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One Anchor Joins, Another Leaves KOLR Morning Show


KOLR the CBS affiliate for Springfield, MO, has announced a couple of morning anchor changes.

Shannon Miller told viewers she will be leaving KOLR to join sister station KARK in Little Rock, AR, while Audrey Esther was introduced as the new morning anchor.

Miller told viewers the news on her facebook page saying, “After three years with KOLR10, I have accepted an offer to work at our sister station KARK in Little Rock. It was a tough decision and I put a lot of thought and heart into it.”

Before coming to KOLR, Esther was community relations director for The Salvation Army – Ozark Area Coordination.

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.

Reporter’s Emails Reveal Questions Over Comp Time at WFOR

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According to a report by Jose Lambiet, veteran WFOR reporter Gary Nelson has taken the unusual step of raising public questions about the CBS O&O’s overtime policies–in emails shared with the entire newsroom.

“According to an email exchange between 22-year station veteran Nelson and (news director) Liz Roldan sent to the entire newsroom, Nelson has been denied requests for time off based on comp time for several 15-hour work days,” Lambiet reports. “Seems that Nelson was told his comp time expired before he was able to enjoy it.”

WFOR has a history of conflict, including a reported “internal investigation” led by CBS bosses in New York into difficulties between talent and management:

Allegations include that newsroom employees were told to work overtime for no pay, the lack of open communication with management, and comments to reporters that they “don’t appeal to the right demographics.”

The poisoned atmosphere has been fueled further by difficult contract talks with some of the talent, and the departures of several high-profile personalities.

What Did They Cover in Bluefield, WV, Last Night?

This week we look at the Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, WV, market.

The stations had a few overlapping stories, with CBS affiliate WVNS showing the most range with their EZ Pass scam package. Unfortunately we couldn’t bring you the FOX affiliate since it airs on a digital subchannel unavailable on TVeyes.

Stefan Chase Leaving WGCL After One Year

chase wgcl croppedStefan Chase, traffic reporter for Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL, is leaving the station.

A Meredith spokesperson told TVSpy Chase will be replaced by Harry Samler, otherwise known as “Pothole Harry.”

Chase came to WGCL in August 2013. Her last day is today.

First President Bush Writes Letter to Newborn Son of Texas Anchor

bush letter ktbx_croppedKBTX anchor Meredith Stancik recently gave birth to son Declan William McAuliffe.

According to KBTX, Declan’s father Shane McAuliffe, who was a reporter at the Bryan-College Station, TX, CBS affiliate “reached out” to some contacts at the Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

This week, the youngest McAuliffe got a letter from George H.W. Bush, the 90-year-old former president known for his letter writing.

“Declan, I, too, was born on June 12th — but that was 90 years ago,” wrote Bush. “I’ve had a long, wonderful life, and I wish the same for you. God bless you.”

Courtney Zubowski Will Sign Off From KHOU

courtney zubowskiCourtney Zubowski is leaving Houston CBS affiliate KHOU, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

“We’ve loved having her in our newsroom and on our air—Courtney’s a game changer. Very sorry to lose her day to day, and she knows this. But Courtney also knows she has all our support and best wishes for whatever comes next,” KHOU executive news director Philip Bruce wrote in a note to staff.

Zubowski tells McGuff she will “pursue new and exciting opportunities” after she signs off later this month.

Las Vegas Reporter Heading to Columbus, OH

baca klas croppedNathan Baca is leaving Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS.

“On to Columbus! After 4 years working for 8 News Now, I am proud to join the WBNS-10TV – Columbus, Ohio investigative team this August,” Baca wrote on his facebook page.

Before joining KLAS in February 2010, Baca started his career as a full time reporter at KESQ in Palm Springs. He told TVSpy he was promoted to the KLAS I-Team in October 2011.

[Las Vegas Review-Journal]

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

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