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Jimmy Fallon Gets Good News From Local Anchors

Last night, The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon borrowed from some local affiliates for some video ha hahs.

This time, Fallon’s “I’ve got Good News and Good News,” featured, among others, WNBC uber-anchor Chuck Scarborough saying the phrase “get your sweet lovin’ on” and Devin Scillian at Detroit’s WDIV narrating a kitten, puppy, bunny in a cashmere sweater montage. Happy Friday.

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Las Vegas News Director Leaving

ksnvCraig Hume has announced he is leaving Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV.

KSNV was recently purchased by Sinclair. In an email Hume sent to staffers, he said, “After the sale was announced, I wanted to stay to ensure a smooth transition into the Sinclair family. Sinclair is bringing new direction and new resources to take the station to the next level of success.”

As FTVLive first reported, Hume’s last day will be next Wednesday November 26.

He had worked at the station since May 2013.

WAFF: Bill Cosby Up Against ‘Rap Alligations’

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WAFF, the NBC affiliate in Huntsville, Ala., ran an unfortunate error last night during a segment about the rape allegations against Bill Cosby. Jim Romenesko contacted the station and got confirmation that the error did indeed make it to air last night.

“It was just a big mistake,” An employee told Romenesko.

[Via @telesara]

Anchor Courtney Zavala Leaving KPRC

Courtney_Zavala1Houston NBC affiliate KPRC is saying goodbye to one of its longtime weekend morning anchors: Courtney Zavala. Zavala told media blogger Mike McGuff that her contract was up and the station offered her another, but she declined.

“It’s time for me to bow out gracefully and go out the way I want to go out instead of them telling me it’s time to leave,” Zavala told McGuff. “It was not an easy decision, it was several months in the making.”

Zavala said she’s looking forward to spending time with her husband and sons and has no immediate career plans ahead of her.

“I feel like I missed so much of my family life, that I’m just ready to be present,” Zavala told McGuff.

Zavala has worked at KPRC since 2003. Prior to that, she was a fill-in anchor/reporter at KSTU, the FOX affiliate in Salt Lake City.

KAKE and Former Reporter React to Dismissed Lawsuit

cerullo_squareBoth sides in the now dismissed lawsuit Jared Cerullo brought against Gray Television, KAKE and news director Michael Sipes are having their say.

Cerullo brought the suit after being fired from KAKE in 2013 for reporting and later tweeting that the defendant in a story he had been covering had pleaded guilty to murder when he had actually pleaded not guilty. Cerullo later made an on-air correction.

“I am extremely disappointed that Judge Henderson dismissed the defamation claim, which was the bulk of my case, instead of allowing a jury to look at the facts and decide for themselves whether or not Sipes did, in fact, defame my character,” said Cerullo.

Cerullo was seeking in excess of $75,000 in damages in his defamation and breach of contract suit.

He told TVSpy he “provided the judge with numerous electronic communications in which Sipes told concerned viewers that I lied about the events surrounding my termination, that I had a history of inaccurate reporting, and that this wasn’t this first time that I had been reprimanded for doing so.” He added, “All of those things are patently false and destroyed any chances I had of getting another similar job in television.”

“We were obviously pleased that Judge Henderson granted our motion for summary judgment and  dismissed two of Mr. Cerullo’s three claims and limited the scope of his remaining claim in a manner that evidently led to Mr. Cerullo’s decision to dismiss his case,” Dan Wall, GM of the Wichita ABC affiliate, said in a statement. “We felt our position in the law suit was correct and our attorneys were preparing to try what was left of the case.  At no point did we make any offer to settle the case.” Read more

WYFF Adds Ashley Swann, Announces New Weekend Anchor Team

swann wyffHearst-owned Greenville, S.C. station WYFF has announced a new weekend anchor team with the addition of Ashley Swann as weekend anchor.

The station promises on its website, Swann will “bring the weekend evening news to viewers” to the NBC affiliate as anchor of the 4:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. Saturday newscasts. Mike McCormick will co-anchor with Swann on Sunday. The two will be joined by sports anchor Marc Dopher and meteorologist Chris Justus.

“We are thrilled Ashley is joining our news team,” said Bruce Barkley, WYFF 4 News Director. “This move is a homecoming for her.  She grew up in the Upstate and is familiar with our area. I know Ashley is a very talented reporter and anchor who shares our commitment to reporting local news that matters to viewers. Ashley and Mike will make a great team on Sunday evening newscasts.”

Mike McCormick has been with WYFF News 4 in the Spartanburg Bureau for more than seven years.  In addition to his Sunday evening anchor duties, Mike will continue reporting from Spartanburg during the week.

WJAR Sports Guy Moving to News

bagni croppedAdam Bagni is moving over to news for Providence, R.I. NBC affiliate WJAR.

Bagni was a sports anchor and reporter at WJAR. He will soon be a digital journalist for the station’s newly created Bay State Bureau.

He told TVSpy, “I can’t wait to get to get started and do what I do best – tell stories and report the news that serves Southern New England.”

Before coming to WJAR in December 2011, he was the sports director at WNCF in Montgomery, Ala.

WOAI’s Evy Ramos Shares Her Adoption Story

Evy Ramos, an evening anchor at San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI, shared her personal adoption story on yesterday’s episode of “San Antonio Living.”

Ramos revealed that she got pregnant during high school and gave her son up for adoption. She explained a bit more about her experience here:

November is National Adoption Month. I try my best to share my story about the beauty of adoption. Placing my child for adoption was the hardest thing I have ever done. But there is no doubt in my mind it was the best decision for him. He is being raised by two wonderful parents and has a great older brother. I hope anyone going through an unplanned pregnancy will consider adoption as an option.

Ramos goes into more detail about the adoption process and what her relationship is like with her (now 14-year-old) son in the video above.

Longtime KVOA Anchor Leaving TV After Contract Expires

mcnamara kvoa croppedTom McNamara has announced he is leaving Tucson NBC affiliate KVOA after his contract expires in December to go into real estate.

“Investing in real estate has been a passion of mine for several years now,” McNamara said in a statement. “KVOA and I have been discussing my desire for change for many months.  I appreciate how patient & supportive they have been through this process.”

McNamara started at KVOA in July 1997. He’s worked either as a reporter or an anchor in Scranton, Pa., Raleigh, N.C., Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Tucson.

“We’ve been aware of Tom’s intentions for a couple of years now,” said Bill Shaw, KVOA president & GM. “He’s been upfront with us on his desire to expand his local business. We fully support him and wish him all the best.”

The station said McNamara’s replacement would be named later.

WKYC Microwave Truck Flips in I-90 Crash

wkyc-crash-i90_1416230503924_9641345_ver1.0_640_480Weather conditions may have played a role in an accident on Interstate 90 that involved a WKYC microwave truck. Competing station WEWS reports two employees of the Cleveland NBC affiliate were in the truck when the accident happened around 7 a.m. Monday:

The van spun, flipped over and slid into a wall.

The driver of the van pulled the passenger out and the passenger was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The driver was not injured.

WEWS published a photo of the damaged WKYC truck being towed away.

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