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Fox Stations Expand Newscasts in Several Markets, Including LA, Atlanta and Philly

fox logoFox Television Stations is adding newscasts in several major markets this year. Newly-announced expansions are at KTTV in Los Angeles, WAGA in Atlanta, KMSP in Minneapolis, WJZY in Charlotte, WTXF in Philadelphia, KTBC in Austin and WHBQ in Memphis (which Fox will give up control of later this year).

Fox had previously announced additional newscasts at WTTG in Washington and KSAZ in Phoenix.

“Uninformed critics say big companies are cutting local news,” Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a statement. “However, the opposite is true at FOX. We are expanding in a big way.”

A full list of the planned expansions is after the jump. Read more

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Rick Boone Joining WTTG as Reporter

rick_boone_photoRick Boone is joining FOX owned Washington, D.C. station WTTG.

He comes to WTTG from Baltimore’s WBFF where he has worked since last October. He starts next Tuesday as a reporter and anchor fill-in.

Boone posted on his facebook page, “Its been a fun ride Baltimore!!!”

He’s also worked in San Diego, CA, Seattle, WA, Sacramento, CA, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, PA, Hagerstown, MD, Tallahassee, FL, Charlotte, NC, and Shreveport, LA.

Soldier Shows WTTG Exclusive Photos of Search for Bowe Bergdahl

An Army vet who served in the same company as recently returned Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl, added his voice to the debate over what to do with the soldier who was traded for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

Bergdahl’s fellow soldier told WTTG what happened immediately after Bergdahl went missing and gave the Washington, D.C. FOX owned station an exclusive look behind the scenes of the search for Bergdahl.

“Everybody in that part of Afghanistan was doing the same thing,” said the soldier. “Members of Blackfoot Company and members of the Geronimo Battalion and every member of the United States Army that I can speak for – we always wanted to get him back.”

Mike Landess to Retire From Denver’s KMGH

mike landessAfter 50 years in broadcasting, Mike Landess has announced his retirement from Denver ABC affiliate KMGH. He will officially sign off as the station’s primary anchor later this year.

“7NEWS will miss the warm and wonderful presence Mike has provided each and every night. I am grateful for his service to our newsroom,” KMGH news director Jeff Harris said in a statement. “We are all indebted to him, his professionalism, and his credibility.”

Landess has anchored KMGH’s evening newscasts since 2002. He has previously worked at KUSA in Denver, WXIA in Atlanta, WTTG in Washington, D.C., WFAA in Dallas and WKYC in Cleveland.

“The credibility and commitment Mike brings to this newsroom helped 7NEWS develop into one of the most honored and respected TV newsrooms in the country,” KMGH vice president and general manager Byron Grandy said.

Karen Gray Houston Retires From WTTG

After more than two decades at WTTG, Karen Gray Houston has retired from the Fox-owned station in Washington, D.C.

“You have brought such light to this newsroom,” Laura Evans said on Houston’s final newscast yesterday. “Really, thank you.” Watch:

WTTG Morning Show Scores Ratings Win Against Networks

wttg_304WTTG‘s 7:00 a.m. hour has joined the growing trend of large local markets beating out network shows in the ratings race.

The Washington, DC, FOX owned station’s “FOX 5 News Morning at 7AM” took the top spot in April with a 1.89 rating in adults 25-54. Today on NBC owned WRC was second with a 1.76. Good Morning America on WJLA notched a 1.25 while CBS This Morning on WUSA had a .42.

For the same time period, “FOX 5 News Morning at 7AM” pulled in a 1.73 rating among adults 18 to 49, beating out Today on WRC with a 1.33. GMA on WJLA came in third with a .76 and CBS This Morning on WUSA trailed all with a .30.

How Stations in NYC and DC Reported on the Aereo Supreme Court Arguments

Stations around the country reported last night on the Aereo Supreme Court case, which has the potential to drastically upend the television industry. Broadcasters — including NBC, ABC, Fox, CBS and Univision, which own many local stations — faced off against the streaming TV service yesterday in oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court. Here’s how stations in New York City and Washington, D.C. reported on the case.

In New York, CBS-owned WCBS reported on the case during the 5 p.m. newscast without disclosing that its parent company is involved in the lawsuit. The report included a brief explanation of Aereo’s service and a soundbite from Neal Katyal, a legal advisor to the broadcast networks. “Under copyright law, cable and satellite companies pay networks billions to deliver programming to customers,” anchor Maurice DuBois said. “Aereo does this without paying anybody.”

NBC-owned WNBC reported on Supreme Court hearings during the noon newscast and informed viewers of NBC’s involvement in the case. “The Supreme Court is hearing a challenge today to a revolutionary TV viewing app called Aereo. Broadcasters, including NBC, argue the online rebroadcast of over-the-air television is a violation of copyright,” anchor Rob Schmitt said. “They believe Aereo should pay a fee just as cable companies do. Aereo argues it’s just acting as an antennae for viewers.”

CW affiliate WPIX presented a comprehensive package about Aereo, including an explanation of the service and the legal issues in the case, as well as soundbites from lawyers representing both sides, on its 10 p.m. newscast. WPIX’s owner, Tribune Broadcasting, is not involved in the lawsuit.

ABC-owned WABC and Fox-owned WNYW made no mention of the case, according to a search of TVEyes.

As for stations in Washington, D.C.: Read more

WTTG Expands in the Morning, Adds Saturday Show

wttg logoWashington, D.C. FOX owned station WTTG is expanding its morning shows by adding eight hours of local news a week.

Weekdays, Good Day D.C. will air from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. beginning June 16.

On July 12, WTTG will add a Saturday show called FOX 5 News Morning airing from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.. FOX 5 News Morning Sunday will add an hour and also begin airing from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.

“The appetite for more local news has increased; we listened and decided to expand,” Patrick Paolini, WTTG VP and GM, said in a statement. “This is an exciting time for our industry, when local viewers demand relevant and accurate news with more immediacy than ever before, expecting us to report beyond the headlines everyone else is reporting.”

WTTG Adds Investigative Reporter Emily Miller

Emily MillerEmily Miller has been named chief investigative reporter for WTTG, the Fox-owned station in Washington, D.C. Miller begins April 28 and will contribute primarily to the station’s 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

“Emily’s tenacity and experience as a print reporter covering a wide range of issues makes her a fierce competitor and an asset for FOX 5. We will count on her to ask the tough questions and are thrilled to welcome her to our news team,” WTTG general manager Patrick Paolini said in a statement.

Miller was most recently the senior editor of The Washington Times’ Opinion Pages. She has previously worked in ABC News’ D.C. bureau as an associate producer for “This Week” and “Good Morning America.”

“FOX 5 is giving me the opportunity to uncover corruption, investigate criminals and challenge the power structure in Washington,” Miller said. “I’m looking forward to working with such a talented team that brings D.C. the facts and insight into the stories that everyone is talking about, or should be talking about.”

Washington, D.C. FOX Station Gets in Character for Sunday’s Oscars

To get ready for Sunday’s Oscars, the Washington, D.C. FOX owned station WTTG said they “decided to take a closer look at five of those films — everything from the acting to the costumes!”

Which means they enlisted anchors and reporters to act out the scenes with varying degrees of success. Check it out.

Happy Pre-Oscar Friday everybody!

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