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Philadelphia Anchor Criticized for Comparing News Story with Breaking Bad Finale

Joyce Evans, the weekend anchor for Philadelphia FOX owned station WTXF, tried to promote her 10:00 p.m. show last night by sending a tweet many thought was in bad taste.

In her tweet, Evans compared a shooting in South Philadelphia that killed one person and injured five others to the finale of AMC Networks’ hit show Breaking Bad.

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She also tried to turn the phrase on facebook saying, “Y’all “Broke Bad” with me last week, I forgive you But come on back home Tonight FOX 29 at Ten. Breakin’ Bad in S.W. 6 people hit in a SHOOTOUT!” Read more

Syma Chowdhry Goes Full-Time For KYW

ChowdryKYW has announced Syma Chowdhry has officially joined the station as a reporter.

Chowdhry has freelanced for the Philadelphia CBS owned station since March. She came to KYW from WWJ-WKBD in Detroit where she had been morning anchor. WWJ dropped its local news show in December 2012.

She started her career at News 14 Carolina in Raleigh, NC, in 2004. She has also worked at News 12 New Jersey.

KYW Names New Head of Broadcast Operations and Engineering

kywKYW has promoted Marc Musgrove to director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering for the Philadelphia CBS owned station and for CW affiliate WPSG. He replaces Rich Paleski who was named to the same position for New York’s WCBS-WLNY.

Musgrove has been the chief engineer for both stations since 2004. He is credited with leading the conversion to full time HD for both stations. He also headed the engineering design team for the build of the stations’ high definition television facility.

After starting his career in radio in 1987, Musgrove joined WUPL in New Orleans in 2001.

Rich Paleski Joins WCBS-WLNY as Director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering

wcbs logo Rich Paleski has been named director of broadcast operations and engineering at WCBS-WLNY, CBS’ duopoly in New York.

It is a move within CBS for Paleski, who has worked in the same role at KYW-WPSG in Philadelphia since 2002. While in Philly, he oversaw the launch of the duopoly’s high definition facilities in 2007.

Before joining KYW-WPSG, Paleski worked at WFOR in Miami and WNYW in New York City, where he spent 16 years as an engineer. He also worked for Fox News Service as its engineer-in-charge of the 1992 and 1996 political conventions.

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KYW Adds Investigative Reporter

Charlotte Huffman will join Philadelphia CBS owned station KYW as an investigative reporter.

Huffman announced the move on her twitter page,

Huffman joins KYW from WNCN in Raleigh-Durham, NC where she had been a reporter since 2010. Before working at WNCN, she worked at KETK in Tyler, TX.

Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Threatening KYW Meteorologist

A Lansdowne, Pa. man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for Twitter messages he sent to KYW meteorologist Kate Bilo (pictured) threatening to kill her in front of her son, according to the Philadelphia Daily News:

Justin Vernot, 30, made the threats against CBS3′s Kate Bilo through the Twitter account @ColdDeadEyes in February 2012, telling her that he knew her routine, was coming for her, and planned to kill her in front of her son.

The chilling messages were noted by U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond when he handed down a sentence that topped both federal guidelines and the term requested by the prosecutor. The sentence also focused heavily on conduct Vernot was not charged with, including messages he sent on the CaringBridge networking site to two children with potentially terminal illnesses.

Diamond said Vernot “intended to inflict severe distress” on those families and Bilo, rejecting the defense’s argument that Vernot’s actions were partially the product of a brain injury sustained during a drug-induced blackout.

Iain Page Named Evening Anchor at WTXF

After two months filling in on the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, Iain Page has officially been named evening co-anchor at WTXF, the Fox owned station in Philadelphia.

“Iain’s on-air presence, engagement with viewers and versatility made him the right choice for this premier role on our evening news,” WTXF vice president and news director Jim Driscoll said in a statement.

Page joined WTXF in February as co-anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast alongside Kerry Barrett. When Thomas Drayton left the station in July, Page took over for him on the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

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Telemundo Philadelphia Prepping for Launch of Local Newscasts

WWSI, the Telemundo station in Philadelphia, is planning on hiring 15 people in preparation for the launch of local newscasts next year.

The station is hiring 15 people in a variety of roles, including reporter, producer, anchor and photographer. WWSI will launch high definition Spanish language newscasts at 6 and 11 p.m. beginning in January.

“We’re looking for talented Spanish-speaking journalists who are passionate about delivering the Hispanic community the local news and information that is important and relevant in their lives,” Eric Lerner, president and general manager of Telemundo Philadelphia and WCAU, said in a statement.

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KYW Reporter Quits to Travel the World

KYW reporter Oren Liebermann is leaving the Philadelphia CBS owned station to take an around-the-world trip with his wife Cassie Kramer.

“It’s a big world, and we haven’t seen enough of it yet,” Liebermann told the Philadelphia Daily News.

The pair, who have been married for a year, plan to travel to Italy, France, Spain, Ireland, Hungary, Kenya, Israel, Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Peru, Chile and Argentina.

Liebermann has worked at KYW since September 2010. He told the Daily News he was most excited about seeing China, though he said he’s having trouble getting in since he’s a journalist.

You can follow the trip on their blog, 42ndclass.com.

Chris Murphy Named Co-Anchor of WTXF Early Morning Newscast

Chris Murphy is joining WTXF, the Fox O&O in Philadelphia, as co-anchor of the early morning newscast. In his new role, he will helm “Good Day Philadelphia” from 4:25 to 6 a.m.

“Chris is the perfect addition to our dynamic morning team, whose energy, chemistry and camaraderie is unmatched. His personality is contagious and we can’t wait to introduce him to our loyal ‘Good Day Philadelphia’ viewers,” WTXF vice president and news director Jim Driscoll said in a statement.

Murphy comes to Philly from San Diego, where he was most recently a weekend anchor and reporter for KGTV. He has also worked at KNSD in San Diego, KGW and KPTV in Portland, Ore., KRON in San Francisco, KTVN in Reno and KIEM in Eureka, Calif.

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