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Michael Nurse, WKBW VP & GM told TVSpy, “We are going a new direction in our morning program under EW Scripps ownership. We tried something different and it didn’t resonate.”
Nurse also said more detail about the station’s plans would be announced soon.
Alan Pergament, TV writer for The Buffalo News, who first reported the news, said, “The departure of the anchors isn’t a surprise since “Good Morning” has been a ratings disaster and hit rock bottom during the July sweeps.”
The two were hired last year in what then news director Polly Van Doren said was a revamp. She told TVSpy, “We have a new General Manager who feels it’s best to start fresh with our morning product.” Van Doren left WKBW for WKEF-WRGT in Dayton, OH, in January.
Van Doren confirmed with TVSpy, assistant news director Lisa Polster has been named as her replacement.
Both Taney and Geoffery announced their departures from WKBW within weeks of one another. After Geoffery said she was leaving, WKBW news director Polly Van Doren told TVSpy, “WKBW is undertaking a complete revamp of our morning news product. We have a new General Manager who feels it’s best to start fresh with our morning product.”
WKBW also announced two other moves, Jill Perkins will join the station as a multimedia journalist in July. She was a reporter and fill-in anchor at WJET in Erie, PA. While WKBW MMJ Jason Gruenauer will join the sports team. Read more
She told TVSPy she wasn’t ready to announce where she’s headed, but could confirm she was moving on at the end of her current contract.
Geoffery’s move follows her co-anchor Patrick Taney‘s decision to move to WHEC in Rochester. Granite Broadcasting recently promoted station manager and VP of sales Mike Nurse to GM after Bill Ransom announced his retirement in May. Nurse takes over July 1.
Geoffery started at WKBW as a reporter in 2004. She also worked as a sports anchor before anchoring the news. She started her career covering the NHL’s Dallas Stars and MLB’s Texas Rangers and worked at CNN Headline News as a sports anchor before coming to WKBW.
>UPDATE: Polly Van Doren, news director for WKBW told TVSpy in an email,
“WKBW is undertaking a complete revamp of our morning news product. Anchors Patrick Taney and Ginger Geoffery will be moving on – Patrick to a new position at WHEC in Rochester, and Ginger to another opportunity. Ginger has not been offered another contract, but will continue to remain at WKBW through the duration of her current deal, which expires in October. We have a new General Manager who feels it’s best to start fresh with our morning product. Ginger has been a valued member of our news team. Change is inevitable in our business and this change is not reflective of her abilities. We are working with her as she goes on to what is certain to be a great opportunity. We are in the process of signing a new team and expect to announce their hiring next week.”
Taney told TVSpy, he “decided against moving to another city further away at this point in my life despite other offers.” According to Buffalo News writer Alan Pergament, WKBW news director Polly Van Doren wrote in a memo to staff, the move will allow Taney to spend more time with his parents who live near Rochester.
Taney came to WKBW from WZVN in Fort Myers, FL. Before WZVN, he worked at WBBH also in Fort Myers, KHOG in Fort Smith-Fayetteville, AR, and Cable 13 in Leighton, PA. Taney said he will stay at WKBW until the station finds a replacement.
Before joining KOLR-KOZL, Van Doren worked at WTVW in Evansville, where she was an anchor and managing editor, and WPSD in Paducah, where she was an anchor and reporter. She begins at WKBW on September 20, replacing John Di Scullo, who left WKBW in July for crosstown rival WBBZ.