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WNBC’s Chuck Scarborough is a ‘Giant of Broadcasting’

We attended the 12th Annual Giants of Broadcasting luncheon in New York City today where prominent members of the broadcasting, media and corporate communities honored leaders of TV and radio. Chuck Scarborough longtime main anchor at WNBC was honored and jokingly thanked NBC for “not firing me.” Scarborough joined WNBC in 1974 and has won 31 Emmy Awards in his storied career.

Other honorees included former ABC, NBC and CBS executive Fred Silverman and Regis Philbin, who couldn’t attend due to a scheduling conflict, so his former “LIVE” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford accepted on his behalf. 170 Giants of Broadcasting have been honored since 2003, including Barbara Walters, Charlie Rose, Bob Schieffer, Brian Williams, Tim Russert and Ken Burns. TVNewser has more on yesterday’s event.

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Nebraska Sports Anchor Fired for Saying Goodbye to Departing Co-Workers

Swifet KNOPThe North Platte Bulletin reports KNOP sportscaster Joe Swift was fired by the station after thanking two co-workers who were leaving the North Platte, Neb. NBC affiliate.

During broadcasts on Thursday and again Friday night, Swift took a minute or so on the air to thank two departing co-workers, expressing his respect and good wishes.

A few days later, Swift was fired. He said management called him in Wednesday and said they didn’t want the viewing audience to get the impression that the two employees were forced out, and Swift might have left that impression.

Swift did not mention any circumstances of the departure of the two workers.

Morning newscaster Tara Moore and production manager Dennis McConnell recently resigned.

Connecticut Meteorologist Retires

News 12 Connecticut meteorologist Paul Piorek is retiring after 25 years.

Piorek started at News 12 in 1989 while also teaching science and language arts. He was named Connecticut’s Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher in 1993.

“I am the last original member of the first morning newscast in June of 1995,” Piorek wrote on the station’s facebook page. “Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your mornings for all these years.”

Fargo Sports Director Faces Felony Assault Charges

nelson kvrrKVRR sports director Jim Nelson has been charged with felony aggravated assault after allegedly punching a man in the face and breaking his nose.

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports, Nelson has already pleaded guilty to obstructing police and was suspended from KVRR following the alleged assault on August 24.

KVRR news director Lezlie Johnson told TVSpy, “We are currently looking into the matter and are aware of the allegations regarding Jim Nelson. We are not prepared to discuss anything further at this time.”

On Wednesday, prosecutors filed an additional charge against Nelson of felony aggravated assault, accusing him of punching a partygoer at an apartment at 47th Street South that morning.

Jesse Cloos, who was invited to the party, got into a verbal argument with other partygoers and was punched several times in the face, court documents filed in Cass County District Court allege.

Two Fargo police officers responded at about 5 a.m. and found Cloos in a nearby parking lot unable to identify who punched him except that he was “a very large white male,” documents say. When one officer went to the apartment, Nelson obstructed the investigation and was arrested, police have said.

Nelson was later identified as the person who punched Cloos, who suffered a fractured or broken nose, documents say.

‘Family Calls’: Shannon Mulaire Leaving WFXT

903350_072011shannonMulaire.jpg-1Shannon Mulaire, morning co-host at Fox-owned WFXT in Boston, has announced she’s leaving the station to be closer to family in Connecticut. “Tough to leave my coworkers, but the time is right,” she explained in a post on Facebook this morning.

Mulaire, who has been in boston for five years, has a second child on the way and says “family calls.”

KCPQ Will Pay More to Stay With FOX

TribuneMedia_CMYK_pri_LrgTypeTribune Media just signed an affiliation agreement with 21st Century FOX to keep Seattle’s KCPQ on as a FOX affiliate until July 2018.

According to the Tribune press release, “As part of the agreement, FOX has withdrawn its previously delivered termination notice and has agreed that the affiliation will no longer be subject to early termination prior to July 2018.”

The renewal comes at a price, though. Tribune revealed it’s paying FOX more for the privilege of being an affiliate. “As part of the extended affiliation agreement Tribune has agreed, as of January 1, 2015, to pay additional programming fees to FOX for the prime time and sports content provided by the network. Including this additional programming fee, Tribune expects that, for the term of the agreement, KCPQ will deliver profitability in excess of its previously disclosed 2013 annual EBITDA of $13 million.”

FOX previously sent Tribune a notice saying it would pull KCPQ’s affiliation on January 17, 2015. FOX recently bought Bellingham station KBCB, leading to speculation FOX was looking for some leverage in its negotiations with Tribune.

“KCPQ is an outstanding station driven by the high-quality local news, entertainment and sports programming offered by the station and its continued affiliation with FOX,” Larry Wert, president of Tribune Broadcasting said in a statement. “This extension serves the community of Seattle, and reinforces the vibrancy of our station group.”

KNBC Adds Houston Meteorologist

yanez kprcHouston meteorologist Anthony Yanez is joining Los Angeles NBC owned station KNBC.

“It’s bitter sweet, all my kids were born here in Houston,” Yanez told mikemcguff.com. “But you get this opportunity and grab it.”

Yanez, who recently wrote a children’s book about the weather called A Wild Ride on the Water Cycle: A Jake & Alice Adventure, comes to KNBC from NBC affiliate KPRC. He worked at KRQE in Albuquerque, NM. before coming to KPRC. Read more

Dallas’ KTVT Hires Gilma Avalos as Anchor

Gilma+AvalosSouth Florida reporter Gilma Avalos, who has been working at NBC-owned WTVJ in Miami, will join CBS-owned KTVT in Dallas as a weekend morning anchor.

Avalos made the announcement on Facebook:

Big News! After 3 great years in South Florida, I’m heading to the Lone Star State for an exciting opportunity! I’ll be joining the CBS11 team in Dallas-Fort Worth as an anchor and reporter.

Thank you for your trust and support. I am so lucky to have worked in my hometown alongside very kind and talented colleagues. This isn’t goodbye, I’ll be visiting often! Hope you’ll follow me on my journey.

Dionne Miller Lands at Rival Station

miller wls_croppedWLS has announced the addition former WFLD sports anchor Dionne Miller to its sports team.

“During her time here in Chicago, Dionne Miller has built a stellar reputation as an aggressive reporter who tells great stories and connects with viewers,” Jennifer Graves, VP & news director for the Chicago ABC owned station, said in a statement.

Miller left the Chicago FOX owned station at the beginning of October. Before WFLD, Miller worked for FOX Sports Ohio, KSVI-KHMT in Billings, Mont., WPTZ in Burlington, Vt., XETV in San Diego and WCSN in Columbus, Ohio.

WFTS Ousts News Director and Assistant News Director

WFTS-304Both the news director and assistant news director Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS have been let go.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports, GM Nick Nicholson told staff in an email that news director Bill McFarland and assistant news director Michele Murray “were no longer with the television station. We wish them the best in their future endeavors.”

Sources tell TVSpy the firings come in the aftermath of last month’s story about WFTS reporter Cameron Polom finding a child who had been reported missing.

The day after ten-year-old Paul Fagan was reported missing by his parents, Polom was walking through the boy’s neighborhood and saw him standing near a fence. Polom promptly turned him over to deputies.

Sources tell TVSpy that McFarland and Murray were not happy with how Polom handled the child’s return and thought he should have milked it for more exposure for the Scripps-owned station. An internal review of the situation was launched leading to today’s dismissals. We’ve reached out to WFTS GM Nicholson and Polom for comment but have not heard back. We will update when we do.

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