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Christopher Ford Named WHEC News Director

ford_croppedChristopher Ford has been named news director for Rochester, NY, NBC affiliate WHEC.

“I am very excited to have Chris join our team,” Derek Dalton, WHEC vice president and general manager said in a statement. “His investigative background and passion to serve will be a real asset to our newsroom and our Rochester community.”

Dalton told TVSpy, Ford will start at WHEC in mid-January.

Before coming to WHEC, Ford was assistant news director at WTSP in Tampa, FL. He has also worked at WTMJ in Milwaukee and CLTV the 24-hour Chicago cable network.

[Rochester Business Journal]

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Rochester NBC Affiliate Apologizes After Airing Sensitive Episode of ‘Chicago Fire’

WHEC, the NBC affiliate in Rochester, has issued an apology after airing an episode of “Chicago Fire” that closely resembled the Christmas Eve shooting in neighboring Webster, N.Y.

The episode, which aired Wednesday evening, featured a scene that showed firefighters and ambulance workers being shot during the response to a 911 call. Derek Dalton, the station’s vice president and general manager, released a statement Thursday:

Last night, NBC, our network, ran an episode of Chicago Fire that many in our community felt was insensitive in light of the Christmas Eve tragedy.

We understand and regret the timing of this episode.  By no means did we, or NBC, intend any disrespect to the families or our community affected by the recent events in Webster.

All of us in the WHEC-TV family have a personal connection to our community and our firefighters.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and we will continue to cover this story with compassion and professionalism.

Anchor Don Hudson Joins WHEC From KTVX

Don Hudson will join Rochester NBC-affiliate WHEC as an anchor and reporter this fall.

Hudson is currently the 5 p.m. anchor at KTVX, the ABC-affiliate in Salt Lake City. He will begin in his new role in late September, according to the station. He replaces Rich Funke, who is retiring after 38 years at WHEC.

“Not only is Don a true professional but he is also a dedicated family man,” VP-GM Derek Dalton said. “His committment to family and community are the exact values that we look for here at News10NBC. Hie is passionate about getting to the heart of the story making him a perfect addition to our News10NBC family.”

After 38 Years at WHEC, Rich Funke to Retire

Rich Funke, the longtime evening anchor at WHEC in Rochester, will retire at the end of this year.

Funke, who joined the NBC-affiliate in 1974 as sports director, announced the news on the 6 p.m. newscast yesterday.

“I don’t know where the time has gone,” he said. “But I do know the time has come to step aside, move into the next phase of my life. My last day on the air will be sometime in December, but in the weeks and months ahead we’ll share some stories and revisit some people and places I’ll never forget.” Read more

Longtime WHEC Boss Arnold Klinsky Retires

Arnold Klinsky is bidding farewell to Rochester’s WHEC.

Klinsky, WHEC’s vice president and general manager, is retiring after 27 years with the station.

During his tenure with WHEC, he oversaw the station’s switch in network affiliation, from CBS to NBC. He also served as chair of the New York State Broadcasters Association.

Before joining WHEC, Klinsky served as news director and VP of operations at Hartford’s WVIT. He will be succeeded by Derek Dalton.