News Director Eric Hoppel announced that he was ending a 30-year career at the Hubbard-owned NBC affiliate in Albany, N.Y., where he started as a producer. He will stay on during the transition to a replacement.
WNYT reporter Mark Mulholland and his photographer Matt Soriano, who work out of the station’s Saratoga-North Country bureau, were shooting in an area near a soon to be closed and empty state prison when a corrections officer told them they couldn’t shoot footage there. The situation escalated, but a call between station management, state police and the Department of Corrections resolved the matter. No one was arrested and no footage was surrendered.
Hubbard announced its deal to buy WNYA last month, but did not disclose the price. The FCC prohibits the ownership of two stations in markets as small as Albany, but in the application Hubbard asks for a waiver on the grounds that WNYA is “failing.” Hubbard asserts that WNYA meets all four criteria for the waiver, including that it has posted three consecutive years of negative cash flow. “WNYA’s financial condition is dire,” it says.