Bumped Up at NBC News

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NBC News announced that Madeleine Haeringer has been promoted to Executive Producer of International News. 

In her new role, she will manage the editorial agenda for NBC’s foreign news coverage as well as continue to lead Richard Engel’s production unit (talk about a busy job).

Here is the internal note to staff from David Verdi, SVP of Newsgathering:

I am pleased to announce that Madeleine Haeringer has been promoted to Executive Producer of International News.  In this expanded role, Madeleine will manage the overall editorial agenda for the network’s foreign news coverage, and identify and develop our long-range international story planning. She will also continue to lead Richard Engel’s production unit as well as maintain oversight of our Olympics news coverage. Madeleine will continue to report to me and will work closely with Adrienne Mong, our Director of International News Gathering, to shape and drive NBC News’ international reporting across all platforms.  

Madeleine spent more than a decade in the field covering wars, revolutions, and political transitions around the world.  She was part of our award winning team covering the tumultuous events of the 2011 Arab Spring, including the revolutions that toppled the entrenched regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya.  As Richard Engel's lead producer covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Madeleine earned almost every major broadcast journalism award, including six News & Documentary Emmy Awards, five Edward R. Murrow Awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, a Peabody Award,  and an Overseas Press Club Award.  Most recently, Madeleine oversaw NBC's in-depth coverage of the election of Pope Francis, the death of Nelson Mandela, and the Sochi Olympics.

I am certain that we have the best international team in the business and, under the leadership of Madeleine and Adrienne, we are poised to produce the most compelling journalism from all over the world for our audiences here at home.   Please join me in congratulating Madeleine in her new role.

David

Cox Moving Another Anchor to Jacksonville

When WTEV/WAWS decided to blow out all their anchors, so far the station is bringing in replacement anchors from other Cox properties. 

FTVLive told you back on the 16th of this month that Action News Jax has hired John Bachman from sister station WSB in Atlanta.

Now word comes that the Jacksonville station has readied another Cox station for a female anchor hire. Tenneco Smith will be leaving Charlotte's WSOC to join WAWS/WTEV.

Let's go to the made up quotes by the Creative Services Department:

“Tenikka is an exceptional storyteller,” said Bob Longo, news director of WAWS/WTEV. “She’s both smart and talented and has a knack for finding the exact right emotional tone to communicate those stories to viewers so they get the most from them. Whether it’s on the set anchoring or in the field reporting, Tenikka always works to deliver the newest details and information that matters to them.

"I am very excited to join the CBS47 and FOX30 Action News family as we continue our mission to provide viewers quality coverage and original content,” Tenikka said. “My husband and I look forward to being a part of the community and calling Jacksonville home."

Really? She has never worked at the station, yet she wants to help "continue our mission"?

Who makes up this crap?

Longtime DC GM is Out as Sinclair Takes Over

FTVLive FIRST told you (Don't worry, the other guys will catch up to our story Today) yesterday evening that longtime WJLA GM Bill Lord has been told that his services will no longer be needed.

WJLA was purchased by Sinclair and Lord has already been handed his walking papers.

The GM broke the news to the staff in an afternoon email which FTVLive posted just minutes after it went out.

Here is Lord's email to the staff:

From: Bill Lord 
Date:07/28/2014 17:31 (GMT-05:00) 
To: WJLA-HRAll , News8-HRAll 
Cc: "Allbritton, Robert" , "Fritz, Jerry" , "Ryan, Fred", "Ochsman, Joanne" , "Killen, James" , "Prelesnik, Stefanie" 
Subject: FW: note 

Hello Everyone.

I have just received word that September 30thwill be my last day at WJLA.   Sinclair will be posting the GM position in the morning so I wanted to tell all of you first.   I will be here over the next two months to operate the station until a replacement is found.

I’ll try to keep this simple.   These past twelve years have been far and away the best of my professional life and it’s all because of my association with you.   It has been an awesome privilege to come to work with you every day.   I know I’m supposed to be the boss but as I look out over the station I see hundreds of mentors always helping me arrive at the right decision.  For that and everything else you have done to fill up my life I thank you.

We’ll talk more later.

In the meantime, keep up the good work.

Bill

Bill Lord
General Manager
WJLA-TV/NewsChannel 8

The Deuce is Done in Phoenix

KPNX Assistant News Director Josh Eure is out the door at the station.

Eure joined the station in 2012 and back in February on this year, he accepted the News Director job at WHAS in Louisville.

WHAS withdrew the offer when word of Eure's run ins with police became public knowledge. He then headed back to Phoenix and KPNX.

Now, sources tell FTVLive that Eure's days are done at the Phoenix station.

Out the Door in Jacksonville

Another Jacksonville anchor is out and this time it isn't at Cox's WETV.

Across the street at WTLV/WJXX, longtime Anchor Phil Amato has "resigned" from the station. 

GM Eric Land would not say much (imagine that) only that Amato resigned on Monday. Amato was not on the air during several newscasts last week.

Amato co-anchored “First Coast News” at 4 a.m. on WTLV and “Good Morning Jacksonville Sunrise” at 5 a.m. and “Good Morning Jacksonville” at 6 a.m. on both stations. At one point, he returned to co-anchor the 5:30 p.m. newscast as well, but was not doing the afternoon newcast any more.

Land would not give a reason for Amato’s resignation, only that he thanked him for his service to the station and wished him well.

Amato had been with the station since 1993, having worked in Idaho and Montana before that.

H/T Florida Times Union 

LA Morning Anchor Banks Bucks with His Voice

KTLA Morning Anchor Mark Kriski is making money with his pipes.

Kriski has been at the LA station for more than 20 years, but he is still looking to the future.

The anchor has been landing a lot of voice work and is now beginning to launch his voiceover/ imaging/ commercial business.

Kriski has already won some awards for his voice work and has even worked as the ring announcer for Oscar De La Hoya and other boxing matches.

With the future of TV anchors very uncertain, it seems that Kriski is smart enough to look at life beyond TV news. 

And the best thing about doing voice work, you don't have to worry about that perfect anchor hair. 

Even his own station has used him in the past to do promos:

Summer Moves

The NWT Group would like to congratulate the following:

Randy McIlwain is named Consumer Reporter at KNBC in Los Angeles, moving within the NBC O&O group from Reporter KXAS, Dallas. 

Melissa Mollet has joined the morning team at WRC in Washington DC as Traffic Anchor. She previously had been freelancing at the station, and had worked at KDVR in Denver before moving to Washington. 

Tracy Clemons moves to KTRK in Houston as an MMJ/reporter from KSDK in St Louis. 

Josh Green moves across country to KING-TV in Seattle as an MMJ/Reporter from MMJ/Reporter at WFLA in Tampa. 

Joe Augustine moves to Reporter at KSTP in Minneapolis from Reporter at KRGV in the Rio Grande Valley. 

Ellina Abovian joins KSWB in San Diego as a reporter/MMJ from reporter/MMJ at KMPH in Fresno. 

Andrew Kinsey is the new morning anchor at WTOL in Toledo. He moves from WAPT in Jackson, MS, where he was the weekend morning anchor. 

Rachel Pierce is joining the morning team as an anchor at WBBH in Fort Meyers. She leaves WOI-TV in Des Moines. 

Iris Hermosillo has been promoted to weekday morning meteorologist at KNXV in Phoenix from the weekend morning meteorologist. 

More moves after the jump. 

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Back to Big City Toledo

Longtime Toledo news anchor Laura Emerson is returning to local airwaves.

The Toledo Blade reports that beginning Aug. 10, Emerson joins WNWO evening anchor.

Her hire marks the latest in a string of significant on and off-air personnel changes for the station.

Emerson was an anchor across the street at WUPW for 16 years, before she left in January, 2012, to co-anchor the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts at NBC affiliate WPSD in Paducah, Ky.

“She brings a familiar face to our viewers,” said Nicole Hahn, who was recently promoted to WNWO’s news director position. “She has a vast knowledge of the area, and she will bring leadership and experience to our team."

Emerson said she his happy to be back in a "big city" and doesn't mind working at the last place station in the market. 

“When you’re in that position, all of your victories will be appreciated,” she said. “You’re not looking behind your back saying, ‘Oh, someone’s coming after us,’ you’re the one coming after them.”

“I miss the larger area, I miss the amenities that come with a larger city: more ethnic diversity, all sorts of entertainment opportunities,” Emerson said. “I guess I had to leave Toledo in order to really appreciate how cool it is.”

Toledo is a big city? Who knew? 

Big Apple Reporter Strips for Ratings and Fails

WNBC's Ben Aaron went out on New York's 5th Ave damn near naked in a stunt that has Edward R. Murrow flipping over one more time.  

The NY Daily News says that in a desperate attempt to drum up ratings for his moribund program, “New York Live,”  Aaron took to the streets wearing next to nothing for a Wednesday lunchtime segment.

The bad news for Aaron is that except perhaps for his new wife, “Good Morning America” meteorologist Ginger Zee, no one seemed to care.

“Ben was filmed walking about Fifth Ave. in nothing but his wife’s panties, which were then blurred out when the segment aired,” says our very-well-placed insider. A second source close to the show confirms Aaron bared more than his soul, but claims his dainty crotch cover was actually a pair of men’s jogging shorts.

The only thing skimpier than Aaron’s bloomers were his show’s ratings the day of the mid-month stunt, which were so low they didn’t even register on the Nielsen results.

The program actually jumped to a 0.2 rating after Aaron’s skit ended.

Ouch!

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