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WBFF Hires Baltimore Veterans Marianne Banister, Tony Pagnotti

Marianne Banister, a longtime anchor at WBAL in Baltimore, is joining rival WBFF, according to The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik.

Bannister spent 16 years at NBC affiliate WBAL. The station declined to renew her contract in 2011. At Fox affiliate WBFF, Banister will anchor the weekend morning newscast slated to launch on January 19.

Zurawik also reports WBFF has hired Tony Pagnotti, a former meteorologist for ABC affiliate WMAR.

“We recognize outstanding talent and wanted both Marianne and Tony on our staff,” WBFF news director Mike Tomko told The Sun. “Their professionalism and long history in the market made for a perfect match here at Fox45.

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WBFF Trying to Revive ‘Fugitive Files’ in Wake of Controversy Involving Suspect’s On-Camera Apology

Baltimore Fox-affiliate WBFF is reportedly trying to revive its regular “Fugitive Files” segment in the wake of a controversy involving a high-profile suspect’s on-camera apology.

In April, WBFF drew the ire of the Baltimore Police Department after it taped an interview with a man wanted for a brutal St. Patrick’s Day assault and failed to notify the authorities about it.  The man turned himself in following the interview, but police felt that the station’s failure to tell them about it was a breach of trust.

Now, according to the Baltimore Sun, WBFF is trying to get back in the good graces of the department in an effort to revive “Fugitive Files,” which it has been airing since 2007. Read more

Baltimore Police Department ‘Angered’ Over WBFF Interview with Man Suspected of Beating

The Baltimore Police Department is reportedly cancelling a partnership with Fox-affiliate WBFF after the station did not tell police it was taping an interview with a man suspected of a brutal beating.

Aaron Jacob Parsons turned himself in to the Baltimore Police Station at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. Police said they had made arrangements for Parsons to turn himself in earlier in the day, but he disappeared after taping an interview with WBFF.

The Baltimore Sun reports police “were angered” with WBFF for not communicating Parsons was at their studio, and said they would cancel a weekly segment on fugitives that the two organizations produce together.

“We were told Parsons would turn himself in after making a statement, and we had no reason to believe otherwise,” WBFF news director Mike Tomko said. Read more