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Three Media General Stations Debut New Sets

Three Media General stations — WFLA in Tampa, WSPA in Greenville-Spartanburg and WCBD in Charleston — have debuted new sets designed by FX Design Group:

Each station sports a very contemporary design with utmost flexibility for breaking news, weather, entertainment and traffic. The highlights are LED curtains, LED color changing vaccuform walls, vertical columns and headers. All three stations have 3 x 3 x 46 monitor walls and 80” touch screens for anchor and reporter interaction. WFLA has a unique 2 x 3 x 46” vertical wall to showcase breaking news, branding or specials.

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WATCH: ‘WHAM!’ WSPA Sports Anchor Acts Out Game Highlights

When “major technical problems” derailed WSPA‘s ability to show video during Todd Summers‘ sports report, the sports anchor for the Greenville, SC, CBS affiliate used his imagination, a souvenir football and a mini baseball bat to bring the games to life…well sort of.

One highlight: While describing the Atlanta Braves win against the Florida Marlins, Summers showed off his ability to hit the curve. “In the bottom of the first,” said Summers. “It went something like this. Justin Upton at the plate…and…WHAM!” Summers said while swinging a mini bat at what may have been a whiffle ball tossed from off camera.

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WSPA Moves Gordon Dill to Weekday Evenings

Gordon Dill has been promoted to evening weekday anchor and 7 On Your Side watchdog reporter for Greenville, SC CBS affiliate, WSPA.

He told TVSpy, “The station put a lot of trust in me and I’m grateful. I’ll work every day to prove myself worthy.”

Dill, who came to WSPA in 2011 was a weekday anchor at crosstown rival WYFF when he found himself on the outs after an anchor shake up at the station.

In a press release announcing the move, vice president and general manager Bob Romine said, “Gordon’s experience in the market and his commitment to viewers and the community make him the obvious choice for this position.”

Dill will anchor the 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m newscasts replacing Chris Cato who is moving to WCAU in Philadelphia.

Chris Cato Named Weekend Anchor at WCAU

Chris Cato has been hired as the weekend evening anchor at WCAU, the NBC O&O in Philadelphia.

Cato comes to Philly from Greenville, S.C., where he is the evening anchor at CBS affiliate WSPA. He was named 2012 Reporter of the Year by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association. At WCAU, he will co-anchor the weekend 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongsinde Denise Nakano.

In announcing the hire, WCAU vice president of news Anzio Williams called Cato an “engaging and versatile talent.”

“His skills will complement our mission of delivering the best news and information to viewers every day,” Williams said.

Dan Cates Named General Manager at WJHL

Media General has named Dan Cates vice president and general manager of WJHL, the CBS-affiliate in Johnson City, TN. He begins in his new role on September 3.

Cates has worked for Media General since 1999. Most recently, he worked WSPA in Spartanburg, SC, where he has been director of digital content since 2009. Prior to that, he was news director at WKRG in Mobile.

“I am pleased to name such a talented broadcast professional to our Johnson City station,” VP of broadcast markets Jim Conschafter said in a statement. “Dan is a proven leader and involved community advocate with exceptional journalistic instincts.” Read more

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

WXIX Hires Investigative Reporter Matthew Nordin

Investigative reporter Matthew Nordin has joined WXIX, the Fox-affiliate in Cincinnati.

“He will hit the air the first day of sweeps (Thursday) with a great investigative story about dangerous truck drivers in our area,” news director Matt Miller told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Nordin joins WXIX from WMBF in Myrtle Beach, where he has been an investigative reporter and morning anchor since 2008. He has also worked at KTVA in Anchorage and WSPA in Spartanburg, SC.

Dianne Derby Joins KKTV From WSPA

Dianne Derby is joining the main anchor team at KKTV, the CBS-affiliate in Colorado Springs.

Derby joins KKTV from WSPA, the CBS-affiliate in Greenville, SC, where she has been a weekend anchor five years. She was also the station’s “Problem Solver” reporter.

“Dianne’s experience as a consumer investigator and evening anchor will bring tremendous value to our content and on-air presentation,” news director Liz Haltiwanger said in a statement. Read more

Despite Scott Pelley’s On-Air Promise, Conclusion of Republican Debate Didn’t Air in South Carolina

Wrapping up the first hour of the CBS News-National Journal Republican presidential debate on Saturday, CBS moderator Scott Pelley told viewers that most stations would switch to regularly scheduled programming while CBS-affiliates on the west coast and South Carolina–where the debate was held–would continue airing the final half-hour.

But that didn’t end up happening for South Carolina stations–a slight that angered many viewers in a state that has gone Republican in the past eight presidential elections.

“Due to a miscommunication between CBS News and its affiliates regarding the conclusion of the debate, we were not able to bring you the final thirty minutes live,” WSPA vice president and general manager Bob Romine said in a post on the station’s website Monday, adding that the last half-hour did not air in any market in South Carolina. Read more

WSPA Photojournalist ‘Learning to Live Again’ After August Car Crash

Almost three months ago, Jimmy Moore, a photojournalist at Spartanburg CBS-affiliate WSPA, was paralyzed in a car crash.

Last night, WSPA’s Chris Cato did a six-minute report on Moore’s progress called “Learning to Live Again.” The former photojournalist was married this summer to WSPA nightside producer Jaimie Reda; the two have spent the first months of their marriage in a rehabilitation center, as Moore undergoes rigorous physical therapy. Read more

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