Happy Friday to those who celebrate!
It was a bit of a slow week at TVSpy headquarters. In this week’s edition of stories we didn’t get to for one reason or another, we see a Florida anchor switched stations in the Tallahassee market, while Nexstar has renewed the contract of the guy we go to when we need to ask hard questions.
Let’s do this:
Alison Posey (pictured) left Tallahassee ABC affiliate WTXL to work at CBS affiliate WCTV. She posted the news to social media, “This community means everything to me, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be able to stay at home and continue doing what I love. Ready for all that’s ahead working with @RyanLKelly and @sydney_wicker! Big Bend and South Georgia, we’re coming for you!” Click here for the video.
Former WXVN anchor Amy Van Patten Ofenbeck has written a book about her 8 brain and spinal surgeries she’s had from an unknown ruptured brain aneurysm that happened in 1997. The book details all her surgeries and complications that resulted. A TVSpy tipster said “It’s a great inspirational read about how she survived all that while still working in the biz.” Click here for the Amazon link and here to see a video about it.
The FCC is looking into the potential impact of AI on the communications sector, The Federal Communications Commission has voted to launch a Notice of Inquiry into non-federal spectrum usage and explore how new data sources, methods, and technologies like AI would allow the agency to better manage increasingly congested commercial spectrum. Click here to read about it.
Do you have questions about what you’re talking about when covering AI? Poynter has a helpful story explaining it to those of us who are still trying to catch up to the emerging technology. Click here for more.
Fox News reporter Mills Hayes got an unexpected guest during a live shot. Click here for more.
Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST) today announced that it has extended the employment agreement of Gary Weitman, the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. Mr. Weitman will continue reporting to Perry Sook, Nexstar’s Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer. Click here for more.
Here’s part of a press release from Telemundo about its Premier League coverage:
Telemundo presents the 2023-24 Premier League season kickoff as the exclusive Spanish-language home of the best soccer league in the world offering audiences vast coverage of the highly anticipated season. Defending Premier League champions Manchester City and newly promoted Burnley go head-to-head for the opening match on Friday, August 11 at 3 p.m. ET with Telemundo Deportes’ pregame beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET LIVE on Universo and the Telemundo App. Premier League matches will be available exclusively in Spanish across Telemundo, Universo, Peacock and the Telemundo App all season long.
Here’s one from Scripps:
The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) has hired Brian Norris – a seasoned media industry leader with 25 years of experience driving television revenue and developing multiplatform advertising sales strategies – to serve as its new chief revenue officer, effective Aug. 28.
Norris comes to Scripps from NBCUniversal, where he served as senior vice president of its recently launched SMB growth division. In this role, he led the sales team responsible for leveraging NBCUniversal’s suite of premium content and advanced advertising capabilities to assist small and medium-sized businesses scale beyond social media. Prior to that, Norris built NBCUniversal’s first business development and sales team dedicated to the direct-to-consumer and mid-market category as senior vice president of direct-to-scale and commerce partnerships.
Before joining NBCUniversal, Norris led media sales for DISH Network and Sling TV. He joined DISH in 2008 to help launch DISH Media Sales’ flagship office in New York. Earlier in his career, he held sales roles with Viacom and Lifetime Entertainment Services.
“Brian has a depth of experience driving revenue through linear, addressable and digital media,” said Lisa Knutson, Scripps’ chief operating officer. “His understanding of advanced advertising models and performance media, combined with his commitment to developing high-performing and diverse teams, makes him an ideal leader to advance Scripps’ revenue strategy as it continues to expand its share of advertising revenue in the local, national and CTV marketplaces.”