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VIDEO: WJAR Gets Pranked During Birthday Story

While the rest of the East Coast was focused on Hurricane Sandy last Monday, a Providence, RI prankster snuck a couple past the censors at WJAR.  During the NBC affiliate’s regular “First Birthdays” segment anchor Frank Coletta breezed right through the first two names before turning his attention back to the lead of the day, Hurricane Sandy’s approach.

Of course, we don’t know for sure those were fake names, but the 13-year-old boy in me guesses they’re not real.  Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel agreed.  He pointed out the prank on his show.  You can watch that video after the jump. Read more

WHDH Meteorologist Joining NBC’s ‘Today’

Dylan Dreyer, currently the morning and noon meteorologist at WHDH, is leaving the Boston NBC-affiliate to join NBC’s “Today,” where she’ll work as the weekend weather anchor.

A formal announcement has not yet been made but Dreyer, who has been with WHDH since 2007, confirmed in a recent tweet that she is leaving at the end of her contract for “a new opportunity.”

“Today” has been without a regular weekend weathercaster since WNBC chief meteorologist Janice Huff bid farewell to the show in April. Read more

Media General Reorganizes TV Stations Into Two Regional Units

After selling its newspaper assets, Media General has announced a corporate restructuring that elevates James Conschafter and John Cottingham to key leadership roles for the company’s television stations.

The company’s current structure of five geographic regions will be replaced by two geographic regions for its 18 television stations. Conschafter and Cottingham, who have both been named corporate vice presidents, will each oversee one region.

“With our June 25 sale of newspapers, Media General is focusing all of its resources on its broadcast television group,” Media General president and CEO Marshall Morton said in a statement. “We are delighted that our two most experienced broadcast executives will lead our television operations.” Read more

VIDEO: WJAR Reporter Attacked by Rooster While Reporting From Farm

Katie Davis, a reporter at WJAR in Providence, had some competition for camera time while she was shooting a stand-up at a farm in Tiverton recently.

Davis was interrupted by a rooster chasing her out of the barn and pecking at her leg. “That’s the first time I’ve been attacked by a rooster at work!” Davis exclaims.

“What’s it going to be like on YouTube?” her photographer asked.

WJAR posted the viral video on the station’s Facebook page and website. “That rooster actualy chased me 3 or 4 times,” Davis wrote. “We thought he went back into the chicken coop, when suddenly he suprised me! Ironically he was the smallest rooster in the farm. The big guys couldn’t care less that we were there!”

Watch it after the jump (warning: video plays automatically). Read more

Todd Piro and Audrey Washington to Join WVIT

Reporters Todd Piro and Audrey Washington (pictured) are joining WVIT, the NBC O&O in Hartford, later this month.

Piro joins WVIT from KPSP in Palm Springs, where he is the weekday morning anchor. Prior to his television career, he was a litigation lawyer and recruitment coordinator for Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, a law firm in Los Angeles.

Washington has been a reporter at WJAR in Providence for the past two years. She has also worked at WSYR in Syracuse and WITN in Greenville.

In a statement, WVIT president and general manager David Doebler said he was “thrilled to add Todd and Audrey to our award-winning news team.” Read more

WJAR Anchor Gene Valicenti: ‘I Want the Best for the Station I’ve Been with for 20 Years’

WJAR anchor Gene Valicenti is leaving his longtime seat at the 11 p.m. anchor desk, making room for the NBC-affiliate to move Dan Jaehnig, who currently anchors the 5 and 7 p.m. newscasts and often fills in for Valicenti, to 11.

Valicenti tells TVSpy that he will continue anchoring solo at 5:30 and alongside Patrice Wood at 6.  He also says that he “will probably develop a franchise reporting piece.”

“WJAR remains my home, and I want the best for the station I’ve been with for 20 years,” Valicenti said today via email. “We’ve had anchor combos switched before.  I don’t know if it rises to a ‘shake-up’ since I still have a full plate, and a lot of work to do.” Read more

Report: WJAR Moving Longtime Anchor Gene Valicenti Off 11 p.m. Newscast

A major anchor shakeup is underway at WJAR, according to GoLocalProv:

An announcement has just been made to the staff that main anchor Gene Valicenti is being moved off the 11pm newscast.

In his place will go 7 p.m. anchor Dan Jaehnig. Station insiders tell us that Valicenti will work day-side doing some reporting and then will anchor the 6 p.m. with Patrice Wood.

TVSpy spoke with WJAR news director Chris Lanni this morning about the reported shakeup.  Lanni wouldn’t comment beyond saying that he didn’t know if Valicenti was scheduled to anchor tonight’s 11 p.m. newscast. Read more

Media General, Verizon Settle Retrans Dispute

WFLA in Tampa-St. Petersburg and WJAR in Providence are still available to Verizon FiOS customers after last-minute negotiations for a new retransmission consent contract came together on Friday afternoon.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. WFLA interim general manager John Cottingham praised “strong viewer support” as a factor in the successful negotiations.

“This means our loyal local viewers can continue to watch WFLA NBC/News Channel 8 and Me-TV for many years to come,” he said in a statement.

WFLA Asking Viewers For Help In Verizon Dispute

As time runs out for Verizon and Media General to negotiate a retransmission agreement, Tampa-St. Petersburg’s WFLA is enlisting the help of viewers to help prevent a blackout.

“What the viewers are seeing is a crawl that WFLA is putting across their channel saying we are in a dispute,” Verizon spokesman Bob Elk told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The station is urging viewers to contact Verizon and pledge loyalty to the station.

Media General is negotiating with Verizon for carriage of WFLA and WJAR, the NBC-affiliate in Providence. Elek said the parties “are continuing to negotiate in good faith,” noting, “rarely do these things end up with a channel actually leaving the air.”

Clock Ticking On Retrans Contract Between Verizon, Media General

Two Media General-owned local stations are warning viewers “it appears unlikely” that a new retransmission agreement will be reached with Verizon FiOS before the January 1 deadline.

The stations affected are WJAR, the NBC-affiliate in Providence, and WFLA, the NBC-affiliate in Tampa-St. Petersburg.

“Our highly-rated television station is an important asset to our local community and it is unfortunate that Verizon FiOs does not recognize our fair market value,” WJAR general manager Vic Vetters said in a statement.

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