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News Director Bill Payer Out at WIAT

wiat logoNews director Bill Payer is out at Birmingham CBS affiliate WIAT. Payer announced his departure in an email to station staffers Wednesday:

 I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your part in was has been an seven of the most gratifying years of my professional life….today, ironically, was the last day of the seventh year.

I regret I did not have the opportunity to express this in person but I truly appreciate the effort, the dedication and the professionalism you all have exhibited over those seven years.  I can only hope I was as supportive of your efforts as I wanted to be.  I know at times it seemed like I was never satisfied, but that’s only because there was so much more potential in each of you.

Payer has been the news director at WIAT since 2006. He has previously worked as news director for WKBW in Buffalo and as assistant news director at KPIX in San Francisco.

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Natalie Tejeda to Join WIAT as Weekend Anchor

Yesterday we reported Natalie Tejeda was leaving San Antonio CBS affiliate KENS. WIAT news director Bill Payer confirmed the rest of the report in the San Antonio Express-News that had Tejeda leaving KENS in August for the Birmingham, AL, CBS affiliate.

Tejeda told viewers on facebook, “OK Friends – The cat is officially out of the bag! I have accepted a Weekend Anchor/Nightside Reporter position at WIAT in Birmingham, AL. My last day at KENS 5 will be on August 9.”

>UPDATE: Tejeda told TVSpy, “I am thrilled to be working with such an incredible team at WIAT. Everyone is so talented and I knew from the moment I walked through the door that this was the place I wanted to call my new home.”

Tejeda has worked at WOAI in San Antonio, KMSB in Tucson, AZ, KYMA in Yuma, AZ. She was a freelance helicopter reporter at KABC in Los Angeles.

WIAT Adds Meteorologist Gene Norman

Former Houston meteorologist Gene Norman has joined WIAT in Birmingham, AL, as chief meteorologist.

Norman, whose bio is already on the CBS affiliate’s website wrote, “I’m looking forward to working with a strong team committed to giving Alabama viewers life-saving information when the skies grow dark.  When it’s time to get out and enjoy a sunny day, I’ll tell you that too.”

WIAT news director Bill Payer told TVSpy, Norman goes on-air Monday. He will anchor the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

Norman last worked as chief meteorologist at Houston CBS affiliate KHOU. He left the station November 2012.

According to Houston media blogger Mike McGuff, WIAT has seen recent staff changes.  The station recently lost morning meteorologist Kalee Dionne to Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB.

[Mike McGuff] [Houston Chronicle]