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Chaos has abounded at O&Os so it's nice to have seen some new hires debut in the past week(s) on-air (albeit actually hired months before the economy is at now). Not conclusive, but in addition to Chelsea Edwards' hiring at KTTV (original post in LA forum), here's some updates:

  • Nicole Nielsen joined KTVT after graduating from OU last year.
  • Cierra Johnson joined KNTV from WBNS.
  • Allison Gargaro joined WOFL from KERO.
  • and Lauren Coronado, Danica McAdam (Lawrence), and Allison Ash all seem to be no longer just freelance at KNSD.

Meanwhile, and also inconclusive, the following (not seemingly mentioned before) have left:

  • Sandra Jones has left WVIT to return to Richmond, VA.
  • Liz Harrison retired from KFSN.
  • Cassy Arsenault left WBTS in May.
  • Gaby Rodriguez left KNSD in May.

I already feel like the likes of Denise Nakano, Dave Lopez, and Randy Paige were basically sort of "nudged out" of their seats, so to speak. Hope we won't see another sweeping slash a la CBS, even if/when a potential second wave wreaks more havoc on the economy.

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Alanna Autler is leaving KTVT for law school at the University of Michigan.....https://twitter.com/alanna_autler/status/1275074969706225664

 

Autler is probably best known for an interview with a Tennessee election commissioner that went viral for all the wrong reasons (he called her a "b----" leading her to respond, "Wow! Do you want to say that again, Mr. Buchanan? Do not touch me. Do you want to say that again for the camera?") Four years later, the unedited interview and confrontation is STILL on WSMV's website.....https://www.wsmv.com/news/unedited-wsmv-interview-with-davidson-county-election-commission-chairman-ronald-buchanan/video_f189f525-fa38-523e-9695-3320a3aff86a.html

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Wow.. KTVT will be needing a new consumer reporter now. Alanna's departure from broadcasting for law school is also joined by others recently, such as KMIZ's Tyler Murry and WRCB's Claudia Coco. Wondering what the momentum will be for these specific transitions.

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KPRC is moving “Houston Life,” its lifestyle show, to 3p weekdays starting Aug. 17. It had been airing at 1p. “Dr. Phil,” which had been airing at 3p, moves to 1p. The station claims ratings for the show have spiked during the coronavirus pandemic, with it beating all other Houston stations in its current timeslot. At 3p, it’ll be up against “Ellen” on KHOU, “Kelly Clarkson” on KRIV and local news/“Inside Edition” on KTRK. 
 

https://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2020/06/KPRC-2-Houston-Life-3pm.html

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14 hours ago, Greggo said:

KPRC is moving “Houston Life,” its lifestyle show, to 3p weekdays starting Aug. 17. It had been airing at 1p. “Dr. Phil,” which had been airing at 3p, moves to 1p. The station claims ratings for the show have spiked during the coronavirus pandemic, with it beating all other Houston stations in its current timeslot. At 3p, it’ll be up against “Ellen” on KHOU, “Kelly Clarkson” on KRIV and local news/“Inside Edition” on KTRK. 
 

https://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2020/06/KPRC-2-Houston-Life-3pm.html

That’s an odd time for Dr. Phil to air. Most NBC stations air Days of Our Lives at 1. Still got time to tinker. Maybe put Days at 1 and Phil at 2. 

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On 6/17/2020 at 6:02 PM, scrabbleship said:

 

Somewhere David Wade is happy at the debacle he dodged.

 

Seriously her leaving WCVB was one of the more bizarre moves to happen in that market.

 

What exactly is their deal? Wasn't he married to Maria Stephanos?

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2 hours ago, Breaking News said:

What exactly is their deal? Wasn't he married to Maria Stephanos?

 

No, it was Bianca. They met while both were students at Emerson in the early 90s, married while both were at WXXA in Albany, and divorced back in 2009.

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4 hours ago, Breaking News said:

What exactly is their deal? Wasn't he married to Maria Stephanos?

 

No, it was Bianca. They met while both were students at Emerson in the early 90s, married while both were at WXXA in Albany, and divorced back in 2009.

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WKRC announces its "B" team:

https://local12.com/news/local/local-12-names-afternoon-co-anchors

 

Adam Clements had been pushing hard for a promotion, serving this role in an interim capacity after Brad Johansen left and when Kyle Inskeep took a 6-week leave of absence last year (after Rob Braun left the station).  He settled for a "breaking news anchor" role on Good Morning Cincinnati - so it's good to see him get a legit promotion.

 

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Well, to my surprise, (and thanks to scrabbleship for the heads up on WMBB/WPGX) Nexstar stations WMBB and WDHN are now producing 1 hour primetime newscasts for Lockwood stations WPGX and WDFX, respectively.

 

For WPGX, this is the first 9pm newscast in a LONG time, going back at least 25 years.  Panama City was one of the few markets not to have a primetime newscast of any kind.

For WDFX, this replaces a news share from former sister station WSFA in Montgomery, who continued the arrangement until recently as WDFX had to be sold since Gray already owned WTVY in the Gray/Raycom merger.

 

As for other spinoff markets, WFXG in Augusta appears to be producing their own news still, after spinning off from former sister station WTOC in Savannah.

WTNZ is still having Tegna station WBIR produce their newscasts.

 

At one time, both WTNZ and WFXG relied on what are now also Nexstar stations, WATE in Knoxville, and WJBF in Augusta to produce their news.   WJBF stopped doing so when they entered into the SSA with WAGT under Media General, and WTNZ went with WATE under Young's ownership after their agreement with WVLT expired.  This lasted until 2011 when the current share with WBIR began.

 

If Lockwood is making it work in Augusta, I could see it continuing as is.  WATE (under Young & Media General) ended up producing WBXX's newscasts (under Lockwood's ownership) until Gray bought them and merged them with WVLT.   

It is entirely possible WATE could be next in line if they choose not to renew with Tegna's WBIR.

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3 hours ago, tyrannical bastard said:

Well, to my surprise, (and thanks to scrabbleship for the heads up on WMBB/WPGX) Nexstar stations WMBB and WDHN are now producing 1 hour primetime newscasts for Lockwood stations WPGX and WDFX, respectively.

 

For WPGX, this is the first 9pm newscast in a LONG time, going back at least 25 years.  Panama City was one of the few markets not to have a primetime newscast of any kind.

For WDFX, this replaces a news share from former sister station WSFA in Montgomery, who continued the arrangement until recently as WDFX had to be sold since Gray already owned WTVY in the Gray/Raycom merger.

 

As for other spinoff markets, WFXG in Augusta appears to be producing their own news still, after spinning off from former sister station WTOC in Savannah.

WTNZ is still having Tegna station WBIR produce their newscasts.

 

At one time, both WTNZ and WFXG relied on what are now also Nexstar stations, WATE in Knoxville, and WJBF in Augusta to produce their news.   WJBF stopped doing so when they entered into the SSA with WAGT under Media General, and WTNZ went with WATE under Young's ownership after their agreement with WVLT expired.  This lasted until 2011 when the current share with WBIR began.

 

If Lockwood is making it work in Augusta, I could see it continuing as is.  WATE (under Young & Media General) ended up producing WBXX's newscasts (under Lockwood's ownership) until Gray bought them and merged them with WVLT.   

It is entirely possible WATE could be next in line if they choose not to renew with Tegna's WBIR.

I have to wonder if its feasible for a market the size of Knoxville to have 4 in house news departments?

 

Depending the size of WTNZ/WKNX's facility it might be big enough to accomodate an in house news department for WTNZ

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On 6/19/2020 at 3:18 PM, TexasTVNews said:

Prayers are going out to former New York and current Harrisburg, PA anchor Robb Hanrahan of CBS 21 (WHP) who had suffered a massive heart attack yesterday. He's recovering in the ICU after a second surgery. Thoughts are with The Hanrahan Family and Robb's colleagues at CBS 21, and prayers for a full recovery to Robb and to his family at this difficult time.

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/cbs-21-anchor-robb-hanrahan-still-in-icu-but-made-a-nice-step-after-heart-attack-wife-says.html

 

Follow up. Robb is now recovering at home.

 

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12 hours ago, oknewsguy said:

I have to wonder if its feasible for a market the size of Knoxville to have 4 in house news departments?

 

Depending the size of WTNZ/WKNX's facility it might be big enough to accomodate an in house news department for WTNZ

 

But would Lockwood be willing to blow most of their budget just to start an in-house op for WTNZ? I strongly doubt it. In fact about it, I don't they've ever started an in-house news op from scratch.

 

The only reason why they have it on KAKE, WCAV & WFXG is because it was already established by those respective station's previous owners. 

 

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2 hours ago, CircleSeven said:

But would Lockwood be willing to blow most of their budget just to start an in-house op for WTNZ? I strongly doubt it. In fact about it, I don't they've ever started an in-house news op from scratch.

Not only that but also the economic conditions created by COVID-19 will in all likelihood make any effort made by Lockwood to start a news department from scratch unlikely.

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WJZY is no longer airing its special Tuesday night 11pm newscast which it called “Fox 46 News Nightside.” It was for coronavirus and primary election coverage. It had aired on Tuesday nights since the end of February.  I guess it will return when it gets closer to the election. But they need to just go ahead and make that a permanent every weeknight thing,

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17 hours ago, CircleSeven said:

 

But would Lockwood be willing to blow most of their budget just to start an in-house op for WTNZ? I strongly doubt it. In fact about it, I don't they've ever started an in-house news op from scratch.

 

The only reason why they have it on KAKE, WCAV & WFXG is because it was already established by those respective station's previous owners. 

 

With WFXG, much of the legwork was done under Raycom with their initial moves in 2011 (with the outsourcing) and later expansions in 2016.  The first move coincided with Media General ending their arrangement in order to SSA with WAGT.  The latter is the end result of WAGT's messy transition from one rival to another thanks to the Gray-Schurz merger, where a semi-unique voice was lost in the market to only be replaced by a simulcast (and exclusive, non-competing newscasts) from the other competitor.

 

10pm news in Knoxville has been a hot potato due to the mergers, sales, and contracts that have gone down in recent years.  I'm sure Nexstar is itching to get back the 10pm deal with WTNZ it lost years ago (under Young), and later lost (under Media General) with WBXX.  It all depends on how badly Tegna still wants the exposure there, and if Nexstar wants it more, not to mention how much longer the current arrangement is scheduled to last.

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Being the broadcast junkie that I am, one ends up not only finding love with TV stations, but also radio stations (and for me, the latter came first). Well, I discovered an interesting little footnote: TMStudios is an E.W. Scripps company. TM was owned by Jones Media Group (then known as JonesTM). Jones was purchased by Triton (and renamed TM Studios), Triton Radio Networks (now Triton Digital) in 2008. Triton was purchased by Scripps in 2018. Ergo, why are the Scripps stations using Stephen Arnold Music when they have their own composers in-house?

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14 minutes ago, ABC 7 Denver said:

Ergo, why are the Scripps stations using Stephen Arnold Music when they have their own composers in-house?


The same reasons the NBC O&Os shop around while having Universal Music as a subsidiary, or Disney shops around having several music publishing labels under its fold - because they can, and because there likely are antitrust issues to consider.

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2 minutes ago, TSSZNews said:

The same reasons the NBC O&Os shop around while having Universal Music as a subsidiary, or Disney shops around having several music publishing labels under its fold - because they can, and because there likely are antitrust issues to consider.

 

What anti-trust issues? A company can have one of their subsidiaries do work for the parent and not get accused of anything illegal because they own them. 

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2 minutes ago, ABC 7 Denver said:

 

What anti-trust issues? A company can have one of their subsidiaries do work for the parent and not get accused of anything illegal because they own them. 

 

If you need, say, production music, as a service, and you buy almost all the production music companies to perform work in house, and leave other consumers little options across the free market, that by most definitions is anti-competitive.

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41 minutes ago, TSSZNews said:

The same reasons the NBC O&Os shop around while having Universal Music as a subsidiary

You do know that Universal Music broke away from Universal Pictures in 2004 when GE bought them so they’re actually not subsidiaries. 
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Via Wikipedia

 

NBC makes their own graphics packages in-house, as well as several other companies, so how would that be different than production music? 

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16 minutes ago, froyo49 said:

You do know that Universal Music broke away from Universal Pictures in 2004 when GE bought them so they’re actually not subsidiaries. 

 

NBC makes their own graphics packages in-house, as well as several other companies, so how would that be different than production music? 

 

My mistake on UMG - I must be thinking of another production company I'm pretty sure NBCU does own, just not UMG.

RE: Graphics - different universe. Also a fair bit more complicated than it would appear on the surface.

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1 hour ago, ABC 7 Denver said:

Being the broadcast junkie that I am, one ends up not only finding love with TV stations, but also radio stations (and for me, the latter came first). Well, I discovered an interesting little footnote: TMStudios is an E.W. Scripps company. TM was owned by Jones Media Group (then known as JonesTM). Jones was purchased by Triton (and renamed TM Studios), Triton Radio Networks (now Triton Digital) in 2008. Triton was purchased by Scripps in 2018. Ergo, why are the Scripps stations using Stephen Arnold Music when they have their own composers in-house?

Huh? Wasn't TM folded under what we know today as Westwood One though?

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