WSTM-WTVH Syracuse Meteorologist Wayne Mahar To Retire

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CBS News Chief Khemlani On The ‘CBS Mornings’ Rebrand

Neeraj Khemlani talks about CBS Mornings and the reimagined CBS morning show franchise, as well as his vision for CBS News, and working with Wendy McMahon.

Fran Unsworth, BBC Director Of News And Current Affairs, To Leave After 40 Years

Fran Unsworth, BBC director of news and current affairs, will leave the BBC in Jan. 2022. Unsworth was in the role from Jan. 2018 and oversaw all of the BBC’s news and current affairs programming. The process to appoint her successor will begin shortly, the BBC said.

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Transparency Is Key To Local News’ Credibility

Local TV news may still fare better than national outlets with viewer trust, but transparency is essential for outlets to hold that ground. Partnerships with outside fact-checking organizations helps, as does better sourcing and verification practices, along with being candid with viewers, even if that means admitting being in the dark. Note: This story, which is available to all, would normally be reserved for TVNewsCheck Premium members only.

WBRZ Launches New Primetime Newscast

Manship family-owned ABC affiliate WBRZ Baton Rouge, La., will launch an early-evening newscast, giving viewers an hour heads up on the next day’s changing weather pattern, investigative reports, breaking news and sports features about area athletes. WBRZ News 2 at Nine launched Friday, Sept. 3, on subchannel WBRZ Plus, which the station calls the region’s […]

Rebecca Aguilar Sworn In As 105th President Of Society Of Professional Journalists

Rebecca Aguilar has became the first Latina national president of the Society of Professional Journalists in its 112-year history. She was sworn in on Sept. 4 by SPJ National President Matthew T. Hall at the President’s Awards Ceremony during the SPJ21 conference. Aguilar, who is celebrating 40 years as a journalist, is a freelance reporter […]

Willard Scott, NBC’s Longtime ‘Today’ Weatherman, Dies At 87

Scott began his 65-year career at NBC as an entry-level page at at NBC-owned WRC Washington, D.C., and rose to become the weather forecaster on the television network’s flagship morning show for more than three decades.

Jonathan Martinez Joins WOAI San Antonio News

WBTS Boston News Director Exits Suddenly

NBC Boston news director Ben Dobson left the station suddenly on Wednesday after three years in the job. In a statement, a station spokesperson said Dobson “has decided to leave the station,” and that his last day was Sept. 1. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors,” the spokesperson said. Dobson didn’t give a reason in an email he sent to staff announcing his departure.

Flood Maps Have Changed. Journalists Should Cover The Changes And Effects

While journalists are great at covering emergencies, we do not spend as much effort investigating floods, wildfires and massive power outages and what we should do to minimize the harm. Will we rebuild homes that flooded? Will we replace snapped utility poles with infrastructure just as vulnerable? Or will we look at evidence that flood zones are expanding and storms are growing more severe and plan accordingly with stronger building codes and zoning laws?

All News May Be Local — But More And More Of It Is Going National

Sinclair’s The National Desk joins the nighttime news wars, the latest example of a fast-growing trend: local station groups creating national programs and even whole channels to amortize resources, populate new platforms and replace generic syndicated fare with original content.

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Madison Alworth Joining Fox Business Network

ABC News Turmoil Deepens As Outlet’s President Angers Her Disney Bosses

ABC News President Kim Godwin hasn’t even been on the job for six months, but she has already infuriated her bosses over at Disney. When Godwin called for an independent, third-party probe into how allegations of sexual assault against former GMA boss Michael Corn were handled (allegations Corn denies), Disney General Entertainment Content Chairman Peter Rice was angered. Also upset with Godwin: Disney General Counsel and EVP Alan Braverman. Godwin said Wednesday ABC News will be adding to its HR team for GMA and its Washington bureau.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo Viewership Tanks After Brother’s Resignation

Man Arrested After MSNBC Reporter Covering Storm Is Accosted

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Federal marshals arrested an Ohio man Thursday who was accused of running toward and yelling at an MSNBC journalist who was doing a live report by a Mississippi beach after Hurricane Ida. Benjamin Dagley, 54, of Wooster, Ohio, was sought by police in Gulfport, Mississippi, on suspicion of assault and by […]

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TV News Takes Heat For Relying On Former Defense Officials As Afghanistan Pundits

A convoy of military experts have been invited onto cable TV shows to critique the calamitous end of the Afghanistan War, notwithstanding the central roles many of them played in the 20-year conflict, which was supposed to result in a democratic Afghan government that could withstand Taliban attacks. That has not sat well with some viewers — and even some TV hosts — who argue that some of these former leaders are eliding their own role in the failure of that mission and are unfairly criticizing the Biden administration for abiding by a withdrawal that was negotiated under Trump.

WJLA Washington Adds Britt Waters As Traffic Reporter, Lifestyle Host

Sinclair’s ABC affiliate WJLA Washington has hired Britt Waters as traffic reporter and Good Morning Washington lifestyle host. She joins the station’s morning team of Robert Burton, Ashlie Rodriguez, Veronica Johnson and Eileen Whelan. Waters will make her Good Morning Washington debut on Monday, Sept. 13, and will start her traffic reporting this fall, both on-air and online. She will […]

Christine Brouwer Named ‘GMA’ Executive Broadcast Producer

In a memo to staff on Thursday, ABC News President Kim Godwin wrote, “I’m extremely happy to announce that Christine Brouwer has officially been named the second in charge at Good Morning America. Chris has been co-running GMA with Simone [Swink] for months, and her contributions to the show and guidance across the team have been invaluable. We’re absolutely thrilled she will serve as GMA’s executive broadcast producer reporting to Simone.”

Video Journalist Taps JVC Connected Cam For Aviation Documentary

A storyteller by nature, Annalisa Russell-Smith has been a video journalist for 13 years for a variety of high-profile clients and her work has appeared in media outlets around the world, including the BBC. Russell-Smith is also a certified drone pilot, and last year became one of the first civilian Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) […]

Her Florida Station Was Hit By A Hurricane. She Moved To New Orleans, And It Happened Again

Peyton LoCicero Trist works for WGNO New Orleans and previously worked at WMBB Panama City, Fla. — two stations that hurricanes have damaged.

KXAN Reporter Alex Caprariello Leaving For NewsNation

WOAI Reporter April Molina Leaving After 25 Years To Fight Sex Trafficking

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Mark Allan Retiring After 25 Years Anchoring At WDTN Dayton

Justice Releases More Details On Secret Seizures Of Journalists’ Records

The Biden Justice Department on Wednesday released a more detailed accounting of recently revealed federal law enforcement efforts to secretly obtain journalists’ phone records, attempting to honor a public commitment to transparency and disclosing for the first time that Attorney General Merrick Garland personally approved keeping one case under wraps.

Anchor Changes At WRIC Richmond

Nexstar-owned ABC affiliate WRIC Richmond, Va., today announced the departure of evening news anchor Juan Conde. He joined the team in 1999. “Anchoring at 8News has been the highlight of my career in broadcasting,” Conde said. “I’m eternally grateful for the support and trust of our 8News viewers and WRIC management. I’m excited to see […]

Emily Wahls Named WFLD Chief Meteorologist

Fox-owned WFLD Chicago has appointed Emily Wahls chief meteorologist. Beginning Sept. 27 she will report the weather for the station’s weekday 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts. Most recently, Wahls was chief meteorologist of WILX Lansing, Mich. Prior to that, she spent seven years in various roles at WLNS Lansing, from fill-in meteorologist, to […]

WKYT To Debut Morning Show About ‘Good Things’

Fox Business Adds Two On-Air Correspondents

NBC News’ Tom Llamas Will Add New Streaming Option To The Evening News Fray

The NBC News anchor, who previously led breaking news coverage for streaming platforms in addition to other duties at ABC News, is preparing for the launch of a digital evening endeavor for NBC News, a project he vows will have a kinetic feel and range a little further afield than the linear products that still represent the best-known examples of the format.