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Archives: October 2013

Longtime Kansas City Anchor Takes New Role as ‘Anchor Emeritus’

larry moore kmbcAfter more than 40 years on the anchor desk, Larry Moore has announced he will soon step back from anchoring everyday and take on a new role as “Anchor Emeritus” for Kansas City ABC affiliate KMBC.

Moore will continue to anchor the station’s 6:00 p.m. news until November 27. Then, the station said he will “continue to share inspiring stories of Dream Factory children, contribute to special news projects, appear at station community events and provide fill-in anchor support.”

The veteran anchor scaled his hours back last December, anchoring just the 6:00 p.m. news.

“I cannot begin to express the depth of our gratitude for what Larry Moore means to this station and to Kansas City,” Sarah Smith, president and general manager of KMBC-KCWE said in a statement. “His career and life define everything that is good about this city.” Read more

Deidre Johnson Joins WRBL

johnson_wrblDeidre Johnson (pictured far left) has joined WRBL as morning news anchor.

She will anchor alongside Tammy Terry (center) and senior meteorologist Kurt Schmitz for the Columbus, GA, CBS affiliate.

“I’m thrilled to join the News 3 On Your Side team,” said Johnson. “Being asked to co-anchor the morning newscasts with Tammy and Kurt is an honor and privilege. I look forward to telling the stories that matter the most and starting the day with the WRBL viewers. ”

Johnson joins WRBL from WXIA in Atlanta where she was a writer and traffic producer. She has also worked at WJCL-WTGS in Savannah, GA.

WNCT Adds Angela Green as Anchor

green_wnct_croppedWNCT has announced the addition of Angela Green as anchor for the Greenville, NC, CBS affiliate.

Green will co-anchor with Jeff Varner on the 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news.

“We’re thrilled to have Angela joining the 9 On Your Side News team,” said news director Ingrid Johansen in a statement. “She brings her experience, dedication and passion to the News Desk.”

Green comes to WNCT from Pioneer Electric Cooperative where she was communications manager. She has also worked at WAKA in Montgomery, AL, and WVTM in Birmingham, AL.

Lucy Noland, Robert Kovacik Taking On New Roles at KNBC

lucy noland robert kovacikLucy Noland and Robert Kovacik are taking on new roles at KNBC, TVSpy has learned.

Noland, who joined the NBC owned station in Los Angeles in 2011, is no longer anchoring the 6 p.m. newscast. She will be replaced by Colleen Williams, who anchors the 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

KNBC spokesperson Terri Hernandez Rosales told TVSpy Nolan will continue to anchor the midday newscast. Speculation about the 6 p.m. anchor changes was first reported by FTVLive.

Weekend evening anchor Robert Kovacik is also getting a new role at the station. He will step away from the anchor desk to be a reporter for the 11 p.m. newscast.

“Robert Kovacik is a valuable member of the NBC4 news team, and one of the best reporters in Los Angeles. Just this year, he was honored by the Los Angeles Press Club as Journalist of the year because of the trust and respect he’s earned from our audience,” Hernandez Rosales said. “It’s that type of reporting we want bring to our viewers at the 11PM newscast Monday-Friday.”

Former WYFF Weathercaster Keisha Kirkland Dies of Cancer

keisha kirklandKeisha Kirkland, a former weathercaster at WYFF in Greenville, S.C., has died of lung cancer. She was 41.

Kirkland, who did not smoke, was diagnosed shortly after she joined WYFF in 2008, according to the station. She continued to work at WYFF while undergoing treatment before finally signing off in May 2013. Here’s more from the station’s obituary:

Keisha, a native of Danville, Ky., attended the University of Louisville. During her senior year of chiropractic school at Life University, Keisha learned she had pituitary macro adenoma. After several brain surgeries, temporary paralysis, and a painstaking recovery, Keisha beat the diagnosis. She earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Life University, graduating with honors in 2000.

Keisha’s husband is former Clemson star and NFL All-Pro linebacker Levon Kirkland. When Keisha was diagnosed, their daughter, Kennedy, was 5.

Thema Ponton to Join Milwaukee ABC Station

PONTON-240x180---25223440Thema Ponton, anchor for Portland, ME, ABC affiliate WMTW, is headed to Milwaukee ABC affiliate WISN.

Ponton will anchor the weekend morning newscasts for WISN and will also report three days a week for the weekday morning news. Her first day will be Monday.

WISN general manager Jan Wade told TVSpy, “We are very excited to welcome Thema to our staff.”

Ponton started her career at WTXL in Tallahassee, FL. Before working at WMTW, Ponton worked at WBTW in Myrtle Beach, SC.  She has also worked at WPGH in Pittsburgh, KALB in Alexandria, LA.

QNET Tells How Your Small Company Can Engage in Philanthropy

 

QNET is a company that proudly touts its admiration of Gandhi; the company was founded on many principles that the famed humanitarian long advocated, principles of service and sacrifice. Not all companies have such lofty origins, of course, nor do many small businesses laud famous humanitarians as business touchstones. With that said, studies indicate that more and more businesses are engaging in philanthropy, a trend from which even the smallest enterprises are not exempt.

That more and more companies are giving to charity is difficult to argue with; the real question is how. For the business owner, philanthropy may seem like the right thing to do morally, but not necessarily something that is logistically or financially viable. The truth is, however, corporate responsibility is both an ethical imperative and a business boon. In the paragraphs that follow, the team explains why this is.

Though QNET bases many of its values on the teachings of Gandhi, it also has a corporate philosophy that is entirely its own. That philosophy comes with a simple acronym, RYTHM—or, Raise Yourself to Help Mankind. The idea behind this is simple: You empower yourself first, so that you are then able to go out there and help others. Read more

KTLA Reporter: Kingsley Smith’s Departure Part of ‘Ill-Advised Dismantling’ of KTTV

KTTV_logoKTLA reporter Sam Rubin takes to Facebook to offer his version of the events that led to KTTV news director Kingsley Smith‘s resignation from the Los Angeles Fox O&O. Rubin, who covers media and entertainment for Tribune’s CW affiliate in LA, writes that “a smarter and stronger executive would have stood up to those giving the orders” as KTTV “went from feeling fun and brash, to heartless and cold”:

The real reason that Smith lost his job is that for the past two years or so he has been a willing and active participant is the ill-advised dismantling of a once popular and important news gathering organization. So after Smith followed orders, fired a ton of people at Fox 11; including very talented and popular on-air types like Mark Thompson and Dorothy Lucey; the ratings are a disaster, the news gathering abilities are destroyed; and guess who gets the blame …. the sap who followed the orders, coming from higher-ups in New York incidentally, to cut KTTV to beyond the bone.

What really matters here, and this is where “executives” always make the biggest mistake, is that television news in 2013 is a personality business. There is simply nothing more important than “feel,” how a show sincerely feels to those who watch it.  Read more

Changes at Chicago’s WFLD as Veteran Anchor Robin Robinson Shifts Into New Role

 

WFLD evening anchor Robin Robinson is shifting into a new role at the Chicago Fox O&O, setting off a domino effect of changes to the station’s morning and evening newscasts.

Robinson, who has anchored WFLD’s evening newscast since the station launched local news in 1987, will be the host and principal correspondent for the recently-launched “Chicago at the Tipping Point” series of reports. WFLD’s Mike Flannery will serve as the co-host of the series.

“I will miss interacting every weeknight with the wonderfully engaged and informed Chicago news audience, it has been an honor and privilege,” Robinson said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing and even expanding a tradition of reporting stories that explore the issues, challenges and solutions that strive to make a difference in our lives.”

News of Robinson’s new role comes after days of speculation about her future at the station. Her departure from the anchor desk was first reported by Chicago media reporter Robert Feder.

Replacing Robinson on the evening anchor desk will be Dawn Hasbrouck, who currently anchors the morning newscasts at WFLD alongside Corey McPherrin. Hasbrouck’s first day on the evening newscast will be November 28.

Hasbrouck and McPherrin will be replaced on “Good Day Chicago” by Melody Mendez and Jon Kelly, who are joining the station from Denver and San Francisco, respectively. Mendez comes from KDVR, where she is an anchor and reporter, and Kelly comes from KNTV, where he is co-anchor of the morning newscast. The pair will anchor alongside Natalie Bomke, who joined WFLD last month. Read more

Tom Wheeler Confirmed as Head of FCC

wheeler_usaTom Wheeler has been confirmed by the Senate as FCC Chairman.

According to The New York Times, “The vote came after Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, lifted a hold earlier in the day on the nomination of Tom Wheeler as chairman, with Mr. Cruz saying he had received assurances from him that the commission would not immediately pursue changes for political advertising on television.”

Along with Wheeler’s confirmation, the Senate OK’d President Obama’s nomination of Michael O’Reilly as FCC commissioner. The two seats had been vacant since previous chairman Julius Genachowski and commissioner Robert McDowell both stepped down in March.

Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn congratulated the two on their confirmation, “The FCC family enthusiastically welcomes both Tom and Michael. I look forward to working with them, along with my current colleagues at the Commission, to further communications policies that advance the public interest, bolster competition, empower consumers, and spur new waves of innovation that grow our economy and create jobs.”

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