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Sinclair Names GM of WICD-WCCU

Sinclair Broadcasting Group has named Scott McBride general manager of its ABC and FOX affiliates in Champaign, IL, WICD and WCCU.

“Scott’s success in operating an ABC/FOX combination, along with his 33 year of television experience working in creative services, news and sales, is the perfect complement towards the stations being successful and meeting the needs of the Champaign/Urbana community,” said COO of Sinclair’s television group Steve Marks.

McBride, who will also oversee the sales team at CW affiliate WBUI, comes to WICD-WCCU from Sinclair’s ABC and FOX affiliate in Savannah, GA, WJCL-WTGS. Before that he was the vice-president and general manager at WACH in Columbia, SC. He was also the general sales manager at KOLD in Tucson, AZ, and creative services and new account executive at KSBW in Salinas, CA.

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Natalie Bomke Joins WFLD as Co-Anchor of ‘Good Day Chicago’

Natalie Bomke is joining WFLD, the Fox owned station in Chicago, as co-anchor of the morning newscast. Bomke replaces Kori Chambers, who recently left WFLD to join WPIX in New York City.

It is a move within Fox for Bomke, who has been the morning anchor at KRIV in Houston for the past three years. Prior to that, she worked at KTXL in Sacramento and WICD in Champaign, Ill. She began her career as a general assignment reporter at WICS in her hometown of Springfield, Ill.

News of Bomke’s hire was first reported by FTVLive.

A station spokesperson said Bomke’s first day will be September 30. She will anchor “Good Day Chicago” from 5 to 7 a.m. alongside Dawn Hasbrouck.

Les Vann Named GM at WJCL-WTGS

LIN Media has named Les Vann president and general manager of WJCL and WTGS, the ABC and Fox affiliates in Savannah, Ga.

Vann moves to Savannah from Cincinnati, where he has been vice president and general manager of WKRC for five years. He is also a former general manager of WTVH in Syracuse, N.Y., WLOS in Asheville, N.C., and WICD in Champaign, Ill.

“It is an honor to join one of the most successful and forward-thinking media companies in the country, which has a strong reputation of investing in its products, people and communities,” Van said in a statement.

Vann replaces Scott McBride as the stations’ president and general manager.

Sports Anchor Josh Samuels Leaving WPEC

Josh Samuels, the weekend sports anchor at WPEC, is leaving the West Palm Beach CBS affiliate.

“I do not agree with the direction that the station wants to take the sports department and decided it was best for me to pursue other opportunities,” Samuels told TVSpy in an email.

Samuels joined WPEC in 2008 after five years as the sports director at WICD in Champaign, Ill. Before that, he was sports director at KREX in Grand Junction, Colo.

Elitsa Bizios Promoted to Evening Anchor at WICD

Elitsa Bizios has officially been named evening anchor at WICD, the ABC-affiliate in Champaign, IL.

Bizios, an Illinois native, has been anchoring the station’s 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts since April on a temporary basis. She joined WICD last September as a reporter and fill-in anchor.

“Elitsa is a solid journalist who brings experience and excitement to her new position,” news director Katie McManus-Faye said. “She was born and raised in Illinois and has ties to the community. In addition, Elitsa relates to the people in this area and understands the issues affecting them.”

Elitsa Bizios has been delivering the WICD Newschannel 15 nightly newscasts since April of 2012. Now, WICD is pleased to officially recognize Elitsa as the Lead Weeknight Anchor of ABC Newschannel 15, broadcasting nightly at 5, 6 and 10pm.