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Tai Hernandez Says Goodbye to WNYW

Tai Hernandez has left New York City Fox O&O WNYW, a station spokesperson confirmed to TVSpy.

Hernandez, a general assignment reporter, joined the station in 2010. Prior to working at WNYW, she spent several years at ABC News, where she was a correspondent for NewsOne and anchor of “World News Now” from 2005-07.

In a return to her old stomping grounds, Hernandez appeared this weekend on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” An ABC News spokesperson tells TVSpy she’s freelancing for the network.

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After Three Decades with ABC, Chris Bury Shifts Focus to Local News

After more than thirty years with ABC News – much of it based out of Chicago for Nightline and World News — correspondent Chris Bury is looking to the future. Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder reports that after leaving the network last year, Bury has been “waiting out” his contract, finally making him an official free agent today.

First up is hosting a weekly public affairs show, In the Loop, for City Colleges of Chicago public station WYCC.  Interestingly, he’ll rotate anchor duties with another former ABC’er, reporter Barbara Pinto.

Also on the horizon: producing content via the newly-lunched Burcat Media Group, established with his wife Catherine Catalane, an anchor at Chicago’s WBBM-AM.

Another possibility is anchoring for a Windy City station. “That would be great,” Bury says. “Chicago is a great city where people still care about news. Most of the stations here are at least trying to do a solid job. It’s not the crap you see in Los Angeles or New York.”

Bury is a South Side native who worked in local news at KPRC in Houston, WTMJ in Milwaukee, and at St. Louis’ KTVI.

Josh Eure Joins KPNX as Assistant News Director

Josh Eure is joining KPNX, the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, as assistant news director and senior content manager.

Eure comes from ABC News, where he was a senior producer for “ABC News Now.” He has also spent time as a coordinating produce for “World News Now” and “Good Morning America.” Prior to that, Eure worked as an executive producer at WWOR in New York, WSB in Atlanta and WFOR in Miami.

Eure begins in Phoenix on November 5.

KABC Reporting Leads ABC News to Back Away From Tony Scott Report

ABC News is backing off a report about the suicide of director Tony Scott after one of its O&Os reported conflicting details about the circumstances surrounding his death.

Yesterday, ABC News reported Scott, who jumped off a bridge in Los Angeles Harbor, had inoperable brain cancer. ABC has now retreated from that statement after additional reporting from Los Angeles ABC O&O KABC:

The family of director Tony Scott, who died Sunday after jumping off a Los Angeles bridge, was not aware Scott had cancer, Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told ABC News station KABC in Los Angeles. Read more

ABC-Affiliated KMGH Disputes ABC News Report on Colorado Shooting

Denver ABC-affiliate KMGH is publicly disputing an ABC News report about Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes.

Both ABC News and the New York Daily News reported yesterday Holmes has been spitting at officers at the Arapahoe County Jail, and at one point was forced to wear a face guard. John Ferrugia, a longtime investigative reporter at KMGH, took to Twitter to offer a conflicting report from what he called a “knowledgeable source”:

KMGH, which is owned by Scripps, also has a story on its website denying the report, although it cites “two national news organizations” without naming ABC News specifically:  Read more

ABC to Debut ‘Good Afternoon America’ July 9th

ABC today made official what was reported several weeks ago: the new extension of “Good Morning America” will debut on July 9th and run for nine weeks on most ABC stations.

“Good Afternoon America” will be hosted by Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer, with the rest of the “GMA” team making occasional appearances on the show, which will air at 2 p.m. ET.

As TVNewser notes, “GAA” will essentially serve as summer filler but, if it performs well, it has a shot at becoming a permanent part of the daytime schedule. Read more

ABC Affiliates Concerned About Launch of ABC News-Univision Channel

ABC News and Univision are moving forward with plans to jointly launch a 24-hour news channel, a venture which reportedly does not sit well with ABC’s affiliates. Broadcasting & Cable has details:

“Based on preliminary information, the ABC Affiliates Association’s Board of Governors is concerned about ABC News’ proposed news partnership with Univision,” said Bill Hoffman, ABC affiliates board chairman, in a statement. “The network has broadly discussed this new venture with the board. We hope to receive more information from ABC and an understanding and clarification of the implications of the use of local affiliate news content that is contributed by affiliates to the NewsOne co-op.  Our goal is to promote and enhance the news product, the competitive performance, and brand of each affiliate’s local newscasts, and our focus, in consultation with the affiliate membership, will be on the effect ABC News’ partnership with Univision will have on that goal.” Read more

As ‘GMA’ Beats ‘Today,’ ABC Thanks Affiliates

With the final Nielsen numbers tallied, ABC is celebrating a historic ratings victory over NBC: for the first time in more than 16 years, ABC’s “Good Morning America” topped NBC’s “Today” in total viewers last week.

According to ABC News president Ben Sherwood, the network has its stations and affiliates to thank for the morning milestone.

“All of us at ABC News salute the dynamic team at ‘Good Morning America’ who never sleep and who care so deeply about the program,” Sherwood said in a statement. “We also thank our ABC network colleagues and our powerhouse stations and affiliates for supporting the program in so many ways.” Read more

It’s Official: Local Anchors Ginger Zee and Bazi Kanani Will Join ABC News

ABC News president Ben Sherwood has officially announced the hire of two anchors from the local landscape: Ginger Zee (left) a meteorologist at WMAQ in Chicago, and Bazi Kanani, a weekend anchor and reporter at KUSA in Denver.

Zee’s move to ABC News was first reported by TimeOut Chicago’s Robert Feder in August. Her first day is Wednesday, and she will debut as the weekend weather anchor on “Good Morning America” on Saturday. She has been NBC owned-and-operated WMAQ since 2006.

Kanani joins ABC News after eight years at NBC-affiliate KUSA. She will be a digital journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. She announced she was leaving the station last week but declined to say where, saying “the ink wasn’t dry yet” on her new contract.

After the jump, the full memo from Sherwood. Read more

WMAQ Sports Anchor Paula Faris Joining ABC News

Sports anchor Paula Faris is leaving NBC owned-and-operated WMAQ in Chicago to anchor “World News Now” on ABC News, according to Time Out Chicago‘s Robert Feder.

Although ABC News has not yet confirmed Faris’ hire, the sports anchor told Feder she will leave WMAQ when her contract expires in December for a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

“Until my final day on the air at NBC 5, I promise to tell the untold stories and do my job to the very best of my ability,” Faris said.

Faris is the second WMAQ journalist to join ABC News in recent months. Weekend meteorologist Ginger Zee is reportedly joining “Good Morning America” next month. WMAQ’s morning anchor, Zoraida Sambolin, is also leaving the station, reportedly bound for CNN.

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