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Don Welch Set to Retire From WTVC

don welchDon Welch will retire from WTVC, the ABC affiliate in Chattanooga, next month. Welch, who has worked at WTVC since 1990, will officially sign off April 23.

Welch is a longtime veteran of local television. He has worked at two other Chattanooga stations, WRCB and WDEF, as well as WTVF in Nashville.  ”Whether it was drawing on a weather board in the ’70s or hosting ‘This ‘N That’ today, the folks at home graciously invited me to be a part of their day,” Welch said in a statement. “For that, I am very grateful. As I look back, I realize it’s all been good.”

Welch hosts and produces “This ‘N That,” a daily weekday show that airs at 12:30 p.m. Watch his announcement here.

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Reporter With Same Name as NFL Player Gets Hate Tweets, Reports About It

The Chris Conte who plays for the NFL’s Chicago Bears recently deleted his Twitter account.

The Twitter handle of the Chris Conte who works as a reporter for CBS affiliate WTVF in Nashville, TN, is @chrisconte.

After the NFL playing Chris Conte had a questionable game against the Packers, he became the target of unhappy NFL fans. Those fans took to twitter to voice their displeasure with the NFL Chris Conte, but after he disabled his Twitter account, the fans started tweeting the reporter Chris Conte.

According to WTVF’s Conte, one said, “I will kill your babies.” Another suggested Conte, “Wrap your mouth around a tail pipe until you pass out.”

Another realized the mistaken identity and “lol’d” about it.

“Most of the things these people posted online for all the world to see are of course protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution,” said reporter Chris Conte. “But you have to wonder if somewhere along the way we’ve lost a small piece of common decency toward one another.” Read more

KING Reporter Joe Fryer Joins NBC News

joe fryer nbc newsJoe Fryer is leaving Seattle NBC affiliate KING to join NBC News. In his new role, Fyer will be a general assignment correspondent based in the network’s Burbank bureau.

Related, TVNewser: Joe Fryer Named NBC News Correspondent

Fryer, who has worked at KING since 2010, has been filling in as a part-time correspondent on NBC News. In a memo this afternoon, NBC SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi and Burbank bureau chief Polly Powell wrote, “His work impressed us so much, we hired him full time.”

Before working at KING, the four-time Murrow winner worked at KARE in Minneapolis, WTVF in Nashville, WBAY in Green Bay and WKYT in Lexington.

Jessica Ralston to Anchor in Nashville

ralston_wsazJessica Ralston will soon jump 36 markets to join Nashville, TN, CBS affiliate WTVF as evening anchor.

Ralston comes to WTVF from Charleston-Huntington, WV, NBC affiliate WSAZ.

She told fans on her facebook page about the move in early September. ”My heart is pounding as I write this… filled with sadness and excitement at the same time. I wanted to let all of you know that my 10 year run at WSAZ is coming to a close. As of mid-October, I will be the 5:00/10:00 anchor at WTVF in Nashville.”

As of this writing, she has received over 5,000 likes and more than 200 comments for the post.

Ralston, whose last day at WSAZ will be October 4, started her career at WFMJ in Youngstown, OH. Before coming to WSAZ she worked at WDTV in Bridgeport, WV.

According to the Charleston Daily Mail, Ralston’s first day at WTVF will be October 21.

Kristin Priesol Announces WTVF Departure

After 12 years at WTVF, Kristin Priesol is saying goodbye to the Nashville CBS affiliate. She announced the news on Facebook, writing, “it’s just time to be with my own family in the morning and at night.”

“I hope you understand while I am very passionate about telling stories and connecting with our wonderful community my heart is at home, which is where I need to be right now,” Priesol wrote. “Of course none of us know what the future holds. I will find another job just something that allows me to be around during meal time, homework with the kids and yes, even chores.”

Priesol, who anchors the 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts, will officially sign off from WTVF on August 2.

Anchor Scott Arnold Says Goodbye to WTVF

After eight years at WTVF, Scott Arnold is leaving the Nashville CBS affiliate to launch his own video production company.

Arnold, who anchors the weekend evening newscasts, showed viewers some of his funniest on-air moments during his last newscast (video above). “In my last few seconds on the air, I want to say thank you. Thank you for watching over the years,” Arnold said.

Q3 Earnings: Journal Communications TV Revenue Up 40%

Journal Communications announced revenue from its 15 television stations increased +39.5% in the third quarter of 2012.

Political and issue revenue in the third quarter was $8.6 million and Olympic advertising was $2.7 million, the company said. Core local advertising revenue decreased -3% due to declines in restaurant and home advertising, as well as the displacement impact of political and issue advertising in certain markets. Core national advertising revenue increased +18.2% due to automotive and media advertising.

Journal also completed an agreement this quarter to purchase WTVF in Nashville, which chairman and CEO Steven J. Smith said in a statement “advanced our strategy of adding broadcast assets to the business.”

Kim Chappell Joins WBND as Evening Co-Anchor

Kim Chappell begins next month at WBND, the ABC affiliate in South Bend. She will anchor the station’s evening newscasts alongside Brian Dorman.

Chappell comes to WBND from WTVF in Nashville, where she used her maiden name, Kim Gebbia. She has previously worked for WXII in Winston-Salem and WECT in Wilmington, N.C.

“Kim has spent her career digging up stories that impact the communities where people live,” news director Aaron Ramey said in a statement. “She has a passion for one-on-one interaction with the folks who are affected by the news. I think that shows in her compassionate approach to story-telling.”

Chappell replaces Krista Fogelsong, who left WBND for WBBH in May.

Journal Communications to Buy WTVF for $215M

Journal Communications, Inc. announced today that its Journal Broadcast Group has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Nashville’s CBS affiliate, WTVF, from Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC.

“We are especially pleased to reach an agreement to purchase NewsChannel 5 in Nashville,” said Steven J. Smith, Chairman and CEO of Journal Communications. “This station will be a cornerstone asset within Journal Communications. WTVF TV is an exceptional local news station with an extraordinary staff that demonstrates its commitment to Nashville every single day. We are delighted to welcome NewsChannel 5′s outstanding team to Journal.”

In October 2008, WTVF looked like it was being sold to Bonten Media Group.  But Landmark terminated the deal when Bonten notified Landmark it wouldn’t be able to close the deal on time.

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Former ‘SNL’ Star Accuses WTVF of ‘Brainwashing Viewers’

Former “Saturday Night Live” star, and current conservative activist, Victoria Jackson is accusing WTVF of brainwashing its viewers after the station edited down an interview with her for a report that aired this week.

A WTVF videographer recently spent time with Jackson as she investigated the construction of a new Islamic center just outside of Nashville. In an open letter posted on patriotupdate.com, Jackson voices her disapproval with the report that WTVF eventually aired. Read more

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