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WIS Responds to Viewer Outcry Over Anchor’s Departure

WIS has responded to viewer backlash after anchor Ben Hoover revealed he was leaving the Columbia, SC, NBC affiliate because his contract wasn’t renewed.

Thursday night, Hoover told viewers on facebook the station’s decision not to renew his contract caught him by surprise.

According to Columbia paper The State, Hoover was absent from Friday’s broadcast.

Reaction to the news flowed quickly in comments to his posting with praise of his work and condemnation of management’s decision. By Friday evening a protest to coincide with the station’s 10:30 broadcast had been organized.

The station posted a response both on its website and its facebook page Sunday night thanking viewers for their concern but saying,  “During the last several days much has been posted on social media about Ben Hoover’s departure from WIS news, much of it erroneous,” read the statement. “However, we simply cannot engage in a public conversation regarding details of Ben’s departure from WIS TV. It is a private personnel matter.” You can read the entire statement after the jump. Read more

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Denetra Walker Promoted to Assistant News Director at WIS

WIS_304Denetra Walker has been upped to assistant news director at WIS, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C. Walker, currently an executive producer at the station, transitions into her new role net week.

“Denetra is a strong leader and her producer skills are an asset to us daily. I’m excited about her energy and new ideas in helping guide the WIS team into the future,” news director Bryan Queen wrote in a note to staff obtained by TVSpy.

The station will hire a new dayside executive producer, according to Queen. Walker’s role will “focus on our overall branding with Investigates, First Alert, and Digital first strategies.”

Queen’s full note is after the jump. Read more

Taylor Kearns Signs Off From WIS

After seven years at WIS, Taylor Kearns is saying goodbye to the NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C.

Kearns said he will be staying in Columbia “for the short term” and exploring new opportunities. [h/t The State]

WIS Names Bryan Queen as News Director

Bryan Queen has been named news director for Columbia, SC, NBC affiliate WIS.

Queen comes to WIS from WROC in Rochester, NY, where he was news director.

WIS general manager Donita Todd told TVSpy Queen starts one week from Monday on September 9.

Before working at WROC, Queen was a news manager at News14 Carolina. From 2003-2007, he was a planning producer at MSNBC. He has also worked at NBC News Channel, WXII in Winston-Salem, NC, and WLOS in Asheville, NC.

WIS News Director Rashida Jones Joins MSNBC as EP of ‘Jansing & Co.’

After two years as news director at WIS, Rashida Jones is leaving the Columbia, S.C. NBC affiliate to join MSNBC as an executive producer.

Jones will oversee “Jansing & Co.,” the 10amET show anchored by Chris Jansing. She will begin at MSNBC in August.

“Rashida, a highly-sought after newsroom leader, has always been someone I wanted on our team,” MSNBC VP and executive editor Yvette Miley wrote in an email to MSNBC staffers Wednesday. “She is a visionary who understands strategy and how to lead a team to accomplish a goal.”

Before joining WIS, Jones spent seven years as a producer at The Weather Channel. She has also worked at WTKR in Norfolk, Va., where she produced the 11 p.m. newscast.

Read the full memo from MSNBC after the jump. Read more

Anchor Hannah Horne Says Goodbye to WIS

WIS morning anchor Hannah Horne is saying goodbye to the NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C. to pursue a career in business.

“I’m a little nervous to try something new, but I’m prepared,” Horne told The State. “I’ve never been more ready.”

Horne, who joined the station in 2000, anchored her final broadcast Thursday. The State reports Mary King, who is a multimedia journalist for WIS, will replace Horne.

Before joining WIS in 2000, Horne worked at KPLC in Lake Charles, La. and WLOX in Biloxi, Miss.

WIS Launches Sunday Morning Newscast

WIS, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C., is launching a Sunday morning newscast this weekend.

“It’s a great opportunity to provide critical weather and news information to our audience on television, as well as expand our footprint in the mornings on digital,” news content director Rashida Jones told TVSpy.

The hourlong 10 a.m. newscast will be anchored by Chelsea Washington (pictured) and weather anchor Tim Miller, who also handle the station’s Saturday morning newscast.

Reporter Brett Buffington Joins WIS

Brett Buffington has been hired as an investigative reporter at WIS, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C.

Buffington was most recently a reporter and multimedia journalist at WJBF, the ABC Affiliate in Augusta. He was nominated for an Emmy for investigative reporting during his two-year tenure at the station. He has also worked at WJXT, the independent station in Jacksonville, Fla.

Buffington begins at WIS on April 24.

Reporter Back On Air After Losing Her Smile

Mary King, a 25-year-old reporter with WIS in Columbia, SC, was knocked off the air earlier this month after the right side of her face suddenly became paralyzed.

King was on a plane at the Charlotte airport on June 1st, waiting to take off, when she realized that she couldn’t move the right side of her face. She alerted a flight attendant and after deboarding the plane, she headed to a nearby hospital, where she was eventually diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy, a relatively rare condition that causes facial paralysis. Read more

Former WIS Anchor Kara Gormley Meador Declares Candidacy for State Senate

Kara Gormley Meador, a former anchor at WIS in Columbia, has announced plans to run for the South Carolina state senate seat held by Republican Jake Knotts.

Meador, who left the NBC-affiliated WIS in 2010 after almost 15 years with the station, said her experience reporting on Knotts influenced her decision to run.

“Some of the stories that I covered had to do with some questionable decisions made by Senator Knotts, and I uncovered a lot of different things through investigations,” she told The State. “When people came to me with this decision to run, it just happened to be I lived in the same district.”

Meador faces a June primary against Knotts and another Republican candidate, Katrina Shealy.

>Update: Officials in Lexington County say Meador is likely ineligible to run due to a recent redrawing of State Senate districts, The State reports.

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