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WTXF Debuts New Evening Anchor Team

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Last night was the first night on the WTXF anchor desk for Lucy Noland, who joins Iain Page as co-anchor of the evening newscasts at Fox-owned station in Philadelphia. Noland and Page are pictured here alongside Jim Driscoll, the station’s vice president and news director.

The Fox-owned station is undergoing some big changes this year– a new morning anchor, a new set for “Good Day Philadelphia,” and the launch of the weekend morning newscasts, which will debut this fall.

Fox Television Stations and Nielsen to Continue ‘Longstanding Relationship’

Fox_logo-reflectionFox Television Stations and Nielsen have agreed on a new contract, Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy and Nielsen president of U.S. Media Lynda Clarizio announced in a joint statement today.

“Nielsen and FOX Television Stations Inc. have come to a mutually beneficial resolution to continue their longstanding relationship.  Both companies are committed to more meaningful and accurate measurement in local markets,” the statement reads. “We look forward to a strong and productive relationship going forward.”

Earlier this month, Fox signed a long-term agreement with Rentrak for local market ratings services for all of its 28 owned stations in 18 markets.

Lauren Johnson Moving to Philly From Orlando

Lauren JohnsonLauren Johnson is joining WTXF, the Fox-owned station in Philadelphia. Johnson will be hosting the station’s weekend morning newscasts when they launch this fall.

It is a move within Fox for Johnson, who is a weekend anchor for “Good Day Orlando” on WOFL. She was previously the morning co-anchor on WHBQ, the Fox-owned station in Memphis. She started her television career in 2003 at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando.

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.

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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Fox Stations Expand Newscasts in Several Markets, Including LA, Atlanta and Philly

fox logoFox Television Stations is adding newscasts in several major markets this year. Newly-announced expansions are at KTTV in Los Angeles, WAGA in Atlanta, KMSP in Minneapolis, WJZY in Charlotte, WTXF in Philadelphia, KTBC in Austin and WHBQ in Memphis (which Fox will give up control of later this year).

Fox had previously announced additional newscasts at WTTG in Washington and KSAZ in Phoenix.

“Uninformed critics say big companies are cutting local news,” Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a statement. “However, the opposite is true at FOX. We are expanding in a big way.”

A full list of the planned expansions is after the jump. Read more

KTVU Airs Wrong Graphic for Starbucks Price Hike Story

KTVU StarbucksKTVU, the San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate, aired an over the shoulder graphic during its Friday night 10:00 p.m. that seemed to veer towards commentary.

Julie Haener was reading a story about Starbucks’ plan to hike prices. Over her shoulder? A graphic from fake Starbucks store Dumb Starbucks.

KTVU news director Lee Rosenthal told TVSpy, “The graphic was in our system from our previous report a few months ago and wasn’t purged, which led to it accidentally re-appearing on air.”

[Rich Lieberman]

WNYW Goes for Positive Spin in Revamped 6:00 p.m. Newscast

WNYW_304New York FOX owned station WNYW has announced a revamped 6:00 p.m. newscast.

WNYW told the New York Daily News the new 6:00 p.m. looks to put a “more positive spin” on the news with enterprise reporting and lifestyle stories.

“I’ve been doing the news for 35 years in New York, and I feel a very personal relationship to the viewers,” WNYW anchor Ernie Anastos told the News. “So this is a chance to be more personal, more direct and more conversational.”

Anastos will solo anchor the 6PM. Meteorologist Audrey Puente will also report along with entertainment reporters Simone Boyce and Christal Young.

“Our goal is to redefine local news in New York City,” said WNYW news director Byron Harmon. “I feel that news is more than fires, crimes and car crashes

[NY Daily News]

WOFL Reporter Takes Smiling Selfie at Site of Double Murder, Deletes Instagram Account

orozco_croppedFile this in the “things I shouldn’t do on social media” bin.

WOFL reporter Jackie Orozco posted took a picture of herself with her photographer at the scene of a double homicide Sunday. You can see her report after the jump.

The reporter for the Orlando FOX owned station sent the shot out on instagram with the caption, “So why are we smiling in front of a crime scene? Because we work in the news and it’s my Friday! #ReporterProblems”

Her instagram account has since been taken down.

TVSpy has asked both FOX and Orozco for comment. We have not heard back. Read more

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