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Archives: April 2013

KIII Expands Morning Newscast on Subchannel

Corpus Christi ABC affiliate KIII has expanded its morning newscast into the 7 a.m. hour on a digital subchannel.

“We are pleased to add another hour of 3News First Edition for our viewers who want more local information during that important hour,” VP-GM Dan Robbins said in a statement. “The format will provide more time for special issues and a variety of topics for our viewers.”

The additional hour will be helmed by morning anchors John Thomas and Jane Monreal and meteorologist Kristin Diaz. “Good Morning America” will continue to be seen at 7 a.m. on KIII’s main channel.

Ray Lane Says Goodbye to Seattle’s KOMO

After five years at KOMO, Ray Lane is leaving the Seattle ABC affiliate to become the spokesperson for Puget Sound Energy.

“It’s a very good move for me, but I’ve got to tell you, it is very tough to leave today,” Lane said on the morning newscast Friday (video above). “I work with some great people, especially on the morning shift, from the people up here, to the people I work with out in the field, the photographers, and there are so many people behind the scenes that work in the newsroom.”

David Baer Hired as WHP News Director

David Baer has been named news director for Harrisburg, PA, CBS affiliate WHP.

Arthur Hasson, WHP vice president and general manager told TVSpy, “We are very excited about the arrival of our new news director David Baer. He has an amazing background with extensive news room experience highlighted by excellence at every step. His recent experience in Albany NY is particularly appropriate given it is also a hyphenated market centered in a state capitol.”

Baer last worked as news director at WXXA in Albany, NY. The Newport owned station was bought by Shield Media last year and entered into a shared services agreement with Young Broadcasting, the owners of Albany ABC affiliate WTEN. Under the terms of the agreement, WTEN took over production of the newscasts for both stations.

Baer has also worked at WGGB in Springfield, MA, and has been a news director in Indianapolis, Raleigh, Providence, Portland, ME, and Buffalo.

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Former WVNS Anchor Announces Senate Run

Martin Staunton, a former reporter and anchor at WVNS in Lewisburg, W.V., has announced a run for U.S. Senate.

According to the Register-Herald, Staunton is running for the Senate seat that will be vacated by Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) next year. “I am not a politician,” Staunton said. “I am going to be a statesman. And while there are things about both parties I like, I will not toe any party line. It is about the people, not the political party.”

Staunton, who is diabetic, said his top issue is health care. “In eight months, I nearly died, was released from my (television) contract, and then prevented from working in my profession for a year, and then my wife of 25 years died an uninsured American,” he said.

Staunton, who is running without a political affiliation, is the second candidate to announce a run for Rockefeller’s seat.

Erin Nichols to Join KABB in San Antonio

Erin Nichols, weekend anchor for Beaumont, TX, FOX affiliate KBTV, is moving back to her hometown to join Sinclair’s San Antonio FOX affiliate KABB.

David Lowell, news director for KBTV, told TVSpy, “We hate losing her but it’s a win-win for her and the company.” KBTV is operated by Sinclair under a Joint Service Agreement with owner Deerfield Media.

According to her bio, she interned at KABB while in college and also worked as a freelance reporter for the station.

Atlanta Traffic Reporter Arrested for DUI

Elle Duncan, morning traffic reporter for Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA was arrested for DUI over the weekend.

“I am greatly embarrassed for my actions early Sunday morning,” said Duncan in a statement posted to the station website. “I have been reminded — in a very difficult way – that any amount of alcohol can impair us. I take full responsibility for my actions. I apologize to my fans, our community, and my 11Alive family.”

WXIA added, “We are relieved that no one was injured and will be giving Elle the time she needs to deal with this personal incident.” Read more

On the Move, 4/29/13

Aaron Dimick joins WWMT in Grand Rapids, MI, as a reporter. He was previously a multimedia journalist at WEAU in Eau Claire, WI.

Ethan Calloway joins KTUL in Tulsa as a reporter.  He comes from WAAY in Huntsville, AL.

To report a new move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

KBZK Unveils New High Definition Set

KBZK in Bozeman, Mont. debuted a high definition set designed by Devlin Design Group last week.

“It looks great in person and on camera. We’re already getting positive comments from viewers,” KBAK news director John Sherer said in a statement. “What I like best is the great lighting and how versatile it is, giving us many venues for showcasing stories.” Read more

Netflix CEO: ‘Over the Coming Decades … Internet TV Will Replace Linear TV’

As we’ve been reporting recently, streaming television technology — used by Aereo and the Dish Hopper — has the potential to cause a dramatic shift in the television business going forward. With Fox and Univision already contemplating converting to cable networks, another executive is weighing in about the future of the television business: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

In a letter to shareholders this week, Hastings lays out the 10 reasons why Internet TV will continue to gain popularity, concluding that “over the coming decades and across the world, Internet TV will replace linear TV. Apps will replace channels, remote controls will disappear, and screens will proliferate”:

People love TV content, and we watch over a billion hours a day of linear TV. But people don’t love the linear TV experience where channels present programs at particular times on non-portable screens with complicated remote controls. Consumers click through a grid to choose something to watch. DVRs and VOD add an on-demand layer, at the cost of storage and increased complexity. Finding good things to watch isn’t easy or enjoyable. While hugely popular, the linear TV channel model is ripe for replacement.

TV Jobs: KRON, WRAL, WRNN

This week, KRON is hiring an executive producer, and WRAL needs a TV newscast director/producer. Meanwhile, WRNN is still seeking an editor/graphics associate, as well as a director of technology. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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