Signing Off in South Bend

Another longtime Anchor is leaving the TV business for the world on PR.

WSJV Anchor Traci Capellman will leave the television station on May 20 to become the Public Relations & Communications Director for The Bradley Company and The South Bend Clinic.

Capellman has been with the station almost two decades. 

General Manager Merry Ewing said, “Traci leaves incredibly big shoes to fill. She's been a consistent voice for quality journalism both on air and in our newsroom. We are deeply appreciative for the nearly twenty years of commitment she's brought to work every day. We wish her well as she embarks on this new chapter in her professional life. We are gratified that she will continue to be a part of the Michiana Community.”

"I have lived my television news dream for more than 20 years and it's been an incredible run," Traci Capellman says. "But, more recently, I've found myself longing for a new challenge and work life balance with two little girls and a busy family, a family that has a schedule very opposite of the nightly news. For me, this opportunity is another dream come true, to be able to share all of the knowledge of a successful career and embark on a second career in public relations with two such well respected organizations. The partnership of this position, alone, shows their teams' creativity, can-do attitude and dedication to the community. I couldn't be more excited to be on their teams."

Ewing says the station has launched a nationwide search for Capellman's replacement.

Comedy Central Stands By New Daily Show Host

This morning, FTVLive told you about some controversial tweets sent out by newly named Daily Show host Trevor Noah.

The South African sent out tweets in the past that seemed to show that he did not respect Jewish people or women very much.

Comedy Central has released a statement about the Noah tweets and they are chalking it up a comedian that pushes the boundaries.

Ummmm....ok? 

MSNBC Sees Ratings Growth in March

They still have a long way to go and a number of changes are still going to be made, but MSNBC did get some good ratings news in March.

A number of MSNBC’s core programs saw ratings increases in March 2015, with MSNBC’s M-F Primetime beating CNN in total viewers for the month, and “Morning Joe” beating CNN’s “New Day” in total viewers. 

“Hardball”, “All In with Chris Hayes”, “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” all came in second in total viewers for the month and MSNBC’s primetime (8-11pm et) was up in the A25-54 for the month.   

“Morning Joe” beat CNN’s “New Day” in total viewers for the month 338,000 vs. 324,000.  “Morning Joe” also continues to beat CNN with influencers, beating them in the demo in New York, Washington and Boston – where America’s leaders start their day. (Source: NSI, March 2015 A2554)

“MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts”, which debuted in March, is showing early ratings growth with both the demo and total viewers.  It is up 22 percent with the demo from the same time block in February and up 7 percent in total viewers.

Spring Movers

3 Kings Entertainment has clients on the move for Spring.  Here is the agency's  following job placements: 

KEITH RUSSELL becomes the lead sports anchor and Sports Director at CBS O&O KTVT in Dallas from  freelance sports anchor at WTXF in Philadelphia. Previously, Keith worked at ESPN, WPVI, WRC & HLN.

DESMOND PURNELL signs a new contract with NFL Network and continues as a Dallas based reporter.

DIANE PATHIEU is promoted to full-time Reporter at ABC O&O WLS in Chicago from part-time reporter.

VIC FAUST moves back to his hometown of St. Louis and joins KTVI Fox Channel 2 as the lead anchor of the station’s 5pm and 9pm newscasts from morning anchor/reporter at WXYZ-TV in Detroit.

SETH LEMON joins KTVI Fox Channel 2 in St. Louis as a Reporter/Anchor from WVIT in Hartford, CT.

SHYANN MALONE joins WPLG in Miami as Weekend Evening Anchor from reporter at WTSP in Tampa.

DREW MICHAELS becomes Chief Meteorologist at WDJT in Milwaukee from KHBS in Fort Smith, AR.

STEFAN CHASE moves to WNCN in Raleigh as the Morning and 11am Anchor from WGCL in Atlanta.

BEN BECKER joins WJAX/WFOX in Jacksonville as Anchor/Reporter from WPEC in West Palm Beach.

ASHLEY BAYLOR becomes a Meteorologist at WAVY in Norfolk from WWLP in Springfield, Mass.

WILL KUNKEL joins KWCH in Wichita as the lead sports anchor from WNWO in Toledo, Ohio. 

Keith, Desmond, Diane, Vic, Seth, Shyann, Drew, Stefan, Ben, Ashley and Will are all represented by 

Matthew Kingsley - President & CEO of 3 Kings Entertainment, LLC. P: (713) 248-1210  Email: matthew@3kingsentertainment.net  W: http://www.3kingsentertainment.net

New Daily Show Host Already Catching Heat for Tweets

It appears that the honeymoon is already over for newly named Daily Show host Trevor Noah.

Comedy Central named Noah as Jon Stewart's replacement and the biggest reaction was, "Who?"

The South African only made three appearances on the Daily Show before being bumped up to the main gig. the network announced that Noah would be the host of The Daily Show when Stewart steps down.

You have to wonder if Comedy Central checked out some of Noah's past tweets on Twitter before making their decision?

Noah seems to not respect Jewish people or women very much:

It does seem interesting that Comedy Central is replacing the jewish Jon Stewart with a guy that really does appear to have a problem with Jews. 

We'll wait and see how or if the network responds.

Stay tuned....

Houston Station Expands Midday News to 1 1/2 Hours

Let's be honest, for most stations the Noon newscast is the bastard stepchild of the news department. 

No matter what the bosses say, no one really cares about the Noon show and there is no doubt it gets the least attention. Just ask anyone that produces a Noon newscast and you'll see.

But, one Houston station is going into new territory at the midday.

KPRC already was running a hour long newscast at 11:00AM and now they have tacked on another half hour starting at Noon.

An hour and a half of news in the middle of the day is almost unheard of from an affiliate.

Of course, with a very profitable 2016 election season, KPRC just opened up a number of prime avails for those politicians that are looking to buy time during newscasts.  

Which begs the question, how much longer before other stations start following KPRC's lead?

Stay tuned... 

"Fuck It" Reporter: I Have Done Everything Right

When cops raided the house of former KTVA Reporter Charlo Greene, she said they went too far. Greene took to YouTube with a video saying she stared down the barrel of a cop's gun and is now planning lawsuits and possibly a run for Mayor.

"I have done everything right," Greene says on the video. She refers to herself as a freedom fighter and she wants you to join her army. 

She also drops another, "fuck it" at the end of the video.

You can watch it here:  

Philly Sports Guy to Resurface in Dallas

Keith Russell, who most recently worked at Philly’s WXTF, is joining KTVT in Dallas starting Today. 

Russell is not scheduled to debut on-air till next week. Russell, who fills the slot vacated by Babe Laufenberg, who left in January after 17 years with the station.

 Russell has also worked for WPVI in Philadelphia, as well as stations in Hattiesburg and Jackson, Miss., and Providence, R.I.

Russell spent 7 years at WPVI, but was only at WXTF since September of last year.  He also has some ESPN and CNN in his background, as well as a news-anchoring gig at WRC in Washington., D.C. 

H/T Robert Philpot

Signing Off in San Antonio

KABB Anchor Monica Taylor is leaving the station and TV news altogether. 

After 7 years anchoring the station's morning newscast, Taylor says he has accepted the position of Director of Brand and Image with CPS Energy.

Jessica Headley, who has co-anchored with Ernie Zuniga in a fill-in role in the past, will take over Monica’s duties on the morning newscast as the station begins a national search for a new morning co-anchor.

“Monica has done a great job for us since the inception of FOX News First and I wish her the best in her new role with CPS Energy. I’m sure she’ll be a hit for them as well,” said KABB/KMYS General Manager Dean Radla.

“I am confident that Jessica Headley will step in and make this transition seamless for our viewers, as she has on so many occasions, regularly substituting for Monica on FNF. Jessica is an outstanding broadcaster that has handled all her assignments with our stations with professionalism and I am confident that she will do so again,” added Radla.