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Hilary Golston Joins WKYC From WTVM

hilary golstonHilary Golston is joining WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland, as a multimedia journalist and reporter. Golston begins in her new role April 14, according to the WKYC Director’s Cut blog.

“She’s very excited to help us make positive change and will now be closer to her family in Detroit,” WKYC news director Brennan Donnellan said.

Golston joins WKYC from WVTM, the NBC affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., where she was the weekend evening anchor. Before that, she worked as a nightside fill-in reporter for WFRV, the CBS affiliate in Green Bay.

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Here Are The Markets Where LIN Media and Media General Will Sell or Swap Stations

LIN Media GAs they prepare to merge, LIN Media and Media General will have to sell or swap stations in five markets — Providence, Birmingham, Mobile, Green Bay and Savannah — to comply with FCC rules limiting ownership of more than one station in a market, TVNewsCheck reports:

“We recognize the issue, and we are going to work very constructively and creatively with the FCC to make sure we close this transaction as quickly as possible,” said Mahoney. “We are clear that certain stations will have to be swapped or sold.”

Mahoney suggested that he preferred swaps, even though they are harder to do than straight sales. “It cleans out the issue and could allow us to grow our national footprint. There is real opportunity there.”

A list of the stations is after the jump. Read more

Sharrie Williams Joins WPVI From KTVT

sharrie williamsSharrie Williams is leaving KTVT in Dallas for WPVI in Phildelphia, Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports.

Williams has been a weekend anchor and weekday reporter at CBS-owned KTVT since 2011. At ABC-owned WPVI, she will anchor the 5 p.m. newscast and report on the 11 p.m. newscast.

Before KTVT, Williams worked at WFOR in Miami, WVTM in Birmingham and WBBJ in Jackson, Tenn.

How Did NBC Affiliates Balance the Storm and the Olympics?

A massive winter storm made its way up the East Coast Wednesday night, presenting a challenge for NBC affiliates forced to balance covering the storm with NBC’s primetime coverage of the Sochi Olympics.

The NBC owned stations in the storm’s path –  WRC in Washington and WCAU in Philadelphia — aired the Olympics uninterrupted, as did NBC affiliates WCNC in Charlotte, WXIA in Atlanta, WNCN in Raleigh-Durham, WXII in Greensboro, N.C. and WSLS in Roanoke.

A handful of NBC affiliates — including WBAL in Baltimore, WAVY in Norfolk, WWBT in Richmond, WVTM in Birmingham and WYFF in Greenville, S.C. — included a lower-third banner with local closings and weather updates during all or part of NBC’s Olympic coverage.

(Pictured, L-R: WRC, WAVY, WXIA, WWBT)

Bettina Boateng Replaces Andrea Lindenberg on WVTM Evening Newscasts

Bettina Boateng (left) has moved from mornings to evenings at WVTM, the NBC affiliate in Birmingham, Ala. She replaces Andrea Lindenberg, who departed from the station last month after her contract was not renewed, the Birmingham News reports.

Boateng took over as co-anchor of the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, alongside Mike Royer, last week. “Bettina has become a friend to me and my family over the years,” Royer said in a statement. “Now, I’m really excited to work with her every day.”

Boateng joined WVTM in 2007 as a weekend anchor and was promoted to morning anchor in 2010. Before moving to Birmingham, she was a weekend anchor at WCBD in Charleston, S.C.

According to the Birmingham News, Lindenberg wrote on Facebook that she will seek a “more simple life” with her family.

“Though this was not my decision, it is one I’ve wanted to make but was always too scared to do on my own,” she wrote.

Birmingham TV Stations Interrupt Morning News with Reports of Plane Crash

Birmingham, AL, TV stations were already on the air when first reports of the crash of a UPS cargo jet came in. The Airbus A300 crashed on approach around 5:00 a.m. Central Time en route from Louisville, KY, killing the pilot and co-pilot.

NBC affiliate WVTM – “Today in Alabama” anchor Lisa Crane told viewers about initial reports of the crash at 5:14 a.m. She said the station was sending crews to the scene and promised updates. The station showed first video of the crash shortly after 6:00 a.m.

ABC affiliate WCFT  - Anchors Sheri Falk and Ebony Hall tossed to Candace White at 5:31 a.m. White started out in the newsroom and confirmed the crash with Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport’s public relations director. The station showed its first video tape of the scene at 5:51. By 6:00 a.m. White was on scene reporting by phone.

CBS affiliate WIAT – “Wake Up Alabama” anchors Stephen Hauk and Gina Redmond broke the news at 5:38. They had reporter Rick Jackson live on the scene at East Lake Boulevard near the airport in East Birmingham.

FOX affiliate WBRC – Anchors Janice Rogers and Sarah Verser told viewers about the crash at 5:45 a.m. and went to Clare Huddleston live on scene at 5:54.

Longtime NBC Executive David Doebler Named President-GM of WMAQ

David Doebler has been named president and general manager of WMAQ, the NBC-owned station in Chicago. His appointment is effective immediately, the station announced Tuesday.

It is a move within NBC for Doebler, who has been president and general manager of NBC-owned WVIT in Hartford-New Haven since 2005.

“David has done a great job strengthening the competitive position of NBC Connecticut,” NBC Owned Stations president Valari Staab said in a statement. “With his leadership abilities, local broadcast experience and record of success, I am confident he has the right skills to steer WMAQ as the station continues its forward progress.”

Before joining WVIT, Doebler was the president and general manager for WVTM in Birmingham, which was an NBC O&O during his time there. He has also worked as the vice president of creative services and sales for WNCN, the former NBC O&O in Raleigh-Durham.

“I could not be more honored to join WMAQ and to work with the very talented team at the station to continue the tremendous momentum in the market,” Doebler said.

Doebler replaces Larry Wert, who left WMAQ for Tribune last month.

Media General Reorganizes TV Stations Into Two Regional Units

After selling its newspaper assets, Media General has announced a corporate restructuring that elevates James Conschafter and John Cottingham to key leadership roles for the company’s television stations.

The company’s current structure of five geographic regions will be replaced by two geographic regions for its 18 television stations. Conschafter and Cottingham, who have both been named corporate vice presidents, will each oversee one region.

“With our June 25 sale of newspapers, Media General is focusing all of its resources on its broadcast television group,” Media General president and CEO Marshall Morton said in a statement. “We are delighted that our two most experienced broadcast executives will lead our television operations.” Read more

Pam Huff Remembers Wendell Harris, Who Made Her the First Female Anchor in Alabama History

Pam Huff, along with James Spann, took time during a recent ABC 33/40 newscast to remember longtime Birmingham newsman Wendell Harris, who passed away Tuesday morning.

Harris hired Huff and Spann during his time as news director at Birmingham’s WVTM, giving them both the first big breaks of their careers. When Huff was 24, Harris decided to give up his spot on the WVTM anchor desk and made her the first female nightly news anchor in the state of Alabama. Read more

A Familiar Face in Birmingham, Anchor Brooke Smith Joins WIAT

Anchor Brooke Smith is back on Birmingham TV.  After leaving NBC-affiliate WVTM last spring to become a full-time mom, Smith has decided to return to the anchor desk, joining CBS-affiliate WIAT.

“I have a passion for local television news and I’m extremely excited about joining CBS 42,” said Smith. “I took a break from television when I had my daughter, but the more I watched CBS 42, the more I realized I wanted to be a part of such a strong team.”

Smith, who got her start in TV as a contestant on “The Bachelor,” joins WIAT as a co-anchor for the station’s weekday morning newscast “Wake Up Alabama.”  While with WVTM, she co-hosted the lifestyle show “Daytime Alabama.”

“As we were searching for the perfect morning show anchor, Brooke’s name was immediately placed at the top of the list,” said Bill Ballard, WIAT’s president and general manager. “Her personality, warmth and charm are some of her strongest qualities and those are the traits she brings with her to local television. We are very lucky to have her join our team.” Read more