The Deuce is Done in Phoenix

KPNX Assistant News Director Josh Eure is out the door at the station.

Eure joined the station in 2012 and back in February on this year, he accepted the News Director job at WHAS in Louisville.

WHAS withdrew the offer when word of Eure's run ins with police became public knowledge. He then headed back to Phoenix and KPNX.

Now, sources tell FTVLive that Eure's days are done at the Phoenix station.

Out the Door in Jacksonville

Another Jacksonville anchor is out and this time it isn't at Cox's WETV.

Across the street at WTLV/WJXX, longtime Anchor Phil Amato has "resigned" from the station. 

GM Eric Land would not say much (imagine that) only that Amato resigned on Monday. Amato was not on the air during several newscasts last week.

Amato co-anchored “First Coast News” at 4 a.m. on WTLV and “Good Morning Jacksonville Sunrise” at 5 a.m. and “Good Morning Jacksonville” at 6 a.m. on both stations. At one point, he returned to co-anchor the 5:30 p.m. newscast as well, but was not doing the afternoon newcast any more.

Land would not give a reason for Amato’s resignation, only that he thanked him for his service to the station and wished him well.

Amato had been with the station since 1993, having worked in Idaho and Montana before that.

H/T Florida Times Union 

LA Morning Anchor Banks Bucks with His Voice

KTLA Morning Anchor Mark Kriski is making money with his pipes.

Kriski has been at the LA station for more than 20 years, but he is still looking to the future.

The anchor has been landing a lot of voice work and is now beginning to launch his voiceover/ imaging/ commercial business.

Kriski has already won some awards for his voice work and has even worked as the ring announcer for Oscar De La Hoya and other boxing matches.

With the future of TV anchors very uncertain, it seems that Kriski is smart enough to look at life beyond TV news. 

And the best thing about doing voice work, you don't have to worry about that perfect anchor hair. 

Even his own station has used him in the past to do promos:

Summer Moves

The NWT Group would like to congratulate the following:

Randy McIlwain is named Consumer Reporter at KNBC in Los Angeles, moving within the NBC O&O group from Reporter KXAS, Dallas. 

Melissa Mollet has joined the morning team at WRC in Washington DC as Traffic Anchor. She previously had been freelancing at the station, and had worked at KDVR in Denver before moving to Washington. 

Tracy Clemons moves to KTRK in Houston as an MMJ/reporter from KSDK in St Louis. 

Josh Green moves across country to KING-TV in Seattle as an MMJ/Reporter from MMJ/Reporter at WFLA in Tampa. 

Joe Augustine moves to Reporter at KSTP in Minneapolis from Reporter at KRGV in the Rio Grande Valley. 

Ellina Abovian joins KSWB in San Diego as a reporter/MMJ from reporter/MMJ at KMPH in Fresno. 

Andrew Kinsey is the new morning anchor at WTOL in Toledo. He moves from WAPT in Jackson, MS, where he was the weekend morning anchor. 

Rachel Pierce is joining the morning team as an anchor at WBBH in Fort Meyers. She leaves WOI-TV in Des Moines. 

Iris Hermosillo has been promoted to weekday morning meteorologist at KNXV in Phoenix from the weekend morning meteorologist. 

More moves after the jump. 

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Back to Big City Toledo

Longtime Toledo news anchor Laura Emerson is returning to local airwaves.

The Toledo Blade reports that beginning Aug. 10, Emerson joins WNWO evening anchor.

Her hire marks the latest in a string of significant on and off-air personnel changes for the station.

Emerson was an anchor across the street at WUPW for 16 years, before she left in January, 2012, to co-anchor the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts at NBC affiliate WPSD in Paducah, Ky.

“She brings a familiar face to our viewers,” said Nicole Hahn, who was recently promoted to WNWO’s news director position. “She has a vast knowledge of the area, and she will bring leadership and experience to our team."

Emerson said she his happy to be back in a "big city" and doesn't mind working at the last place station in the market. 

“When you’re in that position, all of your victories will be appreciated,” she said. “You’re not looking behind your back saying, ‘Oh, someone’s coming after us,’ you’re the one coming after them.”

“I miss the larger area, I miss the amenities that come with a larger city: more ethnic diversity, all sorts of entertainment opportunities,” Emerson said. “I guess I had to leave Toledo in order to really appreciate how cool it is.”

Toledo is a big city? Who knew? 

Big Apple Reporter Strips for Ratings and Fails

WNBC's Ben Aaron went out on New York's 5th Ave damn near naked in a stunt that has Edward R. Murrow flipping over one more time.  

The NY Daily News says that in a desperate attempt to drum up ratings for his moribund program, “New York Live,”  Aaron took to the streets wearing next to nothing for a Wednesday lunchtime segment.

The bad news for Aaron is that except perhaps for his new wife, “Good Morning America” meteorologist Ginger Zee, no one seemed to care.

“Ben was filmed walking about Fifth Ave. in nothing but his wife’s panties, which were then blurred out when the segment aired,” says our very-well-placed insider. A second source close to the show confirms Aaron bared more than his soul, but claims his dainty crotch cover was actually a pair of men’s jogging shorts.

The only thing skimpier than Aaron’s bloomers were his show’s ratings the day of the mid-month stunt, which were so low they didn’t even register on the Nielsen results.

The program actually jumped to a 0.2 rating after Aaron’s skit ended.


Political Dollars Flow into Philly

Philly stations are raking in the political bucks hand over fist and there is no sign of it letting up.

Political advertisers and candidates dropped more than $4.6 million at KYW alone between April 2013 and June 2014.

An analysis by the Sunlight Foundation looked at 14 months worth of contracts at CBS affiliate KYW. The findings provide a glimpse at the relentlessness with which voters in key markets are bombarded with political messages — and intriguing details about how office seekers, political parties and other interest groups target them.

The KYW contracts show that Democratic candidates outspent Republicans by more than 350 percent, perhaps not surprising in a county where Democrats have a nearly 8-to-1 advantage in voter registration.

If you work at a Philly station, go into the boss and demand a raise. They certainly can afford it. 


Meet The Press Loses Big in Home Market

As the rumors turn red-hot that NBC is going to give Meet The Press Moderator David Gregory the hook, the bad news keeps piling up.

After another embarrassing show on Sunday, the ratings are in and it's more bad news for Gregory.

In his home market of DC, MTP got beat across the board by Fox News Sunday. Chris Wallace's show beat MTP in every measurement: households, total viewers and the A25-54 demo, according to Nielsen.

Both FNS and MTP had interviews with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the ratings indicate more DC viewers chose Wallace’s interview over Gregory’s.

The David Gregory is gone rumor mill just kicked it into another gear.

Stay tuned... 

Oh Geraldo! You've Done it Again

Geraldo Rivera was in the hot seat on Fox News's 'Outnumbered' and he did a good job of not pissing off the women on the show, but any woman that was watching the show.

It seems Geraldo still believes that guys only marry women for their youth and that the man is the breadwinner in the marriage (is this guy stuck in the stone ages or what?)

No surprise, Geraldo has been divorced 4 times.

Let's go to the video:

BREAKING! WJLA GM Is Out as Sinclair Takes Over


Well, it's Already started.....

And it's not like anyone didn't see this coming. WJLA GM Bill Lord his advised his staff in an email that he is out as the GM of the station.

Sinclair is purchasing the Allbritton stations and the crown jewel of the purchase is WJLA. Lord told staffers that his last day is September 30th.

Here is the internal memo, obtained by FTVLive:

From: Bill Lord 
Date:07/28/2014 17:31 (GMT-05:00) 
To: WJLA-HRAll , News8-HRAll 
Cc: "Allbritton, Robert" , "Fritz, Jerry" , "Ryan, Fred", "Ochsman, Joanne" , "Killen, James" , "Prelesnik, Stefanie" 
Subject: FW: note 

Hello Everyone.

I have just received word that September 30thwill be my last day at WJLA.   Sinclair will be posting the GM position in the morning so I wanted to tell all of you first.   I will be here over the next two months to operate the station until a replacement is found.

I’ll try to keep this simple.   These past twelve years have been far and away the best of my professional life and it’s all because of my association with you.   It has been an awesome privilege to come to work with you every day.   I know I’m supposed to be the boss but as I look out over the station I see hundreds of mentors always helping me arrive at the right decision.  For that and everything else you have done to fill up my life I thank you.

We’ll talk more later.

In the meantime, keep up the good work.


Bill Lord
General Manager
WJLA-TV/NewsChannel 8

Fired in Tampa

Jerome Ritchey, host of WTSP's (Tampa) Studio 10 says that the station has fired him. The station bills Studio 10 as the Bay Area's only truly live, local, mid-morning talk show, Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m.

Ritchey posted the news on his Facebook Page just a short time ago:

"Friday July 25, 2014 was a milestone day in my broadcasting career, for the first time ever...I GOT FIRED. I was told immediately after Friday's show that a decision was made to take Studio 10 in a different direction. I do wish I had been offered the opportunity to say thanks to the incredible group of people that make Studio 10 possible, and that I have had the good fortune to work with over the last six years."

atchet doesn't know what he'll do next:

"As for me, my foot is on the accelerator as I search for my next adventure! I hope to see you all again someday. I'll keep you posted. You should also know that my least favorite word, is "goodbye" so with that in mind, I'll simply say, "Be seeing you.""

His bio remains on the station's website.... for now. 

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