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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

Ginger Geoffery Leaving WKBW

Ginger Geoffery, morning anchor for Buffalo, NY, ABC affiliate WKBW, is leaving the station.

She told TVSPy she wasn’t ready to announce where she’s headed, but could confirm she was moving on at the end of her current contract.

Geoffery’s move follows her co-anchor Patrick Taney‘s decision to move to WHEC in Rochester. Granite Broadcasting recently promoted station manager and VP of sales Mike Nurse to GM after Bill Ransom announced his retirement in May. Nurse takes over July 1.

Geoffery started at WKBW as a reporter in 2004. She also worked as a sports anchor before anchoring the news. She started her career covering the NHL’s Dallas Stars and MLB’s Texas Rangers and worked at CNN Headline News as a sports anchor before coming to WKBW.

>UPDATE: Polly Van Doren, news director for WKBW told TVSpy in an email,

“WKBW is undertaking a complete revamp of our morning news product. Anchors Patrick Taney and Ginger Geoffery will be moving on – Patrick to a new position at WHEC in Rochester, and Ginger to another opportunity. Ginger has not been offered another contract, but will continue to remain at WKBW through the duration of her current deal, which expires in October.  We have a new General Manager who feels it’s best to start fresh with our morning product. Ginger has been a valued member of our news team. Change is inevitable in our business and this change is not reflective of her abilities. We are working with her as she goes on to what is certain to be a great opportunity. We are in the process of signing a new team and expect to announce their hiring next week.”

Kyla Igoe Signing Off From WKBW

Kyla Igoe is saying goodbye to Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW, Alan Pergament of The Buffalo News reports.

Igoe, who has worked at WKBW since 2007, has opted out of her contract to spend more time with her family and to help her husband with his videography business.

“We appreciate her efforts and wish her well in her new ventures,” Mike Nurse, who will officially take over next month as the station’s general manager, told Pergament.

LIN Media Names New GM for Buffalo’s WIVB

LIN Media has announced the naming of René LaSpina as president and general manager of its Buffalo, NY, CBS affiliate WIVB and CW affiliate WNLO.

“I am excited about joining one of the most respected and forward-thinking multimedia companies in the country that has a long history of investing in its products people and communities,” said LaSpina in a statement. “I am very fond of Buffalo, having lived in New York state for five years, and I am eager to work with the talented staff and management at WIVB-TV and WNLO-TV and achieve new levels of success.”

LaSpina takes over for Chris Musial who retired recently. She last worked as vice president and general manager for Nexstar’s Memphis and Jackson, TN, stations WPTY (now WATN), WLMT and WJKT. She has also managed stations in Albany, NY, Minneapolis, MN and Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Michael Nurse Promoted to GM of WKBW

Granite Broadcasting has named Michael Nurse president and general manager of Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW.

“For nearly 30 years, Michael has proven himself to be an experienced manager and industry leader,” said Duane Lammers, Granite’s chief operating officer. “He is a seasoned broadcast executive that embodies Granite’s commitment to the communities we serve.  With a deep knowledge of the greater Buffalo market and our operations, he is the ideal person to lead WKBW.”

The move is effective July 1. Nurse has been WKBW’s station manager and vice president of sales for the last 11 years. He succeeds Bill Ransom who announced his retirement earlier this month.

Nurse started his career at WRKO radio in Boston and has served as GM at TV stations in Boston and Washington, D.C.

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WKBW General Manager Bill Ransom Retiring

After almost 25 years with Granite Broadcasting, WKBW general manager Bill Ransom will retire next month.

“He has been a positive voice for our company, the broadcasting profession and Buffalo, and will be truly missed,” Granite COO Duane Lammers said in a statement. “We wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life.”

Ransom has been general manager of the Buffalo ABC affiliate since 1995. Prior to that, he was the general sales manager of WPTA, Granite’s ABC affiliate in Fort Wayne, Ind.

“I am truly grateful to have had the privilege of working with Granite’s talented and committed team members, and am honored to have led our Buffalo station, WKBW, for the last 18 years,” Ransom said in a statement.

WGRZ’s Maryalice Demler Takes On Buffalo News TV Critic in On-Air Editorial

WGRZ anchor Maryalice Demler and Buffalo News television critic Alan Pergament are at odds over the on-air commentary segments Demler delivers on the Buffalo NBC affiliate.

Demler, who co-anchors WGRZ’s evening newscasts, did a commentary segment on Jason Collins being the first openly gay NBA player last week. In a blog post, Pergament called Demler’s commentary “obvious and unnecessary,” saying the anchor should “stick to reading and reporting the news and stay away from commentaries that don’t say much.”

In her commentary this week, Demler delivered a lengthy response to Pergament’s criticism, saying the segments are the sign of an evolved newsroom. “What you see before you is a 21st century news anchor,” Demler said. “My job — like our newsroom — has evolved over the past 30 years.” Watch:

In a column published Wednesday, Pergament called Demler’s response a “unnecessary, inappropriate, hilarious waste of news time,” saying he hasn’t “laughed out loud so much about local TV news since watching ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.’” Read more

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