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Memphis Fill-In Met Gets First Gig in Arkansas

In ABC, Arkansas, CW, Fort Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Hirings, Memphis, Tennessee, Weather on April 10, 2012 at 9:21 am

Brittany Bell (Courtesy: Twitter)

Brittany Bell, a fill-in meteorologist for WMC-TV in Memphis, Tenn., has been hired by ABC/CW affiliates KHBS/KHOG-TV as a meteorologist/reporter in the Fort Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers market.

Bell will anchor the station’s weathercasts on weekends and report during the week, according to a press release provided to Arkansas TV News.

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Tampa Morning Anchor Moves to Minnesota

In ABC, Florida, Hirings, Tampa-St. Petersburg on April 10, 2012 at 8:53 am

Ellen McNamara (Courtesy: Twitter)

Weekend morning anchor Ellen McNamara left Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS after three years at the station.

She’ll be taking a job with KSTP-TV in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, starting April 23.

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Statewide Newscast Planned for Arkansas Stations

In Arkansas, Fort Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Monroe-El Dorado, NBC, Nexstar on April 4, 2012 at 10:45 am

Four Arkansas stations owned by Nexstar Broadcasting will soon be pooling their resources together to provide content for a statewide newscast that will also air on the four stations.

TVNewser reports KARK in the Little Rock market, KNWA in the Fort Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers market, KTVE in the Monroe, La.-El Dorado market and KTAL in Texarkana will air the newscast at noon, titled “Arkansas Today.”

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News Director Out at Mississippi Station?

In CBS, Columbus-Tupelo-West Point-Houston, Mississippi, Moving On on April 4, 2012 at 9:49 am

Russ Geller (Courtesy: Twitter)

It’s usually not a vote of confidence when a job posting is listed for someone still working at a television station.

And while that happens at stations across the U.S. anyway because news directors need to fill that position before a reporter’s contract runs out, it usually doesn’t happen to the man in charge.

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Ft. Myers Anchors Swap Newscasts

In CBS, Florida, Ft. Myers-Naples on April 4, 2012 at 8:30 am

WINK-TV, the CBS affiliate for the Ft. Myers-Naples market, is changing its morning and noon anchors around.

Lindsay Liepman (Courtesy: WINK-TV)

The News-Press reports morning anchor LindsayLiepman will anchor the noon newscast and report in the afternoons.

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Cable Company Says FOX Forced Them to Drop Affiliate From South Mississippi Lineup

In ABC, Affiliate Issues, Alabama, Biloxi-Gulfport, CBS, Florida, FOX, LIN Media, Mississippi, Mobile-Pensacola on April 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm

After Tuesday, April 3, Cable One subscribers in Mobile, Ala., will no longer receive WALA-TV on their lineup, but it’s not the cable company’s fault.

That’s what a representative said in a release sent to the Sun Herald newspaper Friday.

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Legendary Gainesville TV Personality Resigns Because of “Family Reasons”

In ABC, Florida, Gainesville, Leaving the Biz on April 2, 2012 at 10:21 am

Bob Williams (Courtesy: WCJB-TV)

Bob Williams, noon anchor and promotions manager with WCJB-TV, has resigned effective March 30.

The 56-year-old Williams told the Gainesville Sun his decision was not because of any problems at the station, but rather family issues that prompted the choice.

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East Tennessee Station Hires Anchor And Reporter

In ABC, Hirings, NBC, Tennessee, Tri-Cities-TN-VA on April 1, 2012 at 11:23 am

Julie Newman (Courtesy: Blue Ridge PBS)

WCYB, a Tri-Cities-TN-VA NBC affiliate, has hired two new broadcast journalists.

TVNewser reports Julie Newman will co-anchor the 5:30 and 11 p.m. newscasts beginning Wednesday, April 4. Newman previously worked at Blue Ridge PBS as a producer and host.

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New Orleans Station to Launch Earlier Morning Newscast

In CBS, Louisiana, NBC, New Orleans on April 1, 2012 at 9:23 am


WWL-TV, the CBS affiliate for the New Orleans market, will soon be airing a much earlier newscast to complement its morning show lineup.

The Times-Picayune reports the station will begin a 4:30 a.m. newscast starting tomorrow (April 2). Anchoring the extra half-hour will be Mike Hoss, Laura Buchtel and Christina Leavenworth initially, as well as Melanie Hebert in the summer.

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Little Rock Morning Anchor Signs Off After 21 Years

In ABC, Arkansas, Leaving the Biz, Little Rock-Pine Bluff on April 1, 2012 at 7:55 am

Pamela Smith (Courtesy: KATV)

Longtime morning anchor Pamela Smith has ended her career at Little Rock-Pine Bluff ABC affiliate KATV after 21 years at the station.

In a farewell article on the station’s website, Smith said she felt “tremendously blessed to have been in a field that I have enjoyed [for that long].”

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