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Weekend Anchor Chris Saldana Leaving KLAS

Chris Saldana, the weekend anchor at KLAS, has announced his exit from the Las Vegas CBS affiliate.

Saldana, who joined KLAS in 2004, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that his decision to leave was because the station denied him vacation time to be with his ailing father over the holidays. Saldana was also passed over for a promotion when weekday anchor Gary Waddell retired earlier this year, he said.

“It was my decision,” Saldana said.  “I love what I do but was no longer happy where I was doing it at.”

KLAS news director Ron Comings told the Review-Journal that he is “sorry to see him leave and wish him great success in whatever he chooses to do.”

Meredith Announces New GMs in Las Vegas and Kansas City

Meredith Local Media Group has announced changes to the general manager position at two of its stations.

Darrin McDonald will move from vice president and general manager of Las Vegas Fox affiliate KVVU to vice president and general manager of the Kansas City duopoly KCTV-KSMO.  Taking McDonald’s place in Las Vegas will be Todd Brown, who was promoted from general sales manager at KVVU.  McDonald fills the vacancy left by the departure of Robert Totsch in October.

“Darrin has been a great leader at KVVU and will use his skills and expertise to build upon our presence in the Kansas City market,” said Paul Karpowicz, president of the Local Media Group.  “Todd is well poised to be successful as he steps into his new role at KVVU, and will be an asset to our group’s leadership team.” Read more

Former Las Vegas Meteorologist John Fredericks Dies at 57

John Fredericks, a former meteorologist at KSNV in Las Vegas, died Friday after a short stay in hospice care. He was 57.

Fredericks was diagnosed cirrhosis in June, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He battled alcoholism and depression during much of his career, leaving KSNV (then KVBC) four years ago because the station barred him from going on the air with his beloved dog, Jordan, after an alleged biting incident.

“He led a tortured life,” Fredericks’ former KSNV co-worker Dana Wagner told the Review-Journal.

In 2010, Fredericks filed a lawsuit against CBS affiliate KLAS and investigative reporter George Knapp, seeking to prevent the station from reporting any stories related to him. Fredericks had been briefly involved with a woman who had gone to Knapp with the details of their bad breakup, which included a temporary restraining order against Fredericks.

KSNV reported his death Friday, saying “a member of the News 3 family has passed away.” Watch the report after the jump. Read more

Rentrak Signs KLAS as its 200th TV Station

The audience tracking and measuring service, Rentrak, announced it has signed a multi-year contract with Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS.  KLAS joins cross-town NBC affiliate KSNV as the second station in the market to subscribe to the StationView Essentials service offered by Rentrak.

“Rentrak provides a bigger picture of our viewers and their buying habits,” said Emily Neilson, President and General Manager of KLAS. “With this information, we can help our clients maximize their marketing dollars with more precise targeting.”

According to Broadcasting & Cable, most TV stations who subscribe to Rentrak continue to receive Nielsen ratings.

“As the 200th station to subscribe to Rentrak, the signing of KLAS marks a major achievement for the Rentrak’s local currency adoption,” said Cathy Hetzel, corporate president and president of advanced media and information at Rentrak. “We’re pleased to welcome KLAS into the growing family of clients.”

KSNV In Las Vegas May Be Sorry Election is Over

KSNV, the NBC affiliate for Las Vegas, may be sorry to see the election end, according to a report by Bloomberg Businessweek.

The report said Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group estimated the presidential campaign alone will spend at least $1 billion on TV ads this year.  For KSNV, that meant 80 percent of its ad inventory was campaign related.

From Oct. 1 to Oct. 21, more ads aired there than in any other market except Denver, according to the Wesleyan Media Project. Democrats ran 4,551 of the spots vs. 3,506 by Republicans. Since the start of 2012, no other station in the U.S. has run more ads than KSNV, according to CMAG. The station has broadcast 20,282 political spots so far this year. “What did we used to do with our time?” asks (KSNV vice president and general manager Lisa) Howfield. Read more

Morning Anchor Heidi Hayes Out at KVVU

Morning anchor Heidi Hayes is parting ways with Las Vegas Fox affiliate KVVU, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Hayes’ exit, which will become official on October 5, comes after 14 years with the station. She is married to Ted Pretty, who is the station’s morning meteorologist.

Hayes told the Review-Journal that she was “disappointed and pretty much blindsided,” adding, “It makes no sense.”

She will be replaced by Stefanie Jay, a general assignment reporter at the station, and John Dabkovich, who is joining KVVU from KBAK in Bakersfield.

Jon Ralston, Dana Gentry Join KSNV in Las Vegas

Jon Ralston and Dana Gentry have formally joined KSNV, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas.

The pair currently work on “Face to Face,” a weekly political affairs show in Nevada. Ralston is the program’s host and Gentry is the program’s executive producer. “Face to Face” airs on KSNV, as well as two other Nevada stations owned by Intermountain West Communications Company, KRNV in Reno and KENV in Elko.

“I am thrilled to have the ‘Face to Face’ team at KSNV,” Robert Stoldal, Intermountain West’s executive vice president of news, said in a statement. “The program has established a reputation as a place where news is broken, politicians are called to account and issues are thoroughly vetted. There is no other venue like it.”

Rikki Cheese Returns to KTNV Anchor Desk

Rikki Cheese has been tapped to anchor the 3:30 p.m. newscast on KTNV, the ABC-affiliate in Las Vegas.

Cheese has been with KTNV since 2003. Three years ago, she left the morning anchor desk and returned to full-time reporting after being arrested for DUI, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

“Rikki’s knowledge of Las Vegas is second to none,” news director Karin Movesian said in a statement. “It was an easy decision to make.”

Cheese will begin as Steve Wolford‘s co-anchor on the 3:30 p.m. newscast on August 27.

Beth Fisher Joins KNTV Morning Newscast

After taking a few years off to raise her children, Beth Fisher is returning to Las Vegas local television.

Beginning next month, Fisher will join the morning newscast on KTNV, the ABC-affiliate, alongside Lisa Remillard and Casey Smith. Fisher was previously an anchor at KSNV, the NBC-affiliate.

“My kids are school-aged now, so my husband and I felt I could return to a job I love, serving a community we love. I am grateful to be working for a company that supports and values my role as wife and mother,” Fisher said in a statement.

Anchor Paul Joncich Joining KLAS From WOIO

Anchor Paul Joncich is joining KLAS, the CBS-affiliate in Las Vegas, next month.

Joncich comes from WOIO in Cleveland, where he has been an anchor for the past six years. At KLAS, he replaces Gary Waddell, who is retiring. Joncich will anchor the noon, 4 and 4:30 p.m. newscasts, as well as reporting for the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts.

“I am honored and humbled, to not replace Gary, because I know no one can, but to step in and try to pick up where he left off in continuing the 8 News NOW tradition,” Joncich said in a statement. “I’m going to make it my number one priority to earn your trust.”

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