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Sinclair to Add Mobile DTV in Nine Markets

Sinclair Broadcast Group has announced it will begin broadcasting mobile capable signals from ten of its stations in nine markets.

“The pace of technology makes it imperative for broadcasters to continue to lead in serving our communities,” said Mark Aitken, vice president of Advanced Technology for Sinclair and chairman of the ATSC A/153 MobileDTV standardization activity. “Broad adoption of MobileDTV, as a part of our local broadcast television offering, is the next step. We are confident our Network partners will see the value mobile simulcasting brings in building station and Network brands, audience share, and local television relevancy.”

Mobile DTV, as the service is called, allows viewers to watch their favorite local broadcast stations, for free, on portable devices like smart phones and tablets by adding a plug-in adapter. Read more

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WKEF in Dayton Debuts New HD Set

Dayton ABC affiliate WKEF unveiled a new high definition set over the weekend. Devlin Design Group, which designed and installed the set for the station, has details about the new features:

The set is composed of large scenic walls with graphics on acrylic that are lit from behind with color-changing LED’s.  A contemporary wave design interspersed throughout adds a touch of sophistication to the overall look. The set is fresh and modern with a nice mix of polished acrylics, refined cherry woods and a touch of brushed metallic thrown in. Read more

Morning Anchor Natasha Williams Out at WHIO

Natasha Williams has parted ways with WHIO after 19 years at the Dayton CBS-affiliate.

Williams has not appeared at the WHIO morning anchor desk since late last month. The station has been responding to comments on its Facebook page with a statement that reads, “Natasha no longer works at WHIO-TV. We wish her well in her future endeavors!”

Williams co-anchored the morning newscast with John Paul. Before joining WHIO in 1993 as a reporter, she worked at WBBJ in Jackson, WTVO in Rockford and WKEF in Dayton.

WDTN Cuts Main Anchor Michelle Kingsfield

Dayton NBC-affiliate WDTN has parted ways with Michelle Kingsfield, who anchored the station’s 5, 5:30, and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts over the past five years.

Kingsfield told the Dayton Daily News that she was “abruptly” let go last week, with the LIN-owned station failing to offer a reason for her dismissal.

Kingsfield has been a fixture on Dayton TV for over a decade.  Before joining WDTN in 2007, she worked as an anchor at WKEF-WRGT, the market’s Sinclair-run duopoly. Read more

Phil Anaya Named Weekend Anchor at KENS

Phil Anaya is stepping into the weekend anchor role at KENS, the CBS-affiliate in San Antonio.

Anaya joined KENS in June as a reporter. He will co-anchor the weekend newscasts with Karen Grace beginning April 28.

“We conducted an extensive search and auditioned countless candidates from around the country, but the very best person for the job was already right here in our newsroom,” KENS president and general manager Robert McGann said in a statement.

Anaya replaces Christopher Heath, who joined WKEF in Dayton last year.

KXAS Makes Changes to Morning Newscast as Anchor Scott Friedman Returns to Investigative Reporting

Changes are coming to the morning newscast at KXAS, the NBC O&O in Dallas.

Scott Friedman, who currently anchors the newscast, is leaving the anchor desk to run the station’s newly-launched investigative team.

“I could not pass up the opportunity to be part of this new team,” Friedman said in a statement. The investigative reporting unit, which will be launched when it is fully staffed, will include a producer, researcher and photographer. Friedman will remain at the anchor desk alongside Deborah Ferguson until his replacement is named.

KXAS morning meteorologist Jennifer Lopez is leaving the station after four years. She will be replaced on an interim basis by Samantha Davies, who joined the station last year as meteorologist for the 4:30 a.m. newscast. Read more

Dan Carroll Named Morning Anchor At WKEF-WRGT

Dan Carroll has signed a three-year deal to be the morning anchor on WKEF-WRGT in Dayton, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Carroll has been filling in on the program since Pete Scalia left the station in September. He will be paired with co-anchor Meghan Mongillo to helm the 4:30 to 7 a.m. newscast on ABC-affiliate WKEF and the 7 to 9 a.m. newscast on Fox-affiliate WRGT. WKEF operates WRGT through a local marketing agreement.

Carroll was previously an anchor at WXIX, the Fox-affiliate in Cincinnati. He left the station in November 2010 after 17 years.

Christopher Heath Leaving San Antonio for Main Anchor Job in Dayton

Texas native Christopher Heath has left San Antonio’s KENS to become a main anchor at WKEF in Dayton, OH.

“It has been my distinct honor and privilege to be a part of this newsroom and moreover this city,” Heath wrote on Facebook, announcing his move to Dayton.  “San Antonio doesn’t just feel like home, it is home.  This is the city where my wife and I celebrated our first anniversary, bought our first home and welcomed our son into this world.  Thank you San Antonio for everything!”

Heath joined KENS in 2008 as an anchor-reporter and his last day with the station was Sunday.  No word yet on when he’ll make his on-air debut with WKEF. Read more

In Dayton, WDTN Will Launch 4:30 a.m. Newscast

WDTN, the NBC-affiliate in Dayton, will launch an expanded newscast with a 4:30 a.m. start time on Monday.

“The weather is changing and there’s no better time to give our viewers an even-earlier look at how they should plan their day,” WDTN general manager Lisa Barhorst said in a statement. “We all live busy lives and people are starting their days even earlier.”

WDTN will keep the same anchor team — Dan Edwards and Pam Elliot, with meteorologist Jamie Jarosik — in place for the extra half-hour.

The station will be the third in the market, after CBS-affiliate WHIO and ABC-affiliate WKEF, to start the morning newscast at 4:30 a.m.

Ohio Stations Yank Ad Featuring Grandmother

Thirty TV stations across Ohio have reportedly pulled a political ad off the air over its controversial use of footage featuring a great-grandmother from Cincinnati.

78-year-old Marlene Quinn recently signed on to appear in an ad opposing an upcoming ballot initiative.  The ad (embedded above)–in which Quinn recounts how a group of brave firefighters saved her granddaughter’s life–was apparently so effective at swaying voter opinion that a group supporting the ballot initiative used footage of Quinn in its own ad (video inside). Read more

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