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Meteorologist Derek Kevra Set to Join WJBK

derek kevraMeteorologist Derek Kevra is joining WJBK in Detroit, a spokesperson for the Fox O&O confirms to TVSpy. Kevra comes from WWL, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans.

Kevra, who joined WWL in 2009, is the noon and 5 p.m. meteorologist at the station. With his move to Detroit, he returns to the station where he began his television career as an intern. He has also worked at KDRV, the ABC affiliate in Medford, Ore.

Kevin Roseborough Named News Director at WJBK in Detroit

wjbk logoKevin Roseborough has been named vice president and news director at WJBK, the Fox owned station in Detroit.

Roseborough joined WJBK in 2004 as the station’s managing editor. Since 2006, he has been assistant news director. He replaces Dana Hahn, who was recently named news director at WTTG, the Fox owned station in Washington, D.C.

“Kevin has played a major role in the success of FOX 2 news. His excellent editorial judgment and outstanding leadership made this decision an easy one,” WJBK vice president and general manager Mike Renda said in a statement.

Before joining WJBK, Roseborough worked at the Detroit Free Press, where he held a variety of positions including night city editor.

“There is nothing more important to me than the trust we have established with our viewers by providing them with relevant local news coverage at a time when Detroit faces some of the biggest challenges in its history,” Roseborough said.

More from Fox after the jump. Read more

Mark Bullion Joins KXRM From WEEK-WHOI

mark bullionAfter two years in Peoria, WEEK-WHOI weekend anchor Mark Bullion is joining KXRM in Colorado Springs.

“I have worked in the Peoria market at WEEK/WHOI for almost two years and it has been a great learning experience for me,” Bullion told TVSpy in an email. “I look forward to a new chapter in my life in Colorado Springs at Fox 21 News and will always value what I have learned not only in the Peoria market, but also my first job at WHIZ-TV in Zanesville, Ohio as well as my internship in both the news and weather departments at WJBK-TV Fox 2 Detroit.”

Bullion joins KXRM as weekend weather anchor and weekday reporter. He starts on October 28.

Dana Hahn Joins WTTG as News Director

Dana Hahn will join WTTG-WDCA, Fox’s duopoly in Washington, D.C., as vice president and news director.

Hahn moves to D.C. from Detroit, where she has been vice president and news director at Fox-owned WJBK for 12 years. She began her career at Fox as WJBK’s broadcast operations coordinator in 1996.

“Dana led WJBK to the #1 position and under her leadership, maintained its role as the market leader for many years. Her creativity, signature style and news acumen is unmatched and I look forward to seeing her influence on our newscasts,” WTTG VP-GM Patrick Paolini said in a statement.

Hahn replaces Phil Metlin, who retired last month. More from WTTG after the jump. Read more

Simon Shaykhet Joining WXYZ in Detroit

Simon Shaykhet is joining WXYZ, the ABC affiliate in Detroit, on September 9.

The Detroit native has previously worked at rival WJBK and WSYM in Lansing. Most recently, he was the  spokesperson and public affairs specialist for the Detroit field office of the FBI.

“I am thrilled to once again bring you the stories that make a difference,” Shaykhet said in a statement. “Taking action and fighting for your rights is something that I look forward to doing each and every day in my reporting.  I am honored to be able to stand up for Metro Detroiters and continue to serve the community I call home.”

Fox Names Brian Hannan Regional VP of Finance and Administration for WFLD, WJBK

Brian Hannan has been named regional vice president of finance and administration for the Fox owned stations in Chicago and Detroit.

It is a move within Fox for Hannan, who was most recently vice president of finance for WOFL-WRBW and WOGX, the company’s owned and operated stations in Orlando and Gainsville. In his new role, which is effective August 12, Hannan will oversee finance, strategic planning and business functions for WFLD-WPWR in Chicago and WJBK in Detroit.

“Brian has worked for FOX at a number of our television stations and our corporate division. His breadth of experience, hard work and drive to win make him the perfect candidate for this new position,” Betsy Swanson, executive vice president, chief financial officer and technical operations for Fox Television Stations, said in a statement.

More from Fox in the official announcement after the jump. Read more

WJBK Reporter Denies Reports He Encouraged Detroit Mayoral Candidate to Enter Race

WJBK reporter Charlie LeDuff is hitting back at a report from a rival station claiming he encouraged a Detroit mayoral candidate to enter the race.

Mike Dugeon told ABC affiliate WXYZ he entered the primary race as a write-in candidate after a visit from LeDuff. Dugeon’s entry could potentially affect the outcome of the primary because his name is similar to another write-in candidate, Mike Duggan.

“He was like, ‘It seems like you’re thinking about it, man,’” Dugeon told WXYZ. “He was like, ‘I don’t want to pressure you because then you can say I pressured you. So I’m just going to sit here for a minute and let you decide.’ And then I thought about it, and a smirk popped up on my face, and I said, ‘Why not? Let’s go on down there.’”

In his report, WXYZ investigative reporter Ross Jones said LeDuff and his cameraman accompanied Dugeon to file the paperwork for his candidacy. Jones included LeDuff’s denial that he encouraged Dugeon to enter the race in the WXYZ report.

In a subsequent appearance on the Fox O&O, LeDuff told his side of the story, saying he got a tip that Dugeon was planning to enter the race and visited his house to follow up on it.

“I get a call from a camp, a political camp, saying this guy is going to put his name in. So as a reporter I go over there and knock on the door, I ask him. He says ‘No, what are you talking about?’ I explain what Dugeon and Duggan on the ballot means. He thinks about it, he likes the idea, he does it, I follow. End of story.”

“The story speaks for itself,” Jones told TVSpy in an email. “The allegations are being made by the man featured in Charlie’s story, not me or WXYZ.”

Watch both the WXYZ report, and LeDuff’s response, after the jump. Read more

Randy Wimbley Joins WJBK From WATN

Randy Wimbley is joining WJBK, the Fox O&O in Detroit, as a general assignment reporter. His first day will be July 15.

“To say reporting for FOX 2 is my dream job is an understatement,” Wimbley said in a statement. “I grew up watching this station as a kid and was schooled by WJBK’s stable of rock solid journalists as an intern. It’s an honor to now be counted among them.”

Wimbley most recently worked as a reporter for Memphis ABC affiliate WATN. He has previously worked at WNEM in Saginaw, Mich. and WUPW in Toledo.

“Randy has a passion for covering news and he’s thrilled to be back home, covering the stories that make Detroit such a unique news market,” WJBK vice president and news director Dana Hahn said.

Reporter Scott Lewis Leaving WXYZ

Scott Lewis, an investigative reporter at WXYZ, is leaving the Detroit ABC affiliate next month to pursue a career outside of the television industry.

Lewis joined WXYZ in 2010 after more than two decades at rival WJBK, the Fox O&O in Detroit. He will officially sign off from WYXZ when his contract expires on July 18.

“I want to thank Channel 7 for the great opportunity they gave me. I am very proud of the accomplishments of the Channel 7 Action News Investigators, and I will miss all of the great people who have helped me to excel,” Lewis said in a statement.

WNBC Reporter John Noel Dies

WNBC reporter John Noel has died, an NBC spokesperson confirms to TVSpy.

“Our WNBC family sends its thoughts and prayers to John’s family.  He will be sincerely missed,” the NBC owned station said in a statement.

WNBC said Noel was diagnosed with “a serious illness” two years ago. TunedIn’s Jerry Barmash reports Noel was suffering from brain cancer.

Noel, a Brooklyn native, joined WNBC in 1998 as a general assignment reporter. He had previously worked at WJBK in Detroit and KSDK in St. Louis.

Noel has won a number of broadcasting awards, including the New York State Broadcasters Award in 1999 and the Tenants Council of Brooklyn Award for Excellence in Broadcast Television. During his four years in the United States Air Force, he worked as a radio programmer and announcer for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Network.

Read the full WNBC statement after the jump. Read more

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