Morning Headlines — 7/16/13

ABC's 'Scandal' Heads to BET in Early Syndication Deal (Exclusive)
Scandal is heading to BET. The Viacom-owned cable network has acquired off-network rights to ABC's breakout hit Scandal, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. [THR]

Sharon Stevens Says Goodbye to KSDK
After 20 years at KSDK, education reporter Sharon Stevens is leaving the St. Louis NBC affiliate. Stevens has served as a mentor to many in the industry, including WCAU news director Anzio Williams, who called her “an inspiration to so many.” In honor of her last day, St. Louis mayor Francis Slay designated July 10, 2013 “Sharon Stevens Day.” [TVSpy]

Gov. Christie To Appear On Michael J. Fox Sitcom
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has appeared many times on late-night TV, including "Saturday Night Live." Now he has scored his first gig on a sitcom. His office on Monday confirmed a report in The Huffington Post that the Republican governor will appear as himself on an episode this fall of the new NBC comedy "The Michael J. Fox Show." [AP/TVNewsCheck]

Kristin Priesol Announces WTVF Departure
After 12 years at WTVF, Kristin Priesol is saying goodbye to the Nashville CBS affiliate. She announced the news on Facebook, writing, “it’s just time to be with my own family in the morning and at night.” [TVSpy]

OWN Announces Lohan Post-Rehab Interview
When Lindsay Lohan gets out of rehab this summer, Oprah Winfrey will be waiting to talk to her. Winfrey's cable channel, OWN, said that Winfrey is getting an "exclusive" interview with Lohan that will tape and air in August. [AP/TVNewsCheck]

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