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CBS Switching Affiliates in Indianapolis

CBSEyeCBS has announced it is switching affiliates — from WISH to WTTV — in the Indianapolis market. WTTV, currently the CW affiliate in Indianapolis, will be the CBS affiliate beginning January 1, 2015.

WTTV is the sister station to WXIN, the market’s Fox affiliate. Tribune has owned WTTV since 2002. It has been a CW affiliate since 2006; prior to that, it was an affiliate of The WB and, earlier, UPN. WTTV was the second station to go on the air in the market, in 1949, and was an NBC and ABC affiliate throughout the 1950s.

As part of the shift, Tribune will move the CW to digital channel 4.2, leaving WISH as an independent station as of January 1. WISH had been the CBS station in Indianapolis since 1956. Tribune already has plans to produce local newscasts for the new CBS affiliate. WXIN resources will likely be tapped to get the new WTTV newscasts on the air. Right now, WXIN produces 10.5 hours of news every day.

wttvTribune also announced it has renewed existing agreements with its other CBS affiliates: WREG in Memphis, WHNT in Huntsville, Ala., KFSM in Fort Smith, Ark., and WTVR in Richmond. CBS has also renewed its affiliation agreement with WTKR in Norfolk, which it operates under a shared service agreement.

“This comprehensive agreement further expands our strong partnership with CBS and allows us to provide an array of outstanding programming, including leading live sports, news and entertainment,” Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert said in a statement. “Through WTTV’s new affiliation, we look forward to significantly enhancing our sports offerings, local news coverage and commitment to the community.”

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Electrical Surge Knocks WREG Off the Air

wreg studioMemphis CBS affiliate WREG was off the air for two hours Wednesday night because of a “technical issue.”

“We apologize about the technical issue we experienced Wednesday night. Our engineers tell us we took an electrical surge which knocked our transmitter off the air,” WREG wrote on Facebook.

Several viewers complained on Facebook about missing “Criminal Minds.” WREG said CBS “will not allow us to air the shows again in this case.”

“Folks it’s a TV show you missed. Be thankful you’re somewhere with electricity. Be thankful you have a television,” one commenter wrote. “Quit complaining, turn off your computers and televisions. Go read a book!”

Bill Berra Leaving Journal Broadcast Group

bill berraBill Berra is stepping down as vice president of news for Journal Broadcast Group and WTMJ in Milwaukee next month, TVSpy has learned. Berra will stay with the NBC affiliate through the Sochi Olympics, which begin Thursday on NBC.

A station spokesperson tells TVSpy Berra’s last day will be March 7 and the search is underway for his replacement.

No word yet on what’s next for Berra, who joined WTMJ in 2005 from WFTS, the ABC affiliate in Tampa. He has also worked as news director for WSYX in Columbus, WKMG in Orlando, KSAZ in Phoenix, KTVI in St. Louis and WREG in Memphis. He began his local news career reporting for WTMJ’s radio station, Newsradio 620.

Jim Himes Named General Manager at WGHP

wghp logoJim Himes has been named president and general manager of WGHP, Local TV’s Fox affiliate in Greensboro, N.C., Broadcasting & Cable reports.

Himes joins WGHP from WREG, Local TV’s CBS affiliate in Memphis, Tenn., where he was station manager since 2011 and general sales manager since 2007.

“Jim is one of a kind,” Local TV CEO Bobby Lawrence said in a statement. “The enthusiasm and commitment he brings to this business is unrivaled. We’ll certainly miss him in Memphis, but he’s a great fit for WGHP. We couldn’t be happier for him.”

At WGHP, Himes replaces Karen Adams, who left the station to run WJZY-WMYT, Fox’s newly-acquired duopoly in Charlotte.

WPTY Meteorologist Mark Walden Dies at 38

Mark Walden, the chief meteorologist at WPTY in Memphis, died over the weekend from “apparent natural causes,” according to the station. He was 38.

“Our ABC 24 family is deeply saddened by the passing of chief meteorologist Mark Walden. He was highly respected among his colleagues and served this community as a gifted meteorologist and through his generous work with local charities. He touched our lives and will be greatly missed,” WPTY VP-GM Ardyth Dierks said in a statement.

Walden joined the ABC affiliate in 1999. WPTY described him as “as a gifted meteorologist with a passion for weather, and keeping our community safe and informed.”

The station reported the news of Walden’s death on the WPTY website Sunday morning. Rival stations WHBQ, WMC and WREG reported the news on the Sunday evening newscasts.

“Our family thanks everyone in the Mid-South for their condolences and kind words,” Walden’s wife, Jackquelynne Walden, said. “Mark really loved his viewers. He never met a stranger. And we’re grateful for all the prayers and support.”

Watch WPTY’s tribute to Walden after the jump. Read more

WREG Anchor a Passenger on Stranded Carnival Cruise Ship

Kris Anderson, anchor for Memphis CBS affiliate WREG, couldn’t go far enough on his vacation to get away from breaking news.

Anderson was vacationing with his family on the Carnival cruise ship Dream when the ship had problems with one of its generators on its final stop in St. Maarten. Anderson told WREG both he and his family are doing fine.

He’s been giving the station regular updates on what’s been going on with the down on its luck cruise liner. “Most of the folks who I talk to, in fact 90 to 95 percent of the people I talk to, are enjoying it,” Anderson told WREG. He added most passengers are soaking up the sun and the extra time they get to spend on the Caribbean island. Read more

Veteran Memphis Anchor Pam McKelvy Joins WMC

Veteran Memphis anchor Pam McKelvy is returning to the anchor desk at NBC affiliate WMC.

McKelvy spent 10 years as the primary anchor at WREG, the CBS affiliate in Memphis. She left in 2005 after the birth of her son. At WMC, McKelvy begins today as co-anchor of the 4 p.m. newscast alongside Jarvis Greer.

“For years, I watched Pam on television here in the Mid-South and admired her focus and community spirit,” WMC news director Tammy Phillips said in a statement. “I am thrilled that she’s on our team and I think our viewers will be too.”

Himes Named Station Manager, Crain Named Director of Integrated Media at WREG

Memphis CBS affiliate WREG has promoted Jim Himes to station manager and vice president of sales and hired Steve Crain as director of integrated media.

Himes has been general sales manager at WREG for five years. According to WREG general manager Ron Walter, Himes’ broader management role at the station has been in the works for more than a year.

“We recognized his achievements by implementing a plan to give him bigger exposure to news, engineering, accounting and the interactive platform,” Walter said in a statement. “This step to station manager is a natural progression of events.”

Crain begins at WREG immediately as director of integrated media. He comes from crosstown rival WMC, where he has been Internet sales director since 2002. Read more

Daralene Jones Will Join WCAU From WFTV

Daralene Jones is joining WCAU, the NBC O&O in Philadelphia, in January.

“Daralene is an engaging and dynamic reporter,” WCAU vice president of news Anzio Williams said in a statement. “She’ll be an important part of our daily mission to deliver the best breaking news stories and information to our viewers.”

Jones will move to Philadelphia from Orlando, where she has been a general assignment reporter for ABC affiliate WFTV since 2007. She has also worked at WREG in Memphis, WCIA in Champaign and WICS in Springfield.

WREG Reporter Forgets to Bring Clothes to Work, Goes On-Air in Gym Shorts

Anchors and reporters can often get away with wearing jeans during a newscast, but gym shorts?

That’s what WREG reporter George Brown wore on-air recently after he forgot to bring his work clothes with him to the gym before heading into the station for the noon newscast.  Realizing that he didn’t have a suit with him, just thirty minutes before he had to be at work, Brown scrambled to assemble an outfit. Read more

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