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Baltimore’s WJZ Expects Super Revenue from Super Bowl

WJZ, the Baltimore CBS owned station, expects to be a winner regardless of who takes home the Vince Lombardi Trophy this year, the Baltimore Business Journal is reporting.

Jay Newman, WJZ’s president and general manager, told the Business Journal the station has already sold out its commercial inventory for Super Bowl XLVII. He declined to divulge how much money the station got for the spots.

Nationally, Super Bowl commercials go for as much as $4 million. CBS chairman and chief executive officer, Les Moonves, revealed in November WCBS, the New York owned CBS station, sold a thirty second Super Bowl spot for $1 million. Read more

East Coast Stations Deliver Extended Hurricane Coverage as Sandy Marches On

Stations in major markets across the East Coast chose to preempt, or partially preempt, network morning shows Monday to remain in extended local coverage of Hurricane Sandy.

In New York City, where the subways and buses have been shut down since Sunday night, the local stations all began live storm coverage at 4amET. NBC O&O WNBC went to “Today” at 7 a.m. and returned to local programming at 7:30 a.m. WCBS aired only the first hour of “CBS This Morning,” and WABC aired “Good Morning America” in its entirety.

In Philadelphia, KYW joined “CBS This Morning” a few minutes after 7 a.m. and continued its local newscast on CW affiliate WPSG. WCAU aired the first half hour of “Today” and returned to local coverage at 7:30 a.m., and WPVI aired “Good Morning America.” Read more

CBS Correspondent Whit Johnson Joining KNBC

Whit Johnson, who has been a CBS News correspondent based in D.C. since 2009, is set to join KNBC as an anchor and reporter.

Johnson will co-anchor the NBC O&O’s new hour-long noon newscast alongside Lucy Noland, in addition to reporting throughout the week for the station’s 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts.  His first day is scheduled for September 10th.

“Whit is a dynamic journalist with outstanding storytelling abilities,” said Todd Mokhtari, KNBC’s vice president of news.  “As we expand our noon newscast, Whit’s contribution to our team will further position us to more effectively cover our expansive market and provide in-depth coverage that matters to our community.” Read more

After 4 Years at WJZ, Weijia Jiang Joining WCBS

Weijia Jiang will join New York City CBS O&O WCBS in June, the Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik reports.

Jiang has been a general assignment reporter at Baltimore CBS O&O WJZ since 2008. Her last day at the station will be May 31.

She will be replaced at WJZ by Rochelle Ritchie, who makes the move to Baltimore from WPTV in West Palm Beach. Ritchie, a multimedia journalist, will begin at WJZ on June 11, according to the Sun.

WBFF Adding Newscast to Crowded 5 p.m. Time Slot

Baltimore Fox-affiliate WBFF plans to add a 5 p.m. newscast to its schedule in April, entering the station into local news competition with WBAL, WJZ, and WMAR at that time slot.

The Baltimore Sun reports that WBFF’s new 5 o’clock newscast will be anchored by Jeff Barnd and Jennifer Gilbert, who currently anchor the station’s 5:30 p.m newscast.

“I’m going to change the lineup and run ‘Judge Judy’ from 4 to 5, and run the news from 5 to 5:30, and then, 5:30 to 6,” general manager Bill Fanshawe told the Sun.

Baltimore’s WJZ Forced to Re-Air ‘CBS Evening News’ at 11 p.m. After Equipment Failure

A failure of the main production switcher at CBS owned-and-operated WJZ in Baltimore last night forced the station to partially re-air “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” in place of the 11 p.m. newscast.

The station re-aired the national news program, which airs nightly on WJZ at 7 p.m., for the first seven minutes of the 11 p.m. hour Tuesday. “The station’s main production switcher experienced a critical failure late Tuesday evening,” WJZ spokesperson K.C. Robertson told The Baltimore Sun in an email. “The equipment failure prevented the news broadcast from starting on time.”

The problem was repaired shortly before 11:08 p.m., at which point anchors Vic Carter and Denise Koch took over for an abbreviated version of their regular newscast.

WJZ Reporter Looks A Lot Like Police Sketch of Suspect He’s Reporting On

“Police really want to get this guy,” WJZ reporter Mike Hellgren told viewers on Wednesday, and those viewers can be forgiven for thinking that perhaps “this guy” was Hellgren himself.

In searching for a man responsible for a violent assault, Baltimore police circulated a sketch of the suspect, who is accused of savagely beating a woman following a fender bender on a busy highway.  And the sketch looks a lot like Hellgren.

WJZ unintentionally highlighted the resemblance when it posted the story to its website, positioning the police sketch right by Hellgren’s headshot.

“I KNOW WHO IT IS,” declared one commenter. “It’s the reporter!” Video of Hellgren’s report inside… Read more

Trailblazing Sports Anchor Nick Charles Dies

Nick Charles, who worked at D.C.’s WRC and Baltimore’s WJZ before becoming CNN’s first sports anchor, died on Saturday after a two-year battle with bladder cancer.

Charles recently spoke with WJZ about his outlook following the 2009 diagnosis of Stage IV cancer.

“In life you need short-term, medium-term and long-range goals,” Charles said.  “I’m at the short-term goals.  It’s almost day-to-day, moment to moment and it’s really quite sustaining for me and actually invigorating.” WJZ’s report inside… Read more

Oprah on Her Time at WJZ: ‘Humiliated,’ Embarrassed’ and ‘Sexually Harassed’

The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik has a fascinating 3,500-word piece on Oprah Winfrey‘s first job in TV news, at WJZ in Baltimore.

“I came to Baltimore when I was 22 years old. Drove my red Cutlass up from Nashville, Tennessee,” says Winfrey who in 1976, was hired as the co-anchor of 6pm newscast. Seven and a half months later, after a big promotional buildup, Oprah would experience what Zurawik calls her “first and worst failure of her TV career.”

“I was removed from the 6 pm. news exactly April 1, 1977,” Winfrey says. “The general manager called me upstairs, and I thought it was an April Fool’s joke when they told me, ‘We have bigger plans for you; we’re going to put you on the morning cut-ins.’” Read more

Veteran Reporter Leaves WJZ for Government Post

Reporter Suzanne Collins, who has been with Baltimore’s WJZ since 1984, is leaving the CBS O&O to become chief of staff for Nancy Jacobs, the minority leader of the Maryland state senate.

“Suzanne’s understanding of public policy, the legislative process and her compassion for people make her a wonderful addition to our staff,” Jacobs said in a press release.

Collins has crossed paths with Jacobs throughout her tenure with WJZ, during which time she became known for her award-winning coverage of local government.

“I first interviewed Senator Jacobs in 1995, so I’ve covered her for a long time,” Collins told The Baltimore Sun recently. “And we’ve really gotten along well.” Read more

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