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WDSU Adds Morning Anchor, Moves Another

divins_rousseauCharles Divins is joining WDSU next Monday as a morning anchor.

“We’re delighted to welcome Charles to the WDSU family,” WDSU president & GM Joel Vilmenay said in a statement.

The addition of Divins to the New Orleans NBC affiliate means Sula Kim will move to 4:00 p.m. with Camille Whitworth.

Divins was co-host of nationally syndicated show The Daily Buzz and joins Randi Rousseau (pictured) on WDSU News This Morning.

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Former KNOP Sports Anchor Says He Was Fired Over Skype

Swifte KNOP_304Former KNOP sports director Joe Swift told the North Platte Telegraph he was fired over Skype after saying goodbye on-air to two co-workers who had recently resigned.

Swift said his on-air goodbyes to both Tara Moore and Dennis McConnell two weeks ago. Moore had worked at the station for 18 years. McConnell had been there for 20.

“I was never told I couldn’t say goodbye to them,” Swift told the Telegraph. “We’ve been bidding farewell to outgoing employees and wishing them luck in their new endeavors as long as I can remember. We said goodbye to a cameramen who had only been there a month. It was just something we did.”

On Tuesday, he learned via email that an employee at the 10/11 station in North Platte had complained about his on-air comments about Moore and McConnell.

Later that day, Jacque Harms, KNOP news director, told him he was suspended from being on-air. He was still required to produce the sports broadcasts.

On Wednesday, Swift arrived at work with a suit — prepared for the suspension to be over and to resume on-air duties. Two hours into his shift, he was told to visit with Hedrick via Skype. That’s when he was terminated.

“They fired me over the Internet on my wife’s birthday,” Swift said. “I got to call her and say, ‘Happy birthday. I’m fired.’”

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WNBC’s Chuck Scarborough is a ‘Giant of Broadcasting’

We attended the 12th Annual Giants of Broadcasting luncheon in New York City today where prominent members of the broadcasting, media and corporate communities honored leaders of TV and radio. Chuck Scarborough longtime main anchor at WNBC was honored and jokingly thanked NBC for “not firing me.” Scarborough joined WNBC in 1974 and has won 31 Emmy Awards in his storied career.

Other honorees included former ABC, NBC and CBS executive Fred Silverman and Regis Philbin, who couldn’t attend due to a scheduling conflict, so his former “LIVE” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford accepted on his behalf. 170 Giants of Broadcasting have been honored since 2003, including Barbara Walters, Charlie Rose, Bob Schieffer, Brian Williams, Tim Russert and Ken Burns. TVNewser has more on yesterday’s event.

Nebraska Sports Anchor Fired for Saying Goodbye to Departing Co-Workers

Swifet KNOPThe North Platte Bulletin reports KNOP sportscaster Joe Swift was fired by the station after thanking two co-workers who were leaving the North Platte, Neb. NBC affiliate.

During broadcasts on Thursday and again Friday night, Swift took a minute or so on the air to thank two departing co-workers, expressing his respect and good wishes.

A few days later, Swift was fired. He said management called him in Wednesday and said they didn’t want the viewing audience to get the impression that the two employees were forced out, and Swift might have left that impression.

Swift did not mention any circumstances of the departure of the two workers.

Morning newscaster Tara Moore and production manager Dennis McConnell recently resigned.

KNBC Adds Houston Meteorologist

yanez kprcHouston meteorologist Anthony Yanez is joining Los Angeles NBC owned station KNBC.

“It’s bitter sweet, all my kids were born here in Houston,” Yanez told mikemcguff.com. “But you get this opportunity and grab it.”

Yanez, who recently wrote a children’s book about the weather called A Wild Ride on the Water Cycle: A Jake & Alice Adventure, comes to KNBC from NBC affiliate KPRC. He worked at KRQE in Albuquerque, NM. before coming to KPRC. Read more

Dallas’ KTVT Hires Gilma Avalos as Anchor

Gilma+AvalosSouth Florida reporter Gilma Avalos, who has been working at NBC-owned WTVJ in Miami, will join CBS-owned KTVT in Dallas as a weekend morning anchor.

Avalos made the announcement on Facebook:

Big News! After 3 great years in South Florida, I’m heading to the Lone Star State for an exciting opportunity! I’ll be joining the CBS11 team in Dallas-Fort Worth as an anchor and reporter.

Thank you for your trust and support. I am so lucky to have worked in my hometown alongside very kind and talented colleagues. This isn’t goodbye, I’ll be visiting often! Hope you’ll follow me on my journey.

KUSA’s Kyle Clark Gets Feisty as Debate Moderator

Last night, political reporter Brandon Rittiman and anchor Kyle Clark of Denver NBC affiliate KUSA moderated a heated debate between Sen. Mark Udall (D) and Rep. Cory Gardner (R). But the candidates weren’t the only two people confronting one another.

Clark got into his own argument with Gardner about the federal Life at Conception Act, which Clark says Gardner denies being a personhood bill to end abortion. Check out a clip of the testy exchange above.

Some of Clark’s fans were pleased with his performance as moderator.

Others, not so much.

You can watch the full debate here.

Omaha Meteorologist Says Her Contract Wasn’t Renewed

lemke wowtMeteorologist Cheryl Lemke has left Omaha NBC affiliate WOWT.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I let you know that management at WOWT has decided not to renew my contract and so I am no longer working at WOWT,” Lemke wrote on her facebook page.

Her bio page has been removed from the WOWT website. We asked WOWT for comment but haven’t heard back.

Before coming to to WOWT in February 2013, she worked at WSBT in South Bend, Ind., WXIA in Atlanta, WTHI in Terre Haute, Ind. and The Weather Channel.

KPRC Anchors Make Appearance on ‘Tonight Show’

Last night, KPRC anchors Dominique Sachse, Bill Balleza and chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley, made separate surprise appearances on ”The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Media blogger Mike McGuff reports that the threesome from the Houston NBC affiliate were part of a segment called I’ve Got Good News and Good News,” where Jimmy Fallon has anchors from across the country (NBC affiliates only) give their viewers happy news for once.

Watch as these cheerful anchors discuss why you’re the coolest person in the world, why traffic jams are no longer possible where you live, and why there’s a forecast of 100% puppy hugs.

Computer Glitch Forces WFLA Anchor Into Extended ‘Tap Dance’

wfla_4PMStacie Schaible was never hired for her dancing, but Monday, the anchor did her best as a computer failure crashed most of the five p.m. newscast at Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA. “Watch @WFLA if you want to see us tap dance through the news,” she tweeted during the technical mess, which the station hashtagged as #equipmentmeltdown. “We are having tech difficulties but plowing through.”

WFLA news director Bill Berra tells TVSpy a computer board failed, leaving producers with no audio, and anchors without IFB. How much fun does that sound like? Berra says it took engineers a while to root out the cause of the failure, and that left Schaible doing her best. “Stacie did a very good tap dance under the circumstances.”

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