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Albany Station Runs Old News During NFL Halftime Report

WXXA-wrongforecastViewers of Albany New York’s WXXA who were watching the game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys got some surprising and confusing news during the local FOX affiliate’s halftime report.

After January Keaton started off the cut-in with breaking news of a small plane crash, she then told viewers it was a beautiful day to take a stroll.

Weather.com listed Albany, NY, as having a high of 26 degrees with wind gusts reaching 42 mph on Sunday. But meteorologist Andy Gregorio agreed with Keaton saying, “A beautiful evening out there. Clear skies, temperatures will be falling through the 60s. Currently we’re close to 70 right now.”

According to the Albany Times Union, the station accidentally ran tape of a news update from September. “We have egg on our face,” an employee at WTEN who asked not to be identified told the Times Union. “Our phones are ringing off the hook.” WTEN operates WXXA through a shared services agreement. Read more

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WTEN-WXXA News Director Charged with DWI

The Albany Times Union is reporting David Ciliberti, news director for Albany’s FOX affiliate WXXA and ABC affiliate WTEN, has been charged with DWI after a policeman pulled him over for drifting out of his lane and running a red light. He was driving a station vehicle.

According to the Times Union, court records show Ciliberti refused a formal breath-alcohol test at the police station after police said he smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech and failed several field sobriety tests. Refusal to submit to a breath-alcohol test resulted in the automatic temporary suspension of his license and can result in having his license suspended for a year.

Ciliberti was charged with misdemeanor DWI and two traffic infractions. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court March 21. He will also face a hearing with the DMV for refusing the breath-alcohol test.

WXXA Eliminates 5 p.m., 11 p.m. Newscasts

Albany Fox affiliate WXXA has cut its 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. The station made the announcement on Facebook Thursday afternoon:

FOX23 NEWS at 5PM and 11PM have been discontinued to focus resources and efforts toward FOX23 NEWS at 10PM and FOX23 NEWS in the morning. For all of your news and weather coverage at 5PM and 11PM please go to NEWS10 ABC. You can continue to watch FOX23 NEWS at 10PM and FOX23 NEWS in the morning from 7am-9am.

WXXA is operated by WTEN, Albany’s ABC affiliate, through a shared services agreement. John Gray anchors the 5 p.m. newscast solo, and the 11 p.m. newscast with Ann Hughes.

Jon ErkenBrack Named General Manager at WAOW

Jon ErkenBrack has been named general manager at WAOW, Quincy’s ABC affiliate in Wausau, Wis.

ErkenBrack has worked in television for nearly three decades, most recently as the director of sales for WXXA in Albany. He has also held station management and sales management positions in Norfolk and Charlotte.

“Strong news and sales efforts, along with genuine community service, have long been a hallmark at WAOW. Jon ErkenBrack has the skills and experience to build upon that foundation,” Tom Allen, regional vice president for the Quincy broadcast division, said in a statement.

ErkenBrack begins at WAOW on December 20. He replaces John Harris, who is leaving to return to his family in North Carolina.

Shield Media to Buy WXXA in Albany for $19.5M

Shield Media LLC has agreed to pay $19.5 million for WXXA, Newport Television’s Fox-affiliate in Albany.

Shield announced it intends to enter into a shared services agreement with Young Broadcasting, the owner of ABC-affiliate WTEN, in Albany.

Shield Media is owned by Sheldon Galloway, a longtime broadcasting veteran. This is the first broadcast acquisition by the company, but it is “actively pursuing other opportunities,” according to a statement. Read more

Kristian Read Joins WXXA as Sports Director

Kristian Read has been named sports director at Albany Fox-affiliate WXXA.  He comes to the station from WFFF, the Fox-affiliate in Burlington, VT, where he served as sports director.

Read is replacing Rich Becker, who recently left WXXA for a communications job after more than a decade with the station.

“I know that I can’t try to be Rich,” Read told the Albany Times Union. “He was such a force in this market for such a long time. I want to try and be myself, and hope that people like it.” Read more

Newport Strikes New Retrans Deal with Verizon, Ending Blackout

Newport Television and Verizon reached a new retrans agreement over the weekend, just in time for FiOS subscribers in Albany to watch the Giants-Packers game on Sunday afternoon.

Unable to reach a new deal with Verizon last week, Newport pulled three of its stations from the fiber optic cable system: WSYR in Syracuse, WXXA in Albany, and WHP in Harrisburg.

“We appreciate our viewers’ patience and understanding during this situation,” Newport said in a statement posted on the stations’ websites on Sunday, announcing the new deal.

Terms of the deal have not been released.

Newport Television Stations Blacked Out on Verizon as Carriage Deal Expires

The Newport Television-owned stations in Syracuse, Harrisburg, and Albany have been pulled from Verizon FiOS as the company was unable to reach a new retrans agreement with the cable provider before yesterday’s midnight deadline.

According to Newport executive Michael DiPasquale, the company has been “working diligently to reach a resolution in this matter.”

Newport’s previous retrans agreement with Verizon expired at 11:59 p.m. last night, leaving FiOS customers without WSYR in Syracuse, WXXA in Albany, and WHP in Harrisburg. Read more