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Bill Mondora Named News Director at KTTV

KTTV_logoBill Mondora is joining KTTV, the Fox-owned station in Los Angeles, as vice president and news director. He will begin in his new role on April 7, KTTV vice president and general manager Kevin Hale announced today.

“Bill’s broad experience and news expertise make him the ideal candidate to lead our newsroom into the future, as we continue to grow and expand our dynamic news product,” Hale said in a statement.

Mondora joins KTTV from CBS, where he was the director of news and administration for CBS Newspath. He is a 24-year veteran of CBS who has also worked as deputy director of news for CBS TeleNoticias. Prior to that, Mondora worked at WCPX (now WKMG) in Orlando and KWTV in Oklahoma City.

“I am excited to join Kevin and the talented team of journalists at FOX 11 News. I look forward to working together to create interactive, engaging and powerful news content for our viewers,” Mondora said in a statement.

KTTV has been without a news director since Kingsley Smith resigned in October.

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Tony Pipitone Leaving Orlando for Miami

Tony-Pipitone-jpgThe Orlando Sentinel reports Tony Pipitone is leaving WKMG to work as an investigative reporter at Miami NBC owned station WTVJ.

“I’ve worked with many fine journalists, but Tony Pipitone is at the head of that class,” WKMG GM Skip Valet told the Sentinel. “As an investigative reporter, he is as good as they come.”

Pipitone has worked at the Orlando CBS affiliate for 26 years. He’s never worked at another station.

He was drawn to WTVJ because NBC is making a big push for investigative reporting at its owned stations. “They’re going to have a serious commitment to investigative reporting, and lucky for me, they want me to be part of it,” he said.

Bill Berra Leaving Journal Broadcast Group

bill berraBill Berra is stepping down as vice president of news for Journal Broadcast Group and WTMJ in Milwaukee next month, TVSpy has learned. Berra will stay with the NBC affiliate through the Sochi Olympics, which begin Thursday on NBC.

A station spokesperson tells TVSpy Berra’s last day will be March 7 and the search is underway for his replacement.

No word yet on what’s next for Berra, who joined WTMJ in 2005 from WFTS, the ABC affiliate in Tampa. He has also worked as news director for WSYX in Columbus, WKMG in Orlando, KSAZ in Phoenix, KTVI in St. Louis and WREG in Memphis. He began his local news career reporting for WTMJ’s radio station, Newsradio 620.

Mark McEwen Returning to WKMG

mcewen_wkmgMark McEwen, the former WKMG anchor who survived a stroke while working at the Orlando CBS affiliate is set to return to the station.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, McEwen, who came to WKMG in 2004 after 16 years with the CBS This Morning, will contribute two reports a week.

“We’re here to show the positive light on things, telling stories you might not hear anywhere else … about heroes who may be across the street,” McEwen told the Sentinel. Read more

Gaard Swanson Signs Off From WKMG

gaard swansonWKMG evening anchor Gaard Swanson is signing off from the Orlando CBS affiliate, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports. Swanson will anchor his final newscasts tonight.

Swanson, who came to Orlando from Seattle in 2011, said family reasons were behind the decision to leave. “Gaard’s family lives in Seattle. He’s been flying back and forth,” WKMG general manager Skip Valet told Boedeker. “His wife has a job she loves. His children are entrenched there. We don’t want to lose Gaard. He’s well liked in the newsroom.”

Matt Austin will shift from mornings to evenings at WKMG, replacing Swanson. He will anchor the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Lauren Rowe beginning Monday.

Eryka Washington Set to Join WKMG

Eryka Washington is joining Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG as a consumer reporter, the Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedeker reports.

It is a return to Orlando for Washington, who will also work as a fill-in anchor at the station. She is a former reporter and weekend anchor at NBC affiliate WESH. Since leaving Orlando in 2010, she has worked in public relations and as a freelance reporter at WCAU, the NBC owned station in Philadelphia.

According to Boedeker, Washington replaces Steven Cooper, who is moving to Atlanta.

Post-Newsweek Stations Not Part of Jeff Bezos’ Deal to Buy Washington Post

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post Company’s newspaper business, including The Washington Post, for $250 million.

The acquisition does not include the Post-Newsweek station group, Cable ONE, Slate magazine, TheRoot.com, Foreign Policy and Kaplan are also not included in the deal. The Washington Post Company will be changing its name.

The broadcasting division, which still carries the name of the magazine the company sold in 2010 (It was sold again over the weekend to IBT Media), is headquartered in Detroit at station WDIV. Post-Newsweek also owns WJXT in Jacksonville, KPRC in Houston and KSAT in San Antonio.

Two other Post-Newsweek Stations are named for members of the Graham family, which has controlled the company since 1933: the call letters for WPLG in Miami are for Philip Leslie Graham, and the call letters for WKMG in Orlando stand for his wife Katharine Meyer Graham. Their son, Donald Graham is now CEO of the company. In a news release announcing the sale of the namesake newspaper, Graham writes, “Jeff Bezos’ proven technology and business genius, his long-term approach and his personal decency make him a uniquely good new owner for the Post.”

Bezos is purchasing the newspapers through a personal investment entity that is separate from Amazon. The official announcement after the jump. Read more

‘It Melted Like Butter!’ WKMG’s Jessica Sanchez Has Good News in Her Cancer Battle

Jessica Sanchez, the traffic reporter for Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in March, gave fans some good news in her battle against a tumor discovered in her right lung.

“I have so much happy news to report! First, the lymphoma tumor is gone!!!” Sanchez wrote on her Let’s Be Honest Blog. “It melted like butter! And second… I am finished with chemotherapy!! Can you believe it’s been only a little more than four months since I was diagnosed??”

“I’m anxious to return to work, but I want to do so when I have the strength to do it right,” she told the Orlando Sentinel. “One thing I can say is the outpouring of well-wishes, thoughts and prayers brighten up my heart and heal my soul. Family, friends and viewers have been wonderful in keeping me in positive spirits, and it has contributed greatly to my own positive outlook. It feels amazing to have so much support.”

‘Not Guilty’ Verdict in Zimmerman Trial: Orlando Stations Ready for Coverage

Orlando Stations were ready to go once word of a verdict in the George Zimmerman trial came. All four stations broke into regular Saturday night programming to bring viewers a live feed of the jury’s verdict.

CBS affiliate WKMG was first on-air at 9:48.36 with Lauren Rowe, Tony Pipitone and legal analyst Eric DuBois from outside the courthouse telling viewers a verdict had been reached. Next up was FOX owned station WOFL at 9:49.11 with word of activity in the courthouse.

ABC affiliate WFTV and NBC affiliate WESH were one second apart with ABC breaking into network show “666 Park Avenue” at 9:50.02 with legal analyst Bill Sheaffer and Greg Warmoth. The pair told viewers the Seminole County Justice Center had tweeted confirmation a verdict had been reached. Jim Payne from WESH broke in solo tossing, as all the stations did, to the live feed of the courtroom and the reading of the verdict by the jury.

WKMG Banned from Zimmerman Courtroom

WKMG viewers who were wondering where the CBS affiliate’s Tony Pipitone was during the George Zimmerman murder trial today, can wonder more. WKMG has been banned from the proceedings.

“The WKMG helicopter followed and possibly filmed jurors from the courthouse to their destination yesterday (Thursday),” Michelle Kennedy, court services administrator/PIO told The Orlando Sentinel. “Their courtroom credentials have been revoked while this matter is under review.”

Skip Valet, WKMG general manager told TVSpy, “Someone thought we were taking pictures of the jurors. We were not. We are working with the court to resolve this misunderstanding.”

On its facebook page and station website, WKMG is advertising a live text chat with Pipitone, who had been doing live phone updates inside the courtroom during on-air coverage. We asked Valet how the ban would affect the promotion, but have yet to hear back.  We’ll update when we do.

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