Chase Williams takes over as Sports Director at Journal Broadcast Group station KMTV (CBS) Action 3 News in Omaha. Williams joins from KDAF (CW) in Dallas where he was sports anchor. “Our local sports teams are part of the fabric of everyday life in Nebraska, and Chase brings a wealth of experience covering college and professional teams,” says Joe Spadea, KMTV’s news director. After a couple radio stints, Williams landed in Lubbock at KJTV-FOX 34. He joined KDAF a little over a year ago.
“I made a mistake, a huge mistake, and it nearly cost me everything,” KETV anchor-reporter Adrian Whitsett said in a recent interview with the station’s senior anchor, Rob McCartney, speaking about his DUI conviction.
After an unpaid leave of absence following his arrest in January, Whitsett returned to work last month and returned to the air this week. The Omaha ABC-affiliate cleared the way for his on-air return by airing a story on Sunday in which Whitsett asks viewers for forgiveness. Read more
WOWT‘s morning team is now locked in a competition for the most Facebook Likes. Whoever has the most new Likes by Friday, April 27th, will get $100 to donate to the charity of their choice.
Anchors Jim Siedlecki and Serese Cole, reporter Jodi Baker, and meteorologist Rusty Lord are competing for the charitable prize using promo videos, which have been uploaded to YouTube. Cole, who joined the station last summer, may have the upper hand considering that her video (above) features Nebraska icon Tom Osborne.
KETV general manager Ariel Roblin confirmed today that Whitsett has returned to work, although she said that his return to the air has not yet been determined.
In an email, Whitsett told TVSpy that he hopes to be back on air “within a few weeks.” Before going on unpaid leave following his arrest, Whitsett anchored KETV’s weekday 5 p.m. newscast.
Whitsett’s Twitter account went dark following his DUI arrest in January but he started tweeting again on Thursday. “Good to be back at it!” reads one message.
The Omaha ABC-affiliate reports that Whitsett pleaded guilty to one count of third-offense misdemeanor DUI. In addition to 30 days in jail, which can be served as house arrest, Whitsett received two years supervised probation.
Whitsett is currently on a leave of absence from KETV. He remains an employee of the station.
“I shouldn’t have been doing this. It almost cost me my job,” Whitsett told the judge in the case. “I don’t plan on doing this again.”
“Our station made a technical error and mistakenly switched to our local news last night before Paul McCartney‘s performance ended,” KMTV vice president and marketing manager Chris Sehring said in a statement that the station posted on its Facebook page today. “It was entirely our fault–and I am very sorry that it happened.”
KMTV is airing the final part of McCartney’s performance, which the station downloaded from YouTube, during its noon, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts today. Read more
Viewers in Omaha were stunned on Sunday night when local CBS-affiliate KMTV cut from a high-octane performance by Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, and others, to a weather forecast by John Walsh.
As usually happens with primetime awards shows, Sunday night’s Grammy ceremony ran a few minutes over schedule. But KMTV decided to run its late local newscast right at 10:30 anyway, abruptly cutting from guitar shredding to the weather outlook for Monday’s commute.
What made the programming shift especially odd was the fact that much of KMTV’s newscast was dedicated to coverage of the Grammys. Read more
KETV has been forthcoming about the recent arrest of anchor Adrian Whitsett. The Omaha ABC-affiliate reported during its 10 p.m. newscast on Wednesday that Whitsett was arrested over the weekend and charged with driving under the influence, as well as driving the wrong way down a one-way street.
Whitsett, who anchors KETV’s 5 p.m newscast, is currently on “an extended leave of absence” from the station.
Omaha CBS-affiliate KMTV also reported on Whitsett’s arrest this week.
Whitsett joined KETV in 2008, shortly after he graduated from the University of Nebraska. According to the Omaha World-Herald, he was arrested around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday with a blood-alcohol level of .262.
Dave Roberts is joining KOLN-KGIN in Lincoln as the evening co-anchor, the station officially announced yesterday.
He will co-anchor the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Vanessa Flowers beginning January 1. Roberts joins KOLN-KGIN after six years at KMTV in Omaha, where he is co-executive producer and weekend anchor.
“I’ve worked in almost every position that a television station has to offer,” Roberts said in a statement. “To me, it’s still magical.”
Roblin joined KETV in May 2010 from KRCR-KAEF in Redding, CA. Her appointment, a promotion from general sales manager, is effective immediately.
“Her appreciation for localism and the importance of a quality news service, along with her solid business credentials, will make her an effective leader of KETV as it serves the Omaha community on-air, online and on-the-go,” Hearst president and CEO David Barrett said in a statement.