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Sinclair Adds FOX Affiliation to Wheeling-Steubenville Station

FOX-9-1-14_4983Sinclair Broadcasting has announced the addition of a FOX affiliation to WTOV in the Wheeling, WV-Steubenville, OH, market.

WTRF previously carried the FOX network along with CBS and ABC. WTOV already carries NBC and MeTV.

A FOX spokesperson told TVSpy the switch will afford viewers better over-the-air reception and an improved signal.

Viewers will be able to watch FOX shows starting September 1.

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Sportscaster Ryan Recker Joins WTAE

Ryan Recker is joining WTAE as the morning sports anchor and reporter, the Pittsburgh ABC affiliate announced this afternoon. He begins July 18.

Recker, a Pittsburgh native, comes from KVOA in Tucson, where he has been the sports director for six years. He has also worked at WTOV in Stubenville, Ohio.

“When Ryan first visited us he made an immediate connection with our newsroom, especially the morning team. WTAE is happy to see a home-grown storyteller come back to Pittsburgh in this role,” news director Justin Antoniotti said in a statement.

Eric Minor Leaving WTOV for University Job

WTOV has announced Eric Minor, anchor for the Stuebenville, OH, NBC affiliate, is leaving the station.

“Our daughter is about to turn 12 years old and my son is an energetic 8-year-old,” said Minor in a statement on the station website. “Even on this modified schedule, NEWS9 at Six will always be on at 6 p.m. That meant I was still missing band concerts, soccer games and family dinners. You only get to watch your kids grow up once.”

Minor was hired by West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism as director of student careers and opportunities. His last day is two weeks from Friday.

Minor has worked at WTOV for more than 16 years. He anchors the station’s noon and evening newscasts.

Jackie Schafer Joins WTAE in Pittsburgh

Jackie Schafer is joining Pittsburgh ABC affiliate WTAE as a reporter and weekend morning anchor.

“Jackie has the experience and skill to accurately cover news for Pittsburgh and the region.” WTAE president and general manager Michael J. Hayes said in a statement. “We are pleased to have her officially join the WTAE family.”

Schafer worked as a reporter and anchor at WTOV in Steubenville, Ohio from 2006-10. Most recently, she was the media content director for 424 Media in Hoboken, N.J. She begins anchoring the weekend morning newscasts April 20.

Cox Media to Sell Five Stations to Sinclair

In an effort to focus on larger markets, Cox Media Group has agreed to sell five stations in small markets to Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Sinclair will acquire KFOX in El Paso, WJAC in Johnstown, Pa., WTOV in Steubenville, Ohio, and KRXI-KAME in Reno. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“All of these media locations are valued brands with talented professionals who are committed to their audiences, advertisers and communities,” Cox Media president Doug Franklin said in a statement.  “We wish all of the employees well and know they will continue to work hard to produce quality entertainment, news and information for their customers and new owners.”

Cox Media Group Selling, Adding Stations

In an effort to focus on larger markets, Cox Media Group has announced that it is selling four of the stations it currently owns and buying four stations from Newport Television.

The stations being sold are KFOX in El Paso, WJAC in Johnstown, PA, KRXI in Reno and WTOV in Stubenville, OH.

The stations Cox is buying from Newport Television are WAWS and WTEV in Jacksonville and KOKI and KMYT in Tulsa.

“This simplified structure will enable CMG to capitalize on continued growth and synergies, while retaining its size financially,” president Doug Franklin said in a statement.  Read more

Dan Haggerty Joins WKYC From Rival WEWS

Dan Haggerty has joined Cleveland NBC-affiliate WKYC as a multimedia journalist, the station announced yesterday.

Haggerty has been a reporter and fill in anchor at rival WEWS, the ABC-affiliate, since 2008. He has previously worked as a photographer at WTOV in Stuebenville, OH, and a reporter at WNCN in Raleigh and WBBH in Fort Myers.

Haggerty will appear across all the station’s newscasts, according to the WKYC Director’s Cut blog.

Mike Bothwell Named News Director At WTOV

Mike Bothwell is taking over in January as news director at WTOV, the NBC-affiliate in the Ohio Valley.

Since 2009, Bothwell has been the director of content and converage at WPXI, the NBC-affiliate in Pittsburgh. Both WPXI and WTOV are owned by Cox Enterprises.

“This is by far an amazing place to work with such hard-working and wonderful people,” Bothwell told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’m happy to stay with the company.”

Before joining WPXI, Bothwell was the news director at KTVZ in Bend, OR, and assistant news director at KESQ in Palm Desert. He has also worked at WTXF in Philadelphia and KDKA in Pittsburgh.

NBC Stations Across Ohio Teaming Up for Debate

NBC-affiliates across Ohio are partnering to present a statewide debate centered on Issue 2, a controversial state referendum up for repeal. The debate will be moderated by NBC News political director Chuck Todd and broadcast from Columbus on Tuesday, October 25th.

The debate will be carried by WLWT Cincinnati, WKYC Cleveland, WCMH Columbus, WDTN Dayton, WLIO Lima, WNWO Toledo, WTOV Wheeling-Steubenville, WFMJ Youngstown, and WHIZ Zanesville. It will also be streamed live on each of the stations’ websites. Read more

WTOV Unveils 90-Minute Evening News Block

WTOV, an NBC-affiliate serving the Ohio Valley, debuted a new, 90-minute evening news block yesterday, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

For the past 15 years, WTOV has run “Seinfeld” between 30-minute newscasts at 5 and 6 p.m. but now the station has decided to move in a new direction, offering local news instead of syndicated content in the timeslot.

“Through research, News9 viewers told us they want more news,” said Tim McCoy, vice president and general manager of WTOV (channel 9). “It only made sense to expand our newscast.”

Eric Minor and Allison Latos will be at the anchor desk from 5-5:30 and 6-6:30 p.m., while Natalie Herbick will join Minor from 5:30-6. Chief meteorologist Kevin Carter will provide weather updates throughout the 90-minute news block.