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Longtime Albuquerque Anchor Set to Retire

dick-knipfing krqeKRQE anchor Dick Knipfing has announced his retirement after 51 years in the business.

Knipfing started his career at the CBS affiliate in 1963 when it was known as KGGM. According to the Albuquerque Journal, he will be replaced by Dean Staley.

Knipfing was taking it all in stride. “I’m 71 years old. It’s just time,” he told the Journal. “I’ve got a lot of energy and I’m in good health and I just want to participate more fully in life. Being a TV news guy, the daily deadline stress and pressure are unending. That’s the way it should be, but I’m tired of it. It’s time for me to move on and a younger guy to move in.”

Knipfing, who has also worked for the news operations at KOB-TV Channel 4, and KOAT-TV Channel 7, is finishing his career where it began.

His last day will be July 31.

Former Intern Named Weekend Anchor at Austin FOX Station

paredez_cropped ktbcFOX owned Austin, TX, station KTBC has named Ashley Paredez weekend evening anchor.

“During Ashley’s tenure filling in on the weekend newscasts, it was clear she was the best choice to be our weekend anchor,” said VP and news director Pam Vaught in a statement. “She connects with our viewers and is always looking for stories that will have an impact on our community.”

Paredez interned at KTBC in 2008. Recently, she has been working as a reporter for the station. Before working at KTBC, she was a morning anchor, reporter and EP at KFDA in Amarillo, TX.

Louisiana Anchor Issues Statement About Recent Departure

Huebner cropped KLFYChuck Huebner, the Lafayette, LA, anchor who recently left CBS affiliate KLFY has issued a statement about his departure.

Huebner told theadvertiser speculation was correct about what TheIND.com called “long running tensions” between himself and both staff and management.

I will say my departure is something that has been coming for a long time. The issues were indeed cumulative.

Huebner went on to thank local viewers saying, “I’m honored for having had the opportunity to work for you and for you allowing me into your homes each night for the last 30 years. I wish you all the best of luck and hope you will do the same for me.” You can read the statement after the jump. Read more

South Carolina Anchors Bree Boyce and Darryl Hood MIA from WACH

wach anchorsBree Boyce and Darryl Hood, the anchors for WACH 10:00 pm. news have gone missing from the Sinclair-owned Columbia, SC, FOX affiliate.

A check of TVeyes shows Boyce hasn’t been on-air since late June while Hood has been absent since July 1. Their bios have been removed from the station website. Sports director Brian McConchie has been anchoring the newscast.

As a former Miss South Carolina with no formal journalism experience, Boyce was a controversial hire at the station. The move prompted former WACH anchor Mike Woolfolk, now working for WXYZ in Detroit, to write a piece that was critical of the hire.

Hood had been with WACH since 2010. He started his career at Orange County Newschannel before working at KQTV in St. Joseph, MO. He has also worked in Las Vegas, NV, Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO, and Memphis, TN.

Sinclair and WACH have not responded to emails asking if the two are still working for the station.

image: Free-Times

Don Scott Talks About Leaving WJZ After 40 Years

don scott wjzWJZ morning anchor Don Scott will say goodbye to viewers of the Baltimore CBS owned station Friday.

He spoke to David Zurawik, TV critic for The Baltimore Sun about why he’s leaving, viewer reaction to the news and what his final words on-air are going to be.

Q. I have seen different numbers on your run at WJZ. Can we nail it down? Is it actually 40 years??

A. My 40th anniversary was this past Monday. I’m going out Friday at 40 years and 4 days.

Q. Now this isn’t a mandatory-at-65 retirement, is it? I know some media companies once had that rule. But that’s not the deal at CBS, is it? You’re choosing to step down, right?

A. I am choosing… It’s my choice. My contract was up at the end of May. So, during contract negotiations, I just decided I didn’t want to do this any more. Read more

Chuck Huebner Out at KLFY

Huebner cropped KLFYKLFY anchor and investigative reporter Chuck Huebner is no longer with the Lafayette, LA, CBS affiliate.

The station’s GM Kenny Lawrence confirmed Huebner no longer worked at KLFY, but wouldn’t say why he left.

Lafayette’s The IND Monthly reports Huebner was fired on Monday.

One source tells The IND Huebner’s departure was “a cumulative thing,” citing long-running tensions between the veteran newsman and management as well as between Huebner and fellow news staffers. Read more

San Antonio Anchor Breaks Down During Report on Burned Child

622x350KSAT anchor Isis Romero was unable to continue reading a story Monday, overcome by emotions as she told viewers of the San Antonio ABC affiliate of an infant badly injured in a fireworks accident. Romero, who is expecting a child, apologized on her Facebook page for becoming overwhelmed by the news:

“My apologies everyone. We did a story about a 4 month old baby that got burned by fireworks, and then a story about another baby who was left abandoned on a subway platform, and I just couldn’t get through it. As a mommy-to-be, my heart just couldn’t take it. Those poor, precious babies. Thanks to Steve (Spriester) for jumping in for me.”

Viewers, who hate fake tears but respond overwhelmingly to real ones, flooded Romero’s post to voice their support. “I immediately knew what happened and I got a lump in my throat thinking of you,” wrote viewer Cecilia Herrera Diaz. “Steve made a flawless transition. You don’t have to apologize for being human!”

Another viewer, Lea Phelps, said she was deeply moved. “I was in my kitchen when the story started and I heard your sweet voice. Then, I heard Steves voice. I asked my husband to replay the story and sat down to watch. Isis I have to tell you. I now have a new found respect for you. You brought tears to my eyes. Your sweet love and compassion was so evident. Thank you for being you.”

Alan Lee Leaving WJBK After 18 Years

WJBK anchor Alan Lee announced on-air this morning he is leaving the Detroit FOX owned station.

Lee, who has been the morning show anchor at WJBK since 1996, said he decided not to renew his contract and instead will pursue plans to write a novel.

WJBK general manager Mike Renda said in a statement, “We want to thank Alan for his many contributions to the FOX2 news team over the past eighteen years.”

Lee’s last day will be July 31.

Longtime WFIE Anchor Ann Komis to Retire

ann komisAnn Komis is retiring after 29 years at WFIE, the NBC affiliate in Evansville, Ind.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to start a new and hopefully adventuresome chapter in my life,” Komis wrote on Facebook. “I plan to have as few deadlines as possible.”

Komis anchors the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts alongside David James. Her last day at the anchor desk will be Friday, July 18.

WIS Responds to Viewer Outcry Over Anchor’s Departure

WIS has responded to viewer backlash after anchor Ben Hoover revealed he was leaving the Columbia, SC, NBC affiliate because his contract wasn’t renewed.

Thursday night, Hoover told viewers on facebook the station’s decision not to renew his contract caught him by surprise.

According to Columbia paper The State, Hoover was absent from Friday’s broadcast.

Reaction to the news flowed quickly in comments to his posting with praise of his work and condemnation of management’s decision. By Friday evening a protest to coincide with the station’s 10:30 broadcast had been organized.

The station posted a response both on its website and its facebook page Sunday night thanking viewers for their concern but saying,  “During the last several days much has been posted on social media about Ben Hoover’s departure from WIS news, much of it erroneous,” read the statement. “However, we simply cannot engage in a public conversation regarding details of Ben’s departure from WIS TV. It is a private personnel matter.” You can read the entire statement after the jump. Read more

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