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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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Bianca Martinez Signs Off From WTKR

bianca martinezOn the heels of the news that Beverly Kidd is returning to WTKR, evening anchor Bianca Martinez announced on Facebook she is leaving the Norfolk CBS affiliate:

I have made the tough but exciting decision to step away from the anchor desk. It is time to focus more on my family. I have received a wonderful opportunity to work for a fantastic company and I’m so excited! First Data is making a huge commitment to the military community I’m so passionate about and I will be working as a Veteran and Military Spouse recruiter… lead by some amazing people.

Martinez anchors the 4, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. She will officially sign off Friday, although she says WTKR viewers “will still catch me on the air every now and then with special reports.”

Beverly Kidd Returns to WTKR

bkidd wtkrBeverly Kidd is re-joining Norfolk, VA, CBS affiliate WTKR.

“Beverly is a pro,” said WTKR news director Tina Luque in a statement. “She has built-in fans and she is excited about how NewsChannel 3 Takes Action and Get Results every day.”

Kidd anchored for WTKR in the late 90′s before working as an anchor and reporter for KTVK in Phoenix, AZ. She left KTVK in 2011.

Recently, she was co-host of a 30-minute show called “Angels in the Neighborhood” where she told viewers in a promo “the reason I left the news business was because it was a soul killer.” Watch the video after the jump.

>UPDATE: Kidd told TVSpy, “I don’t regret saying that. It is true. Some of the gut-wrenching stories that we as journalists report are hard on viewers and they can be hard on the heart for journalists as well. To say anything different, would suggest we are robots. It’s impossible not to be affected by the sad stories.”

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Former WTKR Anchor Expected to Get Probation in Fraud Case

bickford_wtkr_croppedJuliet Bickford, the former WTKR anchor who was arrested in January and plead guilty to filing a false tax return, is expected to be sentenced to probation.

Bickford was an anchor for Hampton Roads CBS affiliate WTKR who resigned in January for personal reasons. She later plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of filing a false tax return after being accused of filing $35,000 in false medical and dental deductions in 2011.

Bickford’s former live in boyfriend Theodoris Grontis was part of a three person crew that scammed crime victims and divorcees out of more than a million dollars.

According to The Virginian-Pilot, The US Attorney’s Office has recommended Bickford get probation and serve a minimum of 500 hours of community service.

In those papers, prosecutors say that since her arrest and guilty plea in January, Bickford has cooperated with authorities in their investigation into the fraud scheme, but they’re not sure she has been completely upfront.

Bickford has maintained to the authorities that she had no knowledge of her now ex-boyfriend Theodoros Grontis’ connection to the scheme. Read more

WTKR Cameras Malfunction Before News, Station Tells Viewers ‘Things Are Looking Up’

Norfolk-Hampton Roads CBS affiliate WTKR had some problems with its studio cameras right before its 4:00 p.m show today.

WTKR Reporter Reed Andrews tweeted out a picture of one of the cameras looking skyward.

The station also let viewers know on its facebook page. “Things are looking up at NewsChannel 3 today. No, really. We have a few minutes before the show and all of our cameras in the studio are pointing to the ceiling! Join us at 4 to see us overcome a few technical issues to bring you the news!” Read more

Former WTKR Anchor Allegedly Caught Up In International Scam

bickford_wtkr_croppedAccording to the The Virginian-Pilot, Juliet Bickford, the anchor who recently resigned from Hampton Roads CBS affiliate WTKR, has allegedly been caught up in an international fraud ring.

Bickford, who faces misdemeanor IRS charges, was sharing a home with man named Theodoros “Terry” Grontis.

Grontis, along with Cullen Johnson and Elaine White are accused of  having “bilked crime victims, divorcees and even one lottery winner out of more than $1 million.”

Court records show Bickford’s bank account was allegedly used to launder the cash.

Bickford has not responded to messages from The Pilot. Her lawyers declined to comment and said she would not be commenting either.

No trespassing signs were posted at the foot of her driveway, and in front of her parents’ home next door. [Rick] Garrity [Bickford's neighbor] said the signs went up last week.

[IRS Agent Brian] Pelfrey and other IRS and FBI agents spent more than two years putting the case together against White, Johnson and Grontis.

A federal grand jury here indicted them last April on multiple counts of wire fraud, money laundering and evading taxes. Bickford is identified in the indictment only by her initials. Read more

WTKR Anchor Leaves Station, Facing IRS Charges

bickford_wtkr_croppedJuliet Bickford, anchor for Hampton Roads, VA, CBS affiliate WTKR has resigned from the station.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Bickford is scheduled to appear in US District Court Wednesday to plead guilty to a misdemeanor false tax return charge. She is accused of filing $35,000 in fake medical and dental deductions in 2011.

WTKR general manager Jeff Hoffman told TVSpy Bickford resigned for personal reasons on Tuesday.

Bickford began working at WTKR in 2008. She started her career at KACB in San Angelo, TX, before moving to Roanoke to anchor at NBC affiliate WSLS.

Les Smith Back on WTKR for Short Stint

smith_wtkrLes Smith, former WTKR anchor who abruptly left the station, will be back on the air starting tonight, if only briefly, to help out during election season.

The Virginian-Pilot reports, Smith will work “as a political reporter for WTKR-TV, covering races and candidates around Hampton Roads, and ‘finding out what they really think aside from a 30-second commercial,’” said Smith.

The Norfolk anchor who had worked at rival NBC affiliate WAVY for more than 20 years before coming to WTKR, abruptly quit the CBS affiliate, “I didn’t quit the news business; I quit life,” Smith told WTKR in an April interview. Read more

WIS News Director Rashida Jones Joins MSNBC as EP of ‘Jansing & Co.’

After two years as news director at WIS, Rashida Jones is leaving the Columbia, S.C. NBC affiliate to join MSNBC as an executive producer.

Jones will oversee “Jansing & Co.,” the 10amET show anchored by Chris Jansing. She will begin at MSNBC in August.

“Rashida, a highly-sought after newsroom leader, has always been someone I wanted on our team,” MSNBC VP and executive editor Yvette Miley wrote in an email to MSNBC staffers Wednesday. “She is a visionary who understands strategy and how to lead a team to accomplish a goal.”

Before joining WIS, Jones spent seven years as a producer at The Weather Channel. She has also worked at WTKR in Norfolk, Va., where she produced the 11 p.m. newscast.

Read the full memo from MSNBC after the jump. Read more

VIDEO: Barbara Ciara Answers Wrong Number Call During WTKR Newscast


WTKR anchor Barbara Ciara answered the ringing phone at the anchor desk during the 4 p.m. newscast Friday (video above).

“Whoever you’re looking for, you got the wrong number,” Ciara said as laughter can be heard in the studio around her. “Okay, bye.”

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