Frank Whittaker, station manager and vice president of news at NBC 5, confirmed the new addition on Tuesday, adding that the hiring of Lewis “will mean less use of some of our other freelancers.” He did not say whose work would be cut back.
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What’s been the response to your return to NBC 5?
The response has been humbling. Many of our loyal viewers followed my career at CNN, prayed for me during my health crisis and are now embracing my return to their morning routine. I feel incredibly fortunate. The team I left has changed a bit, but they’ve all been very welcoming, and the staff and crew have always been like family. It all feels right and Daniella [Guzman] is excited about her new opportunities in L.A.
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Daniella Guzman has been named morning co-anchor at KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles. She will anchor alongside Michael Brownlee weekdays from 4:30 to 7 a.m.
It is a move within NBC for Guzman, who has anchored the morning newscast at NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago since 2012. KNBC’s announcement of Guzman’s hire comes after WMAQ announced Zoraida Sambolin as the new morning anchor.
“Daniella has the right combination of journalistic experience and genuine warmth that comes across on the air and in person,” vice president of news Todd Mokhtari said in a statement. “She is a dynamic anchor who will further strengthen our newscast and help our viewers kick start their day.”
“We are delighted that Zoraida will be returning to our newsroom,” WMAQ station manager Frank Whittaker said in a statement. “She’s a native Chicagoan and knows our city well. I know our viewers will welcome her back.”
“Daniella has been a key part of our morning news growth, and while we hate to see her go, we are happy that she can take advantage of this promotion within our company,” WMAQ general manager David Doebler said. Read more
In an interview with TVNewsCheck, NBC Owned Television Stations president Valari Staab talks about the investment in local news that has gone on under her watch. Staab says stations like WTVJ in Miami, WMAQ in Chicago and WCAU in Philadelphia have seen success because “we have added people, we have upgraded facilities, we have added resources”:
There are two things that strengthened our newsrooms quickly. One was adding a midday newscast. It’s easy to look at a midday newscast and do the math and say that it loses money or that it breaks even so I don’t want to do it. What a midday newscast does is keep the newsroom going all day long. It keeps everybody gathering news all day long. To have a big gap between your morning news and your 5 o’clock news weakens your 5 o’clock news.
The second thing is investigative units. We have put really decent size investigative units into these stations and, aside from giving you original content that your competitors don’t have and that you absolutely need in today’s world, it also gets everybody in the newsroom focused again on enterprise journalism. So, having journalists in your newsroom that are constantly breaking stories gets the other reporters breaking stories and working beats. It helps create a culture of enterprise reporting.
Patricia Golden has been named vice president of sales at Tribune Broadcasting. In her new role, which begins April 14, Golden will oversee sales at Tribune’s 42 owned or operated stations.
“Patty is a dynamic and strategic sales leader, well known in the industry for delivering successful media strategies and solutions to advertisers, and inspiring sales teams. Patty will be an incredible asset to Tribune and I look forward to having her join the team,” Tribune Broadcasting senior vice president of sales Angela Betasso said in a statement.
Golden joins Tribune from WMAQ, the NBC-owned station in Chicago, where she has been senior vice president of sales since 2005. She previously worked as the local sales manager for WGN, Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago.
“I’m extremely delighted that Susan will be joining us full-time,” WMAQ vice president of news Frank Whittaker told Feder. “She’s a born and bred Chicagoan who knows our city and suburbs well. Her years of local reporting will be a great addition to our staff.”
Taft noticed Brant Miller, meteorologist for cross town rival NBC owned station WMAQ, predicted a lot more snow than the three to six inches delivered. So he tweeted out a screen shot of Miller telling Chicago viewers about the snow dump that never came.
On vacation. Back on Monday. Sorry I missed out on the snow. How did this work out for you? pic.twitter.com/kPLtmF8QVT
— jerrytaft (@jerrytaft) March 12, 2014
Like any good bullyfest going down behind the 7-Eleven after school, WCNC chief meteorologist Brad Panovich got in a long distance shot from the Charlotte, NC NBC affiliate. So much for the brotherhood of the peacock. Read more
Leitner most recently worked at WCBS, the CBS-owned station in New York City. Before that, she spent more than a decade at KPHO, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, where she won multiple awards for her investigative work. She is a former contestant on “Survivor.”
Leitner officially joins WMAQ next week, according to Feder.
Piacente comes from WMAQ, the NBC owned station in Chicago, where he has most recently worked as manager of news and content development. He previously held several roles, including executive producer of news and special projects.
“Matt’s robust experience overseeing breaking news, investigative reports, election coverage and severe weather make him a perfect fit to lead the NBC Connecticut news team,” WVIT general manager Ric Harris said in a statement. “Our viewers look to us to be Connecticut’s first and best choice for local news across all platforms and we are confident that Matt’s vision and leadership will provide viewers exactly what they are looking for from NBC Connecticut.”
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