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Amanda Grace Named Anchor at KING

Amanda Grace has joined Seattle NBC affiliate KING as an anchor. New England One reports that Grace will anchor the 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. news starting tomorrow.

Grace most recently worked at NBC affiliate WHDH in Boston. She started at the station in 2008 as a general assignment reporter and later worked her way up to anchor. Check out Grace showing off her new KING gear in the Tweet below.

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WDSU Adds Morning Anchor, Moves Another

divins_rousseauCharles Divins is joining WDSU next Monday as a morning anchor.

“We’re delighted to welcome Charles to the WDSU family,” WDSU president & GM Joel Vilmenay said in a statement.

The addition of Divins to the New Orleans NBC affiliate means Sula Kim will move to 4:00 p.m. with Camille Whitworth.

Divins was co-host of nationally syndicated show The Daily Buzz and joins Randi Rousseau (pictured) on WDSU News This Morning.

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.

John Borsa Out at WKBW

JohnBAnchor/reporter John Borsa is no longer working at E.W. Scripps owned WKBW. According to The Buffalo News, Borsa’s name and picture were removed from the station’s website Monday and general manager Mike Nurse has confirmed his departure.

Borsa had worked at the ABC affiliate for more than 11 years. Nurse provided no further comment on the matter, although it is believed Borsa’s contract was about to expire and the station declined to renew it.

The Buffalo News also claims that WKBW will soon announce a change in its weekend plans, with Ed Drantch and Katie Morse anchoring on Sundays. Kendra Eaglin (Borsa’s former co-anchor) will remain the Saturday anchor.

State Senate Race Features ‘Battle of the News Anchors’

News anchors are used to going head-to-head, but usually they’re after viewers, not voters. In Rochester, a state Senate district race has become “a battle of the news anchors,” with former WHEC anchor Rich Funke, a Republican, running against incumbent Sen. Ted O’Brien.

O’Brien, meanwhile, has released a campaign video featuring another longtime local anchor, in a race that’s pitting newser against newser, as the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle explains:

Longtime R News (now Time Warner Cable News) anchor Diana Palotas appears in a new, minute-long video released Monday by O’Brien’s campaign, touting the Democrat’s work in clearing up a neighborhood dispute over trash dumping while criticizing Funke’s views on abortion.

Palotas was a reporter and anchor for R News from when it launched in 1990 until she left in 2009.

“Like Ted O’Brien’s opponent, Rich Funke, I was a television news anchor for many decades,” Palotas says in the video. “When it comes to getting real results, Ted O’Brien is the only state senate candidate who will stand up for our families. We turned to Ted when the owner of a house in our neighborhood thought he could dump garbage from his other properties right next to our homes. Ted took action immediately and the junk was gone within days.”

Funke, meanwhile, rolled out a video late last month from another former Rochester television reporter: Robin DeWind, his former colleague at WHEC.

KAAL Adds AM News Anchor

rachel-wickRachel Wick is joining Rochester, Minn. ABC affiliate KAAL as a morning news anchor.

Wick was an anchor at Rochester NBC affiliate KTTC until 2011 when she stopped working in local TV after the birth of her first son.

“My career began as a morning news producer, so I’m used to the hours,” Wick said in a statement. “And if I have those days where the early hours catch up with me, at least I’ve developed a strong friendship with coffee!”

KAAL said Wick starts next Monday.

Elizabeth Beaubien New AM Anchor at KJRH

Elizabeth Beaubien has joined KJRH as morning anchor.

Beaubien comes to the Tulsa NBC affiliate from KMIR in Palm Springs.

According to her station bio, Beaubien, who is a Tulsa native, has also worked at stations in Louisiana and Oregon.

[Tulsa News Today]

WFLD to Realign Morning Anchors

wfld32Viewers of Chicago FOX owned station WFLD will notice their favorite morning anchors showing up on different newscasts starting Monday.

Jon Kelley will join Melody Mendez starting at 4:30 a.m. The two will now anchor together until 7:00 a.m. when Corey McPherrin and Darlene Hill will take over at the anchor desk through the 9:00 show. Both Hill and McPherrin will also co-anchor the Noon show.

The changes mean Natalie Bomke is off the morning desk. She moves to weekends with Larry Yellen.

Magazine Looking for ‘Sexiest News Anchor Alive!’

1CA3DFBCPeople magazine is looking for the sexiest news anchor, sports guy and/or weatherman. Insert Ron Burgundy quote here.

We’re weeks away from revealing this year’s hot Hollywood guy, but before that, we want your help finding the hottest guys in your neighborhood – namely, your local news anchors. We’re interested in the men who read the news or the sports headlines, or those who do the weather. Anyone who sits behind the news desk is eligible.

The judging will be based on “perceived sexiness,” location within the US, and the anchor’s social media following. People says the winner will be notified on October 31.

Click here to find out how to enter.

TVSpy is just hoping this eventually leads to a search for the ‘Sexiest Local News Blogger/Writer-Type.’ You know, for a friend.

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Roma Torre Returns to NY1 Anchor Desk

ENLARGE_01__Torre_Roma-534x300NY1 anchor Roma Torre returns to the anchor desk today, five weeks after colon cancer surgery. “All through September when I met viewers on the street they asked about Roma. You don’t think of NY1 without thinking of her,” NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan told Capital New York. “So we’re all ecstatic that she’s coming back to sit in her usual chair.” Torre announced her cancer diagnosis back in August and took leave for treatment. She updated viewers with a tweet upon her return from the hospital: Read more

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