The positive changes at KSEE24 and CBS47, created through the merger of the former competitors after both were purchased by Texas-based Nexstar Broadcasting Group, didn't come without a price.
Four veteran employees who worked at KGPE (Channel 47.1) before the merger were laid off Friday in what Matt Rosenfeld, the former KSEE (Channel 24.1) boss who is now chief at both stations, calls the "final news consolidation."
Louie Valle and Dirk Teichman, photographers with more than 30 years of experience each, and editors Jamie Zapata and Darrell Hamilton were the casualties of the final consolidation.
The loss of the veteran photographers is a massive loss of expertise as the stations try to handle the complications that come with combining two news teams.
Nexstar purchased KSEE in February and KGPE in November.
Instead of continuing to work separately, KGPE is moving from its building just east of Fashion Fair mall into the bigger KSEE building on McKinley Avenue.
Also, Sunday's planned launch of the revamped "CBS47 Eyewitness News" failed to happen and was pushed back into this week.
There were noticeable quality issues in the broadcast of Saturday's Fresno State-Idaho football game on KSEE. There were problems with the camera work, sound and even Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr being misidentified as his brother David Carr on multiple occasions.
Rosenfeld says the Fresno State football game glitches were caused by the production company that provided the broadcast. The game was not produced by KSEE.
Fresno native Christopher Gorham will continue to play August "Auggie" Anderson on the USA Network series "Covert Affairs" for at least one more season.
Gorham plays a blind tech operative who is CIA agent Annie Walker's (Piper Perabo) best friend and main support as she battles bad guys around the globe on the series, which will be back for a fifth season of 16 episodes.
The fifth-season order comes after the spy drama became one of the summer's top 10 cable scripted shows with nearly 4 million total viewers per episode.
New episodes of season four of "Covert Affairs" begin at 10 p.m. Oct. 17 with the season finale scheduled for Nov. 21.
Each extra season is great news for Gorham, especially after watching him struggle with good shows like "Jake 2.0" and "Out of Practice" that couldn't get past a first season. Along with some job security, "Covert Affairs" has also given Gorham a great character to play.
Change of address: NPR is reporting news correspondent Tamara Keith, who grew up in Hanford, will become the organization's new White House correspondent in early 2014. This comes after two years of Keith covering Congress. She joins Scott Horsley and Mara Liasson on the White House beat.
Before reaching the top of political reporting, Keith was a Back Talk columnist for The Fresno Bee in the mid-1990s. The Hanford High School graduate attended the University of California at Berkeley.
"Tamara Keith represents the best of public radio. Her energy is unsurpassed and her ability to connect with real people has distinguished her reporting at NPR," says Madhulika Sikka, executive editor of NPR News.
The move is being made because Ari Shapiro will become the London correspondent for NPR.
Local attention: The third-season premiere of the Live Well Network series "Food Rush" will have Chef Ryan Scott heading to where he often vacationed as a child in Bass Lake. He will stop at a few childhood haunts, including a dining stop to find out whether a pepperoni and cashew pizza from his childhood is as good as he remembers.
Scott, a graduate of Los Banos High, was a contestant on the fourth season of Bravo's "Top Chef."
"Food Rush" airs at 8 p.m. tonight on the series that's part of the programming shown on KFSN (Channel 30.2).
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