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New Jersey Losing Only NBC Affiliate

wmgm_logo_304WMGM, the only local TV station in New Jersey still affiliated with one of the the four major networks, will lose that affiliation at year’s end when its contract runs out, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

WMGM’s affiliation with NBC expired in 2012, but NBC granted the Linwood, NJ, station a two year extension while former owner, Access.1 Communications, looked for a buyer. The station was sold to LocusPoint Networks last year.

At the time, the speculation was that LocusPoint was buying the station to use it in the upcoming spectrum Auctions.

WMGM-TV is New Jersey’s only NBC affiliate. NBC programming for the rest of the state is broadcast out of Philadelphia and New York by stations owned by NBC-Universal, making the Linwood-based station redundant in the eyes of NBC, or worse, a competitor for advertising revenues, Smith said.

Smith said viewers in Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic counties rely on the region’s only local TV news broadcast for morning and evening news, weather and local sports. Broadcast stations in Philadelphia do not cover South Jersey in nearly the same depth, he said.

“I think we’d lose a lifeline. I think that’s a huge loss,” he said. Read more

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Viewers Voice Fear South New Jersey NBC Station Being Sold For its Spectrum

wmgm_logoAfter the sale of Linwood, NJ, NBC affiliate WMGM to LocusPoint Networks was reported, some viewers began voicing their opposition to the move.

A website called savenbc40.com sprang up to rally opposition to the sale of one of the few network affiliated stations in New Jersey.

NBC 40 owner, Access.1 Communications, has signed a deal to sell the station to LocusPoint Networks, and they have applied to the FCC for approval of the sale. To put it bluntly, LocusPoint Networks (LPN) is a spectrum speculator. They are NOT a broadcaster. They want NBC 40′s TV channel for an FCC auction where it could be sold to the highest bidder, who would in turn use the channel’s allotted frequency space for expansion of various wireless services: cell phones and other wireless devices.

On its website, which looks like its still under construction, LocusPoint describes itself as an “early stage wireless communications company.”

Bill deKay, co-founder of LocusPoint Networks, told TVSpy, “After the FCC approval is granted, our plan is to continue to operate as an NBC affiliate with the current team in place.” According to the station, current owner Access.1 will continue to manage WMGM under a shared services agreement with Locus Point. Read more

Cleve Bryan Joins KYW in Philadelphia

Cleve Bryan is joining KYW in Philadelphia as the CBS O&O’s New Jersey reporter.

Bryan, a New Jersey native, joins the station from WVEC in Norfolk, Va. where he has been a reporter and anchor since 2011. He has also worked at WCBD in Charleston, S.C., WMGM in Atlantic City and The Florida Channel in Tallahassee.

Bryan begins at KYW on July 1.

J. Roger Powe III Named Interim GM at WMGM

J. Roger Powe III has been named interim general manager at WMGM, the NBC affiliate in Wildwood-Atlantic City, N.J., according to The Press of Atlantic City.

Powe has been the station’s general sales manager since 2005. He replaces Ron Smith, who plans “to take it easy for awhile” after a decade as WMGM’s general manager.

“It’s been very gratifying to see the station grow the way it has and the improvements we’ve been able to make. I certainly wish it a long bright future,” Smith told The Press of Atlantic City.

Josh Sims Joins WTEN as Weekend Sports Anchor

Josh Sims is joining Albany ABC-affiliate WTEN as a reporter and weekend sports anchor, the Albany Times Union reports.

Sims joins the station from WMGM, the NBC-affiliate in southern New Jersey, where he was a multimedia journalist. Drew Brill, WTEN’s other sports anchor-reporter, told the Times Union Sims will report on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and anchor sports on Saturdays and Sundays.

“When I was at my old station, I was basically the backup sports guy,” Sims said. “I did a good deal of sports with them, but my ultimate goal was always to get into sports reporting.”

WDIV’s Frank Holland Named Anchor at WGN

Frank Holland, who has been a reporter and fill-in anchor at Detroit’s WDIV for the past two years, is joining Chicago’s WGN as the morning co-anchor.

Holland will anchor the CW affiliate’s 4 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. broadcasts alongside Erin McElroy beginning September 12. WGN — which launched the early-morning broadcast about a month ago — has had Tom Negovan in the anchor chair on an interim basis while the station searched for a permanent anchor. Erin McElroy (formerly known as Erin Mendez) was assigned the 4 a.m. broadcast in April.

“We look forward to adding Frank to our AM team of personalities and we know our viewers will appreciate Frank’s energy and passion for good story-telling,” WGN news director Greg Caputo said in a statement.

Prior to joining WDIV, Holland was a general assignment reporter at News 12 Westchester in New York and WMGM in Atlantic City. He started his career in Fairbanks, AK, working at KTVF and KUAC.