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Abe Lubetkin Says Goodbye to WISN

Abe Lubetkin is leaving Milwaukee ABC affiliate WISN, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Duane Dudek reports.

Lubetkin, who is a weekend morning anchor and general assignment reporter at WISN, will join the power solutions division of Johnson Control. He joined the station in 2010 from KVIA in El Paso, where he was an anchor and reporter.

“Leaving television news was a difficult decision for me,” Lubetkin told the Journal Sentinel. “But having worked in the news business since graduating from college, I decided it was time for a new challenge. … I deeply appreciate all the viewers who made me feel right at home here.”

WISN Partners with Website to Cover Hyper-Local News

WISN is going hyper-local.  The Milwaukee ABC affiliate has reached an agreement with local news website Patch.com.

“They do things we haven’t been doing — covering school boards and community news,” WISN president and general manager Jan Wade told the Milwaukee Business Journal.

According to the Business Journal, Patch has 15 correspondents in southeast Wisconsin covering news ranging from traffic accidents to local crime. Read more

Newscasts, Syndicated Reruns Push ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Back in Some Markets

Yesterday we told you that two ABC affiliates, WISN in Milwaukee and KSTP in Minneapolis, were delaying the new start time of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in favor of local newscasts.

Several stations air Kimmel’s program an hour later than its scheduled time due to hourlong newscasts: WEAR in Mobile, KIFI in Idaho Falls, KOAT in Albuquerque and KRGV in Welasco, Texas. All of these stations had hour-long newscasts in place before the Kimmel-”Nightline” swap.

KMBC in Kansas City airs “Jimmy Kimmel Live” at 11:35 pmCT because of existing contracts to show syndicated programming. The station wraps up its 10pmCT newscast at 10:35 and then airs “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory.” KATV in Little Rock also delays the show to 11:05pmCT in favor of sitcom reruns like “According to Jim” and, in the past, “Home Improvement” and “The Drew Carey Show.”

Barbara Maushard Expands Role as Hearst Television’s VP of News

Hearst Television’s Barbara Maushard is adding to her duties as vice president of news.

Maushard will oversee Hearst’s corporate news efforts, a role that was previously held by Brian Bracco. In November, Bracco was named general manager of KSHB in Kansas City.

Maushard has served in her current role since 2008. Before that, she was news director at three Hearst properties: WESH in Orlando, WISN in Milwaukee and KHBS-KHOG in Fort Smith, Ark.

“Barb has served with distinction at several Hearst stations, leading award-winning news teams,” Hearst Television chairman and CEO David J. Barrett said in a statement. “Her dedication to quality and excellence in local journalism has been instrumental in the success our stations have had in serving their local audiences.”

Milwaukee Stations See Ratings Rise For Second Presidential Debate

The latest presidential debate proved more popular with viewers in Milwaukee than the first as 43,000 more households tuned in to watch Barack Obama and Mitt Romney square off a second time, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

NBC affiliate WTMJ averaged an 11.3 during the debate, ABC affiliate WISN pulled in a 10.3, FOX affiliate WITI saw a 6.9 and CBS affiliate WDJT drew a 3.7.  A rating point in Milwaukee is equal to 9,100 households.

While the numbers may sound high, The Journal Sentinel offered a sobering comparison, while 293,000 Milwaukee households tuned in to Tuesday night’s debate, 473,000 watched the Green Bay Packers beat the Houston Texans on Sunday night.

News Director Chris Gegg Jumps from Madison to Milwaukee’s WISN

Chris Gegg has been named news director for Hearst Television’s Milwaukee ABC affiliate, WISN.  Gegg succeeds Lori Waldon who left for Hearst’s KCRA-KQCA in Sacramento.

“Chris is a proven news leader with the right skills and experience to oversee our newsroom and take it to the next level,” said Jan Wade, president and general manager of WISN in a posting to the station’s website. “I am also delighted that he has Midwest roots, knows our state well, and values the most important people we serve — our viewers.”

Gegg comes from Madison’s WMTV where he is credited with successfully rebuilding and rebranding weather coverage in the Madison news market.  Previously he was executive producer at ABC affiliates WXYZ in Detroit and WKRN in Nashville, TN.

[Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

‘It’s A Screaming Disaster’: Milwaukee News Sets Reviewed

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has posted an interesting review of the local station’s news sets.  The article focuses on NBC affiliate WTMJ’s new set (pictured right) and the various reactions it evoked from those on both sides of the screen.

“It’s like being on a spaceship,” said WTMJ-TV anchor-reporter Courtny Gerrish.

“Punch it, Chewie,” added meteorologist Brian Gotter, making a “Star Wars” joke.

The futuristic-looking set so offended one caller that he left a message on my voice mail: “It’s a screaming disaster. It’s as ugly as any modern designer or architect could create.”

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Lori Waldon Named News Director at KCRA-KQCA

WISN news director Lori Waldon is leaving Milwaukee for Sacramento, where she has been appointed news director at KCRA-KQCA.

The news was first reported by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

WISN and KCRA-KQCZ are all owned by Hearst. The move is a return to Sacramento for Waldon, who was assistant news director at KOVR-KMAX before joining WISN in 2006. In a statement announcing the move, WISN president Jan Wade praised Waldon’s “excellent job” as news director.

“Under her leadership we have earned numerous honors, done exceptional journalism, and provided the viewers of southeastern Wisconsin with high quality newscasts and reporting,” Wade said. “Lori has worked hard, and has earned this promotion to another of Hearst Television’s leading stations.” Read more

More Local Interviews for President Obama

President Obama is sitting down for another round of local interviews at the White House today.

Obama will be interviewed by Karen Swensen of WWL in New Orleans; Vicki Dortch of WLKY in Louisville (pictured); Gary Metivier of KWQC in Davenport, IA; Josh McElveen of WMUR in Manchester; Debra Morgan of WRAL in Raleigh; Kent Wainscott of WISN in Milawaukee and Jim Synder of KSNV in Las Vegas.

Obama is calling today for an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for families making under $250,000 a year.  The interviews will air on the evening newscasts tonight.

Anchor Terry Sater Moves to Weekends at WISN

Terry Sater, an anchor at Milwaukee ABC-affiliate WISN, will shift from a weekday anchor to a weekend anchor beginning next week.

Sater currently anchors the 6 p.m. weekday newscast. Beginning this weekend, Sater will anchor the the Sunday 10 p.m. newscast and report for the weekday 10 p.m. newscast, news director Lori Waldon tells TVSpy. Shelby Croft, who also anchors on Sundays at 5:30, currently anchors on Sunday at 10 p.m.

“Terry is an excellent reporter and his move is part of our plan to make our #1 rated newscast even stronger,” Waldon told TVSpy.

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