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Deidre Johnson Joins WRBL

johnson_wrblDeidre Johnson (pictured far left) has joined WRBL as morning news anchor.

She will anchor alongside Tammy Terry (center) and senior meteorologist Kurt Schmitz for the Columbus, GA, CBS affiliate.

“I’m thrilled to join the News 3 On Your Side team,” said Johnson. “Being asked to co-anchor the morning newscasts with Tammy and Kurt is an honor and privilege. I look forward to telling the stories that matter the most and starting the day with the WRBL viewers. ”

Johnson joins WRBL from WXIA in Atlanta where she was a writer and traffic producer. She has also worked at WJCL-WTGS in Savannah, GA.

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WRBL Promotes Meteorologist, Adds Weekend Newscasts

WRBL, the CBS affiliate for Columbus, GA, announced it has has beefed up its weather team and expanded its weekend news schedule.

Part-time meteorologist Kurt Schmitz goes to full time. He will join Tammy Terry on the morning and midday news.

The station also announced starting this weekend it’s adding an 11:00 p.m. Saturday newscast and a Sunday 6:30 p.m. newscast starting September 29. The weekend shows will be anchored by Sydney Cameron, meteorologist David Reese and sports anchor Dayne Young.

“At News 3, we pride ourselves in being On Your Side,” WRBL vice president and general manager David Hart said in a statement. “That means being a watchdog news organization that serves the public and having the area’s most experienced weather team to protect them during severe weather. These additions to our staff and our weekend newscast expansion reinforce that commitment.”

Schmitz joined WRBL in September 2011 from Columbus ABC affiliate WTVM where he’d worked since 1989.

Media General Reorganizes TV Stations Into Two Regional Units

After selling its newspaper assets, Media General has announced a corporate restructuring that elevates James Conschafter and John Cottingham to key leadership roles for the company’s television stations.

The company’s current structure of five geographic regions will be replaced by two geographic regions for its 18 television stations. Conschafter and Cottingham, who have both been named corporate vice presidents, will each oversee one region.

“With our June 25 sale of newspapers, Media General is focusing all of its resources on its broadcast television group,” Media General president and CEO Marshall Morton said in a statement. “We are delighted that our two most experienced broadcast executives will lead our television operations.” Read more

Steve Korioth Named Director of Content at WBTW

Steve Korioth is joining WBTW, the CBS-affiliate in Myrtle Beach, as director of content. In his new role, which begins May 21, he will oversee all aspects of the station’s newscasts and online content.

Korioth joins WBTW from WRBL, the CBS-affiliate in Columbus, GA, where he has been news director since 2010. Both stations are owned by Media General.

“Because he has been a producer and manager in large and small markets, Steve brings a wealth of experience to the WBTW newsroom,” WTBW president and general manager Randy Ingram said in a statement.

Korioth replaces his current boss, David Hart, who  joined WRBL from WTBW in March.

David Hart Named General Manager of WRBL

David Hart has been named vice president and general manger of WRBL, Media General’s CBS-affiliate in Columbus, GA.

Hart is a 20-year TV news veteran who most recently served as director of content for Media General’s TV, web, and print operations in Myrtle Beach and Florence, SC, including CBS-affiliate WBTW.  From 2005-2010, he was the news director at WBTW.

“David has exceptional journalistic instincts, which, combined with his drive, strong work ethic and experience, position him well to lead our station in Columbus,” said John Cottingham, president and market leader for Media General’s mid-south market.

His first day will be March 12.

How Did 27 Stations End Up With Identical Scripts For a Story About Conan O’Brien?

Conan O’Brien poked fun at content-sharing in local news this week, showing a clip on his show of several anchors repeating the same phrase — “push the envelope” — while reporting on the late night host’s plans to officiate a same-sex wedding on his show.

The original source of the copy was CBS Newspath, according to staffers at two stations featured in the clip. Although “Conan” only showed 18 stations, a search of TVEyes.com reveals that 27 stations reported the story using identical wording (a full list, including markets and affiliations, is after the jump.)

The script was tease copy for Monday’s “Eye on Entertainment” package, filed by CBS Newspath correspondent Sandra Hughes. The full version reads: “Conan O’Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. And British songstress Adele seems to have pushed her voice too far. CBS’ Sandra Hughes has those stories and more, in your Monday morning ‘Eye on Entertainment.’”

South Bend’s WSBT, which was featured in the Conan clip, addressed the situation on the 6 a.m. newscast this morning, calling it the “dark secret” of the news business. Read more

Meteorologist Kurt Schmitz Settles Lawsuit With WTVM, Joins Rival WRBL

Veteran meteorologist Kurt Schmitz has settled his lawsuit with WTVM, the ABC-affiliate in Columbus, GA, and is set to resume forecasting this weekend for rival station WRBL, the CBS-affiliate in the market.

Schmitz was cut loose at WTVM in April after 22 years. He called his departure “sudden and unexpected” at the time, noting he had recently signed a contract renewal that lasted through 2014. In June, Schmitz filed a lawsuit against WTVM, accusing the station, and general manager Lee Brantley, of terminating him with the knowledge that his opportunities in Columbus “would be very limited due to several factors,” according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

The terms of the settlement are protected by a confidentiality agreement, but Schmitz has been released from his non-compete clause — he will be permitted to join WRBL, where he will work Sunday nights and occasional other shifts. Read more