After KUSA anchor Kyle Dyer was bitten and seriously injured by a dog during a live broadcast, the station’s news director asked her colleagues at other stations to refrain from showing the most graphic portions of the incident. Most print and electronic journalists have honored the request. However, KDVR was the exception. “The other stations are wimps,” said KDVR News Director Ed Kosowski. “They caved in to pressure from KUSA.”
Fox-owned MNT affiliate WWOR New has added Matt Alvarez as a general assignment reporter for its 10 O’Clock News. Alvarez will contribute to the weekday evening newscast alongside anchors Brenda Blackmon and Harry Martin, as well as meteorologist Audrey Puente and sports anchor Russ Salzberg. Most recently, Alvarez has been a freelance reporter for WWOR […]
NBC-owned WMAQ Chicago today announced anchor changes to its morning and afternoon newscasts, which will become effective on Monday, Feb. 20. Rob Elgas, currently weekday morning anchor, will move to co-anchor of the station’s weekday 4:30 p.m. news, with Marion Brooks. In addition to his anchor duties, he will report each night for the 10 p.m. […]
In part II of a TVNewsCheck survey, news directors come across as an optimistic lot with positive attitudes about the business and their bosses. But more than 80% concede they do an “average” or “poor” job at investigative journalism and only 38.5% expect to see more of it in the next three-to-five years. The news directors voted Hearst Television the prize for “best overall news” based on reputation alone while Sinclair took the “booby prize.”
The Nexstar NBC-CBS duopoly in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa., will debut HD news on April 2. In addition, it is adding two new half-hours of WBRE-produced news for WYOU weekdays at noon and 7 p.m.
Carolyn Mungo, the former assistant news diredtor of KRIV Houston is moving to Dallas to head news operations at the Belo ABC affiliate.
The Hearst NBC affiliate in Baltimore, which has seen a drop in its year-to-year news audience, is adding another newscast on its WBAL Plus subchannel starting March 5 that will be anchored by Kate Amara.
Cable news is now the top regular source for campaign news, with 36% of Americans say they are regularly learning about the candidates or campaign on those networks. The long-term decline in the number of Americans who get campaign news from local and network TV has steepened as a consequence of the fact that fewer people are closely following the campaign compared to four years ago when there were contested primaries in both political parties.
As part of “Democracy 2012,” the Scripps stations in all 13 of the company’s television markets will provide a minimum of five minutes of free airtime to candidates nightly between 5 and 11:35 p.m. in the 30 days preceding primary and general elections as well. This year the stations are also adding multiplatform coverage.
Weigel Broadcasting-owned CBS affiliate WDJT Milwaukee (DMA 34) has hired meteorologist Michael Schlesinger. He joins the station from WNWO Toledo, Ohio, where he was an environmental reporter and morning weathercaster. He will be WDJT’s weekend meteorologist, joining the station’s team of Mark McGinnis (chief meteorologist) and Lance Hill (morning meteorologist). Schlesinger previous jobs include chief meteorologist […]
Monica Pearson, veteran anchor for Cox-owned ABC affiliate WSB Atlanta (DMA 9), announced her plans to retire at the end of July after 37 years with the station. Her last day anchoring the 4 and 6 p.m. news will be Wednesday, July 25. When she joined WSB in 1975, Pearson became Atlanta’s first woman, and, […]
Fox O&O WTTG Washington (DMA 8) today announced it has named Sarah Simmons co-anchor of Fox 5 Morning News, from 4:30 to 7 a.m., Monday through Friday. Simmons has been a member of WTTG since January 2006, when she joined the station as a general assignment reporter. Previously, she worked at KMTV Omaha, Neb. Before […]
The start of the February rating period means a slow week in news manager movement: just one new ND to report (and can you call someone who’s been an ND at the same station three times….new?). And, to my knowledge, no new openings. Those changes leave our count of open ND jobs at 24.
NBC-owned WMAQ Chicago (DMA 3) is expanding its political blog “Ward Room” to a weekly half-hour show, hosted by WMAQ’s political team of Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern. It will air on Friday nights at 7 p.m. on Chicago Nonstop (subch. 5.2). Each week, Marin and Ahern will interview local political “game changers” and focus […]
The Bakersfield, Calif., CBS affiliate was investigating an alleged murder this week when one of the primary players in the case tried to run down the reporter and photographer with her minivan.