Media Watch

KGUN Throws Rose to the Dogs

When Jenny Rose left KGUN Channel 9 as a general-assignment reporter to take the community relations manager position at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, she probably didn't figure her Channel 9 on-air time was finished. After all, she had spent five years with the broadcast company, and the Humane Society does regular spots on KGUN.

But on a recent Monday, with an adoptable doggie in tow, Rose was informed that she could not participate in the station's Pet of the Week segment.

KVOA Channel 4 has two such features: Kitty Korner, which airs during the Monday noon newscast--Rose was in the KVOA studios for the piece this week--and the Tailwagger segment on Fridays. At KOLD Channel 13, the feature is called Tuesday's Tail.

The format of the Pet of the Week segment is simple: A news personality sits with the Humane Society representative and talks dog-and-cat shop for two or three minutes.

Usually, KGUN weather personality Len Johnson gets the assignment, and since KGUN banned Rose from appearing in the segment, he has handled the adoption duties solo.

Rose and KGUN's parent company, Journal Broadcast Group, declined comment.


Weekend anchor/general-assignment reporter Selena Davis has parted ways with KGUN. Davis joined the ABC affiliate from a station in Medford, Ore., less than eight months ago.

Meanwhile, Amber Lyon has severed her relationship with NBC affiliate KVOA, and the station has reassigned recent addition Anthony Cabrera to the Tucson Today slot formerly occupied by Lyon. KVOA has also hired Tyler Wing in a general-assignment news-reporter capacity. Wing was a weekend anchor/reporter in Texas.

"Tyler brings with him years of experience," said KVOA news director Kathleen Choal. "He started his career as a photographer and made the switch to reporter four years ago. It gives him a great perspective on telling visual stories for our viewers."


KUAT Channel 6, the Tucson PBS affiliate, will offer V-me, a Spanish-language network, 24 hours a day, beginning Friday, Nov. 30.

Programming will air on KUAT 6.3 (Channel 6, alternate signal 3), one of the secondary piggyback signals available to digital and high-definition TV viewers. KUAT 6.1 is the digital version of the over-the-air feed, and 6.2 often shows PBS national programming, which sometimes corresponds with KUAT, and at other times looks more like an East Coast feed.

V-me broadcasts children's fare in the mornings, lifestyle programming in the afternoons, and movies and interview-format shows in primetime.