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Mike Francis Out at Atlanta NBC Affiliate

francis_wxiaMike Francis, chief meteorologist for Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA, is no longer with the station.

When viewers asked about Francis on the station facebook page, WXIA responded to more than one posting, “Thanks for writing. Mike Francis is no longer at 11Alive. Veteran meteorologist Chris Holcomb 11Alive will be taking over the weeknight weather duties. We’re currently doing a nationwide search for a world class meteorologist to join Chris, Chesley McNeil 11Alive and Allison Chinchar 11Alive to ensure you’ll always have the weather information you need to keep you informed and safe.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution media reporter Rodney Ho, who first reported the news said, “When I reached him by phone today, Francis said, “Everything is fine. My wife is calling me. I need to call you back.” (He didn’t call me back.)”

Francis has worked at WXIA since July 2011. Before coming to Atlanta, Francis worked at KARK in Little Rock, AR. He has also worked at KSWO in Lawton, OK.

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Now, It’s Official: Mike Francis Named Chief Meteorologist at WXIA

Okay, now it’s official: Mike Francis has been named chief meteorologist at Atlanta’s WXIA.

Earlier this month, KARK, Francis’s now-former station, jumped the gun in announcing that the veteran meteorologist had landed a job in the #8 market. In reality, Francis’s agent was still finalizing the WXIA deal. But now the Gannett-owned NBC-affiliate has announced that Francis is indeed joining the station.

“Mike Francis is one of the most well respected and knowledgeable meteorologists in the country,” said WXIA VP of News Ellen Crooke, in announcing the hiring. “He is such a perfect fit for us. His years of storm chasing have given him incredible insight into the way storms behave and I’m proud to have him lead our team.”

Francis, who spent the past decade at KARK, is replacing Paul Ossmann, who will be leaving WXIA later this month. Read more

On the Move, 7/1/11

Meteorologist Bryan Shaw joins Buffalo’s WIVB. Shaw previously worked for WOWK in Huntington, WV.

Reporter Crystal Haynes is leaving WTNH after four years to join Boston Fox O&O WFXT.

Investigative producer Dave Manoucheri has landed at Sacramento’s KCRA, a Hearst-owned NBC-affiliate, after spending ten years with the CBS Television Stations Group with KOVR and KCRA.

Reporter Chris Stanford joins WCCO in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Stanford previously worked for WQOW in Eau Claire, WI.

Jaime McCutcheon is the new 10 p.m. anchor at WHNS and NewsChannel 12 in the Greenville-New Bern-Washington market. Read more

Mike Francis Joining WXIA, Oh Wait, Not So Fast

Yesterday there was word from Little Rock that longtime KARK weathercaster Mike Francis was leaving to become chief meteorologist at Atlanta’s WXIA. In the past 24 hours, though, Francis’s attorney has been forced to do damage control because it turns out that he hasn’t yet finalized a deal with ‘XIA.

Rick Carr, Francis’s attorney, spoke with TVSpy this morning and described how KARK jumped the gun in celebrating the veteran meteorologist’s move to Atlanta after 10 years in Little Rock.

Francis’s contract was up for renewal at KARK and the NBC-affiliate was waiting on a decision after submitting its final offer when the meteorologist informed station management that he was moving on, mentioning his (potential) new job in Atlanta.

“Mike’s an excitable guy and just got caught up in the moment,” Carr told TVSpy. Read more

KARK’s Mike Francis Moving to WXIA in Atlanta

Veteran meteorologist Mike Francis is leaving Little Rock’s KARK, where has has been for 10 years, for WXIA in Atlanta. He will be the station’s chief meteorologist.

KARK, the Little Rock NBC affiliate, announced Francis’s 48-market jump yesterday. News director Rob Heverling said, “We are very proud that he has developed so much during his tenure here that he has been able to make a positive impression on a top-ten TV market.”

Francis was named chief meteorologist at KARK, where he does the morning newscast, in 2008. His last day at the NBC affiliate will be July 1.

“Leaving Central Arkansas will not be easy for me,” Francis said. “The times we’ve shared together have given me and my family the opportunity to get a leadership position in one of the biggest TV markets in the country and we’re very grateful.”

>Update: Francis’s offer at WXIA has not yet been finalized, according to his attorney, Rick Carr.