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Todd Gutner Officially Back at WCSH

gutner croppedTodd Gutner has officially returned to WCSH.

Gutner left the Portland, Me. NBC affiliate in 2007 for WBZ in Boston. In August, Gutner announced he was going back to WCHS.

“Never underestimate the power of this amazing state to woo talented people,” said news director Mike Redding. “Todd is coming home because this is where he and his wife want to raise their kids. Mainers win because they get a brilliant meteorologist and a good person to boot.”

Gutner will begin working on the morning show a week from Monday.

Kevin Mannix will slide his schedule to cover weekdays,” The station wrote in a press release. “Joe Cupo will cover weekday evenings and NEWS CENTER at 11pm.  Tom Johnston and AJ Burnett can be seen weekend mornings and evenings respectively.  Steve McKay is watching the skies in Bangor on weekday evenings.”

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Maureen O’Brien Out as News Director at WCSH

The Portland Press Herald is reporting WCSH news director Maureen O’Brien has left the station for unspecified reasons.

O’Brien’s departure comes days after the Portland, Maine NBC affiliate’s meteorologist, Joe Cupo, went on air to refute allegations he was a client of an alleged prostitution ring in Kennebunk, Maine.

The Press Herald said the station would not comment on why O’Brien left but did back the decision to put Cupo on air,

Steve Carter, the station’s president and general manager, would not comment Tuesday on O’Brien’s departure. He would not say why or when she left the position.  “It’s a personnel matter, and it’s not something we comment on,” Carter said.  He said he supported the decision to put Joe Cupo on the air to dispel rumors that he was a client of Alexis Wright of Wells.

O’Brien has been news director at WCSH since 2008.

VIDEO: WCSH’s Joe Cupo Refutes Rumors of His Involvement in Zumba Prostitution Scandal

WCSH meteorologist Joe Cupo is refuting a rumor that he was one of the men who paid Alexis Wright for sex at her Zumba studio in Kennebunk, Maine (video above).

Police have been releasing names of alleged clients in batches. An attorney involved in the case has claimed a TV personality is on the list; the rumors have focused on Cupo, who has worked at the Portland NBC affiliate since 1979.

“The rumor is so pervasive it is affecting his personal life, so Joe asked for a moment to refute what he finds to be a hurtful and insulting lie,” Cindy Williams said on a recent newscast. Read more