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KING Explores Sale of Seattle Building

KING buildingSeattle NBC affiliate KING has put its Dexter Avenue headquarters and nearby land up for sale, the Seattle Times reports.

“We have been in this building for a long time, but it’s a very large building compared to the size of our operation,” KING general manager Ray Heacox told the Seattle Times. “As the value of the property in South Lake Union has escalated, we of course are looking at the marketplace.”

The station, which was recently acquired by Gannett, would likely stay “close to the center of Seattle” if a move does occur, according to Heacox.

Jim Romenesko, who first reported the news, has a memo to KING staffers from news director Mark Ginther.

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Helicopter in KOMO Crash Was Formerly Used by WBZ, WFXT

komo crashThe helicopter involved in the KOMO crash was previously used by  two Boston stations, CBS owned WBZ and Fox owned WFXT, WBZ reports.

According to NBC News, the chopper, a Eurocopter AS350, was on loan from Helicopter Inc. of Cahokia, Ill., while KOMO’s regular one had new equipment installed. Gary Pfitzner, the chopper’s pilot, and Bill Strothman, a former KOMO photographer, were killed in the accident.

WBZ reports the chopper was used in Boston for 10 years and flown to Detroit last November.

KOMO shares a helicopter with KING, the NBC affiliate in Seattle. “Words cannot express the sympathy and sadness we feel for the victims who lost their lives in today’s tragedy and for their families,” KING president and general manager Ray Heacox said in a statement. “We grieve this afternoon with the entire Seattle community and our thoughts are with all those affected.”

[h/t WBZ managing editor Pete Wilson]

In Seattle, KING Expands Evening Newscasts

KING and KONG, Belo’s NBC affiliate and independent station in Seattle, are expanding their evening newscasts. Beginning tonight, KING will expand its 6:30 p.m. newscast from 30 minutes to an hour and KONG will present an hourlong newscast at 9 p.m.

“Many critics of media consolidation have worried about less local programming and community service; we think this is one more powerful demonstration that these worries are unfounded,” president and general manager Ray Heacox said in a statement.

Dennis Bounds and Jean Enersen will continue to helm KING’s 6:30 p.m. newscast as it expands to an hour. Rob Piercy will debut as the anchor of KONG’s 9 p.m. newscast.

Citing a Slowdown in Advertising Revenue, KING Scraps Weekly Political Affairs Program

Seattle NBC affiliate KING has announced the cancellation of “Up Front with Robert Mak,” the station’s weekly political affairs program. The show’s last broadcast will be Sunday.

KING executive news director Mark Ginther said that a slowdown in advertising revenue has forced the station to make cuts throughout the newsroom. Seven newsroom positions were eliminated last month “through layoffs and the elimination of several already vacant positions,” the station says.

Mak (pictured) will continue to lead the station’s political coverage, and the show’s producer, Mike Cate, will continue to produce politics.

“We will continue the award-winning coverage we have given to political and public interest programming in our more than eight and a half hours of local news and, from time to time, we will run Up Front as specials when events demand,” KING general manager Ray Heacox said in a statement.