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Seattle Morning News Team Helps Ducklings Find Water

KCPQ ducks herdA mama duck and her seven ducklings were stuck the KCPQ parking lot across the street from Seattle’s Lake Union.

So the FOX affiliate’s morning team of Bill Wixey, Brien Blakely and M.J. McDermott did their part to help guide the raft across Westlake Avenue and into the lake’s wet embrace.

After the eight web-footed friends were safe, the KCPQ team high-fived each other for saving some ducks and basically capturing cuteness on video. Watch the video after the jump. Read more

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Liz Dueweke Jumps From KOMO to KCPQ

lizDueweke_photo2After a year at Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO, Liz Dueweke is joining rival KCPQ. Duewke, who was the morning anchor at KOMO, will serve in the same role at Fox affiliate KCPQ beginning April 28.

“I am excited to have Liz join our incredibly talented team on Q13 FOX News This Morning. Liz is a very skilled anchor who strikes the right balance between being a serious journalist while also putting a smile on your face in the morning.  She is a perfect fit for our morning newscast,” KCPQ news director Erica Hill said in a statement.

Dueweke will anchor alongside Bill Wixey weekdays from 5-10 a.m. Kaci Aitchison, who currently serves as Wixey’s co-anchor, will host various features and segments throughout the morning, according to KCPQ. Brien Blakely, Kelly O’Connell and Tim Joyce will host from 4:30-5 a.m.

Charlotte’s WCCB Introduces New 10 p.m. Anchor Team in Wake of Blakely’s Newsroom Brawl

Following anchor Brien Blakely‘s newsroom tussle and eventual firing, Charlotte’s WCCB has announced a major on-air shake-up.

The Fox-affiliate’s 10 p.m. newscast, previously the domain of Blakely and Rebecca Clark, will now be anchored by Morgan Fogarty and Israel Balderas.

Fogarty has been with WCCB since 2005, where she has most recently co-hosted “Fox News Edge,” a fast-paced news and entertainment show that follows the station’s 10 p.m. newscast.

Balderas has been anchoring WCCB’s morning newscast.  Before joining the station, Balderas worked as an investigative reporter for El Paso Fox-affiliate KFOX.

WCCB also announced that Matt Harris and Ramona Holloway will take over as hosts of “Fox News Edge,” where they teamed from 2004 to 2006.

WCCB fired Blakely on January 21, three days after he was involved in a fight with Edward Boyce Jr., a news producer. Read more

Anchor Brien Blakely Charged in WCCB Fracas

Anchor Brien Blakely was charged with assault this morning in connection to the newsroom brawl that occurred last Tuesday.

Blakely’s opponent in the fracas, producer Edward Boyce Jr., was charged on Monday.  Both men posted $300 bond and were released.

Blakely and Boyce were interviewed by Charlotte police last week and the investigation has offered more details about the fight, which occurred a couple of hours before WCCB‘s 10 p.m. newscast.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Blakely and Boyce were called into a supervisor’s office on Tuesday evening.  The resulting meeting, which was meant to ease tensions between the anchor and producer, led to the physical altercation.

Following the fight, Blakely said that he was “protecting the honor and integrity” of the station.

Both men were let go by the station last week.

Producer Charged in WCCB Newsroom Brawl

The fall-out continues from last week’s newsroom brawl at WCCB as the news producer involved in the dust-up has been charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.

Earlier reports of the fight involving anchor Brien Blakely did not include the producer’s name. Now police reports indicate that Edward Boyce Jr., 31, was Blakely’s sparring partner last Tuesday evening.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Boyce told police last week that, roughly three hours before the station’s 10 p.m. newscast, Blakely ripped his glasses from his face, placing him “in fear for his safety.”

Boyce was arraigned on the charges Monday night and posted $300 bond.

WCCB, a Fox-affiliate in Charlotte, fired Blakely and Boyce last week following the incident.

WCCB Fires Anchor Brien Blakely, Producer Following Newsroom Brawl

WCCB has fired Brien Blakely in the wake of a newsroom brawl that occurred earlier this week.

On Tuesday, Blakely and a news producer got into a fight moments before the Fox-affiliate’s 10 p.m. newscast.  After the dust-up, Blakely went to the emergency room to treat a cut on his face and the producer exited the station.  Neither has been to work since.

Station manager Jim White announced to staff today that both Blakely and the producer had been let go, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Sources told the Observer that the fight stemmed from a derogatory posting on Facebook.

Following the fight, Blakely said that he was “protecting the honor and integrity” of the station.

Newsroom Brawl Lands WCCB Anchor Brien Blakely in Hospital

Anchor Brien Blakely spent Tuesday evening at a Charlotte emergency room instead of the WCCB anchor desk after getting into a violent altercation with a news producer.

Moments before WCCB’s 10 p.m. newscast, Blakely got into an argument with a producer that escalated into a physical brawl.  During the fight, Blakely, who joined the Charlotte Fox-affiliate in 2005, was sent flying over a desk.  His nose was badly cut during the fall and he was rushed to an area hospital for treatment.

Police were called to the scene but no charges were filed.

“I was protecting the honor and integrity of our station,” Blakely told the Charlotte Observer about the fight.

The news producer walked out of the station after the altercation as Blakely went to the hospital.  Both men were not at work on Wednesday.

WCCB has had its fair share of turmoil recently.  Read more