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Jessica Foster Leaving WMBB

foster cropped WMBBWMBB morning anchor Jessica Foster has announced she is leaving the Panama City ABC affiliate after ten years at the station.

Foster told viewers her priorities changed after she and her husband adopted a daughter. “I’ve never been more devoted to anything as I am to her,” Foster wrote on the station’s website. “As a family, we made a decision for me to make a career change. That’s why I will be leaving the TV station on September 19th. ”

“It’s been a wild and amazing ride moving from Reporter to Meteorologist to Morning Anchor here at WMBB,” said Foster, who said her next move will be to work as a Mary Kay Cosmetics Independent Sales Director.

Before coming to WMBB in 2004, Foster was an associate producer at WGCL in Atlanta.

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Nexstar and Mission Broadcasting Buying Six Stations in Two Markets

nexstar_304Nexstar Broadcasting and Mission Broadcasting have announced a definitive agreement to acquire six television stations for $37.5 million.

In the deal, Nexstar will pay $33.5 million to buy WMBB (ABC) in Panama City, FL, and KREX (CBS), KREG (CBS), KREY (CBS) and KGJT (MyNetworkTV) in Grand Junction, CO, from Gray Television. Mission will pay $4 million for KFQX in Grand Junction, CO, from Excalibur Broadcasting. KREG and KREY are satellite stations of KREX.

Perry A. Sook, chairman, president and CEO of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc., said in a statement. “The agreements to acquire stations in Grand Junction and Panama City mark our entrée into these markets and upon completing all announced transactions, we will own or provide services to multiple stations in 37 of the 56 markets where we will operate.”

Gray and Excalibur previously agreed to buy WMBB, KREX, KREG, KREY, and KFQX as part of a 20 station deal with Hoak Media and Parker Broadcasting and then sell them off because of FCC ownership restrictions.

The addition of the stations will bring Nexstar’s station total to 108 in 56 markets reaching approximately 16 percent of all US TV households.

Gray Television and Excalibur Broadcasting to Acquire 15 Stations For $335M

Gray Television and Excalibur Broadcasting have agreed to acquire 15 stations from Hoak Media and Parker Broadcasting for $335 million.

The 20 stations that Gray and Excalibur will acquire from Hoak and Parker are KSFY, KABY and KPRY in Sioux Falls, S.D.; KVLY and KXJB in Fargo, N.D.; KNOE and KAQY in Monroe, La.; KFYR, KMOT, KUMV and KQCD in Minot, N.D.; WMBB in Panama City, Fla.; KALB in Alexandria, La.; KREX, KREY, KFQX and KREG in Grand Junction, Co.; KNOP and KIIT in North Platte, Neb.; and KHAS in Lincoln, Neb.

Due to FCC ownership requirements, Gray will sell Hoak’s stations station in Panama City, Fla. and four stations in Grand Junction, Co., bringing the total number of stations acquired to 15.

Excalibur has also agreed to acquire two more stations from Prime Cities Broadcasting, KNDX and KXND in Minot, N.D., for $7.5 million.

Gray will provide back-office services and limited programming to the Excalibur stations in Lincoln, Fargo, Minot and Monroe through a shared services agreement.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the Hoak, Parker and Prime Cities television stations into the Gray community,” Gray President and CEO Hilton Howell said in a statement. “These transactions will yield impressive synergies, many of which are unique to Gray given how well the stations’ locations, operations and culture complement our own.”

WMBB Anchor Arrested After Refusing to Pay Bar Tab [Update: Charges Dropped]

WMBB weekend anchor Kevin Character was arrested early Tuesday morning after an embarrassing scene at a bar in Miramar Beach, FL.

Character was out drinking with friends when the group got into a dispute with Rum Runners staff over their $171.48 bar tab.  According to The Walton Sun, Character and his friends refused to pay the bill saying that some of the drinks were not theirs.  After some back-and-forth, they attempted to pay the bill only to have their credit cards declined.

At that point, Character began to make a scene and police arrived.  He reportedly cursed at the officers, telling them, “I’m going to have your jobs… this is going to be on the news tomorrow.”

He was charged with disorderly intoxication in a public place, resisting an officer without violence, and felony obstructing justice. No word yet if WMBB, an ABC-affiliate in Panama City, will take disciplinary action.

>Update: All charges were eventually dropped.  Following the arrest, Character was put on a probationary period at WMBB.  He later personally decided to leave the station.

WMBB and WJHG Capture Shooting at School Board Meeting

A school board meeting in Panama City, FL unexpectedly became the lead story for WMBB and WJHG on Tuesday when a local man disrupted the proceedings and pulled a gun on the board members. Clay Duke, whose wife had apparently been fired from her job with the district, calmly entered the afternoon meeting, drawing a “V” on the wall with red spray paint before pointing a handgun at the board.

ABC-affiliate WMBB and NBC-affiliate WJHG regularly attend the twice-monthly Bay District school board meeting but the usual coverage of staffing and budget decisions quickly became a chilling story about one man’s desperate confrontation with the five-member board. WMBB reporter Nadeen Yanes and WJHG reporter David E. Demarest were on-hand as Duke commandeered the meeting.

After having a surprisingly calm conversation with the board, Duke began firing random shots in the direction of the panel. At that point, security guard Mike Jones, a retired Panama City detective, opened fire on Duke. After exchanging shots with Jones, Duke shot himself. No one was seriously injured in the altercation and Duke’s vendetta ended in only one death–his own.

Here’s the chilling video… Read more