While Cowles Media still holds the license for KCOY-TV and controls general management, programming and sales, [News-Press & Gazette] picked up about everything else, including equipment, buildings and about 30 employees.
KEYT has retained KCOY’s news operations and is hiring a half-dozen new reporters, anchors and producers in anticipation of a significant change — separating the news operations in Santa Maria and Salinas within the next six months.
For the past two years or so, KCOY reporters in Santa Maria have been sending all news content up to Cowles’ Salinas facility, whose staff has produced two different newscasts for each coverage area. “We’re not going to continue that model,” [KEYT general manager Mark] Danielson said. “To serve our viewers, we have to focus on local news.”
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Garofalo left WWSB in Sarasota, FL, in February and joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast as community resource director in March. She started her career at WGN in Chicago and has also worked at KOTA in Rapid City, SD.
KEYT news director Jim Lemon told TVSpy Garofalo should be on-air by December 9.
Viewers who watch News Press & Gazette stations on DirecTV got to watch the first game of the World Series from home last night after a temporary truce was called between the station group and the satellite provider.
In a statement obtained by TVSpy, DirecTV said, “While we make progress toward a new agreement, we are pleased to have tonight obtained News-Press & Gazette’s permission to temporarily return its five FOX channels to DIRECTV so customers in those affected communities can watch the opening game of the World Series. Both NPG and DIRECTV are optimistic about completing a new agreement to return all channels in their entirety very soon.”
NP&G blacked out its DirecTV signal after the previous carriage agreement between the two expired September 30.
Viewers of Santa Barbara ABC affiliate KEYT won’t be able to watch their favorite ABC shows on DirecTV after the station and satellite provider failed to agree over retransmission fees Wednesday.
KEYT general manager Mark Danielson said in a statement on the News-Press & Gazette owned station’s website that DirecTV “terminated carriage” and he was disappointed “DirecTV would deprive its subscribers of KEYT’s highly rated national and local programming.”
DirectTV sent TVSpy a statement saying the opposite: “News-Press & Gazette Company (NPG) has blacked out 13 local broadcast stations to DIRECTV’s local customers and will not let us restore these channels unless DIRECTV commits to more than triple the price we currently pay to retransmit their “free” TV signals.” The statement added, “We simply won’t accept a price increase of this magnitude that would have to be passed on to our customers.”
Danielson said the rate increase his station is looking for is “very modest.” Read more
“I have dealt with anxiety and depression for many years. Excessive self-medication is a fairly recent phenomenon for me. It has increased over time. I have had substantial periods of abstinence and sobriety,” Lopez said in a statement posted on KEYT’s website. “As can occur in the recovery process, I have also had failures and relapses … Much was written about my prior medical circumstances. All that was released to the media regarding my medical circumstances was true. But it was not complete. That is no longer the case.”
Lopez was arrested Monday for public intoxication hear her Santa Barbara home. Earlier this year, she took several months away from the Santa Barbara ABC affiliate after her family briefly reported her missing.
“I am aware of the recent developments with Paula Lopez but I am unable to comment on any employee’s health or personnel issues. I will continue to monitor the developments closely, but as I am sure you can understand, I am unable to release any further statements concerning Paula,” KEYT general manager Mark Danielson said in a statement to TVSpy.
Lopez, 48, “was contacted by sheriff’s deputies on North San Marcos Road at Via Piccoli in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County” at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, sheriff’s Cmdr. Sol Linver said.
She was taken into custody, and later released with a citation to appear in court, Linver said, adding that the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review.
The arrest comes five months after Lopez briefly went missing. After that incident, which she said was because of pneumonia and dehydration, she took a brief leave of absence from KEYT, where she anchors the 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.
KEYT did not immediately respond to TVSpy’s request for comment.
Petersons will primarily contribute to “New Day,” CNN’s morning newscast set to launch on June 17. Her first assignment for CNN will be covering the tornado devastation from Moore this week.
KEYT news director Jim Lemon told TVSpy, “I’m thrilled to have her joining the team here at NewsChannel 3.”
De Los Santos comes to KEYT from Fresno NBC affiliate KSEE. She started her career at KSEE as an sports intern in 2006. She was named the weekend sports anchor in 2010.
According to station monitoring site TVEyes, Lopez worked the 6:30 p.m news on April 18, but was absent from the 11:00 p.m. show. Her co-anchor C.J. Ward told viewers Lopez had the night off. She hasn’t been on air since.
“I can tell you that KEYT and NPG continue to wish Paula well,” KEYT general manager Mark Danielson told Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk after saying he could not comment on an employee’s health or personnel issues. “I don’t have any information on when Paula might be able to return to work,” he added. Read more
“We’re thrilled Paula is now able to come back to work,” Jim Lemon, KEYT news director told the San Luis Obispo Tribune. “As a veteran member of the team at NewsChannel 3, it’s good to have her back where she belongs, anchoring and reporting the news up and down the coast.”
Lopez returned home nearly eight hours after being reported missing by concerned family members. Relatives blamed an unnamed medical condition on her disappearance.
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