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Gerry Vaillancourt Out at WVUE

vaillancourt wvue croppedWVUE morning anchor Gerry Vaillancourt has been let go by the New Orleans FOX affiliate.

Vaillancourt has been the radio color analyst for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets for the past 19 seasons.

“They said they wanted to go in a different direction,” Vaillancourt told Nola.com. “They want a ‘news anchor’ type with a news background. I can understand that.”

Vaillancourt started at WVUE in October 2012.

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KNTV Wins Three SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Awards

spj logoThe Society of Professional Journalists has announced the winners of this year’s Sigma Delta Chi Awards for exceptional professional journalism. Topping the list of local stations is KNTV, the NBC-owned station in San Francisco, which took home three awards.

KNTV won in the breaking news category for coverage of the Asiana Flight 214 crash at San Francisco airport and for feature reporting for a piece called “Bay Area Proud.” The station also won in the public service for television journalism category for a report called “The Gift of Time: Exposing a District Attorney’s Secret Perk for his Appointees.”

KWTX in Waco, WFTS in Tampa, WVUE in New Orleans, KBMT-KJAC in Beaumont, Texas, KUSA in Denver, KHQ in Spokane and WKBT in La Crosse, Wisc., won one award each. See the full list of winning reports after the jump. Read more

Five Local Stations Win duPont Awards

the dupont columbia awardStations in Denver, Kansas City, Boston, Dallas and New Orleans have won 2014 Alfred I. duPont awards from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

In the breaking news category, the winners were WBZ, the CBS owned station in Boston, and KSHB, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City. WBZ won for its “exceptional” coverage of the Boston marathon bombings and KSHB was honored for breaking news coverage “of a preventable tragedgy,” a natural gas explosion at a downtown restaurant.

Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA and New Orleans Fox affiliate WVUE were honored for their investigative reporting. KMGH won for “Colorado Rape Victims: Evidence Ignored, Justice Denied,” a yearlong investigation on systemic failures in the handling of rape cases in Colorado. WFAA won for “Denticaid: Medicaid Dental Abuse in Texas” and WVUE won for “Body of Evidence,” a series of reports that revealed misuse of public funds, corruption and fraud.

Raycom Names Sandy Breland GM of WVUE

wvue_304Raycom Media has named Sandy Breland vice president and general manager of WVUE in New Orleans.

Breland is charged with leading the transition as Raycom begins providing operational services to the New Orleans FOX affiliate Monday.

WVUE’s parent company announced last month it had entered into a shared services agreement with Raycom.

“Sandy is the perfect choice to lead and grow this station,” Paul McTear, president and CEO of Raycom said in a statement. “She knows New Orleans and served the people of that community during some of the more challenging times in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.”

Breland, who replaces retiring GM Joe Cook, had served as news director at rival station WWL for 11 years. Before coming to WVUE, she was the GM at Raycom’s Baton Rouge station WAFB.

Breland will continue in her other role as regional VP overseeing Raycom’s stations WAFB, KSLA in Shreveport and KPLC in Lake Charles, LA.

WVUE General Manager Joe Cook to Retire

wvue_304WVUE president and general manager Joe Cook will retire from the New Orleans Fox affiliate on December 13, Broadcasting & Cable reports.

WVUE parent company Louisiana Media Company recently announced a shared services agreement with Raycom, which will provide operational services to WVUE beginning December 16. Cook will become president of Louisiana Media Company and plans to spend more time on his other interests, songwriting and real estate.

According to B&C, Sandy Breland, the general manager of Raycom’s WAFB-WBXH in Baton Rouge, will have oversight of WVUE once the shared services agreement begins.

Raycom to Operate New Orleans FOX affiliate

raycom_wvueWVUE has announced its parent company Louisiana Media Company has reached an agreement in principle to a shared services agreement with Raycom Media.

According to the station the SSA, “will allow Louisiana Media Company to “join hands” with the strongest regional television group in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, Raycom Media. The shared services agreement between WVUE Fox 8 and Raycom Media will permit Raycom Media to provide operational services for the station, under the ultimate control of Louisiana Media.”

The New Orleans FOX affiliate was rumored to have been sold in October when Raycom investor Retirement Systems of Alabama told its members in a newsletter Raycom was close to closing on the sale of WVUE for $55.6 million. At the time, WVUE told the New Orleans Times-Picayune, “There is no sale pending. The station is not for sale.” Read more

Raycom Rumored to Be Expanding with Purchase of New Orleans Station

raycom_logoThe Retirement Systems of Alabama, a group that lists Raycom Media as one of its biggest investments, told members in its latest newsletter the station group is ready to close on the purchase of New Orleans FOX affiliate WVUE for $55.6 million.

The good news for RSA members is spelled out in the newsletter, “Pending year-end approval by the FCC, the station would immediately increase in value by more than $12 million due to the re-transmission fees paid to Raycom compared to a single station owner.”

>UPDATE: The Times-Picayune reports Greg Bensel, a spokesman for the current owners of WVUE, told the paper, “There is no sale pending. The station is not for sale.”

The news was first reported on the website of rival NBC affiliate WDSU. Read more

New Orleans Stations Announce Newspaper Partnerships

New Orleans FOX affiliate WVUE and CBS affiliate WWL have announced separate partnerships with two different New Orleans newspapers.

WVUE is teaming up with NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune while WWL will partner with New Orleans paper, The Advocate.

Both agreements will add to the investigative and weather reporting and analysis for both stations and newspapers. WWL will also contribute sports reporting to The Advocate. While WVUE’s latest partnership with NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune includes breaking news coverage and entertainment reporting. Read more

Sportscaster Eric Clemons Joins WTIC

Sportscaster Eric Clemons has joined WTIC, the Fox affiliate in Hartford.

Clemons is a veteran sportscaster who began his career in 1984 at WALA, the Fox affiliate in Mobile, Ala. He has also worked at ESPN, Fox, WHDH in Boston, WFSB in Hartford and WVUE in New Orleans.

Clemons made his WTIC debut on the 5 p.m. newscast Thursday.

Traffic Reporter Susan Isaacs Joins WDSU

Susan Isaacs has joined WDSU, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans, as a traffic reporter.

Isaacs has spent the past two years as a reporter for Louisiana Media Company, appearing as the morning traffic reporter on New Orleans Fox affiliate WVUE. Her move to WDSU coincides with an upgrade to the traffic systems at the NBC affiliate.

“Susan’s knowledge of area roadways and her ability to gather information that will help viewers get to their destinations in a timely manner is yet another reason to watch WDSU News This Morning,” WDSU news director Jonathan Shelley said in a statement.

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