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Insight makes some changes in its lineup

Insight Communications, Lexington's cable provider, has had some changes in its channel lineup, including adding high-definition versions of The CW and Fox Sports Ohio.

The CW can be found now in HD on channel 914, and Fox Sports Ohio, which airs Cincinnati Reds games, can be found at channel 930. At this point, programming is shown on 930 only when a game is being broadcast in HD, said Insight spokesman Jason Keller. All Fox Sports Ohio programming will be on there soon, though, when the network goes fully HD, Keller said.

Insight also made a switch in recent weeks to accommodate its planned Commonwealth Network, a channel about all things Kentucky. The Commonwealth Network will be on channel 2 across all Insight markets in Kentucky and has displaced The Weather Channel in Lexington. Weather can now be found on channel 17, which previously was Insight's local origination channel.

The Commonwealth Network, a launch date for which has not been set, will start with all-day weather coverage and eventually incorporate other programming including news and public affairs.

WKYT wins Edward R. Murrow awards

Lexington CBS affiliate WKYT (Channel 27) has received three Edward R. Murrow regional awards.

The station was honored for breaking news coverage of a huge fire involving "cash for clunkers" cars at a Lexington junkyard, continuing coverage for ongoing coverage of the arrest of former lawmaker Steve Nunn in the death of Amanda Ross, and for its Web site, www.wkyt.com, for outstanding online journalism.

No other Lexington stations received awards in the small-market category for the regional competition, which included five states.

The awards are given by the Radio- Television News Directors Association, and regional winners are eligible for the national competition. Those awards will be presented in October.

WKYT won a national award in 2007 for continuing coverage of the Comair Flight 5191 plane crash.

Comings and goings

■ WKYT meteorologist Lauren Raymer has left the station to move to Mississippi after getting engaged.

Replacing her will be Kari Hampton, a Louisville native who currently works in Alexandria, La. Hampton, who starts May 10, holds a degree in geosciences with an emphasis in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State.

■ WKYT reporter and weekend anchor Mark Kennedy also has left the station to pursue a sales gig in California, which is closer to his family. Kennedy had been with the station for almost four years and a weekend anchor for more than three.

"I haven't lived near my family in 10 years," said Kennedy, who also said he's looking forward to the job. He declined to disclose the type of sales job he's taking.

Filling his weekend anchor role is reporter Elizabeth Dorsett, who started at the station in 2004 as an intern.

WTVQ partners with equine festival

ABC affiliate WTVQ (Channel 36) recently announced it's the official local media partner of the 2010 International Equestrian Festival, to be held in downtown Lexington during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in September and October.

The station will be planning promotional events for the festival, and its anchors and reporters will broadcast from the site daily.

Management said in a news release that the move fits with the station's plan to air more equestrian-related news and programming.

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