Evening Headlines — 6/17/13

Gannett Promises to Keep Same Market Stations Separate in Belo Acquisition
Gannett Broadcasting president David Lougee gave TVSpy a look at what it plans to do with some of the Belo stations it will own as soon as the inks dries on its deal to buy the station group. “In those two markets where Belo owns a television station and we own a television station they will continue to compete head-to-head so there will be no reduction in editorial voices. They will be completely independent,” Lougee said. “It’s kind of like when one company owned Gap and Old Navy. They both competed against each other.” [TVSpy]

After Kathy Hostetter left WAVE 3 in Louisville to take over as news director at Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR, Raycom had a spot to fill, and they've done so with Bill Shory. Rick Gevers has more about him. [Rick's Weekly Newsletter]

The Spring Phase 2 Arbitron numbers are out, and Clear Channel's WHAS (840 AM) and WAMZ (97.5 FM) remain #1 and #2, respectively, among Arbitron-subscribing radio stations in Louisville. And the change in ownership for WQNU, WSFR and WVEZ hasn't hurt those stations, either; they're third through fifth. [Radio Online]

Daytime Emmy Awards: ‘Days of Our Lives,’ ‘Ellen,’ ‘Dr. Oz’ Win Top Kudos
NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” took the gold for drama series at the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday. The win marked the first time since 1975 that the sudser has won the top prize at the Daytime Emmy fete — and only its second drama series nod in its nearly 50-year run on NBC. And to make it that much sweeter, the victory coincided with the birthday of “Days” exec producer Ken Corday. [Variety]

CBS cuts Obama audio from 'Under the Dome'
President Obama has been left on the cutting room floor of CBS' new summer series "Under the Dome." An audio clip of the president that was in the first hour of the series that CBS sent to critics earlier this month will be cut from the episode that will ultimately air, a CBS spokesman said. The show, based on a Stephen King book, is about a small town that for mysterious reasons becomes enclosed under a huge transparent dome. [LA Times]

Hogan on the move
Clear Channel is relocating Media and Entertainment (radio) CEO John Hogan from San Antonio to New York and in an 8K filing the company discloses it's giving Hogan $100K in moving expenses and a $25K housing allowance for 18 months. Among the company's many holdings are stations in Indy, Louisville, Nashville and St. Louis. [Radio Ink]

Scripps VP Engineering Mike Doback To Retire
Michael Doback knew he had a knack for engineering as a fifth grade student when he built his first transmitter using instructions published in Popular Electronics magazine. “A local ham operator stopped by the house and said if I was going to continue to use it on the air, I better get a license,” says Doback, who retires June 28 as VP of engineering at the E.W. Scripps Co. “And that’s when everything started for me.” [Playout/TVNewsCheck]


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