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Veteran Orlando Reporter Lands at Cable Company


Donald Forbes Veteran Orlando reporter Donald Forbes has accepted a position with Florida cable company Bright House Networks. Forbes will serve as Bright House’s senior director of corporate communications.

Forbes was the victim of cutbacks at Orlando’s WKMG earlier this year after a 14-year run with the CBS-affiliate. During his time at WKMG, Forbes won numerous awards, including two Emmys. He headed up the station’s Brevard County bureau for a decade.

“Donald is an excellent communicator with a wealth of broadcast journalism experience,” said Kimberly Maki, Bright House’s vice president of corporate communications.

Bright House is the largest cable provider in Central Florida. In his new job, Forbes will oversee strategic communications and consumer media.

Forbes’ last day with WKMG was June 18. “I was given some warning that my contract would not be renewed,” Forbes said upon leaving. “In a newsroom situation, it’s almost like a family. It’s hard to say goodbye.”

In Baltimore, WBFF Set to Expand Morning Newscast

Baltimore Sun

WBFF Logo WBFF-TV (Channel 45) will expand its morning news show by an extra hour each weekday starting next month, General Manager Bill Fanshawe said Monday.

Building on its success as the station offering the most local news weekdays mornings in Baltimore, the Fox affiliate will air local news from 5 to 10 a.m. starting Jan. 24. The Sinclair-owned station currently airs local news from 5 to 9 a.m.

“We are expanding the FOX45 morning news to provide more local news content to the market,” Fanshawe said in an email confriming the expansion. “The morning news television market and our morning news has been growing since 2007.” More…

In Cincinnati, Multi-Talented Anchor Prepares for WXIX Debut

Cincinnati Enquirer

Ben Swann When describing new Fox 19 anchor Ben Swann, it’s hard to know where to start: Photographer? Minister? Reporter? Counselor?

Let’s just say Swann, who debuted Sunday with Tricia Macke, isn’t your typical TV anchor.

“My original intention was to be a minister, but I became a news photographer because I needed a job,” says Swan, from KTSM-TV in El Paso, his hometown. “I’ve been a youth or family minister for 17 years.”

And he’s only 32. Do that math. He started early. With everything. More…

DuBois ‘Excited’ to Take Over Wragge’s Anchor Chair


Maurice DuBois Since 1997, Maurice DuBois has become a familiar face for millions of viewers. The majority of those years were waking up New Yorkers, first at WNBC, then at WCBS.

Now, the affable DuBois is ready to put the alarm clock in a drawer and head for nights.

“I was pleased…I don’t know if you ever expect anything,” DuBois tells FishbowlNY. “You just sort of react to events like this.”

Truth be told, this is DuBois’ second stint into the evening at WCBS. He was hired away from Channel 4 in 2004 for the noon and 5 p.m. More…

San Luis Obispo’s KSBY Names New President-GM

Santa Maria Times

KSBY logo Kathleen Choal has been named president and general manager of KSBY-TV, the NBC affiliate in the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo market, by Cordillera Communications.

She is replacing Evan Pappas, who has been appointed president and general manager of KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs, Colo., effective April 1, 2011, a Cordillera spokesman said.

Choal will join KSBY from Cordillera-owned KVOA-TV, an NBC affiliate in Tucson, Ariz., where she was station manager/news director. More…

Highway Standoff Tests Milwaukee News Teams

Dudek Abides

Milwaukee Highway Standoff I could feel the drama. I could feel the intensity. The adrenaline was flowing.

No, that’s not me reminiscing about watching coverage of Friday’s freeway stalemate. It was WDJT-TV (Channel 58) reporter Stephanie Brown reporting from the scene and getting caught up in the moment.

WDJT-TV news director Grant Uitti said Brown and photojournalist Steve Orlowski were heading out on a story that morning when they saw police and sheriff’s vehicles speed by and followed them to the scene of what turned into a six-hour standoff and a rush-hour traffic jam of mammoth proportions. They even pulled alongside the suspect’s vehicle and filmed them before Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputies cleared the scene. More…

Acme Revenue Up 3% on Strength of KWBQ Advertising


acme Acme Communications today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30. They included net revenues from continuing operations that increased 3% to $4.8 million for the third quarter compared to net revenues of $4.7 million in the third quarter of 2009.

Acme said the increase was driven primarily by higher advertising revenue at its KWBQ-KASY Albuquerque-Santa Fe, N.M., compared to the third quarter of 2009.

Continuing stations’ revenues increased 5% while revenues at its syndicated The Daily Buzz decreased 9% for the quarter compared to the prior year quarter. More…

WNET Sells Current to American University

The New York Times

Current Logo Current, the newspaper that has covered the public broadcasting business every two weeks for three decades, is leaving the hands of its longtime owner,, the New York City public broadcaster. The board of last week approved an agreement to sell Current to the American University School of Communication, whose board has also approved the move.

The change is expected to take place in the new year, once a final contract is signed.

The trade publication, which is based outside Washington, was founded in 1980 by the National Association of Educational Broadcasters, but in 1982 it shifted to the Educational Broadcasting Corporation, the forerunner of More…

Hearst Television Warns of DirecTV Blackout


TV static Hearst Television sent out a warning to its local stations over the weekend stating that DirecTV subscribers may lose the stations’ programming on January 1. Hearst and DirecTV are currently locked in retrans negotiations.

The general managers of Hearst-owned stations have echoed the same sentiment regarding the potential blackout: “We believe that we and DirecTV can conclude our negotiations before January 1st so as not to deprive any of our respective viewers and customers of our programming. However, we want to advise our viewers and customers that the possibility of non-renewal of our current agreement exists.”

Hearst owns 29 stations across the country, including 13 ABC-affiliates, 10 NBC-affiliates, and two CBS-affiliates. The company’s stations reach roughly 18% of U.S. households.

Station blackouts, or the threat of them, have become increasingly common in the last few years as broadcasting companies look to aggressively assert the value of their local footprint amid a shifting media landscape in which viewers rely more and more on cable/satellite companies for TV programming. In October, Fox stations in the Northeast went dark for two weeks as the company negotiated a new retrans agreement with Cablevision.

Reporter Follows News Director to Dallas


Sharrie Williams Reporter Sharrie Williams is leaving Miami’s WFOR for KTVT in Dallas. Williams is jumping from one CBS O&O to another and, in doing so, is following news director Adrienne Roark, who left WFOR for KTVT in March.

In making the announcement, KTVT president and general manager Gary Schneider praised Williams’ “knowledge of–and enthusiasm for–sports,” something that Schneider sees as a big asset in the sports-crazed Dallas-Fort Worth market.

Williams is set to take over the weekend anchor role from Nerissa Knight, who is leaving the station after three years.

Williams joined WFOR in December of 2007 and worked closely with Roark–who also signed with the station that year–during her time there as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Before WFOR, Williams worked as a reporter for Birmingham’s WVTM and WBBJ in Jackson, TN.