2/2/2002: Extended Weekend News
on BC CTV
BC CTV, CIVT-TV/32 (CTV), had
announced that its weekend 6pm newscast would be extended from 30
minutes to a full hour. The first hour-long 6pm weekend newscast
will go on this evening. Bridgitte Anderson will continue to
anchor the show, and there is no mention of a co-anchor joining
her at the desk.
And In Other NW News...
Talent Changes Hit All Seattle
Stations: A Recap
Over the last few months, Seattle
TV viewers may have noticed some familiar faces disappearing from
the local airwaves, and new ones making their debut. Here's a
recap of the changes at the 4 news operations:
KOMO/4: Weekend co-anchor Eric
Slocum was let go. Molly Shen now solo-anchors the weekend evening
newscasts on the station. Long time "People Helper"
Brooke Stanford also retired.
KING/5: Weekday morning co-anchor
Mark Mullen left the station for KRON/4 in the San Francisco Bay
Area, a former NBC affiliate that had gone independent 1/1/2002.
He co-anchors KRON4's extended morning news with Susan Blake.
KIRO/7: Weekend co-anchor Brian
Wood was let go from the station. He now co-anchors the evening
newscasts on WMAR/2 (ABC) in Baltimore with Mary Beth Marsden. Wayne
Havrelly now co-anchors the weekend news with Margot Kim. Weekday
morning co-anchor Joyce Taylor had also left the station. She
should move to KING/5 soon, but may still be bound by a
non-compete clause in her contract with KIRO, delaying her debut
at KING. Penny LeGate now co-anchors KIRO's AM newscasts with Brad
Meanwhile, KIRO gets a new anchor
from Boston. Kristy Kim came from Boston's WHDH/7 (NBC). She
started at KIRO this week, co-anchoring the 6:30pm news and the
first half of the 5pm news with Steve Raible. Susan Hutchison
still co-anchors the second half of the 5pm news and the entire
11pm newscast with Raible. The station also got a new weatherman.
Rob Mayeda came from KCRA/3 (NBC) in Sacramento.
KCPQ/13: Weeknight co-anchor
Scott Engler, who had been at the station since the inception of
its news operation in 1998, had left for New York. He's now an
anchor at WABC/7. While the search for a replacement is under way,
Sam Shane for the time being co-anchors the 10pm news with Leslie
Miller, and Peter Alexander takes Shane's place in the morning
with Christine Chen.
Updated Graphics (Again) at
KCPQ/13 has partially updated its
news graphics again. A new open animation, based on the one used
since last November, was introduced for its morning and 10pm
newscasts, and now there are new
full-screen and split screen graphics, as well as a new backdrop
for the news ticker on the morning show. However, the lower-thirds,
OTS and the weather graphics stay the same, and the station still
use Non-Stop Music's "Reactor" as its news theme. This
is the second time in 3 months that the station has introduced new open