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On the Move, 3/11/13

Matt Flener will join KMBC in Kansas City as an anchor and reporter next month. He has been weekend morning anchor at KUSA in Denver for the past three years.

Sara Sandrik moves to weekend evening anchor at KFSN in Fresno.

Jessica Raatz begins her on-air career as a bureau reporter for WFIE in Evansville, Ind.

Journalists in this post are represented by Rick Carr of TVContract.com.

To report a new move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

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On the Move, 10/2/12

John Discepolo joins WPEC in West Palm Beach as the weeknight evening anchor. He comes from KOMO in Seattle.

Jennifer Zeppelin signs on to KTUL in Tulsa as the market’s first female chief meteorologist. Previously, Zeppelin worked at KCNC in Denver.

Meteorologist Andrew Kozak also joins KTUL, where he will handle weather reports on the weekday morning newscast. Kozak, who has been freelancing at KTUL for several months, previously worked at rival KOKI. 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.