She's Back!

Popular anchor Jane McGarry hasn’t been on TV since May 2012, after pleading no guilty to a DWI charge and leaving KXAS-TV. But she’s set to hit TV screens again on WFAA’s Good Morning Texas, where she will be presenting stories in a segment called “Starting Over with Jane McGarry,”

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Life Better Now

For the past five years, only KSTP meteorologist Ken Barlow's immediate family has been aware of a health challenge with which he's been living (Bi-Polar Disorder). His disclosure moved actor Glenn Close to send an e-mail that read, in part: "I just wanted to say thank you for having the courage to say the scary words out loud. Person-by-person... story-by-story, we'll reach the tipping point."

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Hearst Ups Barbara Maushard

Barbara Maushard, who since 2008 has served as a Vice President, News, for Hearst Television Inc., based at the company’s New York headquarters, will succeed Brian Bracco in oversight of the company’s corporate news efforts. In her expanded role, Maushard will lead Hearst Television’s news product -- on-air, online and on mobile platforms.

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Columbia-duPont Winners

Landmark's KLAS Las Vegas, Scripps' WXYZ Detroit and Louisiana Media Company's WVUE New Orleans won prestigious duPont-Columbia awards, given out by Columbia Journalism School for "excellence in broadcast and digital news."

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NBC's Richard Engel Freed

After being held captive for five days in Syria, NBC’s Richard Engel and his team recount being ambushed and blindfolded before being freed at a checkpoint. (Video)

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News Director Moves

Mimi Strawn leaves WGME, Michael Sipes leaves KRDO, Tom Burke leaves WTVM and Keith Barker leaves WBBJ. (From Rick Gevers)

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Mistake of The Year

The Poynter Institute released its “Regret The Error” award for 2012 on Wednesday. This year, the dubious honor is shared by Fox News Channel and CNN for incorrectly broadcasting that the Supreme Court had declared the individual mandate within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 unconstitutional when, in fact, they upheld the mandate as a tax.

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The Media General Payback

Hinting at its new life as a pure-play broadcaster, Media General is giving those who lost income during a 2011 furlough program a cash payment equal to up to five days of pay.
Employees who were furloughed for five days or more receive the full five-day bonus.

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Sinclair Cleans House

Sinclair closed on the six Newport stations Dec. 3, resulting in the departures of three general managers: Les Vann at WKRC Cincinnati, Jackie Rutledge at WOAI San Antonio, and Holly Steuart at WHP in Harrisburg.

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OOPS!

WGN Chicago has some explaining to do after reporting live the morning of Friday, Nov. 30, on a plane crash on the South Side of the city, which turned out to be a scene being shot for NBC drama Chicago Fire.  The Chicago Tribune reports on its corporate sibling: "We are just getting word that this is being shot as part of a TV show," anchor Larry Potash told viewers.

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It's Zucker

(CNN) -- Veteran news producer and former NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker will become the president of CNN Worldwide in January, the network announced Thursday.

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