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A couple changes from Texas to report …

 

Former Fox 26 Houston chief met Jim Siebert, who abruptly left earlier this year, has resurfaced at WeatherNation as a VP. 

https://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2022/04/dr-jim-siebert-joins-weathernation.html

 

In Bryan/College Station, several changes at top-rated KBTX. Evening co-anchor Karla Castillo has shifted to mornings, citing a desire to spend more time with her family. She fills one of the two seats vacated recently by husband-wife anchor team of Josh and Kathleen Ninke, who both went to WAVE in Louisville to report. 
 

The other morning anchor seat is posted online, with reporter Fallon Appleton filling in on an interim basis. Castillo’s evening co-anchor seat is also posted. The station said various reporters will fill in for her on the evening shift for now. 
 
The station has also revealed it will be replacing Ellen at 3p this fall with an hourlong local lifestyle show that will be called The Three. (Not only will it air at 3p, but they are also Channel 3.) Jobs are posted for a host and a producer. 
 

All four KBTX jobs are listed on Gray’s career website, along with several others. 

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Another Hearst outlet is launching the 4pm. WISN (Finally!!) will launch the new show, beginning June 6.

 

Weekend Anchor Kristin Pierce and 9pm anchor Derrick Rose will anchor the new broadcast.

 

Program lineup will also change

  • 2pm - Tamrom Hall
  • 3pm - Ellen DeGeneres (will be replaced by Jennifer Hudson in the Fall)
  • 4pm - 12 News at 4pm

Looks like The Good Dish would probably be burned off in the overnights for the remainder of the run.

 

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2 hours ago, CircleSeven said:

Another Hearst outlet is launching the 4pm. WISN (Finally!!) will launch the new show, beginning June 6.

 

Weekend Anchor Kristin Pierce and 9pm anchor Derrick Rose will anchor the new broadcast.

 

Program lineup will also change

  • 2pm - Tamrom Hall
  • 3pm - Ellen DeGeneres (will be replaced by Jennifer Hudson in the Fall)
  • 4pm - 12 News at 4pm

Looks like The Good Dish would probably be burned off in the overnights for the remainder of the run.

 


From the press release: 

 

“WISN 12 News at 4:00 p.m." has a distinct focus on breaking news and the very latest on stories and events happening in neighborhoods across Milwaukee and all of Southeastern Wisconsin.”

 

So… what the hell are they doing in their other shows then? 🙄

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4 hours ago, CircleSeven said:

Another Hearst outlet is launching the 4pm. WISN (Finally!!) will launch the new show, beginning June 6.

 

Weekend Anchor Kristin Pierce and 9pm anchor Derrick Rose will anchor the new broadcast.

 

Program lineup will also change

  • 2pm - Tamrom Hall
  • 3pm - Ellen DeGeneres (will be replaced by Jennifer Hudson in the Fall)
  • 4pm - 12 News at 4pm

Looks like The Good Dish would probably be burned off in the overnights for the remainder of the run.

 

I feel like this was the worst-kept secret in Milwaukee once it became clear Kelly is stuck on 'TMJ for the foreseeable future and they never got any real viewer pushback on Ellen pre-emptions for breaking news. Also glad to see Derrick will be on with Mark (they're like a Laurel and Hardy at 9 so it'll be nice to get them at 4 now).

 

2 hours ago, noggi said:

So… what the hell are they doing in their other shows then? 🙄

They usually have more studio stuff in the 5 and 6 shows and more live shots in the morning and at 9 and 10 (with 11am and 9pm where you see Hearst must-runs and verticals), so this will be a slight change as they get in more live coverage at 4 permanently.

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15 hours ago, CircleSeven said:

Another Hearst outlet is launching the 4pm. WISN (Finally!!) will launch the new show, beginning June 6.

 

Weekend Anchor Kristin Pierce and 9pm anchor Derrick Rose will anchor the new broadcast.

 

Program lineup will also change

  • 2pm - Tamrom Hall
  • 3pm - Ellen DeGeneres (will be replaced by Jennifer Hudson in the Fall)
  • 4pm - 12 News at 4pm

Looks like The Good Dish would probably be burned off in the overnights for the remainder of the run.

 

Does Milwaukee need another 4pm news?🙄

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16 hours ago, Nelson R. said:

Maureen O’Boyle leaving WBTV in July and apparently getting out of TV altogether

 

Just announced on the 6:00 news.

 

This comes just over a week after Leigh Brock left the station.

Sorry to see her go. She was a strong anchor and an appealing personality, well liked by the viewers. But much of the major talent has retired from WBTV in recent years, so it will be interesting to see how Gray maintains the longtime legacy status of WBTV in the coming years, or lose ground to WSOC.

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On 4/23/2022 at 5:57 PM, Nelson R. said:

Weekend meteorologist Leigh Brock leaving WBTV. Her mother (I assume that’s who it is) stated that the station did not renew her contract. https://www.facebook.com/100044207510574/posts/559545828862329/?d=n

Sorry Leigh Brock has departed WBTV. She was well liked and did a good job.And was a familiar face from the Eric Thomas era, so she would have helped ease the transition from his departure rather than the other 2 newer meteorologists they moved to the evenings. Seems like a big mistake by Gray if indeed her contract was not renewed. Too much legacy talent is departing WBTV, including now Maureen O'Boyle.

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13 hours ago, Breaking News said:

Does Milwaukee need another 4pm news?🙄

No, but I wonder who’ll be the first to change things up now that the market leader is in the 4pm game 

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5 minutes ago, Breaking News said:

Why exactly do they need another 4pm news?  At what point does someone in management say this is overkill?

WISN has always been the 'hard news and people you know' station in the market, and it's always felt like if it was up to the news side and not the bulk deal corporate had with Warner/Telepictures, they would've done so in June 2011 after Oprah ended rather than sliding Ellen up an hour. A lot of local news seems to happen in that 4pm slot and WISN has been handicapped to balance covering it with not getting "AngyAngie13030' yelling at them on Facebook because they missed one of Ellen's games or the 'secret sweepstakes keyword' during sweeps.

 

WTMJ has had the timeslot in 1993 but over time their news in that slot deteriorated due to corporate mandates/egos, as Journal and Scripps were more interested in making it light and forming their shows to the whims of the siding/window companies that advertised on it (also when they had WTMJ radio, promoting that and their hosts to absurd points), while WITI and WDJT took to the timeslot in order to counteract that and Ellen to be the hard news option in the hour and just all those talk shows bombing at 4pm after 2012 just forcing their hand.

Honestly though, WISN was very limited in the middle of the decade, still only doing morning/5/6/10, and the expansion has sorely been needed for years. They've expanded much more judiciously over the years and they have an anchor roster/weather staff that will have no problem handling it.

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2 hours ago, mrschimpf said:

WISN has always been the 'hard news and people you know' station in the market, and it's always felt like if it was up to the news side and not the bulk deal corporate had with Warner/Telepictures, they would've done so in June 2011 after Oprah ended rather than sliding Ellen up an hour. A lot of local news seems to happen in that 4pm slot and WISN has been handicapped to balance covering it with not getting "AngyAngie13030' yelling at them on Facebook because they missed one of Ellen's games or the 'secret sweepstakes keyword' during sweeps.

 

WTMJ has had the timeslot in 1993 but over time their news in that slot deteriorated due to corporate mandates/egos, as Journal and Scripps were more interested in making it light and forming their shows to the whims of the siding/window companies that advertised on it (also when they had WTMJ radio, promoting that and their hosts to absurd points), while WITI and WDJT took to the timeslot in order to counteract that and Ellen to be the hard news option in the hour and just all those talk shows bombing at 4pm after 2012 just forcing their hand.

Honestly though, WISN was very limited in the middle of the decade, still only doing morning/5/6/10, and the expansion has sorely been needed for years. They've expanded much more judiciously over the years and they have an anchor roster/weather staff that will have no problem handling it.

Have they mentioned what’s going to replace The Good Dish? Maybe Rachael Ray from overnights?

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A familiar face has resurfaced at WTSP.

 

Dave Wagner, who last was an anchor/reporter for WTSP way back in 1999, has apparently returned to the station. His first stint with the station was from 1987-1999, and was the interim male evening anchor after John Wilson's departure in 1993. 

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On 5/2/2022 at 6:23 PM, Nelson R. said:

Maureen O’Boyle leaving WBTV in July and apparently getting out of TV altogether

 

Just announced on the 6:00 news.

 

This comes just over a week after Leigh Brock left the station.

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/tv/article261013112.html?fbclid=IwAR13nrzbnT4ZGIXUejX09Ci_FQmqKZ80OweDXE_QmJojJmvdAKz0osGoWGc

 

Sorry it might be under a paywall.

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17 hours ago, TVNewsLover said:

Have they mentioned what’s going to replace The Good Dish? Maybe Rachael Ray from overnights?

Tamron is moving to 2pm, then Jennifer Hudson at 3pm in the fall, so outside sliding back their lineup an hour, there's nothing to move.

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