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LIN Media and CBS Renew Affiliation Agreements in Ten Markets

linmedia_304x200LIN Media announced today it has signed a “comprehensive, long-term” agreement to renew affiliation agreements with CBS in 10 markets.

The agreement includes WIAT in Birmingham, AL, WIVB in Buffalo, NY, KRQE, KBIM and KREZ in Albuquerque, NM, WPRI in Providence, RI, WANE in Fort Wayne, IN, WTHI in Terre Haute, IN, KIMT in Mason City, IA, KOIN in Portland, OR, WKBN in Youngstown, OH and WLFI in Lafayette, IN.

“We are pleased to have reached long-­term agreements with CBS,” Vincent L. Sadusky, president and CEO of LIN Media said in a statement. “Our stations are important assets to our local communities and these new agreements ensure that LIN Media and CBS will continue to serve local viewers with high-­‐quality network programming.”

LIN recently lost the CBS affiliation at its Indianapolis station WISH, the Indianapolis Star reported, LIN stands to lose as much as $100 million after its proposed deal with Media General was revalued after the loss.

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Erika Thomas Joins WKBN and WYFX

thomas_coanchor_croppedErika Thomas has joined WKBN and WYFX as primary weekday co-anchor.

Before coming to the Youngstown, OH, CBS and FOX affiliates, Thomas worked in Sioux City, IA. She replaces Teresa Weakley who left in August for WIVB in Buffalo.

“We are extremely pleased to have a journalist of Erika’s caliber joining our news operation,” Dave Coy, president and general manager of WKBN said in a statement. “Her passion for news is a very welcome addition to our news team, and her skills will only enhance our ability to provide our local viewers the very best in news coverage each and every day.”

Thomas joins co-anchor Dave Sess for the 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts on WKBN and FOX affiliate WYFX.

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Teresa Weakley Joins WIVB From WKBN

Teresa Weakley is set to join Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB as a morning anchor, The Buffalo NewsAlan Pergament reports.

Weakley will co-anchor the morning newscast with Jordan Williams and meteorologist Todd Santos, who joins WIVB from The Weather Channel. Diana Fairbanks, who shifted to mornings in January, will return to the 5:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts, according to Pergament.

Weakley moves to Buffalo from Youngstown, Ohio, where she anchors the evening newscasts at CBS affiliate WKBN.

Ohio Army National Guard Presents WKBN With Appreciation Award

The Ohio Army National Guard presented WKBN, the CBS affiliate in Youngstown, Ohio, with an award of appreciation on Tuesday.

WKBN and its sister stations, Fox affiliate WYFX and ABC affiliate WYTV, have aired public service announcements for the Ohio Army National Guard for free during the past six years. Sergeant Ted Kester, who presented the award to WKBN general manager Dave Coy and news director Gary Coursen, said the announcements have helped attract “hundreds of soliders” to the National Guard, according to WKBN.

“This is just a nice way to say thank you very much,” Kester said. ” We appreciate it, of course. Public service announcements, nobody says they have to air them, they choose to, and we just really appreciate being one of the ones they choose to air.”

Natalie Morales Is Preferred Choice to Replace Ann Curry on ‘Today’

Natalie Morales is the preferred pick to replace Ann Curry on NBC’s “Today” show, at least among TVSpy readers.

According to a recent TVSpy poll, posted last week amid reports that Curry was leaving “Today,” Morales is the top choice, followed very closely by Savannah Guthrie, who many believe will ultimately replace Curry.

The poll listed five choices as Curry’s replacement.  In addition to Morales and Guthrie, there was Hoda Kotb, Robin Roberts, and Sue Simmons.  Simmons, who recently left WNBC after more than three decades at the anchor desk there, was the sentimental favorite, coming in third place with 20.29% of the votes. Read more

LIN Agrees to Buy New Vision Stations for $342M

LIN Media today announced that it has agreed to purchase 13 stations from New Vision Television for $330.4 million and the assumption of $12 million of debt.

New Vision’s 13 network affiliated stations are located in eight markets across the country, including Birmingham, Honolulu, and Portland, OR.

On its website, New Vision Television describes itself as “the future of local TV” but the deal, which is expected to close by the end of the year, means that there will be little future for the company.

“This is a bittersweet development,” New Vision CEO Jason Elkin said today in a statement.  “The decision to sell to LIN Media was not an easy one, but we negotiated a fair price and so decided that now is the right time for me and others at New Vision to begin to look at new opportunities.” Read more

WKBN Sports Reporter Joe Aulisio Suffers Broken Vertebrae While Covering High School Football

Joe Aulisio, a sports reporter at CBS-affiliate WKBN in Youngstown, is recovering from a concussion and two broken vertebrae sustained in a collision at a football practice he was covering Wednesday.

Aulisio was reporting on a feature piece on coach Jeff Whitaker‘s last practice with the Liberty Leopards, a high school football team. According to his wife, WKBN anchor Teresa Weakley, Auliso was shooting video and looking away when four football players collided with him.

“He is lucky,” Weakley told the Tribune Chronicle. “There’s no spinal cord damage.” Read more