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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

WTSP Promotes and Adds Anchor and Reporter

Lim Roundtree RobinsonWTSP has made a couple of changes around 25 year station veteran Reginald Roundtree.

Roundtree, who anchors the 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news at the Tampa Bay CBS affiliate, recently lost his co-anchor Heather Van Nest.

Dion Lim (pictured right) who anchored the 5:00 with Van Nest and 5:30 p.m. with Roundtree is now off the 5:30 p.m., but will co-anchor with Roundtree on the 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news.

Joining Lim at 5:00 and Roundtree at 5:30 will be Courtney Robinson (pictured left) who comes to the station from WZVN in Fort Myers. She will also report at 11:00 p.m.

Lim started at WTSP in January. Robinson has also worked at WJLA in Washington, D.C. and WSET in Lynchburg, Va.

Kim Wheeler Leaving Cleveland Station

wheeler wkycLess than four months after being pulled off the anchor desk at WKYC, Kim Wheeler says she’s leaving the Cleveland NBC affiliate.

Wheeler, who had been an anchor at WKYC for 19 years, announced the move on her facebook page.

“After working at Channel 3 since 1995, my last day will be October 15!” wrote Wheeler. “I am grateful to have achieved the career I dreamed of as a little girl in Smithville, and to have worked in the city that I love so much. But as my wise teenager said– ‘Mom, you reached your dream right? Maybe it’s time for a new dream.’ He is right.”

Wheeler said she was going to work at a local high school with a focus on human rights and social justice. Read more

L.A. Anchors Bring Authenticity to Jake Gyllenhaal Crime Film

If you want to make a movie about Los Angeles and news, you could do a lot worse than having Pat Harvey and Kent Shocknek showing you exactly how it’s done. Shocknek, who just retired from KCBS-KCAL, and Harvey, who has co-anchored the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts at KCBS since 2010, were selected for the film by director Dan Gilroy. The film, Nightcrawler, stars Jake Gylenhaal as a freelancer covering the dark world of L.A. crime.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, no actor could quite match the real thing:

“We wanted to cast real anchors in our film because actors often can’t capture exactly what it is that news anchors have,” said Gilroy, speaking ahead of the European premiere of Nightcrawler at the Zurich Film Festival. “(But) I didn’t think any anchors would want to be in our film because they would read the script and say ‘you’re killing us.’ But they all said yes.”

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