Jeff Skversky, who was a sports reporter at KMOV and was fired last year due to budget cuts a KMOV, has resurfaced at ABC O&O WPVI, in Philadelphia. I’m glad to see a talented move up in the business. Skversky, a native of the Philadelphia area, came to KMOV from WSTM, in Syracuse, NY.
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From the St. Louis Business Journal:
Television broadcasting company Belo Corp., parent of KMOV-TVChannel 4 in St. Louis, said Wednesday the company will be cutting 150 positions companywide, suspending the company’s 401(k) matching contributions for all employees and reducing the salaries of employees who are part of the management compensation programs by 5 percent.
Dallas-based Belo (NYSE: BLC) said these actions would take effect in mid-April.
Allan Cohen, general manager of KMOV, declined to discuss the number of lay-offs that will occur in St. Louis, saying it was a personnel matter.
The cost-cutting measures will cut Belo’s cash operating expenses about 10 percent in 2009, said Dunia Shive, the company’s president and chief executive officer.
Belo has 20 TV stations nationwide.
Meanwhile in Louisville:
Syracuse, NY — WTVH, Channel 5, CBS, eliminated 40 jobs yesterday, which includes most of its news department. This, many of St. Louisians will recall is similar to the mass firings at KDNL in October 2001. The reason for canceling the news in Syracuse? Ratings.
Granite Broadcasting will outsource WTVH’s operations to WSTM, according to the Central New York Post-Standard (www.syracuse.com)
WTVH led the ratings races consistently for decades, but had fallen onto hard times in recent years. The station is now ranked 3rd in a three station market. The Granite Broadcasting station, will combine with Barrington Broadcasting’s WSTM, and operate out of WSTM’s studios. The station is Syracuse’s first television station, signing on in 1948.
Like at KDNL, the employees were given the news during the news meeting. After the layoffs were announced, they began packing up and leaving. Barrington & Granite’s press release after the break. My take on this follows the press release:
Spartanburg, SC — High winds and ice have brought both WSPA’s analog/digital and backup towers down.
One of News Channel 7’s main broadcast towers has collapsed due to ice and high winds, hitting the main back-up tower as it fell. Both towers are on the ground and a repair crew is scheduled to evaluate the damage today. Our signal can be viewed on Charter and DirecTV and digital channel 62.2. We are currently working with Dish TV so they can acquire our signal. We will live stream our newscasts here.
Pictures of the damage can be seen here.
KMOV will have Vickie Newton reporting from Washington, D.C. at six and ten for News4, per promos on KMOV. I’ll be sure to e-mail an ask about what it’s like to cover a presidential election. Look for that Q & A soon.
Chicago — CBS Corporation fired Joe Ahern, GM of WBBM-TV Channel 2 on Tuesday, reports outgoing columnist Robert Feder of the Chicago Sun-Times. The CBS O&O was under the management of Ahern for 6 years. Ahern was brought in from ABC O&O rival WLS-TV after he led the station to market dominating #1 in all news time slots. The magic never occurred at WBBM. In his tenure, WBBM has been twice sued, and his staff picked up the tab for his birthday party. Additionally, WBBM has languished in last place.
Ahern was charged with the responsibility of reforming and improving the ailing CBS station, which is rated last in 10 o’clock newscasts. The station has recently gone to high-definition newscasts, and shuffled it’s anchor lineup, now featuring Rob Johnson, and KMOV alum Anne State.
Effective this past Wednesday, Bruno Cohen took over as station manager. Cohen has most recently managed the KMAX/KOVR Duopoly in Sacramento, CA.
ABC’s Charles Gibson is frozen out from the presidential Debates; PBS’s gets 2, NBC, CBS get 1. Jim Lehrer and Gwen Ifill, both from The Newshour With Jim Lehrer, represent CBS, Tom Brokaw represents NBC, and Bob Schieffer, CBS.
The subtext is that ABC probably lost out because of the journalistic travesty of a debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton prior to Super Tuesday, with a ‘gotcha’ style of questioning that irked and raised the ire of many viewers, causing ratings losses for World News for a period after the debate.
From a journalistic standpoint, these are excellent selection of nation’s best broadcast journalists, combining experience, credibility, and fairness in their reporting. This should make for interesting, informative debates.
CBS Fall 2008
For More Info, see BuddyTV:
8pm: The Big Bang Theory
8:30pm: How I Met Your Mother
9pm: Two and a Half Men
9:30 pm: Worst Week
10pm: CSI: Miami
9pm: The Mentalist
10pm: Without a Trace
8pm: The New Adventures of Old Christine
8:30pm: Project Gary (now Gary, Unmarried)
9pm: Criminal Minds
10pm: CSI: NY
Steve Gorman of Reuters reports that viewers looking for new episodes of their favorite shows will find plenty of shows…just not scripted ones.
The writers strike has already affect more than 50 television shows, and has already forced late night shows into reruns. What do viewers have to look forward to?
On NBC, “American Gladiators,” A celebrity “The Apprentice,” “Baby Borrowers,” and “My Dad is Better than Your Dad.”
ABC has “Oprah’s Big Give” where Oprah Winfrey makes philanthropic donations.
FOX will have “American Idol,” the singing contest, now in it’s 6th season, along with two newcomers, “When Women Rule the World,” a social engineering experiment, where the traditional gender roles are reversed, and “The Moment of Truth.”
On CBS, “Survivor” returns, along with a winter edition of “Big Brother,” the British import reality series.
Returning to ABC are “Dancing With the Stars,” “Supernanny,” “Wifeswap,” and “The Bachelor.”
Industry experts think that FOX is in the best position during the writers strike with “American Idol” and “Sarah Connor Chronicles,” a Terminator spin-off series.