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Couple of misc. changes.

 

First off..to Radar he was very well beloved and I know the staff at KPRC will miss him dearly.

 

Also, KPRC has added a 1 PM Pay to Play newscast Im asusming (kind of the same at sister station KSAT), where its called Houston Life. This expands their weekday midday newscast offerings to 2 1/2 hours a day (starting at 11:30 AM)

 

Also, former sister station to KPRC, WPLG no longer has Constance Jones on the payroll. Her last day was yesterday after a remarkable 9 1/2 years with the station. She will be headed up to Atlanta to work for FOX 5. Currently, her noon anchor slot is being handled by Jenise Fernandez and a new traffic woman Nicole Perez takes over.

 

In other WPLG news, as mentioned in the shoutbox, Jacey Birch was in a car accident. She is currently pregnant at the moment. Looks like the temp. replacement is going to be Shyanne Malone (their weekend evening anchor)

 

http://www.local10.com/news/local-10-news-anchor-jacey-birch-released-from-hospital-after-crash

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Couple of misc. changes.

 

First off..to Radar he was very well beloved and I know the staff at KPRC will miss him dearly.

 

Also, KPRC has added a 1 PM Pay to Play newscast Im asusming (kind of the same at sister station KSAT), where its called Houston Life. This expands their weekday midday newscast offerings to 2 1/2 hours a day (starting at 11:30 AM)

 

Also, former sister station to KPRC, WPLG no longer has Constance Jones on the payroll. Her last day was yesterday after a remarkable 9 1/2 years with the station. She will be headed up to Atlanta to work for FOX 5. Currently, her noon anchor slot is being handled by Jenise Fernandez and a new traffic woman Nicole Perez takes over.

 

In other WPLG news, as mentioned in the shoutbox, Jacey Birch was in a car accident. She is currently pregnant at the moment. Looks like the temp. replacement is going to be Shyanne Malone (their weekend evening anchor)

 

http://www.local10.com/news/local-10-news-anchor-jacey-birch-released-from-hospital-after-crash

 

* 11:00am. It starts at 11:00am, goes on until 12:30pm and then returns at 1:00pm for HL.

 

Yep... I'm surprised Jones stayed with WPLG for that long. She was a general assignment reporter before becoming traffic/noon anchor and gave that up to Nicole Perez for a seamless transition.

 

And best wishes to Jacey. She's been there a long time, since the beginning of the "Local 10" name and was weather anchor at first before handling traffic and now does regular news in the morning and 9:00am. Hopeful that her leg heals up quickly and comes back soon. And good to know that her unborn baby was never hurt.

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Inside Edition now has an updated theme with new graphics. they only teased it in a open and in a topical promo.

 

Yeah I saw it too. Not really a fan of the new music, sounds like the original theme is going through puberty.

However, I noticed today, they seem to have reverted back to the old theme.

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Melanie Dotson, a reporter with WJTV in Jackson, MS, passed away Friday. Some unconfirmed reports have mentioned she went to a Jackson hospital earlier in the week with chest pains and was told it was anxiety. She joined WJTV 12 in April 2016 and was born in nearby Brandon.

 

STORY: http://wjtv.com/2016/09/16/wjtv-reporter-melanie-dotson-passes-away/

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Denver's CBS 4 (KCNC-TV) has hired former WFAA meteorologist Ashton Altieri as part of its revamp weather team. He'll join the station as the morning and noon meterologist in October.

http://unclebarky.com/dfw.html

http://www.adweek.com/tvspy/denver-cbs-station-makes-changes-in-weather/178077

 

That won't be Altieri's first stint in the market; he was previously at KUSA.

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DCRTV reporting that WUSA is axing their 7pm newscast in favor of a show titled Off Script, featuring veteran anchor/reporter Bruce Johnson. I wonder if this will be along the same lines as Next w/ Kyle Clark on KUSA?

 

Also in WUSA-related news, it seems evening anchor Jan Jeffcoat's move to the morning newscast has been made official, as they've been airing TNF promotions featuring her with Mike Hydeck.

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DCRTV reporting that WUSA is axing their 7pm newscast in favor of a show titled Off Script, featuring veteran anchor/reporter Bruce Johnson. I wonder if this will be along the same lines as Next w/ Kyle Clark on KUSA?

 

Also in WUSA-related news, it seems evening anchor Jan Jeffcoat's move to the morning newscast has been made official, as they've been airing TNF promotions featuring her with Mike Hydeck.

 

It would behoove W*USA9 to pick-up Leon Harris for their evening shows at 6&11pm.

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WXYZ personality John Kelly has died at 88. He started at WJBK in 1965 and went to WXYZ in 1970 and spent the 70's alongside Bill Bonds as the original anchor pairing for Action News. He also hosted the talk shows Kelly & Co. from the mid 80's to mid 90's and Good Afternoon Detroit in the early 80's, both on Channel 7.

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WXYZ personality John Kelly has died at 88. He started at WJBK in 1965 and went to WXYZ in 1970 and spent the 70's alongside Bill Bonds as the original anchor pairing for Action News. He also hosted the talk shows Kelly & Co. from the mid 80's to mid 90's and Good Afternoon Detroit in the early 80's, both on Channel 7.

 

He was a fine man, and had many friends. He will be missed.

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Looks like JD Rudd and his wife Alyson Bruner are leaving KSHB for WEWS in Cleveland. Rudd will be their weekday morning met. KSHB has hired (surprisingly already) Gerard Jebaily from WPDE in Myrtle Beach, SC.

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WPTA in Fort Wayne continues to shift around anchors as it prepares for the new studio debut. Chief Meteorologist Carlo Falco (who was hired in June and generally not well received) is gone and the station has rehired Matt Leach (who left to work for a nonprofit in July) as Chief Meteorologist. As far as anchors, Angela Brown who came from Flint, MI has been moved to weekends and Alexis Gray from the recently shut down (and also Quincy owned) WSJV is now the weekday anchor. The new Fort Wayne's NBC (which switched to WPTA 21.2) continues to be promoted, with both studios on target to launch in November. So many changes here in Fort Wayne!

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Isn't Adam Longo currently anchoring the 5 & 11? Because if Leon plans on coming to WUSA to take the 6 and/or 11, what's next for Adam?

 

Good question. The only thing I could think of off the top of my head is keeping him at 5 with Lesli Foster and team him up with Andrea Roane to co-anchor the noon news as well, along with being Leon's backup. I don't see Bruce Johnson retiring anytime soon as he just got the 7pm newscast to himself (haven't watched it yet to see what it's like), so if Leon did come to WUSA, it's really difficult to figure out what the hell WUSA would do.

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WPTA in Fort Wayne continues to shift around anchors as it prepares for the new studio debut. Chief Meteorologist Carlo Falco (who was hired in June and generally not well received) is gone and the station has rehired Matt Leach (who left to work for a nonprofit in July) as Chief Meteorologist. As far as anchors, Angela Brown who came from Flint, MI has been moved to weekends and Alexis Gray from the recently shut down (and also Quincy owned) WSJV is now the weekday anchor. The new Fort Wayne's NBC (which switched to WPTA 21.2) continues to be promoted, with both studios on target to launch in November. So many changes here in Fort Wayne!

 

I wonder what the relaunched "Fort Wayne's NBC" will have in terms of newscasts.

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Bonten is reportedly exploring strategic alternatives for its stations. They're so far-flung it seems like they'd prolly go to several different buyers instead of just one, don't you think?

 

http://www.ftvlive.com/sqsp-test/2016/9/19/not-the-memo-you-want-to-get-on-a-monday

 

Raycom could probably swallow them whole without any conflicts, but each of their markets has key conflicts that affects Gray (WITN and WCTI/WYDO/WFXI), Heartland (KRCR/KAEF and KNVN/KVSL) and Cordillera (KPAX and NBC Montana's stations) from a straight buyout. WCYB/WEMT would be good for Gray and Raycom could benefit from the New Bern stations.

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