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Kendra Lyn Says Goodbye to KXAS

kendra lynKendra Lyn signed off from KXAS, the NBC owned station in Dallas, on Friday. Lyn, a general assignment reporter, is relocating to Orlando, where she previously worked at WESH.

Lyn told Dallas media blogger Ed Bark that a new job opportunity for her husband coincided with the end of her contract at KXAS. “We’re relocating for his job, and we miss the friends, family and ties we have in Florida,” Lyn told Bark. “I’ll definitely pursue available television opportunities in Orlando.”

Lyn joined the NBC owned station in 2012. She has also worked at stations in Green Bay and Rochester, Minn.

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Mark Hayes Says Goodbye to KXAS

mark hayes kxasEarly morning anchor Mark Hayes has left KXAS, the NBC owned station in Dallas-Fort Worth.

“After careful consideration and discussion with NBC5 management, we have mutually decided to part ways and end my tenure as co-anchor of NBC5 Today,” Hayes told Dallas media blogger Ed Bark. “…I’ve enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to play a major role at such a well-respected news operation and thank the viewers for their support. I’m grateful to (vice president of news) Susan Tully and all the managers at NBC5 for the opportunity and look forward to continuing my career in television news.”

Hayes joined KXAS last year after ten years at WAGA, the Fox owned station in Atlanta. Bark points out his bio has already been stripped from the station’s website.

Omar Villafranca Joins CBS News From KXAS

omar villafrancaOmar Villafranca is joining CBS News as a Dallas-based correspondent for news services, the Network’s 24-hour television newsgathering service for the network’s affiliates. He will begin in his new role January 13.

Villafranca joins CBS from KXAS, the NBC owned station in Dallas, where he has been a reporter since 2008. He previously worked at KOTV in Tulsa and KSWO in Lawton, Okla.

“It’s been a great six years at NBC5. I’d like to thank (vice president of news) Susan Tully for hiring me, and everyone else for putting up with me,” Villafranca told Dallas media blogger Ed Bark. “I was lucky to work with so many great managers, editors, reporters, producers and photojournalists.”

Meteorologist Steve MacLaughlin Joins WTAE

Meteorologist Steve MacLaughlin is joining WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh. He begins October 1 as the station’s morning and noon meteorologist.

MacLaughlin comes from WTNH in Hartford-New Haven, where he has worked since 2011. He has also worked at WPIX in New York City, KXAS in Dallas and WPHL in Philadelphia, as well as at The Weather Channel.

“From tropical storms to full-blown Nor’easters, Steve has tracked a wide variety of weather events,” WTAE president and general manager Charles W. Wolfertz III said in a statement. “His impressive experience forecasting storms will serve Pittsburghers well during severe weather.”

More from WTAE after the jump. Read more

KYW, WVUE Win Edward R. Murrow Awards For Overall Excellence

Philadelphia CBS O&O KYW and New Orleans Fox affiliate WVUE are the 2013 recipients of RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards for overall excellence.

“We are very humbled and honored to be recognized for our body of work in 2012,” WVUE news director Mikel Schaefer told TVSpy. “This is a reflection of the hard work and dedication our entire staff has day in and day out, whether covering Hurricane Isaac, investigating corruption or our unique culture.”

In the breaking news category, WNBC in New York City won for coverage of Hurricane Sandy and WHEC in Rochester won for coverage of the four firefighters shot at a house fire in Webster. In the continuning coverage category, KXAS in Dallas won for “Driven to Distraction,” a nine-month series on Texas police officers who crashed while typing on mobile dashboard computers, and KXRM in Colorado Springs won for coverage of the Waldo Canyon fire.

Murrow Awards for best newscast go to KUSA in Denver and KSPR in Springfield, Mo. Awards for best feature reporting go to KARE in Minneapolis and KHQ in Spokane, and WFAA in Dallas and CTV in Vancouver Island were honored for best investigative reporting.

A full list of the winners is after the jump. Read more

Dallas Stations Live Overnight With Coverage of Fertilizer Plant Explosion

More than 100 people were injured during an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas Wednesday night.

ABC affiliate WFAA was the first of the Dallas stations to report the news at 8:47 p.m. The station began continuing coverage at 9:35 p.m. that lasted throughout the night. John McCaa anchored the first several hours, with Ron Corning taking over at 2 a.m. Todd Unger reported from West.

Fox O&O KDFW reported the news at the top of the 9 p.m. hour. Heather Hays and Steve Eagar anchored five and a half hours of wall-to-wall coverage, signing off at 2:30 a.m. Brandon Todd reported from West for KDFW.

KTVT was next at 9:46 p.m. with Karen Borta anchoring. The CBS O&O had continuing coverage from 9:55 p.m. to 2 a.m. with Borta and Jason Allen reporting from West.

NBC O&O KXAS reported the news at 9:48 p.m. Amanda Guerra and Brian Curtis anchored until 12:30 a.m., with Scott Gordon reporting from West.

Ellen Goldberg Signs Off From KXAS

Reporter Ellen Goldberg is saying goodbye to KXAS, the NBC-owned station in Dallas.

“After 6 great years, I have decided to leave KXAS to pursue other opportunities,” Goldberg wrote in a memo to station staffers obtained by Uncle Barky’s Bytes. “I am grateful to KXAS and the talented team of professionals I have worked alongside … I’m excited about several future opportunities, but my immediate plans are to take a little time to enjoy life.”

Goldberg, who reported primarily for the station’s 10 p.m. newscast, joined KXAS from KOAT in Albuquerque in 2007. Her last day at KXAS was Monday.

Sports Anchor Pat Doney Joins KXAS

Pat Doney is joining the NBC-owned station in Dallas as weekend sports anchor, according to Dallas media blogger Ed Bark.

Doney comes to KXAS after more than two years at WDRB, the Fox affiliate in Louisville. He began his broadcasting career as a sports intern at KABC in Los Angeles and has also worked at WSET in Lynchburg, Va. and KNWA-KARK in Fayetteville, Ark.

Doney replaces Matt Barrie, who is headed for ESPN.

It’s Official: Larry Wert Leaving WMAQ For Tribune

WMAQ general manager Larry Wert is leaving the NBC O&O for a top job at Tribune Co. Wert will be the president of local broadcasting,  overseeing strategy and opreations for 23 television stations and Chicago-based WGN Radio, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Wert will report to Peter Liguori, who stepped into the CEO role after the company emerged from bankruptcy last month.

“Our TV assets are an incredibly important part of the Tribune Co. We wanted to bring someone on board who had the breadth of experience, the depth of relationships and the energy to take innovations and get them across the goal line,” Ligouri said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “I just felt that we could take these local broadcast stations and really supercharge them behind Larry’s expertise and stewardship.”

Wert, a Chicago native, has been president and general manager of WMAQ since 1998. In 2008, he was named president of NBC Local Media’s central and western region, overseeing KNTV in San Francisco, KNBC in Los Angeles, KNSD in San Diego and KXAS in Dallas in addition to WMAQ. In 2011, NBC named Wert executive vice president of station initiatives for the NBC-owned stations.

“I grew up here, I spent most of my career here so I respect the great legacy of the Tribune co. I’m familiar with their great assets,” Wert told Broadcasting & Cable. “Their station footprint is significant in 36% of the country. I think there’s an opportunity right now to be part of its future in a very positive way.”

Rumors of Wert’s departure from WMAQ began last week. In his new job, he will remain based in Chicago.

>Update: NBC Owned Television Stations President Valari Staab has released a statement:

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for Larry to run a broadcast group and stay in his hometown of Chicago. I greatly appreciate his dedication and have truly enjoyed working with him over the last 18 months. I wish him the very best in his new role.

KXAS Apologizes for Facebook Joke About Soldier’s Death

KXAS, the NBC O&O in Dallas, is facing criticism after a Facebook post about a Fort Hood solider’s death.

The soldier was shot accidentally by a fellow soldier, who held a gun to his face in an attempt to scare away his hiccups. The post (right) reads “BOOops” and features an image of a gun, along with encouraging viewers to share their cure for hiccups.

The post generated many comments on the station’s Facebook page.

“It’s not funny to make a joke about someone’s death. Especially a young soldier who died because of a stupid, stupid prank,” one person wrote.

“It is good to know that a MAJOR TV outlet can admit its errors. Thank You, do not change,” another commented.

A tipster tells us the post was up for 40 minutes before KXAS removed it and posted an apology.

“We have removed the previous post to our Facebook page that many of you felt was insensitive,” the station wrote. “We apologize for the error in judgement.”

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