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WTVJ Adds Weekend Sports Anchor

Stefano Fusaro is joining Miami NBC owned station WTVJ as weekend sports anchor.

In a statement, Migdalia Figueroa, WTVJ VP of News said, “His energy and commitment to covering our local sports teams will really resonate with our viewers.”

Fusaro was the sports director at Houston Univision station KXLN.

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WYFF Viewers Asked to ‘Like for Prayers’ on Facebook Report About Deadly Car Crash

Greenville, SC NBC affiliate WYFF might be guilty of using someone else’s tragedy for its own social media gain, while couching it in a religious message.

WYFF reports, a teen died and four others were injured in the crash at a local gas station.

Reaction amongst viewers seemed split. “Seriously now we are ‘liking’ for prayers!!!! News 4 is ridiculous,” commented one viewer. While another said, “what’s wrong with praying…..from the looks of it they could use the prayers. Thanks channel 4.”

Madison MMJ Leaving TV

Max+Hess200Max Hess, multi-media journalist for Madison, Wisc. NBC affiliate WMTV, has announced he is leaving the business after less than a year on-air.

“It’s the breaking news look! But tonight, I have some news of my very own,” Hess wrote on his WMTV facebook page. “Working at NBC15 has been a great honor, but it is with mixed emotions that my last day will be Monday, November 3rd.”

He also tweeted out a still from his personal facebook page, “I am extremely excited to say that I’ll be joining the EPIC Creative team in West Bend as a PR Account Executive on December 1, 2014. On top of it all, I’ll be moving back to my beloved Milwaukee.”

Hess started at WMTV in January 2014. His first local TV job was at WTMJ in Milwaukee as an assignment desk editor.

Amanda Grace Named Anchor at KING

Amanda Grace has joined Seattle NBC affiliate KING as an anchor. New England One reports that Grace will anchor the 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. news starting tomorrow.

Grace most recently worked at NBC affiliate WHDH in Boston. She started at the station in 2008 as a general assignment reporter and later worked her way up to anchor. Check out Grace showing off her new KING gear in the Tweet below.

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.

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.

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