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Archives: April 2010

Fisher TV Revenue Up 31% in First Quarter

Broadcasting & Cable

Fisher Communications Logo Fisher Communications reported first quarter television revenue of $26.6 million, a whopping 31% boost over the first quarter a year ago. Total revenue at the Seattle-based company was $35.3 million, a 24% increase over the same quarter last year.

Fisher reported a net loss of $2.2 million in the quarter, an improvement on the $4.3 million net loss from 2009′s first quarter.

“Our first quarter performance reflects the improving macro-economic environment and our ability to capture a larger share of the market through our operational improvements,” said Fisher President/CEO Colleen B. Brown. More…

Megyn Kelly Takes Roundabout Way to Dream Job

The Daily Beast

Megyn Kelly When she was a sophomore in high school, Megyn Kelly took a career aptitude test.

“At the time, I was interested in boys and popularity and cheerleading and my friends, and maybe a distant fourth or fifth would be academics,” the Fox News anchor said one recent afternoon.

The results were unambiguous: She should go into broadcast journalism.

A whip-smart blonde with made-for-TV looks, Kelly became… a lawyer. But the pull of destiny was strong and after a time, Kelly abandoned the partner track at powerhouse Washington firm Jones Day to take a chance on journalism. In 2004, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes took a chance on her, and the rest is (recent) history More…

Emmys Are Bittersweet for Former Honolulu Anchor

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Diane Ako, KHNL Former KHNL-TV anchor and reporter Diane Ako will fly to San Francisco to be a presenter at the 39th annual Northern California Area Emmy Awards on May 15.

She is also a nominee, as is former KHNL videographer and editor Tracy Arakaki — bittersweet, as the two lost their jobs with dozens of co-workers when KHNL, KFVE-TV and rival KGMB-TV consolidated last fall.

“After 10 years in the biz, I finally celebrate my first personal Emmy nomination,” Arakaki e-mailed.

The NorCal region of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences asked Ako to present six awards More…

CBS, Fox Profess Apathy Toward NBC-Comcast

The Hollywood Reporter

Comcast Brian Roberts NBC Universal needn’t worry about a couple of its primary competitors trying to derail its merger with Comcast. It seems that Fox and CBS don’t much care.

“From a macro perspective, I’m certainly not troubled by it,” Chase Carey, News Corp.’s deputy chairman, president and COO, said Wednesday at the Milken Institute Global Conference.

“Being that NBC is in fourth place, we sort of don’t like anything to change,” CBS president and CEO Les Moonves joked.

“It will become a very powerful company,” he continued. “There are other people out there that are worried that there may be some trade problems with that. I don’t feel that way.” More…

NECN Launches First 4:30am Newscast in Boston

Boston Herald

NECN Morning Show NECN is waking up the early-morning news competition with the first 4:30 a.m. newscast in the Boston TV market.

The regional cable news channel quietly launched “First Thing in the Morning” a few weeks ago and started promoting the new show earlier this week.

Anchored by Mike Nikitas and Karen Swensen, NECN is devoting two live trucks, two crews and two reporters doing live coverage to the new early-morning program.

“It’s a great momentum and a great way to start the news day,” said station manager Stacey Marks Bronner More…

Michigan Station Launches iPad News App

Television Broadcast

WWTV iPad Broadcasters are rapidly finding uses for the iPad. WWTV-TV in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan has launched a native app for the iPad.

Unlike some other station apps for the computer tablet, WWTV’s isn’t merely an extended version of one designed for iPhones, says its developer, news entrepreneur Eric Wotilla.

“What makes our app unique is it’s the first app for a local TV station that runs natively on the iPad,” he said. “While other stations’ iPhone apps will run on the iPad, they run in a small window in the middle of the screen–they’re not designed specifically for the iPad, nor are they certified by apple as an iPad app.” More…

In Alabama, Anchor Leaves WSFA After 20 Years

WSFA

Kim Hendrix WSFA WSFA 12 News is sad to announce that we’re losing one of our most talented employees.

Kim Hendrix announced to a crowded newsroom Wednesday afternoon that at the end of May, she will step down from her position at WSFA.

Kim made the announcement to viewers a short time later during WSFA 12 News at 5:00.

After 20 years at channel 12, Kim has decided to take a position with Saint James School in Montgomery. There, she will act as Director of Development. More…

CNN Correspondent Takes Leave of Absence

The Huffington Post

Michael Ware Foreign correspondent Michael Ware, the face of CNN’s coverage of Iraq, is on leave from the network.

The network says that Ware, who has been conspicuously absent from CNN, is on leave to write a book.

“Michael is currently on a leave of absence writing a book,” a CNN spokesperson told the Huffington Post. “We don’t discuss individual contracts.”

AllThingsCNN, a blog covering the network, speculates that Ware will not be returning to CNN More…

At Fox O&Os, 4:30 Is The New 5 for News

TVNewsCheck

WHBQ-TV logo Graveyard shifters, insomniacs, pre-dawn commuters–Fox Television Stations want them all.

Over the past couple of months, the station group has extended its early morning news block in 11 markets by adding 4:30 a.m. newscasts or, in one case (Houston), a 4 a.m. newscast.

With the sign on of WHBQ Memphis on Monday, 13 of Fox’s 16 news-producing stations are now in the early-early news business.

“It’s the natural next step in the local news evolution,” says Sharri Berg, SVP of news operations for the Fox O&Os. “We’re really answering the consumers’ changing need for news and information.” More…

ABC News Concludes Major Staff Cutbacks

The New York Times

ABC News logo ABC News has completed a wrenching series of buyouts and layoffs that have reduced its workforce by nearly 400 people, or roughly 25 percent of the network news division.

The news division, a unit of the Walt Disney Company, would not disclose how many staff members had chosen to take buyouts and how many had involuntarily lost their jobs. But a person with knowledge of the cutbacks said that more than 300 employees took buyout packages. On Tuesday, 22 employees were laid off in what was apparently the final round of cuts.

Going-away parties are an almost nightly occurrence at ABC now, and they will continue at least through next week. More…

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