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Lexington TV stations get 23 nominations for regional Emmys

Lexington television stations received nearly two dozen nominations recently for the 46th annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmys.

The local leader was NBC affiliate WLEX (Channel 18), which earned nine nominations including a nod to Nancy Cox for best news anchor.

Following WLEX were PBS member station KET, which received eight nominations; CBS affiliate WKYT (Channel 27), with five, including a nod to T.G. Shuck for best weather anchor; and ABC affiliate WTVQ (Channel 36), with one.

Other Lexington nominees included The Vis Center at the University of Kentucky for its Imaging the Iliad: A Digital Renaissance and Post Time Video for Sight & Insight/Travels with Orbis. Both were nominated in the cultural/topical documentary category. Also nominated in the program photographer category was Brian Volland of Kentucky Afield TV, which is produced by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and airs on KET.

The awards cover parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. To view a full list of nominees, visit www.ohiovalleyemmy.org. The awards banquet will be July 31 in Columbus, Ohio.

Subscription required

Lexington's bi-weekly business publication, Business Lexington, has announced it plans to begin requiring subscriptions, ending its practice of mailing the majority of issues to area businesses for free.

"When we initially launched Business Lexington five years ago, it was more important for us to aggressively pursue readership than subscription revenue," said Publisher Chris Eddie of Smiley Pete, which also publishes the Chevy Chaser and Southsider magazines.

Eddie said the move to subscriptions will occur over the next six to seven issues.

"It's going to be done in stages, so certain people will continue to receive it longer than others," he said.

Subscriptions cost $52 for a year, $86 for two years and $119 for three years. Subscribing also offers full online content at www,bizlex.com, e-mail updates and the publication's Annual Book of Lists.

Eddie said the publication's Web site will soon begin restricting access to certain content, though some items like certain breaking news will remain free "to encourage a certain amount of traffic." An online-only subscription costs $39 yearly.

Comings and goings

■ Reporter Travis Thompson recently left WLEX after four years to join the Peace Corps to teach English in Cambodia, said News Director Bruce Carter. Replacing Thompson is Jennifer Hoff, who most recently worked at the NBC affiliate in Rochester, Minn.

■ WKYT sports reporter and weekend sports anchor David Patrick recently left the station to take a public relations job at his alma mater, Morehead State University. Replacing Patrick is Brian Milam, who most recently worked for WYMT, WKYT's sister station in Hazard.

■ WKYT has also hired Kristen Kennedy as a reporter, filling the spot vacated by Mark Kennedy. His weekend anchor role, however, went to reporter Elizabeth Dorsett. Kristen Kennedy, who is no relation to Mark Kennedy, most recently worked as a reporter at a station in Lubbock, Texas.

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