“I’m excited about getting home early to spend time with my boys and continuing to enjoy Southern California,” Avila wrote on Facebook.
File this one under “honesty is the best policy.”
“That’s very generous of you to say, especially here in the Christmas holiday season,” Evans responded.
Severson joins KMIR from KOIN, the CBS-affiliate in Portland, where he was an executive producer. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as an executive producer at KTVX, the ABC-affiliate in Salt Lake City.
“I look forward to leading our dedicated news team in producing engaging and relevant newscasts and quality local programming,” Severson said in a statement.
Houston suffered a stroke yesterday afternoon and passed away at 6 a.m. this morning, with her family members, including husband Jim, by her side at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA. “I know you will join me in sending your prayers and good thoughts to Jim Houston and the entire family at this difficult time,” KPSP vice president and general manager Don Perry said in a statement.
The Houstons purchased KPSP through their company, Desert Television, in 2005. They also owned KYAV, a Spanish-language station which folded in 2009.
KNSD vice president of news Greg Dawson confirmed the move to TVSpy today, saying that Glover will join the NBC O&O in a couple of weeks and serve as morning executive producer.
“She has a great background as a content person,” Dawson told TVSpy via email. “And her experience as a manager is a real asset. We’re excited to have her join our team. ”
Glover’s past experience includes a decade in D.C., working the assignment desks at WTTG and WRC. Before moving to Palm Springs, she was on the desk at Fox News Channel’s L.A. bureau. As for KMIR, the Palm Springs NBC-affiliate has had trouble holding on to a news director long-term. Glover’s predecessor Jon Fischer also only stayed with the station for a little over a year.
Bob Allen is stepping aside as executive vice president and general manager at Gulf-California Broadcasting Company, which operates four TV stations–KESQ, KDFX, KCWQ, and KUNA–in the Coachella Valley.
Gulf-California, a subsidiary of the News-Press & Gazette Company, recently announced that Allen would be retiring in June.
Allen, who joined Gulf-California in January of 2000, will be handing the reins to Mike Stutz, currently the corporate director of news for News-Press & Gazette.
“I congratulate Bob Allen on his retirement knowing he will be a hard act to follow,” Mr. Stutz said. “I am humbled and honored to be offered this opportunity to manage such a great group of stations.” Read more
Beaubien was an anchor for KESQ from 2004 to 2009, during which time the ABC-affiliate was honored with local Emmys for its 5 p.m. newscast. After leaving the station amid a series of newsroom shakeups, Beaubien landed at KNOE in Monroe, LA, where she’s been anchoring the station’s 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts.
“We are excited to have Elizabeth Beaubien joining our KMIR6 team,” said news director Kate Glover, in announcing the move. “She is a fantastic anchor who already has a sizeable following here.”