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WMTW Adds David Charns as Reporter

David Charns will be joining Portland, ME, ABC affiliate WMTW.

Charns told TVSpy he will start as a general assignment reporter next Monday. He announced he was leaving WPTZ in Burlington, VT, on twitter.

Before coming to WPTZ in 2011, Charns was a writer at WHDH in Boston.

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Shannon Moss Returns to Portland Television With Self-Produced Interview Show

Former Portland, Maine anchor Shannon Moss, who was dropped by WMTW in June, is returning to television next month with a self-produced interview show, according to the Portland Press Herald.

The half hour show, “Split Screen with Shannon Moss,” is produced, hosted and funded entirely by the former anchor. It will air twice a month and be shown on Portland CW affiliate WPXT and MyNetworkTV affiliate WPME, as well as streamed online.

“No question her popularity is a factor. When I heard she was interested in doing this show, I knew we had to find a way to make it happen,” WPXT-WPME general manager Tom Mac Arthur told the Press Herald. “With her experience and contacts, she’ll have a lot of interesting people on.”

Scheduled guests include former Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and snowboarder Seth Wescott.

WMTW To Add News at 5:00 p.m.

On September 9, Portland, ME, ABC affiliate WMTW will begin airing an hour-long newscast at 5:00 p.m.

“We’re thrilled that WMTW is growing each year and across so much of our programming and platforms.” said WMTW general manager Dave Abel. “By strengthening our product we will reward our longtime watchers with more local weather and news while attracting a growing audience seeking something new and fresh.”

The 5:00 p.m. show will be anchored by Tracy Sabol and meteorologist Roger Griswold. Abel told the Portland Press Herald he will soon announce the addition of a male co-anchor for both the 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. newscasts.

“Dr. Phil” will move from 5:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to take the place of the canceled “Ricki Lake Show.”

Shannon Moss Out at WMTW

The Portland Press Herald reports morning anchor Shannon Moss has been let go from Portland, ME, ABC affiliate WMTW.

“It’s a fickle business,” Moss told the Press Herald. “I was told I was a fierce journalist with a great work ethic, but that viewers weren’t responding to me.”

She said she knew her contract had expired, but was surprised when told by station management on Tuesday that it would be her last day. She said she had no “ill feelings” for WMTW and wishes “the best” for her former colleagues.

WMTW president and general manager David Abel told TVSpy, the station doesn’t comment on personnel matters.

Moss had been an anchor at the station since 2007. She worked at the Portland NBC affiliate WCSH before coming to WMTW.

Jeff Jeandheur Joins KPIX as Director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering

Jeff Jeandheur has been named director of broadcast operations and engineering for KPIX-KBCW, the CBS duopoly in San Francisco.

“Jeff brings us a solid combination of experience in news production and  digital broadcast operations.  He’s been a successful news photographer, director, operations manager and director of engineering – all in major markets.  We look forward to having him oversee our facilities and operations,” KPIX-KBCW president and general manager Bruno Cohen said in a statement.

Jeandheur comes from KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, where he was the director of engineering and production. During his 17 years at the station, he also worked as manager of news operations and manager of production and special projects. He has also worked at WFSB in Hartford, WMTW in Portland and WEWS in Cleveland.

WMTW Crew Finds Missing Man While Reporting On Search

A 72-year-old Maine man who suffers from dementia had been missing for more than 14 hours before he walked up to a WMTW camera crew right after they did a live update on the effort to find him.

In the station’s video, Robert McDonough walked up behind Norm Karkos, anchor and reporter for the Portland, ME, ABC affiliate, at around 6:30 a.m. while Karkos was between live updates on the search.

“Well sometimes timing is everything Erin and Shannon,” Karkos told anchors Erin Ovalle and Shannon Moss in his next live shot. “And good news, and a happy ending. The gentleman behind us, you’re looking at, that is Robert McDonough.”

According to the station, the crew immediately called the Maine Warden Service after McDonough identified himself to Karkos. Wardens started searching for McDonough around 4:00 p.m. Monday. Click here to view the video. The WMTW website does not support embedding.

Hearst TV, Time Warner Cable Fail to Reach Retrans Agreement

Despite extending talks for more than a week past the original expiration of their retransmission consent contract, Time Warner Cable and Hearst were unable to come to an agreement by midnight yesterday, leaving 13 stations unavailable on the cable provider today.

“Time Warner Cable has reached hundreds of agreements with other broadcasters without broadcaster blackouts, but Hearst’s demand for a nearly 300% increase is way out of line,” a Time Warner statement released last night reads. “That kind of outrageous increase is unfair to our customers and unsustainable for our business.”

Hearst has statements informing viewers on each respective station’s website. Read more

VIDEO: New England Anchor Reports Celtics Playoff Game Ended in Tie

The Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat in overtime on Sunday night, evening their best-of-seven NBA Eastern Conference Championship series at 2-2.

But when anchor Meghan Torjussen of WMTW in Portland, ME went to do the sports update during the station’s 11 p.m. newscast Sunday, the game had apparently just ended regulation so Torjussen reported that the contest had ended in a tie (video above).

WMTW had a chance to correct the sports report following a commercial break, but that didn’t happen.  [Via Deadspin]

WTHR, WGRZ Win Edward R. Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence

WTHR staffers at the 2011 Murrow Awards

Twenty local television stations were presented with Edward R. Murrow Awards at an RTDNA dinner honoring the winners in New York City last night. TVSpy was there as WTHR in Indianapolis was presented the award for Overall Excellence in a large market. WGRZ in Buffalo was honored for Overall Excellence in a small market.

Although the winners represented every platform of the news industry — national news, radio, online — enthusiasm for the local stations was palpable, with staffers from winning stations cheering on their colleagues audibly as they took the stage to accept their awards.

In his opening speech, RTDNA chairman Kevin Benz implored the 95 Murrow award winners — more than the RTDNA has ever presented before — to “celebrate truth through journalism.”

“The practice of producing great journalism is as important today as it has ever been,” he told the packed ballroom at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. Read more

WMTW Promotes Hearst Veteran Amy Beveridge to News Director

WMTW, an ABC-affiliate serving southern Maine, has promoted newsroom veteran Amy Beveridge to news director.

Beveridge has served as assistant news director at WMTW for the past three years and has been a part of the Hearst organization for nearly a decade, first as a producer for WPBF in West Palm Beach and later with Baltimore’s WBAL, before moving to Maine in 2008.

“I am pleased to see Amy promoted to her new position,” said WMTW president and general manager Dave Abel in a press release. “Her ideas, passion and dedication to News, our station and Hearst Television are strong.”

A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Beveridge began her TV career with NECN. She is replacing George Matz, who left WMTW in May after six years leading the newsroom to join Kansas City duopoly KMBC-KCWE as assistant news director.

In June, Beveridge and WMTW celebrated a national Edward R. Murrow award for the best small market newscast in the country.

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