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Former Miami, Cleveland Anchor John Hambrick Dies at 73

John Hambrick, a veteran local news anchor, died Tuesday from lung cancer. He was 73.

Hambrick was the primary anchor at WTVJ in Miami from 1985 to 1989. He would later join rival WCIX (now WFOR). Before moving to South Florida, he worked at local stations around the country including WNBC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, KRON in San Francisco, WEWS in Cleveland and WCPO in Cincinnati.

“John was a legend in this community,” WFOR news director Liz Roldan told the Miami Herald. “He set a standard that all of us in the local television industry strive to meet, simply because it makes us all better at what we do. John was larger than life — not surprising because he was a fellow Texan — but also due to his authoritative delivery and his commanding presence.”

Meteorologist Who Sued KCBS in 2012, Sues KABC After Not Getting Hired

Kyle Hunter, a meteorologist with more than 20 years experience is suing Los Angeles ABC owned station KABC for unlawful discrimination in hiring after not being interviewed for an open on-air weather position.

Hunter, who sued CBS along with stations KCBS and KCAl in March 2012 for the same reason, alleges he was not considered for the position because KABC president and general manager Arnie Kleiner and KABC news director Cheryl Fair wanted to hire an attractive female instead.

The complaint reads, “Plaintiff alleges that the job posting by KABC-TV was nothing more than a sham as Mr. Kleiner and Ms. Cheryl Fair had previously decided to hire a young, attractive female for this position – preferably a blonde who physically resembled Indra Petersons.”

Indra Petersons left KABC in 2011. In the complaint Hunter alleges he was never contacted for an interview when he applied for the open position left by Petersons departure. He also believes “that multiple qualified males applied for this position, but none were brought in for interviews, auditions or given any true consideration for this open on-air news department position.” He also alleges that “multiple qualified persons over 40″ had the same experience. Read more

California Stations Cover High Court Decisions on Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court of the United States handed down two decisions on gay marriage this morning, a ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and another on California’s Proposition 8. In San Francisco and Los Angeles, local stations had continuing coverage of the rulings.

In Los Angeles, ABC O&O KABC, NBC O&O KNBC and CBS O&O KCBS all broadcast national special reports. Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchored on NBC, George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC and Norah O’Donnell anchored on CBS. CW affiliate KTLA and Fox O&O KTTV stayed with local coverage, with Frank Buckley and Jessica Holmes anchoring on KTLA and Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone anchoring on KTTV.

In San Francisco, NBC O&O KNTV and CBS O&O KPIX broadcast the national special reports. ABC O&O KGO, Fox affiliate KTVU and MyNetworkTV affiliate KRON had local coverage of the two decisions. Kristen Sze and Eric Thomas anchored on KGO, Tori Campbell and Dave Clark anchored on KTVU and Mark Danon anchored on KRON.

The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage act and dismissed the appeal on Proposition 8, clearing the way for gay marriage in California.

Los Angeles Stations Cover Santa Monica College Shooting

Three people were shot Friday near Santa Monica College, and a suspect was subsequently arrested in the school’s library. The shooting took place just miles away from where President Obama was attended a fundraiser in Los Angeles.

KCAL was the first station to report the news at 12:16 p.m., in the middle of its noon newscast. Sandra Mitchell anchored and Kara Finnstrom reported from Santa Monica College. KTTV was next at at 12:22 p.m. Maria Sansone and Tony McEwing anchored for the Fox O&O. KABC broke into “The Chew” at 12:30 p.m. with Ric Romero anchoring and Sid Garcia reporting from the scene. KCBS began simulcasting KCAL’s continuous coverage at 12:34 p.m. KTLA was next at 12:36, and KNBC — which was airing NBC’s coverage of the French Open — reported the shooting at 1:18 p.m.

The stations relied mostly on ground shots from the scene because of flight restrictions in the area due to Obama’s visit to Los Angeles prevented any aerial pictures.

“Normally we would have Sky 9 and Sky 2 up over the scene to bring you this breaking news, but there are flight restrictions in the air because of this Presidential visit,” Mitchell said on KCBS.

Indra Petersons Joins CNN From KABC

KABC meteorologist Indra Petersons has joined CNN as a weather anchor and correspondent, TVNewser reports.

Petersons will primarily contribute to “New Day,” CNN’s morning newscast set to launch on June 17. Her first assignment for CNN will be covering the tornado devastation from Moore this week.

Before joining KABC in 2003, Petersons worked at KEYT in Santa Barbara and KVIA in El Paso.

Pablo Pereira Named Evening Meteorologist at KTTV-KCOP

Pablo Pereira has been named meteorologist for the evening newscasts at KTTV-KCOP, Fox’s duopoly in Los Angeles. In his new role, he will appear on “Studio 11 L.A.,” “FOX 11 News at 10 PM,” “KCOP My13 News at 7PM” and “KCOP My13 News at 11PM.”

Pereira joined the stations on a per diem basis in 2011. He has previously worked at KABC and KNBC, both in Los Angeles.

“This is my dream job. Getting the opportunity to work alongside such a talented team is truly a great honor and thrill,” Pereira said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to provide accurate and informative weather forecasts to KTTV/KCOP viewers.”

KABC Meteorologist Found…On Vacation

The mystery has been solved! After a few rumors started popping up online and in TVSpy’s mailbox about the recent disappearance of KABC meteorologist Dallas Raines, we went straight to the source for answers.

Cheryl Fair, news director for the Los Angeles ABC owned station, told TVSpy Raines has been “off on a long-planned well-deserved special vacation.”  Fair added that Raines would be back on the air tonight.

On Raines’ company facebook page, viewers began posting comments like, “Where are you Dallas ?” and “Where have you been? You’re the best dresser on t.v. You’re an impeccable dresser! You’ve got the best personality of any weatherperson. I miss seeing you. Are you o.k.? I hope all is well with you.”

Newsblues reported Raines last checked in on air at 5:09 p.m. on April 12 and last tweeted on April 8, the subscription news site also said it was “unusual” KABC made no mention of his absence, especially since it happened during the beginning part of May sweeps. (The newsblues link leads to paid subscription site)

NABET-CWA and ABC Reach Tentative Agreement

The National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians has announced it has reached a tentative four year labor agreement with ABC, inc.

“I am pleased to announce that at the culmination of a marathon bargaining session conducted under my auspices, the parties have reached a comprehensive initial Memorandum of Agreement.” Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen said in a statement. “The Agreement is subject to union ratification, but it represents a major step toward the successful completion of long and difficult negotiations.”

NABET-CWA said the new contract was reached after a fifteen hour mediation session and includes wage increases and improved retirement benefits. “The wage offer contains a total of 9% (up from 6.5%) in wage increases over the next four years (2.5%, 2.0%, 2.0%, and 2.5%) effective March 30, 2013.” Read more

Sports Anchor Pat Doney Joins KXAS

Pat Doney is joining the NBC-owned station in Dallas as weekend sports anchor, according to Dallas media blogger Ed Bark.

Doney comes to KXAS after more than two years at WDRB, the Fox affiliate in Louisville. He began his broadcasting career as a sports intern at KABC in Los Angeles and has also worked at WSET in Lynchburg, Va. and KNWA-KARK in Fayetteville, Ark.

Doney replaces Matt Barrie, who is headed for ESPN.

Veteran KABC Reporter John North Retiring

John North, longtime political reporter for Los Angeles ABC owned station KABC, has announced he is retiring at the end of this week.

The news came to KABC staffers last week in an email from vice president and news director Cheryl Fair which said in part, “As you know, John has been at the center of our coverage on some of the biggest stories – from his terrific work during the OJ Simpson saga which he covered almost every day for over two years – to being front and center for most of our local and national political coverage.”

Fair went on to call North, “one of those reporters who helped define Eyewitness News.”  She then added, “We and the viewers have appreciated John’s contributions to Eyewitness News through the years and we wish him well in this next chapter of his life.” Read more

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