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WSET Denies News Director Out After Four Months

WSET_2009_smallRoanoke ABC affiliate WSET is denying reports that news director Bob Cashen is out after only four months.

This morning, station GM Randy Smith told TVSpy, “Bob is still employed as the ND at WSET.” Last week he answered with a “Yes” when we asked if Cashen was still the ND after  hearing reports to the contrary.

Cashen came to WSET from WALA in Mobile, AL, in October. He had been news director there since 2004.

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WSET Names Bob Cashen News Director

WSET_2009_smallWSET, the Lynchburg, VA, ABC affiliate, has named Bob Cashen as news director.

“Bob is probably the most highly recommended employee that I have ever hired,” WSET general manager Randy Smith told The Roanoke Times. “Every person that I spoke with placed him at the very top of anyone that they had ever worked with. I repeatedly heard the comment, ‘If I had an opening, Bob would be the first person I would call.’ ”

Anchor and interim news director Len Stevens told TVSpy Cashen will join the station in mid-October.

Cashen has been news director at WALA in Mobile, AL, since 2004. According to his LinkedIn page, He has also worked as news director at KSLA in Shreveport, LA, assistant news director at KENS in San Antonio, TX, and news director at KWWL in Waterloo, IA.

He replaces Bill Foy who left the station in July.

WSET Gives News Director Special Send-Off

It took WSET staffers 1,000 balloons to say goodbye to outgoing news director Bill Foy.

On Foy’s last day at the Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA, ABC affiliate, the newsroom filled his office with balloons. “We as a team worked harder on that than any about other project over the past three years,” said 6:00 p.m. anchor Len Stevens on the 5:00 p.m. news. “That’s not true!” objected anchor Danner Evans.

Foy left the station for a job with Virginia Tech while Stevens was named interim news director.

As well as doing a story about the deed again at 11:00 p.m., the station also posted a time-lapse of the seven hours of work they put in to its facebook page.

WSET Changes News Directors, Moves Anchors

WSET has announced Bill Foy is leaving the Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA, ABC affiliate for a job at Virginia Tech and has named anchor Len Stevens as interim news director.

“Bill is the consummate professional,” WSET general manager Randy Smith said in a statement. “He and I have worked together since 1992 and he is one of the most experienced and highly regarded news professionals in the Commonwealth, if not the industry. Bill is one of a very small group of people in whom I have blind trust. I will miss him tremendously.”

Foy had been the news director at WSET since 2007. He’s also worked at WSPA in Spartanburg, SC, WBTV in Charlotte, NC, and WSLS in Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA, where he met current WSET GM Randy Smith. According to The Roanoke Times, Foy left television after working at WRIC in Richmond, VA. When Smith became the WSET GM, he persuaded Foy to join him as news director. Read more

Charges Reduced for Roanoke Meteorologist in February Car Crash

Jamey Singleton, meteorologist and web producer for the Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA, ABC affiliate WSET, was ordered by a judge to pay a $200 fine for causing a head-on collision in February.

Police said Singleton was eating breakfast while driving to work on February 19 when his 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse crossed the center line and hit a delivery truck head-on. Singleton was seriously injured in the crash, while the two men in the delivery truck were treated at a local hospital and released that day.

The Roanoke Times said Singleton pleaded not-guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving. The charge was amended to driving on the wrong side of the road, an infraction.

The station reported on Singleton’s progress in April. At the time, he was able to walk with the help of a walker.

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KENS Executive News Director Kurt Davis Joins CBS News

KENS executive news director Kurt Davis is joining CBS News as vice president of news services.

Davis has worked at the San Antonio CBS affiliate for 10 years. In his new role, he will oversee CBS News’ satellite newsgathering organization, which provides news and information to the network’s 200 affiliates.

Davis has also worked as manager of coverage and content at WSB in Atlanta and as news director at WDSU in New Orleans. He has also worked at KDFW in Dallas, WSET in Lynchburg, Va., KATV in Little Rock and WBRZ in Baton Rouge, La.

Allbritton Exploring Sale of Television Stations

Allbritton Communications Company, the parent company of Politico and several ABC affiliates around the country, is considering a sale of its television stations, Politico’s Dylan Byers reports. In a memo to Politico staffers, chairman and CEO Robert Allbritton said the  potential sale comes with the desire to “stay on the leading edge” of the rapidly changing media business:

As excited as I am about my future and the company’s, it is not an easy decision to contemplate a break from something that is such an important part of our history. I love the television business, and am deeply appreciative of the success I have had in it. I have treasured working with the media professionals at all of our stations, and in recent years, I have especially enjoyed watching the collaboration here in Washington between POLITICO and WJLA / NewsChannel 8. I have always respected the deep connections with communities that our stations have, and am always humbled by the responsibilities—to citizens, to our employees, and to the next generation—that come with ownership. Those responsibilities are what led me to consider a sale now. This industry is in the midst of rapid consolidation and there are some clear advantages that come with increased scale. I want to ensure that our stations are well-positioned to continue their extraordinary success and participate in all of the new prospects for broadcasting going forward.

Allbritton writes he will look to “invest in or launch media companies that follow the POLITICO model of dominating targeted coverage.” Read his full memo here.

Allbritton owns seven stations: WJLA in Washington, D.C.; WHTM in Harrisburg, Pa.; WBMA in Birmingham, Ala.; KATV in Little Rock, Ark.; KTUL in Tulsa; WSET in Roanoke, Va.; and WCIV in Charleston, S.C. The company also owns NewsChannel8, a 24-hour local cable channel in Washington, D.C.

Sports Anchor Pat Doney Joins KXAS

Pat Doney is joining the NBC-owned station in Dallas as weekend sports anchor, according to Dallas media blogger Ed Bark.

Doney comes to KXAS after more than two years at WDRB, the Fox affiliate in Louisville. He began his broadcasting career as a sports intern at KABC in Los Angeles and has also worked at WSET in Lynchburg, Va. and KNWA-KARK in Fayetteville, Ark.

Doney replaces Matt Barrie, who is headed for ESPN.

WSET Meteorologist Facing Charges for Head-On Collision

Police have charged WSET meteorologist Jamey Singleton with reckless driving after his Tuesday morning accident.

According to police, Singleton was eating his breakfast when he drove his 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse into the oncoming lane of Route 122 in Bedford County, VA, and hit a delivery truck head-on.

The driver and passenger of the delivery truck told WSET they are “pretty sore and bruised up.” Singleton remains in the hospital in serious condition.

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WSET Meteorologist ‘Alert and Communicating’ After Car Wreck

WSET, the Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA, ABC affiliate, has been keeping viewers updated all morning on the condition of meteorologist Jamey Singleton after a car accident yesterday morning left him in serious condition at a local hospital.

WSET lead off its Noon newscast yesterday with news of the accident. Singleton needed to be cut out of his vehicle and airlifted to the hospital after his car crossed the center line of Route 122 and hit a delivery truck going the other direction. You can watch video of the story after the jump.

This morning at 11:00 a.m., WSET told viewers on its web page,

Family members say Jamey Singleton had a good night after being in surgery. He will undergo more surgeries Wednesday. State police officials say the cause of the accident was lack of attention from the driver, Jamey Singleton. They say he was eating breakfast at the time of the crash. Read more

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