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WLS General Manager Emily Barr Tapped to Lead Post-Newsweek Stations

Emily Barr, who has been president and general manager of WLS since 1997, is leaving the Chicago ABC O&O to lead Post-Newsweek Stations, the television broadcasting division of the Washington Post Company.

Barr will join Post-Newsweek in July, replacing Alan Frank, who is retiring as president and CEO at the end of the year. Her last day at WLS is today.

“We are so fortunate to have Emily Barr join us,” Donald Graham, chairman and CEO of the Washington Post Company, said in a statement. “She’s been an outstanding manager in one of the greatest companies in the industry and a force for innovation everywhere she’s been.” Read more

Jenel Boston Named Morning Co-Anchor at WKTV

Jenel Boston is the new morning co-anchor at WKTV, the NBC-affiliate in Utica.

Boston joins WKTV from WUTB, the MyNetworkTV-affiliate in Baltimore, where she was a writer, producer and anchor.

“It’s been a big adjustment. I’ve been going to bed around 6 p.m.,” she said on Friday. “That’s normally when I get off of work!”

Boston will anchor the 5 to 7 a.m. morning newscast alongside Don Shipman. She replaces Megan Koskovich, who left WKTV for Baltimore’s WMAR in March.

Traffic Reporter Lauren Cook Joins WMAR

Lauren Cook has been hired as a traffic reporter at WMAR, the ABC-affiliate in Baltimore.

Since 2007, she has been a traffic reporter at rival WBFF, the Fox-affiliate in Baltimore. Prior to that, she was a reporter at Fox News Channel and WNYW, the Fox O&O in New York City.

Cook will be the traffic reporter on the morning newscast, which is anchored by Charley Crowson and Megan Pringle. She started at WMAR yesterday.

3 Scripps General Managers Take On Expanded Roles

The Scripps station group has announced a restructuring in station leadership, with general managers Ed Fernandez, Sam Rosenwasser and Steve Wasserman taking on expanded roles.

Fernandez, currently the general manager of WXYZ in Detroit, will also oversee KSHB-KMCI in Kansas City and the Azteca America affiliates. Rossenwater, general manager of WEWS in Cleveland, will add KJRH in Tulsa, WMAR in Baltimore and the LiveWell affiliates. Wasserman, general manager at WPTV in West Palm Beach, will also oversee KNXV in Phoenix, WCPO in Cincinnati and WFTS in Tampa. Read more

WBFF Adding Newscast to Crowded 5 p.m. Time Slot

Baltimore Fox-affiliate WBFF plans to add a 5 p.m. newscast to its schedule in April, entering the station into local news competition with WBAL, WJZ, and WMAR at that time slot.

The Baltimore Sun reports that WBFF’s new 5 o’clock newscast will be anchored by Jeff Barnd and Jennifer Gilbert, who currently anchor the station’s 5:30 p.m newscast.

“I’m going to change the lineup and run ‘Judge Judy’ from 4 to 5, and run the news from 5 to 5:30, and then, 5:30 to 6,” general manager Bill Fanshawe told the Sun.

Megan Koskovich Leaves WKTV Anchor Desk for Producer Job at WMAR

After six years at WKTV in Utica, Megan Koskovich is leaving the anchor desk for a job as a producer at WMAR in Baltimore.

Koskovich, a Maryland native, has been WKTV’s morning anchor, alongside Don Shipman and Bill Kardas, for four years.

“I am really sad about it,” Koskovich said on this morning’s newscast. “I’ve met a lot of great people. I’ve had a great run here at WKTV. This is very bittersweet.”

Her last day will be March 2. WKTV has not yet announced a replacement anchor.

Justin Berk on WMAR Departure: ‘We Were Unable to Come to an Agreement. It is That Simple.’

Meteorologist Justin Berk, who was cut loose at Baltimore’s WMAR last week after nine years with the station, has issued a statement about his exit on Facebook:

WMAR and I were unable to come to an agreement. It is that simple. First I want to be clear, it had NOTHING to do with that Ravens bet on TV with the Houston Meteorologist last Friday. That was pure coincidence and man, did Gene Norman get off easy. . It wasn’t money. Oh, and it definitely had nothing to do with a couple of missed calls for a dusting to an inch of snow near the beltway this winter ; )  I may love and push snow, but I stand by my record as a forecaster. I learn from every event, hit or missed … Anyway, the details with the station I am sorry I can’t get into.  Read more

KHOU’s Gene Norman And WMAR’s Justin Berk Bet On Houston-Baltimore Playoff Matchup

Gene Norman, chief meteorologist at KHOU in Houston, and Justin Berk, a meteorologist at WMAR in Baltimore, are going head-to-head this weekend as the Baltimore Ravens take on the Houston Texans in the second round of the NFL playoffs.

The terms of the bet: Berk’s crab cakes against Norman’s barbeque sauce, which the loser must eat on the air in the opposing team’s gear (watch above). Read more

Baltimore’s WBFF Scales Back Sports Coverage

In a move that appears to be part of a growing national trend, Baltimore’s WBFF is scaling back sports coverage during its late newscasts.

The Sinclair-owned Fox-affiliate is going to experiment with dropping its 15-minute “Sports Unlimited” segment and offer a shortened sports report instead, according to The Baltimore Sun.

“Our research indicates that local viewers watch local sports programming less than they did 15 or 20 years ago,” WBFF general manager Bill Fanshawe told the Sun‘s David Zurawik.

WBFF has regularly run “Sports Unlimited” at the end of its weeknight newscasts, from 10:45 to 11 p.m. Now the station will try offering a relatively short sports report within the body of its 10 p.m. newscast–similar to what many stations currently do.

While WBFF is far from cutting sports coverage altogether, the station’s current experiment is yet another sign of a national reevaluation of the value of local sports to a newscast. Read more

WMAR Becomes First Station in Baltimore to Start Mornings at 4:30

ABC-affiliate WMAR became the first station in Baltimore to begin its morning newscast at 4:30 a.m. today. Following a national trend, WMAR debuted its expanded newscast this morning.

“People are waking up earlier to get to work and to get their families going,” news director Kelly Groft pointed out, “and we’ll be there first thing in the morning to help them start their day off right.”

The expanded newscast features WMAR’s established morning team of anchors Megan Pringle and Charley Crowson, and meteorologist Justin Berk (promo video above). Read more

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