agreements in Ten Markets

linmedia_304x200LIN Media announced today it has signed a “comprehensive, long-term” agreement to renew affiliation agreements with CBS in 10 markets.

The agreement includes WIAT in Birmingham, AL, WIVB in Buffalo, NY, KRQE, KBIM and KREZ in Albuquerque, NM, WPRI in Providence, RI, WANE in Fort Wayne, IN, WTHI in Terre Haute, IN, KIMT in Mason City, IA, KOIN in Portland, OR, WKBN in Youngstown, OH and WLFI in Lafayette, IN.

“We are pleased to have reached long-­term agreements with CBS,” Vincent L. Sadusky, president and CEO of LIN Media said in a statement. “Our stations are important assets to our local communities and these new agreements ensure that LIN Media and CBS will continue to serve local viewers with high-­‐quality network programming.”

LIN recently lost the CBS affiliation at its Indianapolis station WISH, the Indianapolis Star reported, LIN stands to lose as much as $100 million after its proposed deal with Media General was revalued after the loss.

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Rob Martin Joining WIAT as News Director


Rob Martin will join Birmingham CBS affiliate WIAT as news director next Tuesday, May 20.

Martin has been news director at Montgomery, AL, CBS affiliate WAKA for the past 12 years.

Friday, his WAKA colleagues said goodbye to him on-air. Watch the video above to see the send off.

Martin worked as assistant news director at WIAT in the 90′s.

Here Are The Markets Where LIN Media and Media General Will Sell or Swap Stations

LIN Media GAs they prepare to merge, LIN Media and Media General will have to sell or swap stations in five markets — Providence, Birmingham, Mobile, Green Bay and Savannah — to comply with FCC rules limiting ownership of more than one station in a market, TVNewsCheck reports:

“We recognize the issue, and we are going to work very constructively and creatively with the FCC to make sure we close this transaction as quickly as possible,” said Mahoney. “We are clear that certain stations will have to be swapped or sold.”

Mahoney suggested that he preferred swaps, even though they are harder to do than straight sales. “It cleans out the issue and could allow us to grow our national footprint. There is real opportunity there.”

A list of the stations is after the jump. Read more

Birmingham CBS Station Says Goodbye to Rick Jackson


Rick Jackson, morning reporter for Birmingham, AL, CBS affiliate WIAT, has left the station to work for the Birmingham Water Works.

The WIAT anchor team said goodbye to Jackson Friday at the end of “Wake Up Alabama.” They gave him a cake as a send-off.

Jackson joined the station in 2008. Before coming to WIAT, he worked at WTVA-WLOV in Tupelo, MS.

[AL.com]

News Director Bill Payer Out at WIAT

wiat logoNews director Bill Payer is out at Birmingham CBS affiliate WIAT. Payer announced his departure in an email to station staffers Wednesday:

 I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your part in was has been an seven of the most gratifying years of my professional life….today, ironically, was the last day of the seventh year.

I regret I did not have the opportunity to express this in person but I truly appreciate the effort, the dedication and the professionalism you all have exhibited over those seven years.  I can only hope I was as supportive of your efforts as I wanted to be.  I know at times it seemed like I was never satisfied, but that’s only because there was so much more potential in each of you.

Payer has been the news director at WIAT since 2006. He has previously worked as news director for WKBW in Buffalo and as assistant news director at KPIX in San Francisco.

Helen Swenson Named GM of WIAT in Birmingham

wiat logo_304x200LIN Media has named Helen Swenson president and general manager of Birmingham, AL, CBS affiliate WIAT.

The move had been rumored after former GM Bill Ballard‘s contract wasn’t renewed.

Most recently Swenson was the senior vice president of Live Programming for The Weather Channel. Before coming to The Weather Channel she was the senior multimedia consultant for Frank N. Magid Associates. She has also held management positions at local TV stations in Pittsburgh, Miami and West Palm Beach, FL, including a stint as news director for KIRO in Seattle.

“Helen is a highly strategic and skilled broadcast executive with a proven track record of achieving growth by developing innovative and superior products that better meet the needs of our viewers and advertisers, ” Scott Blumenthal LIN Media’s executive vice president of Television said in a statement. “We are pleased that she is stepping into the leadership role at WIAT.”

General Manager Bill Ballard Out at WIAT

wiat logoAfter 10 years at WIAT in Birmingham, president and general manager Bill Ballard is out at the CBS affiliate, The Birmingham News reports. LIN Media did not renew his contract, which expired Friday.

“I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished. I wish the station and the people there nothing but the best,” Ballard said.

The Birmingham News reports that a replacement could be announced as early as today. Helen Swenson, a former senior vice president of live programming for The Weather Channel, is reportedly a leading candidate.

WATCH: It’s Not the Size of The Dog, Birmingham Anchor Insults Weatherman

When the morning anchor team for Birmingham, AL, CBS affiliate WIAT were talking about a local doggy dress up contest, anchor Gina Redmond let loose a double entendre that hit meteorologist Mark Prater right in his manly bits.

“Mark has a little weiner,” said Redmond, wondering about what it took to win such a contest.

“What have you dressed him in Mark?” said co anchor Stephen Hauck. “Come on. Be honest.”

“Long johns,” Prater answered, looking like he knew awkwardness had been the real winner.

[Hollywood.com]

Sports Anchor Melissa Kim Heading to WIAT

Melissa Kim is headed South from Bangor, ME, NBC affiliate WLBZ to WIAT in Birmingham, AL.

Kim will join the Birmingham CBS affiliate as a sports reporter on September 16.

Kim joined WLBZ in March 2010 as a multimedia journalist. Before coming to WLBZ she worked at WBAL in Baltimore, MD, News 12 Networks in New York City, was a researcher/writer at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a news producer at News 12 in The Bronx.

[Bangor Daily News]

Birmingham TV Stations Interrupt Morning News with Reports of Plane Crash

Birmingham, AL, TV stations were already on the air when first reports of the crash of a UPS cargo jet came in. The Airbus A300 crashed on approach around 5:00 a.m. Central Time en route from Louisville, KY, killing the pilot and co-pilot.

NBC affiliate WVTM – “Today in Alabama” anchor Lisa Crane told viewers about initial reports of the crash at 5:14 a.m. She said the station was sending crews to the scene and promised updates. The station showed first video of the crash shortly after 6:00 a.m.

ABC affiliate WCFT  - Anchors Sheri Falk and Ebony Hall tossed to Candace White at 5:31 a.m. White started out in the newsroom and confirmed the crash with Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport’s public relations director. The station showed its first video tape of the scene at 5:51. By 6:00 a.m. White was on scene reporting by phone.

CBS affiliate WIAT – “Wake Up Alabama” anchors Stephen Hauk and Gina Redmond broke the news at 5:38. They had reporter Rick Jackson live on the scene at East Lake Boulevard near the airport in East Birmingham.

FOX affiliate WBRC – Anchors Janice Rogers and Sarah Verser told viewers about the crash at 5:45 a.m. and went to Clare Huddleston live on scene at 5:54.

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