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Jan 14, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Tribune, Bahakel selling stations
Tribune, which must divest a station in the Hartford, Conn., market, is selling WB affiliate WTXX-TV. The Federal Communications Commission is allowing Tribune to keep the Hartford Courant newspaper and one TV station, Fox affiliate WTIC-TV. In other station sales, sources said Bahakel Communications is putting full-powered independent WKFT-TV, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Fox affiliate WBAK-TV, Terre Haute, Ind., on the block. The stations are being sold by Media Venture Partners, according to the sources.
LIN to manage Sunrise stations
LIN Television will manage six Sunrise Television stations for three years. Those stations are NBC affiliate KRBC-TV, Abilene, Texas; ABC affiliate WDTN-TV, Dayton, Ohio; NBC affiliate WEYI-TV, Flint, Mich.; CBS affiliate WPRI-TV, Providence, R.I.; NBC affiliate KACB-TV, Angelo, Texas; and Fox affiliate WUPW-TV, Toledo, Ohio. As part of the management deal, LIN must divest itself of Fox affiliate WNAC-TV, Providence. LIN TV Chairman, President and CEO Gary Chapman will hold the same titles at Sunrise.
Former WTSP anchor wins ruling
Pat Minarcin, former anchor at Gannett-owned WTSP-TV, Tampa, Fla., was awarded $280,000 in an arbitration ruling from an age discrimination lawsuit he filed. Mr. Minarcin, 56, who lost his $195,000-a-year anchoring job in 1998, was awarded payment for loss of income, back pay, compensatory damages, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees. The arbitration judge ruled that former WTSP General Manager Steve Mauldin misled Mr. Minarcin by saying he would be offered another position. “It gave me the opportunity to stand eye to eye with Gannett and tell them that their people did me wrong, and I hope it makes it easier for the next person in the industry who finds himself or herself in similar circumstances,” Mr. Minarcin told Electronic Media. Mr. Minarcin is now a senior editor at the Media General-owned Tampa Tribune, which is housed under one roof with sister station WFLA-TV, Tampa. He is in charge of the newspaper’s war coverage and is working on ways to blend print and TV coverage. “I started in print, so I’ve sort of come full circle,” Mr. Minarcin said.
Staff changes at WNYW in New York
Reischea Canidate is the new weekend sports anchor at Fox-owned WNYW-TV, New York. She comes from KSWB-TV, San Diego, where she had the same title. In other news at WNYW, longtime reporter Penny Crone resigned after not being able to reach agreement on a new contract. Her last day was to be last Friday, and she reportedly will be going across town to WCBS-TV.