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Posts Tagged ‘WPRI’

Here Are The Markets Where LIN Media and Media General Will Sell or Swap Stations

LIN Media GAs they prepare to merge, LIN Media and Media General will have to sell or swap stations in five markets — Providence, Birmingham, Mobile, Green Bay and Savannah — to comply with FCC rules limiting ownership of more than one station in a market, TVNewsCheck reports:

“We recognize the issue, and we are going to work very constructively and creatively with the FCC to make sure we close this transaction as quickly as possible,” said Mahoney. “We are clear that certain stations will have to be swapped or sold.”

Mahoney suggested that he preferred swaps, even though they are harder to do than straight sales. “It cleans out the issue and could allow us to grow our national footprint. There is real opportunity there.”

A list of the stations is after the jump. Read more

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Susan Roberts Out at WPRI

wpri_roberts_croppedSusan Roberts, anchor for WPRI is no longer with the Providence CBS affiliate.

WPRI news director Karen Rezendes told TVSpy, “The station wishes her the best in her future endeavors.”

Before coming to WPRI in January 2011, Roberts worked for CBS Newspath. She has also worked at WJLA in Washington, D.C., KATV in Little Rock, AR, WWL and WDSU in New Orleans.

[Providence Journal]

Shannon Hegy Joins WPRI From WGGB

After six years at WGGB in Springfield, Shannon Hegy is set to join WPRI in Providence.

Hegy begin at the WGGB assignment desk and eventually became the station’s main anchor, helming the evening newscasts alongside Dave Madsen. She anchored her last WGGB newscasts Friday night, saying she has taken an anchor position at the Providence CBS affiliate (video above).

WPRI-WNAC Names Karen Rezendes News Director

Karen Rezendes has been named news director for WPRI-WNAC.

For the past several years, Rezendes has been the assistant news director and manager of special projects for the Providence FOX and CBS affiliate.

“For the past sixteen years, Karen has played a key role in successfully growing our Eyewitness News ratings,” said president and general manager Patrick Wholey. “Karen has been instrumental in developing and growing our Target 12 investigative brand and our Eyewitness News brand across all platforms. She’s the perfect person to continue the momentum and success of our news stations and will continue to provide viewers with the high quality of news coverage they’ve come to expect from Eyewitness News.”

Rezendes has also worked at WTKR in Norfolk, VA.

[golocalprov.com]

LIN Reaches Retrans Deal with Cox, Averting Blackout

LIN Media and Cox Communications reached a new retrans agreement on Wednesday, avoiding a blackout of LIN stations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, and Alabama.

The previous retrans deal was set to expire at midnight on Wednesday.

“We are pleased to inform you that we have reached a contract with Cox,” LIN announced in a statement posted on the websites of stations affected by the negotiations.  “We appreciate your tremendous support throughout these negotiations.” Read more

Erin Kennedy Joining WKYC as Morning Anchor

Erin Kennedy, who is leaving Providence’s WPRI after six years anchoring the station’s evening newscasts, is set to join WKYC as a morning co-anchor alongside Mark Nolan.

“She’ll bring a fresh perspective to Cleveland mornings,” WKYC news director Rita Andolsen said, discussing the move with the station’s “Director’s Cut” blog. “We know that early newscasts are becoming even more important as people organize and begin their busy days, and we’re thrilled to have Erin’s help in creating an even more dynamic show. Having deeper resources at the anchor desk will give us increased flexibility to cover breaking news and weather.”

Kennedy will round out a morning team that, along with Nolan, includes meteorologist Hollie Strano and reporters Amanda Barren and Stephanie CoueignouxRead more

WPRI Expanding Morning Newscast to 4:30 a.m.

WPRI announced today that it is expanding its weekday morning newscast.  Beginning Monday, November 28th, the CBS-affiliate’s morning show will start at 4:30 a.m.

“Our viewers are telling us that their mornings are starting earlier than ever before,” said WPRI president and general manager Jay Howell, in announcing the expanded newscast. “We want to be responsive to their needs for local news and weather.”

Setting their alarm clocks a half-hour earlier are the established WPRI morning team of anchors Danielle North and Patrick Little (right), and meteorologist Michelle Muscatello. Read more

Anchor Erin Kennedy Out at Providence’s WPRI

Erin Kennedy is leaving Providence CBS-affiliate WPRI, where she anchors the evening newscasts, according to GoLocalProv.

Kennedy joined the station in 2005 from KAMC in Lubbock, TX, where she was the morning anchor. In Providence, she anchors the 5:30 p.m. newscast on WPRI and the 10 p.m. newscast on sister-station WNAC, the market Fox affiliate.

Kennedy’s anchor job is posted on the WPRI website. The station is seeking a “high-energy, engaging talent who is a strong storyteller and can handle breaking news situations … If you just want to read the news, this is not the job for you.”

WPRI Makes HD Debut with New Set

WPRI is now broadcasting its newscasts in high definition. The Providence CBS-affiliate flipped the HD switch with its 5:00 p.m. newscast on Tuesday.

The HD launch is the result of LIN Media‘s investment in a brand-new set and a state-of-the-art control room for WPRI.

“We are very pleased to have the latest in HD broadcast technology that will enable us to present the newscast our viewers know and count on, with clearer video and superior audio,” WPRI news director Joe Abouzeid told TVSpy recently. Read more

WPRI Admits to Airing Staged Video of Local Golf Tournament

WPRI, the CBS affiliate in Bristol, RI, has admitted to staging footage of a local golf tournament and airing it without acknowledgment on their nightly news broadcast.

WPRI reporter Sara Hogan was on hand two weeks ago when amateur golfers Samantha Morrell and Ali Prazak competed in the Ocean State Women’s Golf Association Championship. Hogan approached Morrell and Prazak after the awards ceremony and was overheard by Eric Rueb, a reporter for The Standard-Times, asking the two golfers to grab their clubs and return to the 18th hole to “create some television magic.”

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