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The TV ratings "sweeps" period starts Thursday Oct. 27 with still no WCPO-TV news director after eight months, and no WKRC-TV chief meteorologist to replace Tim Hedrick who died six months ago.

Why the delay? Here's what the TV bosses say, and a look at what else you need to know about local news during November sweeps:

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Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a …. drone!

WCPO-TV was the first with Chopper 9. Now it's the first with Sky 9, a drone which debuted this week.  And more are coming.

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WCPO-TV has posted anchor openings to replace Julie Dolan and the retiring Carol Williams.

Dolan, a Montgomery native and Sycamore High School graduate, has hosted "The Now Cincinnati" since it premiered two years ago.

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The investigative reporting wars are heating up in Cincinnati with the hiring of an award-winning journalist by a second TV station this month.

WKRC-TV has added Duane Pohlman, who has won more than 100 national, regional and state awards, according to his Channel 12 biography.

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"This Week in Cincinnati" and "The Race" premiere Sunday on WCPO-TV as the presidential race heats up.

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Craig Cheatham, an award-winning St. Louis investigative reporter, has been hired by WCPO-TV as the I-Team's executive producer and investigative reporter.

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Jaclyn DeAugustino came here by accident as a child. This time she plans to stay around a lot longer.

"When I was a kid, a plane I boarded from Pittsburgh had to make an emergency landing in Cincinnati. But other than Gate A at CVG, I had never been here," says DeAugustino, who took over WCPO-TV traffic duties last week.

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So how did Moeller grad and former TV producer Brent Brisben end up finding $4.5 million in sunken treasure off Florida's East Coast?

"I could never in my wildest dreams thought, until 6-1/2 years ago, that I'd be a treasure hunter," says Brisben, 48, who stars in "Lost Treasure of the Fleet of 1715" on WCPO-TV Sunday (5 p.m., Channel 9).

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The fourth Lumenocity light and music show this weekend presents new challenges – instead of capturing the sights and sounds outside Music Hall, radio and TV producers and directors will be broadcasting a live show from inside Taft Theatre.

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My old friend Jim Freidman was the most creative Cincinnati TV producer I ever wrote about – and I wrote a lot about his   "Best & Worst of Cincinnati," "Celebrate Cincinnati," "The Magic of Television" and Dreambuilders specials.

So it's no surprise to me that Friedman has been honored for his creativity in his current career at Miami University, as the White Family Clinical Faculty in the Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Farmer School of Business.

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The Enquirer and WXIX-TV are close to finalizing a partnership agreement to share news content.

TV viewers saw the first evidence of the co-operation on Channel 19's 10 p.m. news Tuesday, when Fox 19 reporter Frankie Jupiter did an update on the Piketon murders and thanked "our partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer."

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You might know him as the TV spokesman for Ohio Valley Goodwill, where's he's the public information officer.

Or from his term on the Cincinnati Board of Education.  

Or as an anchor/reporter on WCPO-TV (Channel 9), where he raised millions for local children with special needs as the "9 On Your Kids Side" reporter, before the station adopted the "9 On Your Side" branding for the entire station... Or as host of Channel 9's "Know It Alls" late-night comedy quiz show… Or as "Michael," the host of the WXIX-TV (Channel 19) "Kid's Club."

Before all that, Flannery was a stand-up comic.  And he returns to his comedy roots Friday.

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With February sweeps ending Wednesday, viewers soon will start seeing local TV news changes.

Again WKRC-TV was first for all local weekday newscasts in the Nielsen overnight household ratings in sweeps (Feb. 4-March 2).

WLWT-TV finished second at 6-7 a.m., 5-6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. WXIX-TV was third 6-7 a.m., and first for local news at 10 p.m. (tying Channel 5’s 11 p.m. audience with a 4.7 rating, or 39,193 TV homes). WCPO-TV was fourth 6-7 a.m., and third in the evening for Channel 9's new Craig McKee-Tanya O’Rourke team that debuted in January.

Now get ready for these moves:

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Finally WXIX-TV anchor Rob Williams can sleep in again.

Williams, 46, who started co-anchoring Fox 19 mornings in 1998 with Tricia Macke, will move to the night shift and anchor with Macke starting March 14.

“Tricia and I did the pregame (newscast) before the All-Star Game last summer. We hadn’t worked together in years, and we didn’t skip a beat. It was like we had been anchoring yesterday,” Williams says.

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  Three of the most prominent African-American TV anchors – John Lomax, Courtis Fuller and John Lomax – will kick off the downtown Public Library’s “Finding a Voice and Shaping an Identity: African Americans and the Media” series for Black History Month at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Lomax, hired by WKRC-TV (Channel 12) in 1983, has been part of the “Good Morning Cincinnati” newscast since it premiered in 1990.

Fuller, WLWT-TV (Channel 5) weekend anchor, came to Channel 5 in the late 1980s. He took a break from TV to run for Cincinnati mayor after the 2001 riots – losing to former Channel 5 anchor Charlie Luken. He returned to Channel 5 in 2003.

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Make it four for four. When WCPO-TV News Director Alex Bongiorno announced Tuesday she was leaving Channel 9 in early March, she'll be the fourth of the four TV newsroom bosses here to step down in eight months.

With changes at Channels 5, 12 and 19 since July, Bongiorno is the longest-tenured current local TV news director, at 2-1/2 years. She was hired in July 2013, three months after Scripps executive Jeff Brogan was named WCPO-TV general manager.

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Before we welcome 2016, let’s look back at this year in TV, movies, radio and media from A to Z.

Meghan Mongillo

Former WXIX-TV morning news anchor Meghan Mongillo returns to Cincinnati TV in March as weekend anchor on WKRC-TV (Channel 12). And she can’t wait.

“I don’t start till March, but I’m thrilled with this opportunity! I’m going to be working in a city I love at the number No. 1 station. It’s truly a dream job for me,” says Mongillo, who will fill the vacancy created last summer when weekend evening anchor Curtis Jackson took a Detroit TV job.

For six years, Mongillo was a very popular “Fox 19 Morning News” reporter and news anchor when Sheila Gray, now at Channel 12,  co-hosted the program. 

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After 29 years at WCPO-TV – most of them as main co-anchor – Carol Williams will leave the 11 p.m. anchor desk in January.

Williams, the longest-tenured 11 p.m. female news anchor in town, will work part-time in 2016, and retire in 2017, said Alex Bongiorno, Channel 9 news director, in a note to staffers late Friday.

The departure of Williams, hired in 1986, means that three-fourths of the main anchor team will change in less than three years, following the exits of sports anchor Dennis Janson (2013) and news anchor Clyde Gray (2014).

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TV stations which loved the web traffic for the naked Bengals locker room video would hate losing unrestricted access to players immediately after games.

WCPO-TV’s John Popovich, WLWT-TV’s George Vogel, WXIX-TV’s Joe Danneman and Bengals announcer Dan Hoard do appreciate the concerns of Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth, who doesn’t like having media in the locker room while players shower and dress. He said the NFL’s policy “is dated, it’s old, and it needs to change.”

But local sports broadcasters are wary of any limitations or changes after the NFL’s own network crew positioned a camera to show naked men in the background while interviewing Bengals for the NFL Network Sunday.

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