KTTC wrap-up story
After all the discussion, this story seems kind of anti-climatic. Don't expect any great revelations. However, here is some of what I've worked up on the changes at KTTC/KXLT.
The full piece will appear in print on Monday. I needed something else to finish off my business page.
“Who is that?” is a question many KTTC-TV and KXLT-TV Fox 47 news viewers are asking these days.
With seven new on-air personalities and the recent addition of nightly news anchor Rachel Wick, officials at the Rochester stations say the question is understandable.
“We’ve had more change in the past seven months than in the past 17 years,” says Jerry Watson, KTTC vice-president and general manager.
KTTC, an NBC affiliate, shares studios with KXLT, a Fox affiliate.
It all started when long-time nightly news anchor Betsy Singer left in July to take a job with Faith Christian School in Rochester. Since then, KXLT anchor Amy Kuns, weekend weather forecastor Ken Quattrin, KTTC reporter Jenna Gordon, News Director Mark Carros and others have left.
The majority of the departures were due to contracts expiring, says Williams.
“Each situation has been different with very specific circumstances,” says Tom Overlie, who has been at the KTTC anchor desk for eight years.
As one of the most familiar on-air personalities at the station, Overlie says he’s often asked about the changes at the station. “I understand,” he says. “Change is unnerving. People have a lot of questions.”
Some speculate that ratings are driving change, but Watson said that’s not true. “We don’t have a ratings problem,” he said, showing sheets of the most recent ratings with KTTC newscasts at the top.
Whatever the reason, the departures brought many new people onto the staff as well as moving some people into different jobs.
• Jen Hoff moved to the KTTC-TV Weekend newscast.
• Crystal Oko took Hoff’s position as a reporter for Fox 47.
• Ali Lucia replaced Kunz as anchor of the Fox 47 newscast.
• C.J. Spang became the weekend sports reporter at KTTC.
• Fanna Haile-Selassie was hired as a new KTTC reporter.
• Steph Anderson went on the air this past weekend to report the weather as Quattrin’s replacement.
• Meghen Sparks starts today as a replacement for Gordon. Noel Sederstrom is starting today as news director, as a replacement for Carros. Sederstrom comes from Portage, Mich. He has been a news director there for the past eight years.