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Matt Piacente Named VP of News at WVIT

wvit logoMatt Piacente has been named vice president of news at WVIT, the NBC owned station in Hartford-New Haven. His appointment is effective February 10.

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.”

Piacente replaces Mike St. Peter, who recently moved within NBC to New England Cable News. More from WVIT after the jump. Read more

Toni Falvo Joins Tribune Broadcasting as SVP of Research

tribune broadcastingToni Falvo has been named senior vice president of research for Tribune Broadcasting. In her new role, which begins December 9, she will oversee all research functions for Tribune’s stations.

“As Tribune’s growing portfolio of assets provides us with a variety of new opportunities to better analyze and understand the audiences watching our stations, I am confident Toni has the talent, experience and drive required to make a significant impact on our goals,” Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert said in a statement.

Falvo comes from WMAQ, the NBC owned station in Chicago, where she is the vice president of research, programming and press. She has worked there since 1998.

More from Tribune after the jump. Read more

Confusion on Chicago Stations as Jesse Jackson Jr. is Turned Away From Prison

The big story in Chicago today is former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who reported to federal prison in North Carolina Monday afternoon. In a strange twist, Jackson — who was four days early to start serving his 30 month sentence — was turned away from the prison yesterday before he was officially admitted this morning.

On Monday’s late newscasts, only WLS reporter Ben Bradley correctly reported that “a paperwork problem means he’s not technically in custody.” NBC owned WMAQ, Fox owned WFLD and CBS owned WBBM all reported Jackson had begun his sentence.

“He was given his sheets, he was given his clothes, he was searched, and he was forced to do a body cavity search, which is the most demeaning thing that could happen to an individual,” WBBM legal analyst Irv Miller told reporter Jay Levine (watch after the jump).

The stations walked back the accounts of Jackson’s surrender on the morning newscasts this morning, after The Chicago Tribune reported that prison officials said he was not in custody. Read more

Little Girl Caught Dancing on WMAQ: ‘I Wanted to Be on TV Because I’ve Never Been on TV’

The little girl who danced into the background of Mary Ann Ahern‘s WMAQ live shot says she just wanted to be on television.

“I wanted to be on TV ’cause I’ve never been on TV,” Janiyah Rush told DNA Info this week. The viral video star said she hopes to be a singer, dancer and doctor when she grows up, noting her dancing is inspired by her family and the song “Single Ladies.”

“Diana Ross had the Supremes, Gladys Knight had the Pips, I’ve got my own backup dancer!” Ahern tweeted after video of the June report (watch above) went viral.

Eight Stations Nominated for News & Documentary Emmys

Eight local stations have been nominated for News and Documentary Emmys, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today. WBZ, WMAQ and WNBC were nominated for Outstanding Regional News Story in the Spot News category, and KING, KNXV, WABC, WTTG and WXYZ in Detroit were nominated for Outstanding Regional News Story in the Investigative Reporting category.

For Spot News, Boston CBS O&O WBZ was nominated for its coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn; NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago was nominated for coverage of the Chicago NATO protests; and NBC-owned WNBC in New York City was nominated for coverage of the shooting near the Empire State Building.

In the Investigative Reporting category, Seattle NBC affiliate KING was nominated for “Their Crime, Your Dime;” Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV was nominated for “Sheriff’s School of Abuse;” New York ABC O&O WABC was nominated for “Mace in Your Face?”; Washington, DC Fox O&O WTTG was nominated for “UDC;” and Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ was nominated for “Corruption in the County.”

The full list of nominees is after the jump. Read more

WMAQ Expands Weekend Morning Newscasts

WMAQ, the NBC owned station in Chicago, is expanding its weekend morning newscasts by two and a half hours.

Starting July 27, the station’s Saturday morning newscasts will air from 5 to 7 a.m. and from 9 to 10 a.m. On Sundays, the morning newscasts will run from 5 to 7 a.m., 8 to 9 a.m. and 10 to 10:30 a.m. Kim Vatis and Anthony Ponce remain the co-anchors.

The weekend edition of “Today” airs on WMAQ from 7 to 8 a.m. Saturday and from 7 to 8 a.m. Sunday.

Judge Throws Out Former WMAQ Reporter’s Libel Lawsuit Against Rival WBBM

An Illinois judge has thrown out a libel lawsuit filed by Amy Jacobson, a former reporter at NBC-owned WMAQ, against rival WBBM and its parent company, CBS.

Jacobson sued the station for $1 million in 2008 after WBBM aired a report that showed her at the house of Craig Stebic, a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance. The report showed Jacobson, who is now a radio talk show host in Chicago, at an “apparent pool party” at Stebic’s home, according to the Chicago Tribune. Stebic was never charged in his wife’s disappearance.

The Tribune has details on the ruling:

In a nine-page ruling filed Tuesday, Judge Jeffrey Lawrence stated that Jacobson failed to show that CBS fabricated unfavorable content about her. He also stated that critical comments and other material in the CBS piece were “constitutionally protected expressions of opinion,” or based on facts.

Jacobson’s attorney said they will appeal.

Some Viewers See Telenovela Instead of ‘Today’ Show

RCN Cable customers in Chicago who tuned into WMAQ this morning may have been surprised to see a Spanish-language program instead of the “Today” show on the NBC-owned station. The “Today” feed was interrupted for the first ten minutes of the show beginning at 7 a.m.

A WMAQ spokesperson tells TVSpy that the broadcast issues were specific to RCN and were caused by a technical glitch on the cable company’s end.

WMAQ to Expand Investigative Reporting Team

WMAQ, the NBC owned station in Chicago, has announced a major expansion of its investigative reporting team.

The station will add Chris Coffey, who will join WMAQ from another NBC owned station, WVIT in Hartford, in August. Two current WMAQ staffers — reporter Phil Rogers and producer Courtney Copenhagen — will transition from their current roles to be dedicated full time to the investigative reporting team. Two more hires are expected to be announced soon, according to WMAQ.

Coffey, Rogers and Copenhagen will join the current team: Carol Marin, Rob Stafford, Lisa Parker, Phil Rogers, Marion Brooks and Dick Johnson, along with several producers and photographers

“We are committed to investigative journalism and want to complement our already strong investigative team with a major infusion of resources,” WMAQ president and general manager David Doebler said in a statement. “With this additional dedicated staff, we will be able to provide our viewers with even more stories and in-depth investigations on a daily basis.”

KTTV Adds Reporter Sandra Endo, Producer Angelica Quiroga

KTTV in Los Angeles has made two hires: Sandra Endo (pictured) joins the Fox O&O as a general assignment reporter and Angelica Quiroga has been hired as evening executive producer.

Endo, who begins at KTTV July 1, was most recently a freelance reporter at WMAQ in Chicago. Prior to that, she spent five years as a national correspondent for CNN Newsource. She will contribute to “Studio 11 L.A.” and “Fox 11 News at 10 p.m” on KTTV and “Fox 11 News at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.” on sister station KCOP.

Quiroga joins KTTV from KVEA, the Telemundo station in Los Angeles, where she was an executive producer for 11 years. She begins at KTTV as executive producer for “Fox 11 News at 10 p.m.” on June 24.

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