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Meteorologist Bernadette Woods Leaving WJZ

After seven years at WJZ, meteorologist Bernadette Woods is leaving the Baltimore CBS O&O, the Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik reports.

Woods will officially sign off from WJZ next month for a job at a Princeton-based non-profit focused on climate change.

“There’s so much misinformation out there, that this company started in an effort to try and get good information to the public,” she told Zurawik. “They are trying to connect climate with extreme weather, because that’s a lot of what’s happening. That’s really exciting for me, because I do love the science.”

Woods began her career at AccuWeather. Before joining WJZ, she worked at stations in Fayetteville, Ark. and Lexington, Ky.

Zurawik: Highs and Lows for Baltimore Stations During Ravens Victory Parade

Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik reflects on local stations’ coverage of the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl victory parade. Zurawik saw the good — CBS O&O WJZ and NBC affiliate WBAL “dominated coverage,” he writes — and the bad:

But it made my blood boil to see reporters using fans as props. Telling fans to give a cheer or start singing and whooping when the cameras are pointed at them is both stupid and insensitive, and there was plenty of it.

And having your reporters wear purple scarves or stand on corners and act like crowd cheerleaders, which is what I saw too much of from WMAR during the parade, isn’t enough. Really.

The other thing that annoyed me, and it has been building for weeks, involves veteran reporters acting like they are buddies with the players, referring to Terrell Suggs, for example, as T-Sizzle and calling out to him on the parade route.

Zurawik noted WJZ’s Adam May and WBAL’s Deborah Weiner particularly stood out, writing, “There are reporters, and then there are reporters. Weiner and May were REPORTERS Tuesday.”

The Top TV Markets for Super Bowl Viewing Were…

The Baltimore Ravens’ win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII earned an average rating/share of 48.1/71, the highest-rated Super Bowl in the metered markets in history.

Ratings were up +1% in the metered markets from last year’s New York Giants vs. New England Patriots Super Bowl. The rating/share peaked at 52.9/75 from 10:30-10:45pmET.

Baltimore was the top-rated market: CBS O&O WJZ posted a rating/share of 59.6/83. New Orleans, the Super Bowl’s host city, came in second, with CBS affiliate WWL at 57.1/77. Notably, CBS-owned KPIX in San Francisco did not make the top 10.

See the full list of the top 10 rated in the metered markets after the jump. Read more

Baltimore’s WJZ Expects Super Revenue from Super Bowl

WJZ, the Baltimore CBS owned station, expects to be a winner regardless of who takes home the Vince Lombardi Trophy this year, the Baltimore Business Journal is reporting.

Jay Newman, WJZ’s president and general manager, told the Business Journal the station has already sold out its commercial inventory for Super Bowl XLVII. He declined to divulge how much money the station got for the spots.

Nationally, Super Bowl commercials go for as much as $4 million. CBS chairman and chief executive officer, Les Moonves, revealed in November WCBS, the New York owned CBS station, sold a thirty second Super Bowl spot for $1 million. Read more

WBFF Hires Baltimore Veterans Marianne Banister, Tony Pagnotti

Marianne Banister, a longtime anchor at WBAL in Baltimore, is joining rival WBFF, according to The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik.

Bannister spent 16 years at NBC affiliate WBAL. The station declined to renew her contract in 2011. At Fox affiliate WBFF, Banister will anchor the weekend morning newscast slated to launch on January 19.

Zurawik also reports WBFF has hired Tony Pagnotti, a former meteorologist for ABC affiliate WMAR.

“We recognize outstanding talent and wanted both Marianne and Tony on our staff,” WBFF news director Mike Tomko told The Sun. “Their professionalism and long history in the market made for a perfect match here at Fox45.

Baltimore’s WBFF To Launch Weekend Morning News

Baltimore’s FOX affiliate, WBFF, plans to launch a weekend morning newscast beginning January 20, according to the Baltimore Sun.

WBFF General manager Bill Fanshawe told the Sun, “”We haven’t named any talent yet.  We will start the interviewing process shortly.”

The news will air from 6 to 8 a.m. Saturdays and fits itself around the FOX News broadcast Sundays with a 7 to 9 a.m. and 10 to 11 a.m. show.

In April, the station added a 5 p.m. newscast to its lineup.

New Orleans Meteorologists Jonathan Myers, Dawn Brown Headed to Baltimore

Husband-and-wife meteorologists Jonathan Myers and Dawn Brown are leaving New Orleans for Baltimore.

Myers will join WBFF, the Fox-affiliate in Baltimore, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. In New Orleans, Myers works at CBS-affiliated WWL and and Brown works at Fox-affiliate WVUE. The couple had their first child last month, and Brown will stay at home with him, at least temporarily.

“We love New Orleans. It was probably the most difficult decision we have ever made,” Myers told the Times-Picayune. “We love the people here. We love the support we’ve had. We love the city, and we may be back someday.”

The Temperature in Baltimore is … 775 Degrees?

The majority of the country is in the grips of a heat wave right now, but fortunately for Baltimore, it is not as hot there as a graphic on WMAR‘s Sunday newscast (above) predicted it would be.

“If you take a look at tomorrow, temperatures will be into the 70s,” meteorologist Mike Masco said. “Not 775 degrees. That’s really a hot day.” [via Baltimore Media Blog]

Sinclair Reaches Long-Term Affiliation Agreement with Fox

Sinclair Broadcast Group announced today that it has reached a new, long-term deal with Fox to renew the affiliation agreements for 19 stations that Sinclair owns and/or programs.

The new agreements go into effect at the beginning of next year and run through 2017.

“We are very pleased to have reached agreement to renew all of our affiliations with Fox Broadcasting, allowing us to continue as the largest Fox affiliate group,” Sinclair CEO David Smith said in a statement. Read more

WBFF Trying to Revive ‘Fugitive Files’ in Wake of Controversy Involving Suspect’s On-Camera Apology

Baltimore Fox-affiliate WBFF is reportedly trying to revive its regular “Fugitive Files” segment in the wake of a controversy involving a high-profile suspect’s on-camera apology.

In April, WBFF drew the ire of the Baltimore Police Department after it taped an interview with a man wanted for a brutal St. Patrick’s Day assault and failed to notify the authorities about it.  The man turned himself in following the interview, but police felt that the station’s failure to tell them about it was a breach of trust.

Now, according to the Baltimore Sun, WBFF is trying to get back in the good graces of the department in an effort to revive “Fugitive Files,” which it has been airing since 2007. Read more

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