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Veteran Sportscaster Bob Allen Joins KHOU

Three months after signing off from KTRK in Houston, sports anchor Bob Allen is joining rival KHOU.

“Bob’s not just another TV sportscaster, he’s a Houston icon,” KHOU executive news director Philip Bruce said in a statement. “Having Bob on our team is an enormous plus. And I know Houston viewers will appreciate having him in their homes again each night, as they have for so many years.”

Allen spent 39 years at ABC O&O KTRK. He will join CBS affiliate KHOU as the weekday sports anchor on April 25.

“I’ve still got a lot of stories left to tell,” Allen said. “And I’m very excited for the opportunity to be covering the stories so many people care about on a great television station like KHOU.”

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Doug Delony to Join KHOU From Rival KRIV

Doug Delony will join KHOU, the CBS-affiliate in Houston, on July 9.

Delony comes to KHOU from rival KRIV, the Fox O&O in Houston, where he has worked since 2006 as a social media reporter and senior web producer.

“We’re very impressed with Doug’s skills in television news as well as his expertise with social media,” KHOU news director Philip Bruce said in a statement. “He’s the complete package—someone who really gets how to take our broadcasting product and give it a whole new life on social media platforms.”

Reporter Mia Gradney Joining KHOU in Houston

Mia Gradney is joining Houston CBS-affiliate KHOU, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Until June, Gradney was the weekday evening anchor at crosstown rival KIAH, the CW-affiliate. She spent 12 years at the station. Gradney began her television career at another Houston station, ABC O&O KTRK.

KHOU news director Philip Bruce told the Chronicle that Gradney will work as a general assignment reporter beginning July 2.

Anchor Christine Haas Joining KNSD From KHOU

After three years at KHOU, Christine Haas will anchor her last broadcast at the Houston CBS-affiliate on Friday. She will join KNSD, the NBC O&O in San Diego, later this month.

Haas, who joined KHOU in 2008, told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff that she is “thrilled” about her new opportunity. She will be an anchor,  helming the early evening newscasts, and an investigative reporter, which she called her “passion.”

In a memo announcing her departure, KHOU news director Philip Bruce said the anchor “embodies quality in every facet of her professional and personal life.”

“While we’ll miss Christine, we’re very pleased she’s getting this great new opportunity,” Bruce wrote. Read more

KHOU Reporter Alex Sanz Set to Join WPTV

After five years at Houston CBS-affiliate KHOU, reporter Alex Sanz is leaving the station for WPTV in West Palm Beach.

Sanz, a South Florida native, will join the NBC-affiliate as a reporter, focusing on government and politics.

In a memo announcing the departure to KHOU staffers today, news director Philip Bruce touted Sanz’s accomplishments, calling the reporter “a human being of the highest quality.” His last day at KHOU will be December 9.

Houston’s KHOU Launching Newscast in Oprah’s Old 4 p.m. Time Slot

KHOU is set to debut a new newscast on August 1st in the 4 p.m. time slot long held by Oprah.

The Houston CBS-affiliate announced this week that it is adding a half-hour newscast at 4 p.m., which will be followed by “Jeopardy” at 4:30. KHOU has been airing repeats of “Oprah” in the 4 p.m. time slot since the daytime queen’s departure in May.

“KHOU 11 News at 4 gives us a chance to bring viewers the big news of the day, while the stories are still developing,” said Philip Bruce, KHOU’s executive news director. “It’ll be immediate, fast-paced and plugged-in to what’s happening at the moment.”

The 4 p.m. newscast will be anchored by Len Cannon, who will continue co-anchoring the station’s 6 p.m. newscast.

KHOU’s announcement means that stations in six of the top 10 markets have now replaced “Oprah” with local news (New York’s WABC, Chicago’s WLS, Philadelphia’s WPVI, San Francisco’s KGO, and Atlanta’s WSB have all launched local shows in Oprah’s wake).

Longtime Reporter Dave Fehling Leaving KHOU

Longtime KHOU reporter Dave Fehling is bidding farewell to the Belo-owned CBS-affiliate.

“For nearly 18 years Dave Fehling has been one of this station’s top ‘go-to’ reporters,” executive news director Philip Bruce told Houston blogger Mike McGuff in a statement. “Now, after doing a standout job for us for so many years, Dave wants to try something new.”

Fehling first joined KHOU in 1989, before doing a stint as a correspondent for CBS News from 1994-98. He has since been a key member of the station’s investigative team. In addition to his work at KHOU, Fehling has taught broadcast news courses at the University of Houston.

Bruce says that Fehling has many options beyond KHOU: “He has the talent and experience to do many more great things in whatever he wants to pursue.” Read more

Philip Bruce Named Executive News Director at Houston’s KHOU

Philip Bruce is returning to Houston’s KHOU, where he’s been named executive news director.

Bruce, who most recently has worked as a senior network news manager for NPR, was previously with KHOU from 1985-1995, serving as a reporter as well as the station’s Washington bureau chief.

“Philip knows the television news business from all angles behind the desk and in the trenches,” said Susan McEldoon, KHOU’s president and general manager. “His experience in top ten markets is extensive and we are looking forward to his return to Houston and his KHOU family.”

Besides his time at KHOU, Bruce has made stops in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. In Dallas, he headed up KDFW‘s Washington bureau. In LA, Bruce served as news director for KCET.

While he’s spent time in several major market, Bruce is happy to be back in Houston.

“Houston has a warm, can-do spirit,” he said, “and professionally this is an incredible news market that’s at the center of most major events.”