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Tracy Spiridakos and Billy Burke star on NBC's "Revolution."

Extra injured on 'Revolution' set sues Austin fencing company

A woman working as an extra on a network television show that was filmed in Central Texas has filed suit against an Austin fencing company, claiming she was injured when an “extremely large gate” fell on her last year. In a filing in Travis County’s 201st District Court, Maria Carmen ...

Jane Slater

New host joins Longhorn Network

Look for a new face to pop up Monday on the Longhorn Network. The Austin-based cable channel, which is operated by ESPN as part of a 20-year, $300 million deal with the University of Texas, has hired Jane Slater as a reporter and host of the “Longhorn Extra” program. Slater ...

Austin stations score Emmy nominations

The list of nominees for this year’s Lone Star Emmy awards is out, and Austin stations fared well. KEYE, KLRU, KVUE and KXAN are among the nominees. So is LHN, as well as ATXN, the city of Austin’s cable access channel. KLRU, Austin’s PBS affiliate, scored 13 nominations — nine ...

Barlata Tapas Bar

4 Austin restaurants featured on new Bravo show

Reality TV’s undying love for Austin continues, with yet another show focusing its attention on our fair city. Bravo was in town recently, filming at four restaurants for “Best New Restaurant,” a new show from chef Gordon Ramsay’s production company that’ll be hosted by “Top Chef’s” Tom Colicchio. The locations ...

Marcus Eddie

Austin magician competes on Syfy show

Look for local magician Marcus Eddie at 9 p.m. Tuesday on the Syfy network's “Wizard Wars,” a magic competition. Eddie, 35, says he’s been hooked on magic since he was a child. When he’s not on primetime TV, Eddie can be found performing at private events and restaurants around town. ...

Craig Ferguson will host “Celebrity Name Game” starting Sept. 22.

Austin TV stations switching up their schedules

Fall’s just about here, thankfully, and that means Austin’s TV stations are shaking up their schedules. A host of changes are coming to daytime and late-night lineups starting this week. Katie Couric’s talk show, for instance, has been kicked to the curb after two years. The perky hostess failed to ...

Star UT athletes featured in new LHN ads

Some of the biggest names in University of Texas sports history are front and center in a new series of ads that debut today on the Longhorn Network. The cable channel, which launched three years ago this month, enlisted Earl Campbell, Cat Osterman, Ricky Williams, Jordan Shipley, Vince Young and ...

Austin-based LIN Media sheds stations in advance of merger

Austin-based LIN Media said Wednesday that it is a participant in a five-way swap of 10 TV stations nationwide. The deals involve stations in cities where both LIN Media and Richmond, Va.-based Media General operate. Media General is in the process of acquiring LIN Media and the combined companies would ...

2 new reporters set to join Fox 7

Two reporters are set to join Fox-owned KTBC next week. Elizabeth Saab and Nick Spinetto will both start at Fox 7 on Aug. 27, the station said. Saab will report for the station’s evening newscasts at 5 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. She arrives in Austin after a stint ...

Here, John Aielli does a little jig at his desk, a combined stretching and emotional release after his show.

John Aielli moving to morning drive on KUTX

Austin radio station 98.9 KUTX-FM is shaking up its lineup, moving popular host John Aielli to the coveted morning drive slot starting next month. Aielli’s one-of-a-kind “Eklektikos” program will air from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday starting Sept. 1. A soon-to-be-announced producer will serve as primary host ...

'Thicker Than Water' stars now call Austin home

Junice and Rock Rockman aren’t your typical reality TV stars. For starters, they’re not into drama. In fact, they’re out to prevent it, offering relationship counseling and life coaching services. The couple appears on Bravo’s “Thicker Than Water,” a show focused on the close-knit Tankard family. (Junice is the youngest ...

Grande strikes last-minute deal to carry SEC Network

Grande Communications has struck a last-minute deal to carry the SEC Network, which is set to launch tonight. The San Marcos-based company joins Time Warner Cable, AT&T, DirecTV and Dish Network in carrying the new channel. The SEC Network is set to sign on at 5 p.m. today. Its exclusive ...

Univision 62 hires new news anchor

Univision 62 is expanding its news team with the addition of a new evening co-anchor. Hugo Chavez Montes is set to join Regina Rodriguez on KAKW’s 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. weeknight newscasts, the station said this week. Chavez arrives in Austin after a stint with Grupo Televisa, where he ...

Jessica Vess

Ex-KVUE anchor Jessica Vess lands new gig

Former KVUE anchor Jessica Vess has a new gig. Vess, who left the city’s ABC affiliate earlier this month after seven years as an anchor and reporter for the station’s morning newscasts, has been named senior public information and media coordinator for Austin Community College. “Jessica’s extensive experience in the ...

Meteorologist Albert Ramon, left, Yvonne Nava and Bryan Mays anchor KVUE's top-rated morning and midday newscasts.

KVUE, KXAN have top-rated newscasts in July

July “sweeps” numbers are in and – you guessed it – KVUE and KXAN are yet again home to Austin’s most-watched newscasts. ABC affiliate KVUE has the No. 1 morning, midday and 10 p.m. newscasts, while NBC affiliate KXAN has bragging rights at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., according to ...

Austin-based LIN Media reports 15 percent jump in revenue

Austin-based broadcaster LIN Media saw a 15 percent increase in net revenue during the second quarter, the company said Tuesday. LIN Media, which is in the process of being acquired by Richmond, Va.-based Media General, operates nearly 50 TV stations nationwide, including KBVO, KNVA and KXAN in Austin. The $1.6 ...

KEYE's news director leaving for Florida gig

News director Greg Turchetta is leaving KEYE and heading back home to Florida for a new gig. At a staff meeting held this afternoon at the station, it was revealed that Turchetta will soon oversee communications for a school system in the Naples, Fla., area. His final day on the ...

Jessica Vess

Staffing changes under way at KVUE, KXAN, KEYE

Changes are in the works at several Austin TV stations. Viewers of newscasts on KVUE, KXAN and KEYE will all see familiar faces depart the city’s airwaves this summer. At KVUE, morning anchor and reporter Jessica Vess has announced she’s leaving to spend more time with her family. Vess joined ...

Amanda Tatom will host ‘Studio 512’ on KXAN starting in August.

New KXAN show debuts Aug. 4

“Studio 512,” KXAN’s new lifestyle program, will debut next week. The show will air weekdays at 12:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 4. “Hosting this show puts me right in the middle of all the fun,” host Amanda Tatom said. “Discovering new things in our area and sharing them with our viewers is ...

Latest radio ratings: BOB-FM still No. 1

BOB-FM remains Austin’s top-ranked radio station, according to the latest Nielsen ratings. The station, which prides itself on playing a little bit of everything, has a comfortable lead over country cousins KASE 101 and 98.1 KVET-FM, which landed in second and third places, respectively. Spirit 105.9 continues to climb the ...

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