Co-anchor, producer hired by KXLY-TV
By Beverly Vorpahl
KXLY-TV has hired Kim Gilbert, a television reporter and producer from Portland, as its co-anchor and producer of NEWSCOPE, which will premiere Sept. 19.
Gilbert’s name surfaced in Spokane earlier this month when she was reported to be in the running for a position at KHQ-TV, which prompted KHQ-TV news co-anchor Nancy Goodspeed to charge publicly that she was being demoted from co-anchor to senior reporter to make way for Gilbert.
Dean Mell, news director at KHQ, said he was interested in hiring Gilbert and denied that Goodspeed was being demoted. He said he was concerned that if his station did not hire Gilbert, a competing station would.
That brouhaha ended with Goodspeed retaining her position as co-anchor and Gilbert turning down Mell’s offer.
Gilbert will co-anchor the 5 o’clock portion of KXLY’s 90-minute news program with Bob Evans, who currently is the single anchor for that half hour. The ABC “World News Tonight” will air at 5:30, followed by the 6 o’clock news with Bill O’Neil and Kathryn McCormick as co-anchors.
Gilbert, a Spokane native, has worked as a reporter, anchor and producer for KAPP-TV in Yakima, KIVI-TV in Fresno, and most recently as an anchor for the early and late news programs at KATU in Portland, said Stephen R. Herling, vice president and general manager of KXLY-TV and its AM/FM radio stations.
Kim Gilbert recently returned to Spokane with her husband, who is establishing a medical practice here.
NEWSCOPE, airing Monday through Saturday, will combine programming by 90 stations across the country, said Herling.
The news and information show will arrive live by satellite from Los Angeles in a “modular construction accommodating local reports and local anchors,” he said, adding that it will have a “distinctive local flavor.”
The show is a product of the Gannett Broadcasting Group, a major owner of radio and television stations and cable companies across the company, and Telepictures Corp., which produces and distributes television programs, Herling said.
Wednesday, August 31, 1983