December 22nd, 2002
ICTN IS COMING...BUT NOT THE WAY I SAID (OOPS!) The Inland
California Television Network, which is planning to start
news coverage in the "Inland Empire" area of Southern
California, is not affiliated with PBS affiliate KVCR/San
Bernardino. It is affiliated with the station's licensee,
Cal State San Berdardino, though. Greg Weissman is the operation's
news director. He tells us that ICTN has deals with more than
a dozen cable systems to air on their cable access channels,
as well as deals in the works with the region's satellite
Tv providers. The operation is mandated to be self sufficent
in three years, which gives it a chance to get up and running
smoothly, and build an audience.
INVESTIGATE THIS: Award-winning investigative reporter Joel
Grover is leaving KCBS-TV/Los Angeles. Grover has been at
the CBS O and O for six years. He made big waves with his
undercover story on food preparations at restaurants, which
prompted Los Angeles County to institute mandatory letter
ALAN MOVES ON: KUSI/San Diego anchor Alan Frio and the station
parted ways. Frio has worked in Los Angeles, Sacramento and
the Bay Area during is long career.
LEAVING TULSA TOWN: David Goldberg has left the KJRH/Tulsa
n.d. post. He's a former KTLA/Los Angeles n.d.
LARRY'S BACK: Former KCOP/Los Angeles n.d. Larry Perret is
now working for Frank Magid Associates in Los Angeles.
VERCAMMEN LIGHTS UP L.A.: Paul Vercammen is now reporting
for the KCAL/KCBS combo in Los Angeles. Vercammen had been
at CNN for several years as an entertainment and business
DON'T FORGET: The deadline for the Associated Press Television/Radio
Association of California and Nevada Awards Competition is
January 10th. Remember, stations can enter...as can station
staff as individuals. Get your registration info at APTRA.ORG...and
see you in San Francisco for the convention next March!
AWARDS PART TWO: The Southern California RTNA (Golden Mike)
Awards is Saturday, January 18th at the Universal Hilton.
Win or lose, anyone can come. Tickets are available through
the RTNA at 818-986-8168.
December 9th, 2002
ANCHOR (ING) AWAY: Jim Philbrick moves into to the weeknight
co-anchor slot at KMIR/Palm Springs.
HEADED SOUTH: Kathleen Sullivan is leaving the n.d. slot at
KVVU/Las Vegas to become Managing Editor of sister station
A NEW PHILLIES FAN? Gerard Moncure, late of KCOP/UPN13 Los
Angeles, is now the main sports anchor and host of "Sunday
Sports Extra" at WPHL/Philadelphia.
TEXAS BOUND: Julie Simon joins KEYE/Austin, after reporting
stints at KRNV/Reno) and KVBC/Las Vegas.
November 18th, 2002
HIRES AND FIRES: TechTV announced the network will undergo a
restructuring that will include the closure of the New York,
Seattle and Silicon Valley bureaus, leading to the elimination
of nineteen positions. The San Francisco and Washington, DC
bureaus will continue operation. Meanwhile, Greg Brennan will
become the new senior vice president of programming of TechTV
in mid-January. Brennan had been at E! (Thanks to PR Newswire)
WEATHERING THE NEWS: Marti Skold joins WNCT/Greenville, N.C.
as a weeknight co-anchor, moving over from her weeknight weathercaster's
job at KCAL/Los Angeles.
WAKING UP EARLY: Noelle Walker is now anchoring mornings
at WCCO/Minneapolis, moving up from general assignment reporting.
Walker had been an anchor and reporter at KEYT-TV/Santa Barbara
before heading to the Midwest two years ago.
KING OF THE WEEKENDS: Tim King is the weekend assignment
editor at KATU/Portland, moving from KVVU/Las Vegas.
NEW NEWSROOM IN THE WORKS: While every newsroom seems to
be getting smaller, at least one is growing...in fact...starting
up from scratch. Greg Weissman is the new n.d. and anchor
of a nightly newscast planned by PBS station KVCR/San Bernardino.
Plans call for a five night a week, 30 minute long newscast.
It will be the third news show on a PBS station in the Los
Angeles market, joining KCET/Los Angeles and KOCE-TV/Huntington
Beach (Orange County). Weissman has reported for three L.A.
market television stations during his career.
BUNDLE UP: Former APTRA Board member Rob Artigo is now reporting
for KIRO-AM/Seattle, moving north from KFBK/Sacramento.