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Keith Jones Named Morning Anchor at WCAU

Beginning in July, Keith Jones will be the morning anchor at WCAU in Philadelphia, the NBC O&O announced today.

Jones comes to WCAU from WTAE, the ABC-affiliate in Pittsburgh, where he has been a reporter and anchor for the past two years. He has previously worked at WCAU as an intern while attending Villanova University. In his new role, he will also report for the station.

“We’re excited to welcome Keith back to NBC10 as part of our on-air team,” president and general manager Eric Lerner said in a statement. “He has an enthusiasm and energy that our viewers will respond well to.”

Jones will be paired with WCAU morning anchor Lori Wilson. Stacey Stauffer, who has been filling in at the morning anchor desk, will return to reporting full-time, according to a station spokesperson.

Shiba Russell Replacing Sue Simmons at WNBC

In a move that many have anticipated since she joined the station last year, Shiba Russell is replacing Sue Simmons on WNBC‘s 11 p.m. newscast.

During a monthly staff meeting that took place this morning, WNBC president and general manager Michael Jack announced that, “effective today, Shiba Russell will be expanding her responsibilities to include the 11 p.m. news.”

Russell has been co-anchoring WNBC’s weekday 5 p.m. newscast alongside Tom Llamas. At 11, she’ll pair with Simmons’s longtime co-anchor Chuck Scarborough, who recently had his contract renewed for another three years. Read more

Jerry Martz Joins Weather Central From WSYX

Chief meteorologist Jerry Martz has left WSYX to join Weather Central, an independent weather data and graphics supplier.

Martz joined WSYX, the ABC-affiliate in Columbus, in 2006. Martz will be based in Pittsburgh, where he spent nine years as a meteorologist at ABC-affiliate WTAE prior to joining WSYX.

“After 6 1/2 years, my last day at WSYX,” Martz wrote on Facebook last week. “Going to miss a lot about the biz, but looking forward to what lies ahead!”

Janelle Hall Moves From Weekends to Weekdays at Pittsburgh’s WTAE

Janelle Hall has been added to the WTAE morning newscast as a traffic and breaking news anchor.

Hall, who has worked at the Pittsburgh ABC-affiliate since 2004, has been the weekend morning anchor for five years. Her replacement was not immediately known, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times.

She will join anchors Kelley Frey and Michelle Wright, along with meteorologist Demetrius Ivy and sports anchor John Meyer, on the weekday morning newscast.

Andrew Del Greco Joins WTAE From KRNV

Andrew Del Greco is joining WTAE, the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, as a general assignment reporter.

“He is a diligent reporter and engaging storyteller,” WTAE news director Alexandra Bongiorno told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Del Greco moves to Pittsburgh from Reno, where he has been a reporter at KRNV for two years. Before that, he worked at KPVI in Idaho Falls. In addition to general assignment reporting, Del Greco will contribute to political coverage and special reports.

WTAE Airs Wrong Lottery Numbers

Pittsburgh ABC-affiliate WTAE mistakenly aired the wrong Powerball numbers at the end of its 11 p.m. newscast on Wednesday.

WTAE, which has been airing the national Powerball drawing since 2009, replayed the taped drawing from February 22nd on the 29th.

“It was a playback misfire…a mechanical issue,”  WTAE president and general manager Mike Hayes told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review this week.  “It was caught in master control after it ran.”

Hayes told the Tribune that about 10 viewers called in about the mix-up.  Thankfully it appears that no one watching WTAE had a “winning” ticket this week based on the old numbers. Read more

Robert Bee Named GM of WBRE-WYOU

Robert Bee has been named vice president and general manager of WBRE in Wilkes-Barre-Scranton.  In addition to overseeing the Nexstar Broadcasting-owned NBC-affiliate, Bee will be in charge of WYOU, the market’s CBS-affiliate, based on a joint operating agreement between Nexstar and Mission Broadcasting, which owns WYOU.

Bee has spent the last 18 years working in Pennsylvania broadcasting.  Most recently, he served as director of sales at WTAE in Pittsburgh.  He is replacing Louis Abitabilo, who is retiring.

“Bob has a long-term record of generating exceptional results through his experience and leadership,” Nexstar executive vice president Tim Busch said, in announcing the move.  “He brings to his new position an impressive background in all aspects of our business, having led teams that delivered compelling and effective marketing solutions for local and national advertisers.” Read more

In Contract Dispute, WTAE Talent Launches Social Media Campaign

More than 20 on-air personalities at WTAE, Pittsburgh’s ABC-affiliate, have launched a social media campaign called “Fairness 4 WTAE” to protest what they say is unfair treatment by station management.

The 23 anchors and reporters have been represented by AFTRA since June 2010. Since then, no progress has been made in more than a dozen collective bargaining sessions to reach a contract, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The next meeting is Tuesday.

The sticking point is the issue of scheduling. The “Fairness 4 WTAE” Facebook and Twitter accounts feature anecdotal examples, such as: “How would you feel if your employer told you your pre-approved, scheduled in advance time off for the holidays was cancelled?” Read more

KHBS-KHOG Adds Josh Taylor as Sports Anchor

KHBS-KHOG is adding a new sports anchor.  The joint ABC-affiliate announced today that it has hired Josh Taylor as a weekend sports anchor and reporter.

Most recently, Taylor worked as a sports reporter and producer at KHBS-KHOG’s Hearst sister station in Pittsburgh, WTAE.

“Josh’s passion for college and high school sports will fit in well with our commitment to offer the best local sports coverage in Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith,” news director Dawn Dugle said, in announcing the hiring. “We’re excited for him to join our 40/29 Sports team.” Read more

Gas From Overturned WTAJ News Van Could Have Set State College Ablaze

Last night’s riot at Penn State could have erupted into a massive bonfire after demonstrators overturned a WTAJ news van.

According to WTAE sports anchor John Meyer, who covered the riot last night, a stream of gasoline leaked from the overturned van into the streets of State College, where thousands of students had gathered.

“This unsafe situation could have been a whole lot worse,” Meyer told viewers this morning, referring to the riot, “as gasoline started to spill from that live truck and go all the way down the street for about half a block.  If anyone had struck a match all of a sudden, you know what would’ve happened after that.  So thankfully that did not happen.”

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