During Monday’s 5:30 p.m. news, WGRZ anchor Maryalice Demleraddressed criticism over a tweet she sent calling Toronto Mayor Rob Ford a “sweetheart.”
The two were at the Buffalo Bills game Sunday when Demler took a picture with Ford and tweeted it out. Demler later deleted the tweet and the picture. But like all things on the internet, they lived on elsewhere. WNYorker.com posted the picture on its facebook page.
On tonight’s 5:30 news, the anchor for the Buffalo NBC affiliate told viewers the conversation she had with Ford was cordial and polite and she tried to convey that in her tweet. “Does it mean I condone his drug use or his recent antics? Of course not,” said Demler. “In hindsight was the word sweetheart the right word to describe him? Obviously not. And I will certainly keep that in mind on my twitter feed going forward. It’s not just what you put out on social media, but how you say it as well.”
Wendy Chioji, who left the news business in 2008, has recently completed her chemotherapy and radiation treatments after being diagnosed with thymic carcinoma earlier this fall.
The two-time cancer survivor and former news anchor for Orlando NBC station WESHspoke with Growing Bolder, co-producer of her show “Surviving & Thriving,” about her cancer treatment and her plans to climb Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro in February. “I will do everything I can to make it to the top,” said Chioji. “It’s amazingly important.”
The die-hard triathlete first shared her 2001 battle with breast cancer while working at WESH.
She said the latest fight may have slowed her down, but it hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her passion,”I already signed up for an Ironman next year,” said Chioji. “So I’m moving forward. Cancer slowed me down a little bit. It changed my path a little bit like it does. It changed it more last time. But I’m still going forward.”
Chioji’s special “Surviving & Thriving” airs on Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG next Friday.
What was funny is that they were wearing jackets, as if we didn’t notice the few times they referenced ”going back outside” or the lack of their breath showing in the cold air. And as a couple of people on Facebook commented, none of the three were wearing hats or gloves.
Barbara Reyelts, who is also news director for the station told TVSpy, “Two of our anchors opened the parade standing outdoors and pitched to our anchor on the inside set. Our anchors were then in and out during the parade.”
A quick check of TVeyes proved Reyelts right. Though we can’t confirm whether the trio reminded viewers throughout the night. Read more
The two work on the station’s investigative franchise “Problem Solvers”
KJRH news director Susan D’Astoli told TVSpy, Knutson is taking a job in academia which will allow him more time to coach his son, who D’Astoli said is quite an athlete. “We hate to lose him,” said D’Astoli. “But we fully support his desire to be with family. Pete’s last day is actually today.”
Lowry will be with KJRH until the end of December. “She too has decided her priority is family, and being there for school, after school and extra-curricular activities,” said D’Astoli. “Again, we hate to lose Michele, but support her desire to be there for her children. ” Read more
Jason Newton is joining WBAL, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Baltimore. The Baltimore native will anchor the weekday morning newscasts alongside Mindy Basara beginning next month.
With Newton joining station, current morning anchor Stan Stovall will shift to evenings, joining Donna Hamilton as co-anchor of the 11 p.m. newscast at the end of December. Rod Daniels will remain Hamilton’s co-anchor at 6 p.m.
It is a move within Hearst for Newton, who is a breaking news anchor for the morning newscast at WISN in Milwaukee. He has previously worked at WBOC in Salisbury, Md., and WJZ in Baltimore.
“I look forward to joining a newsroom known for its award-winning investigative journalism and political coverage. WBAL-TV is the station I grew up watching,” Newton said in a statement. “Coming home to cover everything that makes this city special is an honor and a privilege.”
Waters has worked with his fellow sports anchors Fred Kalil and Sam Crenshaw for 17 years. “I don’t think we’ve said three mean words to each other the entire time,” Waters told Access Atlanta. “I have an unbelievable amount of respect for them.”
Waters, who commutes 100 miles to work every day, has accepted a job in banking services closer to home. He has not yet decided when he will officially sign off, but his contract is up December 31.
Sinclair Broadcast Group announced it has closed on the acquisition of the non-license assets of Reno, NV, NBC station KRNV from Intermountain West for $26 million and has entered into an agreement to operate or provide sales services to the station.
In the same press release, Sinclair announced plans to stop airing the 10:00 p.m. news from Cox owned San Francisco Bay Area FOX station KTVU. The station group said it plans on replacing the KTVU news with a local newscast.
According to the IBJ, Pence, the Indiana Governor’s niece, “abruptly departed from the station this week.” Her bio has been taken down from the station website.
>UPDATE:Matthew Kingsley, Pence’s agent told TVSPY, “Nicole Pence has turned this over to her legal counsel, John Taylor at Faegre Baker Daniels. Mr. Taylor is handling it and is also working alongside Pence’s media agent, Matthew Kingsley, with 3 Kings Entertainment.”
Kingsley would only refer to the statement when TVSpy asked for clarification.
Separately, a TVSpy tipster told us Fetting left the station earlier this week following a story about Donald Trump‘s wife Melania. She had testified in an Indianapolis courtroom about a lawsuit involving her skincare company. Trump reportedly was critical of a story on WTHR’s morning show.
Pence had been with WTHR for about a year and half. She came to the station from WLEX in Lexington, KY.
TVSpy has asked a station spokesperson for comment but has yet to hear back.
KUSA anchor Kyle Clark begged viewers of the Denver NBC affiliate to be a little more creative when it came to snowy weather pictures.
During the station’s 4:00 p.m. newscast anchor Kim Christiansen set up Clark’s rant by saying after a snowstorm, the station is flooded with snapshots of snow covered patio furniture.
Saying he thinks viewers simply snap photos of what they see outside their windows, Clark appealed to viewers’ “can do” attitude. “But are we really a state that takes the easy way out?” said Clark. “We blasted a road through the Rockies. We put a cliff inside a Mexican restaurant. Our welcome sign is a demon horse with crazy laser eyes.”