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Susan Bahorich Heading to Richmond

bahorich croppedThe Roanoke Times reports, WDBJ anchor Susan Bahorich will join Richmond, VA, NBC affiliate WWBT as a reporter and fill-in anchor.

“After more than 10 years in Roanoke, I have accepted a job at NBC12 in Richmond,” Bahorich wrote on her facebook page. “I love my ‘DBJ family, but am excited to join this amazing team and start this next chapter!”

In 2013, Bahorich told WDBJ viewers during a weeknight newscast that she was undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer. She described chemotherapy, talked about losing her hair and even told viewers that she had some of her eggs harvested and frozen, in case the treatment caused early menopause.

On the lighter side, Bahorich also created a viral Internet sensation when she laughed through a news story about an 18-pound cat that had taken up swimming in order to lose weight. The clip of her gigglefest was shown on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and CNN’s “Anderson Cooper’s 360.”

“I am somebody who can laugh at myself,” Bahorich said at the time.

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Martha Sugalski Leaves WESH in Orlando

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Orlando NBC affiliate WESH announced today anchor Martha Sugalski has left the station. The Orlando Sentinel quoted WESH general manager Jim Carter:

“Martha Sugalski has been an important member of the WESH News Team. While we made every effort to keep her at the station, she ultimately decided to move in a different direction and we thank her for her contributions during the past eight years.”

Sugalski joined WESH from WTVJ in Miami in 2006, and has been the station’s main anchor since 2008. The station invested heavily in promoting Sugalski’s personal story a year ago, when she became pregnant with triplets, who were born last June. In recent months, ratings for WESH have been highly competitive — beating longtime market leader WFTV at six p.m., suggesting Sugalski may have been poached by another Orlando station, as Hal Bodeker reports:

One rumor sweeping the local media has Sugalski going to WFTV-Channel 9.

“I really can’t comment on that,” said WFTV General Manager Shawn Bartelt. “We don’t comment on competitors’ talent, contracts. We just don’t. She’s very talented. We wish her the very best, We know she’s going to have a great future.”

What Did They Cover in El Paso Last Night?

El Paso, TX, is nestled where Texas, New Mexico and Mexico meet.

Of the four network affiliated stations, NBC affiliate KTSM and CBS affiliate KDBC had the most similar newscasts. That’s because while KDBC may be owned by Sinclair, it’s operated by Communications Corporation, the owner of NBC affiliate KTSM.

And, if you’re looking for a different perspective on what’s going on at the border than what you’re seeing on the networks, watch an El Paso newscast to see how they cover it.

Denver Sports Anchor Apologizes for Alzheimer’s ‘Joke’

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KUSA sports anchor Drew Soicher has apologized after opening his sportscast with a questionable reference to Alzheimer’s disease. “So much talk about Alzheimer’s at Broncos training camp that you wonder if that’s the name of a new player on the roster,” Soicher said, before turning to the news that team owner Pat Bowlen had stepped aside to receive Alzheimer’s treatment.

The “new player” line was quickly tackled as an insensitive joke, as Denver Post television critic Joanne Ostrow writes:

Soicher, the 9News sports anchor, got the jokey TV rhythm right (sounds like a vaudeville gag) — but the content uncomfortably wrong. His opener blew up as a tasteless one-liner on social media.

Soicher insists he never intended to joke “about anybody’s illness,” and posted the line–in context–on the KUSA website, along with his comments: Read more

KGO Assistant News Director Heads to KNTV

adrouny kgoStephanie Adrouny is heading south to work as assistant news director for San Francisco Bay Area NBC owned station KNTV.

“Stephanie has been an important part of KGO-TV and a key contributor to ABC7 News for 14 years,” KGO news director Tracey Watkowski told staff an email announcing the move. “I am very grateful for the time we have spent working together.”

Adrouny was the assistant news director for the San Francisco ABC owned station. You can read the Watkowski email after the jump. Read more

Phil Amato Leaves First Coast News

amatoPhil Amato is no longer with Jacksonville ABC and NBC affiliate WJXX-WTLV, according to The Florida Times-Union.

The Times Union reports GM Eric Land confirmed Amato resigned Monday.

Land would not give a reason for Amato’s resignation, only that he thanked him for his service to the station and wished him well. He said no decision has been made about filling Amato’s place on the show, but Andrew Capasso and Lewis Turner had been filling in temporarily.

Amato had been with the station since 1993, having worked in Idaho and Montana before that.

WNWO Adds Laura Emerson as Anchor

emerson wnwoLaura Emerson is returning to Toledo as an anchor for Sinclair owned NBC affiliate WNWO.

The Blade reports Emerson will co-anchor the 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. shows with Jim Blue.

Emerson was an anchor at WUPW-TV, Channel 36, for 16 years, before she left in January, 2012, to co-anchor the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts at NBC affiliate WPSD-TV in Paducah, Ky, a market that stretches into western Missouri, southern Illinois, and the northern edge of Tennessee, and is slightly smaller than the Toledo-area market.

“She brings a familiar face to our viewers,” said Nicole Hahn, who was recently promoted to WNWO’s news director position. “She has a vast knowledge of the area, and she will bring leadership and experience to our team.

Danielle Wagner out at KWWL

wagner kwwlDanielle Wagner, reporter and anchor at Waterloo, IA, NBC affiliate KWWL, is no longer with the station.

KWWL news director Shane Moreland confirmed Wagner’s departure but wouldn’t comment on why she left or where she’s headed.

Saturday, she told viewers on her facebook page, “At this point in time, the station and I want different things. I’m very glad for the last seven years, but it’s time to move on.”

Albany TV Crew Threatened with Arrest


A WNYT news crew doing a story on the historic cottage where Ulysses S. Grant spent his final days was threatened with arrest yesterday.

WNYT reporter Mark Mulholland and his photographer Matt Soriano, who work out of the station’s Saratoga-North Country bureau, were shooting in an area near a soon to be closed and empty state prison when a corrections officer told them they couldn’t shoot footage there.

When Mulholland told the officer they would shoot at Grant’s cottage instead, the crew for the Albany, NY, NBC affiliate were told they couldn’t shoot there either.

Mulholland and Soriano then attempted to drive to the cottage, but were blocked, at first,  by a corrections officer who had parked his car in the driveway.

The situation escalated as far as having the state police get involved. That’s when they were told they would be arrested if they didn’t turn over their footage.

A call between station management, state police and the Department of Corrections resolved the matter. No one was arrested and no footage was surrendered. Read more

Attorney Wants $5 Million from WAVY in Defamation Case

wavy logoThe Virginian-Pilot reports a local attorney is suing WAVY for $5 million.

The attorney, Sterling Weaver, is representing himself in the defamation case against the Portsmouth, VA, NBC affiliate. Weaver claims the station “maligned him” while reporting about his arrest on an assault charge.

In a Feb. 6 newscast, WAVY reported that Weaver had been indicted on felony assault and misdemeanor sexual battery charges for an alleged incident involving a female deputy in a Portsmouth courtroom.

The deputy accused Weaver of inappropriately touching her.

During that report, WAVY also said it “did some digging into Weaver’s past” and discovered that he had been convicted of assault and sentenced to 30 days in jail for grabbing a prosecutor by the throat in 2006, according to the lawsuit.

The station, however, failed to report that Weaver appealed that case to a Circuit Court judge who dismissed it after Weaver remained on good behavior for a year, the suit says. He did not serve jail time in that case. Read more

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