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Tennessee, Mississippi Stations Get New News Directors

In ABC, CBS, Columbus-Tupelo-West Point-Houston, Hirings, Jackson-Madison, Mississippi, Tennessee on May 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm

WBBJ-TV Logo

Jackson, Tenn., ABC affiliate WBBJ-TV has tapped Keith Baker to be the news director there.

Industry firm Rick Gevers reports Baker has roots in the area and comes from WCTI-TV in New Bern, N.C., where he served as assistant news director. Baker also has major market experience in Tampa and Pittsburgh.

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Former North Mississippi Reporter Snags Jackson Weekend Gig

In CBS, Columbus-Tupelo-West Point-Houston, Hirings, Jackson, Mississippi, NBC on May 6, 2012 at 10:32 am

Joe Barnes (Courtesy: Twitter)

Joe Barnes, former reporter for CBS affiliate WCBI-TV in the Columbus-Tupelo-West Point-Houston market, has recently been hired at the Magnolia State’s flagship station in Jackson.

Barnes started working at NBC affiliate WLBT-TV last month. Insiders tell South TV News his shift includes weekends and anchoring duties on Sundays.

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Lawsuit Against Mississippi Anchorman Dismissed

In Jackson, Mississippi, NBC on March 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

Howard Ballou (Courtesy: WLBT-TV)

A lawsuit filed by the estate of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. against a Jackson, Miss., anchor has been dismissed by the judge.

The Washington Post reports the lawsuit, filed in September in U.S. District Court in Jackson, targeted WLBT-TV anchor and reporter Howard Ballou.

The suit alleges Ballou, who works for the NBC affiliate in Jackson, kept documents belonging to King.

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Dothan Station Loses ND to Illinois Duopoly Station

In ABC, Alabama, CBS, Dothan, Florida, Hirings, Jackson-Madison, Tennessee on January 17, 2012 at 1:22 am

Katie McManus-Faye (Courtesy: Rick Gevers)

After seven years as news director for CBS affiliate WVTY-TV, Katie McManus-Faye will return to her native Illinois (and gain “executive” in her title).

Industry firm Rick Gevers reports McManus-Faye leaves the Dothan, Ala., affiliate to work for WICS/WICD in the Springfield-Champaign, Ill., market. Yes, it’s a duopoly.

No word yet on when her last day at WVTY will be.

McManus-Faye has quite the history with local southeastern U.S. stations, too.

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WLOX: Statewide Jackson Reporter Leaves for Vegas

In ABC, Biloxi-Gulfport, Jackson, Mississippi, Moving On, NBC on February 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Ashley Conroy (Courtesy: WLBT)

A tipster from  WLOX, ABC affiliate from the Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss. market, tells us that statewide reporter Ashley Conroy will be leaving to pursue a job in Las Vegas.

The person, who asked to be kept anonymous, says Conroy’s last day was today.

She was hired by WLBT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Jackson, in December 2009, according to her station bio.  Her reports were used statewide by WLOX and five other stations.

According to the email forwarded to South TV News, WLBT is already looking for a replacement.

A job posting for statewide reporter on WLBT’s website confirms the forwarded news tip.

As for where Conroy goes from here, the email says she’s headed back to her hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, but doesn’t indicate what she’s going to be doing there.

Conroy covered stories of statewide interest for the NBC affiliate and several other stations.

Got more details? Let us know!

Everything You Wanted To Know About Tennessee’s Broadcast Television Markets

In ABC, CBS, Chattanooga, CW, FOX, Jackson-Madison, Knoxville, Memphis, MyTV, Nashville, NBC, Tennessee, Tri-Cities-TN-VA on January 12, 2011 at 5:05 am

We’re more than halfway through our journey of states featured on South TV News, and Tennessee has a lot to offer within its borders.

  • At the top of the list, Tennessee’s capital of Nashville sits comfortably at market No. 29, according to Nielsen 2014-15 statistics. Stations here include: WKRN (ABC), WSMV (NBC), WTVF (CBS), WZTV (FOX), WUXP (MyTV) and WNAB (CW). WSMV and WTVF usually go neck-and-neck for first place in the ratings wars. All stations in the market broadcast newscasts in high-definition.
  • Memphis follows as the state’s most populous city, situated near the borders of two other states, Mississippi and Arkansas. It also is designated as market No. 50. Stations include: WREG (CBS), WMC (NBC), WHBQ (FOX), WATN (ABC) and WLMT (CW, MyTV). WMC dominated the Memphis market in ratings for years, but now WREG has been winning the battle consistently for months. All station broadcast their newscasts in high definition.
  • Not far behind Memphis in market size yet on the other end of the state is Knoxville, at #61. Stations include: WATE (ABC), WVLT (CBS), WBIR (NBC), WBXX (CW) and WTNZ (FOX). All stations air their newscasts in HD.
  • Next in line is Chattanooga, No. 88. Stations include: WRCB (NBC), WTVC (ABC), WDEF (CBS), WFLI (CW) and WDSI (FOX). WTVC leads the ratings war there, according to figures from the last Nielsen ratings period. Only WRCB and WDEF broadcast newscasts in high definition.
  • A little farther down is Tri-Cities, TN-VA, a market that extends into Virginia as well. It rates at #97. Stations include: WCYB (NBC), WJHL (CBS), WKPT (ABC), WEMT (FOX) and WAPK (MyTV). WCYB is the market leader for most newscasts in the ratings war. WJHL, WCYB and WEMT broadcast their newscasts in HD.
  • Last is Jackson, at market No. 176. Stations include WBBJ (ABC) and WJKT (FOX). WBBJ is the only station with a locally-produced newscast in this market, but competes in certain counties with stations from the Memphis DMA. WJKT airs a simulcast provided by Memphis station WPTY. Only WBBJ’s newscasts are in high definition.

(Above updated February 1, 2015)

That covers another one of several states we’ll be covering. If you work for one of these affiliates and have news about new hires, on-air graphic updates, HD overhauls, or anything that would be of interest to this local news blog, please let us know.. I’m not necessarily talking about station gossip, but that works, too. If someone uttered a profane word on-air, for example, that’d be something. Station sales, downsizing, things like that are also newsworthy. You can do so anonymously, of course, but have to prove you work for the station in question for credibility purposes by sending us an email to southtvnewser@gmail.com.

Source: WBBJ to Go Digital, Get Website Overhaul

In ABC, Jackson-Madison, Tennessee, Upgrades on January 11, 2011 at 12:24 am

An anonymous emailer tells South TV News that Jackson, Tenn., ABC affiliate WBBJ will be getting two major upgrades within the year: the first, the station will be going digital.

I’m assuming here that means the station’s already digital to a degree because of the digital switch deadline, etc., but it probably means streamlining in the newsroom/workflow environment there. For example, many stations use that terminology when they go tapeless, to hard disk recorders or compact media instead of actual tapes to shoot on.

In addition, the station’s website will be completely overhauled. This will be a welcome change, seeing as how I went there for the very first time about thirty minutes ago and had trouble finding specifics on videos there (without clicking and watching first) and a few other things. If I have trouble, and I consider myself Internet savvy, what about others in Jackson trying to navigate the interwebs?

Anyway, no timetable for these two upgrades, but our informant says they should happen this year.

EDIT: I should point out that this was not confirmed by anybody at WBBJ, so we don’t know if it’s true or not. We’re trusting an anonymous source on this one.

Everything You Wanted To Know About Mississippi’s Broadcast Television Markets

In ABC, Biloxi-Gulfport, CBS, Columbus-Tupelo-West Point-Houston, CW, FOX, Greenwood-Greenville, Hattiesburg-Laurel, Jackson, Meridian, Mississippi, MyTV, NBC on January 8, 2011 at 3:37 am

Our third state on the list doesn’t have any Top 50 markets (as defined by Nielsen) but still has several smaller ones statewide.

  • The biggest is the state capital, Jackson, at #94. Stations include: WLBT (NBC), WJTV (CBS), WAPT (ABC), WRBJ (CW), WUFX (MyTV) and WDBD (FOX). WLBT leads the ratings war in Jackson, though in recent years that lead has not been as dominant, with WAPT running a close second. WLBT, WDBD, WJTV and WUFX broadcast newscasts in HD.
  • Next in line is the Columbus-Tupelo-West Point-Houston market (as defined by Nielsen), #133. Stations include: WCBI (CBS), WTVA (NBC/ABC) and WLOV (FOX). All stations broadcast their newscasts in high definition.
  • Biloxi-Gulfport, market #160, is located in the southern part of the state. Stations include: WLOX (ABC/CBS) and WXXV (NBC/FOX). Both stations air local newscasts in high definition.
  • Next is the Hattiesburg-Laurel market, No. 167. Stations include: WDAM (NBC), WHLT (CBS) and WRBJ (CW). Only WDAM has newscasts in high definition.
  • Meridian follows, in market #189. Stations include WTOK (ABC), WMDN (CBS) and WGBC (NBC). Only WTOK has HD newscasts.
  • Last in the state, the Greenwood-Greenville market, #190. Stations include WABG (ABC/FOX), WXVT (CBS) and WNBD-LP (NBC). WABG remains the market leader in ratings. None of the stations has high-def newscasts.
(Above was updated February 1, 2015)

That covers another one of several states we’ll be covering. If you work for one of these affiliates and have news about new hires, on-air graphic updates, HD overhauls, or anything that would be of interest to this local news blog, please let us know.. I’m not necessarily talking about station gossip, but that works, too. If someone uttered a profane word on-air, for example, that’d be something. Station sales, downsizing, things like that are also newsworthy. You can do so anonymously, of course, but have to prove you work for the station in question for credibility purposes by sending us an email to southtvnewser@gmail.com.