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Montgomery Station Gives Mark Bullock Coveted Evening Anchor Spot

In Alabama, Montgomery-Selma, NBC, Promotions on June 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

Mark Bullock (Courtesy: WSFA)

Longtime broadcast journalist Mark Bullock has been promoted to evening anchor for WSFA, the NBC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala.

Bullock will anchor the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts for the station.

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Florida Panhandle Station Axes Eight Employees

In Alabama, Birmingham, Dothan, Editor's Desk, Firings, Florida, FOX, Layoffs, Panama City, Raycom on May 18, 2012 at 11:25 am

In the latest round of broadcast television cuts, eight people have been laid off from Panama City, Fla., FOX affiliate WPGX.

Raycom Media, which owns the station, initiated the cuts in a downsizing move, according to the Panama City News Herald.

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LIN Media Purchases Birmingham Station, 12 Others Nationwide

In Alabama, Birmingham, CBS, LIN Media on May 12, 2012 at 10:11 am

LIN Television

New Vision Television announced last week its plans to sell its local broadcast group of 13 stations in eight television markets nationwide to LIN Television Corp., also known as LIN Media.

The only one of those in the South TV News coverage area: CBS affiliate WIAT in Birmingham, Ala.

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New Orleans Traffic Reporter Comes Back Home To Florida

In ABC, Alabama, CBS, Florida, FOX, Hirings, Louisiana, Mobile-Pensacola, New Orleans on May 11, 2012 at 9:32 am

Christina Leavenworth (Courtesy: WEAR-TV)

Florida native Christina Leavenworth has landed back in her home state after a stint at WWL-TV in New Orleans. Leavenworth was the morning traffic reporter there.

WEAR-TV–the ABC affiliate for the Mobile, Ala.,-Pensacola, Fla., market–has given her a weekend anchor and reporter position, hiring the Niceville native last week.

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Mobile FOX Station Gets New VP

In Alabama, CW, Florida, FOX, Hirings, LIN Media, Mobile-Pensacola, Promotions on May 10, 2012 at 10:11 am

WALA

WALA-WFNA has a new vice president and general manager: Gary Yoder.

He started at the LIN Media-owned duopoly for the Mobile, Ala.-Pensacola, Fla., market on May 3.

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Mississippi Morning Met Headed For Huntsville

In Alabama, CBS, Columbus-Tupelo-West Point-Houston, Hirings, Huntsville-Decatur, Mississippi, NBC, Weather on May 8, 2012 at 9:34 am

Jennifer Watson (Courtesy: WTVA-TV)

After three years at WTVA-TV in the Tupelo-Columbus-West Point-Houston market, morning meteorologist Jennifer Watson will soon begin work as a meteorologist at WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Ala., according to an insider at the CBS affiliate.

Watson first began working at the Tupelo NBC affiliate in 2009 as a weekend meteorologist. The farewell article on WTVA’s website states she got bumped up to mornings a year later. But who will fill her shoes?

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Former Pensacola Morning Anchor Gets Big Market Jump

In ABC, Alabama, CBS, Florida, Hirings, Mobile-Pensacola, Panama City on May 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

Bree Sison (Courtesy: Facebook)

Bree Sison, former morning anchor and producer for WEAR-TV in the Mobile, Ala.-Pensacola, Fla. market, has now begun working at WBZ, the CBS affiliate in Boston. She started last month.

According to the resume on her website, Sison had spent three years at WEAR-TV and another three at WMBB-TV in Panama City, Fla., working her way up from reporter to morning anchor.

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Birmingham Morning Anchor Announces He’s Leaving TV News

In Alabama, Birmingham, FOX, Leaving the Biz on May 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Rick Journey (Courtesy: WBRC-TV)

After two decades as a familiar face among those who work and live in the Birmingham, Ala., area, WBRC morning show anchor Rick Journey has announced he’s leaving the station and the business next month.

Journey began his career at the station in 1992, working in the Tuscaloosa newsroom. He would then move on to covering state politics in Montgomery.

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Montgomery Evening Anchor To Retire After 35 Years In The Business

In Alabama, Leaving the Biz, Montgomery-Selma, NBC on May 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Bob Howell (Courtesy: WSFA)

He’s been a mainstay in Montgomery, Ala., homes since the mid-1970s. But on June 1, longtime WSFA news anchor Bob Howell will retire.

An article on WSFA’s website states Howell started at the Montgomery-Selma NBC affiliate in 1976, anchoring the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, as well as foreign assignments in England, France and Kuwait. After leaving the station in 1998, Howell returned six years later to the evening anchor slot.

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Two Mobile-Pensacola Stations Take HD Plunge

In Alabama, Florida, FOX, HD, Mobile-Pensacola, NBC, Overhauls, Upgrades on May 4, 2012 at 8:54 am

New WPMI-TV Set (Courtesy: Facebook)

Although Mobile-Pensacola FOX affiliate WALA-TV has been enjoying its new HD transition and set design since April 21, competitor WPMI has become the last station in this market to make the switch as well, debuting its high-definition newscasts and sparkling set over the weekend.

Both WALA and NBC affiliate WPMI got complete set makeovers as well, with new graphics packages and control rooms to boot.

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