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On 12/21/2018 at 8:53 AM, cg41386 said:

Former WTAE news anchor Wendy Bell is joining KDKA 1020 as an afternoon co-host, while KDKA TV reporter Lynne Hayes-Freeland is joining as midday hostess.

https://kdkaradio.radio.com/articles/wendy-bell-lynne-hayes-freeland-join-kdka-radio-air-lineup

After a summer where she suggested park rangers shoot monument vandalizers and overall paranoid COVID skepticism, along with KDKA radio's management deciding to go all-in on conservative talk (and advertisers exited) while KDKA-TV had to 'they're in another universe and we washed our hands of them a couple years ago' people who called to complain about her, Bell is 'indefinitely suspended', though her bio and show page have been pulled (she also lost her Pitt Panther pregame duties on a sister station, which just seems like the most random of assignments).

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1 hour ago, SFTV said:

Bay Area Blogger Rich Lieberman in hot water after 29 female journalists past and present sign a letter denouncing him as sexist.

 

https://medium.com/@bayareanewswomen/we-are-better-than-this-5780d57c7ff4

 

This guy is disgusting. Most of his stories are completely made up. After running into him at a bar in Oakland a few years ago and seeing how he behaved, this all makes sense. Glad finally someone is saying something. 

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SF Mayor London Breed expressed her support:

 

 

I have to wonder if he's getting to be senile or something. He is making less and less sense as the years go by, and he continues to write things that are clearly made up.

 

The other person who doesn't look good coming out of this is Chuck Barney at the Mercury News. He wrote that story about Kimberly Guilfoyle reportedly going to KTVU using Lieberman as his only source. He didn't even bother to reach out to KTVU or Guilfoyle's rep. Then, once there was a ton of blowback, he tried to cover his tracks by reaching out to a handful of KTVU people after the fact to see if there was any truth to Lieberman's story, which of course there wasn't. He should be held to a higher standard given that he's a supposed journalist and has a much higher platform than blogspot.com.

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Nexstar’s CW39 in Houston has a new chief met: Adam Krueger from Spectrum News in Austin and San Antonio. He’ll be on their newly reformatted in-house morning show, which is weather- and traffic-intensive. (Their evening newscast at 9p is outsourced to ABC O&O KTRK.) 

 

 

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Starting September 14, KRON 4 is launching an hour newscast at 3pm.

 

It looks like they want to compete with KGO’s 3pm 30 minute Interactive Newscast before World News Tonight where viewers connect thru Facebook Live called “Getting Answers,”  discussing topics like a Coronavirus, Wildfires, Education, Unemployment, etc.
 

Its not a normal newscast like KABC does at 3pm so no weather and sports. Strictly interviews and Answers.

 

This is a big jump for KRON since they are finally adding more newscasts. Hopefully a 1pm Newscast would be nice down the road since their sister Nexstar stations KTLA and KSWB have a 1pm show.

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On 9/2/2020 at 5:44 PM, TheRolyPoly said:

 

My god. Just be called ABC Alabama already and call it a day. Why they're still called ABC 33/40 without actually being on 33 and 40 makes no sense to me.

 

Uh here's the problem with the market, it's the Birmingham DMA. The degradation of the branding of the local TV news operations is one of the reasons why most don't even respect Birmingham as a major US city now. It's in the top 50 largest metropolitan areas in the US for Christ sake. Nobody should be calling the ABC affiliate for Birmingham "ABC Alabama" . 

 

On 9/2/2020 at 6:52 PM, TVNewsLover said:

Technically they are still on 40.2. The reason they’ve kept the name is probably because of brand recognition. And if they were to rebrand, I think ABC Central Alabama would make more sense.

 

Yeah it's a legacy brand nowadays.

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11 hours ago, jero23 said:

 

Uh here's the problem with the market, it's the Birmingham DMA. The degradation of the branding of the local TV news operations is one of the reasons why most don't even respect Birmingham as a major US city now. It's in the top 50 largest metropolitan areas in the US for Christ sake. Nobody should be calling the ABC affiliate for Birmingham "ABC Alabama" . 

 

 

Yeah it's a legacy brand nowadays.

Yeah I didn’t like when WNCN went with CBS North Carolina when they first switched to CBS in 2016. That was a slap in the face to all the CBS affiliates all over the state, especially legacy affiliates WBTV and WFMY that have always been a primary affiliate since the late 40s, early 50s.

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3 hours ago, Nelson R. said:

Yeah I didn’t like when WNCN went with CBS North Carolina when they first switched to CBS in 2016. That was a slap in the face to all the CBS affiliates all over the state, especially legacy affiliates WBTV and WFMY that have always been a primary affiliate since the late 40s, early 50s.

 

But WNCN's focus at the time was putting greater emphasis on news from across the state (hence the newscast title "North Carolina News").

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1 hour ago, tw-804 said:

 

But WNCN's focus at the time was putting greater emphasis on news from across the state (hence the newscast title "North Carolina News").

WRAL TV has always been number 1. When  it was a CBS affiliate it remained number 1, even after the switch to NBC. CBS dropped WRAL TV and NBC was happy to  affiliate.

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4 hours ago, CubsFan79 said:

WRAL TV has always been number 1. When  it was a CBS affiliate it remained number 1, even after the switch to NBC. CBS dropped WRAL TV and NBC was happy to  affiliate.

 

It was the other way around. WRAL-TV dropped CBS.

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On 9/5/2020 at 8:38 PM, jero23 said:

 

Uh here's the problem with the market, it's the Birmingham DMA. The degradation of the branding of the local TV news operations is one of the reasons why most don't even respect Birmingham as a major US city now. It's in the top 50 largest metropolitan areas in the US for Christ sake. Nobody should be calling the ABC affiliate for Birmingham "ABC Alabama" .

Not to mention the fringes of the Birmingham DMA were also their own markets...the western side was Tuscaloosa, and the other side was Anniston.  33 was the CBS affiliate for Tuscaloosa, and 40 was the CBS for Anniston.  This was another factor in WBMG's doormat status as their own signal sucked in the Birmingham area at the time, and the fringes could watch these stations more reliably on their side of town.

 

Well before WBRC got Fox, WDBB put on a 9pm newscast in the 80s, and was the ORIGINAL Fox affiliate for the Birmingham area, while being a Tuscaloosa station.  They later signed on WNAL in Gadsden as a satellite (now WPXH), which almost became the eastern half of Albritton's operation.  Neither station penetrated Birmingham well, so it eventually went to Birmingham-based WTTO, who bought WDBB, moved the license to Bessemer, and made it a satellite of WTTO, as well as relaying on WNAL.

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16 hours ago, Big Rollo Smokes said:

 

It was the other way around. WRAL-TV dropped CBS.


Nah, it was the other way around, more CBS dropped WRAL-TV they could’ve still stayed CBS for a long time, it was Les Moonves Greed at the time on affiliation fees. To the CBS North Carolina branding yes it was reflective to WNCN the call letters represented that and yes they had an emphasis on covering news from the whole state. Did it cause confusion yes cause confusion yes because people thought it was the CBS affiliate for the whole state and other NC affiliates felt slapped in the face. And it was just a bogus, whack branding.

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4 hours ago, Gavin said:


Nah, it was the other way around, more CBS dropped WRAL-TV they could’ve still stayed CBS for a long time, it was Les Moonves Greed at the time on affiliation fees. To the CBS North Carolina branding yes it was reflective to WNCN the call letters represented that and yes they had an emphasis on covering news from the whole state. Did it cause confusion yes cause confusion yes because people thought it was the CBS affiliate for the whole state and other NC affiliates felt slapped in the face. And it was just a bogus, whack branding.

 

I thought it was more Media General wanting to even the score after CBS left WISH in the dust. 

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1 hour ago, scrabbleship said:

 

I thought it was more Media General wanting to even the score after CBS left WISH in the dust. 

It was LIN that dropped that ball.  It lowered the value of LIN as a whole by over 100 million dollars.

 

It seems that if the network even has the sense that the affiliate is going to balk, they take their ball and go to who wants to p(l)ay. 

CBC Raleigh likely did the same, and CBS would rather align with a major broadcaster (who was about to be taken over by Nexstar) and scale up.  Plus. NBC was more than willing to finally upgrade their presence after being "cursed" for decades on WRDU/WPTF/WRDC and later WNCN....

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According to the banner at the top of their website, KOAA will be launching a 4 p.m. newscast next Monday, September 14th. Can’t tell who will be anchoring from the promos I’ve seen, unless they’re just keeping the same evening anchor team.

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WCVB reporter Ted Wayman was stabbed on the job Sunday.

 

 

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43 minutes ago, tyrannical bastard said:

Remember the anchor who thrust his side-hustle in to the spotlight by defying state orders not to open his dine-in restaurant back in May?

 

Check your link.

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In addition to "The Four" KFMB is doing some tinkering with it's evening schedule. News 8 at 5 is shortened to a half hour, CBS Evening News at 5:30, and an hour long News 8 at 6.

 

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On 8/28/2020 at 12:19 PM, ttvn2000 said:

Melissa Andrews has finally been named evening anchor at WTOL, reuniting with Andrew Kinsey.  She replaces Kristi Leigh, now at KMPH. 

 

https://www.wtol.com/article/about-us/melissa-andrews-wtol-11-new-evening-anchor-toledo/512-b98c0b45-3585-43b0-955a-fc5808f91790


 

And now, Andrew Kinsey is leaving to replace Jerry Revish at WBNS.

 

https://www.10tv.com/mobile/article/news/local/andrew-kinsey-joins-wbns-10tv-as-evening-news-co-anchor/530-5a9e8a19-7475-4ea5-a898-c55fd4f2a623

 

Lots of volatility at the WTOL anchor desk this year.  To be expected since WTOL is firmly in second place and Toledo is shrinking from a DMA perspective.  Maybe they’ll pick up Jeff Smith from WTVG?  Doubtful...since he would likely cost $$.

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1 hour ago, ttvn2000 said:


 

And now, Andrew Kinsey is leaving to replace Jerry Revish at WBNS.

 

https://www.10tv.com/mobile/article/news/local/andrew-kinsey-joins-wbns-10tv-as-evening-news-co-anchor/530-5a9e8a19-7475-4ea5-a898-c55fd4f2a623

 

Lots of volatility at the WTOL anchor desk this year.  To be expected since WTOL is firmly in second place and Toledo is shrinking from a DMA perspective.  Maybe they’ll pick up Jeff Smith from WTVG?  Doubtful...since he would likely cost $$.

 

I thought WBNS would go after Mark Taylor after he left WCMH to replace Revish.  Wouldn't a more familiar face be a better option to join the evening desk as opposed to someone from another market?

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