Consumer Advocate Connie Thompson Retires From KOMO After 46 Years

Tyrah Majors Joins KOMO News Morning Team

Sinclair Broadcast Group’s ABC affiliate KOMO Seattle has hired Tyrah Majors as the latest member of its morning news team. She starts Dec. 28 as traffic anchor/reporter. Majors will anchor morning traffic segments on air, online and on social in addition to reporting for KOMO News at 11 a.m. She joins KOMO News morning team […]

DMA 13: SEATTLE

Sinclair Names Chad Conklin GM In Seattle

The station group moves him from GM of its Flint, Mich., properties to oversee its ABC-Univision duopoly in Washington state.

DMA 13: SEATTLE

KOMO Documentary On Homeless Goes Viral

Top 20 Market Social Media Report: Seattle

DMA 12: SEATTLE

Longtime KOMO Sports Anchor Bruce King Dies

MARKET SHARE

Stephen Arnold Music, KOMO Win Promax Gold

RETRANS

Frontier Offers Free Pay Chs. During Blackout

With Sinclair Broadcast Group’s blackout of two ABC affiliates on Frontier Communications in Seattle and Portland reaching the one-month mark, Frontier has begun offering free access to premium channels HBO, Showtime and Starz to affected customers.

DMA 14: SEATTLE

KOMO Launches Early Afternoon Newscast

The new 3:30 p.m. broadcast will also be available on Periscope, Facebook and the Sinclair Seattle ABC affiliate’s website.

MARKET SHARE (DMA 14: SEATTLE)

KOMO Tailors ‘Everywhere I Go’ For Seattle

DMA 14

Seattle’s KOMO Plaza Sells For $276 Million

KOMO Plaza, which hosts the local ABC-affiliated TV and radio stations in the shadow of Seattle’s Space Needle, has been sold for $276 million in one of Seattle’s biggest real-estate deals of the year. An entity linked to San Francisco-based investment firm GI Partners purchased the two-building campus from Hines Securities, which bought the property in 2011 from the former Fisher Communications.

DMAS 14 & 25

Sinclair Sees Retrans Trouble With Frontier

In an FAQ on the websites of KOMO Seattle and KATU Portland, Ore., owner Sinclair Broadcast Group says the current retransmission agreement with Frontier Communications expires on Dec. 31 and “the station does not expect that the station will be able to reach agreements with Frontier Communications that allows for further carriage of these stations.”

KOMO Anchor Brad Goode Leaving For Banking

MARKET SHARE (DMAS 4, 14 & 17)

‘Wheel’ Rolls To 3 Cities For Promo Campaign

MARKET SHARE (DMA 14: SEATTLE)

KOMO Brings Seattle Scenery Into Its Studio

DMA 14

Shots Fired Near KOMO Seattle News Crew

DMA 13 (SEATTLE)

KOMO Wins Court Fight Over Police Dashcam Video

DMA 13 (SEATTLE)

Longtime KOMO Personality Ken Schram Dies

AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

KOMO Ups Pressure To Unseat KING In News

With Sinclair’s new ownership of Seattle’s KOMO, there’s a big drive to dethrone Gannett’s KING from the No. 1 news spot. But the NBC affil KING isn’t resting on its laurels. And while KIRO’s news leadership is in flux, it’s also got a stake in the ratings race.

DMA 13

Anchor Dan Lewis Retiring From KOMO Seattle

DMA 12 (SEATTLE)

KOMO Pilot’s Schedule Part Of Crash Probe

Federal investigators trying to determine the cause of Tuesday’s fatal crash of the KOMO news chopper said Thursday they will be examining the pilot’s recent history for factors that could contribute to fatigue. An NTSB leader said that officials want to understand how pilot Gary Pfitzner, who died in the Tuesday crash, balanced his two jobs — early mornings in the helicopter followed by work as a technical analyst at Boeing.

DMA 12 (SEATTLE)

NTSB Returns To KOMO Chopper Crash Site

Federal investigators have returned to the scene of the KOMO news helicopter crash, examining a railing and trees for potential clues into what caused the fatal accident.

 

DMA 12 (SEATTLE)

NTSB Investigates KOMO Chopper Crash

Federal investigators are reviewing a number of scenarios that could have caused the KOMO news chopper to crash Tuesday, killing the pilot and a photographer. “I’m confident we’re going to figure this out,” says the NTSB’s Dennis Hogenson.

DMA 13 (SEATTLE)

Man Burned In KOMO Crash Improves

The 38-year-old man who was injured on the ground when the KOMO News chopper crashed Tuesday in Seattle is continuing to improve. Harborview Medical Center reports Seattle resident Richard Newman was taken off a machine and is breathing on his own.

 

DMA 13

Is KOMO At War With The Seattle Times?

Is there bad blood brewing between The Seattle Times and the company that recently purchased the city’s ABC affiliate KOMO, the Sinclair Broadcast Group? Judging by a recent piece that aired on KOMO, it would certainly seem that way. Attributed to co-anchor Russ Bowen and “news services,” the Jan. 23 segment comes under the header “Is the newspaper industry dying?”

SEATTLE TIMES EDITORIAL

Paper Blasts FCC, Sinclair Over Consolidation

The Seattle Times editorializes: “Lax FCC enforcement makes a mockery of regulatory intent to preserve and promote competition, localism and diversity of viewpoints in local TV news. Case in point: Sinclair Broadcast Group’s ownership of KOMO Seattle.”

DMAS 13 & 22

Layoffs At Seattle, Portland Sinclair Stations

Sinclair Broadcast Group has handed down a round of layoffs at its newly-acquired KOMO Seattle and KATU Portland, Ore.

DMA 12 (SEATTLE)

State Supreme Court Takes Up KOMO Suit

The public’s right to an inside seat on issues of possible police misconduct is now in the hands of the Washington Supreme Court. At issue is access to police dashcam videos and how long police departments can keep those videos from the public. After repeatedly refusing to release the public records, KOMO News sued the Seattle Police Department, and the case has now reached the state Supreme Court.

DIGITAL DMA UPDATE (12)

Seattle Hyperlocals See Rising Ad Prospects

Tech-Savvy Seattle has given birth to dozens of hyperlocal news sites, and though a recent shakeout has seen some of the weaker sites fade away, those that remain, including several operated by TV stations, are in a good position to take advantage of a fertile local ad base.

DMA 16

Ex-Miami Anchor Joel Connable Dies At 39

DMA 12 (SEATTLE)

KOMO GM Clayton Retiring, Drafs To Succeed

Jim Clayton is stepping down at the end of August. Janene Drafs, VP-station manager will succeed him as SVP-GM of Fisher’s Seattle ABC affiliate and radio properties, effective Sept. 1.

DMA 12 (SEATTLE)

Social Outpouring After KOMO Anchor Death

After a long battle with brain tumors, KOMO Seattle anchor Kathi Goertzen died  on Monday, sparking a massive social outpouring in Seattle. A few hours after the news broke, a new wall post was appearing on her Facebook page every 10 seconds.

DMA 12 SEATTLE)

KOMO Anchor-Reporter Kathi Goertzen Dies

Longtime KOMO Seattle anchor/reporter Kathi Goertzen died Monday. Goertzen fought an ongoing battle against non-cancerous brain tumors since 1998. She was 54 years old. Goertzen joined KOMO in 1979 when she served as an intern from Washington State University. Upon her graduation in 1980, she became a full-time employee. In her 33 years with the station, […]

DMA 12 (SEATTLE)

KOMO Anchor Kathi Goertzen Returns To Hospital

DMA 12 (SEATTLE)

KOMO Using Twitter To Boost ‘Bachelorette’

While The Bachelorette‘s Emily Maynard is busy finding a husband, Seattle’s KOMO will be using Twitter to find a new source of ratings for its primetime programming. The ABC affiliate is all-in with an idea to get Seattleites tweeting about the reality show’s premier. It’s something they hope will create buzz and in turn, ratings.

DMA 12 (SEATTLE)

Janene Drafs New KOMO-KUNS Station Mgr.

The longtime employee of the Fisher duopoly in Seattle is promoted from general sales manager.

KOMO, KSTP Eye ‘Soft’ Launch Of Mobile DTV

Fisher Broadcasting’s KOMO Seattle and Hubbard Broadcasting’s KSTP Minneapolis are set to debut test runs this spring of the Media 500 Alliance’s service to dongle-equipped iPhone and iPads.

DMA 12 (SEATTLE)

KOMO Launches Connected TV Apps

Using a new ad platform for connected TV from Accelerated Media, Fisher Interactive Network can insert national and local ads and also feature second screen ad capabilities in tablets and mobile devices.

DMA 12 (SEATTLE)

Longtime KOMO Anchor Eric Slocum Dies At 54

NIELSEN RESEARCH

Nielsen: Websites Can Increase Station Reach

Nielsen research indicates that stations can use their Web sites to notably expand reach of their news content, helping drive cross-platform sales. The data, which looked at the ABC affiliates in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, shows that by using one metric, each received at least a 3% bump in the 25-to-54 demo in the May 2011 sweeps period.