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Mobile CBS Affiliate Debuts New Set

6 Anchor TeamMedia General’s Mobile, AL, CBS affiliate WKRG has debuted its new set.

Created by David Weller Design of New York, WKRG’s goal was to make a set that viewers in the market would remember.

WKRG calls the set “High Tech – Old Mobile.” The concept combines the look of the historic city with high tech accents.

The new set launch coincided with a new graphics look for both WKRG and sister station WVTM in Birmingham. The graphics were designed by JCBurns Design of Atlanta. View more pictures of the set after the jump. Read more

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Here Are The Markets Where LIN Media and Media General Will Sell or Swap Stations

LIN Media GAs they prepare to merge, LIN Media and Media General will have to sell or swap stations in five markets — Providence, Birmingham, Mobile, Green Bay and Savannah — to comply with FCC rules limiting ownership of more than one station in a market, TVNewsCheck reports:

“We recognize the issue, and we are going to work very constructively and creatively with the FCC to make sure we close this transaction as quickly as possible,” said Mahoney. “We are clear that certain stations will have to be swapped or sold.”

Mahoney suggested that he preferred swaps, even though they are harder to do than straight sales. “It cleans out the issue and could allow us to grow our national footprint. There is real opportunity there.”

A list of the stations is after the jump. Read more

Jennifer Mayerle Set to Join WCCO

jennifer mayerleJennifer Mayerle is joining WCCO, the CBS owned station in Minneapolis, Access Atlanta reports. Mayerle makes the move after eight years at WGCL, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta.

Mayerle, who will be a reporter at WCCO,  wrote on Facebook: “It’s the station where I had my first internship, the station I grew up watching, and the station I wanted to work at if I ever decided to live and work in Minneapolis. While bittersweet, I couldn’t be more excited to be joining such a great team.”

Mayerle will sign off in April, according to Access Atlanta. Before WGCL, she worked at WKRG in Mobile, Ala. and KWES in Midland, Texas.

Mobile Stations Go Live to Cover Carnival Cruise Liner’s Return

Stations in Mobile, AL, broke in to regular programming to cover the return of the disabled Carnival cruise ship Triumph.  The ship with 4,200 passengers and crew members on board was being towed into the cruise ship terminal in Mobile after a fire on board left the ship adrift and disabled.

The Triumph was expected into port by 11:00 p.m., but a towline being used to bring the ship into port by tugboat broke, delaying its return. By 2:30 p.m., the United States Coast Guard was reporting the towline had been repaired and the ship was, again, on its way.

WALA - The FOX affiliate went live throughout the morning and afternoon relying on anchors Joe Emer and  Bob Grip in the studio to report on the progress of the cruise ship. Candace Murphy was live on Dauphin Island interviewing the husband of a passenger and giving updates on the liner from a vantage point where she could see the ship. Chasity Bird spoke with Mobile Mayor Sam Jones on why the passengers were being bussed to New Orleans or Galveston, TX, and not put up in Mobile hotels. Read more

Peter Albrecht Returns to WKRG as Anchor

More than ten years after leaving WKRG, Peter Albrecht has re-joined the Mobile, AL, CBS affiliate as an investigative reporter and 5:00 p.m. anchor.

WKRG posted the news to its facebook page saying, “We are so happy to welcome Peter Albrecht back to the WKRG News Team. Welcome back Pete!”

According to the examiner.com, Albrecht worked as an anchor for the station from 1990 to 2000 before leaving for crosstown NBC affiliate WPMI.  Since 2007, Albrecht had been the director of marketing and economic development for Mobile County.

WANE Photographer Ron Harmeyer Dies at 68

WANE photographer Ron Harmeyer, who spent 48 years at the Fort Wayne CBS affiliate before retiring earlier this year, died recently. He was 68.

Harmeyer was inducted to the Indiana Associated Press Hall of Fame last year for his work as a photographer for the station. WANE remembered him in a recent tribute segment (video above).

“He always appreciated the opportunities this profession offered as well as the wonderful experiences it creates,” WKRG news director Mike Rausch, a former colleague of Harmeyer’s, wrote in a memo to WKRG staffers last week. “I hope there’s some ‘Ron’ in all of us.”

Dan Cates Named General Manager at WJHL

Media General has named Dan Cates vice president and general manager of WJHL, the CBS-affiliate in Johnson City, TN. He begins in his new role on September 3.

Cates has worked for Media General since 1999. Most recently, he worked WSPA in Spartanburg, SC, where he has been director of digital content since 2009. Prior to that, he was news director at WKRG in Mobile.

“I am pleased to name such a talented broadcast professional to our Johnson City station,” VP of broadcast markets Jim Conschafter said in a statement. “Dan is a proven leader and involved community advocate with exceptional journalistic instincts.” Read more

Jessica Taloney Says Goodbye to WKRG

Jessica Taloney signed off this week from WKRG, the CBS-affiliate in Mobile.

Taloney, who was called “one of the best News 5 reporters of all time” in a statement on the WKRG website, is signing off to spend more time with her family. She is pregnant with her first child, a baby girl.

Taloney, who joined WKRG in 2007, co-anchored the 5 p.m. newscast as well as reporting for the station. “It has been a pleasure working in such an outstanding newsroom!” Taloney wrote on Facebook.

Media General Reorganizes TV Stations Into Two Regional Units

After selling its newspaper assets, Media General has announced a corporate restructuring that elevates James Conschafter and John Cottingham to key leadership roles for the company’s television stations.

The company’s current structure of five geographic regions will be replaced by two geographic regions for its 18 television stations. Conschafter and Cottingham, who have both been named corporate vice presidents, will each oversee one region.

“With our June 25 sale of newspapers, Media General is focusing all of its resources on its broadcast television group,” Media General president and CEO Marshall Morton said in a statement. “We are delighted that our two most experienced broadcast executives will lead our television operations.” Read more

Mobile’s WALA Getting New Set, HD Upgrade

Mobile Fox-affiliate WALA will start producing newscasts from a new studio in high definition this Spring.

WALA’s newscasts have been broadcast from a temporary set (pictured) for the past several weeks while the new set is under construction, according to the station’s Facebook page.

“We’re building a brand new set at the moment,” WALA reporter Andrew Perez wrote. “We are temporarily using another set in the very back of our studio … should only be a few more weeks before we unveil the brand new set and Fox10 News in HD.”

WALA will be the third station in the market, after WEAR and WKRG, to produce HD newscasts. WPMI also has plans to upgrade to HD this Spring.

[h/t Newscast Studio]

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