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On the Move, 9/11/13

Antonio Mora joins Al Jazeera America as host of primetime interview program “Consider This.” Mora was previously an anchor at WFOR in Miami.

Jeff Pegues moves from WABC to CBS News, where he will be a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent.

Aditi Roy joins ABC News from WCAU in Philadelphia.

Meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson joins Al Jazeera America from KIRO in Seattle. Read more

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Reid Lamberty Out at Boston’s WHDH

Evening co-anchor Reid Lamberty is out at WHDH, the NBC affiliate in Boston, NewsBlues reports.

Lamberty joined WHDH from WSVN in Miami (both stations are owned by Sunbeam Television) in 2011. He has also worked as an anchor at WNYW and WCBS in New York and WFXT in Boston.

Lamberty’s bio has been stripped from the WHDH website. Adam Williams has been anchoring the evening newscasts alongside Amanda Grace since June 6.

WHDH general manager Chris Wayland and news director Linda Miele did not respond to TVSpy’s requests for comment.

Boston Reporter Trapped in Gunfight: ‘I’ve Never in my Life Been in a Situation Like This’

WHDH reporter Adam Williams provided a dramatic firsthand account of the gunfight between Boston police and the marathon bombing suspects from Watertown last night.

Williams was trapped behind the police barricade during the gunfight, saying he was “so close he could smell the gunpowder.”

“I’m just staying down using the car as shelter,” Williams said. I’ve never in my life been in a situation like this … clearly we’re not in a situation where police would want us, but we can’t get out right now.” Watch:

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WHDH’s Anne Allred Leaving Boston for St. Louis

After six years at WHDH, morning anchor Anne Allred is saying goodbye to the Boston NBC affiliate.

“The last five and a half years working with Anne have been wonderful,” Adam Williams said as he introduced a tribute to Allred Friday (video above). “Anne’s going to be heading back to St Louis to work for the NBC station out there, to be closer to family and loved ones.” Read more

Reporting on the Red Sox Collapse, Boston Stations Feel City’s Pain

Boston stations spent significant time this morning reporting on the Boston Red Sox, who were shut out of the postseason last night in a late-inning loss that completed a painful September slide, leaving sports-obsessed Boston in mourning.

“Red Sox fans waking up with broken hearts and massive headaches as hopes of the postseason are long gone,” WFXT anchor Gene Lavanchy said soberly at the top of the 6:30 a.m. broadcast.

WBZ‘s David Robichaud and WCVB‘s Kelly Tuthill (who described her live shot as “like the weather — it’s dreary, it’s damp, it’s miserable”) were at Fenway Park to cover the team’s arrival in Boston. “I have a feeling not many of them will want to speak,” Robichaud said shortly before the Red Sox pulled in. Read more

WHDH Adds an Hour of Morning News at 9 a.m.

WHDH, the NBC affiliate in Boston, has announced the introduction of a 9 a.m. newscast to their daily programming lineup. The new broadcast will replace “Regis & Kelly,” which will move to ABC affiliate WCVB next month.

The Sunbeam-owned WHDH follows the lead of Miami’s WSVN — also owned by Sunbeam — in replacing “Regis & Kelly” with an additional hour of morning news.“The extra hour in the morning further establishes our dedication to providing more local news and information to our viewers,” said WHDH vice president and general manager Chris Wayland.

WHDH currently airs “Today in New England,” from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., followed by NBC’s “Today” show from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The new show will be anchored by Anne Allred and Adam Williams, with weather forecasts contributed by meteorologist Dylan Dreyer.

WHDH Auditions Current Anchors For Seats Vacated by Frances Rivera and Matt Lorch

An extensive search is underway to fill the open anchor seats at Boston’s WHDH, according to The Boston Globe. The station is testing out in-house talent to fill anchor positions vacated by Frances Rivera, who was the late evening anchor, and Matt Lorch, who was the early evening anchor at the Sunbeam-owned NBC affiliate.

The station has been heavily rotating its normal anchor lineup, switching Anne Allred (left), Amanda Grace, Adam Williams and Sorboni Banerjee between weekday and weekend mornings and evenings to test the talent in a variety of different positions.

“We feel like we have a lot of good options both internally and externally,” WHDH VP-GM Chris Wayland told The Globe. He said the station is looking at a variety of factors, including viewer feedback, focus group data and on-air chemistry with Kim Khazei, who currently anchors the evening broadcast.

Rivera and Lorch both announced their departure this month — Rivera on July 14 and Lorch on July 21. Rivera will join New York City’s WPIX, while Lorch will head west to join KCPQ in Seattle.

In Ongoing Union Battle, WHDH Talent Takes to the Picket Line at Station Event

The battle between WHDH and AFTRA — the union that represents the NBC affiliate’s on-air talent — is heating up in Boston.

WHDH talent — including those pictured at left, Victoria Warren, Frances Rivera and Adam Williams (all wearing black)– protested outside the station’s annual Health and Wellness Expo over the weekend, waving signs that said, “AFTRA Contract Now!”

Much of the station’s talent has been working without a contract since last year as the union and the station attempt an agreement over salary and age discrimination concerns. The Boston Herald‘s Jessica Heslam reports that according to AFTRA, the Sunbeam Television-owned station has ceased negotiations in the fight.

In addition to the signs, WHDH anchors and reporters also handed out fliers outside the Expo, urging attendees to call station general manager Chris Wayland and “tell him you support a fair workplace for broadcasters.”