Friday, December 23, 2016

Lily Jang exits KHOU 11

Lily Jang signs off from KHOU 11

Lily Jang

Lily Jang has announced she is leaving KHOU 11.

She posted on Facebook this morning:

Today was my last day at KHOU. It was an amazing five years working with incredibly talented photojournalists, producers and fellow reporters. To my former co-anchor, Ron TreviƱo, we're friends for life! Cheers to my next adventure. Stay tuned...

Jang hit the airwaves of KHOU as a morning anchor in 2012 from KCPQ Q13 Seattle where she had worked in the same capacity.

"I am incredibly blessed that KHOU is giving me this opportunity," Jang told mikemcguff.com at the time. "Excited to finally be home where I grew up and my parents can watch me."

Jang served as a morning anchor on channel 11 with Ron Trevino until last June when KHOU 11 introduced major anchor changes. From then until now, Jang has been an afternoon features reporter.

KGW morning anchor Russ Lewis was paired with evening anchor Lisa Hernandez to reboot the morning show.

The changes led to viewer criticism which the anchors took head on. As of late, I have not heard how viewers are taking the changes now. However, according to ratings numbers KPRC 2 released for the November 2016 sweeps period, KHOU came in fourth in the Adult 25-54 demographic for the 6am newscast.

Jang, who was born in Vietman, grew up in northwest Houston.

According to her bio, Jang attended Lowery Elementary, LaBay Jr. High and Langham Creek High School. Her first two jobs were teaching aerobics at Gold's Gym in Bear Creek and working as a cashier at Randalls off Highway 6.

Before working for Tribune owned Q13, Jang was an anchor/reporter for Northwest Cable News. She also worked at WIAT Birmingham, Alabama and KFDA in Amarillo.

She is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin.

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58 comments:

  1. And yet, Hernandez and Chunka still have a job at KHOU....

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  2. Goodbye Lily.

    I think channel 2 would be a better fit for her.

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  3. She is the greatest. Hope she ends up at 2 or 13.

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  4. Lily Jang will probably end up to move to KTRK 13 from KHOU 11 in early 2017

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    1. That would be great to see Lily and Katherine Whaley reunited at 13.

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  5. Hope she comes back to seattle!

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  6. Well, the new morning guy won't be blamed. He's married to the boss, right?

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  7. Saw her switch her Facebook page title, removing the KHOU... thought "uh oh"... Much luck to her wherever she lands.

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  8. I thought this was already known? When she was taken off the morning news, she said she was just gonna work there until her contract was up. Best of luck to her.

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  9. I use to date a local anchor in Houston. I hated hanging around these fake and phony news people whom live and acted like they were movie stars and Gods. Glad it ended for me.

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    1. No one cares.

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    2. Lol who was the anchor? What channel?

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    3. Owen Smokesplenty1/06/2017 02:39:00 AM

      Sorry, dude. The fact that you once sat at a table next to Susan Lennon does NOT mean you were dating her!

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  10. I knew this was coming but didn't realize it was going to be the holidays.

    Makes me wonder with fact seeing more and more of Len, Mia, Rekha more in the ads if Greg might want to go back to what he was with doing 5, 6, 10 times and look elsewhere.

    The last few weeks he has only been there one day or two maybe out of the weeks.

    I miss Lisa and Greg doing night and all that they did. But I have no issues even with Russ.

    I miss Ron and Lily with mornings and with Ron on Weekends now. I know there wasn't much with weekends there for a long while. I know Rehka did it then a couple of times was out with due to pregnant and Grace, Lauren filled in and such.

    I understand you have to change to gain the age group or ratings and more things but wonder what 2017 will hold for KHOU and even the rest.


    I do wish Lily well in her next endeavor whatever that may be if she stays in News or does something else.

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    1. When you said Lisa and Greg, I immediately go back to the days of 11 News at 5/6/10 with Lisa Foronda and Greg Hurst. Now that was a team worth watching, no one on Ch. 11 since has been able to do it quite as well as those two did. If KHOU pushes Greg out, he should head to 13.

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    2. Yes how could I forget Lisa Foronda. I loved her with Greg/Sylvan as well too. I even liked Jerome then he went to Channel 2 and now is PR or such with Metro. I just have not seen Greg a lot since Thanksgiving and for longest time thought of him as main anchor. Then Lisa Foronda stepped away and then Lucy came in and she was OK and then Lisa Hernandez. I like her and that and such. No offense to her just don't think has the appeal for Morning. I hate to talk on Russ as he did the Morning time where he came from so can see why kept him there. But see they are plugging the 10 pm newscast as #1 so Morning, 4, 5, 6 need Work. But we shall see if Greg is back more after the New Year Start. Just odd the last couple of weeks he was only in 1 day and then gone rest of week and this week hasn't been in at all. So am starting to wonder with the Changes back in September if he may be wanting change. A lot of people I used to watch with the news are no longer with us or the stations but we still stay with Ch 11. If any other station I watch it is Channel 13 at 11 with Art and Melanie. Channel 2 have lost a lot of interest with.

      But I will always be a Ron and Lily Fan for the Morning. Yes I liked Ron with Deborah but she is now doing Great Day but until Lily came but don't know what is happening lately with all networks with changes but just feel KHOU is hurting. But guess Mia, Rekha, Len seem to be the ones lately with KHOU for main times

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  11. For those folks convinced Lily will land at another station, why? I'm not saying it won't happen, but she didn't move the needle at 11. So why would 2, 13 or 26 boot someone to make room for her? Also, I'm assuming there's a no-compete in effect so, unless it's waived, it'd be 6-12 months before she could even do TV again in this town, assuming she wants to.

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    1. Same situation with Katherine Whaley. 11 dumped her for Darby Douglas. 13 snatched her up as soon as possible. So 13 gives us hope for Lily.

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    2. Exactly "Anonymous12/24/2016 11:25:00 AM". The only thing Jang brings tonthe table is "cheap"; a station will pick her up at bargain basement pricing or she can keep looking.

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    3. Lily does not have a non-compete clause.

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  12. If Lily stays in Houston, hopefully KTRK will be smart and woo her their way. If you look at KHOU sister station KXTV, that would likely have to be a preview of what could be showing up on KHOU and other TEGNA stations in 2017. Veteran anchors Brenda Wood (of WXIA) and Adele Arakawa (of KUSA) are retiring... and I'd assume those 2 have picked the right time to leave... and no telling if any other veteran anchors at TEGNA stations are mulling over jumping ship (leaving of their own volition, to avoid being forced out).

    If Lily was to find work in a different market (if she leaves Houston), I wouldn't anticipate her ever working for a TEGNA owned station again. Seattle, for example, I could see Tribune's KCPQ wanting her back or her getting on with Cox's KIRO, and Cox is a very reputable TV station group. If she wants to stay in Top 10 market territory, the ABC O&O and NBC O&O groups would treat her well.

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  13. The anchor shuffle started after the new news director was promised a place for her morning anchor husband. Six months later, KHOUs morning news is in the ditch more than ever. Russ is a very nice guy, but ill suited for the market. No reason to watch. All the relocated anchors are miserable and waiting for the ax to fall on them for a ratings mess they didn't create. Still a lot of hopeful young people here. But the grownups in charge are just throwing stuff against the wall. Hoping 2017 is better, but not much faith that it will be.

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    1. It's hard to see how far KHOU has fallen, I mean just a few years ago they were giving Ch 13 a big run for it's money. From about 98-2010 the two stations were locked in a dead heat, not sure why or what happened to them both but neither of the two are the stations that they were even 5 years ago.

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    2. It's happened to many of the former Belo stations--KHOU, WFAA, KING, KVUE. WFAA is struggling not be be 4th in Dallas. KVUE has ceased to be the market leader in Austin. Those stations used to be very aggressive and spent money to chase stories across the country and around the world. They also had strong staffing. None of that is true since they were bought by Gannett, now TEGNA. TEGNA has an admirable philosophy--changing TV news into something new. But while you're creating a new kind of news, you can't abandon the current kind of news that's still winning viewers. And you can't unload all the people who are: photographers, editors, and reporters who aren't also photographers and editors. KHOU had a brief spurt of morning ratings four or five years ago by hiring pretty anchors like Lily Jang and chasing big stories. But those days are over. TEGNA intimidates its GM's and news dirs if they don't drink the kool aide. But the company has a hard time pointing to places where its new ideas are winning, even at its old flagship stations. Don't expect the masses to rise up, though---people are scared to oppose because they know they won't be around.

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    3. I'm not authority on making TV ratings. I liked Ron and Lily in the morning. Now I never see them. The people now on are trying so hard to be happy on TV. It seems fakey. I dont love Cannel 2, but watch their news now because they always have whats happening on. Chan11 misses too much and I don't like the people now in the morning or at night.

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    4. I loved Ron and Deborah with Morning until Deborah took over Great Day and then till Lily came anyways didn't like much else for Morning. Russ did come from Doing morning I believe where he last was. Maybe he could still do morning with someone else but don't feel it with Lisa in the mornings.

      Can't stand Reyna and Owen and such who do Morning at KPRC. Still only watch KHOU for news over other stations mainly. Afternoon evening with KHOU Len, Rekha, Mia seem to be steady main ones. Greg have not seen a lot since Thanksgiving. But will see if he is back when New Year starts fully anyways. Maybe just a lot of holiday time off and more. He takes more of late with time off.

      Did see they are plugging 10 pm as #1. Not much with other time areas.

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    5. I think Seattle is calling her back. CBS-KIRO may be looking for a new lead anchor, and NBC-KING needs to re-staff, but that is Tegna. Fox-KCPQ already has strong anchors. ABC-KOMO? Perhaps.

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    6. Are you sure Seattle is calling her back ?

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    7. I don't know if I'm considered one of the "grown ups" but I disagree with anon 8:28. We have leadership here for the first time in years. We've had some changes and I'm guessing will have more in 2017. We're a 4th place station. What TV station or any company for that matter, stays with a losing team? We finally have a plan around here to be successful. Will it work, who knows? But I'm willing to give it a try.

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    8. seems like news stations are trying to go after a younger demographic and millennials. unfortunately, millennials are getting their news on either I Pads, computers or smartphones and are cutting the cord in droves. the second the major TV stations can plug into that crowd with online content, the better.

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  14. Send KPRC General Manager a recommendation for Lily - she is a sweet person!

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    1. I'd take Lily and send Reyna, Sachse, Donkey and Conflenti all packing.

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    2. Please do. I'd like to see Lily and Jennifer in the morning.

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    3. I would love Lily with ANYONE but the Reyna

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    4. Reyna is a Triple U: unwatchable, unattractive and unbearable.

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  15. KHOU is tough to watch, at least for me, no matter who is giving the news. Their news is boring and seems like it could be from anywhere, it's not like its about Houston, or at least things in Houston I care about. That's a big change because they used to have the best news not long ago. I was in the Apple Store the other day and it struck me that's what KHOU's news set looks like, an Apple Store. I'm not seeing any one at the Genius Bar, however.

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    1. Mia Gradney has some genuine talent...as well as nice pair of 'talents'! But unfortunately, she has to sit next to the Loose Cannon....and I bet he's the last guy to go from that suffering station.

      And someone please tell David Paul to get a hair cut that at least looks like he lives in the 21st century.

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  16. Watching Jen Reyna butcher big person words today while in her unprofessional stripper outfit, I'm convinced she should be fired as well as The Donk, and replaced with Lily.

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    1. Owen Smokesplenty12/31/2016 02:11:00 PM

      Why are people so down on Reyna and Donchey? I agree they aren't the best news people to ever walk in front of a Houston camera, but c'mon....at least they look pretty damn hot and have some talent to back it up.

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  17. Owen Smokesplenty12/30/2016 12:28:00 AM

    Houston has a large Asian population. One of the other stations would be foolish to not pick her up. I always thought she and Chau Nguyen were a great combo....lots of smarts and talent wrapped up in small packages.

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    1. I know. I expect another Asian to replace her.

      This leaves Elita Loresca (Filipino) as the only one.

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  18. Whatever happened to Lily's engagement? I remember seeing lots of rah-rah news about it 2 years ago, when that local Chef Kevin ???? popped the question. Then it just kind of floated off into nothing. Too bad. I always thought she was pretty nice on the eyes.

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    1. I think its obvious by now (based on her left ring finger and social media) that they're apart now. She'll easily get another man though. However I think it'll be a secret, like J Rey's man.

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    2. I just assumed with the lack of pics on her many vacations, Reyna was a member of the Rosie & Ellen club. (Not that there's anything wrong with that!)

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    3. Owen Smokesplenty12/31/2016 02:13:00 PM

      Listen, if Reyna likes to swing it other females, she's way better than anything I've ever seen in the Rosie and Ellen club!

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    4. Rosie and Ellen can read, and Ellen is a success and role model in media.

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  19. Fox 26 could pick up Lily because they're going to get new blood at some point.

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    1. Owen Smokesplenty12/31/2016 02:18:00 PM

      This makes the most senses. She said on Twitter she's not planning to go anywhere. I think someone will pick her up. If not, I bet there are plenty of non-profits in Htown that she'll get picked up, should she decide to retire from news reporting (much like her best Asian gal pal, Chau Nguyen).

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  20. no surprise considering station management for all intents and purposes basically demoted her from mornings for Russ Lewis and Lisa Hernandez. I hope she stays in Houston TV news.

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    1. Owen Smokesplenty12/31/2016 02:16:00 PM

      No offense to Lisa, but Lily is better morning talent. But I guess KHOU thinks it can get a few Hispanic voters with someone named Hernandez. But they already tried that with Don Ron Trevino...and how'd that turn out? The only Hispanic in Houston with any serious talent is Bill Balleza...and that dude has the balls in his name to back up the stones he has to put up with on Channel 2!

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  21. Owen Smokesplenty12/31/2016 02:23:00 PM

    It's interesting too that she only singled out Ron Trevino in her sign-off from KHOU. Didn't she use to be really gal-pals with Chita, Mia, Lisa, and the gang? Sounds like Lily might be relieved to get out of that estrogen ocean!

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    1. Geez. I come back to town to see a parody of my parody account; to see poor Lily is gone; and to see that Owen and the other slack jawed yokels at KPRC are still on air. Interesting.

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  22. Where's your blog post for Scarlett Fakhar on her new gig?

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    1. Mike doesn't give racists (except "Resident Monkey" Dom) any ink.

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    2. Well he did giver her a post about her leaving.

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    3. That post was a one-off. It was more of a recognition that her hypocrite, classless, selfish, fake-Maude Flanders, unqualified butt was rightfully fired.

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