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Alabama ABC Station Pulls Sam Champion Marriage Story From Website

ABC 33/40 the ABC affiliate for Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Anniston, AL, has pulled stories about ABC weatherman Sam Champion‘s engagement from its website and its facebook page, according to blogger Jim Romenesko.

Romenesko quotes a viewer who says,

“This is the link to the FB thread that was pulled. This is where the “Sam Champion Engaged!” story was on ABC 33/40’s website. On this Facebook thread, you can see the link to the “Sam Champion Engaged!” story worked at one point, and Facebook is still pulling the proper thumbnail for that story. But if you click the link, it goes to a ‘Page not found’ error page on the ABC 33/40 website.”

Champion announced his engagement to boyfriend Rubem Robierb last week and sat down with his Good Morning America co-anchors to talk about the engagement.  You can watch the video of the discussion after the jump.

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Boston’s WCVB Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Today marks 40 years on the air for WCVB, the ABC-affiliate in Boston.

WCVB staffers celebrated at an anniversary breakfast this morning. The station is also giving away presents on the WCVB Facebook page, asking viewers to correctly answer all the questions on a history quiz for a chance to win a retro tee-shirt.

The station has also uploaded several archival photos and videos of WCVB through the years to its website (an image from the station’s first broadcast on March 19, 1972 is pictured here.)

ABC weather anchor Sam Champion mentioned the milestone on “Good Morning America” this morning. “Happy 40th Birthday, WCVB,” he said. “You don’t look a day over 20.” Read more

Cleveland’s WKYC Hires Meteorologist Marcus Walter

Marcus Walter is joining WKYC, the NBC-affiliate in Cleveland, as a meteorologist.

Walter joins WKYC from ABC News, where he is currently the weather producer for “Good Morning America” meteorologist Sam Champion. The station reported the hire on the “WKYC Director’s Cut” blog.

He replaces A.J. Colby, who was let go from WKYC in April of last year but continued to work at the station on a freelance basis until October.  Walter’s first day will be February 13.

‘Gay Anchorman’ Charles Perez Continues to Rip WABC

Unable to speak about his time with Miami’s WPLG due to an ongoing legal battle, Charles Perez is going after another former employer: WABC.

In his new book, “Confessions of a Gay Anchorman,” Perez doesn’t mince words when it comes to his former colleagues at WABC, including Liz Cho, Diana Williams, Bill Ritter, and Sam Champion.

And while his criticism of the ABC flagship only makes up a small portion of the book, Perez continues to rip the station in a new interview with TVSpy sister site FishbowlNY.

“To me it’s not about any of the people I mentioned,” Perez tells FishbowlNY. “It was about how shocked I was to get to a place that I thought was going to be about professionalism and journalism. In my experience, it was about ego more than anything. It was a culture of inflated egos and inefficiency.” Read more at FishbowlNY

‘Confessions of a Gay Anchorman’: Former Anchor Charles Perez Rips WABC

Locked in a legal battle with Miami’s WPLG, Charles Perez is causing a stir with a new book in which he criticizes another former employer: WABC.

In the book, titled “Confessions of a Gay Anchorman, Perez goes after many of his former colleagues at WABC, including Liz Cho, Diana Williams, Bill Ritter, and Sam Champion.

While Perez is barred from talking about his time at WPLG, which ended in 2009 with the former anchor saying that he was fired for being “too gay,” he has felt the need to trash WABC, where he worked for two years.

Reporting on the new book, which is out February 1st, Richard Huff of the Daily News points to this especially damning critique of the ABC flagship:

Bottom Line: WABC was by far the most overstaffed facility I’ve ever worked in; it was the slowest at doing anything… In addition, nearly everyone, including myself, was paid stupid amounts of money.

Several industry sources have told TVSpy that Perez’s account of WABC is off base. “It’s much ado about nothing,” said one source.