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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.

More from Telemundo after the jump. Read more

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WCAU Ending Lifestyle Show in Favor of More News

A lifestyle and entertainment show on WCAU, the NBC O&O in Philadelphia, will come to an end on Friday after 10 years on the air, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

WCAU will replace the show, “10!,” with an additional half-hour of news. “10!” currently airs from 11:30 to noon on weekdays, sandwiched in between two newscasts. Beginning on Monday, the 11 a.m. news will run for an hour.

The Daily News reports WCAU general manager Eric Lerner “cited the station’s commitment to strengthening its newscasts for the switch.” Hosts Bill Henley and Jillian Mele will remain with the station, and a handful of production staffers will be encouraged to apply for internal positions at the station.

Philadelphia NBC Station Names New News Director

Anzio Williams left KCRA in Sacramento last month after five years as the station’s news director to pursue “bigger and better things.”  And he got just that as NBC O&O WCAU in Philadelphia today introduced him as its new vice president of news.

“I’m so proud to be part of the hardest working news team in Philadelphia,” Williams said in a statement.  “This is a great news town, and I cannot wait be a part of this community.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Anzio to our leadership team,” said WCAU president and general manager Eric Lerner, announcing the hiring.  “He has a distinguished record of accomplishments as a news manager and as a proven leader. He is a great addition to our team.” Read more

Keith Jones Named Morning Anchor at WCAU

Beginning in July, Keith Jones will be the morning anchor at WCAU in Philadelphia, the NBC O&O announced today.

Jones comes to WCAU from WTAE, the ABC-affiliate in Pittsburgh, where he has been a reporter and anchor for the past two years. He has previously worked at WCAU as an intern while attending Villanova University. In his new role, he will also report for the station.

“We’re excited to welcome Keith back to NBC10 as part of our on-air team,” president and general manager Eric Lerner said in a statement. “He has an enthusiasm and energy that our viewers will respond well to.”

Jones will be paired with WCAU morning anchor Lori Wilson. Stacey Stauffer, who has been filling in at the morning anchor desk, will return to reporting full-time, according to a station spokesperson.

Jay O’Connor Named General Manager of KIRO

Jay O’Connor is the new general manager at Seattle CBS-affiliate KIRO, the station announced today. His appointment is effective immediately.

O’Connor is currently a group vice president for Cox Media Group, KIRO’s parent company. In his new role, he will continue to oversee CMG’s radio and television operations in Seattle, El Paso, Hawaii, Oakland and Reno.

In a statement announcing the hire, CMG executive vice president Bill Hoffman said the station considered both internal and external candidates for the general manager position, which has been open since Eric Lerner joined Philadelphia’s WCAU in March. Read more

Assistant News Director Dave Parker Out at WCAU

Assistant news director Dave Parker is leaving WCAU, a spokesperson for the NBC O&O confirmed to TVSpy.

Parker’s departure comes two weeks after Chris Blackman stepped down as news director, saying he and recently-named general manager Eric Lerner came to the “mutual conclusion that it’s time for new leadership in the newsroom.”

Parker has been the assistant news director at WCAU since 2002. His last day will be June 19.

“I want nothing but the best for NBC 10 and wish much success to Eric and his team,” Parker wrote in an email to staffers obtained by the 247Newsroom. “I will miss seeing all of you. Simply put, goodbye and I love you guys.”

Chris Blackman Out as WCAU News Director

Chris Blackman is leaving his news director post at WCAU, after more than a decade with the Philadelphia NBC station.

“I have a bit of news,” Blackman announced in an email to staff on Wednesday. “Eric and I have come to the mutual conclusion that it’s time for new leadership in the newsroom–time for new ideas and a fresh perspective on what we do. So after 11 years at NBC10 I will be moving on to see what other adventures life has to offer.”

Following Blackman’s announcement to WCAU staff, president and general manager Eric Lerner followed up to say that being a news director, especially in a major market, “is the most difficult job in the building.” Read more

KIRO’s Eric Lerner Named GM of WCAU

NBC Owned Television Stations announced today that Eric Lerner has been named president and general manager of WCAU in Philadelphia.  Lerner comes to WCAU from Seattle CBS-affiliate KIRO, where he has served as vice president and general manager for the last six years.

“Eric has a proven track record of success in strengthening stations’ news operations and driving sales performance,” said Valari Staab, president of NBC Owned Television Stations, announcing the hiring.  “His nearly 30 years of broadcast experience will be critical in taking NBC 10 to the next level, and I am pleased to welcome him to our team.” Read more