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WPTZ Adds New Digital Subchannel

wptz-google-plus-logoOn September 15, WPTZ will split its CW and MeTV Network broadcasts into two digital subchannels.

The Plattsburg-Burlington NBC affiliate said the new channel 5.3 will allow the station to expand the programming of both networks. The two have been sharing the broadcast day on subchannel 5.2 since March 2013.

According to WPTZ/WNNE President and General Manager Kyle Grimes, “providing three separate channels of diverse programming is a really exciting opportunity for our market. Whether it’s local news and weather, cutting edge drama and entertainment or classic comedy, we will have something for everyone.” Read more

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Lauren Victory Joins Hartford’s WTIC

lauren victory_304x200Lauren Victory is joining WTIC, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Hartford-New Haven, as a general assignment reporter.

Victory moves to Hartford from WPTZ in Burlington, where she has been a video journalist and reporter since 2011. She has also worked at WICU in Chicago, WLNS in Lansing and WNEP in Scranton.

Victory, a Long Island native, has previously worked as a booker for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She began her career at WABC-AM in New York City. [h/t TVNewsCheck]

WCSH Meteorologist Keith Carson Joining The Weather Channel

WCSH meteorologist Keith Carson is leaving the Portland, Maine NBC affiliate for The Weather Channel.

“We are thrilled for him and very proud of the work he’s done in Maine to be moved up to the big leagues,” the station said in a statement.

Carson joined WCSH from WPTZ, the NBC affiliate in Plattsburgh, N.Y., in 2010. His last day in Portland will be July 29, and he will begin at The Weather Channel in August.

WPTZ Adds CW Programming on Subchannel

WPTZ, the NBC affiliate in Plattsburgh, N.Y., has added CW programming on a digital subchannel weeknights from 8 to 10 p.m.

The digital subchannel will continue broadcasting classic shows as part of its MeTV affiliation during the day.

“The way we see it, great TV is great TV — no matter what your age,” WPTZ-WNNE president and general manager Kyle Grimes said in a statement. “We hope viewers will share our excitement for a station that pairs some of the country’s best new programming with its finest classic TV shows.”

Kathy Reynolds Joins WGME as News Director

Kathy Reynolds is joining WGME, the CBS affiliate in Portland, Maine, as news director. Reynolds comes from WEYI in Flint, where she has been the news director since June 2011.

“I’m pretty excited both personally and professionally speaking,” Reynolds told TVSpy. “My husband is the chief photographer at WPTZ in Burlington, Vermont. So this will put me closer to him and the many friends we have in Portland.”

“I have a great team here at WEYI and will miss them dearly,” Reynolds continued. “The goodbyes are hard but the my last day here is March 6.”

Reynolds begins at WGME on March 13.

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

Anchor Gus Rosendale Leaving KSTP for New York

Anchor Gus Rosendale is leaving KSTP in Minneapolis-St. Paul for a job in New York.

Rosendale, who joined KSTP in December 2010, told Star Tribune gossip columnist C.J. this week that he has landed “an on-air gig in New York.”  Though he wouldn’t confirm where he is going, the word on the street is that he’s joining WNBC.

Both Rosendale and WNBC have not yet returned requests for comment.

Before joining KSTP, Rosendale was the main anchor at WPTZ in Burlington-Plattsburgh.  His final day with the Twin Cities ABC-affiliate will reportedly be Friday.  He expects to start in New York in “a couple of weeks.”

Meteorologist Leaves WPTZ for BBQ

After more than a decade with WPTZ, meteorologist Jim Moore is leaving the NBC-affiliate for a BBQ restaurant.

Moore, who works WPTZ’s morning newscast, has decided to exit the TV business and open a Dickey’s Barbecue franchise in the area.

“There is no good barbecue in the North Country,” Moore said recently of the Plattsburgh, NY/ Burlington, VT market.

“Jim’s been a rock for our morning team over the years,” WPTZ news director Sinan Sadar said, in announcing Moore’s departure. “His enthusiasm has been a great asset in front of as well as behind the camera. He will be missed.”

The station plans to announce Moore’s replacement soon.