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Jim Van Fleet, the weekday morning meteorologist for Fox O&O WOFL Orlando's Good Day for the last 10 years is leaving the station. Van Fleet will remain in Florida, as chief meteorologist at Gannett's CBS affiliate WTSP in Tampa starting in December.

 

Speaking of WTSP, Mark Collins will be joining the station on September 15th. Collins is a native of St. Petersburg and he's been splitting his time as a freelance meteorologist between WTSP and Jacksonville's WJXT.

 

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KCNC in Denver is pulling the plug on its 4pm newscast (that replaced Oprah) due to low ratings. It will be replaced by Dr. Phil on September 5th.

 

http://www.denverpos...ews/ci_18742504

 

http://www.mediabist...newscast_b19332

 

Forgot to mention that Evrod Cassimy (pronounced cass-uh-mee) from WWBT/WUPV is now an anchor/reporter for KCNC.

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Since we are talking about things moving around here, let me talk about the "out and about" in Philadelphia:

 

On CBS-owned KYW, The Dr. Oz Show will be leaving the station on September 5, and will be replaced by the new Anderson Cooper talk show Anderson on September 12. During that time, KYW will air fellow health-oriented talk show The Doctors in its place.

 

Dr. Oz will move to Fox-owned station WTXF, which also airs Inside Edition, another program that moved to WTXF from KYW in March (it aired IE in a late-night time slot.

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KFSN, the ABC owned-and-operated station in Fresno, California, is joining its ABC O&O sister stations in launching a 4 p.m. newscast to replace Oprah. The newscast called Action News Live at Four, debuting September 12, will be anchored by Graciela Moreno and Christine Park with forecasts by meteorologist Kevin Musso, and will be a traditional news program with emphasis on social media where viewers can share their comments on stories; a new set has also been built for the program. The newscast will compete with We are Fresno: LIVE on NBC affiliate KSEE. In addition, KFSN has hired Los Angeles transplant Gaby Rodriguez as the traffic reporter for its weekday morning newscast Action News AM Live.

 

WVUE, New Orleans' Fox affiliate, has hired Fred Hickman as its new sports director. Hickman is best known as one of CNN's first sports anchors, alongside Nick Charles (who died of metastatic bladder cancer back in June), beginning in the 1980s, and once again in the 1990s. Hickman has also worked at television station in Springfield, Illinois, Detroit and New York City, as well as at ESPN and most recently for Fox Sports South (one of the Fox Sports regional networks).

The show will go head to head with "We are Fresno: LIVE" on KSEE (Channel 24.1).

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WVUE in New Orleans is becoming the latest Fox affiliate to join the 4 p.m. news race, the station is adding an hour-long newscast in that timeslot starting on September 12. The newscast will be anchored by current 10 p.m. anchor Kim Holden, and 5 and 9 p.m. anchor Nancy Parker, with weather forecasts by chief meteorologist Bob Breck. Jennifer Hale, who became a fill-in sports anchor/reporter over the summer following the departures of sports director John Henry Smith and sports anchor Rob Ennis, will serve as the sports anchor for the newscast and is no longer anchoring the weekday morning newscast as a result.

 

Since Louisiana Media Company purchased the station in 2008, WVUE has expanded its news programming significantly with the addition of a 5 a.m. hour of the previously three-hour weekday morning newscast and a weeknight 10 p.m. newscast, both in February 2010 (the 10 p.m. newscast expanded to seven nights a week four months later) and an hour-long noon newscast in March 2011 (the addition of the 4 p.m. newscast will give the station, which carries the most local news in the New Orleans market, close to 60 hours of local news each week); other than the addition of the 10 p.m. newscast to weekends, WVUE has yet to make any expansions/additions to its weekend news programming. Besides WVUE, the only other Fox affiliates carrying a 4 p.m. newscast are WSVN in Miami, WTIC in Harford-New Haven, WXIN in Indianapolis, KPTV in Portland, Oregon, WDRB in Louisville, KBTV in Beaumont-Port Arthur and starting next month, WFLX in West Palm Beach (which will be produced by sister station WPTV); side note, Chattanooga, Tennessee's WDSI was the first Fox station to carry a 4 p.m. newscast during the four years the station had an in-house news division from 2000 to 2004.

 

Nexstar's CBS affiliate in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, WTAJ, will also have its locally-produced programming venture into the 4 p.m. slot by launching Central Pa Live, the Johnstown-Altoona market’s first hour-long 4 p.m. local news/lifestyle program, also debuting on September 12. Central Pa Live, which will have a topical and lifestyle-oriented format along with news and weather, will feature an interactive platform to connect viewers through the station's website, and social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.

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Say a prayer for former WFAA-TV general assignment reporter Bert Lozano. Lozano, 42, had a heart attack over the weekend and is now in "serious but stable" condition at a Dallas-area hospital, with how things go today being key to his recovery. Before leaving Channel 8 in 2007, Lozano inadvertantly made a name for him self as being the reporter whose live report on grass fire danger on the latenight news was interrupted by a male streaker.

 

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WAFB, Raycom Media's CBS affiliate in Baton Rouge, is expanding its weekday morning newscast to 4:30 a.m. on September 12. The additional half-hour will be anchored by Matt Williams with weather from meteorologist Diane Deaton and traffic reports by Johnny Ahysen.

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Here in Knoxville, a few things have been going on:

 

WVLT-TV 8, the CBS affiliate, rebranded their newscasts from "Volunteer TV News" to "Local 8 News" just a couple of days ago. The station kept their "Volunteer TV" branding as well as their current graphics.

 

WBXX-TV 20, the CW affiliate, re-entered the 10pm news race over a month ago with the launch of "The CW20 News at Ten" with Kristen Farley from WATE. With this newscast, the news-share agreement with WATE and WBXX came into effect and will be launching news in high definition this Fall.

 

More details as they become available.

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Kerstin Lindquist, morning weathercaster at KGTV 10 (ABC) has left the station to be a host at QVC. She starts at QVC in October. Robert Santos who currently does weather/anchoring on the weekends will do weekday weather.

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There's more...

 

WVLT-TV 8, the CBS affiliate, aired a promo on Saturday night and noted that "Local 8 News First at 4:00" will air for a full hour starting Monday, September 12th. There could be some new graphics as well, but we'll see what happens come next Monday.

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Just a heads up from Nashville:

 

Per their Facebook page, WSMV has posted pictures of their new set, and based on the control room images, they will also be getting the NBC Look C treatment (along with a tweaked logo). Expect a full blown launch of their new look in the coming days.

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ABC owned-and-operated station KGO-TV in San Francisco is expanding its 11 p.m. newscast; the change will only affect the Saturday and Sunday evening editions of the newscast beginning this Saturday, September 10. Alan Wang will anchor, with meteorologist Leigh Glaser providing weather forecasts, and Mike Shumann will handle sports.

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San Diego PBS member station KPBS will add a weeknight newscast to its schedule beginning on September 26. Besides local news headlines, "KPBS Evening Edition" will feature analysis, newsmaker interviews and field reports. The program will utilize a topic-by-night format similar to "Chicago Tonight", the newsmagazine program on fellow PBS member station WTTW in the Windy City (Mondays will focus on business and technology; Tuesdays on health stories; Wednesdays will feature reports from the Fronteras local journalism center; Thursdays feature community news; and Fridays will feature stories on culture). A Feedback/Followup segment will also air at the end of each program, including audience feedback through email, phone and social media.

 

KPBS has also announced an "enhanced partnership" with Investigative Newsource (also known as the Watchdog Institute), an independent nonprofit organization based at the School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University for the past two years. On October 1, the Investigative Newsource reporting staff will begin sharing space at the Joan and Irwin Jacobs KPBS News Center.

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More news from Nashville:

 

WSMV has hired KGUN's Ian Reitz as the new co-anchor for Channel 4 News Today alongside Holly Thompson.

 

http://www.wsmv.com/story/15422513

 

He will be replacing Aaron Solomon, who left the station a few months ago (he now hosts a local sports radio show on WPRT-FM). WSMV reporter Josh Devine has been filling in as co-anchor since then. Reitz will officially take over early next month.

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Let's see Birmingham's ABC affiliate, WBMA-LP/WJSU/WCFT, ABC 33/40, will be adding a 4 p.m. newscast hosted by long time veteran anchor, Pam Huff. The newscast starts Sept. 12th.

 

Columbus, GA's CBS affiliate, WRBL, will be relaunching its 5pm ET/4PM CT newscast with the same title, "News 3 First Edition" after cancelling it back in 2009 as a result of Media General's cheapness. I suppose the anchors will be current 6PM and 11PM anchors, Phil Scoggins and Theresa Whitaker, chief meteorologist Bob Jeswald, and sports anchor Stuart Webber. It's going up against WTVM's current newscast at the same time.

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In Tampa, Gannett's CBS affiliate WTSP is adding a half-hour 9 a.m. newscast to its schedule starting Monday. Ginger Gadsden, Keith Jones and meteorologist Bobby Deskins, who are the team for WTSP's 5-7 a.m. newscast will be part of the 9 a.m. extension.

 

George Winterling, meteorologist at independent station WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida, is currently in the hospital after falling ill on Wednesday evening after having dinner at home with his family; details of his condition have not been released. Originally a chief meteorologist for the station beginning in 1962, Winterling handed over the chief meteorologist heins to John Gaughan, while Winterling transitioned to the station's hurricane and severe weather expert in 2009. WJXT vice president/general manager Bob Ellis said in a statement released Thursday, “George is so important to this station, our community, and many of you. Members of our staff have visited his family this morning. His wife Virginia and their children and grandchildren want everyone in Jacksonville to know how much they appreciate your prayers and get well wishes. We will provide updates on how George is doing as soon as they are available. If you’d like to leave a personal get well message for George and his family, we’ve set up a forum on this page [News4Jax.com]. We will make sure they are all delivered to his family.” We here at TVNewsTalk wish George a speedy recovery.

 

Nexstar Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate WCIA in Springfield, Illinois will launch a new news and lifestyle program titled "ciLiving.tv" this Monday, September 12. The 4 p.m. program, "ciLiving.tv" will be hosted by WCIA sports reporter/anchor Drew Wilder and newcomer to television Heather Roberts, who was selected as part of an on-air campaign inviting Central Illinois residents to submit a video explaining why they’d be perfect for the co-host slot.

 

Randy Meier has signed on to join Fox O&O KMSP in Minneapolis as an anchor/reporter. Meier will solo anchor the station’s 10 p.m. newscast on Sunday through Thursday nights, and will also co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscast on Fridays and Saturdays with Tim Blotz, he will also report for the 9 a.m. hour of the morning newscast. He replaces Marni Hughes, who left KMSP in July. Meier is no stranger to Minneapolis broadcasting, having worked as an anchor for 13 years at KSTP in Minneapolis and hosted a three-hour news/talk radio show in area radio station WCCO-AM, Meier has also done some national work for MSNBC.

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Here in Detroit, Fox O&O station WJBK is expanding news once again. Fox 2 is adding a half-hour of news on the weekends and a full-hour of news on the weekdays.

"Fox 2 News Weekend" expands from 6:30am-10:00am starting Saturday September 17, and "Fox 2 News Morning" expands from 4:30am-12:00pm starting Monday September 19.

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KNBC is re-launching a midday newscast, at noon, starting tomorrow at noon PT (September 12th); it replaces the previous night's replay of Access Hollywood. It'll compete directly against KCAL's long-established noon newscast (they've had a midday newscast since the last days of the RKO General ownership, as KHJ-TV) and KTTV.

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Tribune's Fox affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut, WTIC-TV, is shaking up its anchor lineups starting next week. The first changes occur on Sunday, when current Friday 4 and 11 p.m. anchor Alison Morris joins Brent Hardin as co-anchor of the 10 p.m. newscast, both will also anchor the Sunday through Thursday 11 p.m. newscast. The following day, current Sunday through Thursday 10 and 11 p.m. co-anchor Erika Arias will join Logan Byrnes as co-anchor of the 5–9 a.m. portion of the morning newscast (Byrnes will continue to solo anchor the 4:30 a.m. half-hour of the newscast); Arias will replace Sarah French as weekday morning anchor, as French is leaving WTIC to become a weekend evening anchor for WHDH in Boston. Reporter Jennifer Bosworth and weekend moning anchor Audrey Kuchen will now anchor the Friday and Saturday night 10 p.m. newscast, as well as the Friday 4 and 11 p.m. newscasts starting September 23. A day later on September 24, sports reporter/fill-in sports anchor Tim Lammers will also become news anchor of the Saturday morning newscast, while sports director/weeknight sports anchor Rich Coppola will become anchor of the Sunday morning newscast.

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After contract renewal negotiations have failed, former WDSU morning anchor Melanie Hebert is joining WWL. Announced this morning by "Eyewitness Morning News" anchors Eric Paulsen and Sally-Ann Roberts, Hebert will co-anchor the 5 am newscast with Mike Hoss (more on him later). She's also bringing the news on the "Eyewitness Morning News" with Eric Paulsen and Sally-Ann Roberts...just like Wayne Carter and Jill Hezeau did.

 

Hebert's non-compete clause expires in July 2012, but she starts work in January 2012 as Ch. 4's Internet and social media correspondent.

 

Back to Mike Hoss. Starting next month, Hoss will anchor both the 5 am and 5 pm newscasts. Long-term plans call for him to anchor mornings.

 

http://www.nola.com/tv/index.ssf/2011/09/former_wdsu_anchor_melanie_heb.html

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WVUE...WTH? Monday, the station started using the Sinclair Music Package along with U-Phonix and SMP is being used more than the other one. I'm not sure if U-Phonix is being slowly phased out, but they've already tweaked their intro/tease/rejoin graphics as well as the "Louisiana's Home Team" logo.

 

WDSU has been running new promos for the last week and a half in which they proclaim that they are "Louisiana's New News Leader", biting off WWL's slogan. They claim to be No. 1 at 4, 5 and 6 pm. A closer inspection of the ad shows that they use Nielsen number among viewers 25-44, I believe (The source is displayed so briefly, you gotta have quick eyes). In addition, when they first started running the slogan, they had the only 4 pm newscast and I also suspect they are using numbers from "NBC Nightly News", which was second to the "CBS Evening News".

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WVUE...WTH? Monday, the station started using the Sinclair Music Package along with U-Phonix and SMP is being used more than the other one. I'm not sure if U-Phonix is being slowly phased out, but they've already tweaked their intro/tease/rejoin graphics as well as the "Louisiana's Home Team" logo.

 

The Sinclair package is part of U-phonix now (it has been since WROC picked it up, at least)

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Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WCPO in Cincinnati has named Sherry Ray Hughes as meteorologist and multi-media journalist. Starting October 1, Hughes will report on stories on weekdays and the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association dual-member/sealholder provide weather forecasts for the weekend 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts (replacing meteorologist Steve Norris, who is leaving the station) and serve as a fill-in meteorologist on weekdays. Hughes joins the station from Gannett's CBS affiliate WTSP in Tampa, where she was a meteorologist and general assignment reporter starting in 2005; she also previously served in the same dual capacity at Media General's NBC affiliate WNCN in Raleigh, Fox O&O KSAZ in Phoenix and Raycom's CBS affiliate WCSC in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

Mike Schneider has been named the anchor/managing editor of "NJ Today", a statewide nightly news/public affairs program on NJTV, New Jersey's PBS member network that replaced the New Jersey Network in July. "NJ Today" will replace "NJ Today Summer Edition", which launched upon the changeover. Schneider’s career began in 1975, working as a news writer at now-ABC O&O WPVI in Philadelphia and later becoming reporter and anchor at stations such as WCBS in New York and WTAE in Pittsburgh, he also has hosted CNBC's biographical program centering on successful business giants called "CNBC Titans". In addition, Schneider has also previously ran for office in New Jersey's 5th Congressional District.

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