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Merrill Knox

Merrill Knox is Senior Editor of TVNewser and TVSpy. She joined Mediabistro in 2011 after four years working for "Your World with Neil Cavuto" at Fox News Channel. When she's not reading or writing, Merrill is most often found trying to anticipate the next plot twist on "Homeland." Follow her on Twitter @merrillknox or email her at merrill@mediabistro.com.

Aereo CEO: ‘We Have Decided to Pause Our Operations Temporarily’

aereoIn a letter to subscribers sent Saturday, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia said the streaming TV service is taking a “pause” as they “consult with the court and map out our next steps” in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court loss:

On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision in favor of Aereo, dealing a massive setback to consumers.

As a result of that decision, our case has been returned to the lower Court. We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps. You will be able to access your cloud-based antenna and DVR only until 11:30 a.m. ET today.

All of our users will be refunded their last paid month. If you have questions about your account, please email support@aereo.com or tweet us @AereoSupport.

Read the full letter after the jump. Read more

Arizona PBS Moves to ASU’s Cronkite School

WArizona PBS, the public television based at Arizona State University, will officially become part of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication July 1.

Arizona PBS, which includes three TV channels and azpbs.org, had been part of ASU’s Office of Public Affairs. With the transfer, the school intends to use the station as a “teaching hospital,” according to ASU.

“A leading journalism school joining forces with one of the nation’s largest PBS stations at a university known globally for its leadership in innovation is a powerful and potentially game-changing combination,” ASU president Michael M. Crow said in a statement. “We will be able to serve Arizonans on new levels while providing a national testing ground for new approaches to digital storytelling, audience engagement and revenue models to help serve a news industry that needs to rapidly adapt in the fast-changing digital world.”

KCPQ Launching 11 p.m. Newscast

kcpq logoKCPQ, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Seattle, is launching an 11 p.m. newscast this summer. The newscast will air Sunday through Thursday, anchored by David Rose and Marni Hughes with chief meteorologist Walter Kelly and sports director Aaron Levine.

“Q13 FOX News is looking forward to providing a new choice for viewers who want news at 11pm. This newscast will focus on concise reporting of the most important local news and accurate weather forecasting delivered by a team you enjoy spending time with,” KCPQ news director Erica Hill said in a statement.

The newscast will debut August 17.

Scott Perkins Named VP, Creative Services Director at WTTG-WDCA

wttg logoFox has named Scott Perkins vice president and creative services director at WTTG-WDCA in Washington, D.C. Perkins will begin in his new role July 14.

“Scott’s background in design and art across a variety of sectors, gives him a unique perspective. A D.C. native with a wealth of creative experience, he was the ideal choice to lead this department,” WTTG-WDCA general manager Patrick Paolini said in a statement.

Perkins comes from Bowie State University, where he was an executive creative director and consultant.

On the Move, 6/27/14

Josh Sidorowicz has joined WXMI in Grand Rapids, Mich., as a reporter. Sidorowicz previously worked as a video journalist and fill-in anchor for WILX in Lansing, Mich.

To report a move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

Fox Television Stations to Test Summer Shows

fox logoFox Television Stations has announced tests of three summer programs: “Hollywood Today Live,” “The Daily Help Line” and “Laughs.” Each program will air on Fox-owned stations in several markets, including New York and Los Angeles.

“Hollywood Today Live” and “The Daily Help Line” are one-hour shows that will both debut July 14. “Laughs,” a half-hour weekly show, bows August 2.

“These three programs are all very distinct,” FTS EVP of programming and development Stephen Brown said in a statement. “‘Hollywood Today Live’ is like a Sharknado version of ‘The View.’ ‘Help Line’ answers the question – will people be as honest with our therapists as they are with their own? And ‘Laughs” will determine if one talented guy, Steve Hofstetter, can aggregate and curate the funniest show on TV.”

Woman Arrested After WJBK Security Breach

wjbk security breachA 51-year-old woman has been arrested after she drove her car onto the grounds of WJBK, the Fox-owned station in Detroit, without permission:

Around 8:30 a.m in the morning a 51-year-old woman drove her way through a gated security area and continued to drive around the station’s parking lot.  Southfield Police quickly arrived on the scene and attempted to get the woman to stop her vehicle.  She eluded them and exited the property.

Police followed her to the area of Greenfield and I-696 where they successfully stopped her vehicle.  She was placed under arrest on felony charges of malicious destruction of private property and on charges of fleeing and eluding police.

WJBK says reporter Andrea Isom will have a full report on the incident on the evening newscasts.

Update: The story from Thursday’s 5:30 newscast, after the jump…

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Jacqueline Ortiz Leaving San Antonio’s WOAI

jacqueline ortizAfter 16 years at WOAI-KABB, Jacqueline Ortiz is leaving the stations to spend more time with her family, the San Antonio Express- News reports.

“It was her decision,” WOAI-KABB news director Blaise Labbe said. “She wanted to spend more time with her family. Before she signed her last contract, she had said her husband wanted her to be home more with her kids — a son and daughter — but she decided to stay on the job.”

Ortiz will continue to co-anchor the weekend newscasts until July 13. Until a permanent replacement is hired, KABB weekend anchor Grace White will anchor alongside Jaie Avila on the WOAI weekend newscasts and Ted Garcia will anchor solo on the KABB weekend newscasts, according to the Express-News.

Steve Patterson Named ‘Twin Cities Live’ Co-Host

Steve Patterson will begin as co-host of “Twin Cities Live,” KSTP‘s local lifestyle show, on July 21.Paterson will co-anchor alongside Elizabeth Ries. He replaces Chris Egert, who was moved to KSTP’s morning anchor desk earlier this year.

Chris Topf Named VP-GM Of Tribune’s WPMT

Tribune Broadcasting Chris TopfTribune Broadcasting has named Chris Topf vice president and general manager of WPMT, the Fox affiliate in Harrisburg, Pa. It is a move within Tribune for Topf, who was most recently general manager of Toledo NBC affiliate WNWO.

“Chris has a successful history managing a television station and brings a strong background in revenue development in the broadcast television business. He will be a great asset for WPMT and a great addition to Tribune Broadcasting,” Tribune Broadcasting COO Kathy Clements said in a statement.

Before WNWO, Topf was the vice president of sales for Barrington Broadcasting in Illinois, overseeing stations in 13 markets.

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