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Amanda Malkowski Jumps 58 Markets from Lansing to Richmond

Amanda Malkwoski is joining Richmond, VA, ABC affiliate WRIC as the weekend anchor/reporter.

Her former station, WILX in Lansing, MI, said goodbye with a video montage of her past work that included a band featuring cats playing instruments.

She wrote on her facebook page, “I got lucky to work with an amazing team, and I’ve had a memorable time here in Lansing. Back to you David Andrews!”

Andrews is the morning anchor at WILX.

WRIC news director Kelly Woodard told TVSpy Malkowski starts Tuesday, May 27.

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Richmond ABC Station Adds Two Reporters

rupcich_cameronWRIC, the Richmond, VA, ABC affiliate, has added Sydney Cameron and Claudia Rupcich as reporters/videojournalists.

Rupcich (pictured left) comes to WRIC from WSET in Lynchburg, VA, where she started her broadcasting career in August 2011 as the weekend reporter.

Cameron (pictured right) joins WRIC from WRBL in Columbus, GA. Before starting at WRBL in December 2011, she worked at WUSA in Washington, D.C.

WRIC news director Kelly Woodard told TVSpy they both start Monday, December 9.

Parker Slaybaugh Headed to WRIC

Parker Slaybaughreporter and video journalist for WSET, has announced he is leaving the Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA, ABC affiliate to work as a reporter/fill-in anchor for ABC affiliate WRIC in Richmond, VA.

He told viewers on facebook, “Thank you to everyone who has supported me during my time here at WSET, and special thanks to those who took a chance in hiring me fresh out of college. Thank you to all of our viewers who have trusted me and my colleagues as your source for news. I hope I have served the Central Virginia Community well.”

Slaybaugh was hired at WSET two years ago from Liberty University where he majored in video broadcasting.

He also said on his facebook page, his last day at WSET will be September 22.

Geoff Roth Named VP of Local Content at WJZY-WMYT

Geoff Roth has been named vice president of local content at WJZY-WMYT, Fox’s duopoly in Charlotte. His appointment is effective July 8.

“Geoff is a solid journalist and news leader with a proven track record of innovation in news gathering and content presentation. He is committed to our mission of serving our 22 counties in North and South Carolina and providing a voice for our communities,” VP-GM Karen Adams said in a statement. “Geoff is the perfect choice to lead FOX 46 Carolinas News.”

Roth comes from another Fox O&O, KRIV in Houston, where he was an executive producer. He has worked as a news director at KSEE and KMPH in Fresno, WFTX in Fort Myers, KSWB in San Diego, KSTU in Salt Lake City and WRIC in Richmond.

“Being able to build a next generation digital news operation from the ground up in a growing market like Charlotte is a unique opportunity,” Roth said. “I am looking forward to utilizing the latest technology across multiple platforms to keep our viewers constantly informed on relevant news of the day.”

Damaged Richmond Antenna Could Be ‘Months’ Away From Repair

Repairs on an antenna that serves three stations in Richmond have been delayed, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

The company charged with repairing the antenna, which was damaged in March, is going out of business. The antenna serves over-the-air viewers of PBS affiliate WCVW, ABC affiliate WRIC and Fox affiliate WRLH. After the weather-related damage, the equipment was replaced with a temporary antenna that has a shorter range than the original, and some over-the-air viewers are still unable to watch the three stations.

“There’s no easy fix,” WRLH general manager Steve Genett told the Times-Dispatch. “We don’t have a good timeline. … We could be months away from a real fix.”

Antenna Problem Causes Signal Disruption at 3 Richmond Stations

An antenna problem has reduced the broadcast signal power for three Richmond stations: ABC affiliate WRIC, Fox affiliate WRLH and public television station WCVW.

The three stations share the antenna, which is located in Chesterfield County. Viewers who watch the station over the air have been unable to receive broadcasts since the beginning of the month, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

“The antenna exciter is broken and it’s not sending out the airwave signal properly,” WCVW VP-GM John Felton said.

Felton said repairs could take more than a month at significant cost, possibly in the $100,000 range.

Doug Wieder Promoted to Executive News Director at WVEC

Doug Wieder has been promoted to executive news director at WVEC, the ABC affiliate in Norfolk, Va.

Wieder has been interim news director since Rich Lebenson left WVEC in October. Prior to that, Wieder spent five years as executive producer.

“Doug had the ultimate ‘on-the-job’ interview, and passed with flying colors,” WVEC president and general manager Brad Ramsey said in a statement. “We have seen tremendous momentum under Doug’s leadership, thanks to his deep commitment to growing our people and improving our content every single day.  Together we are incredibly excited about the future of 13News.”

Wieder, formally an investigative reporter, has also worked at WRIC in Richmond, WDEF in Chattanooga and WGXA in Macon, Ga. His promotion is effective immediately.

Viki Regan Named VP-GM at WRIC in Richmond

Viki Regan has been named vice president and general manager of WRIC, Young Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate in Richmond.

Regan has worked as the VP-GM of WPBF in West Palm Beach and WEWS in Cleveland. She left WEWS in 2010 and has worked since then as a multimedia consultant, developing content, revenue and profit growth initiatives for television and mobile applications.

“We expect Young and WRIC will greatly benefit from her extraordinary station and social media leadership skills, demonstrated history of generating local news growth and proven ability to effectively program and monetize across platforms,” Young Broadcasting president Deborah McDermott said in a statement. Read more

Bob Peterson, WRIC General Manager, Tapped as Young Broadcasting’s VP of Station Operations

Young Broadcasting has named Bob Peterson vice president of station operations. He will be based in Nashville for his new role, which is effective immediately.

It’s a corporate promotion for Peterson, who is currently general manager of Young Broadcasting’s WRIC in Richmond. He has held that position for eight years.

“Throughout his long tenure with the company, Bob has consistently exhibited the ability to visualize the big picture while successfully developing and implementing business plans that focus on content creation and revenue growth,” Young Broadcasting president Deborah McDermott said in a statement.

Former WWBT Anchor Gene Cox Joins Rival WRIC

Gene Cox is returning to Richmond local television this summer, Richmond Magazine reports.

Cox signed off from WWBT last year after 33 years at the NBC-affiliate. Since then, he has been sitting out a noncompete clause in his contract. He will begin at ABC-affiliate WRIC on a temporary basis beginning August 1.

“I’m laying myself out there,” he told Richmond Magazine. “It’s up to them, and it’s up to me. If it clicks, I’d like to stay.”

Cox will co-anchor the 5:30 p.m. newscast with Amy Lacey. He replaces Christina Feerick, who will remain at the anchor desk for the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. [h/t NewsBlues]

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