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Police Chase Man Through Reporter’s Stand Up With ‘Perfect Timing’

Adam Yosim, a reporter for WLEX, the NBC affiliate in Lexington, was doing a stand-up for an alleged harassment story he was working on. Just as he finished a take, by saying, “…perfect timing,” a man being chased by police, ran through his shot.

At first when I heard ‘Stop!’ from the officer I was a bit confused and thought someone was telling me and my photog to stop,” Yosim tells TVSpy. ”(Then) I saw a bystander yell at the suspect and realized there was a foot chase underway.”

The rough cut video, posted by Yosin to his YouTube page shows officers eventually cuffing the man and placing him in a police cruiser.

Yosin added, “the police told us the suspect ran during a routine traffic stop.”

Morning, Midday Anchors Swap Schedules at WKYT

Lexington CBS-affiliate WKYT is swapping the schedules of its morning and midday anchors, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Barbara Bailey (pictured left) who currently anchors WKYT’s 10 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m. newscasts, will begin next week as the anchor of the 5 and 6 a.m. newscasts. The current 5 and 6 a.m. anchor, Stacy Ellison (pictured right) will take over for Bailey at 10 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m. The changes go into effect next Wednesday, which coincides with the first day of school in Fayette County.

“A change like this makes sense to make on the first day of school when people get back into morning routines,” news director Robert Thomas told the Herald-Leader.

Veteran Reporter Greg Stotelmyer Leaving WTVQ

Longtime WTVQ reporter Greg Stotelmyer is leaving the Lexington ABC-affiliate after being unable to come to terms on a new contract, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Stotelmyer has worked at the station since 1987. He has hosted WTVQ’s “Kentucky Backroads” segments, which examine unique places and people around the state, since 1995.

“I’m just assessing what’s the next step for me,” he told the Herald-Leader. “I need to figure out what’s the best fit. … You get at a point in life when one door shuts on you, you hope it opens up doors to better things.” Read more

Lexington’s WTVQ Adds Weekend Anchor, General Assignment Reporters

There are three new hires at Lexington ABC-affiliate WTVQ, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Ellen Bryan (pictured) joins the station as a weekend anchor and weekday general assignment reporter. Bryan has previously worked at WLIO in Lima, Ohio, and as an on-air personality at a radio station.

Jonathan Burton and Kristina Belcher have also been hired as general assignment reporters for the station. Burton joins the station from WTNH, the ABC-affiliate in New Haven, while Belcher was most recently an overnight producer at WLEX, the NBC-affiliate in Lexington.

Anchor Nicole Pence Leaving WLEX for WTHR

WLEX morning anchor Nicole Pence is leaving the station later this month to join WTHR, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Pence joined the Lexington NBC-affiliate in 2008 as a reporter and was promoted to morning c0-anchor in 2009. At WTHR, she will anchor the weekend morning newscasts and report during the week.

Pence, an Indiana native, told the Herald-Leader that WTHR, the NBC-affiliate in Indianapolis, was her “dream station.”

WLEX news director Bruce Carter said the station is currently conducting a national search for Pence’s replacement, though internal candidates are also being considered.

Lexington’s WLEX Adding Early Morning Newscast

WLEX, the NBC-affiliate in Lexington, will launch a 4:30 a.m. newscast on Monday.

“It’s just a natural extension of what we’re doing already,” news director Bruce Carter told the Lexington Herald-Leader. “I remember years ago, people asked who’s going to watch at 5 a.m., and we have tremendous ratings at 5. So we know there’s an audience out there at 4:30 a.m.”

The extra-half hour will be helmed by Chris Goodman and Nicole Pence, who currently anchor the station’s 5-7 a.m. newscast.

Ex-Reporter Jerry Sander Loses WKYT Lawsuit

Former WKYT reporter Jerry Sander has lost an appeal of his lawsuit against the station, Lexington’s CBS-affiliate.

Sander left the station in 2008 after it was proposed he manage a program on the station’s website that notifies viewers of school and business closings because of snow. Sander refused because he said he had no training in the program and wouldn’t “know how to even start, what button to push,” according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Sander left WKYT that day. He sued the station, claiming WKYT used that incident to terminate him for other reasons, including his age. The station maintains that he quit. The district court sided with the station in 2010. Read more

News Director Doug Hogan Leaving WTVQ

WTVQ news director Doug Hogan is leaving the station for a job as communications director of The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in Louisville.

Hogan has been the news director at the Lexington ABC-affiliate since 2008. General manager Chris Aldridge told the Lexington Herald-Leader that WTVQ is currently searching for his replacement.

“We certainly appreciate the good job Doug has done for us,” Aldridge said. “He’s been a pleasure to work with, and I wish him the best in his new career.”

Alridge said the station hopes to hire a replacement for Hogan by May 1.

Chris Bailey Returns to WKYT as Chief Meteorologist

Chris Bailey is returning to WKYT, the CBS-affiliate in Lexington, as chief meteorologist.

Bailey left WKYT in 2008 to join WSAZ, the NBC-affiliate in Charleston. His first day back at WKYT will be March 5.

“No one knows Kentucky weather like Chris Bailey,” WKYT president and general manager Wayne Martin said in a statement. “Regardless the season or what the weather has in store for us, Chris has always demonstrated a passion and dedication that is second to none.”

Bailey replaces T.G. Shuck, who announced yesterday he is leaving the station to spend more time with his family.

WKYT’s Sam Dick Sidelined After Strange Foot Injury

WKYT anchor Sam Dick, who helms the CBS-affiliate’s weekday evening newscasts, has been off the air following a strange foot injury.

A couple of weeks ago, Dick was rushing around his house when a four-inch shard of wood got lodged in his foot.

“We have very thick pine tongue-and-groove floors. We had them refinished, but there are spots in it where splinters and pieces of wood come up,” Dick told the Lexington Herald-Leader. “All I know is I rushed through a hallway and the next thing I know, I felt this shooting pain like a knife had been stuck up through my foot.” Read more

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