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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

Fox Makes Key Appointments at WJZY-WMYT

Fox has made two executive appointments at anticipated Charlotte duopoly WJZY-WMYT. Jay Abbattista will be vice president of sales and Lynda Grahl will be vice president of finance.

Both Abbattista and Grahl come from Fox O&Os. Abbattista, who will begin on April 29, was previously the local sales manager at Fox-owned WTTG in Washington, D.C. He has also worked at a previous Fox O&O, WBRC in Birmingham, as general sales manager.

“Jay has a proven track record of success, having worked in a variety of sales positions across many markets,” VP-GM Karen Adams said in a statement. “His drive and passion made him the ideal candidate; I am delighted to welcome him to our team.”

Grahl, who begins on April 22, has been the vice president finance for Fox’s Detroit O&O, WJBK, since 2008.

“My family and I are very excited to be moving to the Charlotte community; I can’t wait to begin working with the team at our duopoly stations,” Grahl said.

Detroit’s WXYZ Adds Ronnie Dahl, Andy Choi and Nima Shaffe

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ has added three new reporters: Ronnie Dahl (left), Andy Choi (center) and Nima Shaffe (right).

“We are incredibly proud of our award-winning staff at 7 Action News, and excited to add the journalistic talents of Ronnie, Andy and Nima to our team,” WXYZ VP-GM Ed Fernandez said in a statement.

Dahl comes from rival WJBK, Detroit’s Fox O&O. She previously worked at WXYZ as a special projects producer, as well as at WUPW in Toledo and WSYM in Lansing, Mich.

Choi, who will be a multimedia journalist at WXYZ, comes to Detroit from Madison, Wisc., where he was a reporter and anchor at WISC.

Shaffe joins the station from KCTV in Kansas City, where he has been a general assignment reporter for two years. He has also worked at KMTV in Omaha, KKTV in Colorado Springs and KQTV in St. Joseph, Mo.

Dahl has already begun in her new role at WXYZ. Choi and Shaffe begin in early April.

Detroit Stations Report Conflicting Accounts of Altercation Involving WJBK’s Charlie LeDuff

WJBK investigative reporter Charlie LeDuff was involved in a physical confrontation Sunday after the Detroit St. Patrick’s Day parade. A police report of the incident obtained by rival station WXYZ says LeDuff “urinated in public, insulted female police officers, got into a brawl, and bit a security guard who tried to break it up.”

According to WXYZ, the security guard, who spoke through his attorney Linda Bernard, saw LeDuff urinating on the street near a private tent party. The security guard, hired for the tent party, said he brought LeDuff into the tent to “help him out.” According to his account, LeDuff then made “very unsavory” comments to three female Detroit police officers. The security guard said the party’s host tried to intervene, at which point the security guard stepped in to break up the fight, according to WXYZ:

“The host of the party came over to him and said, ‘Did you really say what you just said?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I said it.’ And then he spit in his face. He spit in the host’s face,” said Bernard. That’s when the security guard tried to separate the two men.

“Mr. LeDuff then bites down on Sunny’s hand causing him significant injury,” said Bernard.

They say that it didn’t stop there. LeDuff allegedly promised to stop fighting. But once on his feet, he went after the host again. The police report says LeDuff’s brother Frank joined the fracas.

ABC affiliate WXYZ spoke to LeDuff about the incident. “I was offered to come have a drink, it turned into a fight, trying to get guys off me and my brother, and that’s the way it is. No hard feeling on my end,” he said.

Fox O&O WJBK reported the story on its 10 p.m. newscast Tuesday, saying LeDuff was “involved in a physical confrontation with a security guard.” Read more

FOX Television Stations Commit to ‘TMZ Live’

FOX Television Stations has announced “TMZ Live,” a one hour show that takes viewers inside the TMZ newsroom, will now air on all of its FOX stations.

FOX has been slowly adding the show to its station group since March 2012.  After a test run in the Los Angeles market on KTTV, it soon expanded into Phoenix (KSAZ), Boston (WFXT) Chicago (WFLD), Dallas (KDFW), Detroit (WJBK) and Minneapolis (KMSP). Beginning next Fall, FOX will air the show on its remaining stations including New York (WNYW), Philadelphia (WTXF), Washington, D.C (WTTG), Atlanta (WAGA), Houston (KRIV), Tampa (WTVT) and Orlando (WOFL).

“The distribution roll-out of “TMZ Live” is as unconventional and unique as the show itself,” said Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “This slow approach has translated into a strong and loyal daily audience, time period increases and younger demos.  It’s also created a demand in the markets where the series does not yet air.” Read more

Dennis Welsh Named General Manager at WFLD

Fox Television Stations has named Dennis Welsh the vice president and general manager of WFLD-WPWR, the Fox-owned stations in Chicago.

Welsh is a longtime Fox executive who has been general manager of WOFL-WOGX, the Fox-owned stations in Orlando, since 2010. He replaces Mike Renda, who has been named general manager of WJBK in Detroit.

After announcing Renda’s appointment in Detroit Friday morning, Renda returned to Chicago with Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy. The pair are announcing Welsh’s WFLD appointment to members of the station at 2:30pmET/1:30CT and are expected to address the newsroom later this afternoon.

“It’s a privilege to join a FOX duopoly that is home to top-rated syndicated brands, the Chicago Bears and an aggressive news team,” Welsh said in a statement. “The station has accomplished a great deal over the last few years but there is still much we can achieve and I can’t wait to get started.”

Before working in Orlando, Welsh spent eight years as vice president and director of sales for Dallas Fox O&O KDFW. He has also worked as vice president and director of sales for Fox Station Sales in New York and as VP-GM of WJW in Cleveland, which was owned by Fox when he worked there.

“Dennis brings an impressive range of sales and local news experience,” Abernethy said. “He has done a tremendous job in Orlando and I am confident his leadership will elevate FOX Chicago to the next level.”

Welsh will begin at WFLD on January 7. The release from Fox is after the jump. Read more

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