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WKBW Won’t Comment on Rumor of Possible Sale

wkbw logoMichael Nurse, WKBW station manager, told TVSpy his company had no comment at this this time over rumors the station is up for sale.

Buffalo Business First reported the whispering over the sale of the Granite owned Buffalo ABC station grew louder after reports of a station tour by Scripps executives surfaced recently but warned, “The tour, insiders say, was just that — a tour.”

Business First quotes industry reports as saying several media groups are looking at Granite’s local stations including the Buffalo ABC affiliate. “Granite officials declined to comment,” wrote Business First.

Granite Broadcasting has eight stations in markets like Binghamton, NY, Detroit, MI, and San Francisco, CA.

WGRZ Anchor Talks About Dustup Over ‘Sweetheart’ Rob Ford Tweet

demler_fordDuring Monday’s 5:30 p.m. news, WGRZ anchor Maryalice Demler addressed criticism over a tweet she sent calling Toronto Mayor Rob Ford a “sweetheart.”

The two were at the Buffalo Bills game Sunday when Demler took a picture with Ford and tweeted it out. Demler later deleted the tweet and the picture. But like all things on the internet, they lived on elsewhere. WNYorker.com posted the picture on its facebook page.

On tonight’s 5:30 news, the anchor for the Buffalo NBC affiliate told viewers the conversation she had with Ford was cordial and polite and she tried to convey that in her tweet. “Does it mean I condone his drug use or his recent antics? Of course not,” said Demler. “In hindsight was the word sweetheart the right word to describe him? Obviously not. And I will certainly keep that in mind on my twitter feed going forward. It’s not just what you put out on social media, but how you say it as well.”

Buffalo Rising had a modified retweet of the original tweet that appeared to have been deleted from the NBC affiliate anchor’s twitter feed,

Buffalo News media critic Alan Pergament picked up on the tweet after Demler responded to Buffalo Rising, “@BuffaloRising @WGRZ Yepper. Had a nice chat. Down to earth. Loves the Queen City. Sounded sincere. I don’t judge.”

Pergament then tweeted back, “I think the only other anchor who would be photographed with Rob Ford is Ron Burgundy. But I judge.” Read more

Mary Beth Wrobel Says Goodbye to WGRZ

mary beth wrobel_304x200Meteorologist Mary Beth Wrobel is signing off from Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ to take a job outside the television industry.

“One week from today, I will be saying farewell to Buffalo. I am going to work in medical device sales for a company near Seattle, Washington,” she wrote on Facebook Monday. “…It’s a bittersweet move, but a step in the right direction, and I will miss WNY and all of you.”

Wrobel has worked at stations in North Carolina, St. Louis and Rochester, as well as WIVB in Buffalo. [h/t The Buffalo News]

Questions Linger Over WKBW Veteran Meteorologist’s New Schedule and Title

After 30 years with Buffalo, NY, ABC affiliate WKBW, Mike Randall will soon see his hours reduced after seeing his title change to “senior” meteorologist from its former “chief” status.

But is he being pushed out the door, as some media outlets like NewBlues, FTVLive and The Buffalo News are speculating, or is Randall simply easing into retirement after a long and successful career?

>RELATED: Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling Marks 35 Years with WGN

Mike Nurse WKBW general manager told TVSpy Randall recently signed a new long-term contract, “At the end of the day – I believe all sides are satisfied with the outcome. We built our future while preserving our past – Mike got a long term deal and he got a less demanding schedule that allows him to pursue his other theatrical ventures while still having a big presence on our new AM show (Good Morning).” Read more

Teresa Weakley Joins WIVB From WKBN

Teresa Weakley is set to join Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB as a morning anchor, The Buffalo NewsAlan Pergament reports.

Weakley will co-anchor the morning newscast with Jordan Williams and meteorologist Todd Santos, who joins WIVB from The Weather Channel. Diana Fairbanks, who shifted to mornings in January, will return to the 5:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts, according to Pergament.

Weakley moves to Buffalo from Youngstown, Ohio, where she anchors the evening newscasts at CBS affiliate WKBN.

Meteorologist Todd Santos Set to Join WIVB

Meteorologist Todd Santos is joining Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB, according to The Buffalo News Alan Pergament.

Santos will join the station from The Weather Channel, where he has worked as an on-camera meteorologist since 2009. He has previously worked at NBC and MSNBC, as well as WLTX in Columbia, S.C.

Santos fills the spot on the weather team that has been vacant since Amelia Segal joined WRC in Washington, D.C. It has not been officially announced which newscasts he will appear on, though Pergament speculates it could be mornings.

WIVB Adds Pulitzer Prize Winning Investigative Journalist

WIVB has announced the addition of Rose Ciotta to its investigative unit.

“Rose has a reputation for tenacity, and the natural curiosity that is in the DNA of every great investigative journalist,” WIVB news director Joe Schlaerth said in a statement. ” She understands what is important to Western New Yorkers and will bring those sensibilities to News 4 Investigates.”

The Buffalo CBS affiliate said Ciotta will lead the station’s investigative team “in its multiscreen reporting efforts, which include on-air, interactive features and online special sections.”

Ciotta comes to WIVB from the Philadelphia Inquirer where she was part of an investigate team that won a 2012 Pulitzer Prize. She starts Monday, August 5.

Meteorologist Jessica McLaughlin Joins WKBW

Meteorologist Jessica McLaughlin is joining Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW, Alan Pergament of The Buffalo News reports.

“We felt an additional meteorologist with credentials was necessary to be able to more effectively and credibly serve our viewers,” WKBW general manager Mike Nurse told Pergament.

According to her online bio, McLaughlin interned at WKBW in 2006. From 2007 to 2010, she worked as an on-air meteorologist at KIMT in Mason City, Iowa.

Pete Gallivan Returning to WGRZ in Buffalo

Pete Gallivan is returning to WGRZ after a four-month absence, the Buffalo NBC affiliate announced today.

Gallivan signed off from WGRZ in March to join Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s communications office. He will return to the station on July 15 as a news and sports reporter-anchor.

“Sports and broadcast journalism have always been a part of me,” Gallivan said in a statement. “I couldn’t be happier to return to 2 On Your Side, a place that I called home for 17 years. There is nothing more rewarding than to tell the stories in your hometown of your family, friends, and neighbors.”

WKBW Announces New Morning Anchor Team, Reporter Hires

Buffalo, NY, ABC affiliate WKBW has named Cole Heath (pictured right) and Tiffany Lundberg (pictured left) as the morning anchor team to replace outgoing anchors Patrick Taney and Ginger Geoffery.

Both Taney and Geoffery announced their departures from WKBW within weeks of one another. After Geoffery said she was leaving, WKBW news director Polly Van Doren told TVSpy, “WKBW is undertaking a complete revamp of our morning news product. We have a new General Manager who feels it’s best to start fresh with our morning product.”

WKBW also announced two other moves, Jill Perkins will join the station as a multimedia journalist in July. She was a reporter and fill-in anchor at WJET in Erie, PA. While WKBW MMJ Jason Gruenauer will join the sports team. Read more

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